Food labeling failing to drive sustainable consumer behavior, finds Wageningen review

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Sustainability labels and classifications on F&B packaging could have a greater impact by combining labels and labeling systems, linking to other drivers of behavior and emphasizing other benefits such as health. These conclusions come as part of a recent literature review by Wageningen University & Research in the Netherlands. 

EPA chief vows to ‘do better’ to protect poor communities

Read the full story in the New York Times.

Michael S. Regan, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, traveled to Jackson, Miss., in November to discuss the city’s poor water quality at an elementary school where children have to drink bottled water and use portable restrooms outside the building.

The day he arrived, the halls were largely empty. Students had been sent home because the water pressure at the school was so low that even the portable toilets couldn’t flush.

That scene and others he witnessed as he traveled to low-income communities in Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas and elsewhere have prompted him to make some changes, he said.

On Wednesday the E.P.A. announced that it will step up monitoring and enforcement of federal rules regarding air and water quality, particularly in communities of color, which are disproportionately burdened by pollution.

Losing amphibian diversity also means losing poison diversity

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Biologists argue that more research needs to be done on the colorful yet poisonous harlequin toads of Central and South America, not only because their ecology is poorly known, but because their toxins are even less studied. Since animal and plant toxins are often inspirations for new drugs, losing the toads through habitat destruction and fungal infections means we lose their poison diversity as well as their genetic diversity.

DHL to avoid 80,000 tons of emissions in sustainable aviation deal with Air France KLM

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Logistics giant Deutsche Post DHL Group’s air and ocean freight business DHL Global Forwarding announced today an agreement to acquire 33 million liters of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) from Air France KLM Martinair Cargo (AFKLMP), marking one of the most significant SAF purchases to date in the Freight Forwarding industry.

Do bikeshare systems complement or replace public transit?

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Bikeshare systems have come a long way since they were first introduced in the Netherlands in the 1960s. They are popular in cities around the world, but how do bike systems affect existing public transportation?

Treasure in tree rings: Using untapped tree ring data to calculate carbon sequestration

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Forests around the world have the capacity to pull carbon out of the atmosphere to battle global climate change. But how much carbon they actually absorb is a question that still needs answering, and tree ring data can help, according to a new research synthesis.

Updating Michigan energy rules on new homes faces pushback from builders

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Updating Michigan standards last addressed in 2015, state officials are to consider a new, more energy-efficient home construction code this year ─ likely sparking a battle between home builders and environmentalists who back stronger energy mandates.

Balancing sustainability, safety and comfort in engineered floor slabs

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Using less material in floors is a viable strategy for improving sustainability in buildings, as it can reduce the structure’s environmental footprint. Prioritizing only this goal, however, can lead to unwanted effects — such as an echo in a room or noise traveling between floors, according to architectural engineers.

Interactions between bee gut microbiotas and pesticides

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A major review has provided the first field-wide summary of how pesticide exposure affects social bee gut microbiotas and what pesticide-induced disturbances mean for bee hosts.

Lululemon’s Olympic challenge to reduce its emissions

Read the full story at Inside Climate News.

Team Canada’s official clothing supplier, and the apparel industry at large, rely heavily on coal power for manufacturing.