October, 2021

Calling All Scientists: The Federal Government is Hiring

Union of Concerned Scientists

Here at the Union of Concerned Scientists, we have bad news and good news. First, the bad: The federal scientific workforce—in other words, the scientists and experts who work for the government on behalf of the public—needs help. That workforce is aging quickly. It’s not as diverse as it should be.

A Beach Haiku

Environmental and Urban Economics

The Low Tide Beckons No more Economics Talk I will Tweet later

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TeamSeas Will Be Transformational for Our Ocean—Let’s Go!

Ocean Conservancy

Today YouTubers MrBeast, Mark Rober and thousands of other creators are joining together to launch TeamSeas, a crowd-funded campaign with the goal of raising $30 million dollars by January 1 to remove 30 million pounds of trash from rivers, beaches and our ocean.

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Why Protecting Tribal Rights Is Key to Fighting Climate Change

Yale E360

Fawn Sharp, president of the National Congress of American Indians, talks with Yale Environment 360 about how climate change is hitting Native Americans especially hard and why protecting tribal sovereignty is critical for tackling the climate crisis. Read more on E360

Black-hole laser could have quantum computing applications

Physics World

An electromagnetic analogue for a black hole laser – a system that could theoretically amplify Hawking radiation from the event horizon of a black hole and make it observable – has been proposed by Haruna Katayama of Hiroshima University in Japan.

When and why did human brains decrease in size 3,000 years ago? New study may have found clues within ants

Frontier Sin

By Suzanna Burgelman, Frontiers science writer. Image: Yongkiet Jitwattanatam/Shutterstock.com. The brain is the most complex organ in the human body. Now, a new study has brought us closer to understanding some of its evolution.

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Top US Chemical Weapons Company Selling Lethal Smoke as Non-Hazardous

Union of Concerned Scientists

Safariland—a chemical weapons company that boasts annual sales of over $850 million—has removed vital safety information from its hexachloroethane (HC) smoke grenades, each of which is capable of killing 10 people.

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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.

A Big New Forest Initiative Sparks Concerns of a ‘Carbon Heist’

Yale E360

Major funding to finance forest conservation projects is set to be announced at the UN climate summit next week. But some environmentalists contend the LEAF program could exclude the Indigenous people who have long protected the forests that the initiative aims to save. Read more on E360

Meteor strike may have destroyed Sodom, collective blob motion, asteroid nuclear impact

Physics World

According to book of Genesis in the Bible, the city of Sodom was destroyed by God because of the wickedness of its people.

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Surprising discovery in Arctic songbird may reveal how it survives challenging migrations

Frontier Sin

By K.E.D Coan, science writer. Snow buntings in winter. Image: Mircea Costina/Shutterstock.com. There is still much to learn about how Arctic migratory birds adjust their physiology during different phases of their life. For example, between winter and summer habitats, or during migration.

Despite Cutbacks, ExxonMobil Continues to Fund Climate Science Denial

Union of Concerned Scientists

ExxonMobil has spent more than $39 million to manufacture doubt about climate science and block government action. Climate Change Energy

Water Groups Lauded a Side Agreement at the Paris Climate Conference. Then It Languished.

Circle of Blue

The fate of the Paris Pact reveals the difficulties in incorporating water into global climate agreements. The Tigris River watershed is shared by Iraq, Iran, Syria, and Turkey. Photo © J. Carl Ganter/Circle of Blue.

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5 Venomous Ocean Animals You Need to See

Ocean Conservancy

Ocean animals have evolved all kinds of different ways to protect themselves from threats. Some use camouflage to blend into their surroundings. Others have hard shells that keep the animals (relatively) safe inside. And many others rely on toxins to dissuade potential predators from bothering them.

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From Homes to Cars, It’s Now Time to Electrify Everything

Yale E360

The key to shifting away from fossil fuels is for consumers to begin replacing their home appliances, heating systems, and cars with electric versions powered by clean electricity. The challenges are daunting, but the politics will change when the economic benefits are widely felt. Read more on E360

Large, defect-free quasicrystals could be made by ‘self-healing’

Physics World

A new way to grow large, defect-free quasicrystals has been developed by researchers in the US.

BASILIO KIMANI: BAZENGA WA NGUVU

Cleannovate

Ushawahi sahau burungo zako kwa mathree? Ushawahi dondoka kwa nganya halafu baada ya stepu kobole unashtuka huna walenje? Hiyo ikinifanyikia nitakubali tu kuchengwa… Nitajua nimelambwa… nimeperembwa… Lakini kuna yutman fulani kwa mathree za Thika alisahau bag iko na ngiri twenty na lapi na bado aka manage kuziget. Dere fulani wa nguvu anaitwa Basilio alimuekea burungo zake akamgee masake alipokam kuziulizia. Huyu bazu hakuwa mkenya wa kawaida. Alikuwa mbuyu wa nguvu.

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Fossil Fuel Obstruction Brought Us the Climate Crisis: Hard Questions Big Oil CEOs Should Answer

Union of Concerned Scientists

Director of Strategic Climate Analytics Erika Spanger-Siegfried pulls no punches as she imagines what she'd ask the fossil fuel executives who will be questioned about their role in climate change at a House Oversight and Reform Committee meeting.

Las Vegas to use Digital Twin Technology to Fight Emissions

Environmental Leader

Las Vegas will begin using digital twin technology to help the city reduce its carbon footprint. The post Las Vegas to use Digital Twin Technology to Fight Emissions appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

A Nobel pursuit

Real Climate

Klaus Hasselmann and Suki Manabe. Last week, the Nobel physics prize was (half) awarded to Suki Manabe and Klaus Hasselmann for their work on climate prediction and the detection and attribution of climate change.

Finding Bright Spots in the Global Coral Reef Catastrophe

Yale E360

The first-ever report on the world’s coral reefs presents a grim picture, as losses mount due to global warming. But there are signs of hope — some regions are having coral growth, and researchers found that corals can recover if given a decade of reprieve from hot water. Read more on E360

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Quantum advantage takes a giant leap in optical and superconducting systems

Physics World

Two different quantum computers, one using light and the other superconducting circuits, have done calculations well beyond the capability of conventional computers – according to physicists in China.

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RECOVERY OF CROP NUTRIENTS FROM WASTEWATER

Cleannovate

Its possible that some of the vegetables we have eaten have been grown using wastewater. This does pose numerous problems such as exposure to toxic metals, bacteria and dissolved substances. However, this seems to be a practice that is rife especially in the low class urban neighborhoods. Communities strained by unemployment and lack of basic resources such as water attempt to make ends meet by growing crops along industrial effluent and sewage lines.

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Tyson Foods Is a Monster in Disguise

Union of Concerned Scientists

Try as they might, Tyson Foods can't dress up the facts. Food and Agriculture corporate consolidation COVID-19 and the Coronavirus Pandemic meatpacking poultry Tyson Tyson Foods

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Adverse Selection in Car Insurance Markets: What Happens When Car Sellers Offer Insurance to Good Drivers?

Environmental and Urban Economics

My wife and I own a well known Electric Vehicle that monitors our driving in Southern California. The car company knows how many miles we drive and the car company knows that Dora is a safe driver based on her average speed and the braking she engages in and the fact that she doesn't engage in stop and go driving. While I have a driver's license, I do not drive. Six months ago, I asked Dora; "Why doesn't Tesla sell car insurance?

HotSpots H2O: Flooding Is Latest Strain on South Sudan

Circle of Blue

Torrential rainfall is battering one of the world’s poorest countries, laying bare its weak infrastructure. Flooding hits Bentiu, South Sudan in 2014. Photo © UN Photo/JC McIlwaine/Flickr Creative Commons. 700,000 people and counting have been affected by flooding in South Sudan.

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Ozone Pollution: An Insidious and Growing Threat to Biodiversity

Yale E360

Ground-level ozone has long been known to pose a threat to human health. Now, scientists are increasingly understanding how this pollutant damages plants and trees, setting off a cascade of impacts that harms everything from soil microbes, to insects, to wildlife. Read more on E360

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Fusion industry predicts electricity generation by the 2030s

Physics World

Most private fusion companies expect fusion power to be supplying electricity to the grid in the 2030s. That is according to the first-ever report on the state of the fusion industry, which has been published today by the Fusion Industry Association (FIA) and the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA).

COULD SEWAGE BECOME OUR SOURCE OF DRINKING WATER?

Cleannovate

Resources are all around us. But rarely do we think of water as a resource especially when considering wastewater. Yet for over 50 years, Veolia , a utility company has been converting wastewater into drinking water in Windhoek, Namibia. A tall order it would seem. However, come to think of it, water constitutes over 90% of wastewater. If that’s the case, why can’t we go the extra mile to reclaim it? WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANTS.

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IN: Arctic Experts and Scientists — OUT: Unqualified Political Operatives

Union of Concerned Scientists

The Biden administration has taken action to bring back science and expertise to its Arctic policy work. Climate Change Science and Democracy Arctic Priorities for the Biden Administration

I Eat Fish, Am I Eating Microplastics?

Ocean Conservancy

Written by Hayley McIlwraith, Research Assistant in the Rochman Lab and Chelsea Rochman, Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto, co-founder of the University of Toronto Trash Team and Scientific Advisor to Ocean Conservancy. Plastic is everywhere.

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Build Back Better Act Includes $555 Billion Toward Climate Action

Environmental Leader

Proposed Legislation by President Biden will include some of the most ambitious climate action in US history. The post Build Back Better Act Includes $555 Billion Toward Climate Action appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

At Glasgow, Can the World Move from Aspiration to Action?

Yale E360

Negotiators at the Glasgow climate conference will face a stark choice: Focus on setting firm emissions targets for 2030, or settle for goals of achieving “net zero” by 2050? The course they set could determine if we have a shot at avoiding the worst impacts of climate change. Read more on E360

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Syukuro Manabe, Klaus Hasselmann and Giorgio Parisi win the 2021 Nobel Prize for Physics

Physics World

Spin doctor: Giorgio Parisi shares one half of the 2021 Nobel Prize For Physics. Courtesy: Lorenza Parisi). Syukuro Manabe, Klaus Hasselmann and Giorgio Parisi have won the 2021 Nobel Prize for Physics.

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2021 Election Preview: New York Considers Right to Clean Water

Circle of Blue

Voters will decide on a constitutional amendment for environmental rights. New York City skyline. Photo © J. Carl Ganter/Circle of Blue. On November 2, New Yorkers will vote on amending their state constitution to include environmental protections, including clean water.

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To Find Out If ExxonMobil Really Supports a Carbon Tax, Just Follow the Money

Union of Concerned Scientists

Despite claiming to endorse a carbon tax, ExxonMobil has funneled millions of dollars to lawmakers who oppose the idea. Climate Change Energy

World Meteorological Organization Sharpens Warnings About Both Too Much and Too Little Water

Inside Climate News

With global warming intensifying the water cycle, floods and droughts are increasing, and many countries are unprepared. By Bob Berwyn The global supply of fresh water is dropping by almost half an inch annually, the World Meteorological Organization warned in a report released this week.