Video: Carton Recycling Demonstration

Tetra Pak has posted a video demonstrating how cartons are recycled at paper mills into tissue products.

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Posted by on April 22, 2014 in Recycling, Video


Fracking sand mines credited for fluctuating property values

Read the full story at Great Lakes Echo.

In the three years since Tunnel City area residents found themselves at the forefront of Wisconsin’s frac sand mining boom, economic variations have begun to emerge in western sand-laden communities.

Accessible sand can bring a windfall for some landowners. Others worry that proximity to sand mines is bringing down the value of their homes.

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Posted by on April 22, 2014 in Fracking


New Satellite Boosts Research On Global Rainfall and Climate

Read the full story at Yale Environment 360.

Although it may seem simple, measuring rainfall worldwide has proven to be a difficult job for scientists. But a recently launched satellite is set to change that, providing data that could help in understanding whether global rainfall really is increasing as the planet warms.

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Posted by on April 22, 2014 in Climate change, Water


White Papers on Methane and VOC Emissions : US EPA

On April 15, 2014, EPA released for external peer review five technical white papers on potentially significant sources of emissions in the oil and gas sector. The white papers focus on technical issues covering emissions and mitigation techniques that target methane and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). As noted in the Obama Administration’s Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions (PDF) (15pp, 1.9 MB), EPA will use the papers, along with the input we receive from the peer reviewers and the public, to determine how to best pursue additional reductions from these sources. Read a summary of the white papers (PDF) (2pp, 282k)

The five white papers cover:

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Posted by on April 22, 2014 in Oil and gas industry, Publications


Opinion: Beware of backroom deals in the name of ‘science’

Read the full piece in Nature.

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Posted by on April 22, 2014 in Public policy


Made in America: Staggering amounts of toxic chemicals

Read the full story at GreenBiz.

Recent spills in West Virginia and North Carolina cast a spotlight on toxic hazards in our midst. But as bad as they are, these acute incidents pale in scope compared to the chronic flow of hazardous chemicals coursing through our lives each day with little notice and minimal regulation. A new report by EDF, “Toxics Across America,” tallies billions of pounds of chemicals in the American marketplace that are known or strongly suspected to cause increasingly common disorders, including certain cancers, developmental disabilities and infertility.

While it’s no secret that modern society consumes huge amounts of chemicals, many of them dangerous, it is surprisingly difficult to get a handle on the actual numbers. And under current law, it’s harder still to find out where and how these substances are used, although we know enough to establish that a sizeable share of them end up in one form or another in the places where we live and work.

The new report looks at 120 chemicals identified by multiple federal, state and international officials as known or suspected health hazards. Using the latest, albeit limited, data collected by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EDF identifies which are in commerce in the U.S.; in what amounts they are being made; which companies are producing or importing them; and where they are being produced or imported. An interactive online map accompanying the report lets the user access the report’s data and search by chemical, company, state and site location.


How the ‘Mushroom Death Suit’ breaks down your body for nature

Read the full story at Mother Nature Network.

Artist and MIT research fellow Jae Rhim Lee is designing a suit that will make your body a veritable buffet for mushrooms.



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