Tue.Jun 18, 2024

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Hydrogen and “Renewable” Gas Aren’t Realistic Solutions for Decarbonizing Maine’s Buildings

Union of Concerned Scientists

Last month, the Maine legislature ended their session without formally enacting several pieces of environmental legislation, allowing the bills to die. This included a bill that would have started a statewide conversation about the diminished role fossil fuels should play in Maine’s energy system as the state strives to meet its climate and clean energy commitments.

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Pluto and the largest moon of Neptune might be siblings

New Scientist

The chemical composition of Pluto and Triton suggests they originated in the same region of the outer solar system before the latter was pulled into Neptune’s orbit

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Converting Offices to Apartments Gives Empty Buildings a New Lease on Life

Scientific American

Employees are working remotely, and office buildings are standing empty, inspiring some cities to work through the challenges of converting these structures into new apartments

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CA Climate Bond Must Invest in Resilient Food & Farming Infrastructure

NRDC

In the coming days, the Senate and Assembly must work together to craft a climate bond that includes substantial investments in food and farming infrastructure.

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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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Billions of Gallons of Freshwater Are Dumped at Florida’s Coasts. Environmentalists Want That Water in the Everglades

Inside Climate News

Environmental groups want to use engineered wetlands to help replenish the river of grass and address toxic algae. The state’s politically powerful sugar growers say those wetlands are for their own polluted water. By Amy Green Scattered between the vast sugar cane and vegetable fields of Florida’s heartland and the fragile marshes of the Everglades are a series of wetlands, resembling nature but hardly natural, that together represent the largest experiment of its kind in the world.

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Chemists invoke bizarre Maxwell's demon on the largest scale yet

New Scientist

A 19th-century thought experiment that was once thought to defy the laws of thermodynamics has now been realised to make molecules accumulate on one side of a U-bend

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PUC: Act 13 Drilling Impact Fee Revenue Drops $100 Million From Last Year’s Record To $179.6 Million, Even Though Gas Production Increased In 2023

PA Environment Daily

On June 18, the Public Utility Commission reported calendar year 2023 revenue from the Act 13 drilling impact fee dropped $99.2 million to $179,634,750 from last year's record $278,881,450 assessed on unconventional shale gas wells even though natural gas production went up in 2023. The more numerous conventional oil and gas well owners pay no fee. County and municipal governments directly affected by drilling will receive a total of $100,302,825 for the 2023 reporting year.

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Driverless cars are mostly safer than humans – but worse at turns

New Scientist

Driverless cars seem to have fewer accidents than human drivers under routine conditions, but higher crash risks when turning or in dim light – although researchers say more accident data is necessary

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We Should Engineer Better Learning in Our Schools

Scientific American

Students should learn about both the natural world and human-made—or engineered—one we live in

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NYC Proposes Bill to Shift Cost of Lead Pipe Replacement to Property Owners

NRDC

The New York City Council has proposed a controversial new bill that would require property owners to take on the task and expense of replacing all of their building’s lead water service lines within the next ten years, costing them thousands.

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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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Western PA Conservancy Protects 250 Acres To Safeguard Forestland, Water Quality In The French Creek Watershed, Venango County

PA Environment Daily

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy recently announced the permanent protection of 250 forested acres along Deer Creek Road in Frenchcreek Township, Venango County, that will soon be open to the public as a new nature preserve. This property, now known as French Creek Hemlocks Natural Area, is a mix of forest and wetlands, and has more than one mile of frontage on French Creek.

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China Has Plans for the World’s Largest Particle Collider

Scientific American

China wants to build a next-generation particle collider that would be cheaper and more powerful than Europe’s planned successor to the Large Hadron Collider

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Western PA Conservancy, Fallingwater Webinar Aug. 15 - Between The City And Forest, Creating Safer Habitats For Birds

PA Environment Daily

The Western PA Conservancy and Fallingwater will host a webinar August 15 on Creating Safer Habitats for Birds - Between The City And The Forest starting at Noon Drawing from his extensive research spanning urban to rural landscapes, including his work at Fallingwater and the Bear Run Nature Reserve , coupled with his profound love of birds, Avian Ecologist Nick Liadis’ talk will explore innovative solutions for mitigating avian mortality in human-dominated environments.

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Ukraine is using AI to manage the removal of Russian landmines

New Scientist

There are so many Russian landmines across Ukraine that removing them could take 700 years.

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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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Land Conservancy Of Adams County, Hugh & Nell Matthews Partner On 37+ Acre Conservation Easement

PA Environment Daily

The Land Conservancy of Adams County has announced a conservation easement donated by Hugh and Nell Matthews on 37.7 acres of their property in Freedom Township southwest of Gettysburg. According to LCAC, a conservation easement is a voluntary land protection agreement between a private landowner and a land trust such as the Land Conservancy. It permanently protects the unique resources and conservation values found on a property – such as its ecological, scenic, wildlife, or agricultural resour

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Statement: Environmental Defence celebrates the federal government’s adoption of Bill C-50, the Sustainable Jobs Act

Enviromental Defense

Statement by Aliénor Rougeot, Climate and Energy Program Manager Toronto | Traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishinaabeg, the Haudenosaunee, and the Wendat – We’re pleased that Canada is embracing the opportunities of a low-carbon future by passing the Sustainable Jobs Act , Bill C-50. Thanks to this bill, workers and communities impacted by the energy transition will be given the tools they need to succeed in the green economy.

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DEP To Hold July 2 Virtual Hearing On PA General Energy Project To Construct 3.7 Miles Of Shale Gas, Water Pipelines Thru Exceptional Value, High Quality, Wild Trout Streams In Lycoming County

PA Environment Daily

The Department of Environmental Protection will hold a July 2 virtual public hearing starting at 6:00 p.m. on a PA General Energy project to construct a 12-inch shale gas and two 8-inch water pipelines through Cummings and McHenry Townships in Lycoming County. The project would build the pipelines within a 30-foot wide permanent right-of-way and a temporary right-of-way that varies in width.

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Eleventh & Ninth Circuits Issue Decisions in Glyphosate Lawsuits

National Law Center

The last several months have seen numerous developments in the on-going litigation filed by plaintiffs who claim that glyphosate-based pesticide products. The post Eleventh & Ninth Circuits Issue Decisions in Glyphosate Lawsuits appeared first on National Agricultural Law Center.

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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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The Water Center At University Of Pennsylvania Accepting Applications For Regional Network Collaborative For Water Leadership In Greater Philadelphia Region

PA Environment Daily

On June 18, The Water Center at the University of Pennsylvania announced it is accepting applications to the 2024-2025 Regional Network Collaborative for Water Leadership cohort. The Center is focused on recruiting in the Greater Philadelphia region, including Philadelphia, Delaware, Chester, Montgomery, and Bucks Counties in Pennsylvania; Camden, Gloucester, Burlington, Mercer, and Salem Counties in New Jersey; and New Castle County in Delaware.

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Abortion Pill Access Is Still Under Threat After Supreme Court Ruling, Legal Experts Warn

Scientific American

“It would be foolish to declare victory” for abortion rights, one expert says of the recent Supreme Court challenge to medication abortion access

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Greenbelt: In Through the Back Door

Enviromental Defense

This is a guest blog by Melanie Duckett-Wilson, former Toronto and York Region educator. As a member of Climate Action Newmarket Aurora and a participant of several organizations like Rescue Lake Simcoe Coalition and The Alliance for a Liveable Ontario-York Region, I have been speaking up for the environment for quite some time. Since 2018 especially, something has been hinky in Ontario.

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The truth about social media and screen time's impact on young people

New Scientist

There are many scary claims about excess time on digital devices for children and teenagers.

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PUC To Hold July 15 Prehearing Conference On Future Of Venango Water Company, Related Companies As Follow-Up To Conventional Oil Well Wastewater Spill In Venango County

PA Environment Daily

On June 17, Public Utility Commission Administrative Law Judge Mark A. Hoyer announced there will be a telephonic prehearing conference on July 15 at 10:00 a.m. to further discuss the proceedings surrounding the future of the Venango Water Company and six other water companies owned by the Blaine Edwin Rodes Estate in Venango County. The purpose of the prehearing is to further discuss the issues and next steps in the proceeding to determine whether the Commission should issue an order to have an

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Why herbs evolved to smell and taste so delicious

New Scientist

Humans may have shaped the development of aromatic herbs like lavender and mint, but did herbs also shape our own evolution?

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Longer and Longer Freight Trains Drive Up the Odds of Derailment

Scientific American

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Up in the trees – research into dormouse survey methods

The Applied Ecologist

Author Debbie Barlett shares her latest study that assesses whether current dormice survey methods are fit to produce accurate results. Where did the idea come from? I’ve always felt my role as programme leader for the MSc in Environmental Conservation at the University of Greenwich was to encourage students to question what they are being taught.

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Intense Heat Dome Will Bring Record-Breaking Temperatures to the East

Scientific American

A heat dome is sending temperatures soaring across the U.S.

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Incorporating Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Awareness and Knowledge in a First-Semester Organic Chemistry Classroom

Environmental News Bits

Sunasee, R. (2023). “Incorporating Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Awareness and Knowledge in a First-Semester Organic Chemistry Classroom.” Journal of Chemical Education, 100(11), 4335–4342.

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We’ve Hit Peak Denial. Here’s Why We Can’t Turn Away From Reality

Scientific American

We are living through a terrible time in humanity.

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Laser mapping spots ant colonies in dense forest

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story in Science. There are more than 10 quintillion insects on Earth, 200 million for every human. But studying them is tough: The animals are often tiny, and many live in places like soil and trees that make them hard to spot.

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Eliminating Plastics in South Florida

Ocean Conservancy

This blog was co-written by Natalia De Prisco. Natalia is an 11th grade student in Doral, Florida, who participated in Plastic Free Cities during the Fall 2023 semester. She aspires to pursue a career in business, speaks four languages and is passionate about ways to prevent plastic from entering our ocean. Plastic Free Cities is an Ocean Conservancy initiative in collaboration with partners in South Florida, Debris Free Oceans and Big Blue & You, funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospher

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Heat wave 2024 map: Live CDC tool lets you see health risks in your area today and all week

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story at Fast Company. In order to help assess your heat risk, the CDC has released a HeatRisk map tool that tells you the level of risk in your area today and throughout the week. Simply enter your zip code and select your location from a drop-down list.

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The Swiss public gives the final nod to boosting renewable energy 

A Greener Life

A Swiss wind farm. Photo credit: Keystone / Olivier Maire. By Anders Lorenzen Swiss politics sets itself apart from most countries. Some argue that their system of direct democracy with frequent referendums is one of the most democratic models of government. It often gives citizens the final say on a particular issue. This was recently the case with a new law to boost renewable energy in the alpine country.