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What Firefighters Can Teach Us about Preparing the Grid for Extreme Weather

Union of Concerned Scientists

Preparing for emergencies and preventing disasters requires planning, equipment and communications. This is true for fighting fires and for keeping the electric power system operating in extreme weather. Firefighters have strategic plans regarding territory to address, as well as operational plans.

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Pipeline Prevails Over Governmental Entity in Condemnation Dispute

Energy & the Law

Author Ethan Wood. A pipeline company condemning property of a governmental entity? That’s something you don’t see every day. Score a win for “big pipe” against “big government”. In Harris County Fresh Water Supply District No.

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Deep-learning framework identifies regions of COVID-19 infection in lung scans

Physics World

Anomaly localization: Lung scans from patients with COVID-19 infection (rows 1–3) and healthy controls (rows 4–5).

Meet the Idiomysis Shrimp, the Social Butterfly of the Ocean

Ocean Conservancy

Recently, while looking at underwater macro photography, I stumbled across an adorable type of shrimp that I had never seen before. Their bulging eyes and tiny, colorful bodies were simply too cute to handle. I wanted to learn more. Surprisingly, a Google (and even Bing!)

Sustainability at Retail

As part of a global Sustainability at Retail initiative, Shop! worked collaboratively with its global affiliates to address critical environmental issues, outlined in this white paper.

Optical microphone images vibrations, young women win both top prizes in UK science and engineering awards

Physics World

A conventional microphone contains a diaphragm that vibrates in the presence of sounds waves. These mechanical vibrations are then converted into an electrical signal. In a condenser mic, for example, the diaphragm acts as one plate of a capacitor with the changing capacitance creating the signal.

Dr Deborah Nadal: Why a rigid rabies elimination strategy can struggle to take hold in a world of local complexities

Frontier Sin

Dr Deborah Nadal. Image: Rebecca Rodrigues. Dr Deborah Nadal is an affiliate researcher at the University of Glasgow, where she works on rabies-related projects, and a consultant for the Department of Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases of the World Health Organization (WHO).

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The uncomfortable relationship between business and biodiversity: Advancing research on business strategies for biodiversity protection

Environmental News Bits

Panwar, R., Ober, H., & Pinkse, J. 2022). “The uncomfortable relationship between business and biodiversity: Advancing research on business strategies for biodiversity protection.” ” Business Strategy and the Environment, 1– 13.

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Ag and Food Law Daily Update: June 24, 2022

National Law Center

A comprehensive summary of today’s judicial, legislative, and regulatory developments in agriculture and food. Email important additions HERE. . The post Ag and Food Law Daily Update: June 24, 2022 appeared first on National Agricultural Law Center.

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Viewpoint: Forty-three years of the environmental movement?

A Greener Life

Having front stage as former US Vice-president Al Gore speaks at the Web Summit in Lisbon, Portugal. By Anders Lorenzen. This week I celebrated my forty-third birthday and took the opportunity to reflect on how far the environmental movement has come during that time.

Rosy-Finch Rendezvous: Stop 5 – Sierra Lodge at Mammoth Lakes

Reflections of the Natural World

By Jim GainRosy-Finch Rendezvous Birding Adventure Series 6/14/2022 While I was waiting for Rich to fill up the ice chest, I wandered outside of our parking garage to take a photo of our hotel, the Sierra Lodge, with the magnificent backdrop of the Sierra Nevada.

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Earth911 Podcast: ESG Investing In a Bear Market With Newday Impact’s Douglas Heske

Earth 911

Douglas Heske, founder and CEO of Newday Impact Investing, explains how to invest for positive. The post Earth911 Podcast: ESG Investing In a Bear Market With Newday Impact’s Douglas Heske appeared first on Earth911.

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You're more likely to become friends with someone who smells like you

New Scientist

We subconsciously sniff people when we first meet them and are more likely to become friends with those who have similar body odours to our own

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We finally did it! Canada’s single-use plastic bans are for real

Enviromental Defense

Big news this week! With a series of live announcements held across the country, the federal government finally released the final regulations to ban six single-use plastics – straws, stir sticks, check out bags, cutlery, some takeout containers, and six pack rings. . Pat yourself on the back.

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Primary Care Providers Can Help Safeguard Abortion

Scientific American

As abortion access becomes more limited in the U.S., primary care providers can and should provide these services to people who need them. -- Read more on Health Reproduction

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Rainbow Research: Life

The Applied Ecologist

The Rainbow Research series returns to the British Ecological Society to celebrate Pride month 2022! These special posts promote visibility and share stories from STEM researchers who belong to the LGBTQIA2S+ community.

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How Abortion Misinformation and Disinformation Spread Online

Scientific American

With reproductive rights being dismantled, social media companies need to stop propagating lies. -- Read more on Health Reproduction

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Reddit moderators do $3.4 million worth of unpaid work each year

New Scientist

Volunteers who maintain the standard of content on Reddit’s forums do 466 hours of work every day – labour that would cost 2.8 per cent of the firm’s revenue

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Synop Platform Seeks to Ease Transition to Electric Fleets

Environment + Energy Leader

An electric fleet management platform's goal is to make it easier for businesses and organizations to transition to electric vehicles. The post Synop Platform Seeks to Ease Transition to Electric Fleets appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

UK minister says EU is ‘weaponising science’ in Brexit deal row

New Scientist

The UK is making plans to launch its own science funding programme in September, science minister George Freeman tells New Scientist, if the EU refuses access to the Horizon scheme

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Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances in Food Packaging: Second Alternatives Assessment

Environmental News Bits

Download the document. This is the second Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) alternatives assessment(AA) of per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in plant-fiber-based food packaging. This AAis pursuant to the requirements of RCW 70A.222.070, which restricts the manufacture,distribution, and sale in Washington of “food packaging to which PFAS chemicals have beenintentionally added in any amount.”

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New General Assembly-Mandated General Permit Allows Unconventional Oil & Gas Liquid Waste Processing Facilities To ‘Pop-Up’ Within 300 Feet Of You Without Notice

PA Environment Daily

Residual Waste General Permit WMGR163 , mandated by the General Assembly, allows “temporary” oil and gas liquid waste processing, storage and transfer facilities for unconventional oil and gas operations to “pop-up” within 300 feet of dwellings with no advanced public notice was published in the June 25 PA Bulletin as final.

Puerto Ricans are powering their own rooftop solar boom

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story at Canary Media. Residents and shop owners are installing solar-plus-battery systems in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Will the government get on board? Solar

Honduran Power Company President Who Orchestrated Environmentalist's Assassination Sentenced to 22 Years

Yale E360

A Honduran court has sentenced former power company president Roberto David Castillo to 22 years and six months in prison for his role in the 2016 assassination of environmental activist Berta Cáceres. Read more on E360

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Produce packaging ripe for innovation

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story from Packaging World. From European plastic bans to consumers pushing for what they perceive to be more sustainable packaging, produce companies are finding ways to maintain or improve shelf life while contributing to a circular economy. Food and beverage manufacturing Packaging Sustainable design

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How AI Facial Recognition is Helping Conserve Pumas

Scientific American

Researchers tricked out conventional camera traps to snap headshots of Puma concolor, revealing a better way to track the elusive species. -- Read more on Biology Animals

Renewable energy projects power up in tribal nations

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story at GreenBiz. From Florida to Alaska, dozens of tribes are working to harness energy from wind, sun and water to generate millions of dollars in revenue, create short- and long-term jobs and reduce utility costs for citizens, while also helping combat climate change and boost energy independence. Solar energy is leading the way … Continue reading Renewable energy projects power up in tribal nations. Renewable energy Tribal/First nations

Antibubbles have been made to last a record-breaking 13 hours

New Scientist

Shaking antibubbles – droplets of liquid encased in a thin layer of air – prevents them from popping for several hours. These could be used in chemical engineering in the future

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Innovation Center For U.S. Dairy announces 2022 Sustainability Award Winners

Environmental News Bits

The U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards program recognized a class of seven exceptional farms, businesses and partnerships for their socially responsible, economically viable and environmentally sound practices and technologies that have a broad and positive impact. This year’s winners displayed excellence in areas such as methane and other greenhouse gas reduction practices as well as water use efficiencies that support … Continue reading Innovation Center For U.S.

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Was warfare responsible for the origin of complex civilisation?

New Scientist

An effort to track global changes in human society over the past 10,000 years concludes that warfare drove an increase in social complexity – but others are unconvinced by the work

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Climate-driven flooding poses well water contamination risks

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story from the Associated Press. Though estimates vary, roughly 53 million U.S. residents — about 17% of the population — rely on private wells, according to a study conducted in part by Environmental Protection Agency researchers. Most live in rural areas. But others are in subdivisions near fast-growing metro regions or otherwise beyond the … Continue reading Climate-driven flooding poses well water contamination risks. Environmental health Floods

Hummingbirds may be the world’s most colourful birds

New Scientist

A study of 116 species of hummingbird suggests the group is collectively more colourful than any other type of bird

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Global events spur search for alternative oils

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story at Food Business News. Since Ukraine’s national flower is the sunflower and the country is the leading global exporter of sunflower seed oil, according to the US Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service, the Russia-Ukraine war has affected supply and price. Sunflower seed oil, Midwest was trading at $1.13 per lb … Continue reading Global events spur search for alternative oils. Food and beverage manufacturing

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Amazon reviews saying candles are scentless may signal covid-19 cases

New Scientist

A loss of smell is a key covid-19 symptom, with researchers finding a link between increasing coronavirus cases in the US and Amazon reviews complaining a scented candle is odourless

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USDA lacks policy alignment for true food systems transformation

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story at GreenBiz. Many people have become rather disillusioned with the prospect of progress in American politics. I often feel the same way, but today, I’m here with more government praise than criticism — for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), out of all agencies. Last week, the USDA announced a … Continue reading USDA lacks policy alignment for true food systems transformation. Agriculture Food and beverage manufacturing

Defending Renewable Energy Against Local Opposition in Ohio and New York

Law Columbia

By Matthew Eisenson. To avoid the worst impacts of climate change, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has found. that, by 2030, the world needs to be installing four times more wind and solar energy per year. than the record-breaking levels set in 2020.

Leeds Beckett University forms publishing agreement with Frontiers – JISC national open access deal 

Frontier Sin

We would like to announce that Leeds Beckett University has joined the national open access deal agreed between Jisc Collections and Frontiers. This landmark deal provides a simplified and streamlined route to open access publishing for researchers in the UK, who publish 7% of the world’s research.

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