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Sweetener xylitol linked to higher risk of heart attacks and strokes

New Scientist

People who had higher levels of xylitol in their blood were more likely to have a heart attack or stroke within the next three years, with lab experiments suggesting the sweetener promotes blood clotting

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STATEMENT: Big Oil’s testimony on emissions reduction misses the big picture 

Enviromental Defense

Statement by Emilia Belliveau, Energy Transition Program Manager Ottawa | Traditional, unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabeg People – At today’s Parliamentary Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development (ENVI), Members of Parliament grilled the fossil fuel industry about their climate pollution. The oil and gas CEOs tried to deflect responsibility for their massive greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs), but the writing is on the wall for these Climate Villains: you can’t ma

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Origins of modern horses traced to breeding revolution 4200 years ago

New Scientist

A genetic analysis of ancient horses reveals that breeding techniques developed by people in the Pontic-Caspian steppes enabled the rapid spread of horse-powered travel

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Florida’s Daunting 2024 Hurricane Forecast

Ocean Conservancy

We are officially within the 2024 Atlantic hurricane season here in the United States, and just a couple weeks ago, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released its forecast for this year’s season. The outlook will blow you away. NOAA , which houses the National Weather Service and the National Hurricane Center, predicts there is an 85% chance the 2024 season will be “ above normal ,” thanks to near- record-high ocean temperatures and the onset of La Niña.

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The Key to Sustainable Energy Optimization: A Data-Driven Approach for Manufacturing

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. 📊 Join us for a practical webinar hosted by Kevin Kai Wong of Emergent Ene

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Starship launch: Fourth test succeeds as both stages splash into sea

New Scientist

SpaceX's Starship has been to orbit and back in its fourth flight test, with both rocket stages soft landing in the ocean, though parts of the spacecraft appeared to be damaged during descent

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SpaceX Starship Blasts through Plasma on Return from Ambitious Test Flight

Scientific American

Elon Musk’s SpaceX made a much-anticipated fourth test flight of the world’s most powerful rocket, Starship, a vehicle designed to power human flight to the moon and Mars

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DCNR State Parks Environmental Education: Visit A Green Space Near You For Some Down Time

PA Environment Daily

The May edition of the DCNR State Parks Environmental Education newsletter advises taking time for ourselves by visiting a green space during National Mental Health Awareness Month in May. The educators at DCNR share some easy and fun nature-based activities, free resources for educators and professional development opportunities. -- Teaching Ideas: Dissecting Daffodils; Celebrate Amphibian Week -- Upcoming Educator Workshops -- Explore the Outdoors -- Still Time To Take The PA Statewide Environ

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These are the best new science fiction books to read this June 2024

New Scientist

New books from Adrian Tchaikovsky and the late Michael Crichton (with James Patterson) are among the great new sci-fi novels out this month

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PA Natural Heritage Program Newsletter Features Seepage Wetlands, Turtle Habitat Management, Fungal Biodiversity, Lake Erie Cisco, And More!

PA Environment Daily

The latest Wild Heritage News from the PA Natural Heritage Program features articles on seepage wetlands, Lake Erie cisco, vernal pools, wood turtle habitat management, rare and endangered crayfish, new information about invasive species, two rare plants, and fungal biodiversity. Here are some highlights-- -- Exploring The Seepage Wetlands of Pennsylvania -- Rediscovery & Recovery Of The Lost Lake Erie Cisco (Freshwater Whitefish) -- Vernal Pool Critter Deep Dive -- Habitat Management For Wo

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Texas Droughts Are Getting Much More Expensive

Inside Climate News

Rising temperatures intensify drought and increase costs for the heavily subsidized crop insurance program. Texas farmers say they couldn’t do business without it. By Dylan Baddour, Inside Climate News, and Alejandra Martinez, Texas Tribune The financial costs of drought in Texas have risen rapidly over recent decades, according to a new analysis of federal crop insurance data.

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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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Cell-Cultured Meat Updates: state bans, labeling requirements, and regulatory clarifications

National Law Center

Though 2024 is only halfway over, much has already happened this year within the meat alternatives realm. Meat alternative is a. The post Cell-Cultured Meat Updates: state bans, labeling requirements, and regulatory clarifications appeared first on National Agricultural Law Center.

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UK ban on quantum computer exports is pointless, say researchers

New Scientist

The UK government has set limits on the capabilities of quantum computers that can be exported from the country and has declined to explain these limits on the grounds of national security.

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Clean Air Council: US Steel Complying With Lawsuit Settlement To Reduce Harmful Air Pollution At Clairton Coke [Coal] Works

PA Environment Daily

On June 4, the Clean Air Council said US Steel is taking steps to comply with the lawsuit settlement to reduce harmful air pollution from the Clairton Coke [Coal] Works in Allegheny County. U.S. Steel has permanently shut down coke Battery 15, one of the oldest and most-polluting parts of the Clairton Coke Works, and has formally applied to the Allegheny County Health Department to remove the battery from its Clean Air Act permits.

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Digging into the House Farm Bill: Part 2

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC)

Photo credit: Lindsey Scalera Editor’s Note: This is the second post in a multi-part blog series analyzing the Farm, Food, and National Security Act of 2024, which was reported out of the House Agriculture Committee on Friday, May 24. The first post provides an overview of the markup process and the bill as a whole, as well as its likely (or unlikely) path to becoming law.

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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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Responsible Decarbonization Alliance Hosts Doug Tallamy For Change Waits In Your Yard Presentation June 17 At Lycoming College

PA Environment Daily

The Responsible Decarbonization Alliance will host wildlife ecologist Doug Tallamy for a special Change Waits In Your Yard presentation on June 17 at the Lycoming College Academic Center, Room D-001 in Williamsport starting at 7:00 p.m. Tallamy will speak about the shocking global declines in insect and bird numbers and simple steps individuals can take to help reverse declining biodiversity and why we must change our adversarial relationship with nature to a collaborative one.

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How Baby Orangutans Become Master Treehouse Architects

Scientific American

Most orangutans take seven years to learn to make their own beds

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Center For Coalfield Justice: Cause Of Omnis Bailey Coal Waste Processing Plant Fire In Greene County Unknown

PA Environment Daily

On June 5, the Center For Coalfield Justice said critical details regarding the fire that consumed a three-story building owned and operated by Omnis Bailey LLC at the CONSOL Bailey Mine Complex on May 20 remain unknown. The blaze sent thick black plumes of smoke over miles of Washington and Greene Counties, raising significant public health and safety concerns.

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Why Climate Science Matters for International Law

Law Columbia

The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) issued an advisory opinion on April 21, 2024 in response to a request submitted by the Commission of Small Island States on Climate Change and International Law (COSIS). While various aspects of the advisory opinion have already been discussed in this joint blog symposium , this post focuses on a feature of the opinion that has so far received little emphasis: the strong role of science in the advisory opinion.

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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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PA Firefly Festival Lottery Attracts Over 2,500 Entries - 150 Were Selected To Attend Activities In Late June; Live Stream Firefly Presentation

PA Environment Daily

The PA Firefly Festival in Forest County is officially sold out. More than 2,500 entered the lottery for tickets to the annual celebration and education experience and 150 were selected. The demand to attend the Festival was so extraordinary a lottery system was instituted several years ago to prevent overcrowding of the activities and prime firefly habitats.

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Single-celled predator extends its 'neck' with the help of origami

New Scientist

The mystery of how a single-celled predator extends its "neck" by more than 30 times its overall length has finally been solved

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Memo to Water Utilities: Don’t Pit Safe Water Against Affordable Water

NRDC

Let’s reject water utility scare tactics on treatment costs for toxic forever chemicals.

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We’re Approaching 1.5 Degrees C of Global Warming, but There’s Still Time to Prevent Disaster

Scientific American

Scientists say it’s likely that at least one of the next five years will exceed an average increase of 1.

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Embrace wooden buildings for the sake of your health and the planet's

New Scientist

The burgeoning use of wood as a building material is a path to more sustainable construction, and it may have psychological benefits too, finds Graham Lawton

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PA Environmental Council Awards $60,000 In Pocono Forests & Waters Conservation Mini Grants For 11 Projects

PA Environment Daily

T he PA Environmental Council announced the award of $60,000 in 2024-25 Pocono Forests and Waters Conservation Landscape Mini Grants to support 11 local projects. The grants awarded include-- -- Anthracite Scenic Trails Association , $2,630 for ASTA Map Brochure Project The grant will fund design of a trail map for use in various publicity efforts, such as brochures, handouts, and publicity cards suitable for public use.

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Can AI Stop Climate Misinformation?

Scientific American

Researchers want to create an AI system that can quickly detect and debunk false or misleading claims about climate change

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Penn State Extension July 30 Webinar On Tree Communication - How Trees Thrive Thru Interactions With Each Other And Their Environment

PA Environment Daily

On July 30, Penn State Extension will host a webinar on Tree Communication How Trees Thrive Thru Interactions With Each Other And Their Environment from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. Our understanding of plant communication has advanced beyond studying plant structures and recognizing allelopathy among competitors and pests. Join Penn State Extension as Cathryn Pugh discusses the latest findings on how trees thrive through interactions with each other and their environment.

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New York City’s Landmark Congestion Pricing Program Hits New Roadblock

NRDC

NRDC will continue working with groups to bring back congestion pricing, which can benefit low-income residents and workers.

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PA Environmental Council Recognizes Davitt Woodwell, Altoona Water Authority, Community Of Kane At Western PA Awards Dinner

PA Environment Daily

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council and friends recently celebrated the winners of the 2024 Western Pennsylvania Environmental Awards in Pittsburgh, bringing together regional leaders, longtime partners, and supporters to recognize success in environmental protection and restoration, outdoor recreation, and conservation-focused economic development.

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Starship launch livestream: Watch SpaceX’s fourth launch here

New Scientist

SpaceX is getting ready to launch its massive Starship rocket today - watch the livestream of the event here

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DEP Citizens Advisory Council Meets June 11 To Hear About Mid-Atlantic Hydrogen Hub, Ag-Grid Energy, More On Electronics Waste Recycling

PA Environment Daily

The DEP Citizens Advisory Council is scheduled to meet on June 11 to hear presentations on the Mid-Atlantic Hydrogen Hub, Ag-Grid Energy and more on electronics waste recycling. Acting DEP Secretary Jessica Shirley is on the agenda to give an update on agency activities. DEP also provided the Council with a written monthly report. Click Here for a copy of the entire Council agenda.

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Film review: Food Inc 2 

A Greener Life

A scene from FOOD, INC 2. Photo credit: River Road, Participant and Dogwoof. By Anders Lorenzen In Food, Inc. 2, the sequel to the 2008 highly acclaimed documentary Food, Inc., the investigative authors Michael Pollan and Eric Schlosser return to warn about our fragile food system that is incredibly vulnerable. While the film at large points the finger at the global food system arguing that it is geared towards maximising profits rather than delivering good standards and healthy food that does n

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Water Cooler Talk Webinar July 30 - Using Community Science Tool To Track Stream Health

PA Environment Daily

I s your stream healthy? Would you like to explore it more closely or monitor changes over time? Have you recently taken steps to improve your stream and now want to measure the results? Penn State Extension's First Investigation of Stream Health (FISH) tool is a fun and easy way for individuals, families, volunteer groups, youth, and adults to explore a stream and share their findings with the scientific community.

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Many Prenatal Supplements Don’t Provide Enough of Key Nutrients

Scientific American

Most pregnant people take prenatal supplements, but weak regulation means these products don’t necessarily provide the needed nutrients