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How Is Climate Change Affecting Winter Storms in the US? 

Union of Concerned Scientists

With extreme winter weather breaking out across the United States this week, a question in many people’s minds is—how is climate change affecting winter storms? I had the good fortune to chat about this with world-renowned expert, Dr. Jennifer Francis , Senior Scientist with the Woodwell Climate Research Center. Rachel: Thank you so much for speaking with us.

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Microplastics Are Filling the Skies. Will They Affect the Climate?

Yale E360

Recent studies reveal that tiny pieces of plastic are constantly lofted into the atmosphere. These particles can travel thousands of miles and affect the formation of clouds, which means they have the potential to impact temperature, rainfall, and even climate change.

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TravelCenters of America partners with Electrify America to reduce range anxiety for EV drivers

Environment + Energy Leader

Leaning into its heritage of serving long-distance drivers, TravelCenters of America (TA) is investing in Electrify America’s DC (direct current) fast chargers. By 2028, they plan to install approximately 1,000 individual EV chargers at 200 of their 284 locations, with a presence in 44 states. It’s a win-win for the. Read more » The post TravelCenters of America partners with Electrify America to reduce range anxiety for EV drivers appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

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Putting solar panels in grazing fields is good for sheep

New Scientist

Sheep living in pasture with solar panels benefit from shade in hot weather and more nutritious grass – and they stop weeds from growing on the panels

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Manufacturing Sustainability Surge: Your Guide to Data-Driven Energy Optimization & Decarbonization

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.

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Meet the Honorees: Erika Le, Director EHS & Sustainability, Rehrig Pacific Co

Environment + Energy Leader

Erika has over 13 years of experience in the environmental services profession and takes a data-driven approach to all programs she helps develop and execute. The post Meet the Honorees: Erika Le, Director EHS & Sustainability, Rehrig Pacific Co appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

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Neanderthals hunted enormous elephants that fed 100 people for a month

New Scientist

Analysis of cut marks on elephant bones suggests every scrap of meat and fat was removed from the big beasts

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How Climate Change Is Shaping the Modern Home

Earthava

The post How Climate Change Is Shaping the Modern Home appeared first on Earthava. Climate change is inevitable. Patterns of human activity and other natural forces continue to alter the temperature and weather that our planet experiences. In time, resources that we currently take for granted will be less accessible. The ramifications remain to be seen, but we can expect a lot more global conflict and diplomacy surrounding the […] The post How Climate Change Is Shaping the Modern Home app

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NOAA Grant To Chesapeake Bay Foundation Will Boost Environmental Education In Harrisburg Region Intermediate Unit

PA Environment Daily

Harrisburg area teachers and students will engage in hands-on learning around local environmental issues and solutions, and the unique nature of their communities thanks to a grant from the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), acquired by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. The partnership between NOAA’s Chesapeake Bay Watershed Education & Training (B-WET) Program and CBF will connect several school districts within the Capital Area Intermediate Unit (CAIU) to non-formal educators

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Weird Supernova Remnant Blows Scientists' Minds

Scientific American

Fireworks display from rare dying star is unlike anything astronomers have seen

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Game Commission, Ducks Unlimited Partner To Improve 1,600 Acres Of Wetland Habitats On 61 State Game Lands

PA Environment Daily

On February 1, the Game Commission and Ducks Unlimited announced they have partnered to improve 1,600 acres of wetland habitats on 61 state game lands across Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Wetland Habitat Initiative (PWHI) is a $6 million investment that aims to replace water control structures and improve existing spillways and levees over the next three years at sites in 31 counties throughout each of the Game Commission’s six regions.

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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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Antibiotic-Resistant UTIs Are Common, and Other Infections May Soon Be Resistant, Too

Scientific American

Urinary tract infections are increasingly becoming resistant to first-line antibiotics, and this may be a warning for our ability to treat other microbial infections

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Arch-Conspirator review: Ancient Greek tragedy spun into sci-fi gold

New Scientist

Veronica Roth's dystopian take on Sophocles's 2500-year-old tragedy reminds us that human nature is timeless, finds Sally Adee

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Confronting California’s Water Crisis

Inside Climate News

State officials should protect water as a public resource and rein in corporate water abusers to deal with its increasingly uncertain water future, a new report says. By Liza Gross Californians are still grappling with the aftermath of powerful storms that triggered dangerous flooding and mudslides across the state, even as the West’s unprecedented megadrought persists.

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Pegasus review: Terrifying exposé of the world's most powerful spyware

New Scientist

From French president Emmanuel Macron to ordinary whistle-blowers, the surveillance software Pegasus has been used to target thousands of people.

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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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This stunning park in China regulates stormwater with plants

Inhabitant

Fish Tail Park is a combination of architectural, landscape, urban and environmental design. As a result, the park provides recreational access for the community, while simultaneously buffering it from the effects of monsoons.

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Recap of 2023 CEQA Amendments Now In Effect

CEQA Developments

The 2021-2022 Legislative Session was light on CEQA amendments, and once again did not produce any significant reform. We saw a continued focus on incentivizing affordable and infill developments on the condition that the project pay prevailing wages (AB 2011), reducing barriers for specified sustainable transit projects (SB 922), and amendments akin to “pet project exemptions” that are targeted to solving a narrower set of concerns (SB 118 and SB 886).

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Why the most important topic in physics could be statistical mechanics

New Scientist

Statistical mechanics helps relate the quantum world to objects that seem solid and not governed by the whims of observation, but there are still questions to be answered, says Chanda Prescod-Weinstein

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POWR: Ohio Basin Access For Canoes, Kayaks Mini Grants Program Now Accepting Applications

PA Environment Daily

The PA Organization for Watersheds and Rivers , in partnership with the Fish and Boat Commission, the Richard King Mellon Foundation and DCNR are now accepting applications for the Ohio Basin Access for Canoes and Kayaks Mini Grant Program. The deadline for applications is April 23. This program provides grants for design and engineering, construction, or upgrade and rehabilitation of non-motorized public access projects within the Ohio River Basin.

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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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Antidepressants mostly can't treat chronic pain, despite wide use

New Scientist

Ongoing pain, such as chronic back or neck pain, is difficult to treat, so some doctors prescribe antidepressants.

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ECHA Provides Updated Guidance on Testing Nanomaterials

Nanotech

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced in its February 1, 2023, ECHA Weekly that it has released an updated appendix for nanomaterials that provides guidance on how to obtain data under the new information requirements for nanoforms. According to ECHA, this includes information on how to perform environmental testing and advice on preparation methods and testing strategies for physico-chemical testing of nanoforms.

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Vikings brought horses and dogs to England, cremated bones confirm

New Scientist

The first physical proof that Vikings brought horses and dogs to England has been unearthed

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National Fish & Wildlife Foundation Now Accepting Proposals For Delaware Watershed Conservation Fund Grants

PA Environment Daily

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is partnering with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to open the sixth request for proposals for the Delaware Watershed Conservation Fund. Proposals are due March 16. The DWCF will award matching grants of $75,000 to $1,500,000 each to conserve, restore, and protect habitats on public and private land, across rural, urban, and Tribal areas, that contribute to the overall health of the Delaware River watershed—as well as benefit the quality of life and e

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How to identify moon craters and mountains on the lunar surface

New Scientist

The moon’s brightness might frustrate some stargazers, but a closer look will reveal some amazing features, says Abigail Beall

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Prairie Research Institute provides millions in direct returns to Illinois’ economy

Environmental News Bits

by Lisa Sheppard, Prairie Research Institute The Prairie Research Institute (PRI) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign has had a positive direct economic impact on Illinois’ economy valued at $667 million for years 2018–2022 and has provided more than 5,300 full-time jobs in the state, according to a recent analysis at a U. of I.

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Tweets reveal hardware stores cause disgust but hostels bring joy

New Scientist

A study of nearly 2 million tweets over one year suggests that people in San Francisco feel disgusted when at hardware stores and Londoners are most joyful at hostels or motels

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Deep seabed mining plans pit renewable energy demand against ocean life in a largely unexplored frontier

Environmental News Bits

by Scott Shackelford, Indiana University; Christiana Ochoa, Indiana University; David Bosco, Indiana University, and Kerry Krutilla, Indiana University As companies race to expand renewable energy and the batteries to store it, finding sufficient amounts of rare earth metals to build the technology is no easy feat.

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Stunning photos show nomadic life of Mongolian goat herders

New Scientist

Mongolia produces 40 per cent of the world's cashmere supply from its goats, but climate change and overproduction are threatening this unique way of life

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Cinema Verde film festival brings environment films to you

Inhabitant

The fourteenth annual Cinema Verde Environmental Film and Arts Festival will present 70 films from Feb. 9 to 14. The entire festival will be online, with live director discussions following screenings. Or should that be streamings?

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Attorney General Files Criminal Charges Against Dallas Area Authority, Luzerne County For Dumping Millions Of Gallons Of Untreated Wastewater Into Toby Creek Via Secretly Installed Pipes

PA Environment Daily

On February 1, Acting Attorney General Michelle Henry announced charges against the Dallas Area Municipal Authority in Shavertown, Luzerne County for allegedly discharging untreated sewage into Toby’s Creek. DAMA is the operator for a municipal sewage collection and storage facility. “Pennsylvanians have a constitutional right to clean air and pure water – I’m here to protect that right,” Acting Attorney General Henry said.

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What Causes Déjà Vu?

Scientific American

Does this all feel a little familiar?

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UK citizens are more interested in sustainability than ever before 

A Greener Life

A climate demonstration in London, UK. By Anders Lorenzen Data compiled by Reconomy , a waste management company, has shown that the interest in sustainability among the UK public is at an all-time high. The data set studied Google Trends and revealed that ‘sustainability’ reached a score of 100 in April 2022. Google Trends is publicly available data looking at what keywords people are searching for on Google search engines.

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NAD Reminds Industry That the Door Is Open for Competitor Prescription Drug Advertising Challenges

Arnold Porter

While pharmaceutical companies are most familiar with roles of the Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Prescription Drug Promotion and Federal Trade Commission, prescription drug-focused companies may now also want to anticipate increased scrutiny of advertising by competitors via the National Advertising Division of the Better Business Bureau's National Programs.

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Law360 Pulse | ‘Enviro Atty Returns To Greenberg Traurig’

E2 Law Blog

Environmental Practice Shareholder Paul R. McIntyre is featured in a Law360 Pulse article titled “Post & Schell Enviro Atty Returns To Greenberg Traurig.” The article also discusses Paul’s team of attorneys: Of Counsel Michael P. Canavan and Associates Julie Dostal , Molly K. O’Neil , and Travis Coon. The group’s practice focuses on environmental counseling and due diligence for real estate and corporate transactions.

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