Five-year campaign breaks science’s citation paywall

Read the full story in Nature.

The more than 60 million scientific-journal papers indexed by Crossref — the database that registers DOIs, or digital object identifiers, for many of the world’s academic publications — now contain reference lists that are free to access and reuse.

The milestone, announced on Twitter on 18 August, is the result of an effort by the Initiative for Open Citations (I4OC), launched in 2017. Open-science advocates have for years campaigned to make papers’ citation data accessible under liberal copyright licences so that they can be studied, and those analyses shared. Free access to citations enables researchers to identify research trends, lets them conduct studies on which areas of research need funding, and helps them to spot when scientists are manipulating citation counts.

How Jackson, Mississippi’s water crisis is a sign of larger racial inequities

Read the full story from PBS Newshour.

Residents in Jackson, Mississippi have gone without safe drinking water for weeks after flooding and a failure at the city’s largest water treatment plant. While water pressure has been restored, videos show dirty water is still coming through faucets. Amna Nawaz spoke with Dr. Robert Bullard of Texas Southern University about other majority Black and brown cities that face similar ongoing issues.

Study: Organic dairy farming can store carbon and reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Read the full story at Environment + Energy Leader.

A new study in the August issue of the “Journal of Cleaner Production” reveals that it is possible for farms to sequester carbon and reduce their overall greenhouse gas emissions. A University of Wisconsin Madison research group unveiled a dairy lifecycle assessment conducted on Organic Valley farms that shows small organic dairy farms, which focus on grazing and organic production techniques, are low greenhouse gas champions.

Ya Fav Trashman fights illegal dumping with cleanups and social media

Read the full story at Waste Dive.

Terrill Haigler, a former Philadelphia sanitation worker, has become a rising star in the waste world. He discusses a new children’s book, “I’m Cool Too,” and how street cleanliness is an EJ issue.

Australia’s catastrophic rabbit invasion sparked by a few dozen British bunnies

Read the full story in Nature.

Genome analysis shows that most Australian rabbits are descendants of wild rabbits shipped to near Melbourne in 1859.

Lakes Ice Cream looks to build ‘greenest’ ice cream plant in the UK as it makes key investments

Read the full story at Dairy Reporter.

The North of England ice cream maker has bolstered its business operations by adopting digital system integration tools and has bought new machinery in a bid to grow the award-winning brand.

Project aims to reduce water, energy in ethanol production

Read the full story from the University of Nebraska.

Nebraska researchers are studying how to make ethanol production more environmentally sensitive by reducing the amount of water and energy required to produce it and cutting the air emissions that result.

Nearly all marine species face extinction if greenhouse emissions don’t drop: study

Read the full story at The Hill.

Maintaining the status quo for greenhouse gas emissions could risk the extinction of up to 90 percent of marine species, according to a study published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change. 

Researchers, led by ecologist Daniel Boyce of the Bedford Institute of Oceanography in Nova Scotia, looked at some 25,000 species, including animals, plants, protozoans and bacteria. Under a high-emission scenario, they determined that nearly 90 percent of those species will be at high-to-critical risk across 85 percent of their distribution. This scenario involves an increase of 3 to 5 degrees Celsius in global ocean temperatures by the end of the century. 

CCEP launches ‘first-of-its-kind’ sustainable supply chain finance program with Rabobank

Read the full story at Beverage Daily.

With more than 90% of its emissions attributed to its supply chain, Coca-Cola Europacific Partners has launched a new sustainability-linked supply chain finance program to incentivize and reward suppliers for improving their ESG performance.

5 documentaries exploring Indigenous wisdom and climate justice

Read the full story at GreenBiz.

In Brazil’s Amazon forest, the Indigenous Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau people have been fighting tirelessly against the encroaching deforestation brought by farmers and illegal settlers.

That is the subject of the documentary “The Territory,” which won a couple of Sundance Film Festival awards earlier this year and hits theaters today.

Across the globe, communities have fought — and continue to fight — similar environmental battles. And for some communities, environmental justice looks like rooting this work in Indigenous and ancestral knowledge, and away from the norms that colonization has brought about.

Here are five other documentaries that highlight environmental justice issues in the United States, Ecuador, Spain and beyond.