Day: September 28, 2021

Climate change is making some species of animals shape-shift

Read the full story from NPR.

Humans are not the only ones adapting to the effects of global climate change.

Animals are also adapting to the environmental changes — as some warm-blooded animals are beginning to “shapeshift” their bodies in response to shifts in climate, according to a recent study in Trends in Ecology & Evolution led by Sara Ryding, a researcher at Deakin University in Australia.

The Great Lakes are awash in plastic waste. What can be done about it?

Read the full story at MLive.

In Toledo, Ohio, a device that resembles a small animal cage on pontoons with floating sausage links on either side is trapping trash on a creek that flows to Lake Erie.

In Toronto, Ont., floating garbage cans called Seabins are vacuuming up plastic bottles, cigarette butts, wrappers and other junk at marinas along Lake Ontario.

In Clayton, N.Y., fancy netted baskets called LittaTraps are catching garbage inside village storm sewers that drain runoff into the St. Lawrence River.

In each case, the devices were installed within the last couple years to reduce the amount of plastic waste reaching the Great Lakes, which are receiving an estimated 22 million pounds (10,000 metric tons) of plastic debris annually from the U.S. and Canada.

Software tool that finds spots for water-quality devices will work in Northeast

Read the full story from Penn State University.

A computer software package widely used in the Midwest to strategically position riparian buffers and other structures aimed at protecting water quality on agricultural land can be used effectively in the eastern United States, with some limitations, Penn State researchers report in a new study.

Logitech Products to be carbon neutral this year, company aims to remove more carbon than it creates

Read the full story at ESG Today.

Consumer electronics company Logitech announced today a series of new climate goals, including having all products and operations achieve neutrality this year, achieving net zero emissions by 2030, and ultimately becoming “climate positive,” by removing more carbon than creating.

The next Flint? Groups call for EPA to intervene, provide safe water to Benton Harbor

Read the full story in the Detroit Free Press.

Citing an ongoing risk of lead poisoning to residents of Benton Harbor through their public drinking water, 20 environmental and public advocacy organizations on Thursday filed a petition with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, urging federal intervention to secure safe water supplies for the southwest Michigan city’s nearly 10,000 residents.

Joe Biden’s solar plan and the prescience of Jimmy Carter

Read the full story in the New Yorker.

The best time to plant a solar panel was forty years ago—but Biden is trying hard to make up for lost time.

Researchers evaluate SURF extremophiles in effort to trap carbon dioxide deep underground

Read the full story from the Stanford Underground Research Facility.

South Dakota Mines researchers study microbial acceleration of carbon mineralization with extremophiles found at SURF.

Kernza farmers see a market for earth-friendly grain

Read the full story from MPR.

The largest crop yet of Kernza was recently harvested. Research shows Kernza improves water quality by reducing fertilizer pollution of water, and it can efficiently store carbon in the soil, helping reduce carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas.

USDA accepts more than 2.5 million acres in grassland conservation program

Read the full story at Modern Farmer.

This week, the USDA announced that more than 2.5 million acres of American land have been accepted in the Grassland Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), which involves payments to farmers to remove their land from agricultural production and instead work on environmental benefits and climate mitigation.

Inside the Ohio factory that could make or break Biden’s big solar energy push

Read the full story in the Washington Post.

Toledo-area plant faces pressure to boost output as U.S. blocks some solar-panel imports over concerns about forced labor in China.

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