Tue.Dec 05, 2023

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Extreme Weather Inflicting Higher Costs but Fewer Deaths, Report Finds

Yale E360

The last decade saw weather grow more extreme, with cyclones, floods, and fires incurring greater costs. But thanks to improved early warning systems, deaths from extreme weather fell, a new report finds.

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Addressing Corruption In Electric Vehicle Battery Supply Chains

Legal Planet

In the race to scale up a global supply chain for electric vehicle batteries, mining justice advocates have sought to ensure that the ongoing clean technology minerals boom does not exacerbate longstanding negative impacts from the global mining industry. Chief among these are corruption risks. To provide guidance to electric vehicle purchasers (particularly fleets), advocates, and leaders in “downstream” markets about how to support anti-corruption measures in the battery supply cha

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Light Can Travel Backward in Time (Sort Of)

Scientific American

Light can be reflected not only in space but also in time—and researchers exploring such “time reflections” are finding a wealth of delightfully odd and useful effects

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Removing zombie-like cells may help treat multiple sclerosis

New Scientist

Senolytic drugs can clear away worn and damaged “zombie” immune cells that are resistant to dying, which may help treat multiple sclerosis, according to research in mice

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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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IBM Releases First-Ever 1,000-Qubit Quantum Chip

Scientific American

The company announces its latest huge chip—but will now focus on developing smaller chips with a fresh approach to “error correction”

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Indigenous Nations and Environmental Advocates Denounce Alberta Premier Danielle Smith’s Greenwashing at COP28

Enviromental Defense

ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENCE, INDIGENOUS CLIMATE ACTION Indigenous nations impacted by pollution in the tar sands counter the Government of Alberta’s COP28 narrative of being a “clean energy leader” Dubai, United Arab Emirates – Today, members from Indigenous communities downstream of the tar sands and environmental advocates held a demonstration in response to Alberta Premier Danielle Smith’s presence at COP28.

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How Neonics Can Harm Soil Health and Soil Biodiversity

NRDC

This World Soil Day, let's acknowledge the effects that neonic pesticides can have on soil health and biodiversity, and the farms that depend on them

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Why reports that Western civilisation will soon collapse are premature

New Scientist

A scientific analysis of history reveals that societies are becoming more resilient to collapse – and shows how to successfully navigate crises, says complexity scientist Peter Turchin

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Municipal Compost is Key for Regenerative Farms and Sustainable Cities

NRDC

Compost is a physical reminder that soils, farms, and farmers are all part of a larger food system inextricably linked with municipalities and urban areas

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Major climate tipping points could be triggered within a decade

New Scientist

We are getting close to triggering irreversible changes that will have catastrophic effects worldwide, according to a major report on tipping points in Earth’s systems

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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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Roulette Oil & Gas LLC Withdraws Oil & Gas Wastewater Injection Well Application In Potter County

PA Environment Daily

On December 5, the Department of Environmental Protection told the Oil and Gas Technical Advisory Board Roulette Oil and Gas LLC withdrew its application for an oil and gas wastewater injection well in Clara Township, Potter County on September 14, 2023. Tom Donohue, DEP Oil & Gas Program, said, “They didn't really give us a reason for it, but there was a lot of public opposition for this well, and it's been withdrawn and there's no immediate plans to resubmit this one.

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Locusts spun in a centrifuge develop extra-strong exoskeletons

New Scientist

Spinning locusts in a centrifuge to mimic hypergravity seems to cause their exoskeletons to adapt, giving them stiffer legs – but too much gravity and they simply died

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Polar Bear Dens Are Hard for Humans to See, but Drone-Mounted Radar Can Help

Scientific American

As humans encroach on polar bear habitats, new tools such as drone-mounted radar can prevent us from disrupting the hidden dens where bears give birth

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2023 saw thrilling space missions and new cosmic mysteries

New Scientist

The past year gave us thrilling missions to Jupiter and the moon, stunning images that captured the universe like it’s never been seen before, and a few tanatalising cosmic mysteries

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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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N?n?: The Recovery of the Hawaiian Goose

Cool Green Science

One of the rarest waterfowl species on earth, the nene nearly disappeared forever. Here is its epic story. The post Nēnē: The Recovery of the Hawaiian Goose appeared first on Cool Green Science.

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We can trigger positive tipping points to cut carbon emissions faster

New Scientist

Governments should be aiming to trigger technological, economic and social tipping points that accelerate climate action, according to a major report

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Registration Open! Interfaith Partners For The Chesapeake Bay Faith & Waters Restoration Summit Feb. 19

PA Environment Daily

The Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake invites you to the Faith & Waters Restoration Restoration Summit on February 19 at St. Mary’s Parish in Annapolis, MD. Join this gathering of faithful green leaders from congregations throughout the Chesapeake Bay area. This will be an opportunity for shared learning, inspiration, reflection, celebration, and fellowship.

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Electric Vehicles: A Win-Win for Illinois Drivers & Utility Customers

NRDC

Widespread adoption of electric vehicles in Illinois will benefit all utility customers as we transition towards a cleaner transportation system.

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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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Climate Chronicles: Common Climate Vocabulary Shaping a Movement

Washington Nature

The definitions below were developed by Jamie Stroble, TNC Washing Director of Climate Adaptation and Resilience and Keith Chaffee-Ellis, TNC Washing Marketing Manager with input from local colleagues. About the Definitions This list is neither comprehensive nor fixed. It is a living document that best reflects how climate change is broadly discussed across the US.

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Compost Is a Climate Solution

NRDC

Reducing food waste is no. 1 on the list of most impactful interventions to mitigate climate change.

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AMS Updating the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard’s List of Bioengineered Foods

National Law Center

Bioengineered (BE) foods is a familiar term that has created consumer confusion in the United States over the past few years. The post AMS Updating the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard’s List of Bioengineered Foods appeared first on National Agricultural Law Center.

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Shipwrecks are havens for wildlife in areas threatened by fishing

New Scientist

In areas of the sea affected by bottom trawling, marine life is more abundant in and around shipwrecks, suggesting they should be considered important conservation sites

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DEP Expects $44 Million To Plug Conventional Wells Leaking Methane; $76 Million For 2nd Year Of Federal Conventional Abandoned Well Plugging Program

PA Environment Daily

On December 5, DEP told the Oil and Gas Technical Advisory Board it expects to receive an estimated $44 million to plug conventional oil and gas wells leaking methane under the federal Methane Emission Reduction Program and $76 million in second-year funding for plugging abandoned conventional oil and gas wells. DEP also said it will be submitting a grant application for $1.9 million to the U.S.

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World's Biggest Iceberg Finally Escapes Antarctica

Scientific American

A giant iceberg called A23a, which broke off from Antarctica in 1986, is finally moving away from the icy continent after being stuck on the seafloor for decades

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Beyond The Tailpipe

NRDC

Brakes and tires are now a major source of particulate matter pollution from cars and trucks.

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House Environmental Committee To Hold Dec. 11 Hearing On Bill To Expand Renewable Energy Mandates In Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards

PA Environment Daily

The House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing December 11 on House Bill 1467 (Otten-D-Chester) expanding the mandate for renewable energy under the Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards to 30% by 2030. House Bill 1467 was introduced by Rep. Danielle Friel Otten (D-Chester) in June would expand the Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard Tier I renewable energy standard from the current 8% to 30% by 2030, including specific solar energy targets from 1% in 20

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New Forecasting Tools May Help Predict Impact of Marine Heatwaves of Ocean Life up to a Year in Advance

Inside Climate News

These forecasts could help fisheries avoid whale entanglements and unexpected supply chain disruptions. By Kiley Price In 2014, an unprecedented marine heat wave engulfed the west coast of North America, pushing ocean temperatures up to 7 degrees Fahrenheit higher than usual in some areas. Dubbed “The Blob,” this stretch of unusually warm water cooked marine species across the Northeast Pacific, especially hammering populations of sardines and small crustaceans known as krill.

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PennFuture Blog: Mapping Climate Change By Viewing USDA's New Plant Hardiness Zones Map

PA Environment Daily

By Brigitte Meyer, Staff Attorney This month, the USDA released the first update to its Plant Hardiness Zone Map in more than a decade, providing a stark, full-color depiction of the progress of climate change. The USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map divides the country into thirteen hardiness zones based on the annual extreme minimum winter temperature at each location.

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How Management Affects Carbon Stored in Forest Soils

NRDC

This World Soil Day, let’s take a minute to appreciate how forests, and specifically forest soils, store carbon.

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What's Causing Mysterious Respiratory Illness in Dogs?

Scientific American

Veterinarians and researchers are investigating mysterious clusters of severe respiratory disease in dogs

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Shamokin Creek Restoration Alliance Names Phil Dunn As New Executive Director

PA Environment Daily

On December 5, the Shamokin Creek Restoration Alliance in Northumberland County announced the appointment of Phil Dunn as its new executive director. Dunn has a rich background in environmental advocacy and will play a pivotal role in advancing the mission of SCRA, focusing on the restoration and revitalization of the Shamokin Creek Watershed. He brings a wealth of experience and a deep commitment to environmental stewardship to this new role.

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Google Taps Hot Rocks to Cool Climate

Scientific American

The potential of geothermal energy as a carbon-free power source is well known.

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Next Stop: Canada, for Tense Talks on a Global Treaty to End Plastic Pollution

Enviromental Defense

There’s still a lot of work to do to get the global treaty we need to end plastic pollution. The recent round of talks at the United Nations Environment Programme HQ in Nairobi, Kenya, didn’t make much progress towards an international treaty to end plastic pollution. It was a disappointment for everyone. Well, except those investors and states that tie their future to drowning the world in oil and plastic.

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