September, 2021

Hurricane Ida Shows Why We Urgently Need Bold, Just and Equitable Climate Action

Union of Concerned Scientists

More catastrophic storms are coming. Climate Change climate change Hurricane Ida

As the Climate Bakes, Turkey Faces a Future Without Water

Yale E360

No nation in the Mediterranean region has been hit harder by climate change than Turkey. But as heat and drought intensify, Turkey is doubling down on large-scale agriculture and development and spurring a water-supply crisis that is expected to get much worse. Read more on E360


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Wind, Solar Power Help Grow US Renewable Energy Use

Environmental Leader

Wind and Solar sources help continue growth in US renewable energy use. The post Wind, Solar Power Help Grow US Renewable Energy Use appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader. Energy Management Solar & Renewable Energy

Toxin Levels Spike, Prompting Drinking Water Emergency in Northern California

Circle of Blue

Cyanotoxins in the state’s second-largest freshwater lake soared this month amid a hot, dry summer. Colorful blooms of cyanobacteria, also called blue-green algae, paint the nearshore waters of Clear Lake, California’s second-largest freshwater lake.

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The Rate of Global Warming During Next 25 Years Could Be Double What it Was In The Previous 50, a Renowned Climate Scientist Warns

Inside Climate News

Former NASA climate scientist James Hansen urged Congress decades ago to act on climate change. Now he says he expects reduced aerosol pollution to lead to a steep temperature rise.

The definitive CO2/CH4 comparison post

Real Climate

There is a new push to reduce CH 4 emissions as a possible quick ‘win-win’ for climate and air quality. To be clear this is an eminently sensible idea – as it has been for decades (remember the ‘ Methane-to-markets’ initiative from the early 2000s?),

Will the Biden Administration Take Down America’s Meat Cartel?

Union of Concerned Scientists

Biden administration poised to break exploitive power of Big Meat and Big Chicken, including Tyson Foods. Food and Agriculture meatpacking Packers and Stockyards Act Tyson Tyson Foods USDA

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More Trending

Bose-Einstein condensates hit record low temperature

Physics World

A new way of controlling the expansion of matter in a freely-falling Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC) has produced the coldest effective temperature ever measured: 38 pK (10 -12 K) above absolute zero.

In Climate Talks, Plans to Keep Planet from Overheating Should Not Ignore Water

Circle of Blue

Carbon-reduction plans, if not well designed, can worsen water scarcity and pollution. Transmission lines in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, stretch to the horizon. Photo © J. Carl Ganter/Circle of Blue. Plans to reduce carbon emissions should take water into account.

Florida’s Majestic Manatees Are Starving to Death

Inside Climate News

Deprived of once plentiful seagrass, more than 900 have died this year. Some experts contend they were taken off the endangered species list prematurely. By Amy Green ORLANDO, Fla.—The The manatee was too weak to swim.

Five Nobel Prize winners publish scientific article collection for children

Frontier Sin

The Nobel Collection of free scientific articles for next generation of scientists goes live. Young people everywhere now have access to a free collection of scientific articles written by winners of science’s most coveted honor, the Nobel Prize.

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A Functioning Democracy Focuses on Funding Priorities, Not Whether to Defund the Government

Union of Concerned Scientists

There are real-world consequences for this political gameplaying – including for science and scientists. Science and Democracy government shutdown

Why Saving World’s Peatlands Can Help Stabilize the Climate

Yale E360

Peatlands make up 3 percent of the earth’s landscape, yet absorb large amounts of carbon and harbor surprising biodiversity. Although peat bogs and fens are under increasing environmental threat, efforts to protect and restore these ecosystems are gathering momentum. Read more on E360

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Wave-particle duality quantified for the first time

Physics World

One of the most counterintuitive concepts in physics – the idea that quantum objects are complementary, behaving like waves in some situations and like particles in others – just got a new and more quantitative foundation.

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PBS Nature

Taking refuge from the coronavirus pandemic, wildlife filmmaker Martin Dohrn set out to record all the bees he could find in his tiny urban garden in Bristol, England, filming them with one-of-a-kind lenses he forged on his kitchen table.

2020 111

Big Reefs in Big Trouble: New Research Tracks a 50 Percent Decline in Living Coral Since the 1950s

Inside Climate News

Climate change, overfishing, ocean acidification and pollution are driving reefs’ demise, along with the fisheries communities depend upon for nutrition. By Bob Berwyn Gathered together, the world’s coral reef systems would cover an area somewhere between the size of Oregon and Texas.

Regular exercise may lower risk of developing anxiety by almost 60%

Frontier Sin

By Colm Gorey, Frontiers science writer. Image: BGStock72/ The findings of a study published with Frontiers suggests that those who engage in regular exercise may lower their risk of developing anxiety by almost 60%.

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Ask a Scientist: Tyson’s Near Monopoly is Bad for Workers, Farmers and Communities

Union of Concerned Scientists

Rebecca Boehm, an economist with the UCS Food and Environment Program, looked at Arkansas and the biggest poultry producer in the state, Tyson Foods, as a case study and published her findings in August in conjunction with a Guardian investigative story.

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On the Klamath, Dam Removal May Come Too Late to Save the Salmon

Yale E360

The upcoming demolition of four Klamath River dams was seen as an ecological triumph that would help restore the river’s beleaguered salmon. But after a record drought and wildfire this summer, many are worried the salmon could be all but gone before the dams come down Read more on E360

2021 113

Ghost surface polaritons seen for the first time

Physics World

Quasiparticles in motion: illustration of ghost polaritons in a calcite crystal being “launched” to record distances by a gold microdisk. Courtesy: HUST).

The Town that Flood-Proofed Itself

Circle of Blue

Ottawa, Illinois learned how to keep its residents out of harm’s way. But on the river’s edge, safety has often required sacrifice. Flooding has long been part of life in Ottawa, Illinois. Photo © Laura Gersony / Circle of Blue.

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I always marvel at ants and bees. These hardworkers put their best foot forward any day. They ‘slave’ their hearts out day in day out. But are they aware that they are planning for a better tomorrow? Probably yes. What’s to be enjoyed later requires sweat to build today. Sure, their commitment to work looks laborious and sounds like druggery (repetitive and unexciting). But their focus is razor sharp. They may stumble and fall but the direction is always forward.

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Living at high altitudes may lower chance of having a deadly stroke

Frontier Sin

By Conn Hastings, science writer. A town in the Ecuadorian Andes mountains. Image: ireneuke/ Researchers in Ecuador are the first to investigate the risk of stroke-related death and hospitalization in people living at four different altitude ranges.

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Extreme Heat Is a Killer. A New Federal Initiative Prioritizes Worker Health and Safety.

Union of Concerned Scientists

The White House has tasked OSHA with launching a multi-pronged initiative to protect workers exposed to extreme heat. That's great news -- but there's a rub. Climate Change extreme heat OSHA Priorities for the Biden Administration Too Hot to Work

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How Adding Rock Dust to Soil Can Help Get Carbon into the Ground

Yale E360

Researchers are finding that when pulverized rock is applied to agricultural fields, the soil pulls far more carbon from the air and crop yields increase. More studies are underway, but some scientists say this method shows significant benefits for farmers and the climate. Read more on E360

2021 114

Head-mounted magnetic device shrinks brain tumour

Physics World

A team of US-based researchers has used an innovative head-mounted device to shrink a brain tumour – potentially paving the way for a powerful new non-invasive therapy for glioblastoma.

As Drought Grips American West, Irrigation Becomes Selling Point for Michigan

Circle of Blue

As Drought Grips American West, Irrigation Becomes Selling Point for Michigan. Michigan farmers irrigate with 187 billion gallons of groundwater a year. Is the state prepared for more? Michigan counts nearly 11,000 agricultural wells, 3,800 of them installed from 2010 to 2020.

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PBS Nature

An osprey soars over a small saltmarsh at the delta of the Connecticut River. From somewhere along the east coast of South America, he has just flown 4,000 miles to the place that is imprinted on his memory since birth, the saltmarsh where he will rejoin his mate.

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In the Arctic, Less Sea Ice and More Snow on Land Are Pushing Cold Extremes to Eastern North America

Inside Climate News

A new study shows how global warming is driving more polar vortex disruptions like the one that froze Texas earlier this year.

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3 Tips for Getting Started in Science Advocacy as an Early Career Scientist

Union of Concerned Scientists

It's September–or as we know it at UCS, Early Career Scientist Month! Melissa Varga provides some wise and informed advice about how to be an effective advocate, for those just beginning their careers in science.

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Beyond Extinction: A New Emphasis on Species Recovery

Yale E360

Scientists have long drawn up a Red List to alert officials about wildlife and plant species threatened with extinction. Now some say it’s time to flip the script and create a “green status” category that identifies how to bring these species back to sustainable levels. Read more on E360

2021 114

Terahertz radiation drives compact ultrafast electron diffractometer

Physics World

A compact ultrafast electron diffractometer that can sit on a lab bench has been built by physicists in Germany.

‘Eyes in the Sky’ Help Police California Water Use

Circle of Blue

Satellite data is one monitoring tool regulators turn to in this very dry year. The California Department of Water Resources constructed a rock barrier in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta at the beginning of the summer to prevent salt water from pushing too far inland. Photo taken June 15, 2021.

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EU Vows to Accelerate Renewable Energy as Electricity Costs Soar

Environmental Leader

With energy costs surging in Europe, impacting industries across the continent, the EU is searching for solutions to the problem. The post EU Vows to Accelerate Renewable Energy as Electricity Costs Soar appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

How Citizen Science Aids Horseshoe Crab Conservation

Cool Green Science

New research shows just how useful citizen science is for horseshoe crab conservation. The post How Citizen Science Aids Horseshoe Crab Conservation appeared first on Cool Green Science. Latest Science Conservation Science Wildlife

Hurricane Ida leaves Chemical Facilities and Surrounding Communities Without Power

Union of Concerned Scientists

Sixteen years after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, the city has been slammed by another record-breaking storm: Hurricane Ida.

Can the World’s Most Polluting Heavy Industries Decarbonize?

Yale E360

The production of steel, cement, and ammonia together emit about one-fifth of all human-caused CO2. Technologies are emerging that promise to decarbonize these problem industries, but analysts warn that big challenges remain before the processes can be cleaned up. Read more on E360