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Is plastic food packaging dangerous?

Is plastic food packaging dangerous? | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The phthalate chemicals used in packaging are banned in some countries and have been blamed for many ailments. So should you ban them from the house?

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This is an age old debate.  Best thing is to avoid soft plastics whenever possible and to NEVER heat up (microwave, boiling water, etc.) plastics.

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How might we keep the lights on, water flowing, and natural world vaguely intact? It starts with grabbing innovative ideas/examples to help kick down our limits and inspire a more sustainable world. We implement with rigorous science backed by hard data.
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Welcome to Sustainability Science

Welcome to Sustainability Science | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it

Welcome to my curation site for the emerging science of sustainability.

 

Here you will find an array of stories, examples, relevant cautionary tales, and data related to our hunt for a more sustainable economy with a reduced ecological footprint.  While my students, colleagues and I are interested in all aspects of sustainability, these pages have an historc emphasis on:

 

- human population growth rates/demography 

- product design/construction, especially:

    - triple bottomline

    - life cycle analyses (LCA)

    - sustainable supply chains

 - carbon footprints (especially carbon "finprints" of seafood)

 - food production/distribution systems

 - energy production/storage systems, especially:

    - dams and flow diversions

    - wind turbines

    - tidal power

    - solar panel efficiency/material advances

    - fuel cell design/material advances

 - general building design/construction, especially:

     - green roof/wall construction and plant palletes

     - lighting systems

     - elegant design

     - redevelopment/reuse

 - urban planning

 - role of mobile technology in fostering sustainability

 - elegant and effective communication

 

Thanks for visiting.  Please enjoy and let me know if I can answer any questions or be of any other help.

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Extreme Weather, Caused by Climate Change, Is Here. Can Nike Prepare You?

Extreme Weather, Caused by Climate Change, Is Here. Can Nike Prepare You? | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Following the approach we often see from companies marketing products before big storms, Nike focuses on climate change science in the promotion of its latest line of base-layer apparel. Is it a sign that more Americans are taking climate change seriously? Don’t get your hopes up.
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Watch Smoke From Wildfires in Alaska and Canada Circle the World

Watch Smoke From Wildfires in Alaska and Canada Circle the World | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Unusually large wildfires can cause problems for everybody.
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Gov. Jerry Brown signs bill barring fines for dead lawns during drought

Gov. Jerry Brown signs bill barring fines for dead lawns during drought | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Cities and counties will no longer be able to impose fines on residents for unsightly brown lawns while the state is in a drought, under a bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown  on Monday afternoon.
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Solar Impulse Plane Takes Off on Six-Day, Sun-Powered Pacific Marathon

Solar Impulse Plane Takes Off on Six-Day, Sun-Powered Pacific Marathon | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
After more than a month of preparation, the Solar Impulse 2 airplane took off from China for the most grueling leg of its round-the-world odyssey
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Sewer Gas to Fuel Half of the UK by 2025

Sewer Gas to Fuel Half of the UK by 2025 | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Inspired by the old Victorian sewer gas lamps found in large cities renewable energy specialists intend on supplying consistent green gas to the grid.
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Interesting take on something of an old idea.

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EU shipping could be forced to report CO2 emissions

EU shipping could be forced to report CO2 emissions | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Ships, which create 3% of all emissions across the European Union, could soon have to report their CO2 impact if new MEP proposals get the green light.

The plans, designed to help cut emissions from the sector, would come into play from 2018 for all ships that weigh more than 5,000 tonnes.
There are currently no pieces of legislation covering maritime emissions reduction. And with shipping emissions jumping 70% since 1990, the EU thinks the time is right to take action. If emissions continue to

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Central Valley's growing concern: Crops raised with oil field water

Central Valley's growing concern: Crops raised with oil field water | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Here in California's thirsty farm belt, where pumpjacks nod amid neat rows of crops, it's a proposition that seems to make sense: using treated oil field wastewater to irrigate crops.
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Indeed.  This is the old mantra of folks: if you don't look for a problem, you won't see a problem/can't prove a problem exists.

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L.A. may require pool covers to fight drought

L.A. may require pool covers to fight drought | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Los Angeles water officials approved new watering restrictions Thursday that could be imposed if the city’s conservation efforts flag in the coming summer months.
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State officials launch new advertising campaign for water conservation

State officials launch new advertising campaign for water conservation | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
When it comes to conserving water, Gov. Jerry Brown needs Californians' help.
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Here comes the conservation arguments for the new California:

 

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-ski-season-drought-20150403-story.html

 

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-mandatory-water-cuts-put-pressure-on-california-communities-20150401-story.html

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Socially Responsible Supply Chains Create Triple Advantage: Increased Revenue, Reduced Cost and Greater Brand Value

Beyond Supply Chains – Empowering Value Chains finds that socially responsible supply chains contribute to local development, shrink carbon footprints and boost the company’s competitivenessSocially responsible products increase revenues by up to 20%, reduce supply chain costs by as much as 16% and boost brand value by up to 30%; they also shrink carbon footprints by as much as 22%Report identifies 31 socially responsible practices to help companies gain a “triple supply chain advantage”

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EcoVadis's curator insight, March 30, 5:28 PM

Congratulations to WEF for a very quantitative report, analysing profitabitly gains from Responsible Supply Chain. Confirming finding to EcoVadis / INSEAD Value Chain report of 2011

Christel Rumgay's curator insight, March 31, 6:48 AM

A triple win win win!

 

31 proven practices that reduce carbon footprint, reduce supply chain costs, increase revenues  and contribute to local development, including the health, welfare and working conditions of the communities in which they operate.


The Beyond Supply Chains - Empowering Supply Chains report is a must read for every corporation!


Laid out in and easy to read chart that lists the Supply chain practice, a description, the value proposition behind the triple advantage and the good practices for all 31 proven practices.


The report also details a blueprint, implementation, prioritization, and business case information.


A study that included more than 25 corporations in 7 different industries as well as several NGOs and more than 20 sustainability experts to test the value proposition behind each supply chain practice. 


Behaving in a socially responsible way can also deliver a competitive edge.


The business case is there for change.





Patrick Wallace's curator insight, March 31, 8:29 AM

Increase Revenue.  Reduce Costs.  Build Greater Brand Value.

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Ready For Wearable Environmental Intel? Tzoa Portable Air Quality Monitor

Ready For Wearable Environmental Intel? Tzoa Portable Air Quality Monitor | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Wearable technologies are all the rage, but can yours tell you the humidity and air quality outside? The Tzoa air quality monitor can and much more.
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Wood That Proudly Wears the Marks of Previous Use

Wood That Proudly Wears the Marks of Previous Use | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it

HReclaimed wood, including from old fence posts and Venetian “barber poles,” is taking center stage in high-end automotive interiors.

PIRatE Lab's insight:

Hmmmm...an interesting example of re-use.  But perhaps not the lowest carbon footprint for repurposed products.

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Net positive: Revolution, not evolution

Net positive: Revolution, not evolution | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Companies including Ikea, BT and Kingfisher are signing on to up the bar when it comes to corporate impacts on the planet.

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Northern California Is Already Losing Wildflowers Because of Climate Change

Northern California Is Already Losing Wildflowers Because of Climate Change | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
A study of a reserve near Davis finds a decline in wildflower diversity since 2000.
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Resurveying California's Wildlife

Resurveying California's Wildlife | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
In this lesson from Clue into Climate, produced by KQED, students will learn that scientific surveys are providing evidence that animal populations in Yosemite and along the California coast have shifted over time in response to rising temperatures.
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Once illegal, watering the garden with drainage from the washer or shower is gaining favor

Once illegal, watering the garden with drainage from the washer or shower is gaining favor | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Strands of silver hair fell into Annie Costanzo's face as she wielded a sledgehammer against the brick walkway in her backyard. Plumes of dust and debris filled the air, and reddish-pink shards scattered in the wake of the 64-year-old sculptor's latest water conservation project.
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Ventura County residents enjoy among shortest commutes in country

Ventura County residents enjoy among shortest commutes in country | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
A new study has found that residents of the Thousand Oaks/Oxnard/Ventura metro area have on average among the shortest commutes in the country.
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Mandatory usage cuts loom even for those with senior water rights

Mandatory usage cuts loom even for those with senior water rights | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
In the 1976-77 drought, the state ordered growers with some of the oldest water rights in California to stop pumping from many rivers and streams. Now, in a sign of the spreading pain of another punishing drought, regulators are preparing to do the same thing.
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Walmart Sources Bottled Water from Dry California

Walmart Sources Bottled Water from Dry California | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Walmart is the latest company under pressure to stop sourcing its bottled water from drought-stricken California. According to

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Analysis: In boosting climate goals, California daring others to follow

Ambitious new targets aim to improve economy, environment
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I love the inclusion of the failed doomsayers predictions.

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Pope Francis poised to weigh in on climate change with major document

Pope Francis poised to weigh in on climate change with major document | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Even unseen, the encyclical is attracting outrage from conservatives and praise from environmentalists.

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Growth of urban neighborhood Wal-Mart

Growth of urban neighborhood Wal-Mart | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Maybe you saw the Wal-Mart growth map I made a while back. NPR takes a much closer look at Wal-Mart's current growth strategy, as the store goes smaller and caters to more urban areas. That means l...
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8 ways you are killing the environment that you probably didn't even realize

8 ways you are killing the environment that you probably didn't even realize | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Keurig coffee makers aren't the only culprits here.
PIRatE Lab's insight:

I find these types of stories very interesting.  One because the get so much press and two because they really are pretty stupid.  While all these things can stand to be improved upon, it is a far cry from a holistic list that really looks at the real drivers of problems.  This is very much the treating the symptom/ignoring the 400 lbs gorilla in the room type of story.

 

Can anyone say Climate change?  Population size?  Energy systems?  Food systems?  Consumerism?

 

 

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B Team Leaders Call for Net-Zero Greenhouse-Gas Emissions by 2050 - The B Team

B Team Leaders Call for Net-Zero Greenhouse-Gas Emissions by 2050 - The B Team | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Geneva, 5th February, 2015 – Today, Leaders of The B Team running some of the world’s largest companies, called upon world leaders to commit to a global goal of net-zero greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions by 2050 – and urged business leaders to match this ambition by committing to bold long-term targets. The B Team’s ambition builds on recent talks …
PIRatE Lab's insight:

Using information in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report, the 2014 United Nations Environment Programme’s Emissions Gap Report, and other scientific literature, a new briefing note from Climate Analytics details timeframes for that goal. For a 66 percent likelihood of avoiding 2 degrees of warming by century’s end, GHG emissions would have to be 40–70 percent below 2010 levels by 2050 and would need to reach zero some time between 2080 and 2100, but energy and industry emissions of CO2 would have to reach zero no later than 2075 and perhaps as soon as 2060.

At the outset of the Geneva talks, The B Team, a group of leaders from the business and nonprofit sectors founded by Sir Richard Branson, referenced the 66 percent chance in endorsing a net zero emissions goal: “The B Team view a 1-in-3 chance of failure as an unreasonable risk scenario carrying significant cost implications, strengthening the business case for achieving net-zero GHG emissions by 2050.”

"Momentum is already growing in finance, business and political circles for a net zero goal," wrote Mary Robinson, the United Nations Secretary General's special envoy on climate change, in the foreword to The Business Case for Adopting the Long-Term Goal for Net Zero Emissions, a report published by Track0.org.

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BP's two-word fix for global climate change

BP's two-word fix for global climate change | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Oil supermajor BP says global carbon emissions will continue to rise well above what most scientists regard as safe levels in the years to come. While there's no silver-bullet solution to the threat of climate change, the company endorses one specific policy as a way to guide efforts.
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