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Compostable Packaging Disintegration at Composting Facilities

Environmental News Bits

Download the report. Roughly one-third of the world’s food is wasted each year and sent to landfill––a loss estimated at $230 billion. To address this urgent climate and economic challenge, state and local policies requiring organics collection are being enacted to divert food scraps from landfill. This in turn has sparked the U.S.

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Reforming California’s Financial Penalties for Water Theft Will Create an Effective Deterrent

Legal Planet

Shasta River Water Association president & illegal water diverter Jim Scala (credit: Sacramento Bee) In a Legal Planet Post earlier this week , I recounted the saga of how federal prosecutors recently secured the criminal conviction of Dennis Falaschi, the former San Joaquin Valley water district general manager who oversaw the decades-long theft of millions of gallons of publicly-owned water from California’s Central Valley Project.

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CIRCULAR REVOLUTION – BLACK GOLD

Cleannovate

I offloaded the sack in my storeroom. Now I had fuel that could last me for weeks. You see, charcoal is our most common fuel in Africa. And as an ardent African, I would not disappoint. The charcoal sack weighed probably slightly over sixty kilos.

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Voyager 1 Is Back! NASA Spacecraft Safely Resumes All Science Observations

Scientific American

NASA’s venerable Voyager 1 spacecraft has resumed normal science operations with all four functioning instruments for the first time in more than six months

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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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Light-activated drugs could keep sleep-deprived military pilots alert

New Scientist

A US military program led by DARPA is modifying the stimulant drug dextroamphetamine so it can be switched on or off in the brain using near-infrared light, avoiding risks like addiction

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The Mysterious World of Pyrosomes

Ocean Conservancy

“Sea pickles,” “sea worms,” “fire bodies”— these are just a few of the wacky nicknames for one of our ocean’s most mysterious creatures: pyrosomes. Pyrosomes (Family Pyrosomatidae) may look like bizarre jellyfish at first glance, but these quirky critters are uniquely beautiful and play an important role in our ocean’s ecosystems and food web. Name The name “pyrosome” comes from the Greek words for fire (pyro) and body (soma).

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PA Oil & Gas Industrial Facilities: Permit Notices, Opportunities To Comment - June 15

PA Environment Daily

The following notices were published in the June 15 PA Bulletin related to oil and gas industry facilities. Many of the notices offer the opportunity for public comments. Land Recycling/Brownfield Cleanups -- Chesapeake Appalachia LLC - Amcor Shale Gas Well Pad: DEP received a Final Report on remediation of soil contaminated with production wastewater to meet the Statewide Health Standards at the pad located in Meshoppen Twp., Wyoming County. ( PA Bulletin, page 3477 ) -- EQT Corporation - Polec

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Hybrid design could make nuclear fusion reactors more efficient

New Scientist

Two types of fusion reactor called tokamaks and stellarators both have drawbacks – but a new design combining parts from both could offer the best of both worlds

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DEP Posted 74 Pages Of Permit-Related Notices In June 15 PA Bulletin

PA Environment Daily

Highlights of the environmental and energy notices in the June 15 PA Bulletin -- -- PA Oil & Gas Industrial Facilities: Permit Notices, Opportunities To Comment - June 15 [PaEN] -- The Department of Environmental Protection published notice in the June 15 PA Bulletin announcing July 15 and 16 in-person hearings related to proposed State Air Quality Implementation Plan changes on the decommissioning of Stage II gasoline vapor recovery systems at gasoline service stations.

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Einstein's theory was wrong about black holes made out of light

New Scientist

The theory of relativity predicts black holes should be able to form from light alone, but incorporating quantum effects makes it impossible

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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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Penn State Students Learn Best Practices During High-Performance Building Summer Camp In Pittsburgh

PA Environment Daily

Students from South West College, Northern Ireland, are joining Penn State students in Pittsburgh to learn best practices in energy-efficient design during the High-Performance Building Summer Camp June 3-21. The city was selected as the host for the camp because of its classification as a United Nations International Center of Excellence on High-Performance Building.

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Did rock art spread from one place or was it invented many times?

New Scientist

Rock art is a truly global phenomenon, with discoveries of cave paintings and etchings on every continent that ancient humans inhabited – but how many times was it invented over human history?

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Dark Matter Telescope’s Dazzling New Images Shine

Scientific American

The latest images from Euclid, a European mission studying dark matter and dark energy, are spectacularly beautiful—and scientifically promising

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UK election: How can next government get climate goals back on track?

New Scientist

The UK’s journey to net zero has stalled – whoever wins the 4 July election will need to get it moving again, but many climate scientists are frustrated with what the main parties are offering

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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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Could Iron from Melting Glaciers Affect Global Climate?

Scientific American

Researchers are investigating how an iron infusion from glacial meltwater might change Antarctica’s seas and the climate.

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UK election: How can the next government get climate goals on track?

New Scientist

The UK’s journey to net zero has stalled – whoever wins the 4 July election will need to get it moving again, but many climate scientists are frustrated with what the main parties are offering

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Electric Aircraft Are Quietly Sneaking Up on Us

Scientific American

New electric-powered, vertical-lift aircraft are rising to the challenge of delivering clean and cheap air taxi services

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State Farmland Preservation Program Invests $9.8 Million To Protect 2,629 Acres On 28 Farms In 19 Counties From Future Development

PA Environment Daily

On June 13, the Department of Agriculture announced Pennsylvania will purchase development rights for 2,629 acres on 28 farms in 19 counties, protecting them from future residential or commercial development. The farms, approved for conservation easement purchases by the State Agricultural Land Preservation Board , represent an $9.8 million investment to ensure that Pennsylvania farmers have the resources they need to continue supporting families, communities, and jobs.

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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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Seaweed Is Choking the Caribbean’s Iconic White Sand Beaches

Scientific American

Massive blobs of sargassum seaweed are taking over Caribbean beaches.

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DEP Invites Comments On Proposed 41 Acre Expansion Of Pioneer Crossing Landfill In Berks County

PA Environment Daily

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice in the June 15 PA Bulletin inviting comments on a major expansion of the Pioneer Crossing Landfill in Exeter Township, Berks County. ( PA Bulletin, page 3451 ) The proposed project will add 41.15 acres of new disposal area and approximately 29.5 years of operational capacity. The total permitted area of the facility would increase from 219 acres to 288.3 acres.

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New York State Legislative Session Wraps Up: What’s In and What’s Out?

NRDC

In the wake of the 2024 New York State Legislative session, we celebrate victories and grapple with political challenges.

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DEP To Hold July 15 & 16 Hearings On Phasing Out Stage II Gasoline Vapor Recovery Systems

PA Environment Daily

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice in the June 15 PA Bulletin announcing July 15 and 16 in-person hearings on proposed State Air Quality Implementation Plan changes on the decommissioning of Stage II gasoline vapor recovery systems at gasoline service stations. The July 15 hearing will be held at the DEP Southwest Regional Office, Rooms A & B, 500 Waterfront Drive in Pittsburgh starting at 1:00 p.m.

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Bizarre ‘Loch Ness Monster’ Microbe Hunts with a Hyperextensible Origami Neck

Scientific American

A microbe can grow a neck that is 30 times as long as its body in just a few seconds.

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DEP Invites Comments On Waste Permit Renewal For Kelly Run Landfill In Allegheny County

PA Environment Daily

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice in the June 15 PA Bulletin inviting comments on the waste permit renewal for the Kelly Run Landfill in Forward Township, Allegheny County. ( PA Bulletin, page 3452 ) The Landfill accepts a variety of wastes, according to its webpage, including municipal, construction and demolition, business and TENORM (Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material often associated with oil and gas drill cuttings).

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G7 pledge to accelerate the transition away from fossil fuels

A Greener Life

By Anders Lorenzen The annual meeting of the world’s seven largest economies, G7, which this year is hosted in Italy has pledged to accelerate the transition away from fossil fuels. The meeting which is hosted by Italy’s far-right prime minister Giorgia Meloni in the southern Italian region of Puglia reiterated the message from last year’s UN climate summit COP28 to transition away from fossil fuels fairly, the communique stated: “We will transition away from fossil fuels in energy s

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DEP Invites Comments On An Application For Air Quality Plan Approval For IRG Erie Plastic Recycling Facility

PA Environment Daily

The Department of Environmental Protection received an application for an Air Quality Plan Approval for the proposed IRG Erie, Inc. plastics recycling facility in the City of Erie, Erie County. ( PA Bulletin, page 3453 ) DEP said in the notice: “IRG Erie, Inc. is proposing to construct a plastics recycling facility in Erie, PA to transform general plastic recyclables into speciated material.

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Electric vehicles are usually safer for their occupants – but not necessarily for everyone else

Environmental News Bits

by Jingwen Hu, University of Michigan The future of automobiles is electric, but many people worry about the safety of today’s electric vehicles. Public opinion about EV crash safety often hinges on a few high-profile fire incidents. Those safety concerns are arguably misplaced, and the actual safety of EVs is more nuanced.

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DCNR Forests For All Strategic Plan Online Town Hall Meeting Available On Demand; Take Survey To Provide Feedback

PA Environment Daily

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Forests For All Strategic Plan online town hall meeting presenting the draft Forests for All Strategic Plan for State Forests is now available on demand. The strategic plan draft outlines a vision and mission for the future of the Commonwealth’s forests and its people rooted in strengthening the ecosystem management foundations laid by the agency and growing in its connections with people and communities.

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Climate change and mercury pollution stressed plants for millions of years

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story from Utrecht University. The link between massive flood basalt volcanism and the end-Triassic (201 million years ago) mass-extinction is commonly accepted. However, exactly how volcanism led to the collapse of ecosystems and the extinction of entire families of organisms is difficult to establish.

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Dodge Summer Germs with Tips from a Microbiologist

Scientific American

From hiking to barbecuing and gardening to swimming, the opportunities for summer fun can also pose health risks.

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Tracing microplastic sources in urban water bodies combining their diversity, fragmentation and stability

Environmental News Bits

Niu, J., Xu, D., Wu, W. et al. (2024). “Tracing microplastic sources in urban water bodies combining their diversity, fragmentation and stability.” npj Clean Water 7(37). [link] [open access] Abstract Tracing the sources of microplastics (MPs) across various environmental media is currently facing significant challenges due to their complex transportable features.

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NNI EHS Research Strategy: 2024 Update Available for Public Comment

Nanotech

The National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO), on behalf of the Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology (NSET) Subcommittee of the Committee on Technology, National Science and Technology Council (NSTC), requested comments on June 13, 2024, on the “National Nanotechnology Initiative Environmental, Health, and Safety Research Strategy: 2024 Update” (2024 Update). 89 Fed.

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What are nanoplastics? An engineer explains concerns about particles too small to see

Environmental News Bits

by Mohan Qin, University of Wisconsin-Madison It’s become common to read that microplastics – little bits of plastic, smaller than a pencil eraser – are turning up everywhere and in everything, including the ocean, farmland, food and human bodies. Now a new term is gaining attention: nanoplastics. These particles are even tinier than microplastics – … Continue reading What are nanoplastics?

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