Process invented to make sustainable rubber, plastics

Read the full story in Science Daily.

Synthetic rubber and plastics — used for manufacturing tires, toys and myriad other products — are produced from butadiene, a molecule traditionally made from petroleum or natural gas. But those humanmade materials could get a lot greener soon, thanks to a team of scientists that has invented a process to make butadiene from renewable sources.

Caterpillar found to eat shopping bags, suggesting biodegradable solution to plastic pollution

Read the full story from the University of Cambridge.

A common insect larva that eats beeswax has been found to break down chemical bonds in the plastic used for packaging and shopping bags at uniquely high speeds. Scientists say the discovery could lead to a biotechnological approach to the polyethylene waste that chokes oceans and landfills.

Novel Method Turns Methanol into Renewable Energy

Read the full story in R&D Magazine.

A new renewable energy source might come from the world’s simplest alcohol.

A team of researchers from the University of Southern California, led by senior author G. K. Surya Prakash and 1994 Nobel Prize winner George Olah, have created a carbon-neutral method to produce and store hydrogen from methanol, without concurrent production of either carbon monoxide or carbon dioxide…

The study was published in The Journal of the American Chemical Society. It represents Olah’s last major paper as he passed away on March 8, 2017.

Global temperature hiatus claims ‘based on statistical errors’

Read the full story at EnvironmentalResearchWeb.

Claims of a ‘slowdown’ or ‘hiatus’ in rising global temperatures are not supported by an in-depth analysis of statistical evidence, a new study has shown.

For Your Next Adult Coloring Book, Shade In Data On Climate Change

Read the full story in Fast Company.

In a new coloring book, you can trace a line around the border of arctic sea ice in 1996 and shade in what has been lost since then–an area the size of India–or you can color-code each day of 2015 based on the level of air pollution in Beijing. You can also color in coastlines to show the land that will be lost to sea level rise, or challenge yourself to color in 20 football fields in a minute, the rate at which global forests are disappearing.

GPO Launches New GPO.GOV Website

The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) launches a newly designed, user-friendly agency website for customers, vendors, Federal agencies, libraries and the public looking for access to Government information, the latest GPO news, and GPO products and services.  The beta site features a simple, mobile-friendly structure that connects the user in a more streamlined digital manner with GPO.  Once out of beta, this site will replace the current site that was launched in 2009.

Try our new site: https://beta.gpo.gov/

Some of the new features include:

  • mobile friendly
  • improved internal site search
  • improved user experience
  • easy access to GPO products and services
  • easy access events and training
  • easy access to GPO social media platforms
  • locating Federal Depository Libraries

The launch of this new website will make it easier for our customers, the library community and the public to reach out to GPO and discover all of the valuable services the agency offers,” said GPO Director Davita Vance-Cooks. “I want to congratulate GPO’s web team for their hard work in designing, developing and launching this user-friendly website.”

Visitors can submit general feedback at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/betagpodotgov

GPO is the Federal Government’s official, digital, secure resource for producing, procuring, cataloging, indexing, authenticating, disseminating, and preserving the official information products of the U.S. Government. The GPO is responsible for the production and distribution of information products and services for all three branches of the Federal Government, including U.S. passports for the Department of State as well as the official publications of Congress, the White House, and other Federal agencies in digital and print formats. GPO provides for permanent public access to Federal Government information at no charge through www.govinfo.gov, partnerships with approximately 1,150 libraries nationwide participating in the Federal Depository Library Program, and our secure online bookstore. For more information, please visit www.gpo.gov.

In New Paper, Scientists Explain Climate Change Using Before/After Photographic Evidence

Read the full story from the University of Kansas.

A group of scientists offers photographic proof of climate change using images of retreating glaciers in a new paper, “Savor the Cryosphere,” appearing in GSA Today, a peer-reviewed publication of the Geological Society of America.