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Monday, September 11, 2017
Measurement, Motivations And Opportunities To Waste Less Food
Oregon Department of Environmental Quality releases findings on psychological, socio-economic and structural drivers that contribute to generation of preventable wasted food in households. Source: Biocycle, September 2017

Thursday, September 7, 2017
Unprecedented levels of nitrogen could pose risks to Earth's environment
Human production of fixed nitrogen, used mostly to fertilize crops, now accounts for about half of the total fixed nitrogen added to the Earth both on land and in the oceans, according to a new study by researchers at North Carolina State University and Duke University. Source:, 9/6/17

Drainage technology, cover crops help to curb nutrient loss
Farmers have a lot of questions about water quality. Researchers at Southern Illinois University are hoping to provide some answers. Source: Illinois Farmer Today, 8/19/17

Antidepressants found in fish brains in Great Lakes region
Human antidepressants are building up in the brains of bass, walleye and several other fish common to the Great Lakes region, scientists say. Source:, 8/31/17

Green your tailgating, no matter your school's colors
Make your next tailgate more environmentally friendly with these tips. Source: Earth911, 9/7/17

IDNR issues first fracking permit in Illinois
In a historic move, regulators from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Department of Oil and Gas Resource Management on Thursday approved the state's first fracking permit. Source: The Southern Illinoisan, 9/3/17

Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Natural drainage: More bioswales coming to Waukegan lakefront
Waukegan's Sustainable Shoreline Plan received a $375,000 boost from a federal grant that will be used to construct bioswales -- drainage systems aimed at using nature as a natural filter for rainwater runoff -- along the Waukegan Municipal Beach parking lot and Sea Horse Drive. Source: Lake County News-Sun, 9/3/17

Potentially safer alternatives to BPA identified
NIEHS-funded researchers and colleagues have identified a group of potential substitutes for bisphenol A (BPA). These compounds demonstrate low potential for affecting estrogenic or androgenic endocrine activity, which means they are less likely to disrupt hormones produced by the body. Source: Environmental Factor, September 2017

Friday, September 1, 2017
Midwest researchers aim to make home energy management systems even smarter
In times of limited power availability, even today's smartest appliances may not be clever enough. However, a team of Midwestern researchers is hoping to devise a way to better align automated home energy management systems with what their users really want. Source: Midwest Energy News, 8/23/17

Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Energy Efficiency Soars At Chemical Sites
The drive by some chemical companies to improve energy efficiency extends well beyond their production processes. For instance, Eastman Chemicals, BASF, AkzoNobel and Dow are working hard to find energy savings in all aspects of corporate life. Source: Chemical Processing, 8/28/17

Welcome to the future, where your phone can fix its own smashed screen
From self-healing phone screens to concrete that repairs itself, businesses are investing in futuristic materials. But can it curb our throwaway habits? Source: The Guardian, 8/30/17

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