Tue.May 17, 2022

Solutions to Climate Change-Fueled Droughts in the Western US

Union of Concerned Scientists

As human activities continue to spew heat-trapping gases into the atmosphere, temperatures rise and cause the air to become “thirstier.” This thirstier air evaporates more water from rivers, lakes, and canals, as well as from soil, forests, vegetation, and crops, making drought conditions extreme.

CERN’s Large Hadron Collider gears up for Run 3

Physics World

Officials at the CERN particle-physics lab have announced that the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has successfully restarted following a three-year programme of maintenance and upgrades. Days after the switch-on on 22 April , engineers accelerated the two proton beams to a record energy of 6.8?TeV

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Unique Sustainability Features Open Google’s Bay View Campus

Environment + Energy Leader

Google's Bay View Campus, with innovative heating and cooling and solar energy systems, opens. The post Unique Sustainability Features Open Google’s Bay View Campus appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

Wildfire Smoke Map Data: Differences In Reporting | BreezoMeter

Breezometer

With annual wildfire seasons worsening and COVID-19 raising general air quality awareness, more people than ever are now looking to protect themselves from breathing unhealthy air and avoid harmful smoke exposure. However, not all air quality reporting is the same.

Unique Sustainability Features Open Google’s Bay View Campus

Environment + Energy Leader

Google's Bay View Campus, with innovative heating and cooling and solar energy systems, opens. The post Unique Sustainability Features Open Google’s Bay View Campus appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

Ag and Food Law Daily Update: May 17, 2022

National Law Center

A comprehensive summary of today’s judicial, legislative, and regulatory developments in agriculture and food. Email important additions HERE. . The post Ag and Food Law Daily Update: May 17, 2022 appeared first on National Agricultural Law Center.

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12 best ways to get cars out of cities – ranked by new research

Environmental News Bits

This story is part of Conversation InsightsThe Insights team generates long-form journalism and is working with academics from different backgrounds who have been engaged in projects to tackle societal and scientific challenges.

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The Great Lakes before the 1972 Water Quality Agreement

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story at Great Lakes Connection. Over the past two centuries, western settlement and the Industrial Revolution dramatically changed the water quality of the Great Lakes.

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Fusion community mourns death of ITER boss Bernard Bigot aged 72

Physics World

The director general of the ITER Organisation , Bernard Bigot , has died at the age of 72 due to an unspecified illness. Bigot took over as head of ITER in March 2015 and was almost halfway through his second term as ITER boss, which would have ended in 2025.

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Coalition calls for climate responsible finance ?

A Greener Life

By Anders Lorenzen. A coalition of organisations has called for more significant efforts toward sustainable finance. In a joint statement, The World Council of Churches (WCC), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Muslim Council of Elders and the NY Board of Rabbis made the appeal.

A window into the brain – anywhere, anytime

Physics World

Have you ever wondered why neuroscience-related small-animal experiments have designs that constrain the subjects being studied? Or how information obtained from these studies might have been different if the subjects could behave freely and were not constrained? You are not alone.

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Checking In on Crop Insurance: Federal Judge Examines Policy Language on Silage Varieties

National Law Center

Many agricultural producers across the nation obtain crop insurance coverage for their planted acreage under the federal crop insurance program (“FCIP”).

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Anheuser-Busch to implement new water reuse technology in connection with its breweries

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story at Environment + Energy Leader. Anheuser-Busch is partnering with Cambrian to implement new water reuse technology in connection with its breweries – including a new plant in Houston, Texas, set to open in the summer of 2022.

The dilemma of corrosion and better corrosion management

Physics World

Want to take part in this webinar? Join the audience. In this webinar, Dr Reza Javaherdashti will discuss the relationship between the efficient management of corrosion protection and clean-energy strategies.

How Mammals Conquered the World after the Asteroid Apocalypse

Scientific American

They scurried in the shadows of dinosaurs for millions of years until a killer space rock created a new world of evolutionary opportunity. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com. Features Biology Paleontology

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Drones are setting down roots in wildfire-scarred landscapes

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story at The Verge. Trees can normally regenerate due to the scatterings of pine cones by the wind or with the help of animals. But when a fire burns too hot, there is no way for seeds to survive and trees to grow back naturally in charred soils.

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Innovation in optical interferometry: the secret of success in nanopositioning QA

Physics World

Pollution killed 9 million people worldwide in 2019 alone

New Scientist

Pollution accounted for one in six deaths three years ago, a figure that is unchanged since the last analysis in 2015

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Rising authoritarianism and worsening climate change share a fossil-fueled secret

Environmental News Bits

by Eve Darian-Smith, University of California, Irvine Around the world, many countries are becoming less democratic. This backsliding on democracy and “creeping authoritarianism,” as the U.S. State Department puts it, is often supported by the same industries that are escalating climate change.

Ediacarans: Did competition kill off Earth’s mysterious first animals?

New Scientist

A mysterious extinction about 540 million years ago may have been caused when early animals began competing against one another

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What’s Up With Water — May 17, 2022

Circle of Blue

This week’ s episode of What’s Up With Water covers water-related financial risks and a mandate to conserve water in California. Plus, Circle of Blue reports on Michigan’s opportunity for renewal. Transcript.

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Human versus machine, in space

Physics World

When NASA’s Curiosity rover landed on Mars in 2012 and began to explore a crater, it had to be constantly guided from Earth, so it wouldn’t be thwarted by large rocks, sand dunes and deep trenches.

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Healing the Pandemic’s Economic Scars Demands Prompt Action

IMFBlog

By Mehdi Benatiya Andaloussi , Lone Engbo Christiansen , Ashique Habib and Davide Malacrino. Challenges facing emerging market workers and students everywhere could turn to long-term damage.

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How Earth might appear to alien astronomers

Physics World

If a nearby exoplanet was populated by mountains, oceans and lifeforms, all we would see using today’s telescopes is a few blurry pixels. Therefore, in the search for life beyond Earth, the only option for now is to speculate about planetary features from the bare minimum of information.

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Super-sized atoms can be used as a receiver to stream live video

New Scientist

When excited by lasers, a tiny glass container filled with rubidium atoms can act as a receiver for streamed video signals

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MN’s clean-energy tech enters the Shark Tank

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story from Public News Service. Government agencies are tasked with setting policies to reduce the impacts of climate change. But a new Minnesota venture aims to get more of the private sector involved, to bring locally developed “green” technology to the public. The latest State of Climate Tech report says these startups saw a … Continue reading MN’s clean-energy tech enters the Shark Tank. Renewable energy Start-ups

The Antiscience Supreme Court Is Hurting the Health of Americans

Scientific American

Justice Alito’s leaked opinion signaling an end to Roe is the latest in a broad trend of rejecting science and expertise. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com. Social Sciences Policy

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Environmentally conscious consumers more likely to buy chicken raised on insects or algae

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story from the University of Alberta. Eating chicken raised on a diet of bugs or algae may sound downright unappetizing to some, but there are ways to make the idea more palatable to at least one type of food shopper. Consumers who are environmentally aware will likely warm up to the idea … Continue reading Environmentally conscious consumers more likely to buy chicken raised on insects or algae. Agriculture Consumer behavior Publications

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How did US baby formula get contaminated with dangerous bacteria?

New Scientist

Cronobacter sakazakii contamination shut down the biggest formula manufacturing plant in the US. What we know about how it happened and what parents struggling to find formula can do

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Growing evidence links air pollution exposure and covid-19 risks

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story in the Washington Post. Research has shown that being unvaccinated raises a person’s risk of becoming infected with the coronavirus, while being older, overweight or immunocompromised can increase the severity of covid-19. Now scientists think there is another risk factor that may increase the likelihood of contracting the coronavirus and the possibility … Continue reading Growing evidence links air pollution exposure and covid-19 risks.

Recent European Drought Was the Most Intense in At Least 250 Years

Yale E360

The 2018 to 2020 European drought was the worst in more than two centuries, driven in part by uncommonly high temperatures that exacerbated dry conditions across large parts of the continent, new research finds. Read more on E360

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Startup transforms carrot byproduct into crackers

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story at Food Business News. Count carrot juice processing as a prime opportunity for upcycling. Up to 80% of the weight in the processing is pulp leftover, a waste byproduct often used as compost, said Beth Kennedy, who co-founded Seconds and now serves as chief executive officer of the New York-based company … Continue reading Startup transforms carrot byproduct into crackers. Circular economy Food and beverage manufacturing Food waste Start-ups

Ball Corp. Signs PPA for 151 MW of Wind Energy

Environment + Energy Leader

Ball Corporation has announced it has entered into a virtual power purchase agreement (VPPA) in which Ball will purchase 151 megawatts of new wind energy from a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources. The post Ball Corp.

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Black Americans’ views of and engagement with science

Environmental News Bits

A new Pew Research Center survey takes a wide-ranging look at Black Americans’ views and experiences with science, spanning medical and health care settings, educational settings, and as consumers of science-related news and information in daily life. Diversity, equity, and inclusion Publications Workplace issues in STEM

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EnerVenue, Pine Gate Renewables to Add 2.4 GWh of Energy Storage in US

Environment + Energy Leader

A battery storage partnership will help increase energy capacity projects in the United States. The post EnerVenue, Pine Gate Renewables to Add 2.4 GWh of Energy Storage in US appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader. Energy Management Energy Storage Solar & Renewable Energy

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In-store beauty refills are finally going mainstream

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story at Glossy. Offering bulk in-store beauty refills has been a longtime practice of niche zero-waste refill stores. Now, the practice is catching on among major international brands. Fashion & beauty products Packaging Retail

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The Future Ghost Forests of New Jersey

Academy of Natural Sciences

Researching the Effects of Coastal Flooding and Climate Change on Loblolly Pines at Jakes Landing, New Jersey. Jakes Landing is a centuries-old access point to Dennis Creek in Cape May, New Jersey, where the forest landscape abruptly drops into a tidal saltwater marsh.