Google expands flood and wildfire tracking

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Google announced a big expansion of its flood forecasting and wildfire tracking services today. It launched a tool called Flood Hub globally, which patches together forecasting across 20 countries. Google is also rolling out improved wildfire tracking to a few more countries after piloting the program in the US.

Here’s where the U.S. is testing a new response to rising seas

Read the full story in the New York Times.

Native American tribes are competing for the first federal grants designed to help move communities away from high water and other dangers posed by climate change.

This coral reef resurrected itself — and showed scientists how to replicate it

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Though they may not know it, about half a billion people worldwide depend on the ecosystems created and sustained by corals. And with climate change threatening coral’s survival, marine scientist Enric Sala had a goal that might have seemed impossible.

“We wanted to get into a time machine, go back hundreds of years and actually see a coral reef like they used to be everywhere, before we started exploiting them and polluting them and killing them all over the world,” Sala said.

The goal was, in essence, made possible during an expedition that Sala led in 2009 with National Geographic Society. The team traveled to a corner of the South Pacific Ocean, to see if the vibrant and virtually untouched reefs there held any clues to bringing damaged reefs in other parts of the ocean back to health.

Global e-waste emissions jump 53 percent between 2014 and 2020

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The proliferation of electronic devices has contributed to the accelerated surge of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in e-waste, according to a new study in Circular Economy. E-waste GHG emissions rose 53 percent between 2014 and 2020. Researchers anticipate e-waste will annually generate 852 million metric tons of CO2 compounds by 2030.

Researchers extend the shelf life of pasta with novel process

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Italian researchers have discovered a new recipe for extending shelf life of fresh pasta by 30 days.

Twitter has spent years trying to combat health misinformation. Will Musk’s takeover make that harder?

Read the full story at STAT.

While Musk’s history of downplaying and making false statements about the pandemic doesn’t necessarily inspire confidence about his plans, misinformation researchers say it’s hard to predict how the Tesla and SpaceX CEO will ultimately approach fact-checking, content moderation, and other concerns. Here’s what we do know so far.

Meadow Foods rebrands to support sustainability goals

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Value-added ingredients manufacturer Meadow Foods has undergone a brand refresh as it focuses on boosting sustainability within the business.

MPCA brings cutting-edge technology to Minnesota to remove PFAS from water

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The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) today announced the purchase of new, state-of-the art technology to remove and destroy bulk concentrations of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) from contaminated water in the environment. This fall, the state will deploy the technology in the East Metro as part of the ongoing work to address PFAS contamination affecting the drinking water for roughly 174,000 residents. The system is paid for with funds from the 3M settlement.

The process works in two parts. The first technology, surface activated foam fractionation (SAFF), injects outdoor air into contaminated water, turning PFAS into foam that can be separated from the water. The foam is then removed, PFAS levels are significantly reduced, and the water is returned to the environment — both cleaner and safer. The PFAS concentrate then goes to the DEFLUORO unit, a second technology where the carbon-fluorine bonds (the backbone of PFAS chemicals) are broken through electrochemical oxidation. Both technologies are mobile and work without adding any chemicals back into the surface or groundwater.

Solar superpowers, wind warriors and hydro heroes: How communities are embracing renewable energy

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The economic, societal and environmental benefits of renewable energy are numerous – It is available in abundance, cheaper and a healthier option for us and our planet. 

As technology and access to renewable energy sources – such as solar, wind, water, heat and biomass – improve, many more countries and communities are embracing their use not only to power their homes, schools, hospitals and workplace, but also as a viable option for employment and business opportunities. 

Learn more about types and benefits of renewable sources of energy.

Latest data from the International Renewable Energy Agency and the International Labour Organization shows that employment in the renewable energy sector reached 12.7 million in 2021, a jump of 700,000 new jobs in just 12 months, despite the lingering effects of COVID-19 and the worsening energy crisis. 

Let’s take a spin around the world and look at the growing demand for the power of renewables. 

Cleveland’s Agora complex becomes the first project in the nation to access Cirrus Low Carbon financing

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A Cleveland building most well-known for hosting the likes of The Ramones and Foo Fighters will soon also provide modern office space and market-rate housing for Cleveland’s Midtown neighborhood.

Renew Partners LLC, a Cleveland-based company focused on the development and adaptive reuse of historic buildings, is working with Sabor Group USA on the restoration of the office building adjacent to the Agora Theater, one of Cleveland’s most iconic buildings. The $15.5 million historic renovation project is the first in the nation designated as a CIRRUS™ Low Carbon project, accessing lower cost financing for designing a lower carbon building.