Fri.Sep 22, 2023

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Electric Vehicle Sales in US Hit the Accelerator Pedal

Union of Concerned Scientists

With more electric vehicle choices than ever, EV sales in the US are hitting new heights. In just the first half of 2023, over 670,000 EVs were sold with over 80 percent of those fully-electric battery electric vehicles (BEVs ). It took 8 years for the first million EV sales – but now more than a million have been sold in just the past 12 months. EV sales in the US are accelerating and are on pace to exceed one million vehicles per year.

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A Summer Job, Record Heat, Climate Hope

Legal Planet

Image by Danielle Anz It’s been three months now since 16 young plaintiffs suing the state of Montana for climate harms piled into a Helena courtroom so small that the attorneys worried whether everyone would fit. (They did.) And it’s been one month since the Montana First District Court determined that the state of Montana had indeed violated Montana youth’s right to a “clean and healthful environment” by collaborating with the fossil fuel industry.

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Memphis Facility Emitting Cancer-Causing Ethylene Oxide Gas to Close

Union of Concerned Scientists

In a major win for community members in South Memphis, Tennessee, a facility emitting a toxic air pollutant— ethylene oxide (EtO)—announced late last month that it will close its doors. UCS featured the facility in its analysis earlier this year of the public health threat EtO poses to communities across the country. The facility in question, Sterilization Services of Tennessee, is one of roughly 90 facilities in the United States and Puerto Rico that use EtO, a toxic colorless gas, to sterilize

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After Nearly a Decade of Declines, Africa's White Rhino Population Is Growing

Yale E360

White rhinos saw their numbers grow for the first time since 2012 last year, boosted by efforts to restore the creatures to the African landscape.

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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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Biden Expands Consideration of Social Cost of Carbon by Federal Agencies

Law and Environment

On September 21, 2023, the Biden administration outlined plans to expand federal agencies’ consideration of the social cost of carbon—a metric for the economic cost of each additional ton of carbon dioxide emitted to the atmosphere. This announcement tilts the balance of cost-benefit analyses in favor of activities that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and it could have widespread effects for entities that receive federal funding or are subject to federal regulation.

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The Equinox Is Not What You Think It Is

Scientific American

Scientific American is the essential guide to the most awe-inspiring advances in science and technology, explaining how they change our understanding of the world and shape our lives.

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These Adorable Jellyfish Show Learning Doesn't Even Require a Brain

Scientific American

Scientific American is the essential guide to the most awe-inspiring advances in science and technology, explaining how they change our understanding of the world and shape our lives.

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OSIRIS-REx is about to fling samples of the asteroid Bennu at Earth

New Scientist

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission is about to hurtle past Earth, and if all goes well it will drop its samples from the asteroid Bennu in the Utah desert on 24 September

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See How AI Generates Images from Text

Scientific American

Scientific American is the essential guide to the most awe-inspiring advances in science and technology, explaining how they change our understanding of the world and shape our lives.

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Mice grown with rat brains to help study cross-species organ donation

New Scientist

Creating mice with partial rat brains helps scientists better understand whether synthesising embryos from human and pig cells to grow organs such as kidneys could accidentally lead to pigs with human-like brains

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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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Fixing Air Pollution Could Dramatically Improve Health Disparities

Scientific American

Scientific American is the essential guide to the most awe-inspiring advances in science and technology, explaining how they change our understanding of the world and shape our lives.

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Massive power line will send Canadian hydropower to New York

New Scientist

New York City has begun construction on a project to hook up its grid to hydroelectric power plants in Canada via a 546-kilometre-long transmission line

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This Researcher Captured Air from the Amazon in Dive-Bombs--And Found Grim Clues That the Forest Is Dying

Scientific American

One researcher has been hiring planes to strafe the sky over the Amazon rain forest to collect the air coming off the trees, and what she is finding is cause for alarm.

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We can only predict star motion in the Milky Way’s heart for 462 years

New Scientist

Chaos in the interactions between stars near the Milky Way’s supermassive black hole makes it impossible to predict their trajectories after about 462 years, much shorter than expected

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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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U.S. Will Weigh Cost of Carbon Pollution in More Government Decisions

Scientific American

Calculations determining the climate damage of greenhouse gas emissions—called the social cost of carbon—will be considered in federal agencies’ budgets, permitting decisions and, eventually, government purchases

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What’s At Stake: Appropriations, Shutdown, and Farm Bill

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC)

Last week, both the House and Senate were back in session after more than a month of Congressional recess. As of posting, Congress has one week – just 4 session days – until the end of Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 on September 30. Beginning with the start of FY2024 on October 1, funding for the federal government will – absent a continuing resolution (CR) – expire, as will the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, better known as the 2018 Farm Bill.

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Surgeons perform the second ever pig-to-human heart transplant

New Scientist

The heart of a genetically modified pig has been transplanted into a man with heart disease, the second such surgery of its kind

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What is a Dragonet?

Ocean Conservancy

You might not know them by name, but dragonets’ vibrant colors and elongated dorsal fins make them among the most recognizable species of fish. In fact, dragonets and mandarinfish are two names for the same species. The scientific name is Synchiropus splendidus and we can confirm that they are splendid indeed! Read on to learn more about what makes dragonets so special.

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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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Jellyfish can learn from experience even though they lack a brain

New Scientist

As one of the biologically simplest kinds of animal, we might have thought jellyfish can’t learn, but it turns out they can

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People Who Are Changing the Environment One Community at a Time

Scientific American

Scientific American is the essential guide to the most awe-inspiring advances in science and technology, explaining how they change our understanding of the world and shape our lives.

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No sign of Chandrayaan-3 as India searches for sleeping moon mission

New Scientist

The Vikram lander and Pragyan rover, which together make up India's Chandrayaan-3 moon mission, went to sleep two weeks ago to survive the freezing lunar night

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DEP: York County Moved To Drought Warning; 19 Counties Still In Drought Watch

PA Environment Daily

On September 22, the Department of Environmental Protection announced, after a meeting of the Commonwealth Drought Task Force, York County was moved to Drought Warning and Drought Watch will continue for 19 counties. Adams, Berks, Bucks, Cameron, Chester, Clarion, Cumberland, Dauphin, Fayette, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Perry, and Venango counties remain on drought watch.

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Man who sees upside down provides clues on how we process faces

New Scientist

A man with a condition that has rotated his head backwards can identify upright and inverted faces with similar accuracy, suggesting that facial processing skills are based on experience and evolutionary factors

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DEP Publishes Final Air Quality General Permit For Installation Of Coal-Mine Methane Enclosed Flares

PA Environment Daily

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice in the September 23 PA Bulletin announcing the availability of the new General Permit Plan Approval covering Coal-Mine Methane Enclosed Flares (BAQ-GPA/GP-21). ( formal notice ) The general permit sets Best Available Technology requirements to meet emission limits for oxides of nitrogen (NOx), carbon monoxide (CO) and other pollutants.

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Turtles that move in herds reveal the complex social lives of reptiles

New Scientist

The hicatee turtles of Belize appear to move around in groups even when they aren't feeding, providing evidence of social complexity in reptiles

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Earth911 Podcast Special Event: The Ecological Benefits Framework Takes Off at Climate Week

Earth 911

The landscape of environmental disclosure is changing fast. Go behind the scenes at Climate Week. The post Earth911 Podcast Special Event: The Ecological Benefits Framework Takes Off at Climate Week appeared first on Earth911.

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Armour-plated mollusc fluoresces brilliant red-pink

New Scientist

Chitons are unusual molluscs with a shell made up of plates, and they fluoresce a red-pink colour – perhaps to help the animals blend in against a background of red algae

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Leaders Call for Forest Accountability in Climate Week Event

NRDC

Leading voices call for global accountability on protecting the world's climate-critical forests in NRDC's Climate Week panel event.

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Blood donors may pass on small risk of brain bleed to recipients

New Scientist

Receiving a blood transfusion from someone who later develops a brain haemorrhage may very slightly raise someone’s risk of developing a brain bleed, too

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Susquehanna River Basin Commission Approves 34 Shale Gas Well Pad Water Use General Permits In Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga Counties

PA Environment Daily

In August, the Executive Director of the Susquehanna River Basin Commission gave his approval to 34 water use permits for individual shale gas well drilling pads in Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga counties. ( formal notice ) The approvals were granted under SRBC regulation 18 CFR 806.22(e) and (f) that creates a general permit-type process to grant approval for water use by individual shale gas drilling pads.

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Third District Affirms Judgment Denying CEQA Writ Petition Challenging Sacramento County’s Approval of Mather South Community Master Plan, Issues Narrow Holding Rejecting Challenges to County’s GHG Thresholds Methodology In Partially Published Opinion

CEQA Developments

In a partially published opinion filed on September 7, 2023, the Third District Court of Appeal affirmed a judgment denying a CEQA challenge to Sacramento County’s approval of a mixed-use development project known as the Mather South Community Master Plan (the “project“); if implemented, the project would result in, inter alia, up to 3,522 residential dwelling units; 225,000 square feet of retail space; 49 acres of environmental education campus and research and development park uses; two elemen

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DEP Posted 73 Pages Of Permit-Related Notices In September 23 PA Bulletin

PA Environment Daily

Highlights of the environmental and energy notices in the September 23 PA Bulletin -- -- The Department of Environmental Protection published notice in the September 23 PA Bulletin announcing the availability of the new General Permit Plan Approval covering Coal-Mine Methane Enclosed Flares (BAQ-GPA/GP-21). Read more here. -- The Public Utility Commission published notice in the September 23 PA Bulletin inviting comments on a proposed policy statement for the use of electricity storage by electr

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Media Advisory: Greenbelt Rallies this Weekend to Celebrate Premier Ford’s Reversal of Greenbelt Land Removals and Protest Proposed Highway 413

Enviromental Defense

Toronto | Traditional territories of the Wendat, the Anishnaabeg, Haudenosaunee, Chippewas and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation – This weekend, Ontarians will be coming together across the GTA to celebrate Premier Ford’s reversal of the Greenbelt land removals and will also be calling on him to stop the proposed Highway 413, that if built, will pave over parts of the Greenbelt.