Packaging Today: BPF Launches Online Database of Sustainable Design Guides and Tools

Packaging Today: BPF Launches Online Database of Sustainable Design Guides and Tools . The BPF is the British Plastics Federation. “The new online resource includes numerous design guides for making plastic packaging more recyclable, guides for incorporating recycled content in products, general guides about sustainability, as well as interactive tools such as carbon calculators. The searchable database presents a wealth of insight into plastic packaging design at a variety of technical levels, which can ultimately help to reduce the overall environmental impact of products.”

The Star: Museum of Dufferin launches new online climate exhibit

The Star: Museum of Dufferin launches new online climate exhibit. “Bringing climate change to a local relevancy, the Museum of Dufferin partnered with Climate Action in Dufferin to launch a new digital exhibition called ‘Before Your Eyes’. The digital exhibit looks to take the latest science on climate change in pollution and carbon dioxide, connecting the impacts to the local community while educating on solutions to reduce emissions.”

Neowin: Google raises its sustainability goals, will make plastic-free packaging by 2025

Neowin: Google raises its sustainability goals, will make plastic-free packaging by 2025. “Google is stepping up its sustainability game with new goals for its own hardware products, the company announced today. Last year, the search giant had already set some goals in this regard, such as using recycled materials in all of its new products by 2022, but it reached that goal early, as all Pixel and Nest devices released this year use recycled materials to some extent. In that light, Google is setting some more ambitious goals.”

BBC: Norway funds satellite map of world’s tropical forests

BBC: Norway funds satellite map of world’s tropical forests. “A unique satellite dataset on the world’s tropical forests is now available for all to see and use. It’s a high-resolution image map covering 64 countries that will be updated monthly. Anyone who wants to understand how trees are being managed will be able to download the necessary information for analysis – for free.”

Energy Voice: Total and Google create tool to ‘map’ solar potential of European homes

Energy Voice: Total and Google create tool to ‘map’ solar potential of European homes. “‘Solar Mapper’ aims to accelerate the deployment of solar panels for individuals, providing ‘an accurate and rapid estimate of the solar energy potential of their homes’. The tool will be rolled out for Europe and then worldwide.”

BirdLife International: Want to discover world’s top wildlife habitats? This website has them all

BirdLife International: Want to discover world’s top wildlife habitats? This website has them all. “Where can you find out about the world’s most important sites for nature, and the reasons for their significance? The Key Biodiversity Area Partnership is delighted to announce the launch of its new website, containing everything you need to know about all 16,000 sites.”

BBC: Google says its carbon footprint is now zero

BBC: Google says its carbon footprint is now zero. “Google says it has wiped out its entire carbon footprint by investing in ‘high-quality carbon offsets’. It became carbon-neutral in 2007 and says it has now compensated for all of the carbon it has ever created. It also aimed to run all of its data centres and offices on carbon-free energy by 2030, chief executive Sundar Pichai has announced.”

Earth Institute, Columbia University: What Social Media Can Teach Us About Human-Environment Relationships

Earth Institute, Columbia University: What Social Media Can Teach Us About Human-Environment Relationships. “Recent ecological research used Instagram posts to analyze the preferences of visitors to natural areas around the world. Researchers deduced the activities and feelings that people associated with different environments, including Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. The study explores the potential of using social media data to understand cultural ecosystem services—the intangible benefits that people receive from nature—and interactions between people and their environments.”

Phys .org: Big data delivers important new tool in conservation decision making

Phys .org: Big data delivers important new tool in conservation decision making. “The Harry Butler Institute has collaborated with researchers around the world to develop a new tool to inform conservation decisions across Europe. The research is poised to have a direct and immediate impact—on both science and practice.”

Center for Biological Diversity: Nation’s First Public Database Launched Featuring Research on Links Between Human Population Growth, Extinction Crisis

Center for Biological Diversity: Nation’s First Public Database Launched Featuring Research on Links Between Human Population Growth, Extinction Crisis. “The Center for Biological Diversity today launched the nation’s first public database featuring research documenting the links between human population growth and the escalating wildlife extinction crisis. Crowded Planet is a compilation of studies, reports and reviews detailing how human population growth and its associated pressures are driving habitat destruction and other threats to wildlife. The database also features research on effective, human rights-based solutions and the barriers to population advocacy.”

EurekAlert: Chemical Insights’ 3D printing toolkit now available to schools through Green Strides

EurekAlert: Chemical Insights’ 3D printing toolkit now available to schools through Green Strides. “Chemical Insights, an Institute of Underwriters Laboratories, has made its 3D printing toolkit available to schools nationwide by including it in the U.S. Department of Education’s (ED) Green Strides online resource portal. The Green Strides portal is a one-stop resource providing K-12 schools with tools to pursue knowledge and practices to help make them more environmentally friendly and ecologically responsible.”

Hydrocarbons 21: U.S. Nonprofit Launches NatRef Technology Library

Hydrocarbons 21: U.S. Nonprofit Launches NatRef Technology Library. “The North American Sustainable Refrigeration Council (NASRC), a 501c3 nonprofit collaborating with the supermarket industry to advance the adoption of natural refrigerants, has launched, for a limited time, a free online library of audio/slide presentations showcasing natural refrigerant technology for both new and existing supermarket facilities…. NASRC has also released a resource library, which includes ‘a collection of tools and educational resources to help the supermarket industry, policymakers, environmental stakeholders, and interested individuals learn about and contribute to the advancement of natural refrigerants in supermarket and food retail applications.'” Here’s a bit of an overview of natural refrigerants.

Fashion United: Google partners with WWF on fashion sustainability platform

FashionUnited: Google partners with WWF on fashion sustainability platform. “Google has announced a partnership with WWF Sweden to help create an environmental data platform that will enable more sustainability in the fashion industry. The new data-enriched, decision-making platform aims to help drive responsible sourcing decisions in the fashion industry, by combining Google Cloud’s technical capacity, including big-data analysis and machine learning with WWF’s knowledge of assessing raw materials.”

NASA: NASA Fosters Innovative Ways to Understand Biodiversity

NASA: NASA Fosters Innovative Ways to Understand Biodiversity. “To study and monitor changes in Earth’s biodiversity, or the immense volume of organisms in the world, scientists and citizen scientists record their sightings in the field. At the same time, sensors on the ground and on board satellites and aircraft monitor flora and fauna on a regional to global scale. NASA has funded four projects to create new, virtual portals that bring into focus this wealth of biodiversity information to help inform scientists, land managers and decision makers around the world regarding the status and health of terrestrial ecosystems.”

PLOS Blogs: Introducing the Biodiversity Conservation Collection

PLOS Blogs: Introducing the Biodiversity Conservation Collection. “It is with great pleasure that we announce the launch of our Biodiversity Conservation Collection. This Collection showcases research on a broad range of conservation science related topics, including anthropogenic impacts on biodiversity, such as habitat degradation, the spread of invasive species and global warming; conservation of key ecosystem services, such as carbon sequestration and pest regulation; and new management strategies to prevent further biodiversity loss.”