Fri.Dec 08, 2023

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Fossil Fuel Disinformation Threats Aim to Hinder Meaningful Action at COP28 

Union of Concerned Scientists

While there are thousands of people here in Dubai at COP28 fighting for genuine change, the climate summit is facing a barrage of disinformation. Combatting climate change has never been more urgent, and COP28 is poised to advance critical global action. Yet, driven by vested interests in the fossil fuel industry , misleading narratives aim to distort and hinder meaningful climate commitments.

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Report Alleges Intimidation of Families in Path of East African Pipeline Project

Yale E360

A new report implicates French oil giant TotalEnergies in the bullying and intimidation of families living in the path of its proposed oil pipeline in East Africa.

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Jumping spiders seem to recognise each other if they have met before

New Scientist

Regal jumpers, a type of jumping spider, appear to be less interested in each other if they have met before, suggesting that the arachnids recognise individuals within their species

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FDA Approves First CRISPR Gene Editing Treatment for Sickle Cell Disease

Scientific American

Most people with sickle cell disease who received a new gene editing treatment saw their pain resolve for at least one year, but longer follow up is needed

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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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Having children earlier in life is genetically linked to dying younger

New Scientist

An analysis of over 270,000 people's genomes has found that people with genes linked to having children earlier in life are also more likely to die before the age of 76

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Yet Another Oil Spill Hits the Gulf of Mexico

NRDC

The largest Gulf oil spill since Deepwater Horizon highlights the inherent risks of offshore drilling to coastal communities and marine ecosystems.

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PA Oil & Gas Industrial Facilities: Permit Notices/Opportunities To Comment - December 9

PA Environment Daily

The following DEP notices were published in the December 9 PA Bulletin related to oil and gas industry facilities. Many of the notices offer the opportunity for public comments. -- The Department of Environmental Protection published notice in the December 9 PA Bulletin inviting comments at a January 23 hearing on the RACT III, Title V Air Quality Permit and State Implementation Plan Revision for the Transcontinental Gas Pipeline, LLC - Frazer Facility Compressor Station in East Whiteland Townsh

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How strong is the link between cannabis and schizophrenia?

New Scientist

Psychiatrist Deepak D’Souza says we are finally beginning to understand the relationship between cannabis use and schizophrenia, including which drug users are most at risk

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Astronomers Spy First Star-Forming Disk beyond the Milky Way

Scientific American

No one has ever seen a newborn star feeding on its natal disk anywhere outside our galaxy—that is, until now

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Scientists have invented virtual reality goggles for mice

New Scientist

Studying the brain activity of a mouse while it scurries around different virtual reality scenarios typically requires cumbersome equipment, but the invention of miniature goggles may have solved that problem

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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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DEP Posted 68 Pages Of Permit-Related Notices In December 9 PA Bulletin

PA Environment Daily

Highlights of the environmental and energy notices in the December 9 PA Bulletin -- -- PA Oil & Gas Industrial Facilities: Permit Notices/Opportunities To Comment - December 9 [PaEN] -- The Department of Environmental Protection published notice in the December 9 PA Bulletin inviting comments at a January 23 hearing on the RACT III, Title V Air Quality Permit and State Implementation Plan Revision for the Transcontinental Gas Pipeline, LLC - Frazer Facility Compressor Station in East Whitela

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AI Can Now Read Your Cat's Pain

Scientific American

Thanks to researchers, new AI tech is delving into feline feelings to see when cats could need medical help.

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American Farmland Trust Seeking PA Corn, Soybean Farmers To Join Soil Health Practices Study, $1,000 Stipend Offered For Qualified Farmers

PA Environment Daily

The American Farmland Trust is seeking corn and soybean farms in Pennsylvania to join a soil health practices study to test a new tool they are developing with the Natural Resources Conservation Service to predict the costs and benefits of practices like no-till, cover crops and nutrient management. The results from the Predictive Soil Health Economic Calculator (P-SHEC) will empower farmers to make more informed decisions surrounding soil health practices on their farms.

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The moon may enter a new geological period thanks to human activity

New Scientist

Humans have been altering the lunar surface since the first Soviet probe in 1959.

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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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DCNR State Parks Winter/Holiday Environmental Education Activities, Teaching Ideas!

PA Environment Daily

DCNR’s Bureau of State Parks December Environmental Education newsletter is full of winter and holiday educational activities! -- Winter & Holiday Teaching Ideas, Lessons & Free Stuff! Winter Salt Watch; Project FeederWatch; Scavenger Hunt; Frozen Suncatchers -- Audubon Christmas Bird Count - Dec. 14 to Jan. 5 -- In-Person & Virtual Educator Professional Development Workshops -- Explore The Outdoors On First Day Hikes!

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Bad Science and Bad Statistics in the Courtroom Convict Innocent People

Scientific American

Science, statistics and expert testimony are crucial in securing justice.

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Reminder: Nominations Due For 2024 Parks & Forests Foundation Awards Dec. 15

PA Environment Daily

The PA Parks and Forests Foundation is seeking nominations for its 2024 Annual Parks and Forests Awards which recognize the exemplary programs, services, staff, and volunteers that have made a positive impact on the state’s parks and forests. Nominations are due December 15 and will be announced in May. With a mission of stewardship through volunteerism and education, PPFF’s annual awards serve to recognize those who share in the commitment of conserving and enhancing our state’s natural resourc

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Scientists to COP28: ‘We’re Clearly in The Danger Zone’

Inside Climate News

As this year’s climate talks head into their final days, a new report also highlights positive social tipping points that can drive “the odds in our favor.” By Bob Berwyn DUBAI, United Arab Emirates—As negotiators at COP28 debate which verbs in the final documents would indicate the correct level of urgency, scientists at the global talks delivered a simple, dire message: Act now, or trigger climate tipping points with serious risks to the lives and livelihoods of billions of people.

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Tyrannosaur's Stomach Contents Have Been Found for the First Time

Scientific American

The fossilized stomach contents of a tyrannosaur have been found for the first time, revealing what the fearsome predator ate

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Drought-Proofing Los Angeles County

NRDC

L.A. County releases an ambitious new plan to switch to 80 percent local water to address increasing droughts from climate change.

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Thunderstorm Damage Keeps Rising

Scientific American

Increasingly frequent thunderstorms caused insurers to pay $60 billion in claims in 2023

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Panama Protestors Defeat First Quantum Minerals’ Copper Mine

Corp Watch

Cobre Panamá, the largest open pit copper mine in Central America, is operated by Toronto-based First Quantum Minerals. After some 250,000 people in Panama took to the streets to protest against corruption and environmental damage at the mine, Panama’s supreme court declared that First Quantum’s contract to operate the mine unconstitutional, causing it to be shut down.

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Tyrannosaur's Stomach Contents Have Been Found for the First Time

Scientific American

The fossilized stomach contents of a tyrannosaur have been found for the first time, revealing what the fearsome predator ate

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Inflation Reduction Act Conservation Dollars Are a Vital Bulwark Against Climate Change

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC)

Cattle grazing a warm season cover crop on Vilicus Farms (Photo Credit: Vilicus Farms) On August 16, 2022 when the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) was signed into law, it solidified an historic investment in addressing the climate crisis and reflected key priorities lifted up by the farmers and communities that NSAC’s members serve. Chief among these priorities was the IRA’s allocation of nearly $20 billion in new agricultural conservation funding in four key conservation programs: the Conservatio

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55 Books Scientific American Recommends in 2023

Scientific American

The best fiction, nonfiction, history and sci-fi books Scientific American staff read in 2023

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EPA Announces $1 Million In Grants For Brownfield Job Training In Pittsburgh, Cumberland County

PA Environment Daily

On December 8, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the selection of North Side Industrial Development Company in Pittsburgh and the Housing and Redevelopment Authorities of Cumberland County to receive a total of $1 million for environmental job training programs. The grants through EPA’s Brownfields Jobs Training Program will help recruit, train, and place workers for community revitalization and cleanup projects at brownfield sites across the Commonwealth.

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AI Can Now Read Your Cat's Pain

Scientific American

Thanks to researchers, new AI tech is delving into feline feelings to see when cats could need medical help.

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DEP Sets Jan. 23 Hearing On Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Frazer Compressor Station In Chester County

PA Environment Daily

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice in the December 9 PA Bulletin inviting comments at a January 23 hearing on the RACT III, Title V Air Quality Permit and State Implementation Plan Revision for the Transcontinental Gas Pipeline, LLC Frazer Compressor Station in East Whiteland Township, Chester County. ( PA Bulletin, page 7674 ) The hearing will be held at the DEP Southeast Regional Office, 2 E.

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Cats Can Hide Their Pain--But Not from AI

Scientific American

Machine-learning software gets behind the inscrutable feline face and may improve pet care

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Hearing Set For Jan. 23 On DEP Air Quality Permit For The Cleveland Cliffs Plate Facility In Chester County

PA Environment Daily

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice in the December 9 PA Bulletin of a January 23 hearing on a RACT III Title V Air Quality Permit for the Cleveland Cliffs Plate, LLC facility in Coatesville Borough, Chester County. ( Dec. 9 PA Bulletin, page 7635 ) The hearing will be held at the DEP Southeast Regional Office, 2 E. Main Street in Norristown starting at 1:30 p.m.

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EC Committee Begins Public Consultation on Its Preliminary Opinion for Titanium Dioxide

Nanotech

On December 5, 2023, the European Commission’s (EC) Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) began a public consultation on its preliminary opinion on titanium dioxide. Comments on the preliminary opinion are due February 6, 2024. The preliminary opinion includes the following questions from the EC and SCCS’s conclusions: Q: In light of the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) opinion on genotoxicity concerns for E171, does SCCS consider titanium dioxide safe in oral cosmetic products?

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DEP Invites Comments At Jan. 9 Hearing On Jessop Steel, LLC Air Quality Permit In Washington County

PA Environment Daily

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice of a January 9 hearing on a RACT III Title V Air Quality Permit for the Jessop Steel, LLC facility in Canton Township, Washington County. ( Dec. 9 PA Bulletin, page 7632 ) The hearing will be held at the DEP Southwest Regional Office, 400 Waterfront Drive in Pittsburgh from 9:30 to 10:00 a.m.

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How to Choose an Environmentally Friendly Christmas Tree

Scientific American

Real or artificial?

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Penn State Extension Host Jan. 8 Webinar On Private Water Supply Education & Water Testing

PA Environment Daily

On January 8, Penn State Extension will host a live webinar on Private Water Supply Education and Water Testing from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Do you live in one of the more than one million homes and farms in Pennsylvania that get their drinking water from a private well or spring? Do you know what is in your drinking water and how to keep it safe for you and your family?