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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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Fast-Tracking Pilots the Right Way Can Ensure Michigan’s Clean Energy Transition

Union of Concerned Scientists

The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) is considering a proposal to expedite approvals for certain utility pilot projects to encourage innovation and enable utilities to get up to speed more quickly. The rationale behind the proposal is to help utilities decarbonize their operations more rapidly and support Michigan’s ambitious goal of achieving economy-wide carbon neutrality.

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Amazon to Use Electrofuels in its Middle Mile Fleet

Environment + Energy Leader

Amazon will begin using Infinium Electrofuels in the retailer's middle mile fleet as an ultra-low carbon alternative to traditional fossil fuels. The post Amazon to Use Electrofuels in its Middle Mile Fleet appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

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Burning Fossil Fuel Reserves Would Use Up Carbon Budget Seven Times Over

Yale E360

If burned, global fossil fuel reserves would release 3.5 trillion metric tons of carbon emissions, more than has been unleashed since the start of the Industrial Revolution, according to the Global Registry of Fossil Fuels, a new database launched by Carbon Tracker and Global Energy Monitor. Read more on E360 ?.

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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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BMW Is Driven to Cut CO2 Emissions and Rely on Recycled Parts

Environment + Energy Leader

Between 1995 and 2020, BMW reduced its CO2 emissions by 53%. Also, in 2020, all the electricity it purchased to run its plants worldwide came from renewables. The aim is to cut its CO2 levels by 40% by 2030 and to be carbon neutral by 2050. The post BMW Is Driven to Cut CO2 Emissions and Rely on Recycled Parts appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

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What’s Up With Water – September 20, 2022

Circle of Blue

Transcript. Welcome to “What’s Up With Water” – your need-to-know news of the world’s water from Circle of Blue. I’m Eileen Wray-McCann. In the United States, a ruling by a federal judge in Wisconsin has long-term implications for fossil fuel infrastructure in the Great Lakes region. U.S. District Judge William Conley ruled that the Line 5 oil pipeline has been trespassing on certain tribal lands, according to the Wisconsin Examiner.

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Summertime Science

Washington Nature

Two students from The University of Washington completed science internships with The Nature Conservancy over the summer. Stephanie Schmid and Eileen Arata worked with us on several projects including Ellsworth Creek Preserve camera trap and tree reproduction research projects, an eastern forests literature review, Greening Research in Tacoma , and Port Susan Bay Preserve restoration.

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Academy and Drexel Host America’s First Local Conference of Youth

Academy of Natural Sciences

More than 100 student delegates will converge at Drexel University to draft the United States’ contribution to the Global Youth Statement that will be submitted at the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27). America’s first Local Conference of Youth (LCOY USA) — a gathering of young people from across the United States that will contribute to an international statement on behalf of the youth of the world at the next United Nations Climate Change Conference — will be held at Drex

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Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw confront the black hole information paradox

New Scientist

The particle physicists explain the latest thinking on what happens to the stuff that falls into black holes – and what it reveals about the deepest structure of the universe

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Why Canada’s inaction on the oil sands toxic tailings might cost us more than our biodiversity

Enviromental Defense

Canada cultivates a misleadingly good reputation abroad. I would know; I moved here because of it. However, this advantageous position is increasingly under threat as Canada keeps putting industry interest over environmental stewardship. . September 4th marked the second anniversary of when the international Commission for Environmental Cooperation’s (CEC) Factual Record documented overwhelming evidence that Canada’s oil sands tailings “ponds” are leaking toxic pollutants

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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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Face recognition technology for pigs could improve welfare on farms

New Scientist

Machine learning software can identify individual pigs based on their facial features with high accuracy, which could help farmers give animals individualised food and veterinary care

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Miller Starr Attorneys To Speak On CEQA, Land Use Issues At Coming Events

CEQA Developments

Miller Starr Regalia land use attorneys will be speaking at a number of programs in the next few months on important CEQA and land use related topics. On September 27, 2022, Arielle Harris will be moderating a panel presentation on “Maximizing State Housing Production Laws & Best Practices” as part of a hybrid in person/virtual program of the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Environmental Law Section.

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Plan to cut Ethereum energy use sees miners switch cryptocurrencies

New Scientist

The Merge, a long-awaited update which promised to slash Ethereum’s vast energy consumption, has instead pushed miners towards other cryptocurrencies

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Education, DEP, DCNR Honor Green Ribbon Schools For Environmental Sustainability Efforts In PA; Nominations Open

PA Environment Daily

On September 20, the departments of Education, Environmental Protection, and Conservation and Natural Resources honored U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools across Pennsylvania in recognition of their environmental sustainability efforts. “Pennsylvania’s Green Ribbon Schools demonstrate a commitment to promoting environmental awareness in the classroom and teach students and communities how we are all responsible for protecting our environment,” said Acting Secretary of Education Er

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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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World’s richest countries fall short on renewable energy targets

New Scientist

Eleven of the 20 largest economies got a C or worse on a renewable energy report card, which assessed their plans to reach net zero and their targets for producing and using renewable energy

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Just Two Development Companies Drive One of California’s Most Controversial Climate Programs: Manure Digesters

Inside Climate News

State funding intended to lower emissions on dairy farms is largely lining the pockets of two enterprises with diverse ties to oil and gas ventures. Is that investment helping to preserve a reliance on fossil fuels? By Grace van Deelen, Emma Foehringer Merchant The second of a three-part series on California’s program to reduce carbon emissions on dairy farms by subsidizing the construction of digesters to capture methane.

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Quantum memory device could make real-world quantum internet possible

New Scientist

A quantum memory device can store information at room temperature – a step towards building a quantum internet that could transmit secure data across fibre-optic cables

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Climate change gets personal

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story at Food Business News. Consumers are placing the health of the planet ahead of the health of the population on their list of concerns, according to Innova Market Insights. The market researcher’s annual Lifestyle and Attitude Survey found 55% of shoppers in the United States and Canada are engaged in actions … Continue reading Climate change gets personal.

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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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Umbilical cord 'milking' cuts brain injury risk for babies born limp

New Scientist

Squeezing nutrient-rich blood from the umbilical cord into babies who are born pale or struggling to breathe improves health outcomes

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Researchers track the invasive Asian tiger mosquito in Illinois

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story from the Prairie Research Institute. The exotic Asian tiger mosquito, known to transmit diseases to humans, is more widespread in southeastern Illinois than previously realized, according to Illinois Natural History Survey (INHS) researchers who conducted a study on how invasive mosquito communities form and shift because of different land uses.

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Woodpecker brains process their own tree-drumming as if it's birdsong

New Scientist

The brain circuitry that lets birds learn songs is active when woodpeckers drum on trees, suggesting the abilities may have emerged from similar evolutionary processes

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Innovative partnerships bring community solar to low-income households in the US

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story at GreenBiz. Over the last 15 years, community solar in the United States has grown dramatically: Installed community solar capacity increased almost 700 percent between 2006 and 2019. But these gains have not always translated into access for low- and moderate-income (LMI) customers. To support LMI participation in the clean energy … Continue reading Innovative partnerships bring community solar to low-income households in the US.

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NASA is ready to knock an asteroid off course with its DART spacecraft

New Scientist

The Double Asteroid Redirection Test is preparing to crash into the asteroid Dimorphous in an attempt to change its orbit

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Top 10: Businesses combatting litter & landfill

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story at Sustainability. We look at the top 10 companies demonstrating their commitment to achieving zero waste to landfill and supporting the development of a circular economy.

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Ten must-see talks at this year's New Scientist Live

New Scientist

From conspiracy theories to black holes, ultra-processed foods to the great climate upheaval, these are the talks you don't want to miss at this year's New Scientist Live, says Rowan Hooper

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Packaging Recyclability & Design reports from RECOUP

Environmental News Bits

RECOUP, a UK organization committed to securing sustainable, circular, and practical solutions for plastic resources, has released a series of reports related to recyclability and design of plastic packaging.

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Amphibian deaths in Central America led to malarial mosquito surge

New Scientist

Tadpoles of frogs, toads and salamanders eat the larvae of mosquitoes, which spread malaria

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$363 million verdict against Sterigenics in first trial over toxic gas emissions: ‘It’s been a long four years,’ plaintiff says

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story in the Chicago Sun-Times. A Cook County jury on Monday awarded $363 million to a woman who alleged medical tool sterilization company Sterigenics exposed Willowbrook residents to ethylene oxide gas and gave her cancer. It was the first of nearly 800 lawsuits against the company to go to trial. The jury … Continue reading $363 million verdict against Sterigenics in first trial over toxic gas emissions: ‘It’s been a long four years,’ plaintiff says.

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Rodale Institute Announces Retirement Of CEO Jeff Moyer After 46 Year Career

PA Environment Daily

On September 19, the Board of Directors of Rodale Institute announced the upcoming retirement of Jeff Moyer from the position of Chief Executive Officer. Moyer will remain as CEO until the Spring of 2023, when he will transition to CEO Emeritus and continue to support and advise the organization. Since joining Rodale Institute in 1976, Moyer has been dedicated to advancing the mission of the Institute and regenerative organic agriculture as farm director, executive director, and CEO.

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Bringing science closer to the water

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story from the University of Illinois. Located on the bank of the Sangamon River near Monticello, Illinois, sits the University of Illinois RiverLab, built to study the chemical makeup of the river—and provide insights into inland surface waters like never before. Situated near an array of scenic woodlands, grassy fields, and farms, … Continue reading Bringing science closer to the water.

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Western PA Conservancy Protects 348 Acres Of Forest, Wetland Communities In French Creek Watershed, Erie County

PA Environment Daily

On September 19, the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy announced the permanent protection of 348 acres of forest and wetlands in Union Township, Erie County, through a conservation easement. The conservation easement-- purchased from 730 Texas Timberlands II, Ltd., a Texas limited partnership c/o GreenWood Resources, Inc.-- restricts future subdivision development and timber harvesting on 222 acres of forest, streams and wetlands.

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Health sector causes 10% of greenhouse gas emissions, report finds

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story at Health Care Dive. The U.S. healthcare system is responsible for an estimated 10% of national greenhouse gas emissions, which cause extreme weather events and contribute to worse health outcomes, according to a new report from the House Ways and Means Committee. The healthcare system is now experiencing the damaging effects of climate-related … Continue reading Health sector causes 10% of greenhouse gas emissions, report finds.

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Orchids: The Royal Family of Plants

Academy of Natural Sciences

Orchids are one of the most well-documented flowering plants in history. The earliest recorded European attempt at growing orchids was when Dutch botanist Paul Herma began documenting his cultivation of a North American orchid in 1698. While his attempt was not successful, it opened the door for many European botanists to try their hand at natural and artificial orchid reproduction.

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