Tue.Jan 18, 2022

Amid Pandemic, Tribal-Run Conservation in Africa Proves Resilient

Yale E360

The Covid pandemic has hit African tourism and the wildlife conservation it supports extremely hard. But Indigenous-managed projects, such as the Il Ngwesi eco-lodge and conservancy run by Masaai in Kenya, have benefited by local people’s stewardship of their lands. Read more on E360

Ultralow-field MRI scanner could improve global access to neuroimaging

Physics World

Democratizing MRI: Prototype of a low-cost, low-power, shielding-free, ultralow-field brain MRI scanner. Courtesy: CC BY 4.0/ Commun. 10.1038/s41467-021-27317-1).

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Huge Icefish Colony Discovered in the Antarctic

Ocean Conservancy

Sometimes the most exciting discoveries are completely unexpected. That’s what happened when a team of researchers stumbled across a massive colony of nesting icefish in the Antarctic.

New laser technique could give electron microscopes a boost

Physics World

A new technique allowing lasers to manipulate the energy and phase of electrons in electron microscopes has been unveiled by researchers in Germany and Switzerland.

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By Building on Fleet and Refrigeration Efficiency Programs, Meijer Plans to Cut Carbon Emissions by Half by 2025

Environmental Leader

Midwestern grocery retailer Meijer plans to cut carbon emissions by 50% by 2025 by growing its established energy efficiency programs.

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The surprising connections between deer and the forest canopy

The Applied Ecologist

Ungulates place immense consumptive pressure on forest vegetation globally, leaving legacies of reduced biodiversity and simplified vegetative structure.

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DB Cargo AG and DB Bahnbau Group Adding 50 Dual Powered Locomotives to Fleets

Environmental Leader

Companies in Europe are adding locomotives that can operate on both electricity and diesel to improve efficiency based on infrastructure requirements as well as cut emissions during transport.

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Study: Most Business Executives Struggling to Embed Sustainability into Core Operations

Environmental Leader

A new study reveals that global C-level business leaders (or CxOs) are increasingly concerned about climate change and see the world at a tipping point to act.

The Stream, January 18, 2022: Utah Releases Ambitious Water Plan

Circle of Blue

YOUR GLOBAL RUNDOWN. Drought threatens the livelihoods of Cambodian farmers. Argentina faces a historic heatwave. Microplastics can linger in the world’s riverbeds for up to seven years before being deposited into the ocean, a new study finds.

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Analysis: How Costa Rica reversed deforestation and raised millions for conservation

A Greener Life

A boat passes through a forest along Costa Rica’s Sierpe river. The Central American nation has won praise for its conservation efforts, including in reforestation, and continues to attract international finance to support its initiatives. Photo credit: Christoph Lischetzki / Alamy.

How the IMF Continues to Change To Confront Global Challenges

IMFBlog

By Sanjaya Panth and Ceyla Pazarbasioglu. From COVID-19 to climate change, economies are facing new challenges. The world is changing. From COVID-19 and climate change to digitalization and diverging demographics, the IMF’s member countries are confronting new challenges.

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Smoke, heat and stress: A snapshot from Southern California of life in an altered climate

Environmental News Bits

by Kyla Thomas, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences From record-breaking heat waves to massive wildfires, floods and long-running drought, the impacts of climate change across the U.S. have been impossible to ignore in 2021.

Ag and Food Law Daily Update: January 18, 2021

National Law Center

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

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Seeking tribal sovereignty through solar

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story at The Hill. A group of Midwestern Native American “solar warriors” is working to help tribes break cycles of energy poverty and what they call “colonial exploitation” with access to locally controlled, low-cost renewable power. Recently rebranded the Indigenized Energy Initiative (IEI), they serve as a kind of utility incubator that assists… Read more → Solar Tribal/First nations

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Restricting Foreign Farmland Investments: Alabama’s Proposed Constraints on Foreign Ownership

National Law Center

Recently, an Alabama state lawmaker proposed a bill (S.B. 14) that is aimed at restricting foreign ownership of agricultural land within. The post Restricting Foreign Farmland Investments: Alabama’s Proposed Constraints on Foreign Ownership appeared first on National Agricultural Law Center.

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What Is Spacetime Really Made Of?

Scientific American

Spacetime may emerge from a more fundamental reality. Figuring out how could unlock the most urgent goal in physics—a quantum theory of gravity. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com. Features Space & Physics Quantum Physics

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Income-targeted environmental policies, Episode 1

Legal Planet

As environmental law becomes more concerned with the equity of policy outcomes, income-targeted policy elements are becoming more and more common.

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EU: last seven years the Earth’s warmest?

A Greener Life

Desertification seen south of Sahara, in Africa. Photo credit: Copernicus Sentinel data (2019), processed by ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 By Anders Lorenzen.

The danger of contaminating the night sky

Physics World

The past year has seen the exciting prospect of private space travel become a reality. In July, Blue Origin – the firm owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos – launched its first batch of space tourists. The crew, which included Bezos, reached an altitude of 120 km in an 11-minute flight.

Will 5G mobile networks in the US really interfere with aircraft?

New Scientist

US telecoms companies plan to turn on 5G networks across the US, but airline bosses warn that potential interference with planes could cause a "catastrophic" crisis

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DB Cargo AG and DB Bahnbau Group Adding 50 Dual Powered Locomotives to Fleets

Environmental Leader

Companies in Europe are adding locomotives that can operate on both electricity and diesel to improve efficiency based on infrastructure requirements as well as cut emissions during transport.

Dinosaur ancestor of long-necked Diplodocus ran swiftly on two legs

New Scientist

The gigantic and slow sauropod dinosaurs like Diplodocus had small two-legged ancestors – and one, Thecodontosaurus, was quick and nimble

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Study: Most Business Executives Struggling to Embed Sustainability into Core Operations

Environmental Leader

A new study reveals that global C-level business leaders (or CxOs) are increasingly concerned about climate change and see the world at a tipping point to act.

AI learns to create images from text descriptions by destroying data

New Scientist

A fresh approach to generating images based on text descriptions with AI, called a diffusion model, effectively un-destroys new images into existence

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A life’s work bearing witness to humanity’s impact on the planet

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story at Inside Climate News. Photographer James Balog gives an overview of his career in his big new book, The Human Element: A Time Capsule From the Anthropocene. Read more → Books

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Zero waste homes are 3D printed in less than 24 hours

Inhabitant

Industries around the world are constantly innovating, however, the construction industry has been slow to adopt new technologies. Mighty Buildings is changing all that with the development of a concrete-replacement known as light-stone material (LSM) used to 3D print a home in less than 24 hours

Decarbonisation tech instantly converts CO2 to solid carbon

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story at TechXplore. Australian researchers have developed a smart and super-efficient new way of capturing carbon dioxide and converting it to solid carbon, to help advance the decarbonisation of heavy industries. The carbon dioxide utilization technology from researchers at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, is designed to be smoothly integrated into existing industrial processes. Read more → Carbon capture Carbon utilization Manufacturing

Phage therapies for superbug infections are being tested in Belgium

New Scientist

Bacteria-killing viruses can be used to treat antibiotic-resistant superbugs, and the approach has been tried in more than 100 people in Belgium since a 2019 change in regulations

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Why the Tonga Eruption Was So Violent, and What to Expect Next

Scientific American

Research into earlier eruptions suggests this is the type of massive explosion the volcano sees about every thousand years. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com. Environment Natural Disasters

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Not just the weather: How TV meteorologists influence the public’s views on climate

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story at Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Television weathercasters are more than local news celebrities. Broadcast meteorologists are generally trusted sources of information. When you allow us to enter your living room in the early evening, and your bedroom late at night, to help plan your child’s wardrobe for the coming day… Read more → Climate change Communicating science Weather

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DEP Outlines 2022 Priorities: Make Up Deficit In Oil & Gas Funding; Get Resources Needed To Invest New Federal Mine Reclamation, Oil & Gas Well Plugging Funds

PA Environment Daily

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Climate change poses threat to Winter Olympics: study

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story at The Hill. The impacts of climate change will restrict where future Winter Olympics can take place in the Northern Hemisphere, a study from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, has found. Researchers from Canada, Austria and the U.S. determined that if global greenhouse gas emissions do not dramatically decline, only… Read more → Climate change Publications Sports

Covid-19 news: Joint flu and covid-19 vaccine could be offered in 2023

New Scientist

The latest coronavirus news updated every day including coronavirus cases, the latest news, features and interviews from New Scientist and essential information about the covid-19 pandemic

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Reduce, reuse, recycle is getting a fourth R: Recirculation

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story from NPR. A fourth “R” is being added to “reduce, reuse and recycle”: Recirculation. Instead of recycling old products, a non-profit in North Carolina is recirculating used to-go food containers and bottles. Read more → Circular economy

Clean Water Under the Bridge

Washington Nature

A newly completed bioswale at the foot of Seattle’s Aurora Bridge now removes toxins and pollutants from stormwater running into Lake Union.

EPA coal ash announcement turns up the heat on Illinois municipal utility

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story at Energy News Network. Residents fear groundwater contamination from coal ash, but Springfield’s City, Water, Light and Power says closing ash ponds will actually endanger water supply. Read more → Coal ash Illinois Regulation

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5G Devices Are about to Change Your Life

Scientific American

It will make 4G phones seem positively quaint. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com. TechnoFiles Technology Computing Electronics

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