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Houston We Have a Problem: An Environmental Justice Analysis of Harmful Air Pollution from Industrial Fires

Union of Concerned Scientists

A UCS team looked closely at an industrial fire's health effects on a fenceline community. Science and Democracy air pollution chemical fire environmental justice Houston Texas



Gunshots were heard just outside of his house. Infact, the noise was too much for him to get some sleep after working all night. He had two jobs… But not the kind we imagine… During the day, he sold sweets and other small commmodities at the bus stage. But for two weeks, he had also been working night shift at a local construction site. At least he could afford to put something on the table. It wasn’t enough but better than nothing.

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Ask a Scientist: Tyson’s Near Monopoly is Bad for Workers, Farmers and Communities

Union of Concerned Scientists

Rebecca Boehm, an economist with the UCS Food and Environment Program, looked at Arkansas and the biggest poultry producer in the state, Tyson Foods, as a case study and published her findings in August in conjunction with a Guardian investigative story.

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Some Microeconomics of Extreme Heat Exposure in the United States

Environmental and Urban Economics

The Biden Administration has made an announcement that it seeks to protect outdoor workers from extreme heat exposure. What does the theory of compensating differentials in real estate markets and labor markets teach us about exposure to high temperatures. I maintain two assumptions. Assumption #1: The apartment rental market is perfectly competitive and an area's heat risk is common knowledge. If heat risk rises in a location, all market bidders are aware of this.

A Vaccine against Poison Ivy Misery Is in the Works as Scientists Also Explore New Treatment Paths

Scientific American

Standard remedies offer little relief for the itchy rash caused by the plant, but researchers have found promising clues in the immune system. -- Read more on The Science of Health Health Medicine Vaccines

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The Rate of Global Warming During Next 25 Years Could Be Double What it Was In The Previous 50, a Renowned Climate Scientist Warns

Inside Climate News

Former NASA climate scientist James Hansen urged Congress decades ago to act on climate change. Now he says he expects reduced aerosol pollution to lead to a steep temperature rise.

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Spatial Equilibrium and Haitian Immigration to the U.S

Environmental and Urban Economics

Politico reports on t he policy challenge that the Biden Administration faces. There are thousands of Haitian immigrants living in squalid conditions under the Del Rio International Bridge. A dynamic incentives issue arises. If the Biden Administration engages in humane policies to help these immigrants then this will attract more immigrants to move to the area as they will anticipate that they will be treated well.



I always marvel at ants and bees. These hardworkers put their best foot forward any day. They ‘slave’ their hearts out day in day out. But are they aware that they are planning for a better tomorrow? Probably yes. What’s to be enjoyed later requires sweat to build today. Sure, their commitment to work looks laborious and sounds like druggery (repetitive and unexciting). But their focus is razor sharp. They may stumble and fall but the direction is always forward.

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Astronomers Should be Willing to Look Closer at Weird Objects in the Sky

Scientific American

The Galileo Project seeks to train telescopes on unidentified aerial phenomena. -- Read more on Space & Physics Extraterrestrial Life

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New ‘time lens’ could boost single-photon imaging technique

Physics World

A new “time lens” that can magnify the difference in arrival times between individual photons within an ultra-short pulse has been developed by researchers in the US.

API Jams on the Brakes As Momentum For Methane Action Grows

Union of Concerned Scientists

The top oil and gas industry trade association will do all it can to delay meaningful government action. Uncategorized API EPA methane

Why Saving World’s Peatlands Can Help Stabilize the Climate

Yale E360

Peatlands make up 3 percent of the earth’s landscape, yet absorb large amounts of carbon and harbor surprising biodiversity. Although peat bogs and fens are under increasing environmental threat, efforts to protect and restore these ecosystems are gathering momentum. Read more on E360

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‘The Opportunity Is Now’: Water Advocates View Upcoming UN Climate Conference as Moment of Relevance

Circle of Blue

Water was overlooked in past global climate talks. Advocates are focusing on the Glasgow meeting to highlight water’s indispensable climate role. Demonstrators took to the streets at the 2009 global climate convention in Copenhagen. Photo © J. Carl Ganter/Circle of Blue.

How Music Can Literally Heal the Heart

Scientific American

Its structural attributes and physiological effects make it an ideal tool for learning cardiology; studying heart-brain interactions; and dispensing neuro-cardiac therapy. -- Read more on Health Medicine

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Magnetic beads inside the body could improve control of bionic limbs

Physics World

In recent years, health and fitness wearables have gained popularity as platforms to wirelessly track daily physical activities, by counting steps, for example, or recording heartbeats directly from the wrist.

Driving Away Dirty Air

Union of Concerned Scientists

Emissions from diesel trucks and buses don’t just release higher levels of air pollution, they are also local in their effects and in Oregon disproportionately impact low-income individuals. Uncategorized air pollution heavy-duty trucks NOx pm 2.5

They Knew: How the U.S. Government Helped Cause the Climate Crisis

Yale E360

James Gustave Speth has been calling for action on climate since serving in the White House in the 1970s. In an e360 interview, he talks about his new book, which chronicles how successive U.S. administrations repeatedly failed to act in response to scientists’ increasingly dire warnings.

Toxin Levels Spike, Prompting Drinking Water Emergency in Northern California

Circle of Blue

Cyanotoxins in the state’s second-largest freshwater lake soared this month amid a hot, dry summer. Colorful blooms of cyanobacteria, also called blue-green algae, paint the nearshore waters of Clear Lake, California’s second-largest freshwater lake.

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How You Can Help Stop Invasive Spotted Lanternflies

Scientific American

Scientists are collecting photographs of the insects’ eggs to train an algorithm and curtail their rapid spread. -- Read more on Advances Biology Animals Environment

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Could microscale concave interfaces help self-driving cars read road signs?

Physics World

A structural colour technology that produces concentric rainbows could help autonomous vehicles read road signs, scientists in the US and China claim.

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Citations for environmental and energy law scholars 2021

Legal Planet

Brian Leiter at Chicago is once again doing his occasional series identifying the top cited legal scholars in the United States in a range of substantive areas.

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DS Smith Invests in Biogas Creation

Environmental Leader

Sustainable packaging company DS Smith is investing more than $8.8 million to expand its anaerobic treatment facility to create…. The post DS Smith Invests in Biogas Creation appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

Masks Protect Schoolkids from COVID despite What Antiscience Politicians Claim

Scientific American

Florida governor Ron DeSantis and politicians in Texas say research does not support mask mandates. Many studies show they are wrong. -- Read more on Health Public Health

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The enduring mystery of the solar corona

Physics World

Look towards the Sun during a total solar eclipse (taking proper precautions of course) and you’ll see a beautiful, crown-shaped glow surrounding the Moon. It’s the solar corona – a hot plasma that extends millions of kilometres out into space.

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New Study Finds Climate Change Exacerbates Neighborhood Smog

Union of Concerned Scientists

This groundbreaking report is important for three main reasons: impact, scale, and attribution. Climate Change Clean Air Act fossil fuel companies ozone Smog

The Town that Flood-Proofed Itself

Circle of Blue

Ottawa, Illinois learned how to keep its residents out of harm’s way. But on the river’s edge, safety has often required sacrifice. Flooding has long been part of life in Ottawa, Illinois. Photo © Laura Gersony / Circle of Blue.

Big Reefs in Big Trouble: New Research Tracks a 50 Percent Decline in Living Coral Since the 1950s

Inside Climate News

Climate change, overfishing, ocean acidification and pollution are driving reefs’ demise, along with the fisheries communities depend upon for nutrition. By Bob Berwyn Gathered together, the world’s coral reef systems would cover an area somewhere between the size of Oregon and Texas.

The Longer Short List Effect

Scientific American

How to increase the consideration of female candidates for male-gendered roles. -- Read more on Social Sciences Diversity Inequality

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Exciton ‘surfing’ could boost the efficiency of organic solar cells

Physics World

Organic solar cells (OSCs) are fascinating devices where layers of organic molecules or polymers carry out light absorption and subsequent transport of energy – the tasks that make a solar cell work.

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Three Reasons the House Reconciliation Bill Is Good News for Flood Resilience and Communities

Union of Concerned Scientists

Climate Resilience Analyst Shana Udvardy examines part of the budget reconciliation bill that would help bolster our flood resilience in the United States. Here are three reasons why it should pass.

Dam Battles Converge on Cambodia’s 3S Rivers

Circle of Blue

A fishing community along the Sesan River in northeastern Cambodia. The construction of a giant dam has flooded large parts of the surrounding area. Wonders of the Mekong. The rivers are an ecological bounty in the Mekong watershed.

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Environmental groups celebrate protection of Lower Duffins Creek Wetland

Enviromental Defense

ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENCE, ECOJUSTICE, ONTARIO NATURE. Developer withdraws permit application for Provincially Significant Wetland .

Stop Torturing Animals in the Name of Science

Scientific American

Four centuries after Descartes declared them to be mere machines that didn’t feel fear or pain, we’re still acting as though we don’t know better. -- Read more on Health Ethics

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Music inspired by black holes, book encourages children to listen to the universe

Physics World

Have you ever wondered what a black hole “sounds” like? The Belgian mathematician, lecturer, and electronic musician Valery Vermeulen has created an album of electronic music that was composed using data associated with black holes.

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