Mon.Sep 19, 2022

Five Things to Know About the Updated EV Charging Tax Credit

Union of Concerned Scientists

The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) contains a tax credit that can be used for electric vehicle charging infrastructure. You might have missed it because its name is a bit wordy and doesn’t contain the words “electric” or “charging.”

For the Love of Cutthroat Trout

Cool Green Science

Why go to the trouble to catch 8-inch trout in remote streams? The post For the Love of Cutthroat Trout appeared first on Cool Green Science. Latest Science Fish Fisheries Traveling Naturalist

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Why the Rush to Mine Lithium Could Dry Out the High Andes

Yale E360

The demand for lithium for EV batteries is driving a mining boom in an arid Andes region of Argentina, Chile, and Bolivia, home to half the world’s reserves. Hydrologists are warning the mines could drain vital ecosystems and deprive Indigenous communities of precious water. Read more on E360

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A CERES of fortunate events…

Real Climate

The CERES estimates of the top-of-atmosphere radiative fluxes are available from 2001 to the present.

Shaping a Resilient Future: Climate Impact on Vulnerable Populations

Speaker: Laurie Schoeman Director, Climate & Sustainability, Capital

During this event, national climate and housing expert Laurie Schoeman will discuss topics including relocation, decarbonization, housing affordability, disparities in climate risks, and the health impacts of climate change.

E-Bikes: Fun, Useful, & Planet-Friendly Transport

Earth 911

As concerns about climate change increase, many people are turning to electric vehicles — and. The post E-Bikes: Fun, Useful, & Planet-Friendly Transport appeared first on Earth911. EcoTech Living & Well-Being e-bikes electric bicycles transportation

DOE’s Better Plants Saves $10.6B in Energy Costs

Environment + Energy Leader

The program has also help facilities cut energy intensity and overall emissions. The post DOE’s Better Plants Saves $10.6B in Energy Costs appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader. Air Energy Management Environmental Management Plants & Buildings Water Management

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Study warns Europe facing worst droughts in 500 years

A Greener Life

Underwater rocks emerged from the water of Lake Garda after northern Italy experienced the worst drought in 70 years. Photo credit: Reuters / Flavio Lo Scalzo. By Anders Lorenzen.

DOE’s Better Plants Saves $10.6B in Energy Costs

Environment + Energy Leader

The program has also help facilities cut energy intensity and overall emissions. The post DOE’s Better Plants Saves $10.6B in Energy Costs appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader. Air Energy Management Environmental Management Plants & Buildings Water Management

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Fall Fertilizer Application: Best Practices to Save Time, Money and Nature

Cool Green Science

Iowa farmer uses regenerative practices to build soil organic matter, decreasing need for fall fertilizer. Kelly Nieuwenhuis rarely applies fertilizer in the fall on the 2,700 acres of corn and beans he farms with his brothers in O’Brien County, Iowa.…

Hurricane Fiona Another Blow to Puerto Rico’s Vulnerable Grid

Environment + Energy Leader

The island continues to face energy deficiencies since the last major storm, as the DOE and other agencies try to build resiliency. The post Hurricane Fiona Another Blow to Puerto Rico’s Vulnerable Grid appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

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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.

Here’s how the new US tax credits and rebates will work for clean energy home upgrades

Environmental News Bits

Electrek spoke with Dan Gayer, JD, CPA, a senior manager in the tax practice at Baker Newman Noyes, about how homeowners can claim tax credits and rebates as they work to achieve energy efficiency and lower their energy bills. Green building Green lifestyle Renewable energy Tax incentives

California Has Provided Incentives for Methane Capture at Dairies, but the Program May Have ‘Unintended Consequences’

Inside Climate News

Scientists and environmentalists appeal for more data, noting that research on the ammonia emissions from processed manure raises troubling questions about a vital element of California’s climate change strategy.

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Almost 90% of marine species at risk under high emissions scenarios: ‘Mitigation needs to occur now’

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story at Food Navigator. Fresh research shows that high emissions scenarios place the vast majority of ocean life at ‘high’ or ‘critical’ risk, with implications for the economic wellbeing of costal economies and future food security. Aquaculture Food and beverage manufacturing Publications Wildlife

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California Has Provided Incentives for Methane Capture at Dairies, but the Program May Have ‘Unintended Consequences’

Inside Climate News

Scientists and environmentalists appeal for more data, noting that research on the ammonia emissions from processed manure raises troubling questions about a vital element of California’s climate change strategy.

Campuses are offering therapy for anxiety over climate change

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story in the Washington Post. There is a critical need among young people for climate stress counseling services, psychological experts say, especially in university settings. But many therapists and counselors aren’t trained to provide students with this specific type of support, in part because of a lack of research about climate stress … Continue reading Campuses are offering therapy for anxiety over climate change. Climate Colleges and universities

Global warming could kill many of the tree species that cool cities

New Scientist

Around three-quarters of the tree and shrub species currently grown in cities worldwide are predicted to be at risk from hotter and drier conditions by 2050

Gov. Pritzker announces formation of Midwest Hydrogen Coalition

Environmental News Bits

Read the news release. Illinois joined six other Midwestern states in announcing the development of the Midwest Hydrogen Coalition, an agreement that will boost the state’s decarbonization efforts. In addition to Illinois, the coalition includes Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana. Hydrogen Illinois

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Most big coastal cities have areas sinking faster than sea level rise

New Scientist

44 of the 48 most populous coastal cities have areas sinking faster than the sea is rising, driven by groundwater pumping and compacted soil from heavy buildings

Powertrain system created to improve wind, water turbine efficiency and environmental impact

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story from Purdue University. Purdue University engineers Jun Chen and Lizhi Shang have designed a powertrain system to improve turbines that generate wind energy and marine hydrokinetic energy. The design transmits power from the low-speed high-torque turbine to the high-speed, low-torque generator. It also uses water as the hydraulic fluid. Renewable energy Sustainable design

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There are 20,000,000,000,000,000 ants crawling all over Earth

New Scientist

A new study estimates there are 20 quadrillion individual ants across the globe, which together weigh more than all wild birds and mammals combined

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Climate change actions are far more popular than people in U.S. realize

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story at Scientific American. A multibillion-dollar slate of moderate climate-mitigation measures in the Biden administration’s Inflation Reduction Act has been met so far with general public approval. But a broader reaction to the historic federal action underlies the discourse: What took you so long? A survey-based study published on Tuesday suggests that a shared … Continue reading Climate change actions are far more popular than people in U.S. realize. Climate

It’s true that Ontario’s climate change plan is just a ‘glossy brochure’

Enviromental Defense

Last week the Ontario government argued in court that its climate change policies are just for show and don’t actually have teeth. It’s true. We’ve said this from the start. .

Why the energy transition broke the U.S. interconnection system

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story at Utility Dive. The same processes that created the U.S. power system may now be preventing its transition to clean generation. Renewable energy

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James Webb Space Telescope captures its first pictures of Mars

New Scientist

Infrared images of Mars taken by the James Webb Space Telescope could help us better understand its atmosphere

REMADE announces new technology license for e-waste recycling

Environmental News Bits

Read the full news release at Waste360. The REMADE Institute, a 154-member public-private partnership established by the United States Department of Energy (DOE) with an initial investment of $140 million, today announced a new technology license involving a technological innovation capable of recovering precious metals from used electronics more easily and cost-effectively.

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Feeding farm by-products to livestock could boost our food supply

New Scientist

15 per cent of food currently given to livestock and farmed fish is suitable for human consumption. By replacing this with food system by-products, we could feed more people without needing more farmland

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California to cover canal with solar panels in experiment to fight drought, climate change

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story from Reuters. California is about to launch an experiment to cover aqueducts with solar panels, a plan that if scaled up might save billions of gallons of otherwise evaporated water while powering millions of homes. Solar

Smart face mask could detect coronavirus on other people’s breath

New Scientist

A prototype N95 face mask with a sensor built into the breath valve appears to be highly sensitive to virus proteins in early-stage tests

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This anonymous manifesto outlines how architects can design for degrowth

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story at Treehugger. An architectural worker tells us where the profession should be going. Green building Sustainable design

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Vegan pet food: Can cats and dogs be happy and healthy without meat?

New Scientist

Emerging research suggests vegan pet food may be able to keep dogs and even cats healthy and happy, reducing the massive impact that traditional pet food has on the environment

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EPA confirms fluorinated containers leach PFAS

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story at Chemical & Engineering News. Plastic containers made of fluorinated high-density polyethylene (HDPE) are likely to leach per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) into pesticides and other liquid products that are stored in them, results from the US Environmental Protection Agency suggest. The data, released Sept. 8, show that the amount of … Continue reading EPA confirms fluorinated containers leach PFAS. Packaging PFAS Publications

Plant-based hot foam kills weeds as effectively as chemical spray

New Scientist

A plant-based foam mixed with hot water has worked as well as glyphosate weedkiller at removing weeds from olive groves and has also been used successfully in urban areas

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PA Water Trails Program Announces Newest Trail: The Perkiomen Creek Water Trail, Montgomery County

PA Environment Daily

The Executive Partners of the Pennsylvania Water Trail Progra m -- the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Fish and Boat Commission, the National Park Service, and the PA Environmental Council -- are pleased to announce the Perkiomen Creek is now an officially-designated Water Trail.

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The omicron coronavirus variant may protect against flu

New Scientist

In a laboratory study, the H1N1 seasonal flu virus didn't take hold in bronchial cells containing the omicron coronavirus variant, but the flu virus did replicate in cells containing the delta variant

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North Branch Land Trust Receives DCNR Grant To Protect 220 Acres In Huntsville Reservoir Watershed, Luzerne County

PA Environment Daily

Earlier in September, Gov. Tom Wolf announced an ?historic historic investment of $90 million for more than 330 projects across Pennsylvania that will create new recreational opportunities, conserve natural resources, and help revitalize local communities. Read more here.