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Rain Comes to the Arctic, With a Cascade of Troubling Changes

Yale E360

Rain used to be rare in the Arctic, but as the region warms, so-called “rain-on-snow events” are becoming more common. The rains accelerate ice loss, trigger flooding, landslides, and avalanches, and create problems for wildlife and the Indigenous people who depend on them.

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Recentering Environmental Law: A Thought Experiment

Legal Planet

In 1965, scientists sent LBJ a memo mentioning the risks of climate change. I magine if history had been a little different. Suppose it had been this memo and a follow-up report , rather than Rachel Carson’s attack on pesticides, that sparked the environmental movement. How would environmental law look different and how might we be thinking about it differently?

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Have You Recorded Your Saltwater Disposal Agreement?

Energy & the Law

According to Darkhorse Water LP v. Birch Operations Inc. et al. , the form of an instrument affecting real property in Texas does not affect the interest conveyed by the instrument. It’s what the document says about the transaction, not what the document calls itself. And you are reminded (because you know should this) that, other than for good reasons in limited occasions, nothing good comes from failing to promptly record an agreement affecting real property in the public records.

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Will the EPA Strengthen Ethylene Oxide Standards Without Outside Interference?

Union of Concerned Scientists

One year ago, UCS published a report on ethylene oxide (EtO), a colorless toxic gas that is emitted by chemical manufacturing and medical device sterilization facilities. We found that medical device sterilization facilities, known as “commercial sterilizers,” are scattered throughout residential communities nationwide, within five miles of nearly 13 million people in the United States and Puerto Rico.

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Implementing D.E.J.I. Strategies in Energy, Environment, and Transportation

Speaker: Antoine M. Thompson, Executive Director of the Greater Washington Region Clean Cities Coalition

Diversity, Equity, Justice, and Inclusion (DEJI) policies, programs, and initiatives are critically important as we move forward with public and private sector climate and sustainability goals and plans. Underserved and socially, economically, and racially disadvantaged communities bear the burden of pollution, higher energy costs, limited resources, and limited investments in the clean energy and transportation sectors.

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First gene-edited meat will come from disease-proof CRISPR pigs

New Scientist

Pigs that have been given genetically engineered immunity to porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome, a major and costly disease, could be on the market within two years

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Return of Trees to Eastern U.S. Kept Region Cool as Planet Warmed

Yale E360

Over the 20th century, the U.S. as a whole warmed by 1.2 degrees F (0.7 degrees C), but across much the East, temperatures dropped by 0.5 degrees F (0.3 degrees C). A new study posits that the restoration of lost forest countered warming, keeping the region cool.

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Could Neanderthals Make Art?

Scientific American

Scientists are finding ever-earlier examples of artistic expression in the archaeological record that reshape what we know about the abilities of Neanderthals and other archaic humans

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Citizen Complaint Leads DEP To Breakout Of Mariner East Pipeline Drilling Mud That Contaminated The Lake At Marsh Creek State Park, Chester County; Sunoco Pipeline Starts Cleanup

PA Environment Daily

In response to a citizen complaint on February 15, DEP inspected a tributary that feeds the lake at Marsh Creek State Park in Chester County on February 16 and found a clay-like material contaminating the stream and a portion of the nearby wetlands. DEP’s inspection report said the area is the same location where a sinkhole developed and an “inadvertent return” of drilling mud used in the construction of the Energy Transfer/Sunoco Mariner East Pipeline occurred in August 2020.

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Tiny new moons have been spotted orbiting Neptune and Uranus

New Scientist

Astronomers have found a new moon around Uranus and two orbiting Neptune – the first moons discovered orbiting these planets in a decade and the faintest ever spotted

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After Two Years of War, Ukraine Sees Deepening Environmental Wound

Yale E360

In the two years since Russia launched its invasion, Ukraine has seen its forests burned, its rivers polluted, and its wildlife decimated, all of which "reverses many years of efforts towards sustainable development," said Ukrainian environment minister Ruslan Strilets.

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Shaping a Resilient Future: Climate Impact on Vulnerable Populations

Speaker: Laurie Schoeman Director, Climate & Sustainability, Capital

As households and communities across the nation face challenges such as hurricanes, wildfires, drought, extreme heat and cold, and thawing permafrost and flooding, we are increasingly searching for ways to mitigate and prevent climate impacts. During this event, national climate and housing expert Laurie Schoeman will discuss topics including: The two paths for climate action: decarbonization and adaptation.

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Delivering Workforce Benefits in an Emerging Industry

Legal Planet

California’s offshore wind (OSW) industry is transitioning from planning to implementation in a statewide effort to deliver 2-5 GW clean energy by 2030. In support of this goal, the California Energy Commission (CEC) released a draft of its Assembly Bill 525 Offshore Wind Strategic Plan (the Plan). In a nascent industry with complex community interests at play, the need to monitor and optimize OSW’s local impacts is paramount.

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The Decimal Point Is 150 Years Older than Historians Thought

Scientific American

The origin of the decimal point, a powerful calculation tool, has been traced back to a mathematician who lived during the Italian Renaissance

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DEP: Shell Petrochemical Plant Pays Additional $2,671,044.75 In Civil Penalties For 12-Month Air Quality Violations After May 2023 Consent Order

PA Environment Daily

On February 22, the Department of Environmental Protection reported the Shell Petrochemical Plant in Beaver County paid an additional $2,671,044.75 in civil penalties for air quality violations occurring after the May 24, 2023 consent order. The consent order and agreement included a $4,935,023 penalty to the DEP Clean Air Fund (25% of which was directed to the host community as required by law) and an additional $5 million was allocated to a Beaver County Environmental Mitigation Community Fund

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ADHD may have evolved to help foragers know when to cut their losses

New Scientist

Symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, such as impulsivity, may have helped foragers in hunter-gatherer communities quickly move on to new areas when food sources were low

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Sustainability at Retail

Sustainability impacts every nation, company, and person around the world. So much so that, in 2015, the United Nations (UN) issued a call for action by all countries to work toward sustainable development. In response to this and as part of a global Sustainability at Retail initiative, Shop! worked collaboratively with its global affiliates to address these critical issues in this white paper.

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What Will It Take to Save Our Cities from a Scorching Future?

Yale E360

The U.N. named Eleni Myrivili its first-ever global chief heat officer based on her record as a city official in Athens. In an e360 interview, she talks about why extreme heat is a health crisis and what cities must do to protect the most vulnerable from rising temperatures.

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New Bill Targets Carbon Dioxide Pipeline Leaks

Legal Planet

Guest contributor Jennifer Imm is a J.D. Candidate at UCLA Law (2L) Last week, Assemblymember Dr. Joaquin Arambula introduced AB 2623 , a bill designed to guard California communities against the dangers of transporting carbon dioxide in pipelines. These risks aren’t hypothetical: A leak from a carbon dioxide pipeline already caused serious health harms in Satartia, Mississippi, where 45 people were hospitalized following a pipeline rupture in early 2020.

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New Linguistics Technique Could Reveal Who Spoke the First Indo-European Languages

Scientific American

Linguists and archaeologists have argued for decades about where and when the first Indo-European languages were spoken and what kind of lives those first speakers led

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Citizen Complaint Leads DEP To Possible Breakout Of Mariner East Natural Gas Liquids Pipeline Drilling Mud That Contaminated The Lake At Marsh Creek State Park, Chester County

PA Environment Daily

In response to a citizen complaint on February 15, DEP inspected a tributary that feeds the lake at Marsh Creek State Park in Chester County on February 16 and found a clay-like material contaminating the stream and a portion of the nearby wetlands. DEP’s inspection report notes the area is the location where a sinkhole developed and an “inadvertent return” of drilling mud used in the construction of the Energy Transfer/Sunoco Mariner East Pipeline occurred in August 2020.

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Pet dogs smell Parkinson's disease with almost 90 per cent accuracy

New Scientist

Pet dogs of various breeds have been trained to detect smells related to Parkinson's disease, potentially offering a new approach to diagnosing the condition

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Europe Sees Natural Gas Demand Hit 10-Year Low

Yale E360

In the two years since Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine, European demand for natural gas has dropped by 20 percent.

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California Water Law Symposium is this Saturday in San Francisco

Legal Planet

If you’re interested in California water, the 20th Annual California Water Law Symposium is a great way to spend this Saturday! The symposium is a collaborative student-run event that consistently brings together leading minds in water law and policy to discuss California’s critical water issues. Students from 7 northern California law schools—led by a stellar 4-member team from this year’s host school, the University of San Francisco School of Law—have worked together to organize t

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Flimsy Antiabortion Studies Cited in Case to Ban Mifepristone Are Retracted

Scientific American

Outside experts found that two studies cited in a federal case on medication abortion had serious design problems and that their authors had undisclosed conflicts of interest

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Ontario Government Proposes to Further Gut Endangered Species Rules for Developers

Enviromental Defense

Toronto | Traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishinaabeg, the Haudenosaunee, and the Wendat – This week, 68 organizations across Ontario expressed their strong opposition to a proposal from Ontario’s Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) to amend regulations under the provincial Endangered Species Act, 2007 (ESA).

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Largest volcanic eruption in recorded history happened 7300 years ago

New Scientist

The Kikai-Akahoya eruption of an underwater volcano off the coast of Japan ejected enough material to fill Lake Tahoe twice, three times as much as the eruption of Mount Tambora in 1815

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PA Oil & Gas Weekly Compliance Dashboard - Feb. 17 to 23 -- 7 More Abandoned Conventional Wells; Defective Casing From 2018; Mariner Pipeline Drilling Mud Breakout; Additional Shell Air Penalties; Water Supply Investigation

PA Environment Daily

From February 17 to 23, DEP’s Oil and Gas Compliance Database shows oil and gas inspectors filed 494 inspection entries (four day week due to federal holiday). So far this year-- as of February 16 -- -- NOVs Issued In Last Week: 65 conventional, 2 unconventional -- Year To Date - NOVs Issued: 854 conventional and 146 unconventional -- Enforcements 2024: 59 conventional and 12 unconventional -- Inspections Last Week: 243 conventional and 335 unconventional -- Year To Date - Inspections: 1,843 con

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Reading the News: Highway Widenings Are Undermining Climate Goals

NRDC

National, state and local news outlets have picked up on a key theme: reaching our ambitious climate goals requires rethinking how we invest in transportation.

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JWST Solves Decades-Old Mystery of Nearby Supernova

Scientific American

Scientists have finally found the compact object at the heart of the famous supernova of 1987, and it’s not a black hole

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Release: NSAC Publishes Unsustainable: State of the Farm Safety Net 

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Laura Zaks National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition press@sustainableagriculture.net Tel. 347.563.6408 Release: NSAC Publishes Unsustainable: State of the Farm Safety Net Report Highlights Which States Benefit Most – and Least – from Farm Subsidies Washington, DC, February 20, 2024 – Today, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) released a new report titled Unsustainable: State of the Farm Safety Net , which features a comprehensive analysis of th

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Why forgetting things is a key part of the way your brain works

New Scientist

Forgetfulness can be frustrating, but cognitive scientists reckon it underpins the brain’s capacity to efficiently process sensory information – and its unique ability to generalise our knowledge

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Protect PT Hosts Feb. 27 Online Lunch & Learn With Laurie Barr About Abandoned Oil & Gas Wells

PA Environment Daily

On February 27, Protect PT will host a program on YouTube featuring Laurie Barr from Save Our Streams PA talking about Abandoned Oil and Gas Wells starting at Noon. Join Gillian Graber, Executive Director of Protect PA, to discuss Laurie's work hunting down abandoned oil and gas wells and reporting them to DEP. Click Here to watch the program on YouTube.

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New Analysis Shows Widespread PFAS Contamination of Tap Water in CA

NRDC

Estimate of Californians with PFAS in drinking water jumps to 25 million - highlights need for proposed bill SB 903 to end unnecessary use of forever chemicals.

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Scientists Are Putting ChatGPT Brains Inside Robot Bodies. What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Scientific American

The effort to give robots AI brains is revealing big practical challenges—and bigger ethical concerns

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Soil carbon sequestration has to look beyond the field to be effective

HumanNature

Guest Post by Sam Leuthold , 2023-2024 Sustainability Leadership Fellow, and Department of Soil and Crop Sciences and the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology at Colorado State University Over the course of the last two decades, there has been a shift in the general popularity of agricultural soils. When I was growing up, climate change wouldn’t have qualified as a typical topic of conversation around the dinner table, let alone soil health or the ability of soils to store carbon.

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Magnificent yellow-crested bird photographed for the first time

New Scientist

The yellow-crested helmetshrike was considered lost after going unseen for nearly 20 years – now an expedition has rediscovered what appears to be a healthy population in central Africa

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