Month: October 2021

Oil companies downplay early climate knowledge under fire from Dems

Read the full story from The Hill.

Leaders of the U.S. oil industry refused to concede that their companies had ever misled the public about the link between burning fossil fuels and global warming during a tense House hearing on Thursday.

COP26 aims to banish coal. Asia is building hundreds of power plants to burn it

Read the full story from Reuters.

Many industrialised countries have been shutting down coal plants for years to reduce emissions. The United States alone has retired 301 plants since 2000.

But in Asia, home to 60% of the world’s population and about half of global manufacturing, coal’s use is growing rather than shrinking as rapidly developing countries seek to meet booming demand for power.

IEEFA Update: COP26 is different to prior COPs

Read the full story from IEEFA.

COP26 is about implementation and the actions of this decade. We don’t need a new Paris Agreement treaty – we need a global ratcheting up of ambition. And that is what we are seeing – there is a pull forward in ambition timetables as the race accelerates, and the costs of inaction are more evident in more frequent, more extreme weather events.

New study calls for mitigation, monitoring of common grease-proofing food packaging chemicals

Read the full story from the University of Iowa.

Chemicals used to “grease proof” everything from food packaging to carpets have built up in the environment for decades and contaminate ecosystems across the globe. A new study is calling for a better understanding of the risks posed by these chemicals.

OSHA to create standard to protect workers from hazardous heat

Read the full story at Construction Demolition & Recycling.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced it will be publishing an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Heat Injury and Illness Prevention in Outdoor and Indoor Work Settings Oct. 27. Currently, OSHA does not have a specific standard for hazardous heat conditions, and this action begins the process to consider a heat-specific workplace rule…

Read the Federal Register notice for submission instructions. Beginning Oct. 27, submit comments at www.regulations.gov, the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal and refer to Docket No. OSHA-2021-0009. All comments must be submitted by Dec. 27.

You Paid For It: Free household waste disposal program now available to Illinois residents

Read the full story at Fox2 Now.

Madison County is setting up a new household waste disposal program that’s free to all Illinois residents. Residents will be able to bring everything from oil-based paints to pesticides to cleaning solvents to lead-acid batteries to medicines to a new site in Wood River…

Collection days are the first Saturday and the third Friday of each month. The next appointment dates are Nov. 6 and 19 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Dec. 4 and 17 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. To schedule an appointment, visit the county’s website or call 618-296-5237.

Research shows invasive ‘jumping worms’ threaten local plant life

Read the full story from WCIA.

“Jumping worms” have been expanding their territories in different places in Illinois, threatening to absorb nutrients that plants need in order to grow.

According to Richard Hentschel, Horticulture Educator at the University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign, the “jumping worms” were first identified in Illinois in 2015.

Webinar: Navigating Federal Funding for Green Infrastructure and Nature-Based Solutions

Nov 2, 2021 — 10-11 am CDT
Register here.

During this webcast, members of the Green Infrastructure Federal Collaborative will discuss funding and technical assistance opportunities that advance the implementation of green infrastructure and nature-based solutions. Attendees will learn how federal programs are helping build vibrant and resilient communities with programs that support the design, construction, and maintenance of green infrastructure. Breakout sessions hosted by Collaborative members will provide attendees with the opportunity to pose questions and interact directly with relevant federal agencies.
Speakers:

  • Federal Emergency Management Agency – Sarah Watling, Bradley Dean, Charley Carson, Josh Human
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration – Matt Chasse
  • Natural Resources Conservation Service – Russel Ames, Kevin Farmer
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Mindy Simmons
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development – Jorge Morales, B. Cory Schwartz, Seema Thomas
  • U.S. Economic Development Administration – Naomi Friedman
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – Wynne Miller, Robyn DeYoung, Ellie Flaherty, Karen Fligger, Michael Goralczyk, Santina Wortman, Samantha Rachko, Jacob Burney 

Developers increasingly pair batteries with utility-scale solar to combat declining value in crowded markets

Read the full story at Utility Dive.

After installing a record 12.8 GWdc across 161 new projects in 2020, the solar industry is on the cusp of a new normal, according to the authors of the 2021 Utility-Scale Solar report from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL).

Upfront construction costs for new utility-scale projects continue to drop, with the largest projects benefiting from the lowest levelized costs, according to LBNL research scientist Mark Bolinger, and one of the report authors. However, power purchase agreement (PPA) prices have stagnated and crept upward over the year, suggesting future prices may rise, he said.

Hybrid projects with solar plus storage still represent a minority of overall solar projects. But Bolinger said their popularity appears to be increasing, particularly in regions where high solar penetration rates have eroded the value of solar energy on the grid.

Recycled plastic won’t solve tech’s waste problem

Read the full story at The Verge.

Buying a gadget made with recycled plastic instead of brand-new materials might sound like an environmentally friendly investment, but it does very little to cut down on the heaps of plastic pollution and electronic waste that are trashing the environment and ending up everywhere — including in our own bodies.

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