Day: November 18, 2021

How bad is the Pacific north-west flooding and what caused it?

Read the full story in The Guardian.

Flooding and landslides have devastated the western seaboard of Canada and the US, months after the region suffered a record-breaking heatwave.

Meet the rogue birding group blocking wind energy at every turn

Read the full story at Grist.

The American Bird Conservancy has made a habit of obstructing wind energy projects — and become a go-to source for renewable energy opponents.

Apple joins new sustainable chip manufacturing effort

Read the full story at Venture Beat.

Apple today announced that it has joined Sustainable Semiconductor Technologies and Systems (SSTS), a new research program launched by Belgium-based R&D organization Interuniversity Microelectronics Centre (Imec), to reduce the environmental impact of “choices made at chip technology’s definition phase.” According to a press release, SSTS will use models and greenhouse gas footprint analyses to help the integrated circuit-making (IC) industry cut back on its ecological footprint as part of the global fight against climate change, resources depletion, and pollution.

Packaging innovation: making spirits more sustainable

Read the full story at The Spirits Business.

The spirits industry is taking sustainability very seriously, and nowhere more so than in packaging. Nicola Carruthers speaks to those determined to lead the way when it comes to reducing waste.

Why the belowground ecosystem matters

Read the full story in JStor Daily.

Trees get all the credit. But for a forest, the belowground ecosystem—soil, roots, fungi, and microorganisms—is equally important.

Explainer: How industry is depending on carbon capture technology for climate goals

Read the full story from Reuters.

Industries from cement to mining are creating plans to cap and cut their planet-warming emissions, and many depend on a technology still in development: carbon capture.

Conservation or land grab? The financialization of nature

Read the full story from Common Dreams.

Just in time for the UN’s policy push for “30 x 30″—30% of the earth to be “conserved” by 2030—a new Wall Street asset class puts up for sale the processes underpinning all life.

Minn. to require some industries to monitor for ‘forever chemicals’

Read the full story from Minnesota Public Radio.

Minnesota plans to require hundreds of industrial facilities and other sites to test for PFAS, the troublesome human-made substances sometimes known as “forever chemicals.”

State environmental regulators released the draft plan on Tuesday, calling it a critical step in better understanding how the chemicals are getting into the environment, and potentially reducing their levels.

New solar farm helping low income families

Read the full story from WCIA.

A new solar farm will help lower some people’s energy bills. The solar farm was put on a landfill in Urbana.

It’s part of the “Illinois Solar for All” program. That initiative helps low and moderate income people in the Ameren service area. Officials say they’re excited because it also uses unusable land to offer help to those who need it.

Solid Waste in Wisconsin Landfills

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recently released its 2020-2021 statewide waste characterization study. The study provides valuable insight into what is going into Wisconsin landfills, and is a powerful planning tool for waste reduction and minimization efforts.  

For more information, visit the Wisconsin DNR website.

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