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Thursday, June 22, 2017
Sunlight surprise raises cadmium pollution risk
Exposure to light increases solubility of cadmium red pigment in water, bucking conventional wisdom. Source: Chemical & Engineering News, 6/16/17

Polymer network captures drinking water contaminant
Cross-linked cyclodextrin removes 93% of the perfluorinated chemical PFOA from water in lab tests. Source: Chemical & Engineering News, 6/20/17

Precise Soil, Climate, and Weather Data Help Dairy Optimize Water Use
For irrigated crops, knowing when and how much water to apply has long been a matter of experience and guesswork. In a changing climate, new technology can reduce this uncertainty, enabling farmers to make every drop of water count. Source: U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit, 1/17/17

How Vermont tackled farm pollution and cleaned up its waters
From Vermont's Lake Champlain to rivers and oceans across the nation, waterways are being overloaded with pollution from farms. But Vermont took an approach that could be a model for states -- especially now that the federal government is in regulatory retreat. Source: FERN, 6/22/17

Wednesday, June 21, 2017
The Florence Statement on Triclosan and Triclocarban
The Florence Statement on Triclosan and Triclocarban documents a consensus of more than 200 scientists and medical professionals on the hazards of and lack of demonstrated benefit from common uses of triclosan and triclocarban. These chemicals may be used in thousands of personal care and consumer products as well as in building materials. Based on extensive peer-reviewed research, this statement concludes that triclosan and triclocarban are environmentally persistent endocrine disruptors that bioaccumulate in and are toxic to aquatic and other organisms. Evidence of other hazards to humans and ecosystems from triclosan and triclocarban is presented along with recommendations intended to prevent future harm from triclosan, triclocarban, and antimicrobial substances with similar properties and effects. Because antimicrobials can have unintended adverse health and environmental impacts, they should only be used when they provide an evidence-based health benefit. Greater transparency is needed in product formulations, and before an antimicrobial is incorporated into a product, the long-term health and ecological impacts should be evaluated. Source: Environmental Health Perspectives, June 2017

Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Ikea aims to halve food waste at its restaurants by mid-2020
Ikea, which as well as being the No.1 furniture retailer also runs one of the world's biggest restaurant chains, aims to halve its food waste in three years to save money and reduce its environmental footprint. Source: CNBC, 6/19/17

Monday, June 19, 2017
3 trends shaping the future of sustainable retail
From supply chain transparency to financial reporting, the business of buying things is rife with both sustainability challenges and opportunities. Source: GreenBiz, 6/19/17

How A Major Food Processor Eliminated Organic Waste
Baldor is transforming food scraps into a big business. Source: Fast Company, 6/19/17

Friday, June 16, 2017
HP Creates Social and Environmental Impact in Haiti with Launch of Ink Cartridges Made from Recycled Bottles
HP has announced the launch of Original HP ink cartridges made with plastic from bottles recycled in Haiti. This joint initiative with Thread and the First Mile Coalition aims to improve the lives of the children who collect recyclable materials by providing them with educational opportunities, including scholarships, as well as full access to medical care and health and safety trainings. Source: CSR Wire, 6/15/17

American Chipmakers Had a Toxic Problem. Then They Outsourced It
Twenty-five years ago, U.S. tech companies pledged to stop using chemicals that caused miscarriages and birth defects. They failed to ensure that their Asian suppliers did the same. Source: Bloomberg Businessweek, 6/15/17

4 ways AI helps business protect the environment
Growing global attention is leading to increasing regulations, deeper research and deployment of advanced sensing and mapping technologies. However, connecting the dots for better insights and solutions is difficult because the relevant information is often siloed, and decision makers are reluctant to act without a high degree of certainty. Today's complex supply chains make this an even tougher puzzle to unravel. Cognitive technology, enabled by artificial intelligence, or AI, is uniquely adapted to helping with these challenges, from finding patterns and interconnections within macro datasets to providing local, personalized diagnosis and predictions that learn and improve over time. With its ability to understand, reason and learn, cognitive technology is proving a great ally in protecting our planet in four key ways. Source: GreenBiz, 6/15/17

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