Fri.Oct 22, 2021

The Bar for Climate Ambition is Set by Science, Not Congressional Politics

Union of Concerned Scientists

Without the Clean Electricity Performance Program, it will be harder to meet the nation's climate targets, but it can be done. Climate Change Energy budget reconciliation CEPP Congress methane

Nominees for a Science Award Were All White Men -- Nobody Won

Scientific American

A protest by a group of scientists has ignited spirited discussions about the persistent lack of diversity in such awards. -- Read more on Environment Climate Change


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Could the future of vaccines be syringe-free?

Physics World

In the global fight against COVID-19, around 6.8 billion vaccine doses have been administered across the world, a figure that is likely to rise as more doses become available and with many countries now recommending booster jabs.

We Need to Ground Truth Assumptions about Gene Therapy

Scientific American

Researchers, practitioners and patients must balance the discipline’s promise with its reality. -- Read more on Innovations In Health Health Care

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Celebrating Open Access Week 2021, new environmental open-access journals

Physics World

Next week marks International Open Access Week 2021 , which has as its theme “It matters how we open knowledge: building structural equity”. Now in its 13th year, the global event aims to promote the benefits of open-access publishing.

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C&I Microgrid Implementation, Innovation Continues to Expand

Environmental Leader

The commercial and industrial sector is a growing area of microgrid use as technology and uses advance. The post C&I Microgrid Implementation, Innovation Continues to Expand appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader. Energy Management microgrid Solar & Renewable Energy

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Ag & Food Law Daily Update: October 22, 2021

National Law Center

A comprehensive summary of today’s judicial, legislative, and regulatory developments in agriculture and food.

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What Dune Reveals about Reproductive Control and Eugenics

Scientific American

A new adaption offers an opportunity to revisit the overlooked biology in Herbert’s classic tale. -- Read more on Biology Sex & Gender Reproduction Social Sciences Arts

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Dr Nina Hall to lead Frontiers’ Commitments to UN SDG Publishers Compact

Frontier Sin

Frontiers is pleased to announce that Dr Nina Hall will lead the organization’s commitments to the United Nations SDG Publishers Compact , which it signed up to at the end of last year. Having worked with Frontiers since 2013, Dr. Hall brings considerable strategic experience to the position.

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C&I Microgrid Implementation, Innovation Continues to Expand

Environmental Leader

The commercial and industrial sector is a growing area of microgrid use as technology and uses advance. The post C&I Microgrid Implementation, Innovation Continues to Expand appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader. Energy Management microgrid Solar & Renewable Energy

Electric Fleets: Improving Efficiency, Sustainability

Earth 911

As more of us order products to be delivered to our homes, we should be. The post Electric Fleets: Improving Efficiency, Sustainability appeared first on Earth911. Business & Policy EcoTech Electric Vehicles fleets

Pathogen-Sensing Mask Could Detect COVID Infection

Scientific American

Freeze-dried genetic circuits could reveal the presence of SARS-CoV-2, Ebola, MRSA, and more. -- Read more on Advances Health Medicine

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Early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic penalised women in academia

Physics World

Female academics submitted fewer papers than their male counterparts during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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COVID Quickly, Episode 17: Vaccine Lies and Protecting Immunocompromised People

Scientific American

Today we bring you a new episode in our podcast series COVID, Quickly. Every two weeks, Scientific American’s senior health editors Tanya Lewis and Josh Fischman catch you up on the. -- Read more on Health Vaccines

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Microplastics May Be Impacting the Climate, Study Finds

Yale E360

Tiny bits of plastic are swirling in the sky, and a new model suggests they could be subtly affecting the climate. Read more on E360

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Coastal Restoration Helps the Ocean Help Us

Ocean Conservancy

The ocean has absorbed nearly 33% of all greenhouse gas emissions and around 90% of the excess heat produced through climate change. It may seem like a good thing all around that the ocean is protecting us in this way, but the ocean actually pays a hefty price.

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The English language dominates global conservation science – which leaves 1 in 3 research papers virtually ignored

Environmental News Bits

by Tatsuya Amano (The University of Queensland) English is considered the language of international science. But our new research reveals how important scientific knowledge in other languages is going untapped.

Metal-organic frameworks stabilize perovskite LEDs

Physics World

Perovskite nanocrystals are promising materials for light-emitting diodes (LEDs), but they tend to clump together – an instability that destroys their light-absorbing and light-emitting properties.

Is upcycling the answer to America’s food waste problem?

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story at Food Processing. Joining the Food For Thought podcast this week is Pulp Pantry’s Kaitlin Mogentale here to talk about the upcycling food movement and how the process of taking one company’s food waste can turn into another company’s product gold. Read more → Circular economy Food and beverage manufacturing Food waste

AI can change a fashion model’s pose and alter their clothes to match

New Scientist

The technology used to create deepfake videos has been applied to fashion models, and can put them in a pose they never actually stood in

How can we get more people to care about the climate crisis?

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story at Fast Company. Thirty-five years ago, four words from Stevie Ray Vaughn mobilized an entire state to clean up its act. Now we need a simple, powerful climate crisis message to mobilize the masses. Read more → Behavior change Climate change

Self-sustaining 3D-printed house harnesses the power of nature


The Rain Catcher is a 3D-printed house that's off-the-grid and designed specifically to meet Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) 2030 Climate Challenge criteria for electric, heating and water consumption. This eco-house is truly made to harness all the power of nature

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Climate change is causing problems for puffins

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story from NPR. Maine’s population of rare Atlantic puffins took a hit this year, as the number of chicks to survive a tough summer plummeted. The state’s coastal bays and the Gulf of Maine is among the fastest-warming large water bodies on the planet, making the puffins’ fate a test-case for how climate… Read more → Climate change Wildlife

Mining in Minnesota halts as government considers 20-year ban


The Biden administration is considering a U.S. Forest Service application requesting a 20-year mining ban on national forest land in Minnesota. The agency wants over 200,000 acres of land south of the Boundary Waters in Minnesota to be exempt from all proposed mining activities

Education, gender and poverty affect climate change literacy in Africa

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story from the University of Cape Town. Climate change literacy is essential to help Africans understand and effectively respond to climate change and adapt to its catastrophic effects. This is according to Dr Nicholas Simpson, a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) African Climate and Development Initiative (ACDI).… … Read more → Climate change

Oil and meat producing countries attempt to weaken UN report


Greenpeace investigative team announced this week that oil, coal, beef and animal feed producing countries have been lobbying to tone down a major United Nations climate report

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Permafrost thaw could release bacteria and viruses

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story from the European Space Agency. When considering the implications of thawing permafrost, our initial worries are likely to turn to the major issue of methane being released into the atmosphere and exacerbating global warming or issues for local communities as the ground and infrastructure become unstable. While this is bad enough,… Read more → Climate change Environmental health Publications

Saturn’s moon Titan may be doomed to fly away or smash into the planet

New Scientist

Titan, Saturn’s largest moon, is slowly migrating away from the planet, which is tilting Saturn onto its side and may eventually doom the moon to orbital chaos

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GHub: The new place to be for ice sheet scientists

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story from the University of Buffalo. With NSF funding, ice sheet and computer scientists have created a new online platform that aims to reduce bottlenecks in research on ice sheets and sea level rise Read more → Climate change Geology Information tools


Enviromental Defense

Only 1 per cent of flexible plastic packaging (eg. bags, films and pouches) is recycled in Canada.

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Rusty patched bumble bee stalls construction over Bell Bowl Prairie

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story from WNIJ. The discovery of a foraging rusty patched bumble bee stalled construction on an expansion project at the Chicago Rockford International Airport — but only for a while. Environmental advocates want the delay to be permanent. They say the project would destroy one of the last remnants of the state’s… Read more → Endangered species Illinois Land use Pollinators

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Covid-19 news: Pfizer trial finds booster vaccine over 95% effective

New Scientist

The latest coronavirus news updated every day including coronavirus cases, the latest news, features and interviews from New Scientist and essential information about the covid-19 pandemic

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Team discovers invasive-native crayfish hybrids in Missouri

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story from the University of Illinois. In a study of crayfish in the Current River in southeastern Missouri, researchers discovered – almost by chance – that the virile crayfish, Faxonius virilis, was interbreeding with a native crayfish, potentially altering the native’s genetics, life history and ecology. Reported in the journal Aquatic Invasions, the study… Read more → Invasive species Prairie Research Institute Publications & info tools

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Tributes to Geert Jan van Oldenborgh

Real Climate

As many of you will know, Geert Jan van Oldenborgh died on Oct 12, 2021, and in the last week a number of very touching tributes have appeared.

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