Fed governor anticipates new guidance on climate change for big banks

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Federal Reserve Governor Lael Brainard on Thursday said the Fed is developing scenario analysis tools to model the economic risks of climate change and assess the resilience of the entire financial system. She signaled the central bank will provide supervisory guidance on climate change to help banks mitigate their exposure.

The move to develop climate scenarios puts the Fed more in line with what other major central banks are doing, including the European Central Bank and the Bank of England.

The UN’s top human rights panel is set to vote on the right to a clean and sustainable environment

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Sources say the Biden administration is opposed, despite its professed support for environmental justice. Advocates see the vote as key to better protecting the environment.

Biden administration releases alarming reports on climate change challenges

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The reports from 23 federal agencies examine how climate change will disrupt nearly all aspects of life, including more traffic and disease.

California fires may have killed hundreds of giant sequoias

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Northern California wildfires may have killed hundreds of giant sequoias as they swept through groves of the majestic monarchs in the Sierra Nevada, an official said Wednesday.

Smoke from western wildfires leaves a deadly path as it crosses the U.S.

Read the full story in Fast Company.

Even though there have been no major wildfires in the region, East Coasters may have seen some concerning smoke-fueled air-quality warnings pop up on their weather apps this summer. The cause is cross-country plumes from Oregon’s massive Bootleg Fire, drifting all the way across the continent to New York, Philadelphia, and Toronto, 2,500 miles away.

A new study warns that that traveling smoke has detrimental health effects on Eastern populations—in fact, it found that there were more total smoke-induced asthma morbidities and mortalities in recent years in the East than in the West. The researchers say Easterners, and especially those with pre-existing conditions, should be aware of these health impacts and take steps to protect themselves, especially as wildfires are due to worsen in coming years.

Study: Breast milk found less nutritious due to chemicals

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New research shows that exposure to PFAS chemicals is linked with decreasing nutritional value of breast milk. “It’s nearly impossible for people to avoid these harmful chemicals. Therefore, we must show what effects they have and get such toxic chemicals banned,” says Tuulia Hyötyläinen, professor of chemistry at Örebro University.

Waste from one bitcoin transaction ‘like binning two iPhones’

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A single bitcoin transaction generates the same amount of electronic waste as throwing two iPhones in the bin, according to a new analysis by economists from the Dutch central bank and MIT.

Pharma sets a foundation for greener API manufacturing

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Drug makers are going beyond continuous improvement and green chemistry to increase the sustainability of small-molecule manufacturing.

Wrangler launches denim featuring planet-friendly fiber made from textile waste

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Wrangler®, a global icon in jeanswear and casual apparel, today announced that it has teamed up with Infinited Fiber Company to incorporate Infinna™ – regenerated, recyclable fibers– into its global denim range for its Fall 2021 collection, the brand’s most sustainable denim yet. Combined with industry-leading innovations including Indigood™, foam-dye technology that lowers wastewater by over 99%, and an e-flow finishing process, this collection represents Wrangler’s next steps in circularity, water reduction and reduced environmental impact.

The Maine microplastics researcher re-envisioning aquaculture

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Stonington’s Abby Barrows dialed back a globetrotting research career to take over an oyster farm in her hometown. Now, she’s out to refashion the equipment of her new profession, to keep Maine’s booming aquaculture sector from fouling the waters it relies upon.