Real estate developers face few hurdles in getting environment clearance

Real estate projects above 20,000 sq m need Environment Clearance before construction. But the damage to biodiversity is almost ignored when giving clearance. Pic: Amit Gaitonde/Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0) Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) and Environment Management Plan (EMP). These are mandated by law to get environment clearance for largeContinue Reading

Democrats face big decision on agriculture in climate change fight

Democrats face a tough choice in their efforts to reduce methane emissions, one of the most harmful greenhouse gases. Their dilemma? Whether to impose any new restrictions on agriculture. State economies in places like Iowa and Wisconsin are heavily reliant on the agriculture industry, and voters in rural areas haveContinue Reading

The Changing Face of Environmental Marketing Claims

The circular economy. Sustainability. Single-use plastics bans. Marine litter. Microplastics. Climate change. These are only some of the issues driving the demand for more “environmentally friendly” products. In recent years, we have seen a surge in product and raw material innovations designed to result in improved environmental performance, and companiesContinue Reading

Would-Be Cannabis Farmers Face Big Challenges

Cannabis plants grow at Glass House Farms in Santa Barbara in 2018. / Photo by Liudi Hara/Shutterstock This fall, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors is expected to finalize an ordinance that allows cannabis retail sales, manufacturing and cultivation in the unincorporated areas of the county. For those thinking,Continue Reading

Face Shield and Surgical Mask

By European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases June 23, 2021 New research presented at this year’s European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (ECCMID), held online this year (9-12 July), shows that wearing a surgical face mask can provide similar protection against aerosols as wearing a respirator.Continue Reading

Nation's first quantum startup accelerator, Duality, launches at UChicago's Polsky and CQE

**Note this is a special early release from the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (ECCMID 2021). Please credit the conference if you use this story* New research presented at this year’s European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (ECCMID), held online this year (9-12 July), showsContinue Reading