These tools help visually impaired scientists read data and journals

Read the full story in Nature.

Innovative software and modes of presentation are helping to broaden access to the literature.

To raise recycling rates, The Recycling Partnership advocates for packaging EPR in every state

Read the full story from Waste Dive.

The Recycling Partnership’s new report encourages support for “smart, well-designed” EPR for packaging programs. TRP’s Dylan de Thomas explains what that could look like.

Carrots: Good for your eyes … and for degradable polymers

Read the full story from the American Chemical Society.

Carrots come in a rainbow of bright colors — red, orange, yellow and purplish black — because of compounds called carotenoids. They help support eye health by reacting with potentially harmful UV light. Interestingly, the molecular structures of carotenoids, such as beta-carotene, are similar to the building blocks of some polymers. Now, researchers have incorporated a compound derived from beta-carotene into a polymer that’s fully degradable.

Sheep can benefit urban lawn landscapes and people

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About 25 woolly sheep who seasonally — for the past two years — leave barns to nibble on lawns at various central campus locations, are doing much more than mowing, fertilizing and improving the ecosystem. The sheep also are improving people’s mental health.

Arsenic contaminates private drinking water wells across the western Great Basin

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In the arid and drought-stricken western Great Basin, sparse surface water means rural communities often rely on private groundwater wells. Unlike municipal water systems, well water quality in private wells is unregulated. A new study shows that more than 49 thousand well users across the region may be at risk of exposure to unhealthy levels of arsenic in drinking water.

99 percent of global population exposed to unhealthy levels of tiny air pollutants: study

Read the full story at The Hill.

Nearly the entire global population is exposed to very fine air and harmful air pollutants that can be harmful to health, a new study found.

The study, published in The Lancet Planetary Health journal, found that about 99 percent of the global population is exposed to these tiny and harmful air pollutants, which are known as particulate matter (PM) 2.5.

New knowledge about ice sheet movement can shed light on when sea levels will rise

Read the full story from the University of Copenhagen.

The trawling of thousands of satellite measurements using artificial intelligence has shown researchers that meltwater in tunnels beneath Greenland’s ice sheet causes it to change speed, and in some places, accelerate greatly towards the ocean. This can increase melting, especially in a warming climate, which is why the study’s researchers think that it is important to keep an eye on.

In search for sustainable materials, developers turn to hemp

Read the full story in the New York Times.

Hemp blocks are costlier than traditional building products, but they help address environmental issues and can shave 20 to 30 percent off a typical construction schedule.

How to power a plane with leftover Chinese hot pot

Read the full story from Bloomberg News.

There’s a ritual involved in creating the perfect Sichuan hot pot and it involves fat — lots of it. Diners first immerse slivers of meat in a spicy soup rich in molten animal tallow, then dip each morsel in a plate of vegetable oil, before finally devouring it. It’s a rich delicacy, one that produces about 12,000 tons of waste oil each month in the Chinese city of Chengdu alone.

So in 2016, a startup began exporting some of that leftover restaurant grease to Europe and Singapore, where it gets recycled into fuel pure enough to fly airplanes.

The edges matter: Hedgerows are bringing life back to farms

Read the full story at Civil Eats.

Researchers have found that planting hedgerows helps farmers sequester carbon in the soil, manage pests, and provide habitat for pollinators and other wildlife.