Day: September 30, 2021

In response to climate change, citizens in advanced economies are willing to alter how they live and work

Read the full story from the Pew Research Center.

A new Pew Research Center survey in 17 advanced economies spanning North America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region finds widespread concern about the personal impact of global climate change. Most citizens say they are willing to change how they live and work at least some to combat the effects of global warming, but whether their efforts will make an impact is unclear.

Meet Alexis Nikole Nelson, the wildly popular ‘Black Forager’

Read the full story at NPR.

The recipe for a wildly successful TikTok account — at least, for Alexis Nikole Nelson — is to post entirely about foraging.

Known on social media as “Black Forager”, Nelson has drawn in more than 2 million followers. For those not familiar with the term, Nelson says foraging is essentially “a very fun way to say, I eat plants that do not belong to me and I teach other people how to do the same thing.” The videos she posts showcase her collecting and cooking everything from acorns to yellow dandelions to dead man’s fingers (AKA the seaweed codium fragile.)

This nightclub traps dancers’ body heat to warm and cool the building

Read the full story in Fast Company.

SWG3, a dance club and arts venue, is getting a radical retrofit over the next two months, which will allow it to suck up the heat generated by thousands of visitors, store it in the depths of the Earth, and pump it back into the venue whenever it’s not filled by ravers. It will open on November 7 for the U.N. Climate Change Conference (COP26).

Tops makes greater sustainability push

Read the full story at Progressive Grocer.

Tops Friendly Markets is becoming eco-friendlier. The retailer announced Sept. 17 that it is expanding its sustainability efforts, improving energy efficiency and other responsible practices across the organization.

Climate Change and Social Vulnerability in the United States: A Focus on Six Impacts

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Climate change affects all Americans—regardless of socioeconomic status—and many impacts are projected to worsen. But individuals will not equally experience these changes. This report improves our understanding of the degree to which four socially vulnerable populations— defined based on income, educational attainment, race and ethnicity, and age —may be more exposed to the highest impacts of climate change. Understanding the comparative risks to vulnerable populations is critical for developing effective and equitable strategies for responding to climate change.

As California restricts water use for farmers, low supply levels add to drought’s harsh reality

Read the full story from PBS.

California’s re-emerging drought is placing unprecedented strain on the state’s intricate water system, threatening mass agricultural production and basic drinking water in a way experts say is more severe than in years past.

The grinding cost of climate change on one street, in one house

Read the full story in the Washington Post.

By now, John DeVito has a routine down when the forecast calls for rain. He goes into his kitchen, looks out the window and wonders when the flooding is going to start. On Wednesday night, it started quickly.

The remnants of Hurricane Ida that hit the Northeast dropped rain with remarkable speed that evening. Soon after the sun had set in the already cloud-darkened sky, DeVito’s home and others on his Staten Island block were in trouble.

How the U.S. Postal Service could tackle food insecurity

Read the full story in Smithsonian Magazine.

A team of Washington University students has a plan: use postal workers to pick up food, deliver it to food banks and even store it in post offices.

Reebok x Jelly Belly footwear uses sustainable textile sourced from sugarcane

Read the full story at Candy & Snack Today.

Reebok International Ltd. and Jelly Belly Candy Co. are slated to launch a line of bold sneakers on September 28th on Reebok.com/jelly_belly. The shoes incorporate a literal representation of Jelly Belly’s signature sweetness by using a sustainable bio textile sourced from sugarcane.

Single-use plastic used to make longer-lasting asphalt in Missouri

Read the full story in Forbes.

Plastic waste “rocks” when it comes to paving roads. While asphalt mixtures are usually created using stone, sand or gravel, it turns out that plastic waste is a good substitute for aggregate since it’s made to last for hundreds of years, Missouri researchers say.

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