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GE Gas Power and Svante Join Forces to Create Carbon Capture Technology

Environment + Energy Leader

GE Gas Power and Svante have entered into a joint development agreement (JDA) to create and assess solid sorbent-based carbon capture technology for natural gas power generation uses. The post GE Gas Power and Svante Join Forces to Create Carbon Capture Technology appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

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Rising Seas, Rising Stakes: The Case for an International Court of Justice Advisory Opinion 

Union of Concerned Scientists

Heat-trapping emissions are continuing to rise while the gap between what is needed to keep Paris Agreement goals in reach and adapt to ongoing climate impacts is ever-widening. This dire state of affairs is just one of the reasons why the Republic of Vanuatu and more than 100 other nations have drafted a resolution asking the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to issue an advisory opinion on climate change.

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Ford Is Focusing on Electrifying its Vehicles to Reduce CO2 Emissions

Environment + Energy Leader

By 2026, Ford Motor Company will produce more than 2 million EVs. By 2030, EVs will represent half of the global volume: two-thirds of European commercial vehicle sales will be all-electric or plug-in hybrid by 2030, and all European commercial vehicles will be zero emission by 2035. The post Ford Is Focusing on Electrifying its Vehicles to Reduce CO2 Emissions appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

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Can International Law Save the Planet from Climate Change?

Union of Concerned Scientists

For the first time, the International Court of Justice (ICJ)—the world’s highest court—may be ruling on climate change. Ranging from human rights violations to border disputes, conflicts among nations are often complex and contentious. When diplomacy needs backup, countries turn to resolve their disputes at the ICJ, the United Nations’ principal judicial organ, to set the tone for international law.

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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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Train Derailment Leads to Diesel Spill on Tribal Lands

Environment + Energy Leader

The derailment of two BNSF trains in Arizona and Washington state on the 9th of March are raising awareness of health and safety concerns on U.S Railways. The post Train Derailment Leads to Diesel Spill on Tribal Lands appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

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European Central Bank Cuts Carbon Intensity of Corporate Bond Purchases in Half

Yale E360

The European Central Bank has made marked progress on its goal of investing in lower-carbon corporations, cutting the carbon intensity of new corporate bond purchases in half, a new report shows.

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Frontiers’ Volunteers: February’s friendly competitions for good 

Frontiers

Frontons wasted no time when it came to jumping back into volunteer activities at the start of the new year, even challenging colleagues to join them in doing good with some friendly competition. This month, we talk to journal launch specialist and Sustainability Network launch team member Hannah Kulmatycki and portfolio manager and production team member Vikki Davies about the challenges to start off 2023.

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Electronic wound dressing releases drugs to help injuries heal

New Scientist

A stretchable sticking plaster detects whether an injury is healing well and uses stimulating electrodes and microinjections of drugs to speed up the process

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Rachel Schattman – Sustainable management & community engagement are the keys

Frontiers

Author: Rafa Tasnim Dr Rachel E Schattman is an Assistant Professor of Sustainable Agriculture at the University of Maine School of Food and Agriculture , where she leads a group of graduate students and staff scientists in the Agroecology Lab. She is also a fellow with The George J Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions and an associate of the University of Maine Climate Change Institute.

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IPCC Report Will Likely Shake Up U.N. Climate Talks

Scientific American

Scientists say countries need to cut emissions far deeper to prevent catastrophic warming. That fact will hang over delegates when they meet later this year at the annual U.N.

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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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Is GPT-4 already showing signs of artificial general intelligence?

New Scientist

Microsoft has created a series of tests for OpenAI's GPT-4 that it claims show the artificial intelligence model is already displaying "sparks" of general intelligence

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The journey to a climate-safe future needs a proper roadmap

Enviromental Defense

The world is moving away from fossil fuels. With renewable energy, like solar and wind, becoming cheaper and easier to scale up, there has never been a better moment for governments to transition away from the fossil fuel industry and its destructive impacts on the environment, the climate and communities. Canada has an opportunity and a responsibility to take a leading role in the global clean energy transition and it starts with the upcoming Energy Futures report from the Canada Energy Regulat

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Allegheny County Conservation District, Grow Pittsburgh Offering Gardeners Free Soil Lead Screening April 19-22

PA Environment Daily

The Allegheny County Conservation District is hosting its bi-annual free soil lead screening in partnership with Grow Pittsburgh from April 19 to 22. Soil samples will be accepted at five locations. Interest in backyard gardening is surging in Allegheny County, as well as initiatives to revitalize vacant lots into community green space and urban gardens.

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How to see the moon, Venus, Jupiter and Mars line up tonight

New Scientist

Tonight, after sunset, it will be possible to see three planets line up with the crescent moon – and a fourth, if you have binoculars and a dark sky

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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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DEP Posts 67 Pages Of Permit-Related Notices In March 25 PA Bulletin

PA Environment Daily

Highlights of the environmental and energy notices in the March 25 PA Bulletin -- -- The Department of Environmental Protection published notice in the March 25 PA Bulletin that it received a Notice of Intent under the Land Recycling Act from Norfolk Southern to start the next phase of cleanup in areas impacted by the May 26, 2022 train derailment in Harmar Township, Allegheny County. ( PA Bulletin, page 1721 ) The derailment was caused by a truck unlawfully stopped on the mainline tracks in Har

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Wearable anti-anxiety device strokes your arm with a furry pompom

New Scientist

A device that is worn around the forearm reduces anxiety during stressful tasks by gently dragging a small patch of fake fur across a person’s skin

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DEP: Norfolk Southern Gives Notice On Starting Next Phase Of Cleanup At Site Of 2022 Trail Derailment In Harmar Twp., Allegheny County

PA Environment Daily

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice in the March 25 PA Bulletin it received formal notice Norfolk Southern Railroad is starting the next phase of cleanup in areas impacted by the May 26, 2022 train derailment in Harmar Township, Allegheny County. ( PA Bulletin, page 1721 ) The derailment was caused by a truck unlawfully stopped on the mainline tracks in Harmar Township that resulted in 17 tank cars derailing and the release of petroleum distillates, diesel fuel, and polym

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UK criticised for failing to join UN-backed river restoration scheme

New Scientist

The Freshwater Challenge is a pledge for nations across the world to restore 300,000 kilometres of rivers and 350 million hectares of wetlands by 2030.

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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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PA Resources Council Partnering With Large-Scale Events In Western PA To Reduce Event Waste Thru Zero Waste Program

PA Environment Daily

Again this year, many of Western Pennsylvania’s largest festivals, foot races and fundraisers will share a common theme – waste reduction – as the PA Resources Council aims to reduce event waste through its Zero Waste Program. “In addition to greening festivals and fundraisers, PRC offers commercial businesses, institutions and local governments across the state a wide variety of Zero Waste services including technical assistance, audits and analysis,” explains PRC Executive Director Darren Spie

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Spending What it Takes: 7 Things We Want in Budget 2023

Enviromental Defense

Ahead of Budget 2023, we joined over 20 other organizations in calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland to scale up climate investments in order to build a thriving, stable and healthy future for people in Canada. The campaign, 2% for Our Future , urges the federal government to invest two per cent of GDP over five years in climate solutions, including renewable energy infrastructure, job training, home and business retrofits and more.

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WeConservePA Highlights Education Programs Coming Up Through June

PA Environment Daily

The good folks at WeConservePA this week highlighted just a few of their education programs coming up between now and June. Here’s the calendar-- -- March 28: Responding to Emergency Threats to Water Quality in the Poconos, 1-2PM, Virtual: In this free virtual webinar, Donna Kohut and Abby Jones of PennFuture will recap a multi-pronged legal and communications campaign spearheaded in the Pocono region to counteract environmentally problematic developments that threatened the historically remarka

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We may finally know why people tend to regain weight after losing it

New Scientist

When mice lose weight, brain signals that trigger hunger are dialed up, making the animals eat more until they return to their starting weight

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Music-Making Artificial Intelligence is Getting Scary Good

Scientific American

Google’s new AI model can generate entirely new music from text prompts. Here’s what they sound like.

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PA Oil & Gas Industrial Facilities: Permit Notices/Opportunities To Comment - March 25

PA Environment Daily

The following DEP notices were published in the March 25 PA Bulletin related to oil and gas industry facilities. Many of the notices offer the opportunity for public comments. Land Recycling/Brownfield Cleanups -- 2022 Train Derailment Site - Harmar Twp., Allegheny County. DEP received Notice Of Intent from the Norfolk Southern Railroad on the next phase of cleanup of areas impacted by the May 26, 2022 train derailment in Harmar Township, Allegheny County. ( PA Bulletin, page 1721 ) The derailme

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Statement from Michelle Woodhouse, Water Program Manager, Environmental Defence, on historic $420 million funding for Great Lakes protection

Enviromental Defense

Federal government is committing $420 million over the next 10 years to protect and preserve the Great Lakes Toronto | Traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishinaabeg, the Haudenosaunee, and the Huron-Wendat – Today’s announcement by the government of Canada to devote $420 million over ten years to protect and preserve the Great Lakes is a moment for celebration.

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Hundreds of children made to wear GPS tags by UK's Ministry of Justice

New Scientist

Child offenders as young as 12 have been given GPS ankle tags as part of a scheme introduced for England and Wales by the UK's Ministry of Justice

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Mysteriously Young 'Peekaboo' Galaxy Could Reveal Secrets of Early Universe

Scientific American

A strange discovery could provide a window into the universe’s earliest galaxies

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EC Committee Issues Final Opinion on Hydroxyapatite (Nano) in Oral Cosmetic Products

Nanotech

The European Commission’s (EC) Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) published its final opinion on hydroxyapatite (nano) on March 23, 2023. As reported in our April 13, 2021, blog item , SCCS released a final opinion in 2021 on the safety of hydroxyapatite (nano) when used in leave-on and rinse-off dermal and oral cosmetic products according to the maximum concentrations and specifications reported, taking into account reasonably foreseeable exposure conditions.

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What is spillover? Bird flu outbreak underscores need for early detection to prevent the next big pandemic

Environmental News Bits

by Treana Mayer, Colorado State University The current epidemic of avian influenza has killed over 58 million birds in the U.S. as of February 2023. Following on the heels of the COVID-19 pandemic, large outbreaks of viruses like bird flu raise the specter of another disease jumping from animals into humans. This process is called … Continue reading What is spillover?

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City life may help Darwin's finches survive bloodsucking flies

New Scientist

In the Galapagos Islands, finches that live near cities have higher survival rates against parasitic flies than those who live in the country

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Colombia targets reforestation growth

A Greener Life

Colombia’s Environment Minister Susana Muhamad during COP27. Photo credit: Reuters / Emilie Madi. By Anders Lorenzen When talking about the Amazon rainforest, most of us think of Brazil. This without realizing that the bordering country, Colombia , has a fair share of the world’s largest tropical forest. And in a green push, the government of Colombia has announced an ambitious reforestation target.

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Flood Funding Finder

Environmental News Bits

The American Flood Coalition created the Flood Funding Finder to simplify the complex federal grants system and to help small communities identify and prioritize opportunities to fund flood resilience. This interactive tool is a resource for local leaders exploring federal funding opportunities for flooding projects in small communities.

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DEP Sets May 10 Hearing On Perdue AgriBusiness Plant NOx/VOC RACT 3 Air Quality Plan In Lancaster County

PA Environment Daily

The Department of Environmental Protection will hold a May 10 hearing on a proposed RACT 3 Air Quality Plan related to nitrogen oxide and volatile organic compound emissions at the Perdue AgriBusiness LLC plant in Conoy Township, Lancaster County. ( PA Bulletin, page 1722 ) The hearing will be held at the DEP Southcentral Regional Office, 909 Elmerton Avenue in Harrisburg starting at 10:00 a.m.