‘Wholly unexpected’: These polar bears can survive with less sea ice

Read the full story in the New York Times.

The overall threat to the animals from climate change remains, but a new finding suggests that small numbers might survive for longer as the Arctic warms.

How QR codes and digital innovation could cut dairy waste

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‘Use-by’ dates printed on milk cartons could become a thing of the past as consumers reach to embrace QR codes for more accurate information, a US study suggests.

Is your neighborhood’s air polluted? New website tracks air quality across the St. Louis region

Read the full story in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

A new website launched Tuesday enables the public to track air quality in St. Louis neighborhoods, thanks to a network of monitors stationed primarily on churches around the region.

The site, called AirWatch St. Louis, provides up-to-the-hour data about current conditions and specific pollutants. Groups behind the project say it’s information “that researchers, residents and community leaders can use to address health problems that have plagued historically disenfranchised neighborhoods for generations,” according to an announcement Tuesday.

New tool to increase social acceptance of solar parks

Read the full story in pv magazine.

Thanks to a traceability tool, individuals, companies and local authorities who have signed an electricity supply contract with French energy provider Volterres can monitor in real time the source of their electricity supply, and in particular the share of electricity coming directly from renewable energy plants located nearby.

Georgia LandCAN, a new resource to conserve farms, forests, ranches

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Private landowners throughout the state of Georgia are invited to use a new, free resource that will help them “invest in their piece of the planet,” in keeping with the theme of Earth Day 2022. Organized with the landowner in mind, Georgia LandCAN provides a unique, interactive stewardship marketplace for the people who own or manage working lands in Georgia.

Oil and gas brine control dust ‘no better’ than rainwater, researchers find

Read the full story from Penn State University.

Spreading wastewater, or brine, from conventional oil and gas wells on unpaved roads is a longstanding practice for suppressing dust, which can become a breathing and visibility hazard during warmer months. Common in several other states, the practice was halted in Pennsylvania in 2018 and is under evaluation by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The DEP commissioned a study by Penn State researchers, who found that the brine is about as effective as rainwater at controlling dust but worse for the environment.  

The DEP finalized the report today (May 26).

Battery Policies and Incentives Search

Use this tool from DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy to search for policies and incentives related to batteries developed for electric vehicles and stationary energy storage. Find information related to electric vehicle or energy storage financing for battery development, including:

  • grants, tax credits, and research funding;
  • battery policies and regulations; and
  • battery safety standards.

Low-cost gel film can pluck drinking water from desert air

Read the full story from the University of Texas.

More than a third of the world’s population lives in drylands, areas that experience significant water shortages. Scientists and engineers at The University of Texas at Austin have developed a solution that could help people in these areas access clean drinking water.

The team developed a low-cost gel film made of abundant materials that can pull water from the air in even the driest climates. The materials that facilitate this reaction cost a mere $2 per kilogram, and a single kilogram can produce more than 6 liters of water per day in areas with less than 15% relative humidity and 13 liters in areas with up to 30% relative humidity.

Researchers developed invisible, machine-washable solar cell technology for clothing

Read the full story from Aalto University.

The discrete nature of the cells protects them – and makes the clothes more attractive, the physics and design researchers say. Promising applications include work and outdoor clothing, and curtains which react to changes in the amount of light.

LEGO to build a $1 billion carbon neutral factory in U.S.

Read the full story at ESG Today.

The LEGO Group announced today plans to invest over $1 billion to build a carbon-neutral factory in the U.S. Based in Chesterfield County, Virginia, the new 1.7 million square foot facility will have 100% of its energy needs matched by renewable energy, and will also be designed to minimize energy consumption and the use of non-renewable resources.