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HOTSPOTS H2O: Failing Rains in Darfur Foster Conflict and Displacement

Circle of Blue

Mahmoud, a Darfurian farmer displaced by violence over scarce arable land, sits on a beach in Ventimiglia, Italy. HOTSPOTS H2O: Failing Rains in Darfur Foster Conflict and Displacement By Zara Gounden & Fraser Byers, Circle of Blue – May 31, 2023 Two decades after the onset of the war in Darfur, an enduring water crisis continues to inflict tension between crop farmers and herders in the embattled territory.

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As Plastics Keep Piling Up, Can ‘Advanced’ Recycling Cut the Waste?

Yale E360

Proponents of a process called pyrolysis — including oil and gas companies — contend it will keep post-consumer plastics out of landfills and reduce pollution. But critics say that by converting waste to petroleum feedstock, it will only perpetuate a dependence on fossil fuels.

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Atlantic Hurricane Season 2023: the Good, the Bad, the Ugly—and More

Union of Concerned Scientists

Another Atlantic hurricane season is upon us starting on June 1 st. What will this season bring? Hard to foretell, but some data can help us with the basics. First of all, the good Colorado State University released its forecast (usually the first out every year), which projects an Atlantic hurricane season somewhat weaker than recent years, with 13 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), six hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), and two major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5, with winds of 11

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Scientists Identify Bacteria That Can Break Down 'Forever Chemicals'

Yale E360

Researchers have identified soil bacteria able to break down some PFAS chemicals, known as "forever chemicals" because they take decades to degrade naturally.

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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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Debt Ceiling Agreement Includes Mountain Valley Pipeline, Environment Rules Concessions

Environment + Energy Leader

The compromise would also curtail certain environmental reviews.

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Supreme Court Curtails Federal Wetlands Protections; Developers Still Must Consider State and Local Wetlands Laws

Law and Environment

On May 25, 202 3, the Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in Sackett v. Environmental Protection Agency , which significantly narrowed the Clean Water Act’s (“CWA”) test for determining whether wetlands are protected “waters of the United States” and the federal permitting requirements for development projects in covered wetlands areas. The Court’s Ruling The Supreme Court’s ruling has two basic parts: It adopted Justice Scalia’s plurality opinion in Rapanos v.

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Report Finds 228 Local Restrictions Against Siting Wind, Solar, and Other Renewables, as Well as 293 Contested Projects

Law Columbia

Renewable energy projects have encountered significant opposition in at least 45 states. In addition, at least 228 local laws, ordinances and policies have been enacted in 35 states to restrict renewable energy projects, according to a report, Opposition to Renewable Energy Facilities in the United States , issued on May 31 by Columbia Law School’s Sabin Center for Climate Change Law.

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Delta Faces Lawsuit Over ‘False’ Carbon Neutrality Claims

Environment + Energy Leader

Delta Air Lines faces a consumer class action lawsuit, asserting that their carbon neutrality claims are false and misleading to the public. This, along with other major corporations that have been recently accused of similar actions, sheds light on how “carbon neutral” is realistically defined.

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Bad News: Ontario offers contracts for six new polluting gas projects

Enviromental Defense

In the middle of a climate crisis, Ontario is following through on what it said it would do by announcing a flurry of “natural” gas plant projects across Southern Ontario. “Natural” gas… sounds good, right? Unfortunately, it’s not. The name is a misleading and cunning rebrand of fossil gas by the oil and gas industry. Fossil gas, which is used for heating, electricity, and industrial processes, is responsible for one third of Ontario’s greenhouse gas emissions and is harmful to human health.

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Captivating Transformation: Empowering C-Suite Executives and Staff with ESG Education for Financial Sustainability and Climate Resilience

Environment + Energy Leader

Relying on a handful of sustainability professionals forming a sustainability committee will not suffice in turning sustainability goals into a lasting competitive advantage.

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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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JWST has spotted an enormous plume of water coming out of Enceladus

New Scientist

Saturn’s moon Enceladus has a water ocean that makes it one of the most promising places to search for life, and water is spewing out of it in a jet bigger than any we have seen before

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Equatic Launches Low-Cost Technology to Increase Decarbonization Speed

Environment + Energy Leader

Equatic has also secured pre-purchase agreements with Stripe ensuring that all the carbon removed from its Los Angeles and Singapore pilots is accounted for.

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Keep PA Beautiful, DCED Host June 13 Webinar On How Your Community Can ‘Fight Dirty’ - A Review Of Anti-Littering Media Assets, Tools And Resources

PA Environment Daily

Join representatives from Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and the Department of Community and Economic Development for a free webinar on June 13 to learn how Pennsylvania’s new anti-littering campaign-- PA Fights Dirty: Every Litter Bit Matters -- can be used in your community to change behaviors and keep your community clean. The free webinar will be held from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. and is open to the public and tailored to Pennsylvania municipalities, counties and community improvement groups, includ

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Plug Power Aims to Shift Finland’s Energy Landscape with Green Hydrogen Projects

Environment + Energy Leader

These strategic locations serve a unique purpose and the developments will play a role in reducing dependence on fossil fuels in the country and Europe.

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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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Junk food diet may disrupt sleep by altering brain activity

New Scientist

Men who tried a high-fat, high-sugar diet developed disrupted electrical brain activity during the deepest stage of their sleep, suggesting that the food reduced their sleep quality

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Growing U.S. Battery Storage Capacity Drives Industry Expansion

Environment + Energy Leader

The continuous growth signifies the potential for continued expansion of the energy tool.

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NASA’s UFO team discusses its findings publicly for the first time

New Scientist

NASA's group that formed around a year ago to study unidentified aerial phenomena is holding its first public meeting ahead of a report expected in the next few weeks

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Climate Change Is Escalating California's Wildfires

Scientific American

A new analysis finds that dry air and record-breaking temperatures linked to climate change have led to more frequent severe fires in California

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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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The Limits of Genius review: What made Newton and Einstein stupid?

New Scientist

Being a genius doesn't stop you looking directly at an eclipse or letting a trivial row prevent you finding a planet, says Katie Spalding in her new book

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This Massive Scientific Discovery Sat Hidden in a Museum Drawer for Decades

Scientific American

The fossil was a prehistoric bird is called Pelagornis sandersi, and its wings stretched out twice as wide as those of the great albatross.

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Why I can once again eat cheese with a clear conscience

New Scientist

I thought there was no way around cheese being an environmental and ethical disaster, but a new approach to dairy farming has proved me wrong, says Graham Lawton

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DCNR Bureau Of Forestry Forest Focus Newsletter Now Available: New Bureau Structure, Cultural Resources Management, Beech Leaf Disease, Forest Fridays Sign Up

PA Environment Daily

The Spring/Summer edition of Forest Focus from DCNR’s Bureau of Forestry is now available featuring articles on-- -- From The Pinchot Desk - Ellen Shultzabarger, State Forester -- Bureau Of Forestry’s New Leadership Structure -- Invasive Plant Awareness -- The Research Report - Wild Leeks -- Cultural & Historical Resources Management -- Beware Of Beech Leaf Disease -- Sign Up For Forest Fridays!

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Peter Singer on animal rights, octopus farms and why AI is speciesist

New Scientist

Controversial author Peter Singer, who inspired the animal rights movement, explains why killing humanely reared animals may be a defensible ethical position and why he has rewritten Animal Liberation for the 21st century

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False 'Facts' about Science and Social Security Share Origins

Scientific American

Fake claims that Social Security is broken and that climate action isn’t urgent all come from flawed free-market ideology

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11 Remote Workers, Families To Live, Work And Play In PA Wilds This Summer In Cameron, Warren Counties

PA Environment Daily

This summer, individuals and their families will experience the Pennsylvania Wilds region during the second year of an initiative designed to show off rural communities as ideal places to live and work. Emporium in Cameron County and Warren in Warren County will serve as host communities for eleven remote workers throughout July and August 2023. The Wilds Are Working: A Remote Lifestyle Experience , developed by the PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship , is a collaboration with several partners

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New health indicator can revolutionize how we measure and achieve well-being

Frontiers

by Liad Hollender, Frontiers science writer Image: Shutterstock Researchers reveal how a new assessment of health called ‘human functioning’ could bridge health and well-being, with far reaching benefits to individuals and society as a whole. Publishing in Frontiers in Science , the authors chart a plan for implementing human functioning into health systems, by recognizing it as a major health indicator alongside mortality and morbidity and establishing a new scientific field called human functi

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Situation at Ukrainian nuclear plant is dangerous, IAEA boss warns

New Scientist

Ukraine and Russia must agree to maintain safety at Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant to prevent a dangerous radiation leak, says the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency

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Independent Fiscal Office Reports First Quarter PA Natural Gas Production Down 118 Billion Cubic Feet Since It Peaked In 4th Quarter 2021; Price Down Over 45% In Last Year

PA Environment Daily

On May 31, the Independent Fiscal Office released its first quarter 2023 report on unconventional shale gas production in Pennsylvania showing quarterly production is down 118 billion cubic feet since the fourth quarter peak in 2021. Shale gas production peaked in Pennsylvania during the fourth quarter of 2021 at 1,956 billion cubic feet. The IFO reported first quarter production in 2023 was 1,838 billion cubic feet.

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Stem cells from umbilical cord 'goo' delay type 1 diabetes progression

New Scientist

Stem cells found within babies’ umbilical cords, normally discarded as medical waste, could help people newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes reduce their need for insulin injections

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Q&A: Food waste reduction strategies and tips from industry professionals

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story at Waste360. Continuing our Q&A’s with members of the Federal Food Loss and Waste Reduction Initiatives panel at WasteExpo, Waste360 was able to reach out and ask some questions to Jean Buzby and Priya Kadam. Buzby works for the U.S.

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Monkeys in Japan lost tooth enamel when their forest was destroyed

New Scientist

Macaques living on Yakushima Island in the 1980s experienced severe enamel hypoplasia, probably caused by extreme stress resulting from human activities

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How to Make Federal Transportation Funds Work for Climate and Justice

NRDC

Funds from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act can help expand non-car mobility options, set statewide emissions reduction targets, and install EV infrastructure.

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We already have ethical options for replacing industrial farming

New Scientist

The industrialised food system harms the environment and animal welfare, but new ways of farming are now addressing these issues and further change is coming

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