Thu.May 19, 2022

Consumers Tell Tyson Foods to Keep Its Sustainability Promise

Union of Concerned Scientists

My colleagues and I here at the Union of Concerned Scientists were surprised when we saw the size of the “feed footprint” attributable to meat and poultry giant Tyson Foods.

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Five Facts About Cold Water Corals

Ocean Conservancy

When you think of coral reefs , you most likely picture a tropical underwater landscape with clownfish and blacktip reef sharks swimming gracefully. But, did you know that coral reefs are also found in the cold, dark waters of the deep, deep ocean? It’s true!


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Minnesota Lawmakers Could Go Big on Clean Energy, or Go Small

Union of Concerned Scientists

Minnesota needs substantial investments now to build toward an equitable clean energy future. The good news is, Minnesota legislators have a chance to pass the level of investment needed to set the state on a path to a carbon-free economy.

Beyond Magical Thinking: Time to Get Real on Climate Change

Yale E360

Despite decades of studies and climate summits, greenhouse gas emissions continue to soar. Energy scientist Vaclav Smil says it’s time to stop ricocheting between apocalyptic forecasts and rosy models of rapid CO2 cuts and focus on the difficult task of remaking our energy system. Read more on E360

Netherlands invests €1.1bn in the photonic-chip industry

Physics World

The Dutch photonic chip industry has been boosted with €1.1bn of public and private investment.

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Metals and Mining Companies Face Impacts from Transition to Low-Carbon Economy

Environment + Energy Leader

Metals and mining companies will face varying impacts from the transition to a low-carbon economy, including diverging demand trends and the need to transform production processes and switch to greener energy sources and cleaner feedstock.

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Black-hole physics and that iconic ‘shadow’ image, balloons and rockets probe the atmosphere’s acoustic duct

Physics World

In this episode of the Physics World Weekly podcast, we meet Shep Doeleman , who is the founding director of the Event Horizon Telescope. He explains how he and his colleagues obtained that iconic image of the “shadow” of the supermassive at the centre of the Milky Way.

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Procedures: Federal Preemption

National Law Center

The Constitution of the United States is made up of hundreds of clauses. Article VI is known as the Supremacy Clause. The post Procedures: Federal Preemption appeared first on National Agricultural Law Center. Procedure Samantha Mikolajczyk

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Power through the Adirondack Park

Circle of Blue

$4 billion transmission line to deliver Canadian hydropower to New York illustrates tradeoffs in the energy transition. The Champlain Hudson Power Express transmission line will stretch on the bottom of Lake Champlain. Photo courtesy of John Virgolino /Creative Commons.

Metals and Mining Companies Face Impacts from Transition to Low-Carbon Economy

Environmental Leader

Metals and mining companies will face varying impacts from the transition to a low-carbon economy, including diverging demand trends and the need to transform production processes and switch to greener energy sources and cleaner feedstock.

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My Kind of Town

Legal Planet

“My kind of town, Chicago is my kind of town.” Or so Frank Sinatra sang. I’m not sure he really felt that way himself, but the song rings a chord with me. I didn’t grow up in Chicago but we visited frequently to see my parents’ families.

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Ag and Food Law Daily Update: May 19, 2022

National Law Center

A comprehensive summary of today’s judicial, legislative, and regulatory developments in agriculture and food. Email important additions HERE. . The post Ag and Food Law Daily Update: May 19, 2022 appeared first on National Agricultural Law Center.

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World-Changing Opportunity for California

Legal Planet

Governor Newsom’s May Revise budget proposal includes this item: Methane Satellites—$100 million Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund on a one-time basis to expand the number of satellites launched for methane observations, which would provide weekly measurement of large methane emissions in the state and enhance enforcement capabilities.

Why Countries Must Cooperate on Carbon Prices


By Jean Chateau , Florence Jaumotte and Gregor Schwerhoff. An international floor price for carbon could speed the world’s transition to green energy without compromising countries’ competitiveness. Recent surges in food and fuel costs are hurting households everywhere.

‘Too many people, not enough food’ isn’t the cause of hunger and food insecurity

Environmental News Bits

by Gisèle Yasmeen, University of British Columbia Nearly one in three people in the world did not have access to enough food in 2020.

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Is DeepMind's Gato AI really a human-level intelligence breakthrough?

New Scientist

DeepMind has released what it calls a "generalist" AI called Gato that can perform 600 tasks – but does this mean it is truly intelligent

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The pandemic’s gardening boom shows how gardens can cultivate public health

Environmental News Bits

by Alessandro Ossola, University of California, Davis As lockdowns went into effect in the spring of 2020 to slow the spread of the coronavirus, reports emerged of a global gardening boom, with plants, flowers, vegetables and herbs sprouting in backyards and on balconies around the world.

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Operation PhotoTrogon Stop II – Tucson’s Sweetwater Wetlands

Reflections of the Natural World

By Jim Gain OPERATION PHOTOTROGON The name Operation PhotoTrogon came about weeks ago as Rich Brown and I started planning our trip.

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Dolphins Rub against Mucus-Oozing Corals to Soothe Skin

Scientific American

This 'gorgoning' releases antibacterial compounds and other substances that dolphins could be using to self-medicate. -- Read more on Biology Animals

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Ontario is failing on climate change

Enviromental Defense

What has Ontario done about climate change the last 4 years? Not much. Once upon a time, Ontario was a provincial leader in fighting climate change. But today, there is virtually no climate policy in place in the province, and the Ontario government has resorted to becoming a climate pretender.

Waste wood chemically recycled to produce material stronger than steel

New Scientist

A treatment process can turn old pieces of wood into a new super-strong material called "healed wood

Red Tape or Duct Tape?

Environmental Law Centre

Red Tape or Duct Tape: When is the red tape we are cutting actually duct tape holding it all together? In our work, the ELC focuses on a number. The post Red Tape or Duct Tape? appeared first on Environmental Law Centre. Core Environmental Principles Environmental Assessment Sustainable Communities

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Priceless samples from Ukraine's seed bank destroyed in bomb attack

New Scientist

Part of Ukraine’s national seed bank, a repository of genetic diversity, has been destroyed by a blast in Kharkiv, and the rest of the collection remains at risk

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Cleaning up lakes and oceans

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story from Northwestern University. With a sponge that looks like one you might find in your kitchen, Northwestern University researchers have discovered how to effectively clean up oil, microplastics and phosphate pollution. This sponge could help clean up oil spills without harming marine life and prevent algae blooms from forming when phosphate … Continue reading Cleaning up lakes and oceans. Environmental remediation Water

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Astronomers question if the first picture of a black hole is accurate

New Scientist

The Event Horizon Telescope’s first image of a black hole showed a distinctive ring feature, but a reanalysis of their data has raised concerns over whether that ring of light is real

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Protect bees this World Bee Day on May 20


A world without bees would be void of flowers and food. In fact, it would be void of all living things. Bees are essential to the ecosystem and a crucial component of our food supply. There’s no denying the buzzing busy bees deserve at least one annual day of recognition for all they do, so mark your calendar for May 20 and join in the celebration

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Tree plantations with diverse species grow better than monocultures

New Scientist

Forests can produce more timber or store more carbon if they contain a mixture of tree species, according to an analysis of 273 studies around the world

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Canada faces a chemical pollution crisis — and the time to act is now

Eco Justice

This was originally published in the National Observer on May 4, 2022. “The The most alarming of all assaults upon the environment is the contamination of the air, earth, rivers, and. Read more.

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Could monkeypox become a pandemic? Here's everything you need to know

New Scientist

Dozens of confirmed and suspected cases have been reported worldwide to date, some with no obvious origin, which means the virus could be spreading undetected

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First carbon positive hotel in the US breaks ground


The first carbon positive hotel in the U.S. is currently under construction in Denver, Colorado. Designed by environmental steward Urban Villages, it is called Populus. It is expected to open in late 2023

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The people who built Stonehenge may have eaten raw cattle organs

New Scientist

An analysis of fossilised faeces found near Stonehenge suggest the people who built the monument ate raw cattle organs and shared the leftovers with their dogs

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The Weight of Stigma: Heavier Patients Confront the Burden of Bias

Scientific American

Research shows that anti-fat bias lowers the quality of care for higher-weight patients. Here is one patient's story. -- Read more on Health Fitness Health Care Medicine

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Why is it taking so long to get covid vaccines for children under 5?

New Scientist

Few countries currently have covid vaccines available for very young children. With US approvals likely in the next month, here is what you need to know about the vaccines – including why they are still important for kids already exposed to covid

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A megafire raged for 3 months. No one’s on the hook for its emissions.

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story in the Washington Post. Canada and some other nations argue that events such as wildfires and insect infestations are “natural disturbances” that are mostly beyond human control. Accounting for those emissions against their pledges under the Paris agreement would not only be unfair, they claim, but also obscure efforts to understand … Continue reading A megafire raged for 3 months. No one’s on the hook for its emissions. Climate change Natural disasters

Stem cells levitated using sound form spherical clumps

New Scientist

When researchers used sound to levitate stem cells they found that the cells formed into spheres. The method could be used for growing tissues for transplants

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Growing Sustainable Communities Conference — October 17-18, 2022

Environmental News Bits

October 17-18, 2022, Dubuque, IAVisit the conference website The Growing Sustainable Communities Conference offers innovation, education, inspiration, and collaboration on growing sustainable communities. Sessions feature presenters with a wide range of expertise, including representatives from federal, state, and local governments, along with business and academic leaders from across the country.

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If Sea Ice Melts in the Arctic, Do Trees Burn in California?

Scientific American

A new study links sea ice decline with increasing wildfire weather in the Western United States. -- Read more on Environment Climate Change

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