Tue.Oct 12, 2021

Biden Administration’s Policies on COVID-19 Booster Shots Plagued by Chaos

Union of Concerned Scientists

Over the past few weeks, the issue of COVID-19 vaccine booster shots has caused a perfect storm of politics, science, and confusion. We’ve seen wide scientific agreement, vigorous debate, and political overstep.

NASA hit by resignation over its handling of investigation into telescope renaming

Physics World

A member of NASA’s Astrophysics Advisory Committee has resigned over the agency’s handling of an investigation into whether the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) should be renamed.

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At Glasgow, Can the World Move from Aspiration to Action?

Yale E360

Negotiators at the Glasgow climate conference will face a stark choice: Focus on setting firm emissions targets for 2030, or settle for goals of achieving “net zero” by 2050? The course they set could determine if we have a shot at avoiding the worst impacts of climate change. Read more on E360

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Why nuclear energy must be part of ‘net zero’ climate targets

Physics World

Tricky problem Nuclear energy is often not viewed as a low-carbon energy source. Courtesy: Shutterstock/andrea dantee).

How Antiviral Pill Molnupiravir Shot Ahead in the COVID Drug Hunt

Scientific American

The Merck pill, which could become the first oral antiviral COVID treatment, forces the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus to mutate itself to death. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com. Health Pharmaceuticals

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Cold atmospheric plasma eradicates residual cancer cells

Physics World

Cleaning up cancer cells: Richard Wirz and colleagues are developing a portable cold atmospheric plasma device for postsurgical cancer treatment. Courtesy: Richard Wirz).

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Las Vegas to use Digital Twin Technology to Fight Emissions

Environmental Leader

Las Vegas will begin using digital twin technology to help the city reduce its carbon footprint. The post Las Vegas to use Digital Twin Technology to Fight Emissions appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

Laser beams become visible in vacuum

Physics World

Laser beams are normally invisible when they pass through a vacuum, but physicists at the University of Bonn, Germany, have found a way to make them reveal themselves.

More Countries Join Global Pledge to Cut Methane Emissions

Scientific American

Dozens of nations, representing 30 percent of the world’s emissions, have indicated support ahead of crucial climate talks. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com. Environment Climate Change Fossil Fuels

Added Party Can’t Avoid Amended Master Service Agreement

Energy & the Law

Co-author Brittany Blakey. Let’s begin with a question: Master service agreements (“MSA’s” in the trade), once agreed upon, often remain in force for years. As time passes and circumstances change, the parties amend, sometimes losing sight of the original details.

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New Universal Force Tested by Blasting Neutrons through Crystal

Scientific American

A recent experiment has placed the best-yet limits on the strength of a long-sought fifth fundamental force. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com. Space & Physics Particle Physics

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Mexican communities manage their local forests, generating benefits for humans, trees and wildlife

Environmental News Bits

by David Bray (Florida International University) The United Nations is preparing to host pivotal conferences in the coming months on two global crises: climate change and biodiversity loss. As experts have pointed out, these issues are fundamentally, inescapably intertwined.

The Smartest Way to Use Rapid At-Home COVID Tests

Scientific American

The self-administered tests are sold over the counter, holding out the promise of safer gatherings. But interpreting results requires savvy. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com. Health Health Care Public Health

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Mussels mix proteins and metals to create sticky threads

Physics World

Micro mixing: focussed ion beam–scanning electron microscope image and 3D reconstruction showing the secretion process of the protein vesicles (green) from the cellular tissue (yellow) into the lumen of the microchannels where the proteins vesicles merge (purple) and mix with metal ions.

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How the climate crisis is transforming the meaning of ‘sustainability’ in business

Environmental News Bits

by Raz Godelnik (The New School) In his 2021 letter to CEOs, Larry Fink, the CEO and chairman of BlackRock, the world’s largest investment manager, wrote: “No issue ranks higher than climate change on our clients’ lists of priorities.”

A Nobel pursuit

Real Climate

Klaus Hasselmann and Suki Manabe. Last week, the Nobel physics prize was (half) awarded to Suki Manabe and Klaus Hasselmann for their work on climate prediction and the detection and attribution of climate change.

Energy as a Service Industry Expected to Boom in the Coming Decade, Says Guidehouse

Environmental Leader

Even in 2019 and 2020, the as-a-service market grew despite the coronavirus pandemic. Key drivers of EaaS’s increased adoption include. The post Energy as a Service Industry Expected to Boom in the Coming Decade, Says Guidehouse appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

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Ag & Food Law Daily Update: October 12, 2021

National Law Center

A comprehensive summary of today’s judicial, legislative, and regulatory developments in agriculture and food.

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Something strange is sending radio waves from the centre of the galaxy

New Scientist

A source of radio waves, nicknamed "Andy's object", coming from the direction of the centre of the galaxy has left astronomers puzzled

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The Smartest Way to Use Rapid At-Home COVID Tests

Scientific American

The self-administered tests are sold over the counter, holding out the promise of safer gatherings. But interpreting results requires savvy. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com. Health Health Care Public Health

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U.S. On Pace for Record Number of Billion-Dollar Weather Disasters

Yale E360

The U.S. has seen 18 weather and climate disasters costing at least $1 billion so far this year, according to a new report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Read more on E360

Uncertainty Grips Markets as Optimism Wanes

IMFBlog

By Tobias Adrian. Market sentiment has deteriorated since earlier this year amid still elevated financial vulnerabilities and mounting concerns about risks to inflation. Amid the prolonged and painful pandemic, risks to global financial stability have remained contained—so far.

Opinion: COP26: Can Boris Johnson and the Conservatives be trusted to act on climate change?

A Greener Life

Boris Johnson delivers climate change remarks at the UN General Assembly. Photo credit: UN Photo / Cia Pak. By Anders Lorenzen. With just weeks to go before COP26 kicks off, all eyes are on the British hosts and the Conservative government and its leader Boris Johnson.

A Hobbled Recovery Along Entrenched Fault Lines

IMFBlog

By Gita Gopinath. ???? , ?? , Español , Français , ??? , Português , ???????. The global recovery continues amid increasing uncertainty, more complex policy trade-offs. The global recovery continues but momentum has weakened, hobbled by the pandemic.

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Battery Storage System Installed by NSG Group Will Reduce Costs, Emissions

Environmental Leader

NSG Group has installed a battery storage system at its glass manufacturing plant in Canada. The post Battery Storage System Installed by NSG Group Will Reduce Costs, Emissions appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

Federal report shows rapid expansion of solar, projects all homes could be sun-powered by 2035

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story at American City & County. By 2035, solar energy could power 40 percent of America’s electrical grid and nearly half by 2050. This advancement would deeply decarbonize the nation’s grid and create more than a million jobs “without raising electricity prices,” based on a report released this month by the Department… Read more → Publications Solar

NSG Group Installs Battery Storage System

Environmental Leader

NSG Group has installed a battery storage system at its glass manufacturing plant in Canada. The post NSG Group Installs Battery Storage System appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader. Battery Clean Energy Energy Management Energy Storage Plants & Buildings Solar & Renewable Energy

McDonald’s commits to reduce virgin plastics in Happy Meal toys

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story at Waste Today. The global restaurant chain seeks to reduce virgin fossil-fuel-based plastics by 90 percent by the end of 2025. Read more → Circular economy Food service and restaurants Plastics

Channeling Thoreau: 24 Hours on Pea Island

Scientific American

A young writer camps out on a tiny bit of land at the western end of the Long Island Sound. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com. Environment Conservation

As drought grips American West, irrigation becomes a Michigan selling point

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story at Bridge Michigan. A new narrative about water and irrigation is becoming more significant on this Manistee County farm and across Michigan. Will there be enough water for the state’s thriving farm sector and for every other use of a natural resource growing scarcer across much of the rest of the… Read more → Agriculture Drought Water

Las Vegas to use Digital Twin Technology to Fight Emissions

Environmental Leader

Las Vegas will begin using digital twin technology to help the city reduce its carbon footprint. The post Las Vegas to use Digital Twin Technology to Fight Emissions appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

Businesses asked to make science-based emissions goals

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story at Environment + Energy Leader. Financial institutions holding some $29.3 trillion in assets are calling on more than 1,600 companies across the world to set science-based emissions reduction targets. They are asking for the companies to set the emissions reduction goals through the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) to help aid in an… Read more → Climate change Corporate sustainability Finance

Spies may be storing data to decrypt with a future quantum computer

New Scientist

Quantum computers may one day break encryption, and security researchers say intelligence agencies may already be storing encrypted data with a plan to crack it in future

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Grant will fund climate resilience strategies for frontline communities in the Carolinas

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story from the North Carolina State Climate Office. North Carolina State University will lead a multi-institutional effort to develop climate resilience solutions in frontline communities in the Carolinas, thanks to a five-year, $5 million dollar grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Frontline communities refer to communities who experience the… Read more → Climate adaptation Sustainable communities