“Plastic-eating caterpillar could munch waste, scientists say”

Plastic eating caterpillars are cool. Maybe they’ll help. More research is needed to find out if this would really be a good way of reducing plastic waste. Reduce-Reuse-Recycle – Definitely; Caterpillar – Maybe.


“5 Essential Green Engineering Innovations”

“As recent Envision-designated projects have shown, the possibilities for sustainability in civil engineering are endless.” And sustainability in engineering is essential for sustainability elsewhere in our society.


“Plants and animals are in double trouble from global warming”

“The more genetically diverse the population is, the greater the chance that a species will be able to survive and adapt to changing conditions.” But the effects of climate change leads to a less genetically diverse population, making it so that the population is even less capable of adapting.


“How smarter microgrids can boost clean energy”

“Enter microgrids. Microgrids are smaller grids that can operate independently. They can collect power from multiple sources, such as from all the rooftop solar panels in a single neighborhood. Then, that electricity can be fed into the main power grid.”


“Alaska’s Big Problem With Warmer Winters”

Climate change is already being experienced by people in the United States. “As warmer winters arrive in Alaska, [Cook Inlet] offers a glimpse of the challenges to come. Precipitation that used to fall as snow lands as rain, eroding the coastal bluffs and threatening the only road out of town. Less snow means less drinking water in Homer’s reservoir; it also means shallower, warmer streams, threatening the salmon that support Cook Inlet’s billion-dollar fishing industry.”


“Doctors Warn Climate Change Threatens Public Health”

Due to a shifting climate, diseases that people may have never been exposed to before, or had only been exposed to for brief amounts of time, are becoming more abundant. This is yet another reason why we must make HASTE!


“Groundwater over-pumping is reducing San Joaquin Valley’s ability to store water”

Reliable water supply is necessary to provide food security. Groundwater overdraft to the point of causing significant subsidence permanently reduces capacity to store water in underground reservoirs and damages other infrastructure (like bridges and canals). From a water reliability and food security perspectives, sustainable water management must avoid subsidence. Effort necessary to restore infrastructure damaged by subsidence is effort that could be better expended developing more sustainable water supplies.


“Chicago Commits to Renewable Energy for 900-Plus Government Buildings”

Commitment to clean energy is an important step towards sustainability. They more people, cities, and states that make this part of their plan help us edge closer to a sustainable society.