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Rain Comes to the Arctic, With a Cascade of Troubling Changes

Yale E360

Rain used to be rare in the Arctic, but as the region warms, so-called “rain-on-snow events” are becoming more common. The rains accelerate ice loss, trigger flooding, landslides, and avalanches, and create problems for wildlife and the Indigenous people who depend on them.

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Delivering Workforce Benefits in an Emerging Industry

Legal Planet

California’s offshore wind (OSW) industry is transitioning from planning to implementation in a statewide effort to deliver 2-5 GW clean energy by 2030. In support of this goal, the California Energy Commission (CEC) released a draft of its Assembly Bill 525 Offshore Wind Strategic Plan (the Plan). In a nascent industry with complex community interests at play, the need to monitor and optimize OSW’s local impacts is paramount.

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Have You Recorded Your Saltwater Disposal Agreement?

Energy & the Law

According to Darkhorse Water LP v. Birch Operations Inc. et al. , the form of an instrument affecting real property in Texas does not affect the interest conveyed by the instrument. It’s what the document says about the transaction, not what the document calls itself. And you are reminded (because you know should this) that, other than for good reasons in limited occasions, nothing good comes from failing to promptly record an agreement affecting real property in the public records.

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New Bill Targets Carbon Dioxide Pipeline Leaks

Legal Planet

Guest contributor Jennifer Imm is a J.D. Candidate at UCLA Law (2L) Last week, Assemblymember Dr. Joaquin Arambula introduced AB 2623 , a bill designed to guard California communities against the dangers of transporting carbon dioxide in pipelines. These risks aren’t hypothetical: A leak from a carbon dioxide pipeline already caused serious health harms in Satartia, Mississippi, where 45 people were hospitalized following a pipeline rupture in early 2020.

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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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ADHD may have evolved to help foragers know when to cut their losses

New Scientist

Symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, such as impulsivity, may have helped foragers in hunter-gatherer communities quickly move on to new areas when food sources were low

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California Water Law Symposium is this Saturday in San Francisco

Legal Planet

If you’re interested in California water, the 20th Annual California Water Law Symposium is a great way to spend this Saturday! The symposium is a collaborative student-run event that consistently brings together leading minds in water law and policy to discuss California’s critical water issues. Students from 7 northern California law schools—led by a stellar 4-member team from this year’s host school, the University of San Francisco School of Law—have worked together to organize t

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The Decimal Point Is 150 Years Older than Historians Thought

Scientific American

The origin of the decimal point, a powerful calculation tool, has been traced back to a mathematician who lived during the Italian Renaissance

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Reading the News: Highway Widenings Are Undermining Climate Goals

NRDC

National, state and local news outlets have picked up on a key theme: reaching our ambitious climate goals requires rethinking how we invest in transportation.

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Why forgetting things is a key part of the way your brain works

New Scientist

Forgetfulness can be frustrating, but cognitive scientists reckon it underpins the brain’s capacity to efficiently process sensory information – and its unique ability to generalise our knowledge

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Another Climate Impact Hits the Public’s Radar: A Wetter World Is Mudslide City

Inside Climate News

L.A. saw 592 slides in one week, a reminder that excessive precipitation events set off more than flooding. By Audrey Gray Picture the minute hand at about eight past the hour. That’s the slope of Viet’s backyard in southern Los Angeles County. It’s a bit too aggressive for a slip-and-slide. In fact, Viet doesn’t even let his 7-year-old daughter play on the family’s small back patio.

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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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Deadly plant kills its pollinators but nurses their young

New Scientist

A deadly flower kills the gnats that pollinate it but may help the insects’ offspring in return, which indicates that plant-pollinator relationships may be more complex than previously thought

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Penn State: Conventional Oil & Gas Wastewater Fails To Meet Beneficial Reuse Recommendations For Use As A Dust Suppressant

PA Environment Daily

A team of researchers from Penn State published a new article in the journal Science of the Total Environment summarizing their research showing wastewater from conventional oil and gas wells fails to meet beneficial resume recommendations for use as road dust suppressants and “post unique risks to environmental health.” The article points out studies conducted in the last five years have cast doubt on the effectiveness of O&G PW [oil and gas wastewater] as a dust suppressant, including seve

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Quantum computers are constantly hampered by cosmic rays

New Scientist

Investigations into quantum computing mishaps caused by high-powered particles from space have revealed that these cosmic rays are responsible for a significant number of errors

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Release: NSAC Publishes Unsustainable: State of the Farm Safety Net 

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Laura Zaks National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition press@sustainableagriculture.net Tel. 347.563.6408 Release: NSAC Publishes Unsustainable: State of the Farm Safety Net Report Highlights Which States Benefit Most – and Least – from Farm Subsidies Washington, DC, February 20, 2024 – Today, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) released a new report titled Unsustainable: State of the Farm Safety Net , which features a comprehensive analysis of th

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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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The Eclipse Is Coming, and Solar Science Will Never Be the Same

Scientific American

The upcoming total solar eclipse and a pair of new sun probes are revolutionizing scientists’ understanding of our closest star

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The hidden evolutionary advantages of the teenage brain

New Scientist

Recent research suggests teenagers’ brains are particularly suited to coping with volatility and new experiences, including socialising and venturing to unknown places

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The Definition Of PFAS Should Be Science Based

NRDC

Attempts to weaken the PFAS definition threaten public health and the environment

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3D-Printed Cosmic Clouds Unravel the Mysteries of Star Formation

Scientific American

Three-dimensional printouts of stellar nurseries are helping to reveal how stars are born

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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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Bitcoin halving: When is it and what does it actually mean?

New Scientist

The bitcoin halving, which occurs once every four years, will reduce rewards for miners and some investors think it will push prices higher

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Europe's Oldest Human-Made 'Megastructure' Discovered under Baltic Sea

Scientific American

Archaeologists have discovered what may be Europe’s oldest human-made megastructure, submerged below the Baltic Sea and dubbed the Blinkerwall

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ChatGPT can tailor political ads to match users' personalities

New Scientist

Generative AI can rewrite political adverts on social media to target users with different personality types, making it easier to manipulate elections using personal data on a large scale

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Leaving Pet Poop on the Sidewalk Isn't Only Bad Manners--It's Hazardous

Scientific American

Signs reminding pet owners to “curb" their dog and scoop their pet’s poop have been joined in some places by posted warnings that pet waste can spread disease

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Eleventh Circuit Narrowly Blocks Florida From Enforcing Foreign Ownership Law

National Law Center

On February 1, 2024, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit granted a partial injunction in favor of two. The post Eleventh Circuit Narrowly Blocks Florida From Enforcing Foreign Ownership Law appeared first on National Agricultural Law Center.

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Una temporada de incendios sin precedentes arrasa uno de los puntos calientes de biodiversidad de la Tierra

Scientific American

En Colombia han ardido más de 500 incendios, incluso en sus delicados y únicos humedales del altiplano, uno de los ecosistemas de más rápida evolución de la Tierra

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We Earthlings: Turn On Your Vehicle’s Auto Start-Stop System

Earth 911

Most new vehicles now come with an automatic start-stop system that turns the engine off. The post We Earthlings: Turn On Your Vehicle’s Auto Start-Stop System appeared first on Earth911.

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The Brightest Quasar Ever Seen Eats a 'Sun' Every Day

Scientific American

The quasar, as bright as 500 trillion suns, has evaded astronomers for over 40 years because of its incredible luminosity

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How to make sure your brain is performing at its peak

New Scientist

The time of day, the amount of sleep we get and our stage in life can each affect how our brains function.

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PA Environmental Council, Aqua Pennsylvania Now Accepting Applications For New Protect Your Drinking Water Grant Program In Chester, Delaware Counties

PA Environment Daily

On February 20, the PA Environmental Council and Aqua Pennsylvania are pleased to announce a new grant program aimed at improving the health of waterways that supply drinking water in Pennsylvania. The Protect Your Drinking Water Grant Program will award grants ranging from $2,500 to $10,000 for watershed protection and education projects that address pollutants of concern to public water supplies, such as fertilizer runoff, road salts and bacteria.

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A Solar Eclipse, Cancer Treatments and Robots with AI

Scientific American

New research reveals the origins of stars, sleep-based treatments and the planet’s limits

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WeConservePA: Land Conservancy Of Adams County Finalizes Three Projects Conserving Both Farmland And Historic Battlefield Areas

PA Environment Daily

The Land Conservancy of Adams County recently finalized easements on several parcels of land through collaboration with landowners, farmers, and a historic battlefield preservation organization. The Lee Easement “We joined LCAC due to our personal commitment to rural preservation.” Christine and Harvey Lee own nearly 55 acres in Germany Township near Littlestown in southeastern Adams County.

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Automotive Start-Stop Systems: Environmental Savior or Mechanical Burden?

Earth 911

In the face of escalating urban pollution and the urgent need to conserve fuel, recent. The post Automotive Start-Stop Systems: Environmental Savior or Mechanical Burden? appeared first on Earth911.

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DEP Recommends 6 Major Legislative Proposals Be Adopted As Part Of 2024 PA Climate Action Plan

PA Environment Daily

On February 20, the Department of Environmental Protection presented six major legislative proposals to the Climate Change Advisory Committee it would like to see adopted to implement the 2024 PA Climate Action Plan. The recommendations include-- -- All Sectors Cap & Invest Program: Adopt a Cap and Invest Program for all sectors of the economy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, not just for power plants, establishing emission limits and a program to trade allowances; -- 30% Renewable By 203

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NNI Webinar on Nanometrology for Nanoscale Medical and Pharmaceutical Products Will Be Held March 1, 2024

Nanotech

The National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO) is organizing a series of National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) webinars on nanometrology, metrological challenges, and recent advances in three topical areas: food, agriculture, and environment; nanoscale medical and pharmaceutical products; and electronics. Registration is open for the third webinar in the series, Nanoscale Medical and Pharmaceutical Products, which will be held March 1, 2024, at 12:00 p.m.

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