Tue.Aug 02, 2022

Why I Have Renewed Hope for Climate Action on Farms

Union of Concerned Scientists

Watching the climate crisis unfolding all around us, I’ve experienced a rollercoaster of hope and disappointment over the last year. With last week’s surprise announcement about a Senate compromise on climate action legislation, I’m back to hope again.

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Saltwater Intrusion, a “Slow Poison” to East Coast Drinking Water

Circle of Blue

Summer tourism, sea level rise, and storm surges threaten East Coast wells. Storm surge overwash in Charlestown barrier-strip island due to nor’easter storm in March 2018. Picture credit: Jeeban Panthi. By Hannah Richter, Circle of Blue – August 2, 2022.


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Congress Considers First-Ever Purchase Incentive for Commercial EVs

Union of Concerned Scientists

Last week, Senators Schumer and Manchin announced a compromise on a reconciliation bill, called the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 , that includes significant climate and air quality progress and a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions nationwide by 40 percent by 2030.

In Nebraska, Bighorn Sheep Reclaim Their Former High Plains Home

Yale E360

In “High Plains Wild” — the Third Runner-Up in the 2022 Yale Environment 360 Film Contest — filmmaker Mariah Lundgren tells the story of efforts by wildlife biologists, conservationists, and landowners to reintroduce and sustain the magnificent bighorn sheep in Nebraska. Read more on E360

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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.

Technology, Infrastructure Key to Heavy Industry Net-Zero Improvements

Environment + Energy Leader

The World Economic Forum released a report tracking efforts and improvements that can be made in emissions-intensive sectors to help reach global climate goals. The post Technology, Infrastructure Key to Heavy Industry Net-Zero Improvements appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

The peer review system is broken. We asked academics how to fix it

Environmental News Bits

by Kelly-Ann Allen, Monash University; Jonathan Reardon, Durham University; Joseph Crawford, University of Tasmania, and Lucas Walsh, Monash University The peer review process is a cornerstone of modern scholarship.

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Dry: A Weekly Western Drought Digest — August 2, 2022

Circle of Blue

Carl Ganter / Circle of Blue © J. Carl Ganter / Circle of Blue. By Delaney Nelson, Circle of Blue – August 2, 2022. TOP NEWS. As of July 26, over 43 percent of the U.S. and Puerto Rico is in drought, up one percentage point in the last month. The U.S.

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Chemical Company Unveils Tool to Measure and Monitor Energy Usage and Emissions

Environment + Energy Leader

Sasol Chemicals will deploy AI-driven technology at its Ethylene Unit at its Lake Charles Chemical Complex in Louisiana to measure and monitor energy usage and emissions to identify opportunities to reduce CO2 emissions and improve energy efficiency.

After Unprecedented Heatwaves, Monsoon Rains and the Worst Floods in Over a Century Devastate South Asia?

Inside Climate News

Across the Indian subcontinent, floods and heavy rainfall have affected more than 7.2 million people in Bangladesh, submerged over 2,000 villages in India and caused more than 300 deaths in Pakistan.

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Liberty Mutual Joins MIT-Led Global Alliance on Innovation to Combat Climate Change

Environment + Energy Leader

Liberty Mutual Insurance today announced its membership to the MIT Climate and Sustainability Consortium (MCSC), supporting the acceleration and implementation of large-scale, real-world solutions to address climate change.

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.

Eight steps to urban amphibian conservation: Framework to translate ecological knowledge to action

The Applied Ecologist

New research by Lee et al. demonstrates the utility of an eight-step framework to identify priority wetland habitats and movement corridors for urban amphibian conservation in cities. Author Nicole Kahal explains more in this blog post.

Global Automotive Market to Grow 5.3% Annually for Next Five Years

Environment + Energy Leader

The global automotive sector will be inflated as automotive companies work to minimize CO2 emissions in the next 3–5 years, says Frost & Sullivan. . The post Global Automotive Market to Grow 5.3% Annually for Next Five Years appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

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Ag and Food Law Daily Update: August 2, 2022

National Law Center

A comprehensive summary of today’s judicial, legislative, and regulatory developments in agriculture and food. Email important additions HERE. . The post Ag and Food Law Daily Update: August 2, 2022 appeared first on National Agricultural Law Center.

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Microplastics seep into our water and our bodies. These products may help

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story at Fast Company. Microplastics are ubiquitous in our environment, but experts say we can take steps to reduce our exposure. Environmental health Plastics

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Food Labeling Litigation Trends: Protein

National Law Center

In 2021, there were 325 class action cases filed against food and beverage companies, the highest count to date. As the. The post Food Labeling Litigation Trends: Protein appeared first on National Agricultural Law Center. Food and Drug Administration Food Labeling Jana Caracciolo

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In climate-driven disasters, older people and the disabled are most at risk. Now in-home caregivers are being trained to help them

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story at Inside Climate News. A pilot program in California is offering tools and emergency response training to caregivers, who often find themselves on the front lines of wildfires, hurricanes or other natural disasters. Climate justice Natural disasters Sustainable communities

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Engaging Mindfully with Nature

Academy of Natural Sciences

Many studies have found that getting outside can improve our health and restore our feelings of connection to nature.

Stronger sustainability requirements in foodservice packaging are surfacing as the trend continues to grow

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story at Environment + Energy Leader. Packaging sustainability is a mega trend impacting the packaging industry, according to the new report “Sustainable Foodservice Packaging Market – Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 – 2027)” by Reportlinker.com. As a result, new, stronger sustainability requirements regularly surfaced on various fronts.

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A New Private Moon Race Kicks Off Soon

Scientific American

Commercial spacecraft are vying to land on the lunar surface, but can they jump-start a new space economy? Features Social Sciences Economics Space & Physics Space Exploration Technology Aerospace

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Detroit’s incinerator is coming down. Now, neighbors want a say in repairing toxic legacy.

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story at Bridge Michigan. For generations, Angie Kelly and her family have lived within sight of one of the largest solid waste incinerators in the country. Now, Kelly wants to see something that benefits the community’s kids in its place. Environmental health Environmental justice

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Salty Sea Spray Keeps Lightning Strikes Away

Scientific American

Particles of sea salt in the air could stop clouds from charging up for a lightning strike. Environment Oceans Weather

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A day with America’s only dedicated heat team in the US’s hottest city

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story in The Guardian. The pioneering team was created last year amid pressure from activists, faith groups and experts to make Phoenix, Arizona, more livable. Heat waves Sustainable communities

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Don’t hamstring carbon removal

Legal Planet

Assessments by the IPCC have made clear that the most feasible way for the world to meet its target of restricting climate change to below two degrees Celsius of warming includes rapid and massive expansion of carbon removal technology – technology that would extract carbon dioxide and permanently sequester that carbon dioxide underground.

Tetra Pak fights climate change with fiber-based barrier alternative to aluminum in food cartons

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story at Food Ingredients 1st. Tetra Pak is testing a fiber-based barrier to replace the aluminum layer in its cartons for improved climate impact and recyclability. The “industry-first” technology is currently on shelf for commercial consumer testing for food carton packs distributed under ambient conditions. . Food and beverage manufacturing Packaging Sustainable design

Even at a 40-percent Electric Fleet, USPS is Missing the Mailbox

Union of Concerned Scientists

A clear childhood memory of mine was when the current USPS delivery vehicle, the Grumman Long-Life Delivery Vehicle (LLV), began to replace the fleet of Willy’s Jeep-inspired mail delivery vehicles in the early 1990s.

Those lights aren’t just messing with your sleep. They’re bothering the trees.

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story at Anthropocene. Like humans, trees have circadian clocks. A new study finds urban light pollution changes those clocks, causing trees to leaf out earlier and change color later. Light pollution Plants Publications

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Forensic Experts Are Surprisingly Good at Telling Whether Two Writing Samples Match

Scientific American

A study to counter the lack of evidence for handwriting analysis shows it is effective if an examiner has the right training. Mind & Brain Behavior

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Flexible packaging at a critical crossroads in sustainability

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story in Packaging Digest. The straight and narrow road leads flexibles to an uncertain future and less sustainable packaging. The longer route expands the role of flexibles in preventing food waste. Food and beverage manufacturing Packaging

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Tonga eruption caused irreversible damage to the atmosphere


It only takes one uncooperative volcano to ruin all our plans to save the planet, no matter how many of us go vegan, compost our food waste and buy electric cars. Scientists are now saying that the enormous January explosion of an underwater volcano in Tonga may have really messed up Earth’s ozone layer

Carbon dating hampered by rising fossil-fuel emissions

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story in Nature. Archaeologists will increasingly have to rely on other techniques as emissions continue to alter the composition of carbon isotopes in air. Archaeology Climate

Toxics law reform: building momentum and overcoming industry attacks

Enviromental Defense

Finally, after over two decades of waiting, the Canadian government listened to the thousands of people across Canada who called for stronger laws to protect us against toxic chemicals.

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Louisville Charter for Safer Chemicals policy papers

Environmental News Bits

The Louisville Charter for Safer Chemicals is a roadmap to transform chemical industry. It consists of a preamble vision statement and ten platform planks that lay out the principles that must guide this transition. These policy papers provide more background on each Charter plank and provide specific policy directions and recommendations to put them into … Continue reading Louisville Charter for Safer Chemicals policy papers.

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Posted on August 2, 2022 by Richard Horder. Photo courtesy of the University of Florida. Susan Cooke’s recent post about the importance of peatland for carbon sequestration took me back to my law school days when I spent many hours mucking about Payne’s Prairie.

What Is a Flash Flood?

Scientific American

Flash flooding occurs in a short time frame after a precipitation event and is exacerbated by paved surfaces and already saturated soil. Environment Climate Change Natural Disasters Weather

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First District Holds LA’s Water Allocations To Agricultural Lessees Were Authorized Under Existing Leases And Did Not Constitute Or Implement A Separate “Project” Subject to CEQA Review

CEQA Developments

The First District Court of Appeal filed on June 30, and later ordered published on July 26, 2022, its opinion in County of Mono v. City of Los Angeles (1st Dist. A162590) __ Cal.App.5th __.

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