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Flower farm could supply nickel for electric vehicle batteries

New Scientist

A start-up in Albania co-founded by a mining industry mogul is farming plants to harvest carbon-neutral nickel from the soil while simultaneously removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere

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Gifford Pinchot’s Grey Towers Hosts Festival Of Wood & National Public Lands Day Sept. 28; Many Other Upcoming Events In Pike County

PA Environment Daily

Gifford Pinchot’s Grey Towers National Historic Site in Milford, Pike County will host its annual Festival of Wood celebration combined with National Public Lands Day on September 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There will be a children’s education/activities tent, crafter’s displaying how they make their wood arts, forestry equipment, and much more.

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Mind-reading AI recreates what you're looking at with amazing accuracy

New Scientist

Giving AI systems the ability to focus on particular brain regions can make them much better at reconstructing images of what a monkey is looking at from brain recordings

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WTAE: Can You Drink Water From Roadside Springs?

PA Environment Daily

On July 3, WTAE in Pittsburgh reported a story asking the question: Can you drink from roadside springs? and profiling a spring and swimming area sampling program run by the Mountain Watershed Association in Fayette County. Whether water is clear or cloudy or smells good or bad is no indication of water quality, particularly e coli bacteria. In addition, spring water conditions can change day-by-day based on whether it rains or not and nearby sources of pollution like abandoned mines, agricultur

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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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Physicists figured out the ideal container size for pistachio shells

New Scientist

A simple experiment and mathematical model suggest that when you snack on pistachios, you may need a surprisingly large bowl to accommodate the discarded shells

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Federal Funding for New Subway Trains Urgently Needed: Public Transit Groups

Enviromental Defense

ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENCE, TTCRIDERS Toronto | Traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishinaabeg, the Haudenosaunee, and the Wendat – TTCriders, a membership-based transit advocacy organization, and Environmental Defence, released the following statement in response to Premier Doug Ford and Unifor National President Lana Payne’s statement urging federal funding for TTC subway trains: “Transit users in Toronto need a reliable TTC to get them to school and work on time.

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PASA Sustainable Agriculture Invites Applications To Working Lands Climate Corps, AmeriCorps Program

PA Environment Daily

The US Department of Agriculture has selected PASA Sustainable Agriculture to be one of 28 organizations to host participants of the Working Lands Climate Corps (WLCC), a new AmeriCorps program under the American Climate Corps initiative. In its first cohort, at least 100 WLCC AmeriCorps members will receive technical training, develop high-demand skills, and access career pathway opportunities in the clean energy and climate resilience economies.

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Vivid snake species with blue lips and yellow eyes is new to science

New Scientist

A grass-green snake from Vietnam with yellow eyes, blue lips and a brick-red tail has been identified as a distinct species

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PASA Sustainable Agriculture Hosts July 18 Maximizing Your Farm Operation With Silvopasture Pasture Walk In Lancaster County

PA Environment Daily

On July 18, PASA Sustainable Agriculture will host a Maximizing Your Farm Operation With Silvopasture Pasture Walk at the Springwood Organic Farm in Kinzers, Lancaster County from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Dwight Stoltzfoos of Springwood Organic Farm and Austin Unruh of Trees for Graziers will discuss how adding trees to pasture can help keep livestock cool during the hot summer months.

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Quantum computers may work better when they ignore causality

New Scientist

A quantum phenomenon that muddles the rules of cause and effect could make quantum computers better at performing certain operations

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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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In North Carolina, Eastern Hellbenders Are a Species of Concern, Threatened by the Vagaries of Climate Change

Inside Climate News

Snorkeling scientists search for the elusive giant salamanders so they might live another day elsewhere on the Watauga River before an old dam is removed. Story and photos by Lisa Sorg WATAUGA COUNTY, N.C.—Ben Dalton broke the glassy surface of the Watauga River, spit out his mouthpiece and gasped for breath. All morning, Dalton, a state wildlife biologist, and two other snorkelers had been scouring the river bed, trying to rescue as many eastern hellbenders as they could.

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Blue whale mother caught feeding her calf on video for first time ever

New Scientist

A snorkelling tourist in East Timor has filmed a pygmy blue whale calf drinking its mother’s milk for the first time

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Przewalski's Horses Are Finally Returning to Their Natural Habitat

Scientific American

Przewalski’s horses, once extinct in the wild, are revitalizing Kazakhstan’s “Golden Steppe”

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Editorial: Our view on the UK General Election – Labour is best placed to tackle the climate crisis and unleash a golden area of innovation and clean energy opportunities

A Greener Life

Polls suggest that the Labour Leader, Keir Starmer will be the next Prime Minister of the UK. Photo credit: Rwendland – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia. Editorial Today (4th of July) the British public heads to the polls to decide who will govern the country that has been through several political earthquakes for the past decade, for the next five years.

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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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Centre for Environment and Sustainability: Meet Tara Pirie

The Applied Ecologist

In this new series, The Applied Ecologist is amplifying the staff and student voices from the University of Surrey’s Centre for Environment and Sustainability to showcase their diverse, interdisciplinary body of work and to help inspire the next generation. In this post, we share below recent research by Tara Pirie from the School of Biosciences and collaborates with the Centre for Environment and Sustainability.

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Mosquito Bloodlust Is Driven by These Two Hormones

Scientific American

Mosquitoes carry a pair of hormones, one of which drives bloodlust while the other signals satiation, scientists say

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Parliament grilled Canada’s Big Five banks on their fossil fuel financing – here’s why it matters

Enviromental Defense

The post Parliament grilled Canada’s Big Five banks on their fossil fuel financing – here’s why it matters appeared first on Environmental Defence.

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Kukuma Win Victory Over Petroperú’s Pollution of Marañón River

Corp Watch

Spills from Petroperú’s oil drilling have devastated the Marañón river in Peru for some 50 years. In order to tackle the pollution, a group of Kukama Indigenous women sued the government and Petroperú asserting that the river is a living entity with rights that should be protected. In March 2024, a court ruled in favor of the plaintiffs and ordered the company to clean up the river.

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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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Thursday PA Environment & Energy NewsClips - 7.4.24

PA Environment Daily

“The people have a right to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and esthetic values of the environment. Pennsylvania's public natural resources are the common property of all the people, including generations yet to come. As trustee of these resources, the Commonwealth shall conserve and maintain them for the benefit of all the people.” - - Article I, Section 27 Pennsylvania Constitution [It’s Not A Suggestion] House next voting day July 5 [non-voting]

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Andes Iron copper-iron mine in Humboldt Archipelago, Chile, defeated again

Corp Watch

A proposed US$2.5 billion open-pit copper and iron mining complex, under development by Andes Iron, that would have threatened Humboldt penguins and other marine species, has been denied permission to proceed after a years-long legal battle fought by local communities and environmental groups. The project was also embroiled in a corruption scandal linked to former president Sebastian Pinera.

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(Energy) Independence Day

Legal Planet

Four years ago, President Trump announced that “with the tremendous progress we have made over the past three years, America is now energy independent.” And he was right that the U.S. had reached the point that it produced more energy than it used. But the kind of energy independence he trumpeted (or should I have said TRUMPeted?) is a chimera. Admittedly, Trump was not the first to prioritize this kind “energy independence.

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