SETAC MultiBrief
Oct. 1, 2015

SETAC tackles Waco Creek in Texas, pulls 150 pounds of trash
Baylor Lariat
Baylor's chapter of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry gathered 150 pounds of trash and over 1000 pieces of Styrofoam from Waco Creek near the Baylor Science Building. The event was organized by Orlando graduate student Bekah Burket as a part of the International Coastal Cleanup, an annual event sponsored by the Ocean Conservancy.More

A chemistry test for public safety
UCLA
An estimated 80,000 chemical substances currently find their way into our environment through industrial and agricultural waste, as well as through food additives, pesticides, pharmaceuticals and personal care products. But even as companies continue to produce new chemical compounds at a rapid clip, toxicologists and state and federal regulators agree that conventional approaches to testing chemical safety have significant limitations. More

Salt Lake halloween attractions, pumpkin patches and events
Salt Lake Moms
Looking forward to some Salt Lake area Halloween events and activities? Here are some that we know about. More

The world's largest green roof, with an orchard and a vineyard, is planned for Silicon Valley
Quartz
Last year, the Silicon Valley real estate company Sand Hill bought up a failed shopping mall. Now, it wants to turn the 50-acre property into an urban center with the world's largest green roof. The project is ambitious: build a mixed-use town center complete with an orchard, vineyard, playground, 3.8 miles of walking trails and a 30-acre rooftop park to top it all.More

EPA may underestimate landfill methane
Scientific American
Landfills may be emitting more methane than previously reported because the Environmental Protection Agency may be drastically underestimating how much garbage is being deposited in landfills across the U.S., according to a new Yale University study. Banana peels, coffee grounds, plastic bottles and other detritus tossed in the garbage usually ends up in a landfill and emits methane as it decomposes. More

Beyond the pie chart
Science Friday
David McCandless does not like pie charts. "When I see a default [Powerpoint template] pie chart, I sag internally," he admits. And for good reason. McCandless is a data journalist and "information designer." Between his popular blog Information is Beautiful, and books (the latest is Knowledge is Beautiful) he's shown over and over again the explanatory power of a well-researched, well-designed graphic. More

Copper Development Association names new head of Health, Environment and Sustainable Development program
Copper Development Association
The Copper Development Association has chosen Carrie Claytor to lead its Health, Environment and Sustainable Development program. Centered on providing valuable scientific data and regulatory guidance to the industry, CDA's HESD program delivers information on copper in areas including toxicology, environmental protection, human health, and sustainable development.More

Turtles on Great Barrier Reef absorb thousands of chemicals from agriculture and industry
Tech Times
In 2012, over 100 green turtles in Upstart Bay, Australia died of unknown causes. Scientists, who are investigating the phenomenon, took blood samples from 1,131 animals in the area. Findings revealed possible chemical exposure. Researchers from the University of Queensland also studied turtles from Cleveland Bay and the Howick Group of Islands. They believe that a cocktail of chemical substances is slowly poisoning these creatures. The turtles from Upstart Bay showed high levels of compounds associated with chemical exposure. The blood tests also showed traces of molybdenum, antimony and cobalt.More