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0524--cumulative

Scientific American

The advent of “cumulative culture”—teaching others and passing down that knowledge—may have reached an inflection point around the time Neandertals and modern humans split from a common ancestor

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Shipping companies are testing biofuel made from cashew nut shells

New Scientist

Cashew nut shells are a source of low-emissions biofuel, which is being tested in several ships, but it is unlikely there will be enough to make much of a dent in the industry’s emissions

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By the Numbers: How Are U.S. Fisheries Doing?

NRDC

Here is our breakdown of the NOAA’s 2023 Status of Stocks report, which shows more progress is needed to ensure healthy and resilient fisheries.

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Time crystals may make quantum computers more reliable

New Scientist

Extremely cold atoms that perpetually move in repeating patterns could be a promising building block for quantum computers

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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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Centre for Environment and Sustainability: Meet Sophie Tudge

The Applied Ecologist

In this new series, The Applied Ecologist is amplifying the staff and student voices from the University of Surrey’s Centre for Environment and Sustainability to showcase their diverse, interdisciplinary body of work and to help inspire the next generation. In this post, we share research by Sophie Tudge. Meet Sophie Tudge I’m a PhD student from the Centre for Environment and Sustainability.

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Why humanity’s survival may depend on us becoming a tribe of billions

New Scientist

Tribalism can be toxic, yet we need more of it if we are to meet today’s global challenges, argues one anthropologist.

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Google's new quantum computer may help us understand how magnets work

New Scientist

By combining two approaches to quantum computing into one device, Google has been able to simulate the behaviour of magnets in detail - and found discrepancies with our current understanding of certain magnet systems

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Penn State Extension Is Celebrating Pollinator Week June 17-21!

PA Environment Daily

Love pollinators and what they bring to our gardens? Want to know more about how to support them by planting pollinator-friendly gardens? Penn State Extension and Master Gardeners have great resources to help you understand the role our pollinators play in our ecosystem, especially during Pollinator Week 2024-- June 17-23. No matter whether you prefer books or online courses, Extension has the tools and resources you need to encourage and support pollinators in your garden!

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Watch a humanoid robot driving a car extremely slowly

New Scientist

A robot named Musashi with a human-like skeleton and musculature can perform basic driving tasks – but this isn’t the safest approach to autonomous transport

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New Research Finds Most of the World’s Largest Marine Protected Areas Have Inadequate Protections

Inside Climate News

In a setback to efforts to conserve 30 percent of the ocean by 2030, a third of the world’s largest MPAs allow destructive practices like mining and commercial fishing, while others are “paper parks” with no formal conservation measures. By Bing Lin Many existing marine protected areas might be something like screen doors on a submarine, at least as far as their impact on ocean conservation.

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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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Mathematicians find odd shapes that roll like a wheel in any dimension

New Scientist

Not content with shapes in two or three dimensions, mathematicians like to explore objects in any number of spatial dimensions.

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June 17 Weekly PA Environment Digest Now Available

PA Environment Daily

“The people have a right to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and esthetic values of the environment. Pennsylvania's public natural resources are the common property of all the people, including generations yet to come. As trustee of these resources, the Commonwealth shall conserve and maintain them for the benefit of all the people.” -- Article I, Section 27 Pennsylvania Constitution [It’s Not A Suggestion] Click Here To View Or Print The Entire Jun

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2024 Top Lobbyists: Suncor was the most active lobbyist from January to March

Enviromental Defense

Hi Lobby Bot followers! We’re excited to be back sharing some juicy updates from the first three months of this year. We’re moving to quarterly blog updates on lobbying, but the tracker on our main Lobby Bot web page will be updated monthly. The first quarter of 2024 was a busy one for the oil and gas industry! They updated shareholders on the billions of dollars in profits they received in 2023, kicked off the new year with big plans to increase production, and wasted no time before lobbying

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Joro Spiders Are No Big Deal, and Starlink Satellites Threaten the Ozone Layer

Scientific American

Sweltering heat in Greece, ozone-damaging chemicals on the decline and an investigation of what space does to our body are all in this week’s news roundup.

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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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PA Interfaith Power & Light Volunteers Distributed Over 16,000 Trees In Pennsylvania; Fall Tree Planting Program Being Planned

PA Environment Daily

By Arielle Sternman, PA IPL The following interview with Greg Book a native tree planter and volunteer that helped distribute over 16,000 trees through a PA Interfaith Power & Light initiative first appeared on the PA IPL website on June 11, 2024. Spring here at PA IPL was trees, trees, and more trees! Together, we distributed over 16,000 trees.

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Releasing Baby Cane Toads Teaches Predators to Avoid Toxic Adults

Scientific American

Australian conservationists introduced juvenile cane toads ahead of invasions to help prepare native monitor lizards

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Earth911 Podcast: David Lipsky on His Climate Denial History, The Parrot and The Igloo

Earth 911

Rising CO2 levels have created climate change, the denier’s name for global warming. It’s the. The post Earth911 Podcast: David Lipsky on His Climate Denial History, The Parrot and The Igloo appeared first on Earth911.

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PA Environmental Council Joins Nonpartisan Energy Future PA Coalition

PA Environment Daily

On June 17, Energy Future PA announced the continued growth of the statewide coalition with PA Environmental Council joining as a partner member. Energy Future PA is a nonpartisan coalition of independent organizations that supports a comprehensive suite of energy solutions to help meet the nation’s future energy needs and bolster reliability of the nation’s power grid – including renewables and low-to-zero-carbon fuel sources such as clean hydrogen, nuclear energy , and carbon capture and stora

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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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Illinois’s REAP Charts a Path to the State’s Clean Energy Future

NRDC

Planning for a decarbonized future is crucial if Illinois wants to meet its clean energy goals on time.

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Has AI Already Brought Us the Terminator Future?

Scientific American

Is baby Skynet already here?

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Meeting Global Forest Targets Requires Equitable Accountability

NRDC

Halting deforestation and forest degradation by 2030, a key climate target, requires a framework to drive truly global accountability and support.

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IU Biology researchers find unusual heat resilience in a Bloomington bird

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story from Indiana University. It’s a difficult time to study birds. Their numbers are down, their habitat is changing, and their prey are disappearing as heat waves grow more common and more intense.

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What's on the Horizon for California's MPA Petitions

NRDC

As state agencies begin their evaluation of the 20 petitions proposing changes to California's MPA network, it is crucial to strive for ambitious ocean conservation actions.

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Geothermal heat pumps are helping clean up city buildings

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story at Canary Media. Initiatives in Austin, New York City, and beyond are aiming to curb costs and boost adoption of geothermal heating and cooling to reduce CO2 from buildings.

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ECHA Updates Report on Key Areas of Regulatory Challenge, Addresses Micro- and Nano-Sized Materials

Nanotech

On June 12, 2024, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced that it updated its report on key areas of regulatory challenge, providing more detailed information on areas where scientific research is needed to protect human health and the environment from hazardous chemicals. The report addresses micro- and nano-size materials, stating: The report’s section on analytical methods of enforcement uses characterization of nanomaterials, including advanced nanomaterials, as an example of an area

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Angry birders: The union representing Audubon Society workers is pushing for equal pay for women

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story at The 19th. As part of ongoing contract negotiations, the Bird Union (yes, that’s its real name) is calling for raises, pay parity and more parental leave.

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EPA Announces Draft PR Notice to Revise Procedures for Citing Data to Support Pesticide Registrations (EPA Forms 8570-34 and 8570-35)

Nanotech

On June 10, 2024, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a Federal Register notice announcing the availability of a draft Pesticide Registration Notice entitled Revised Procedures for Citing Data to Support Pesticide Registrations (EPA Forms No. 8570-34 and 8570-35) (Draft PR Notice). 89 Fed. Reg. 48893. EPA states that this Draft PR Notice will supersede PR Notice 98-5, entitled New Forms for the Certification with Respect to Citation of Data,which was issued on June The post EPA

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What do Google’s AI answers cost the environment?

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story in Scientific American. Gemini, Google’s family of large language models, generates the text found in AI Overviews. These systems are powerful but not flawless. In the weeks since the feature’s debut, it has recommended gluing cheese to pizza, for instance, and changing a car’s blinker fluid.* But these early flubs, which … Continue reading What do Google’s AI answers cost the environment?

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One Path to Better Affordability is Climate Change Action – Really

Enviromental Defense

Recently, the CBC , working with pollster Janet Brown, released the results of its annual spring report card on Alberta’s political and economic well-being. The top-line results came as a surprise: for the first time in the six years that Brown has been conducting this research, more than half of Albertans reported it being “difficult to meet their monthly household expenses.

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Climate change and health: boosting resilience via adaptation science

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story at Environmental Factor. I recently sat down with Peter Kilmarx, M.D., acting director of the NIH Fogarty International Center (FIC), to discuss adaptation science, a critical yet often overlooked area in the broader conversation on climate change.

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Recent Federal Developments for June 17, 2024

Nanotech

TSCA/FIFRA/TRI EPA Announces New Resource Portal And Reporting Tool Improvements Before CDR Reporting Begins On June 1, 2024: On May 16, 2024, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the creation of CDR GuideME, a new resource portal, and improvements to the reporting tool to make the reporting process easier.

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Methane emissions from landfill could be turned into sustainable jet fuel in plasma chemistry leap

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story from the University of Sydney. Researchers have developed a chemical process using plasma that could create sustainable jet fuel from methane gas emitted from landfills, potentially creating a low-carbon aviation industry.

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Hillary Clinton, Climate Change, and the ‘Sliding Doors’ of History

Legal Planet

In the movie Sliding Doors , Gwyneth Paltrow is racing to catch the subway, only to have the doors slide shut when she’s inches from boarding. This turns out to be a crucial fork in the road— if she’d caught the train, it turns out, her whole life would have been different. In 2016, Hillary Clinton missed winning the presidential election by the narrowest of margins.