Author: Sharon Udasin

Global food prices on the downslide, UN agency says

Welcome to The Hill’s Sustainability newsletter. A friend forward this newsletter to you? Subscribe here. Today we’ll get ahead of the extreme cold that’s overtaking the northeastern U.S. and also look at House Republicans’ new move to combat environment-minded investing. Plus: Chess players face off with air pollution. But first: How global first prices dropped in January. UN food…

China’s ‘clean heating’ policies may have saved thousands of lives: study

The implementation of “clean heating” policies has dramatically improved air quality in northern China — likely preventing about 23,000 premature deaths last year alone, a new study has found. Concentrations of fine particulate matter (PM 2.5) from heating activities dropped by 41.3 percent from 2015 to 2021 in Beijing and 27 other surrounding cities, according to…

Firefighters’ union mounts legal push against ‘forever chemicals’: ‘It stops now’

The International Association of Fire Fighters called on Monday for the elimination of protective gear that contains “forever chemicals,” saying swift regulatory action is needed to address the toxic substances.  The union — which has more than 333,000 members — announced that it has retained the services of three nationally recognized law firms to pursue these goals,…

Thunberg, UN urge quick action on climate migration

Climate activist Greta Thunberg and United Nations officials called on Friday for immediate action to address environmental impacts on individuals forced to flee their homes. About 20 million people are displaced every year due to climate change, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The U.N. agency stressed the importance of curbing the environmental crises that…

Equilibrium/Sustainability — Farming seaweed could help bolster food security

Expanding seaweed farming operations could help address global food insecurity, biodiversity loss and the impacts of climate change, new research shows. Seaweed provides a sustainable alternative to land-based agriculture and can help meet the world’s surging needs for food and materials, according to a team of Australian scientists who published their findings in Nature Sustainability. “Seaweed has…

Sustainability — Farming seaweed could help bolster food security

Expanding seaweed farming operations could help address global food insecurity, biodiversity loss and the impacts of climate change, new research shows. Seaweed provides a sustainable alternative to land-based agriculture and can help meet the world’s surging needs for food and materials, according to a team of Australian scientists who published their findings in Nature Sustainability. “Seaweed has…

Most US children using potentially toxic makeup, face paints: study

Most U.S. children are using cosmetics and body care products that could contain carcinogens and other toxic chemicals, a new study has found. About 70 percent of parents surveyed said that their children use items such as glitter, face paint, nail polish, lip gloss and perfumes that are marketed for kids, according to the research, published on…

Long-term drought persists in US West despite rain, snow

A series of storms that pummeled the U.S. West recently brought a much-needed boost to local reservoirs, but federal meteorologists warned on Tuesday that long-term drought still plagues the region. Nine storm systems known as “atmospheric rivers” began battering California and other western areas with significant precipitation over a three-week period starting in late December,…

Supply chain to support Biden’s offshore wind goals will cost at least $22.4B: report

Fulfilling President Biden’s goal of deploying 30 gigawatts of offshore wind by 2030 would require the rapid scale-up of a domestic supply chain and at least $22.4 billion in infrastructure investments, a new report has found. The success of such a build-out would rely upon “resilient, sustainable and equitable manufacturing” of primarily U.S.-based facilities, ports…