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Tooth loss linked to early signs of Alzheimer’s disease

New Scientist

A brain region critical for memory is smaller in older adults with fewer than 10 teeth than in those who have most of their teeth, suggesting that tooth loss may precede the development of dementia

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Biochar Is ‘Low-Hanging Fruit’ for Sequestering Carbon and Combating Climate Change

Inside Climate News

Made from heating wood and other biomass at high temperatures with no oxygen, biochar mixed in soils dominated the carbon offset marketplace last year in tons of warming gases absorbed from the atmosphere. By Lindsey Byman WASHINGTON – Since David Laird was young, the “lush, green forests” of the western United States meant an annual summer trip to hike, camp and fish.

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Baltimore Bridge Collapse Will Teach Engineers to Build Safer Infrastructure

Scientific American

The loss of Baltimore’s Francis Scott Key Bridge after a cargo ship collision will teach engineers how to design structures better able to withstand disasters

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All About Whitespotted Eagle Rays

Ocean Conservancy

Just like a snowflake falling from the sky, the whitespotted eagle ray is unique; no two are exactly the same. The whitespotted eagle ray is a beautiful sight to behold with its long pointy tail and its body spotted with white dots. The whitespotted eagle ray ( Aetobatus narinari ) is a cartilaginous fish—and one of the ocean’s largest rays. The genus name Aetobatus comes from the Greek word aetos meaning “eagle” and batis meaning “ray.

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Manufacturing Sustainability Surge: Your Guide to Data-Driven Energy Optimization & Decarbonization

Speaker: Kevin Kai Wong, President of Emergent Energy Solutions

In today's industrial landscape, the pursuit of sustainable energy optimization and decarbonization has become paramount. Manufacturing corporations across the U.S. are facing the urgent need to align with decarbonization goals while enhancing efficiency and productivity. Unfortunately, the lack of comprehensive energy data poses a significant challenge for manufacturing managers striving to meet their targets.

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Physicists have worked out how to melt any material

New Scientist

A new equation shows a surprisingly simple relationship between pressure and the temperature needed to melt any solid substance into a liquid

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Ever Larger Cargo Ships Threaten Bridges, Ports and Other Structures

Scientific American

Cargo ships, like the one that caused the Baltimore bridge to collapse, are getting dangerously big

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Conservation of future marshland

The Applied Ecologist

Shortlisted for the Chico Mendes Prize 2023 In this blog post, author Molly Mitchell describe her team’s Practice Insights article which demonstrates the value of using multiple models and data to inform marsh management, conservation and restoration practices. How do you make good decisions about managing resources when those resources are changing?

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See Where Future U.S. Eclipses Will be Visible

Scientific American

Just how rare are total solar eclipses, which require a perfect alignment of the sun and moon?

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Interfaith Partners For The Chesapeake Bay Host April 4 Caring For Our Local Waterways Webinar

PA Environment Daily

The Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake Bay will host an April 4 webinar on Caring For Our Local Waterways starting at 7:00 p.m. Join the webinar to hear some inspiring speakers talk about how they are leading the way in keeping our water clean through advocacy, policy change, and help from volunteers who care for our sacred watershed. The speakers include-- -- Dean Naujoks is a Potomac RiverKeeper and has previous experience with the Yadkin Riverkeeper and the Neuse Riverkeeper Foundation as

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PBS Nature

Grizzly 399, the most famous bear in Grand Teton National Park, has an exceptional litter of four cubs to raise. Every day, the family must contend with threats to their survival, including a warming climate and human encroachment in bear country. Now the stakes are higher than ever as Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana seek to remove grizzlies from the endangered species list—which would make it legal to hunt them.

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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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DEP Posted 81 Pages Of Permit-Related Notices In March 30 PA Bulletin

PA Environment Daily

Highlights of the environmental and energy notices in the March 30 PA Bulletin -- -- PA Oil & Gas Industrial Facilities: Permit Notices, Opportunities To Comment - March 30 [PaEN] -- PA Infrastructure Investment Authority and DEP published notice in the March 30 PA Bulletin inviting comments on environmental assessments related to projects eligible for funding in Allegheny, Blair, Indiana, Luzerne, Montour, Northampton, Philadelphia, Schuylkill and York counties. -- The Department of Environ

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Pregnancy Increases Biological Age, but Giving Birth Changes it Back

Scientific American

Carrying a baby creates some of the same epigenetic patterns on DNA seen in older people

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PUC Invites Comments On Proposed Regulation On Use Of Distributed Energy Resources And Virtual Power Plants

PA Environment Daily

The Public Utility Commission published notice in the March 30 PA Bulletin inviting comments on an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANOPR) about the use of Distributed En ergy Resources (DERs) as a mechanism to help increase energy efficiency, enhance service, and potentially lower costs. ( formal notice) The Commission voted 5-0 to publish the ANOPR in the Pennsylvania Bulletin, which will begin a 60-day period for comments on topics detailed in the rulemaking proposal.

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Do Stars Outnumber the Sands of Earth’s Beaches?

Scientific American

Figuring out whether there are more stars in the universe than sand grains on Earth’s seashores requires math—and imagination

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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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Heatwaves now last much longer than they did in the 1980s

New Scientist

A global analysis of heatwaves over a span of 40 years shows that they are getting more frequent, moving slower and lasting longer

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Guest Perspective: Embracing the Circular Economy Means Transforming Food Packaging for a Sustainable Future

Earth 911

Embracing the circular economy is vitally important for all industries, especially in the context of. The post Guest Perspective: Embracing the Circular Economy Means Transforming Food Packaging for a Sustainable Future appeared first on Earth911.

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DNA sequencing may give hope to critically ill adults in hospital

New Scientist

Genome analysis as a way of helping people with baffling medical conditions has so far mainly been seen as a diagnostic tool for babies and children, but it also helps adults

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The Tale of the Snail Slime Wrangler

Scientific American

Mucus is a miracle of evolution, and some researchers are trying to re-create what nature makes naturally.

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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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Interns/Help Wanted: Allegheny Land Trust - VP For Development & Marketing

PA Environment Daily

The Pittsburgh-based Allegheny Land Trus t is seeking qualified applicants for a variety of positions and internships. They include-- -- Vice President of Development & Marketing -- John Hamm Conservation Internship -- Mark A. MackKy Conservation Internship Click Here for more information and instructions on how to apply. For more information on programs, initiatives, upcoming educational programs and other events, visit the Allegheny Land Trust website.

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Understanding Dyscalculia, Dyslexia’s Numeric Counterpart

Scientific American

The inability to process numeric information, dyscalculia is still poorly understood.

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PA Assn. Of Environmental Educators Announce 2024 Award Winners

PA Environment Daily

On March 29, the PA Association of Environmental Educators announced the winners of its 2024 awards. The PAEE annual awards play a vital role in the environmental education community in Pennsylvania by providing a platform for educators to acknowledge and honor each other's contributions. These awards serve as a celebration of the exceptional work being done across the state, highlighting innovative approaches, impactful initiatives, and dedicated individuals who are making a difference in envir

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The SEC’s Final Climate Disclosure Rule: Interrogating Preemption and Coherence with Other Domestic Regimes

Law Columbia

Now that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has released its final climate disclosure rule , attention has turned to the rule’s implementation and impact. This post is the third in a series of blogs that address specific legal features of the rule: Part One offered a summary of the final rule, and delved into the materiality threshold that was added throughout the rule, including for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions disclosure.

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DEP Issues Air Quality Permits For Keystone, Conemaugh, Homer City Coal-Fired Power Plants Including Previously Announced Shutdown Dates

PA Environment Daily

The Department of Environmental Protection published notices in the March 30 PA Bulletin announcing it has issued revised Air Quality Permits that include previously announced shutdown dates for the Keystone, Conemaugh and Homer City coal-fired power plants-- -- DEP issued a revised Air Quality RACT 2 permit for the Keystone-Conemaugh Projects, LLC Keystone Station Power Plant in Plumcreek Twp., Armstrong County to meet federal Regional Haze requirements.

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EC Amends Cosmetics Regulation, Prohibiting and Restricting Certain Nanomaterials

Nanotech

On March 15, 2024, the European Commission (EC) published in the Official Journal of the European Union an amendment to the Cosmetics Regulation. The following nanomaterials have been added to Annex II (substances prohibited in cosmetic products). From February 1, 2025, cosmetic products containing these substances shall not be placed on the European Union (EU) market.

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Memories Are Made by Breaking DNA — and Fixing It, Study in Mice Finds

Scientific American

Nerve cells form long-term memories with the help of an inflammatory response

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Services Finalize Endangered Species Act Regulatory Revisions

Endangered Species Law

On March 27, 2024, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) (collectively, the Services) made available pre-publication versions of the agencies’ long-awaited updates to regulations implementing sections 4 and 7 of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The Services have finalized joint rules addressing interagency consultation requirements under ESA section 7 and the procedures for listing, reclassifying, delisting, and designating critical habita

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CRS Publishes Report on Regulation of Gene-Edited Plants and Issues for Congress

Nanotech

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) published a report on March 22, 2024, on “Gene-Edited Plants: Regulation and Issues for Congress.” Gene-edited plants are regulated under the U.S. Coordinated Framework for Regulation of Biotechnology, which coordinates how the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the U.S.

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Valorization of dairy side-streams for the cultivation of microalgae for value added food products

Environmental News Bits

Ozcelik, D., Suwal, S., Ray, C., Tiwari, B. K., Jensen, P. E., & Poojary, M. M. (2024). Valorization of dairy side-streams for the cultivation of microalgae for value added food products. Trends in Food Science & Technology, 146, 104386.

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EPA’s Latest Heavy Duty Vehicle Rule Does Not Meet the Moment

NRDC

EPA’s latest rule for heavy duty-vehicles illustrates why the nation needs a vision for what a zero-emission freight system can and should be.

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Environmental News Bits - Untitled Article

Environmental News Bits

Liu, G., Yang, A., & Darton, R. C. (2024). “Numerical Modeling and Comparative Analysis of Electrolysis and Electrodialysis Systems for Direct Air Capture.” ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 12(10), 3951–3965. [link] [open access] Abstract Electrochemical systems of alkali solution electrolysis and electrodialysis are prospective candidates for large-scale direct air capture (DAC) applications.

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Court Rulings Signal Support to Protect Disinformation Researchers

Union of Concerned Scientists

As billions of people vote in elections around the world in 2024, researchers and scientists are warning that disinformation around elections poses an unprecedented threat against democracy. Such scientists have been working for years to understand how bad actors willfully deceive people through false and misleading information, especially through social media platforms.

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Source, fate, toxicity, and remediation of micro-plastic in wetlands: A critical review

Environmental News Bits

Chand, N., & Suthar, S. (2024). “Source, fate, toxicity, and remediation of micro-plastic in wetlands: A critical review.” Watershed Ecology and the Environment, 6, 41–53. [link] Abstract Microplastics (MPs) are recognized as emerging contaminants due to their small size, hazardous nature, and widespread abundance in the environmental compartments.

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EPA’s Final 2027-2032 Truck Rule Risks Leaving Communities Behind

Union of Concerned Scientists

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) just finalized its Phase 3 greenhouse gas regulation as a part of the administration’s plan to decarbonize the transportation sector. The Phase 3 regulation will cut new greenhouse gas emissions from trucks in 2032 by 32 to 62 percent for vocational trucks (e.g., refuse, delivery vans, school and transit buses) and 9 to 40 percent for tractor-trailers, compared to the current 2024 standards.

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