Fri.Oct 08, 2021

Critical Protections Restored for NEPA, the Nation’s Bedrock Environmental Law

Union of Concerned Scientists

The proposed changes require federal agencies to evaluate all environmental impacts of their permitting decisions, including climate change. It’s a big deal. Climate Change Science and Democracy CEQ NEPA

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Solar farms keep the neighbourhood cool, inspecting solar panels in broad daylight

Physics World

The Sun may be fading fast here in the northern hemisphere, but the number of solar panels installed here in the UK and elsewhere continues to grow by leaps and bounds.

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10 Ink-credible Octopus Photos

Ocean Conservancy

October 8 is World Octopus Day, which is the perfect excuse to appreciate these unbelievable cephalopods. To be fair, if you know us, you know we don’t need a reason to celebrate octopuses.

Electrons flow like a fluid in a metal superconductor

Physics World

A team of researchers in the US has discovered that electrons in a transition metal superconductor called ditetrelide flow like a fluid rather than behaving as individual particles.

Google Bans Ads That Spread Climate Misinformation

Scientific American

The new rules could put pressure on Facebook to take similar steps. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com. Environment Climate Change

Ag & Food Law Daily Update: October 8, 2021

National Law Center

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

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Bee Mating Ritual Caught on Camera

PBS Nature

The post Bee Mating Ritual Caught on Camera appeared first on Nature. Uncategorized 40th season bee bees insects my garden of a thousand bees Season 40

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2021 Medicine Nobel Prize Winner Explains the Importance of Sensing Touch

Scientific American

Ardem Patapoutian shared the physiology or medicine prize for work on mechanisms crucial to everything from bladder control to knowing where our limbs are. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com. Biology Physiology Health

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Novel decoder helps people with paralysis click-and-drag a computer cursor using just their thoughts

Physics World

Disability can affect anyone; either directly, over the natural course of our lives, or indirectly, by knowing or caring for a person with a disability.

Scientists Hail Historic Malaria Vaccine Approval--But Point to Challenges Ahead

Scientific American

The WHO-approved RTS,S vaccine has a modest efficacy and requires a complex regimen of doses, so ample funding and clear communication are crucial to success. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com. Health Vaccines

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AI-generated deepfake voices can fool both humans and smart assistants

New Scientist

Deepfake tools that mimic a particular individual's voice from just a few snippets of audio are good enough to trick humans and bypass voice recognition systems

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Pandemic Year One Saw a Dramatic Global Rise in Anxiety and Depression

Scientific American

In hindsight, 2020 witnessed a disproportionate mental health burden on women and young people. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com. Health Public Health

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Sharing the Recovery: SDR Channeling and a New Trust

IMFBlog

By Ceyla Pazarbasioglu and Uma Ramakrishnan. Options to magnify the impact of the Special Drawing Rights Allocation through voluntary channeling.

The REDUCE Act Rewards Reuse Rather Than Waste

Ocean Conservancy

For decades we have witnessed plastic pollution flowing into our ocean. It has wreaked havoc on marine life by polluting the ocean and coastal habitats that are their home. Over half of all plastics produced are designed to be used once and then thrown away.

UK National Grid in talks to build an energy island in the North Sea

New Scientist

The idea of a renewable energy hub on an island in the North Sea has been studied before, but now the National Grid in the UK is in discussions with its equivalents in two other countries to build one

80 Organizations, 1,800+ Concerned Citizens To DEP: Ban Road Dumping Of Drilling Wastewater; Dept. Of Health Unaware Road Dumping Is Occurring

PA Environment Daily

On October 9, the Better Path Coalition submitted a letter signed by 80 organizations and businesses and more than 1,800 concerned citizens to Secretary Patrick McDonnell and Deputy Secretary Scott Perry calling on the agency to ban road spreading of conventional oil and gas drilling wastewater.

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Transforming food systems for rural prosperity

Environmental News Bits

Download the document. Today’s food systems have failed to make nutritious diets accessible or affordable to the poor and in a sustainable way. In consequence, at least three billion suffer undernourishment, nutrition deficiencies, or have become overweight. Over the past 70 years the global food system has become less efficient at its primary objective –… Read more → Agriculture Food and beverage manufacturing Publications

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Nanocolumnar films: applications in medicine, energy and aerospace

Physics World

Want to take part in this webinar? Join the audience. This webinar will start with showing that nanocolumnar films can be manufactured by magnetron sputtering using the glancing angle deposition configuration.

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Waste from one bitcoin transaction ‘like binning two iPhones’

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story from The Guardian. A single bitcoin transaction generates the same amount of electronic waste as throwing two iPhones in the bin, according to a new analysis by economists from the Dutch central bank and MIT. Read more → Data centers E-waste Publications

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COVID Quickly, Episode 16: Vaccines Protect Pregnancies, and a New Antiviral Pill

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 ScientificAmerican.com. Health Public Health

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Addressing challenges of PFAS: Protecting groundwater and treating contaminated sources

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story from U.S. In 2019, EPA geochemist Rick Wilkin, helped to develop three teams to focus on treatment, characterization, and risk management of PFAS in groundwater. This collaborative work includes EPA experts from Regions 2 and 3, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation… Read more → PFAS Water

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Evolution by Pesticides: Evidence of Evolution in American Alligators Affected by Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals

IEAM Blog

The following post is one of a series previewing the research that will be presented at the SETAC North America 42nd Annual Meeting (SciCon4), 14–18 November 2021. A guest post by Yeraldi Loera, Ph.D.

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From breakfast to biocrude: Study identifies production potential across nation

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story from DOE. Cattle waste and wastewater. Sludgy grease ensconced in restaurant and cafeteria grease traps. Food waste—uneaten leftovers or culinary mistakes. Contrary to the lyrics in The Sound of Music, these aren’t a few of our favorite things. But when paired with waste-to-energy (WtE) technology, these things can become downright energetic—in the form of… Read more → Biofuels Publications Waste to energy

Scientists Hail Historic Malaria Vaccine Approval--But Point to Challenges Ahead

Scientific American

The WHO-approved RTS,S vaccine has a modest efficacy and requires a complex regimen of doses, so ample funding and clear communication are crucial to success. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com. Health Vaccines

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Fed governor anticipates new guidance on climate change for big banks

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story at CNBC. Federal Reserve Governor Lael Brainard on Thursday said the Fed is developing scenario analysis tools to model the economic risks of climate change and assess the resilience of the entire financial system. She signaled the central bank will provide supervisory guidance on climate change to help banks mitigate their… Read more → Climate change Finance

Indigenous communities are crucial in protecting the Amazon

Inhabitant

It is impossible to protect the Amazon rainforest without involving Indigenous communities, according to environmental activists fighting for the forests. To this end, many activists say that to maintain a healthy ecosystem, the Brazilian government must protect the country's Indigenous people

Not feeling the burn: The continued threat of lithium-ion batteries

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story in Waste Today. Lithium-ion batteries continue to be a growing concern for MRF operators as their use becomes more ubiquitous. Read more → Energy storage

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DEP Citizens Advisory Council Meets Oct. 19 To Hear Report On Radiation Decontamination Of Oil & Gas Wastewater Treatment Facilities, Reactors, Waste Sites

PA Environment Daily

DEP’s Citizens Advisory Council is scheduled to meet in-person and virtually on October 19 to hear a presentation from DEP on the decontamination and decommissioning of oil and gas wastewater treatment facilities, nuclear power plants, waste dump sites and other sites in Pennsylvania.

ASU researchers find detergent pods are not as eco-friendly as brands claim

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story at The State Press. ASU researchers released a study on plastic pollution from detergent pods which found the pods not as earth-conscious as some brands boast, raising environmental concerns and how eco-friendly is defined by corporations. Read more → Chemical manufacturing Greenwashing Publications

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Mangrove forest found flourishing in fresh water ecosystem

Inhabitant

The existence of a flourishing mangrove forest in the Yucatan Peninsula, about 200 kilometers (124 miles) from the closest ocean, is a phenomenon that has baffled many. After all, mangrove forests primarily exist and flourish in salty water

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Should you exercise outside in air pollution?

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story from U.S. EPA researchers are working to improve knowledge about the relationship between exercise and air pollution, which, until recently, has not been an active area of research. In 2010, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) held a workshop to review the state of the science and existing… Read more → Air quality Environmental health Green lifestyle Publications

17 Conventional Oil & Gas Drilling Operators Under Review By DEP To Determine If They Comply With Program Allowing Road Dumping Of Drilling Wastewater

PA Environment Daily

The Department of Environmental Protection is now reviewing 17 conventional oil and gas drilling operators for their compliance with a self-certification program that allows the road dumping of drilling wastewater, according to Ali Tarquino Morris, Director of DEP’s Bureau Of Waste Management.

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Study: Breast milk found less nutritious due to chemicals

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story from Örebro Universitet. New research shows that exposure to PFAS chemicals is linked with decreasing nutritional value of breast milk. “It’s nearly impossible for people to avoid these harmful chemicals. Therefore, we must show what effects they have and get such toxic chemicals banned,” says Tuulia Hyötyläinen, professor of chemistry at… Read more → Environmental health PFAS Publications

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DCNR Discusses Infrastructure Needs At Shikellamy State Park, Across State Parks And Forests

PA Environment Daily

On October 8, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn joined state Senator John Gordner for a tour of Shikellamy State Park in Union and Northumberland counties to assess infrastructure needs for parks, forests and trails across Pennsylvania.

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