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Playing fast and loose with reality

Legal Planet

As the U.S. Supreme Court has moved into an era of second-guessing federal administrative agencies to an extent that we have not seen in 80 years, it has delivered yet another blow to reliance on accurate facts. When I served as an administrative law judge for California’s state utility regulators, my job in each proceeding was to develop a clear and complete factual record to guide the agency’s ultimate decision.

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WHEN THE LAKE OVERTURNS – RESETTING A NATION

Cleannovate

In 1986, a tragedy took place in the Cameroonian village of Nyos. The village was located close to a lake by the same name, Nyos. Now, Lake Nyos was on the surface, an ordinary looking lake surrounded by mountains in the scenic Cameroonian countryside.

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Is the universe a game?

New Scientist

Generations of scientists have compared the universe to a giant, complex game, raising questions about who is doing the playing – and what it would mean to win

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Not Everyone Has an Inner Voice Streaming Through Their Head

Scientific American

The extent to which people experience “inner speech” varies greatly, and the differences matter for performing certain cognitive tasks

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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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More Trash for Ontario’s Lakes, Rivers and Communities: Cancelling Planned Deposit Return Program for Non-alcoholic Drinks Runs Counter to Public Opinion and Environmental Interests

Enviromental Defense

Statement from Ashley Wallis, Associate Director, on Ontario’s decision to end work on new deposit return system for non-alcoholic beverage containers Toronto | Traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishinaabeg, the Haudenosaunee, and the Wendat – The announcement that Ontario is scrapping plans to launch a deposit return system for non-alcoholic beverage containers epitomizes a government prioritizing private greed over public good.

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AI beats top racers at Gran Turismo – without cheating

New Scientist

An AI driver achieved faster lap times than the best humans in the video game Gran Turismo 7, and unlike previous versions, it only used information available to players

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Britain saw centuries of economic growth under Roman rule

New Scientist

The technologies introduced by the Romans after they conquered Britain led to the kind of economic growth seen in the industrial age

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PA Oil & Gas Industrial Facilities: Permit Notices, Opportunities To Comment - July 6

PA Environment Daily

The following notices were published in the July 6 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 July 6 PA Bulletin announcing it has issued an Air Quality Permit Plan Approval to authorize the construction and operation of the Frontier LNG natural gas production facility at the Winner 4H Shale Gas Well Pad in West Keating Township, Clinton County.

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The Minnesota Dam That Partially Failed Is One of Nearly 200 Across the Upper Midwest in Similarly ‘Poor’ Condition

Inside Climate News

Especially in the Midwest, climate change presents a growing threat to the nation’s nearly 92,000 dams, many more than 100 years old, as heavy rainfall, flooding and other forms of extreme weather become more common and severe. By Kristoffer Tigue ST. PAUL, Minn.—Minnesota’s century-old Rapidan Dam captured the national spotlight last week when its partial failure destroyed a home and prompted county officials to demolish an adjacent store.

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Weird form of 'dangling' ice spotted in space for the first time

New Scientist

A type of ice that has only ever been seen in the lab has now been found in space by the James Webb Space Telescope, and understanding it could tell us more about the chemistry that led to life on Earth

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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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Popcorn, the Ultimate Snack, May Have Truly Ancient Origins

Scientific American

Popcorn might be more than 6,000 years old, an anthropologist explains

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3D-printed egg shells can help bones regrow

New Scientist

Crushed chicken egg shells have been turned into a structure that supports bone growth in the laboratory

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Dave McKay: Mr. Money Bags

Enviromental Defense

There’s a direct line of culpability between fossil fuel corporations and climate change – it’s why so many oil and gas CEOs have topped our list of Climate Villains. But they aren’t the only powerful players who shoulder responsibility for keeping us hooked on fossil fuels, the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions. Fossil fuels are finite resources, and extraction is an expensive endeavour.

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Imagining Nigeria as ground zero in an alien invasion

New Scientist

Tade Thompson, author of sci-fi novel Rosewater, the latest pick for the New Scientist Book Club, on subverting the expectations of invasion narratives and writing about people not tech

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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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From Diagnosing Brain Disorders to Cognitive Enhancement, 100 Years of EEG Have Transformed Neuroscience

Scientific American

The EEG has shaped researchers’ understanding of cognition for everything from perception to memory

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Firepoint Energy Selects Jefferson County Site For Waste Coal-To-Fuel Conversion, Rare Earth Element Recovery Production Site

PA Environment Daily

On July 5, Firepoint Energy Inc , a Wyoming C-Corp startup with principal offices opening in Pennsylvania and Texas, announced the selection of a Jefferson County, Pennsylvania waste-coal-to-fuel site, which will also be used for the recovery of rare earth minerals. The eight million tons of waste coal at the Jefferson County location will be transformed into synthetic aviation fuel (SAF) using carbon-capture technology, while rare earth elements present in the waste coal will be simultaneously

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Light Is How Astronomers Read the Story of the Universe

Scientific American

Almost everything we know about the cosmos is conveyed by photons traveling across vast distances

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DEP Approves Final Land Recycling Cleanup Report For Shell Petrochemical Plant Site In Beaver County

PA Environment Daily

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice in the July 6 PA Bulletin it approved a Final Report on remediation of soil and groundwater contamination by certain chemicals to meet Site-Specific Standards under the Land Recycling Program at the Shell Petrochemical Plant in Porter Township, Beaver County. ( PA Bulletin, page 3829 ) The chemicals included aluminum, arsenic, cadmium, cobalt, iron, lead, manganese, mercury, selenium, and zinc in groundwater; antimony, arsenic, cadmium,

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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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Read an extract from Tade Thompson’s science fiction novel Rosewater

New Scientist

In this tantalising extract from Tade Thompson’s debut Rosewater, we meet Kaaro and learn about the psychic powers he has had since an alien invasion

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DEP Invites Comments At Hearings On Aug. 7 On RACT III Air Quality Permits For Owens Brockway Glass Plant 18 & Plant 19 In Jefferson County

PA Environment Daily

The Department of Environmental Protection published notices in the July 6 PA Bulletin announcing August 7 hearings on RACT III Air Quality Permits for Owens Brockway Glass Plant 18 and Plant 19 in Jefferson County. ( PA Bulletin, page 3808 & page 3809 ) The hearing for Plant 19 located in Snyder Township will be held on August 7 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at DEP’s Northwest Regional Office, 230 Chestnut Street in Meadville.

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Solar panels power afforestation in Xinjiang desert

A Greener Life

By Niu Yuhan, Sam Geall Solar farms along a desert highway in the Tarim Basin, north-west China’s Xinjiang, have been powering wells to extract groundwater and irrigate sand-fixing trees. The sand-control project supports over 3,100 hectares of “shelterbelt” bordering the Tarim Desert Highway, using wells powered by 86 solar photovoltaic (PV) farms.

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DEP Issues Air Quality Permit For Frontier LNG Gas Facility In Clinton County

PA Environment Daily

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice in the July 6 PA Bulletin announcing it has issued an Air Quality Permit Plan Approval to authorize the construction and operation of the Frontier LNG nat ural gas production facility at the Winner 4H Shale Gas Well Pad in West Keating Township, Clinton County. ( PA Bulletin, page 3830 The permit covers multiple sources of air pollution at the facility, including gas processing equipment, wastewater storage tanks, heaters, pipeline pigg

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NIOSH Highlights NTRC’s Work on Engineering Controls and PPE

Nanotech

On July 1, 2024, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) posted a NIOSH Science Blog item entitled “Celebrating 20 Years of the Nanotechnology Research Center: Highlights from Engineering Controls and Personal Protective Equipment,” part of a series commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Nanotechnology Research Center (NTRC).

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When Will Grocery Stores Finally Clean up Their Act When It Comes to Plastics?

Enviromental Defense

Throwaway grocery checkout bags are mostly a thing of the past. That’s thanks to a federal ban that has succeeded in getting rid of what was once a common form of litter and a risk to wildlife and the environment. This ban on checkout bags and a handful of other single-use plastic items was an important first step. But it feels like the ban hasn’t made a big enough dent in all the throwaway plastics we bring home from the grocery store.

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USDA Publishes RFI on the Production of Biofuel Feedstocks Using Climate-Smart Practices

Nanotech

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) seeks public input on procedures for the quantification, reporting, and verification of the effect of climate-smart farming practices on the greenhouse gas (GHG) net emissions estimates associated with the production of domestic (i.e., grown in the United States) agricultural commodities used as biofuel feedstocks. 89 Fed.

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Master Watershed Steward Katie Stanley Leverages Knowledge In Allegheny County

PA Environment Daily

By Kelly Jedrzejewski, Penn State News For Katie Stanley, joining the Penn State Extension Master Watershed Steward volunteer program in 2019 was a perfect complement to her day job as an interpretive naturalist for Allegheny County Parks. “Many of the things I’ve learned as a Master Watershed Steward I’ve been able to implement into my professional development at the Latodami Nature Center ,” Stanley said.

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EPA Postpones Proposed Expansion of the Safer Choice and Design for the Environment Programs

Nanotech

As reported in our July 27, 2023, memorandum, in July 2023, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed an expansion of the Safer Choice and Design for the Environment (DfE) programs to include certification of additional product categories. According to EPA’s website, “EPA thanks the many commenters for their input. EPA reviewed the comments and understands several categories are of interest to stakeholders and Safer Choice partners.

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Friday PA Environment & Energy NewsClips - 7.5.24

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] House next voting day July 5 [non-voting]

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Proposition 65: OEHHA Proposes Additional Changes to “Short-Form” Warning Option

Nanotech

On June 14, 2024, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) issued a notice proposing additional changes to its Proposition 65 (Prop 65) Article 6 “clear and reasonable warnings” regulations for “short-form” warnings (Notice). The changes proposed now are to the proposed regulations that OEHHA issued on October 27, 2023.

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In a Devolving Legal and Political Landscape, Cities are the Federal Government’s Secret Weapon on Climate

Law Columbia

Cities are often considered a niche focus for those who work in climate policy – a third level of government not directly captured in our country’s federal-state dichotomy, one occasionally commended for “ stepping up ” or showing “ leadership ” in the absence of climate action by Congress or in many states. There are good reasons for championing climate-ambitious local governments: around two-thirds of global greenhouse gas emissions are generated within or come from powering urban areas, and l

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