In a ‘return to nature,’ California legalizes human composting for environmental benefits

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain Californians will soon have a new end-of-life burial option: human composting. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill into law Sunday that creates a state regulatory process for “natural organic reduction,” or transforming human remains into soil. The law will go into effect in 2027. California is the fifth state to legalize … Read more

How an effort to reduce fossil fuel use led to another environmental problem: Light pollution

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain In 2014, Los Angeles cut its annual carbon emissions by 43% and saved $9 million in energy costs by replacing the bulbs in more than half of the city’s street lamps with light-emitting diodes. That year, the Nobel Prize in physics went to three scientists whose work made those LEDs possible. … Read more

Why parents shouldn’t be saddled with environmental guilt for having children

MJTH/Shutterstock” width=”800″ height=”394″/> The environmental cost of childbearing is central to climate ethics debates. Credit: MJTH/Shutterstock Whether residents of high-income countries are morally obliged to have fewer children is a growing debate in climate ethics. Due to the high anticipated carbon impact of future population growth, some climate ethicists express support for non-coercive population engineering … Read more

Microplastics are in our fertilizers and soils, yet we know next to nothing about their environmental and health impacts

Area with microplastic pollution from sewage sludge (left) and from compost (right) in share of Utilized Agricultural Area (UAA) under high fertilisation intensity. Credit: Author provided, Fourni par l’auteur Gazprom’s decision to turn off the taps of Nord Stream 1 this month has rocked Europe’s industrial and manufacturing sector, with fertilizer producers first in line. … Read more

Tidal marsh or ‘fake habitat’? California environmental project draws criticism

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Southwest of Sacramento, California, the branching arms of waterways reach into a patchwork of farm fields and pastures. Canals and wetlands fringed with reeds meet a sunbaked expanse of dry meadows. These lands on the northwestern edge of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta have now been targeted for restoration following the … Read more

How will the Inflation Reduction Act affect US environmental policy?

Funds in the Inflation Reduction Act targeted for energy security and climate change reduction will encourage a major transformation in the US renewable energy infrastructure, says Don Fullerton, the Gutgsell Professor of Finance at the Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and a senior scholar at the Institute of Government and … Read more

Assessing firms’ environmental performances

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain A SMU researcher and her co-researchers have investigated whether, and if so how, foreign environmental standards influence global sourcing decisions. In their paper titled “Follow the smoke: The pollution haven effect on global sourcing” which has been published in the Strategic Management JournalSMU Assistant Professor of Strategic Management Narae Lee, along … Read more

UM analysis challenges US Postal Service electric vehicle environmental study

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain The Inflation Reduction Act signed into law by President Biden this month contains $3 billion to help the US Postal Service decarbonize its mail-delivery fleet and shift to electric vehicles. On the heels of the Aug. 16 bill-signing ceremony at the White House, a new University of Michigan study finds that … Read more

Environmental impact of 57,000 multi-ingredient processed foods revealed

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain A study estimating the environmental impact of 57,000 food products in the UK and Ireland has been published this week in the journal PNAS by an Oxford-led research team. The paper compares the environmental impacts of meat and meat alternative products, such as plant-based sausages or burgers, and finds many meat … Read more

Legacy of ancient ice ages shapes how seagrasses respond to environmental threats today

Eelgrass from the Finnish Archipelago Sea. Eelgrasses migrated to the Atlantic from the Pacific hundreds of millennia ago, and that ancient migration left marks on their DNA that still shape them today. Credit: Christoffer Boström, Åbo Akademi University Deep evolution casts a longer shadow than previously thought, scientists report in a new paper published the … Read more