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What Will It Take to Save Our Cities from a Scorching Future?

Yale E360

The U.N. named Eleni Myrivili its first-ever global chief heat officer based on her record as a city official in Athens. In an e360 interview, she talks about why extreme heat is a health crisis and what cities must do to protect the most vulnerable from rising temperatures.

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Recentering Environmental Law: A Thought Experiment

Legal Planet

In 1965, scientists sent LBJ a memo mentioning the risks of climate change. I magine if history had been a little different. Suppose it had been this memo and a follow-up report , rather than Rachel Carson’s attack on pesticides, that sparked the environmental movement. How would environmental law look different and how might we be thinking about it differently?

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Ontario Government Proposes to Further Gut Endangered Species Rules for Developers

Enviromental Defense

Toronto | Traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishinaabeg, the Haudenosaunee, and the Wendat – This week, 68 organizations across Ontario expressed their strong opposition to a proposal from Ontario’s Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) to amend regulations under the provincial Endangered Species Act, 2007 (ESA).

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Citizen Complaint Leads DEP To Breakout Of Mariner East Pipeline Drilling Mud That Contaminated The Lake At Marsh Creek State Park, Chester County; Sunoco Pipeline Starts Cleanup

PA Environment Daily

In response to a citizen complaint on February 15, DEP inspected a tributary that feeds the lake at Marsh Creek State Park in Chester County on February 16 and found a clay-like material contaminating the stream and a portion of the nearby wetlands. DEP’s inspection report said the area is the same location where a sinkhole developed and an “inadvertent return” of drilling mud used in the construction of the Energy Transfer/Sunoco Mariner East Pipeline occurred in August 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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Statement: Environmental Defence Condemns Ontario’s Move to Overrule OEB Decision to Benefit Enbridge

Enviromental Defense

Statement by Keith Brooks, Programs Director Toronto | Traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishinaabeg, the Haudenosaunee, and the Wendat – Environmental Defence denounces The Keeping Energy Costs Down Act by the Ontario government that would overturn the December 2023 decision by the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) to end the subsidy for Enbridge to install gas lines in new housing developments.

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Crucial chemical for life can form in conditions found on early Earth

New Scientist

Pantetheine, which helps enzymes to work and is found in every organism, can be formed by simple reactions and may have played a role in the origins of life

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A single atom could drive a piston in a quantum engine

New Scientist

In a quantum engine, a single atom can emit radiation that bounces around a reflective cavity and creates enough pressure to push down a piston

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Building a More Sustainable, Affordable Colorado with Thoughtful Housing Strategies

NRDC

Land use reform proposed by Colorado leaders could deliver a triple victory for climate, air quality, and housing affordability.

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Climate benefits of planting forests might be overestimated

New Scientist

The warming avoided by planting CO2-absorbing forests could be around 15 to 30 per cent lower than previously estimated due to feedbacks such as dark trees reflecting less sunlight

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Italian football club to fit stadium with solar panels

A Greener Life

By Anders Lorenzen The Italian Serie A football team Udinese Calcio have announced a significant sustainability move and teamed up with local utility Bluenergy Group to cover the roof of the club’s stadium with solar panels. The installation is already in progress and will comprise more than 2,400 panels and is estimated to produce a daily average of 3,000 kilowatt hours (Kwh).

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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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GPT-4 developer tool can hack websites without human help

New Scientist

The developer version of OpenAI’s leading large language model can be repurposed as an AI hacking agent, researchers have found.

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What We Know About the Bigfin Squid

Ocean Conservancy

We know that the deep sea is full of some weird, wild and wonderful creatures. The deep sea’s crushing pressure, freezing cold temperatures and pitch-black darkness isn’t for everyone, but some animals manage to survive and thrive there. Typically, these animals look quite different than their shallower-water counterparts. For example, look no further than the elusive bigfin squid.

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AI can tell where a mouse is by reading its brain activity

New Scientist

An artificial intelligence can interpret a mouse's brain activity to tell scientists where the animal is located and the direction it is looking

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PUC To Seek Comments On Proposed Regulation On Use Of Distributed Energy Resources And Virtual Power Plants

PA Environment Daily

On February 22, the Public Utility Commission issued an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANOPR) seeking comments from stakeholders and other concerned parties about the use of Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) as a mechanism to help increase energy efficiency, enhance service, and potentially lower costs. The Commission voted 5-0 to publish the ANOPR in the Pennsylvania Bulletin, which will begin a 60-day period for comments on topics detailed in the rulemaking proposal.

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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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Odysseus spacecraft is the first private mission to land on the moon

New Scientist

Intuitive Machines has landed its Odysseus spacecraft on the moon, making it the first private company to achieve a feat previously only accomplished by national space agencies

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NCEW Recap: Leveraging America’s Carbon Advantage

Cresforum

During the 2023 National Clean Energy Week Policymakers Symposium , a group of industry leaders convened for a panel discussion on how the United States can leverage its carbon advantage. Landon Derentz of the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center moderated the panel discussion, which featured Ross Eisenberg from the American Chemistry Council , Tony Pan from Modern Hydrogen , Chris A.

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Early drug treatment leads to better outcomes for Crohn’s disease

New Scientist

About 80 per cent of people who received infliximab straight after diagnosis with the inflammatory bowel condition had controlled their symptoms after a year, compared with just 15 per cent of those following a standard regime

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PUC Adopts Final Regulations Strengthening Operation, Construction Requirements For Intrastate Hazardous Liquids Pipelines

PA Environment Daily

On February 22, the Public Utility Commission approved a Final Form Rulemaking Order strengthening state public utility safety standards related to the pipeline transport of hazardous liquids in intrastate commerce. There are two PUC certificated hazardous liquid public utilities involved in intrastate service in Pennsylvania – Sunoco Pipeline, L.P.

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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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Famous supernova left a blazing hot neutron star at its centre

New Scientist

Observations from the James Webb Space Telescope have revealed that a nearby supernova researchers have been watching since it exploded in 1987 left behind a hot neutron star

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U.S.-Mexico Trade Dispute Over Genetically Modified Corn

National Law Center

In 2023, the United States (“U.S.”) exported $13.1 billion in corn, approximately $5.4 billion of which went to Mexico. As a. The post U.S.-Mexico Trade Dispute Over Genetically Modified Corn appeared first on National Agricultural Law Center.

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LGBTQ people seen as needing more protection online than Christians

New Scientist

A study of around 9000 US adults has found that people are more in favour of removing toxic social media posts when they attack a member of the LGBTQ community than those targeting Christians or billionaires

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DEP: Shell Petrochemical Plant Pays Additional $7,606,067.75 In Civil Penalties For 12-Month Air Quality Violations After May 2023 Consent Order

PA Environment Daily

On February 22, the Department of Environmental Protection reported the Shell Petrochemical Plant in Beaver County paid an additional $7,606,067.75 in civil penalties for air quality violations occurring after the May 24, 2023 consent order. The consent order and agreement included $10 million in penalties -- a $4,935,023 penalty to the DEP Clean Air Fund (25% of which was directed to the host community as required by law) and $5 million was allocated to a Beaver County Environmental Mitigation

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Toxic Exposure At Military Bases: A Civilian Perspective

Earth 911

The military is built to keep citizens safe, but often, the environmental hazards associated with. The post Toxic Exposure At Military Bases: A Civilian Perspective appeared first on Earth911.

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Western PA Residents Comment After Living With The Shell Petrochemical Plant For A Year

PA Environment Daily

The following letters first appeared in the Beaver County Times in December and earlier in February. They provide some useful insights on what some people in Western Pennsylvania are thinking about how the first year of operations went for the Shell Petrochemical Plant. Harm From Shell’s Operations Is Incalculable By Lisa DePaoli, Heather Hulton Van-Tassel, Matthew Mehalik, Tom Torres, Veronica Coptis, outgoing members of DEP steering committee for the Shell Environmental Mitigation Community Fu

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Climate challenges in savannas: How herbivore communities chart the course

The Applied Ecologist

Dr. Katja Irob summarises their latest study, conducted alongside colleagues, which analysed the impacts of climate change and rangeland management on degradation in Savanna ecosystems of southern Africa. Findings suggest that, in the face of climate uncertainty, farmers’ most effective strategy for securing their livelihoods and ecosystem stability is to integrate browsers and apply management of mixed herbivore communities.

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Wesley Family Services Cut Ribbon On Rooftop Solar Energy System With West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund In Westmoreland County

PA Environment Daily

On February 22, Wesley Family Services was joined by Westmoreland County Commissioner, Douglas Chew; West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund ; and the PA Solar Center to cut the ribbon on its brand-new rooftop solar energy system at its Pioneer Apartments location, which was installed by local developer, EIS Solar. Wesley Family Services went solar through the PA Solar Center’s G.E.T.

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EPA Announces Latest Update to the TSCA Inventory

Nanotech

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on February 20, 2024, that it has released the latest Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Inventory. According to EPA, “[t]his biannual update to the public TSCA Inventory is part of EPA’s regular posting of non-confidential TSCA Inventory data.” EPA plans the next regular update of the Inventory for summer 2024.

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PJM, Electric Grid Operators Recommend Additional Steps To Overcome Vulnerabilities In Natural Gas Infrastructure To Ensure More Reliable Grid Operation

PA Environment Daily

On February 21, the PJM Interconnection and three other regional electric grid operators made a series of 14 recommendations to overcome vulnerabilities in natural gas infrastructure operations to improve electric grid reliability and gas-electric coordination, especially during adverse weather conditions. “This position paper identifies specific recommendations along with suggested specific action steps to be undertaken respectively by the RTOs, gas producers, marketers and pipelines, and/or fe

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Lynn L. Bergeson and Richard E. Engler, Ph.D. Quoted in Chemical Watch Article “TSCA new chemical submissions could surge ahead of fees hike”

Nanotech

On February 21, 2024, comments by Lynn L. Bergeson and Richard E. Engler, Ph.D. were featured in Chemical Watch’s article on a recently published update to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) fees rule. Richard Engler, director of chemistry with law firm Bergeson & Campbell, said he expects a surge, but is uncertain if there will be an overall increase in submissions or just an accelerated timeline for companies looking to get their notices in before the fee increase.

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NM: $180M LNG Storage Facility Close to Denial

NRDC

The Recommended Decision to deny the proposed LNG storage facility is a step in the right direction towards securing an affordable transition to clean, all-electric buildings in the state.

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At the Well vs. Off the Lease: The Fifth Circuit Asks the Texas Supreme Court to Determine Whether Off-Lease Fuel May be Deducted from Royalties Valued at the Well

The Energy Law Blog

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit’s recent decision in Carl v. Hilcorp Energy Company , —F.4th—, No. 22-20226, 2024 WL 137038 (5th Cir. Jan 12, 2024) concerns how three related provisions in an oil and gas lease interact: (1) a royalty clause; (2) a free-use clause; and (3) an off-lease clause. When parties to an oil and gas lease reserve royalties, they stipulate where those royalties are to be valued—sometimes referred to as the “valuation point”—in the royalty clause.

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Dirt-powered fuel cell runs forever

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story from Northwestern University. A Northwestern University-led team of researchers has developed a new fuel cell that harvests energy from microbes living in dirt. About the size of a standard paperback book, the completely soil-powered technology could fuel underground sensors used in precision agriculture and green infrastructure.

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Odd quantum property may let us chill things closer to absolute zero

New Scientist

We can already cool objects with fridges and with lasers.

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