August, 2022

Rare and Severe Weather Events Are Now More Common Thanks to Climate Change

Union of Concerned Scientists

This summer, also known as danger season , already has seen record heat waves, drought, and floods. It continues a trend of recent summers that saw record flooding, major hurricanes, and severe wildfires unlike what many of us can remember from our lifetimes.

Climate impacts of the #IRA

Real Climate

With the signing of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) on Tuesday Aug 16, the most significant climate legislation in US federal history (so far) became law.

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Collateral Damage: The Environmental Impacts of the Ukraine War

Yale E360

As the war in Ukraine drags on, scientists are increasingly concerned about the environmental consequences of the destruction. From forests ignited by shelling to wrecked factories spewing pollution to precarious nuclear plants, the long-term impacts could be profound. Read more on E360

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Can Wolves and Beavers Help Save the West From Global Warming?

Inside Climate News

A regional rewilding network would help capture carbon, boost water supplies and protect against flooding and drought.

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Shaping a Resilient Future: Climate Impact on Vulnerable Populations

Speaker: Laurie Schoeman Director, Climate & Sustainability, Capital

During this event, national climate and housing expert Laurie Schoeman will discuss topics including relocation, decarbonization, housing affordability, disparities in climate risks, and the health impacts of climate change.

FOOD ‘WASTE’ (AND IT’S HIDDEN OPPORTUNITIES) 

Cleannovate

As a person who’s been raised in urban areas, I am always baffled by the amount of food waste we produce. Just picture the mounds of garbage lying next to residential neighborhoods around us and we get a picture of the kind of problem we face. Food waste (and food scraps) are posing a great solid waste problem in many cities and towns. Most waste collection companies only end up dumping the waste in unregulated landfills which have become another health hazard by themselves.

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Leadership Blog Part 17: Infrastructure Investment and Climate Change

NAEP Leadership Blog

We have all heard a lot about the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) and the 1.2 trillion dollars that it promises to pump into fixing our roads, bridges and other infrastructure.

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First-Ever Fleet Electrification Management Program Presents Plans for 285 EVs in New York

Environment + Energy Leader

New York fleet managers presented plans to electrify 285 fleet vehicles last month during the final workshop of a unique pilot program led by CLEAResult, New York State Electric & Gas (NYSEG), and Rochester Gas and Electric (RG&E).

River Cleanups Move to the Next Level Using Grasses and Oysters

Yale E360

In the Delaware River and other waterways and estuaries across the United States, scientists and conservationists are restoring aquatic vegetation and beds of mussels and oysters to fight pollution and create a strong foundation for healthy ecosystems. Read more on E360

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Saltwater Intrusion, a “Slow Poison” to East Coast Drinking Water

Circle of Blue

Summer tourism, sea level rise, and storm surges threaten East Coast wells. Storm surge overwash in Charlestown barrier-strip island due to nor’easter storm in March 2018. Picture credit: Jeeban Panthi. By Hannah Richter, Circle of Blue – August 2, 2022.

Modern pesticides damage the brain of bees so they can’t move in a straight line

Frontiers

By Mischa Dijkstra, Frontiers science writer. Image: Shutterstock.com.

Sustainability at Retail

As part of a global Sustainability at Retail initiative, Shop! worked collaboratively with its global affiliates to address critical environmental issues, outlined in this white paper.

Can’t Add Solar Panels to Your Roof? Join a Community Solar Farm

Earth 911

Although solar energy has skyrocketed in popularity in recent years, many people aren’t in the. The post Can’t Add Solar Panels to Your Roof? Join a Community Solar Farm appeared first on Earth911. Earth Watch EcoTech community solar community solar farm Solar energy

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Why I Have Renewed Hope for Climate Action on Farms

Union of Concerned Scientists

Watching the climate crisis unfolding all around us, I’ve experienced a rollercoaster of hope and disappointment over the last year. With last week’s surprise announcement about a Senate compromise on climate action legislation, I’m back to hope again.

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Study Underscores That Exposure to Air Pollution Harms Brain Development in the Very Young

Inside Climate News

It’s not just about lung damage: From IQ scores to behavioral problems, researchers chart the effects of exposure to contaminants in utero and in toddlerhood. By Victoria St. Martin For years, researchers have known that air pollution can worsen such respiratory conditions as asthma in children.

Germany Sees Solar Power Soar as It Works to Wean Off Russian Gas

Yale E360

German solar power is hitting new records this summer, and is set for further growth as the government enacts new policies to spur the expansion of renewable energy. Read more on E360

Arizona and California Farmers, Targets for Colorado River Cuts, Draft Their Conservation Strategy

Circle of Blue

Nearly 1 million acre-feet of compensated water cuts are being discussed. Farm fields resemble a mosaic in California’s Imperial Valley. The Imperial Irrigation District holds more rights to Colorado River water than any other user in the basin.

Apple Is Tackling Climate Change by Using Renewables, Increasing Recycling, Limiting Waste

Environment + Energy Leader

Apple's goal is carbon neutrality by 2030 and to create products that are also net zero by the same time. It also hopes to ensure its product supply chain only uses renewable electricity by 2030. .

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Where Did Pigeons Come From?

Cool Green Science

The story behind our most ubiquitous urban birds. The post Where Did Pigeons Come From? appeared first on Cool Green Science. Birds & Birding Birds Natural History Urban Conservation Wildlife

Removing Barriers to Energy Storage is Key to a Clean Energy Future

Union of Concerned Scientists

In just one year—from 2020 to 2021—utility-scale battery storage capacity in the United States tripled , jumping from 1.4 gigawatts (GW), according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). Small-scale battery storage has experienced major growth, too.

Study: Pennsylvania Children Who Live Near Fracking Wells Have Higher Leukemia Risk

Inside Climate News

Researchers at Yale School of Public Health found the incidence of disease was twice as likely for children who live a mile from a well. By Victoria St.

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In Nebraska, Bighorn Sheep Reclaim Their Former High Plains Home

Yale E360

In “High Plains Wild” — the Third Runner-Up in the 2022 Yale Environment 360 Film Contest — filmmaker Mariah Lundgren tells the story of efforts by wildlife biologists, conservationists, and landowners to reintroduce and sustain the magnificent bighorn sheep in Nebraska. Read more on E360

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‘A Tsunami of Human Waste’: Half of South Africa’s Sewage Treatment Works Are Failing, Says Report

Circle of Blue

A critically failing sewage works in Springbok in the Northern Cape is one of 334 in the country which obtained a Green Drop score of 30% or less. The cause of the failure was not investigated but is typical of broader municipal service failures. Photo © Steve Kretzmann / CCIJ.

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New Boston University Building Uses Geothermal Heat Pump

Environment + Energy Leader

The system will provide the Center for Computing and Data Sciences with 90% of its heating and cooling needs. The post New Boston University Building Uses Geothermal Heat Pump appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

Meet the World’s Largest Land Crab

Cool Green Science

The coconut crab can lift 60 pounds and crack coconuts. It’s also facing a perilous future. The post Meet the World’s Largest Land Crab appeared first on Cool Green Science. From the Field Wildlife Asia Pacific Palmyra Traveling Naturalist

What the Inflation Reduction Act Means for Electric Vehicles

Union of Concerned Scientists

In a surprise announcement, Senate Democrats unveiled a reconciliation bill, the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, which could help reduce heat-trapping emissions by roughly 40% by 2030, a significant step toward our climate goals.

Methane Hunters: What Explains the Surge in the Potent Greenhouse Gas?

Inside Climate News

Levels of the gas are growing at a record rate and natural sources like wetlands are the cause, but scientists don’t know how to curb it. By Leslie Hook and Chris Campbell, The Financial Times Every year, 6,000 flasks arrive at a laboratory in Boulder, Colorado.

In Indonesian Mining Region, the EV Boom Takes a Heavy Toll

Yale E360

The green electric vehicle revolution has a decidedly dirty side, and the Winner of the 2022 Yale Environment 360 Film Contest — “From Dreams to Dust” — vividly tells the story of the high cost of nickel mining through the life of an Indonesian mine worker. Read more on E360

“Fighting for Inches” in the Southeast’s Struggle With Salt

Circle of Blue

Can coastal agriculture withstand rising seas, migrating marshlands, and frequent storms? Saltwater intrusion on a corn field in Hyde County, NC. Lighter green areas are fallow/abandoned sections of the fields with salt concentrations too high to plant. Photo © Dr. Matthew Ricker / NCSU.

Two Companies Join Together to Produce Commercial Quantities of SAF from Hemp Biomass

Environment + Energy Leader

Atlantic Biomass signed a Letter of Intent with Bionoid signaling their joint commitment to producing commercial quantities of Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) from residual hemp biomass.

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Research stories: Boxing for conservation

The Applied Ecologist

Authors Brian Burke and Darren O’Connell discuss the conservation of roseate terns at Europe’s largest colony on Rockabill Island in Dublin, Ireland, with their latest research highlighting the important role artificial nestboxes have played in the species’ population growth and recovery.

California Needs a Petroleum Phaseout Plan

Union of Concerned Scientists

The California Air Resources Board is close to finalizing an updated scoping plan that will guide the implementation of policies aimed at meeting its commitment to becoming carbon neutral by 2045. Reaching carbon neutrality as quickly as possible is essential to limit global temperature rise to 1.5C

Scientists Say It’s ‘Fatally Foolish’ To Not Study Catastrophic Climate Outcomes

Inside Climate News

A new paper discusses ‘climate end games’ as the planet approaches environmental tipping points that could exacerbate other global crises like pandemics and war.

All About Soft Corals

Ocean Conservancy

It’s common knowledge that coral reefs are the rainforests of the sea —hosting an abundant variety of sea life and crucial habitat for about 25% of all ocean species. It’s true that most people could easily identify a coral reef.

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Colorado River States Face Deeper Water Cuts – With More on the Way

Circle of Blue

Without additional cuts, federal forecast projects Lake Mead to continue its decline in next two years. Lake Powell, one of two big Colorado River reservoirs along with Lake Mead, is just 26 percent full. Photo © J. Carl Ganter/Circle of Blue. By Brett Walton, Circle of Blue – August 16, 2022.

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Keeping Battery Production Profitable and Green

Environment + Energy Leader

Batteries have become a key contributor in the world’s energy transition and critical in the effort to slow climate change. As a result, battery manufacturing technologies and techniques are constantly evolving as producers look to remain competitive.

Traces of 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill still detectable in 2020

Frontiers

By K.E.D. Coan, science writer. Image: Breck P. Kent/Shutterstock.com. Small amounts of highly weathered oil residues from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster were still present in the surroundings ten years later, shows a new report.

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