Jan 26 2015

Screening of award-winning documentary highlights racial and environmental justice

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The Institute for the Environment at UNC-Chapel Hill and the Department of Communication Studies, in partnership with the Duke Environmental Law and Policy Clinic and Working Films, will host a free screening of the documentary Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek on Thursday Feb. 12 at 6:00 PM in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. Filmmaker Leah Mahan and local environmental justice leaders will be in attendance. For more information: http://uncnews.unc.edu/2015/01/21/screening-award-winning-documentary-highlights-racial-environmental-justice/.

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Jan 21 2015

NOAA names winners of Walter B. Jones Memorial Awards

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There are several North Carolina honorees of the 2014 Walter B. Jones Memorial Award for Excellence in Coastal Ocean Resource Management, an award given by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office for Coastal Management for exemplary leadership and a commitment to balancing the human use of coastal and ocean resources with the needs of the environment. For more information: http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2015/20150120_jonesawards.html.

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Jan 21 2015

Q&A: Matt Damon on bringing water to the masses

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A USA Today interview with UNC alum Gary White and actor Matt Damon, co-founders of Water.org, about their work to provide regular access to safe water for over 1 billion people worldwide. For more information: www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2015/01/20/water-qa-matt-damon-gary-white-davos-world-economic-forum/21986151/.

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Jan 21 2015

Study calls for new global standard for water and sanitation

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A new study conducted jointly by The Water Institute at UNC-Chapel Hill and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine calls for a new global standard for improvements in household drinking water and sanitation access. For more information: http://sph.unc.edu/sph-news/study-calls-for-new-global-standard-for-water-and-sanitation/.

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Jan 21 2015

Study to examine Ebola’s survival rate, disinfection in sewage

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Dr. Mark Sobsey, Kenan Distinguished Professor in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Environmental Sciences and Engineering department, was recently awarded funding from the National Science Foundation to conduct a new study titled RAPID:  On-site Disinfection and Survival of Ebola and Other Viruses in Human Fecal Wastes and Sewage which will investigate Ebola’s survival rate and the effectiveness of disinfection efforts in sewage. For more information: http://sph.unc.edu/sph-news/study-to-examine-ebolas-survival-rate-disinfection-in-sewage/.

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Jan 21 2015

2015 NC Water and Wastewater Finance Course

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UNC’s Environmental Finance Center will host a water and wastewater finance course Feb 10-11, 2015, to provide utility practitioners with new skills and up-to-date information on infrastructure finance planning strategies and funding resources. For more information: http://www.sog.unc.edu/Node/1219.

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Jan 21 2015

Day in the life: Undergraduate researcher

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A day in the life of Carrie Hamilton, an undergraduate student conducting research in Marine Sciences at UNC. For more information: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0RmBPXd5WjY.

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Jan 21 2015

For sea turtles, there’s no place like magnetic home

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Adult sea turtles find their way back to the beaches where they hatched by seeking out unique magnetic signatures along the coast, according to new evidence from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For more information: http://uncnews.unc.edu/2015/01/13/sea-turtles-theres-no-place-like-magnetic-home/.

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Jan 21 2015

What Might Be Missing From MyPlate? Water

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Barry Popkin, a faculty member in the Carolina Population Center, along with colleagues Kelly Brownell of Duke University and Christina Hecht from the University of California’s Nutrition Policy Institute, recently submitted a letter to Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee lobbying for the inclusion of stronger language on water as a substitute for soda and other sugary beverages, and for the addition of the water symbol in their promotional materials. For more information: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2015/01/12/376172800/what-might-be-missing-from-myplate-water.

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Jan 21 2015

Tar Heel of the Week: Doug Rader wants to change how people fish

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A News & Observer article on Doug Rader, the Raleigh-based chief oceans scientist for the Environmental Defense Fund and a member of the Institute for the Environment at UNC’s Board of Visitors, who is currently focused on spreading sustainable fishing practices to the places where much of the fish eaten across the world are caught. For more information: http://www.newsobserver.com/2015/01/03/4447100_tar-heel-of-the-week-doug-rader.html?sp=/99/102/110/&rh=1.

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