Building a Domestic Offshore Wind Supply Chain

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In March 2022, the LEP brought together an extraordinary group of leaders and experts for a private, virtual event on to workshop a series of four white papers related to building a robust domestic supply chain to support the emerging offshore wind (OSW) industry in the United States and abroad.

The workshop, moderated by Kevin Knobloch, distinguished associate at the EFI and president of Knobloch Energy, built on the discussion and conclusions of the first LEP OSW roundtable held in March 2021.

The aim of this new workshop was to explore and discuss the issues raised in the four white papers (across three focused discussion sessions) and help shape recommendations for actions and policies that can help create a robust domestic OSW supply chain.

Liebherr reveals results of greenhouse gas study

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Consulting firm Frontier Economics, on behalf of equipment manufacturer Liebherr Group, has shared the results of a life cycle assessment analysis related to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of construction machines equipped with various drive technologies. The study was conducted to determine how much carbon dioxide (CO2) arises from production to operation through to the recycling of the machines.

The aim of the analysis, Liebherr says, was to comprehensively calculate the emissions of the machines and their drives to recognize and assess how greenhouse gas emissions can be most effectively reduced. The overall life cycle of the machines was analyzed, from the mining and transport of the raw materials to production and the actual operation of the machine to the disposal and recycling.

Archeology field school explores Fort Kaskaskia State Historic Site

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Students in the summer archeology field school at SIU are getting off campus to learn more about archeological investigation. Students are investigating the sites of forts at Fort Kaskaskia State Historic Site in Randolph County through July 1.

Butterflies, bees, sheep, and solar energy production can coexist

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EDF Renewables maintains a 23.4 MW agrivoltaic facility that supports local wildlife and agriculture. Since it was installed in 2009, the project pioneered efforts in supporting bees, butterflies, and sheep grazing.

A plea from German brewers: Bring back your empties

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A nation of beer lovers is facing a shortage of bottles, partly because of the war in Ukraine. Breweries are looking to drinkers for a rescue.

How carbon labels and clever menu design can cut the impact of dining

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In a new paper, psychologist Ann-Katrin Betz and her colleagues at the University of Würzburg in Germany studied the design of restaurant menus. They tested how adding carbon labels indicating the greenhouse gas emissions per dish and changing the default menu options (those featured most prominently) to foods with a lower impact on the climate affected the choices people make when eating out.

Throwing around worms and dirt to make the Coorong healthier

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The Coorong lagoon, at the end of the Murray River in South Australia, has faced a tough few decades as successive droughts have made the water saltier and more difficult for threatened species to live in.

But a new technique, developed by a collaboration of half a dozen different institutions, has just been shown to improve the health of the lagoon floor (its benthic health).

It involves adding more dirt – and some worms – from healthier areas, to kickstart a process called “bioturbation”.

“Bioturbation is pretty simple,” explains Dr Orlando Lam-Gordillo, a researcher at Flinders University and lead author on a paper describing the research, which is published in Science of the Total Environment.

Why green chemistry is the right formula for the circular economy

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Recently I had the opportunity to attend Circularity 22 in Atlanta. Circularity is the annual gathering organized by the team at GreenBiz Group to bring together experts, practitioners and other interested parties on the growing global effort to transition to a circular economy. Much credit goes to Jon Smieja, GreenBiz’s new vice president for Circularity, and his colleagues in making sure the topic of safer and sustainable chemistry is central to the circular economy discussion.

Cover crops not enough to improve soil after decades of continuous corn

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Although about 20% of Illinois cropping systems are planted to continuous corn, it’s nearly impossible to find fields planted this way for decades at a time. Yet long-term experiments, including over 40 years of continuous corn under different nitrogen fertilizer rates, provide incredible learning opportunities and soil management lessons for researchers and farmers alike.

Public Opinion Surrounding Plastic Consumption and Waste Management of Consumer Packaging: 2022 Update

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WWF has made it a priority to combat plastic waste. To inform this work, WWF retained Corona Insights in 2022 to develop and implement research to understand the public’s awareness of the issue, current behaviors around usage and recycling, and attitudes toward plastics in the United States.