Northeast utilities are spending billions on resilience, and the investments are paying off

Read the full story at Utility Dive.

Flood mitigation and storm hardening efforts are being informed by climate models that look decades ahead.

PFAS Management and Treatment Options for Landfill Leachate

A new report by the Solid Waste Association of North America’s (SWANA) Applied Research Foundation (ARF), PFAS Management and Treatment Options for Landfill Leachate, provides solid waste landfill managers with up-to-date information and guidance on PFAS management and treatment options for landfill leachate.

The full report, PFAS Management and Treatment Options for Landfill Leachate, is available free to ARF Foundation Disposal Group subscribers. The report will be available free to members, and for purchase to the general public in October, 2022.

The Executive Summary to this report can be accessed by filling out the Contact Form.

An Instagram account promised to plant a tree for every pet picture. 4 million posts later, where are they?

Read the full story in the Washington Post.

The promise was straightforward: “We’ll plant 1 tree for every pet picture.”

Within minutes, that prompt this week from an account called Plant A Tree Co. took off on Instagram. It became a global trend, with millions of people rushing to upload photos of cats and dogs — with many probably thinking they were helping the environment in the process.

Platform helps food businesses monitor their carbon emissions

Read the full story at Springwise.

A new platform helps all types of food businesses, including manufacturers and restaurants, to accurately track and improve their carbon usage.

Track sea-level changes anywhere with NASA’s new SEA tool

Read the full story from NASA.

NASA’s newly updated online tool, SEA (Sea-level Evaluation and Assessment), provides a snapshot of the ocean’s rise or fall for locations across the planet. It covers the period between 1993 and 2019.

This luxurious fabric breaks down in the ocean without leaving a trace

Read the full story in Popular Science.

More than 70 percent of textiles used in the U.S. ends up dumped in a landfill or  burned instead of recycled. Threads from the washing machine or a landfill then eventually make their way to waterways. 

Enter sustainable fabrics. One company in particular, Lenzing, an Austria-based sustainable fiber producer that developed TENCEL, which are fibers that biodegrade rapidly in comparison with other regularly used fibers like polyester, creates fiber from raw material from wood. The plant base makes the fabric compostable, and materials are from a sustainably managed forest

Global online inventory of PV systems exceeding 10 kW in size

Read the full story at pv magazine.

Through the inventory, an international group of researchers was able to identify 68,661 PV facilities, totaling 423 GW across 31 countries. According to the scientists, the online database provides insight into global trends for PV siting decisions, as well as into the gap between facility-level final investment decisions, construction start dates, construction completion dates and facility operations.

Native Land Information System (NLIS)

Access the portal here.

The Native Land Information System (NLIS) was developed by the Native Lands Advocacy Project (NLAP); a project of Village Earth, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Fort Collins, Colorado, with funding from the Indian Land Tenure Foundation. The NLIS serves as repository of learning resources, information, and data to help defend and protect native lands for the benefit of native peoples. It aims at challenging the status quo around historical data colonialism in Native Lands.

URI launches ‘Plastics: Land to Sea’ web platform

Read the full story from the University of Rhode Island.

A new University of Rhode Island web platform, “Plastics: Land to Sea,” has been launched to provide the science community with a burgeoning array of data resources and tools designed to inform and support dialogue concerning research focused efforts to start addressing plastics pollution. The platform can be found at:

Near total loss of historical lands leaves Indigenous nations in the US more vulnerable to climate change

Read the full story from the University of Michigan.

In a first-of-its-kind study, a team of researchers attempted to quantify the massive loss of historical lands by Indigenous nations across the United States since European settlers first began laying claim to the continent.

They also found historical land dispossession was associated with current and future climate risks as Indigenous peoples were forced to lands that are more exposed to a range of climate change risks and hazards and less likely to lie over valuable subsurface oil and gas resources.

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