Sea2See Turns Tons of Plastic Waste into Trendy Sunglasses

Read the full story at The Manual. It’s hardly news to say that our oceans are in a sad state of environmental affairs. The latest reports note an estimated 8 million tons of trash are added to the earth’s oceans every year. It’s a difficult problem to solve, but not an impossible one. Sea2See has …

Is mass timber really sustainable?

Read the full story in The Architect's Newspaper. Identifying successful ways to build sustainably can be difficult in a haze of greenwashing and checklist-style certifications, but many environmental experts, architects, and scientists are looking to mass-built timber as a reliable way to reduce carbon and fossil fuel output. A recent study, “Carbon, Fossil Fuel, and Biodiversity Mitigation …

13 Ways to Feed the Planet Amid the Climate Crisis

Read the full story at Civil Eats. Changing the food system is the most important thing humans can do to fix our broken carbon cycles. Meanwhile, food security is all about adaptation when you’re dealing with crazy weather and shifting growing zones. How can a world of 7 billion—and growing—feed itself? Here are 13 of …

Think Tank: Mitigating the Harmful Side of Unsustainable Consumer Practices

Read the full story in Women's Wear Daily. For decades, it was an established routine: Fashion designers dreamed up their creations, models walked them down the runway and about six months later, a version showed up at your local mall. That’s not good enough anymore. Fast-fashion outlets like Zara and Forever 21 have sped up that …

Developing An Integrated Microalgal Biorefinery For Fuel Production

Read the full post at Science Trends. Concerns about climate change, primarily driven by the use of fossil fuels, have driven exploration of renewable and sustainable sources of energy. Biofuels obtained from biomass-based resources are potential options to replace gasoline and diesel as transportation fuels. Microalgae are promising biomass sources on account of their high …

Developing Storm: A Seven Part series by the Houston Chronicle on Hurricane Harvey’s aftermath

This seven-part Houston Chronicle series explains why the storm's damage was both a natural and man-made disaster. There are three parts currently available: Nature ruled, man reacted. Hurricane Harvey was Houston’s reckoning Build, flood, rebuild: flood insurance’s expensive cycle What’s in Houston's worst flood zones? Development worth $13.5 billion

Winemakers Worry Wildfires Will Leave Whiff Of Ashtray In Their Wine

Read the full story from NPR. This has been tough year for America's west coast vineyards. Wildfires in October in Northern California and this month in Southern California have left acres of wine country scorched and black. While California's 2017 grapes have been safely harvested already, winemakers around the world are wary about a threat that …