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Four Reasons You Should Care about California Snow

Union of Concerned Scientists

Last week, I visited Yosemite National Park and walked along a gorgeous trail surrounded by snow-blanketed sequoia trees. Beyond the horizon of pine trees to the south lies the Sierra National Forest, and beyond the rocky horizon to the north lies the Stanislaus National Forest. Further beyond these national forests lies the rest of the expansive Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, spanning 400 miles.

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Ripped from the Headlines

Legal Planet

Here’s a selection of recent headlines, which I only wish I had made up for April Fool’s Day. “Earth just had its hottest year ever recorded — by far.” — NBC “Hurricanes are getting so intense, scientists propose a Category 6”— Washington Post “Parts of Amazon rainforest could tip toward collapse by 2050, study warns.” – Washington Post “Critical Atlantic Ocean current system is showing early signs of collapse, prompting warning from scientists.

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Bird flu confirmed in person who had contact with infected dairy cows

New Scientist

A person in Texas has been infected with bird flu after exposure to dairy cows who had the virus – it is the first time a human has contracted the disease from a mammal

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Unforced variations: Apr 2024

Real Climate

This month’s open thread on climate topics. Lots more discussion about 2023 , aerosols, heat content and imbalances to come I expect… Note, comments should be substantive even if you are arguing with who you perceive to be the worst person in the world. Comments that are mainly personal attacks will just get deleted. The post Unforced variations: Apr 2024 first appeared on RealClimate.

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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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Why vigorous exercise could inadvertently lead to weight gain

New Scientist

Intense exercise may make the body compensate for energy used during this vigorous activity by reducing other forms of energy use, leading to weight gain, according to a study in mice

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Inside the Race to Protect Artists from Artificial Intelligence

Scientific American

AI-generated art is creating new ethical issues—and competition—for digital artists. Nightshade and Glaze are two tools helping creators fight back.

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How to Watch the Total Solar Eclipse Online

Scientific American

Will you be outside the path of totality during the 2024 total solar eclipse? What if clouds block your view?

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How solar eclipses have been revealing cosmic secrets for centuries

New Scientist

Records of total solar eclipses go back thousands of years, and in all that time they have allowed scientists to uncover key information about not just the sun but the whole universe

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Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Seeking High School Students For Young Ambassadors Program

PA Environment Daily

On April 1, the Department of Transportation and Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful are invited 10th -12th grade students to help keep Pennsylvania clean and beautiful through the Young Ambassadors of Pennsylvania program. Deadline to apply June 10. The program, now in its third year, builds community stewards and civic leaders by empowering young Pennsylvanians to become ambassadors in their community for a shared vision of a clean and beautiful Pennsylvania.

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Men Succumb to Anesthesia More Easily than Women

Scientific American

Findings in animals and humans emphasize the perils of not including female participants in research on the effects of anesthesia

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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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Earth911 Podcast Special: Water For Peace With Model And Water Philanthropist Georgie Badiel

Earth 911

Join Earth911’s Mitch Ratcliffe for a special World Water Day conversation with model and activist. The post Earth911 Podcast Special: Water For Peace With Model And Water Philanthropist Georgie Badiel appeared first on Earth911.

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Chatbots Struggle to Answer Medical Questions in Widely Spoken Languages

Scientific American

Two popular chatbots showed some difficulty in providing medical information when asked in Spanish, Hindi or Mandarin

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How Great Grey Owls Hunt Hidden Prey

PBS Nature

The secret to the great grey owl's hunting success is its enormous facial disk, which channels sounds like a radar dish.

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How the infamous Pitcairn Island became a model of ocean conservation

New Scientist

Pitcairn Island, one of the remotest places on Earth, was once home to mutineers.

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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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Ohio Approves Nation’s Largest Agrivoltaics Project, Finding It Will Serve the Public Interest

Law Columbia

On March 21, 2024, state regulators in Ohio approved the Oak Run Solar Project, an 800-megawatt (MW) solar generation project that will include 300 MW of battery storage, as well as 4,000 acres of crops and 1,000 sheep on site. This blog post will highlight key features of the project, as well as the opinion approving it, explaining: (a) what is important about the project; (b) who the key constituencies opposing and supporting it are; (c) how the Ohio Power Siting Board (Siting Board) decides w

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‘Yell at your robot’ technique teaches robots household chores

New Scientist

AI allows robots to listen to verbal instructions while learning to correctly perform household tasks.

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PA Society For Ornithology To Hold 4th Annual Breeding Bird Blitz For Conservation June 7-17 - Sign Up Your Team Today!

PA Environment Daily

The Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology proudly announces that its 4th Annual Breeding Bird Blitz for Conservation will occur from June 7-17, 2024 and support three projects across the Commonwealth. Birders are invited to join the Blitz by forming a team, raising funds, and competing in either the “cumulative count” or “big day” categories to document birds during nesting season.

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Does My Child Have a Speech Delay?

Scientific American

It’s hard to know whether a toddler needs help with early speech.

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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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California DPR Announces Webinar to Be Held on April 23, 2024, to Discuss Proposed Registration Fee Increase

Nanotech

On March 29, 2024, the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) announced it will hold a webinar on Tuesday, April 23, 2024, at 10:00 a.m. (PDT) to discuss and receive feedback from registrants and other stakeholders on its intent to increase registration fees to a level that, according to DPR, supports the current and future business needs of the pesticide registration program.

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Landfills Leak More Planet-Baking Methane Than We Thought

Scientific American

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APHIS Seeks Comment on Draft EIS for Deregulation of Maize Developed Using Genetic Engineering

Nanotech

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced on March 22, 2024, that it has prepared a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) and draft plant pest risk assessment (PPRA) evaluating the potential environmental impacts and plant pest risk that may result from the approval of a petition for nonregulated status for maize developed using genetic engineering for dicamba, glufosinate, quizalofop, and 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid resistan

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Penn State PA Technical Assistance Program Highlights Upcoming Webinars On Sustainable Metals, Bioindustrial Manufacturing; Small Business, Ag Funding Opportunities

PA Environment Daily

The Penn State PA Technical Assistance Program is highlight three upcoming webinars on sustainable metals and bioindustrial manufacturing and small business funding opportunities-- -- April 18: Metals Reimagined: Sustainable Production Techniques for the Metal Fabrication and Manufacturing Industries : This webinar will highlight strategies that manufacturers can employ to reduce energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, the use of hazardous materials, and the pollution generated by their fa

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Do tidal fluctuations affect microplastics distribution and composition in coastal waters?

Environmental News Bits

Pasquier, G., Doyen, P., Chaïb, I., & Amara, R. (2024). Do tidal fluctuations affect microplastics distribution and composition in coastal waters? Marine Pollution Bulletin, 200, 116166. [link] Abstract The hydro-meteorological conditions in marine environments are recognized to have a major impact on the transport and dispersion of microplastics (MP), although their precise effects remain poorly … Continue reading Do tidal fluctuations affect microplastics distribution and composition

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DEP, Keystone Landfill Sign Consent Order With $575,000 Penalty To Immediately Begin Mitigating Landfill Odors In Lackawanna County

PA Environment Daily

On April 1, the Department of Environmental Protection announced it has entered into a Consent Order and Agreement (COA) with Keystone Sanitary Landfill in Lackawanna County for odor violations, including creating malodors, at its facility in the boroughs of Dunmore and Throop between November 2022 and February 2024, and impacting residents in several surrounding communities.

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Microplastic pollution: A review of techniques to identify microplastics and their threats to the aquatic ecosystem

Environmental News Bits

Liza, A. A., Ashrafy, A., Islam, Md. N., Billah, Md. M., Arafat, S. T., Rahman, Md. M., Karim, Md. R., Hasan, Md. M., Promie, A. R., & Rahman, S. M. (2024). Microplastic pollution: A review of techniques to identify microplastics and their threats to the aquatic ecosystem. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 196(3), 285.

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Call for Nominations: ESA Regional Policy Award

ESA

Do you know someone who has made positive efforts toward environmental sustainability in the Long Beach, California region? ESA seeks nominations for its annual Regional Policy Award to recognize a local or regional policymaker who has integrated environmental science and policy in initiatives that foster more sustainable communities. ESA has honored past award recipients for policy work that included: wildlife conservation green urban renewal initiatives stream, river & lake restoration ESA

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Critical perspective on the elimination of emerging contaminants from industrial wastewater via microbial electrochemical technologies

Environmental News Bits

Sikarwar, D., Bashir, Y., Sharma, N., Rasheed, A., & Das, S. (2024). “Critical perspective on the elimination of emerging contaminants from industrial wastewater via microbial electrochemical technologies.” CLEAN – Soil, Air, Water, 2300346. [link] Abstract Industrial water pollution originating from various industries like textile, dairy, oil, and petrochemical industries, etc.

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Xi Jinping’s Thoughts on China’s Nuclear Weapons

Union of Concerned Scientists

This blog was co-authored with UCS China analyst Robert Rust. Last month UCS published a critique of a New York Times article that claimed Chinese military strategists, “are looking to nuclear weapons as not only a defensive shield, but as a potential sword — to intimidate and subjugate adversaries.” We examined the evidence and found it did not support that claim.

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Discarded yerba mate as a source of cellulose fibers with promising applications for drinking water decontamination

Environmental News Bits

Gordon-Falconí, C., Iannone, M. F., Zawoznik, M. S., Debut, A., & Groppa, M. D. (2024). Discarded yerba mate as a source of cellulose fibers with promising applications for drinking water decontamination. Industrial Crops and Products, 211, 118253.

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Climate Finance Rule Stiffs Investors

Union of Concerned Scientists

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently released a new rule resulting from a process intended to make companies disclose their climate-related financial risks to investors. But in trying to shape a regulation that would mollify opponents—largely industries responsible for the heat-trapping gases that cause climate change—the SEC failed to relieve investors of responsibility for determining how companies will fare in the clean energy transition.

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Biden budget request triggers GOP assault on climate corps

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story at E&E News. When President Joe Biden last week proposed that Congress approve $8 billion to enroll 50,000 young people in a green jobs training and placement program, the rejection from the most vocal conservative critics of a so-called American Climate Corps was immediate — and intense.

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April 1 Weekly PA Environment Digest Now Available

PA Environment Daily

“The people have a right to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and esthetic values of the environment. Pennsylvania's public natural resources are the common property of all the people, including generations yet to come. As trustee of these resources, the Commonwealth shall conserve and maintain them for the benefit of all the people.” -- Article I, Section 27 Pennsylvania Constitution [It’s Not A Suggestion] Click Here To View Or Print The Entire Apr

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U.S. sets stringent GHG standards for heavy-duty vehicles

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story from Environment + Energy Leader. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized the most stringent national greenhouse gas pollution standards for heavy-duty vehicles, including freight trucks and buses, for model years 2027 through 2032. This regulation aims to curb 1 billion tons of greenhouse gas emissions, providing an estimated $13 … Continue reading U.S.

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