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Sawdust Might Be One Answer to the World’s Plastic Problem

–Yahoo
13 hours ago

(Bloomberg) -- A technology startup near Ontario’s leafy border with Michigan says it has the answer to the world’s plastic pollution problem: sawdust.Origin Materials is getting ready to pay sawmills in the area $20 a ton for the scraps left over in the process of turning logs into lumber, which it


Summer's record-high temperatures threaten to scorch the economy

–Climate News
13 hours ago

A brutally hot weekend has cities across the Midwest and East Coast bracing for potentially record-breaking temperatures. Two people have died, including a 32-year-old former NFL champion who succumbed to heat stroke in Arkansas.


Central Banks Stepping up the Fight Against Climate Change

–Climate News
13 hours ago

Central banks, guardians of financial systems, consider multiple factors when determining policy; today, as countries suffer the effects of severe weather, central banks feel impelled to include the risks associated with climate change. Groups such as the Network for Greening the Financial System, which unites central banks to address climate-change financial risks and aids the private sector toward achieving a more sustainable future, allow central banks to pool their resources to combat this threat.


Plastic straws, scourge of oceans, meets its match – in seaweed straws

–Climate News
23 hours ago

Plastic straws may seem harmless, but if everyone in your neighborhood threw away a plastic straw once a day for one week, you would all accumulate a lot of plastic waste. Straws don’t decompose, and seabirds and animals ingest plastic. A startup called Loliware has designed “The Straw of the Future” – which is made of […]


Health Care and Green Energy Dominate the Fastest-Growing Jobs of 2019

–Yahoo
4 days ago

The fastest-growing jobs in the U.S. will come from green industries and the health care sector. Here’s how much they pay. This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, which helps millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies


Corporate America Fuels Demand for Renewable Energy

–VOA News
4 days ago

As the federal government retreats from dealing with climate change, major parts of corporate America are moving forward anyway. Some of the largest companies in the United States are pushing for renewable energy, when even local authorities are not. VOA's Steve Baragona has more.


Hemp used for construction gains popularity in U.S.

–UPI
5 days ago

Natural materials builders in the United States have seen interest grow in "hempcrete," a renewable building material made with hemp that can take the place of traditional drywall, insulation and siding.


When will California become too hot to grow wine grapes?

–San Francisco Chronicle
5 days ago

We know that climate change is going to alter wine. In fact, we know that it already has. But we are still working toward a deeper understanding of what it will look like — and what can be done about it. The latest step toward that understanding is a study published Tuesday by the Union of Concerned Scientists, one of the most detailed forecasts to date of extreme heat across the U.S. As The Chronicle’s environmental correspondent Kurtis Alexander reported, the study warns that most of the country will see more than double the number of days with a 100 degree heat index by 2050, unless something drastic is done. In a world with more severe heat, of course, wine is the least of our worries. Heat-related illnesses and deaths could increase sharply, the study says. But it’s still worth considering what will happen to this major component of the California economy, which according to the Wine Institute generated $40.2 billion in U.S. sales in 2018. Without major intervention, Napa County can expect to see 15 days a year with a heat index (also known as the “feels like” temperature) exceeding 100 degrees by the middle of this century. The historical annual average, for comparison, is 2 days. That would be a game changer: The fine wine grapes grown in Napa Valley do not respond well to big heat spikes. “Above about 100 degrees, grapevines tend to shut down,” says Chris Howell, winemaker at Cain Vineyard in Napa Valley. They stop metabolizing. Dehydrated grapes will shrivel. If it gets really hot, they can lose leaves. Exposed to too much sunlight, “the flavors...