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A Brazen California Water Heist Revealed, Prosecuted & Punished

Legal Planet

Former Panoche Drainage District Manager & Convicted Water Thief Dennis Falaschi (credit: Fresno Bee) Recently, former Panoche Drainage District general manager Dennis Falaschi pled guilty in federal district court in Fresno to having conspired to steal millions of gallons of publicly-owned water from California’s Central Valley Project (CVP) for private gain.

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Elephants seem to invent names for each other

New Scientist

An analysis of their vocalisations suggests that African savannah elephants invent names for each other, making them the only animals other than humans thought to do so

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House Hearing: Penn State Center For Dirt & Gravel Road Studies Says Road Spreading Oil & Gas Wastewater Is Not An Effective Dust Suppressant, Does Not Meet Environmental Testing Standards

PA Environment Daily

On June 10, Eric Chase, Assistant Teaching Professor and Assistant Director of the Penn State Center for Dirt and Gravel Road Studies said road spreading oil and gas wastewater is “not effective at suppressing dust and pose potential environmental harm and due to high levels of chloride and radium would not pass the testing requirements to be eligible for Program funds.

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Cosmic cloud exposed Earth to interstellar space 3 million years ago

New Scientist

The protective bubble around the sun retreated dramatically after colliding with a freezing interstellar cloud, leaving much of the solar system exposed to radiation that shaped our evolution, a study suggests

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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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Pennsylvania Takes a Crack at Making Virtual Power Plants a Reality

NRDC

Linking EVs, smart homes, and other resources to the grid takes work from PJM and states. Pennsylvania is beginning to do its part.

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How dodo de-extinction is helping rescue the extraordinary pink pigeon

New Scientist

The same genetic tools being used to resurrect the woolly mammoth and dodo could help many other vulnerable species that have yet to die out

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The word ‘bot’ is increasingly being used as an insult on social media

New Scientist

The meaning of the word "bot" on Twitter/X seems to have shifted over time, with people originally using it to flag automated accounts, but now employing it to insult people they disagree with

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House Hearing: Penn State Expert Says ‘Pennsylvania Should Ban Road Spreading Of Oil & Gas Wastewater;’ Contaminants Exceed Health, Environmental Standards

PA Environment Daily

On June 10, Dr. William Burgos, a Penn State Professor of Environmental Engineering, appeared before the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee to outline the finding of extensive research by Penn State on the environmental and health risks of road dumping. Based on that research, Dr. Burgos came to this bottom line-- “Pennsylvania should ban road spreading of O&G PW [oil and gas wastewater].

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A surprisingly quick enzyme could shift our understanding of evolution

New Scientist

Biological processes such as DNA replication or cellular structure formation may become more accurate when done as quickly as possible, offering new hints into life's origins

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House Hearing: Shapiro Administration Supports Bill Banning Road Dumping Oil & Gas Wastewater, Prohibiting Its Use As Coproduct Under Residual Waste Regulations

PA Environment Daily

On June 10, the Department of Environmental Protection told the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee the Shapiro Administration supports legislation banning the practice of road dumping oil and gas wastewater and prohibiting its consideration as a coproduct under Residual Waste Regulations. “The Administration is supportive of this clear ban on the practice and views the Solid Waste Management Act as a sound vehicle for such statutory language.

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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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Bacteria evolve to get better at evolving in lab experiment

New Scientist

When bacteria were put in alternating environments, some became better at evolving to cope with the changes – evidence that “evolvability” can be gained through natural selection

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Here’s Why Protest News Doesn’t Tell You Much

Scientific American

Baked-in news practices cover only the worst moments of protests and neglect telling people what protesters are asking for, extensive research shows

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The largest volcanoes on Mars have frosted tips during winter

New Scientist

We know that there is ice at the Martian poles and underground, but until now it wasn't clear it could exist on the surface of the Red Planet

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House Hearing: Conventional Oil & Gas Industry Trade Groups Oppose Bill Banning The Road Dumping Their Wastewater Saying It’s ‘Effective And Safe’

PA Environment Daily

On June 10, three conventional oil and gas industry trade groups submitted a written statement to the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee for a hearing on House Bill 2384 and road dumping oil and gas wastewater saying they oppose a ban on the disposal practice. The groups included the PA Independent Oil & Gas Association, the PA Independent Petroleum Producers and the PA Grade Crude Oil Coalition.

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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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Centre for Environment and Sustainability: Meet Ben Siggery

The Applied Ecologist

In this new series, The Applied Ecologist is amplifying the staff and student voices from the University of Surrey’s Centre for Environment and Sustainability to showcase their diverse, interdisciplinary body of work and to help inspire the next generation. In this post, we share below recent research by Ben Siggery.

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How Do Whole-Body Deodorants Work, and Are They Safe?

Scientific American

A number of whole-body deodorants are coming to market. But are they safe and effective?

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Setting the Record Straight: Climate Change and Wildfires in Canada

Enviromental Defense

The increase in greenhouse gas emissions has made many parts of the world hotter and drier. These conditions are ideal for extreme wildfires, like the ones that are happening in Canada. Wildfires have destroyed livelihoods across the country and Canadians are scared – for themselves, their families and their future. Unfortunately, during these stressful times, misinformation and distrust can spread quickly.

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PA Environmental Council Supports Bill To Ban Road Dumping Oil & Gas Wastewater

PA Environment Daily

On June 10, the PA Environmental Council sent a letter to the members of the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee supporting House Bill 2384 (Vitali-D-Delaware) that bans road dumping of oil and gas wastewater. The text of the letter follows-- Dear Representatives, I am writing to convey the Pennsylvania Environmental Council’s support for House Bill 2384 (P.N. 3244), which would prohibit road spreading and land application of production brine and wastewater by the conventional oil

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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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AI Identifies Antibiotic Candidates, and There’s a ‘Morning-After Pill’ for Sexually Transmitted Infections

Scientific American

The Hubble Space Telescope’s woes, moon rocks and antibiotic candidates discovered with AI are all in this week’s news roundup.

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House Hearing: PA State Assn. Of Township Supervisors Opposes Ban On Road Dumping Conventional Oil & Gas Wastewater Saying It’s Only Affordable Option For Dust Suppression [Plain Water Works Just As Well]

PA Environment Daily

On June 10, a representative of the PA State Association of Township Supervisors said the Association continues to support a resolution passed by its members in 2019 favoring the use of conventional oil and gas wastewater as a dust suppressant on dirt roads saying it is effective and affordable. Jack Lee, a Supervisor in Summit Township, Erie County, made these comments before the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee during a hearing on legislation that would ban road dumping of oi

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Elephants Call Their Relatives by Name across the Savanna

Scientific American

Female elephants address one another with individualized rumbles

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House Hearing: On Road Dumping Oil & Gas Wastewater - ‘We Studied This For Nearly 30 Years And The Conclusions Are The Same - The Wastewater Contains Harmful Contaminants’

PA Environment Daily

On June 10, former DEP Secretary David Hess told a House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee he supports legislation banning what he called the “indiscriminate” and “unnecessary” disposal of oil and gas wastewater by road dumping. “DEP, the industry, Penn State and others have studied conventional oil and gas wastewater for nearly 30 years and the conclusions are the same-- oil and gas wastewater contains harmful contaminants that exceed human health and environmental standards and as a

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Pakistan’s heatwave exceeds 52 degrees C

A Greener Life

Local’s trying to cool down on the 21st of May in Karachi, Pakistan. Photo credit: AP Photo / Fareed Khan. By Anders Lorenzen At the end of May, an extreme heatwave in the southern Pakistani province of Sindh exceeded 52 degrees C. It has hereby reached the highest reading of the summer so far and is inching close to the country’s all-time high of 54 C.

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June 10 - Weekly PA Environment Digest Now Available

PA Environment Daily

“The people have a right to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and esthetic values of the environment. Pennsylvania's public natural resources are the common property of all the people, including generations yet to come. As trustee of these resources, the Commonwealth shall conserve and maintain them for the benefit of all the people.” -- Article I, Section 27 Pennsylvania Constitution [It’s Not A Suggestion] Click Here To View Or Print The Entire Jun

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Teens Are Spreading Deepfake Nudes of One Another. It’s No Joke

Scientific American

Teens are sending deepfake nude images of classmates to each other, disrupting lives.

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Apply for a Badge to Attend COP29 as an Observer via ESA

ESA

ESA is accepting expressions of interest from members to receive an ESA “observer status” badge to attend the Conference of Parties (COP) 29 Climate Change Conference, which will take place Nov. 11-22, 2024 in Baku, Azerbaijan. Read more here. Applications are due July 2, 2024. Please complete this form to express your interest in receiving an ESA badge.

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Human Health Exposure Analysis Resource

Environmental News Bits

The Human Health Exposure Analysis Resource (HHEAR) is a centralized network of exposure analysis services and expertise available to eligible researchers who want to add or expand exposure analysis to their studies of human health. There is no cost to the investigator.

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Do Solar Lights Need Direct Sunlight? Debunking Common Myths

Earthava

The post Do Solar Lights Need Direct Sunlight? Debunking Common Myths appeared first on Earthava. Understanding the performance of solar lights and their relationship with sunlight is crucial to optimizing their use. Solar lights harness solar energy through photovoltaic cells to charge their batteries during the day, which then power the lights after dusk.

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Unlocking pro-environmental behaviour change in luxury hospitality: A practice theory approach

Environmental News Bits

Chawla, Gaurav (2024) “Unlocking pro-environmental behaviour change in luxury hospitality: A practice theory approach.” In: 32nd CHME 2024 – The Hospitality Industry: Its Impact on the Environment, Community and Workplace, 21 May 2024 – 24 May 2024, Headingley Campus, Leeds Beckett University, Leeds, LS6 3QS.

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May Monthly Roundup

National Law Center

Roundup As May has ended, the staff at the National Agricultural Law Center continue to bring trusted research and information in. The post May Monthly Roundup appeared first on National Agricultural Law Center.

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There’s Something in What We Eat: An Overview on the Extraction Techniques and Chromatographic Analysis for PFAS Identification in Agri-Food Products

Environmental News Bits

Iannone, Alessia, Fabiana Carriera, Sergio Passarella, Alessandra Fratianni, and Pasquale Avino (2024). “There’s Something in What We Eat: An Overview on the Extraction Techniques and Chromatographic Analysis for PFAS Identification in Agri-Food Products” Foods 13(7), 1085.

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Very Hungry—And Very Invasive—Caterpillars Are a Munching through U.S. Forests

Scientific American

Drought is facilitating the devastating spread of spongy moth caterpillars across U.S.

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Treasury Department and IRS Guidance Encourages Fuel Producers Eligible for Clean Fuel Production Credit to Register as Soon as Possible

Nanotech

On May 31, 2024, the Department of the Treasury (Treasury Department) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2024-49 for the Clean Fuel Production Credit. The Inflation Reduction Act allows a credit for the production of clean transportation fuels beginning on January 1, 2025. For purposes of the Clean Fuel Production Credit, transportation fuel is divided into two broad categories of fuel: sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and non-SAF transportation fuel.

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