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Friday, September 30, 2016
Does Endorsing Scientific Inquiry Boost Support for Environmental Regulations?
Scientific knowledge matters less than believing in the scientific method, researchers find. Source: Pacific Standard, 9/30/16

Monday, September 26, 2016
Which U.S. city is doing the most to save its water?
A look into how L.A., New York City and Chicago are tackling their respective urban freshwater concerns. Source: GreenBiz, 9/26/16

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Sponge made of coffee grounds scrubs lead and mercury from water
The material could make it easier to use coffee waste for water remediation. Source: Chemical & Engineering News, 9/21/16

Saving silver: portable micro-factories could turn e-waste trash into treasure
A new low-cost alternative to smelting could solve Australia's electronic waste problem, eliminate shipping emissions and create new business opportunities Source: The Guardian, 9/20/16

Why Sustainable Supply Chains Matter
Environmental managers and chief sustainability officers are increasingly looking to their supply chains to conserve natural resources and reduce carbon emissions. Source: Environmental Leader, 9/20/16

Why sustainability metrics fail to measure achievement, and how to fix them
Corporate metrics often fail to measure what's meaningful, and some methodologies are just plain flawed. Source: GreenBiz, 9/21/16

Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Rescued food feeds the poor in Michigan
Trucks carrying some 40,000 tons of cherries will drop them off this month in Cadillac to fill food bank shelves in West Michigan and the Upper Peninsula. It's part of a statewide effort to reduce food waste and put it to use feeding poor people. Source: Great Lakes Echo, 9/20/16

Farmers Enlist Chickens And Bugs To Battle Against Pests
In an effort to turn away from chemical pesticides, which have the potential to damage the environment, some farmers are looking in a new direction in the age-old struggle against pests. They're warding off intruding insects and noxious weeds with bugs and chickens. Source: NPR, 9/19/16

Waste not want not: Sweden to give tax breaks for repairs
The Swedish government is introducing tax breaks on repairs to everything from bicycles to washing machines so it will no longer make sense to throw out old or broken items and buy new ones. Source: The Guardian, 9/19/16

People want solutions, not physical products: rise of the subscription model
The subscription model is being adopted by suppliers of kitchen appliances, furniture and even toys. Could it one day dominate over traditional ownership? Source: The Guardian, 9/20/16

Thursday, September 15, 2016
Your household dust probably contains these chemicals
Researchers found the same types of chemicals in the vast majority of household dust samples. Source: Washington Post, 9/14/16

Scientists may have solved a key mystery about the world's methane emissions
New research suggests rising atmospheric methane could be tied to leaks from fossil fuels. Source: Washington Post, 9/15/16

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