Wed.May 29, 2024

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Get Ready: 85% Chance of Above-Normal Atlantic Hurricane Season that May Break Records

Union of Concerned Scientists

Source: [link] The May 23 outlook from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ( NOAA ) forecasts 17 to 25 named storms, eight to 13 of which could become hurricanes. NOAA [link] Four to seven major hurricanes are forecast. This is a concerning outlook, and it can be explained as follows. The recipe for the 2024 hurricane outlook Ingredients : Record warm sea surface temperature ( SST ) for most of the Atlantic (currently 1-2 degrees Celsius above average, which is more like temperat

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Parkinson’s disease could be prevented by a recent tetanus vaccine

New Scientist

People who have had a recent vaccine against tetanus appear to be less likely to develop Parkinson’s disease, suggesting that the bacterial infection is involved in the condition

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Depression, Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder Are Linked with Ancient Viral DNA in Our Genome

Scientific American

Retroviruses, some of which predate the human species, are tied to a genetic susceptibility to major psychiatric disorders

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Attempt to Block O&G Rule Is Another Industry Handout, Harms Taxpayers

NRDC

An effort in Congress to roll back federal oil and gas rules would cheat taxpayers, hand industry more free passes, and run counter to recent legislation.

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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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The dangers of amorous ostriches when starting an ostrich farm

New Scientist

Feedback wonders if previous research into 'courtship behaviours of ostriches' in the UK will be taken into account by the owner of a new ostrich farm in New Hampshire

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Antarctica’s ‘Doomsday Glacier’ Is Melting Even Faster Than Scientists Thought

Scientific American

Warming waters are reaching several miles into Antarctica’s Thwaites Glacier—nicknamed the “doomsday glacier” because of its potential impact on sea-level rise

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Evangelical Environmental Network, Partners Host June 5 Webinar On Pipeline Methane Leaks - Causes, Impacts, Solutions

PA Environment Daily

Join with the Evangelical Environmental Network , Moms Clean Air Force , Pipeline Safety Trust , and Healthfirst PA on June 5 for a webinar on the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration's proposed rule to cut methane leaks from natural gas pipelines starting at Noon. U.S. natural gas pipelines leak as much as 2.7 million tons of methane into our atmosphere each year.

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Starship launch 4: When is the next SpaceX test flight planned?

New Scientist

SpaceX is getting ready to launch its massive Starship rocket, perhaps as soon as 5 June, and we have all the details on the mission

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Protect PT Hosts 4 Virtual Workshops On How To Protect Yourself If You Live Near Shale Gas Facilities Starting June 11

PA Environment Daily

Westmoreland County-based Protect PT is hosting a series of four virtual workshops on Living Near Shale Gas Facilities starting June 11. Do you want to know the impacts of shale gas development on our communities? Are you concerned about air, water, or noise pollution from shale gas development will impact your health? Do you want to know how to advocate for you and your family to protect them from the negative impacts of shale gas development?

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Can Google fix its disastrous new AI search tool?

New Scientist

Google's AI Overviews tool can offer impressive answers to search queries, but it will also make up facts and tell people to eat rocks. Can it be fixed, or will it have to be scrapped?

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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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DEP Extends Temporary Air Quality Permits For Shell Petrochemical Plant In Beaver County; Shell Said It Will Submit Full Title V Air Permit Application By June 21 Deadline

PA Environment Daily

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice in the May 25 PA Bulletin extending the three temporary Air Quality Construction Permits for the Shell Petrochemical Plant in Potter and Center Townships, Beaver County. ( PA Bulletin, page 2895 ) DEP said Shell applied for the extensions on March 7 and without the extension the permits would have expired on April 28, 2024.

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How the weird and powerful pull of black holes made me a physicist

New Scientist

When I heard Stephen Hawking extoll the mysteries of black holes, I knew theoretical physics was what I wanted to do.

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Six Spectacular Places to Experience the Sagebrush Sea

Cool Green Science

Six places to visit the stunning sagebrush sea, as reccommended by TNC staff working to protect this biologically rich landscape. The post Six Spectacular Places to Experience the Sagebrush Sea appeared first on Cool Green Science.

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Why we can't afford to ignore the world's smallest freshwater bodies

New Scientist

Ponds have long been neglected by science, but we can't overlook these diverse and important nature hotspots any more, say Jeremy Biggs and Penny Williams

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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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7 Strange Species from the Ocean’s Depths

Cool Green Science

Eye-eating worms, crabs that look like a yeti, and eels that help fish hunt. The post 7 Strange Species from the Ocean’s Depths appeared first on Cool Green Science.

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What would happen if we pulled out Mars’s iron core with a magnet?

New Scientist

Mars is a planet much beloved and much maligned, and in this episode of Dead Planets Society it is getting a dramatic makeover via an enormous orbiting magnet

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Court Orders Port of Los Angeles to Clean Up Pollution

NRDC

The San Diego County Superior Court ruled in favor of Los Angeles harbor-area residents with a decision that will require the lease between the Port of Los Angeles and its largest shipping customer, China Shipping, to include enforceable measures to.

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Ray Kurzweil and other experts clash over AI’s future in new books

New Scientist

To understand the power – and limitations – of artificial intelligence, we need information, not hype.

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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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60+ Organizations Call For PA Senate Passage Of Community Solar Legislation

PA Environment Daily

On May 29, more than 60 organizations signed a letter calling on the PA Senate to unlock the benefits of clean solar energy by passing House Bill 1842 enabling community solar programs. With a Legislative Lobby Day set for June 6 , the groups plan to deliver the letter personally and urge action as soon as possible. House Bill 1842 was passed by the House on March 26-- after unanimous support in the House Consumer Protection, Technology and Utilities Committee-- and referred to the Senate Consum

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Quantum time travel: The experiment to 'send a particle into the past'

New Scientist

Time loops have long been the stuff of science fiction.

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New Earplugs Won’t Amplify the Sound of Your Own Voice

Scientific American

Wearing earplugs, hearing aids and earphones can make your own voice sound booming, but a new design dampens the din

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The Monty Hall problem shows how tricky judging the odds can be

New Scientist

Calculating probabilities can be complicated, as this classic "what's behind the doors" problem shows, says Peter Rowlett

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EPA Awards $55.7 Million In Rebates To 21 School Districts For Clean School Buses In Pennsylvania

PA Environment Daily

On May 29, the US Environmental Protection Agency awarded $55.7 million to 21 school districts to purchase 213 clean school buses under the EPA Clean School Bus Program rebate competition as part of the Investing in America agenda. The Program will help accelerate the transition to zero emission vehicles and to replace older, diesel fueled school buses, which have been linked to asthma and other conditions that harm the health of students and surrounding communities.

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Risk of bird flu outbreak in cows causing pandemic is less than feared

New Scientist

Cow udders have lots of bird-like flu virus receptors but no human-like ones, a study has found, meaning there’s no reason for the virus to evolve to become better at infecting people

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ITLOS and the importance of (getting) external rules (right) in interpreting UNCLOS

Law Columbia

The Advisory Opinion handed down by the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) on 21 May 2024 is truly remarkable. Its clarification that all anthropogenic greenhouse gas (GHGs) emissions, from any source, constitute marine pollution has potentially far-reaching consequences. Under the United Nations Convention of the Law of the Sea ( UNCLOS ), States must now take all necessary measures to prevent, reduce and control GHG emissions.

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Smartphone use can actually help teenagers boost their mood

New Scientist

A survey of 253 US teens has found that, on average, their mood lifted after using their smartphones

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Montrose Partners with Livingston County to Identify and Prioritize Brownfield Sites, Winning EPA Federal Grant Award

Montrose

Senate Majority Leader, Chuck Schumer, visited the Village of Geneseo in the Rochester-Finger Lakes region to announce that Livingston and Seneca counties will each receive $1.5 million in grants from the EPA Brownfields Program to complete environmental assessments, clean up planning, and sustainable reuse planning for dozens of contaminated properties.

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Don't be fooled by El Niño's end – net zero is more urgent than ever

New Scientist

The El Niño climate pattern has contributed to a year of record-breaking temperatures.

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Examining regulating ecosystem service provision by brownfield and park typologies and their urban distribution

Environmental News Bits

Preston, P. D., Dunk, R. M., Smith, G. R., & Cavan, G. (2024). “Examining regulating ecosystem service provision by brownfield and park typologies and their urban distribution.” Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, 95, 128311. [link] Abstract Environmental hazards including air pollution, heat waves, and flooding are pressing issues in cities.

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Relax with Aqua, a colourful board game about building coral reefs

New Scientist

Scrap screens for a while and enjoy the real feel of Aqua, a board game where colourful tiles grow into ecosystems.

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What is curtailment? An electricity market expert explains why states sometimes have too much wind or solar power

Environmental News Bits

by Theodore J. Kury, University of Florida Curtailment has a special meaning in electric power systems. It describes any action that reduces the amount of electricity generated to maintain the balance between supply and demand – which is critical for avoiding blackouts. Recently, curtailment has made news in states like California and Texas that are … Continue reading What is curtailment?

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We Can Prevent Another Summer mPox Outbreak

Scientific American

Queer people’s behavior squashed the U.S. mpox outbreak in 2022.

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A wood wax oil-based nanocomposite coating with excellent durability, ultraviolet and water resistance for wood finishing

Environmental News Bits

Wang, X., Shen, J., Chen, Y., & Li, L. (2024). “A wood wax oil-based nanocomposite coating with excellent durability, ultraviolet and water resistance for wood finishing.” Progress in Organic Coatings, 190, 108408.

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