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The New Plastics Economy: Rethinking the future of plastics

Ellen MacArthur Foundation: “The New Plastics Economy: Rethinking the future of plastics provides for the first time a vision of a global economy in which plastics never become waste, and outlines concrete steps towards achieving the systemic shift needed. The report, financially supported by the MAVA Foundation, was produced as part of Project MainStream, aContinue Reading

EPA Announces 2014 Toxics Release Inventory Report

“In 2014, 84% of the 25 billion pounds of toxic chemical waste managed at the nation’s industrial facilities was not released into the environment due to the use of preferred waste management practices like recycling, energy recovery and treatment, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) annual Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) report. The remainingContinue Reading

November and year-to-date 2015 were warmest on record for globe

NOAA – “The November average temperature across global land and ocean surfaces was 1.75°F (0.97°C) above the 20th century average. This was the highest for November in the 1880–2015 record, surpassing the previous record set in 2013 by 0.27°F (0.15°C), and marking the seventh consecutive month a monthly global temperature record has been broken…”

EPA and academic research documents on Flint Michigan drinking water

Via Patricia Kenly, Business Reference Librarian/Government Documents Coordinator – Georgia Institute of Technology Library: Flint Drinking Water Documents – EPA documents related to Flint drinking water “High Lead at Three Residences in Flint, Michigan” — Final Report (Nov. 4, 2015) [28 pages] – by Miguel Del Toral Virginia Tech researchers have a website – www.Flintwaterstudy.orgContinue Reading

Commentary calls for more data about radon risk and natural gas

Via Oil and Gas Journal – Findings show actual data needed for informed statements about radon risk and natural gas, 12/03/2015 – Lynn Kerr McKay, King & Spalding, Washington, DC; Bruce R. Hurley King & Spalding, Houston. “Actual measurements and evaluation of potential exposure pathways demonstrate that claims of risk of harm due to radonContinue Reading

Biogas opportunities roadmap progress report 2015

USDA- EPA – DOE, December 2015: “This report is a progress report of the Biogas Opportunities Roadmap originally published in August 2014. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) created the Roadmap as a response to the White House Climate Action Plan’s directive to developContinue Reading

CRS – Big Data in U.S. Agriculture

Big Data in U.S. Agriculture, Megan Stubbs, Specialist in Agricultural Conservation and Natural Resources Policy. January 6, 2016 – “Recent media and industry reports have employed the term big data as a key to the future of increased food production and sustainable agriculture. A recent hearing on the private elements of big data in agricultureContinue Reading

Coal production and prices decline in 2015

EIA: “Since reaching a high point in 2008, coal production in the United States has continued to decline. U.S. coal production in 2015 is expected to be about 900 million short tons (MMst), 10% lower than in 2014 and the lowest level since 1986. Regionally, production from the Appalachian Basin has fallen the most. LowContinue Reading

Impact of food waste on humans, world wildlife, environment

“Food wastage: Key facts and figures via FAO The global volume of food wastage is estimated at 1.6 billion tonnes of “primary product equivalents.” Total food wastage for the edible part of this amounts to 1.3 billion tonnes. Food wastage’s carbon footprint is estimated at 3.3 billion tonnes of CO2 equivalent of GHG released intoContinue Reading

Building Energy Performance Metrics

Building Energy Performance Metrics, Supporting Energy Efficiency Progress in Major Economie – November 2015 – “This International Energy Agency (IEA) and International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC) report supports energy efficiency in major economies by providing the metrics data needed to gauge progress and identify opportunities for improvement in building energy performance. The focusContinue Reading

Groups seeking restoration of habitat for monarch butterflies pursue lawsuit

News release: “Two environmental groups are threatening legal action against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over the agency’s failure to determine the federal protection status of monarch butterflies. “We can’t force them to protect monarchs but we can force them to make a decision,” said Tierra Curry, a senior scientist at the Center forContinue Reading

Audubon’s Birds and Climate Change Report

“The National Audubon Society has completed a continental analysis of how North America’s birds may respond to future climate change – Audubon’s Birds and Climate Change Report – Using extensive citizen science data and detailed climate layers, we developed models that characterize the relationship between the distribution of each species and climate. Then, we usedContinue Reading