The Personal Lives of Forgotten Trinkets

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In an average week, Norm Diamond frequented as many as 10 estate sales scattered in various parts of Dallas, Texas. Perusing thousands of possessions left behind by previous homeowners, he photographed the ones that struck him. Spanning 15 months, the project started in March 2015. The result is a poignant series of images capturing the soul of wasted items—one-time cherished possessions, now left to collect dust and money from those keen to newly reclaim them as their own.

New Maps Show How Our Consumption Affects Wildlife Thousands of Miles Away

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Global trade has made it easier to buy things. But our consumption habits often fuel threats to biodiversity — such as deforestation, overhunting, and overfishing — thousands of miles away.

Now, scientists have mapped how major consuming countries drive threats to endangered species elsewhere. Such maps could be useful for finding the most efficient ways to protect critical areas important for biodiversity, the researchers suggest in a new study published in Nature Ecology & Evolution.

New Maps Show How Our Consumption Affects Wildlife

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Researchers have developed a new technique that identifies threats to various species caused by the global supply chains that fuel our consumption.

Daniel Moran, Ph.D., from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and his colleague Keiichiro Kanemoto, Ph.D., from Shinshu University in Japan, have created a series of world maps that show the species threat hotspots across the globe for individual countries.


Study finds people are willing to pay more for new biofuels

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When it comes to second generation biofuels, Washington State University research shows that consumers are willing to pay a premium of approximately 11 percent over conventional fuel.

“We were surprised the premium was that significant,” said Jill McCluskey, WSU professor in the School of Economic Sciences. “We wanted to study people in different regions of the country, to make sure we weren’t just getting a local result, and people in all three cities we studied said they would pay more for these fuels.”

The paper, “Consumer Preferences for Second-Generation Bioethanol,” was published in November in the journal Energy Economics.

How manufacturers can better inform consumers about food waste

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About 30% of Americans believe they “don’t create any food waste,” according to a survey by the International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation. This is despite estimates that up to half of the food produced across the globe is wasted before consumers have a chance to eat it.

Among consumers who admit to wasting food, the leading reasons why include “forgetting about perishable food until it’s too late (19%), purchasing too much fresh or perishable food (17%), cooking big meals and throwing some of it away (8%), and not eating everything they put on their plate (7%),” according to IFIC.

The survey found that the top ways Americans were working to reduce food waste were “taking leftovers home from restaurants (58%), using leftovers from cooking (53%), planning their meals (51%), and making shopping lists (51%), while 47% say they use or freeze leftovers in a timely manner.”