Tue.Sep 20, 2022

If You Live in Rural America, Here’s How to Save Money by Switching to an Electric Vehicle

Union of Concerned Scientists

Rural areas cover more than 70 percent of our country’s land area and are home to approximately 46 million people. If you live in a rural area, you probably have limited or no access to public transit, such as buses, shuttles or ride-sharing.

Lake Erie’s Failed Algae Strategy Hurts Poor Communities the Most

Circle of Blue

Lake Erie’s Failed Algae Strategy Hurts Poor Communities the Most Algae blooms are hiking the cost of water for people already struggling to pay their bills. By Laura Gersony, Circle of Blue. Photographs by J. Carl Ganter, Circle of Blue. September 20, 2022 . Fourth of a six-part series.

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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.

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).

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.

It’s alive! Our new lobbying bot let’s you track oil & gas lobbying at your fingertips

Enviromental Defense

We’re excited to announce the launch of the Federal Oil & Gas Lobbying Bot , @FedLobBot on Twitter! The bot has been put together by Environmental Defence to take publicly-available information out of a complicated government website and make it more accessible for everyone.

Artificial Intelligence Needs Both Pragmatists and Blue-Sky Visionaries

Scientific American

For humanity’s brightest future, the blue-sky, lofty thinkers in AI need the help of the muddy-boots pragmatists. Technology Artificial Intelligence

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United States Court of Appeals Finds BOEM Environmental Impact Statement Deficient, But Declines to Vacate Leases Issued in 2018 Offshore Lease Sales

The Energy Law Blog

In a recent opinion released by the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the court declined to vacate a deficient environmental impact statement (“EIS”) prepared in connection with two offshore lease sales held in 2018, the records of decision announcing the sales, or the leases issued.

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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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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.

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.

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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.

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. Consumer behavior Food and beverage manufacturing

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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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. Illinois Invasive species Publications

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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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Looking for your dream job? You might already be building it

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story at GreenBiz. The sustainability career isn’t mapped out. How will you find your treasure map? Green jobs

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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?

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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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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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. Green business Pollution prevention Zero waste

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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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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. The series includes: Case studies Food and beverage manufacturing Food service and restaurants Packaging Publications Sustainable design

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

$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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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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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. Illinois Water

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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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We need new corporate energy procurement standards to decarbonize the grid

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story at GreenBiz. The current standards have served their purpose, but we must evolve to Accounting 2.0 to account for siting and timing of clean energy. Corporate sustainability Renewable energy

Woodpecker brains process tree-drumming sounds as if they're birdsong

New Scientist

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

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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.

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. .

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Why Bridgestone is investing $42 million in desert shrubs

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story at Fast Company. The tire giant is making a big bet on guayule, which produces rubber to protect itself in the desert and doesn’t require any irrigation. Auto industry Sustainable design

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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

Penn State Research Links Groundwater Contamination To Areas Of Unconventional Shale Gas And Conventional Oil And Gas Drilling

PA Environment Daily

By Dave Blehi, Penn State News Fracking for natural gas in parts of Pennsylvania with a legacy of energy extraction may increase the risk of groundwater contamination, according to a team led by Penn State scientists.

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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Vultures Prevent Tens of Millions of Metric Tons of Carbon Emissions Each Year

Scientific American

Vultures get a bad reputation for their carrion-scavenging ways, but their dietary habits prevent the release of greenhouse gases. Environment Climate Change Ecology