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HotSpots H2O: New Report Urges Policymakers to ‘Wake Up to the Looming Water Crisis’

Circle of Blue

Current rates of progress on water, sanitation, and hygiene would need to quadruple to meet UN targets. Over the past 20 years, the majority of flood losses have occurred in Asia, where climate change-induced rainfall is expected to hit the hardest. Photo © GKarunakar / Wikimedia Commons.

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Shape-shifting worm blob model could inspire future robot swarms

Frontier Sin

By Mischa Dijkstra, Frontiers science writer. ‘Blob’ of Lumbriculus variegatus blackworms. The half-circle to the right is the edge of a petri dish. Image credit: Harry Tuazon. Lumbriculus variegatus blackworms can aggregate into ‘blobs’ capable of collective movement.


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Save the Right Whales by Cutting through the Wrong Noise

Scientific American

New noise-cutting tech could pinpoint North Atlantic right whales and other species. -- Read more on Advances Animals Technology

What’s Up With White Squirrels and Black Squirrels?

Cool Green Science

A guide to squirrels of a different color. The post What’s Up With White Squirrels and Black Squirrels? appeared first on Cool Green Science. Wildlife Mammal Watching Natural History

Green jobs for physics graduates: finance and economics

Physics World

Rustam Majainah , senior pricing analyst, OVO. Green energy might appear to be all about feats of engineering, but integrating those breakthroughs into society involves many other challenges too, not least from a financial and economic point of view.

A Strategy for Rescheduling Psilocybin

Scientific American

There are three legal pathways to deregulating the drug under the Controlled Substances Act. -- Read more on Medicine Pharmaceuticals Mental Health Psychology Social Sciences Policy

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What To Do With a Cell Phone When It Dies

Earth 911

We live in an era of constant upgrades. Cell phone manufacturers are constantly unveiling new. The post What To Do With a Cell Phone When It Dies appeared first on Earth911. EcoTech cell phone phone-dies-what

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Mammoths Roamed when Humans Started Using Tobacco at Least 12,300 Years Ago

Scientific American

A dig in the Nevada desert finds telltale seeds at the site of a late Paleolithic hearth. -- Read more on Social Sciences Anthropology

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What’s Up With Water – October 11, 2021

Circle of Blue

Transcript. Welcome to “What’s Up With Water,” your need-to-know news of the world’s water from Circle of Blue. I’m Eileen Wray-McCann. . On October 1, the UN Human Rights Office called for an equitable distribution of water between Israel and Palestine.

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Climate and Colonialism: Some Columbus Day Thoughts

Legal Planet

“In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue.” That’s what we learned in my grade school. Today, Columbus Day remains a day of celebration for some but has become a symbols of colonialism for others.

Why Are You Seeing Lots of Vultures Now?

Cool Green Science

Large flocks of vultures are circling, but it’s probably not because something is dead. The post Why Are You Seeing Lots of Vultures Now? appeared first on Cool Green Science. Birds & Birding Wildlife Birds Disease & Parasites Traveling Naturalist

Yet another rewilding project confirmed in Scotland

A Greener Life

The Affric Highlands. Photo credit: Grant Willoughby. By Anders Lorenzen. In recent years the process of rewilding has emerged as not only a key climate change strategy but also one that will protect and enhance biodiversity.

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A lack of fish faeces is changing the flow of carbon in the ocean

New Scientist

Fish faeces plays an important role in the carbon cycle of the ocean, but industrial fishing has lead to a lack of defecation

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Modelling insights help vacuum end-users save money and fast-track innovation

Physics World

Developing and implementing a new vacuum system from scratch – even optimizing an existing vacuum installation – is rarely a straightforward exercise.

Winners of 2021 Nobel Prize in Physics built mathematics of climate modeling, making predictions of global warming and modern weather forecasting possible

Environmental News Bits

by David Randall (Colorado State University) As a climate scientist myself, I was excited to learn that Syukuro Manabe, Klaus Hasselmann and Giorgio Parisi have been awarded the 2021 Nobel Prize for Physics.

We Should Take a Holistic Approach to Environmental Risk Assessment Following Oil Spills


A guest editor post by Sharon Hook, CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere With the recent pipeline leak in the waters off of Orange County, California, USA, oil spills are once again in the headlines.

'Auroral' Exoplanets Could Help Boost Searches for Alien Life

Scientific American

Four candidate worlds found via flashes of radio emission may be the first of many revealed by a new planet-hunting technique. -- Read more on Space & Physics Astronomy

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Decaying oil tanker near Yemen could trigger humanitarian disaster

New Scientist

Safer, an oil tanker in the Red Sea, has been abandoned and could unleash a catastrophic oil spill that would leave millions of people without food or clean water

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Nature is medicine. But what’s the right dose?

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story at Outside. A new app called NatureQuant harnesses the latest research to track and rate your time outside. Next up: determining how much you need. Read more → Green lifestyle Smart phone apps

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Energy sobriety / frugality is critical to the energy transition

Edouard Stenger

I haven’t published regularly since 2018… Since my last blog post here I have trained for a technical degree in green buildings and renewable energy, interned as an Energy advisor for the healthcare sector and started a job as an energy manager for local communities.

Wastequip commits to further reducing its virgin resin use

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story at Waste Dive. Wastequip, the company behind Toter containers and other waste-handling equipment brands, is moving forward with efforts to cut one-quarter of the virgin resin it uses throughout its entire cart manufacturing process. A life cycle analysis of Toter carts that RRS led last year found that Wastequip’s Project25 commitment could help reduce each cart’s… Read more → Corporate sustainability

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Lava-munching microbes were the earliest life on land

New Scientist

About 3.2 billion years ago, microbes began to colonise land for the first time, and geological evidence suggests they fed on energy-rich chemicals in volcanic lava

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Rotting Red Sea oil tanker could leave 8m people without water?

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story at The Guardian. FSO Safer has been abandoned since 2017 and loss of its 1.1m barrels would destroy Yemen’s fishing stocks. Read more → Oil spills

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Ancient seeds reveal we began using tobacco at least 12,300 years ago

New Scientist

Tobacco seeds discovered in the remains of an ancient fire suggest people have been using the plant for much longer than we thought

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Climate Resilience: Options to Enhance the Resilience of Federally Funded Roads and Reduce Fiscal Exposure

Environmental News Bits

Download the document. What GAO Found During the last decade, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) undertook targeted efforts to encourage states to enhance the climate resilience of federally funded roads, such as by developing agency policy, providing technical assistance, and funding resilience research. GAO identified projects in four states that planned or made resilience enhancements… Read more → Climate adaptation Publications Sustainable communities Transportation

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First Street Foundation Resilience Report: 588,804 Properties In PA Have 26% Chance Of Being Severely Affected By Flooding Over Next 30 Years

PA Environment Daily

EPA/Commission on the Environment Environmental Justice and Climate Resilience Grants

Environmental News Bits

The North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) is launching the EJ4Climate grant program to support environmental justice and climate resilience for underserved, vulnerable communities, and Indigenous communities across North America. Initiated by EPA, the CEC established this program to support underserved and overburdened communities in Canada, Mexico, and the United States as they prepare… Read more → Environmental justice Funding Sustainable communities

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UK's slow response to covid-19 was a 'serious' error, say MPs

New Scientist

A report by the UK's Health and Social Care Committee and Science and Technology Committee says the government made a "serious" error in not responding faster to the coronavirus pandemic

How record rain and officials’ mistakes led to drownings on a subway

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story in the New York Times. The deluge in the city of Zhengzhou revealed how China’s years of go-go construction had left its cities vulnerable to climate change. Read more → China Climate change Floods

Women are less likely to get pregnant for two years after a concussion

New Scientist

Women with concussion are less likely to conceive in the two years after their head injury than women who injured another part of their body

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A Black town’s water is more poisoned than Flint’s. In a white town nearby, it’s clean

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story in The Guardian. Activists in Benton Harbor say it’s been an uphill battle getting the city, county and state to take action. Read more → Environmental racism Water

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Reach for the stars: Research Topics on space exploration

Frontier Sin

With recent advances in commercial space exploration, we have curated a list of our best Research Topics on outer space.

Upstream CEO sees huge potential in burgeoning reuse-refill sector, including for haulers

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story at Waste Dive. Matt Prindiville, head of a nonprofit focused on holistic waste solutions, is at the center of discussions with brands and activists alike about not just relying on recycling for a circular economy. Read more → Circular economy Retail

Netherlands' massive vault of sustainability and art


Located in Amersfoort, Netherlands, the CollectionCentre Netherlands (CC NL) designed by cepezed architects is a masterpiece of modern architectural design. From the impressive exterior design, to the functionality of the collection center, the CC NL is a true reflection of the future

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