May, 2022

Prepare for Another Dangerous Hurricane Season Predicted for 2022

Union of Concerned Scientists

Here we are again, on the cusp of another hurricane season. June 1 is the official start, but for the past 7 years the first named storm (and sometimes the second) formed before that date. This year broke the streak, and that is a good thing.

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Mirror world of dark particles could explain cosmic anomaly

Physics World

A long-standing disparity between different measurements of the cosmic expansion rate might be explained, at least in part, by the existence of a “mirror world” containing copies of all known particles.

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Germany Slashes Summer Train Fares More Than 90 Percent to Curb Driving, Save Fuel

Yale E360

Germany's parliament has set summer train fares at 9 euros per month in a bid to slash pollution and curb imports of Russian oil by spurring drivers to take public transit. Read more on E360

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Five Facts About Cold Water Corals

Ocean Conservancy

When you think of coral reefs , you most likely picture a tropical underwater landscape with clownfish and blacktip reef sharks swimming gracefully. But, did you know that coral reefs are also found in the cold, dark waters of the deep, deep ocean? It’s true!

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.

Common steroids after ‘long Covid’ recovery may cut risk of death by up to 51%

Frontier Sin

By Mischa Dijkstra, Frontiers science writer. Researchers show that severe inflammation during hospitalization for Covid-19 increases risk of death within one year from seeming recovery by 61%. This risk is reduced again by 51% if anti-inflammatory steroids are prescribed upon discharge.

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8 Cool Wild Cats You Probably Don’t Know

Cool Green Science

Move over lions and tigers. Meet these cryptic but cool wild cats. The post 8 Cool Wild Cats You Probably Don’t Know appeared first on Cool Green Science. Latest Science Endangered Species Mammal Watching Traveling Naturalist Weird Nature Wildlife

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Rare X-rays from white-dwarf explosion spotted by chance

Physics World

Astronomers have made the first observations of X-rays being emitted from a white-dwarf star that has burst into life while stripping material from a companion star. The process caused a thermonuclear runaway that resulted in a massive explosion or nova.

Beyond Magical Thinking: Time to Get Real on Climate Change

Yale E360

Despite decades of studies and climate summits, greenhouse gas emissions continue to soar. Energy scientist Vaclav Smil says it’s time to stop ricocheting between apocalyptic forecasts and rosy models of rapid CO2 cuts and focus on the difficult task of remaking our energy system. Read more on E360

Meet the Real Ocean Animals of The Little Mermaid

Ocean Conservancy

There aren’t many movies that make me want to sing as much as the classic Disney princess film The Little Mermaid.

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Method used to track ants underground could revolutionize how we measure snow depth from space

Frontier Sin

By Simona Pesce, Frontiers writer. Photo of snow taken by crew of the International Space Station. Image: NASA.

REMEMBER WHICH GEAR TO ENGAGE IN LIFE

Cleannovate

Learning how to drive can be an interesting experience. I remember learning how to reverse and drive off along an estate road with steep gradient. The space between the houses was also so economical. This meant that reversing the car out of my house would bring it very close to the opposite house. If you’re not careful to engage the drive gear after reversal, you just might easily hit the opposite house. I did hit the opposite wall several times before I learnt to maneuver well.

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Solutions to Climate Change-Fueled Droughts in the Western US

Union of Concerned Scientists

As human activities continue to spew heat-trapping gases into the atmosphere, temperatures rise and cause the air to become “thirstier.” This thirstier air evaporates more water from rivers, lakes, and canals, as well as from soil, forests, vegetation, and crops, making drought conditions extreme.

Portable MRI diagnoses stroke at the patient bedside

Physics World

Portable MRI (pMRI), a new type of very low-field MRI scanner that does not require dedicated shielding, can effectively diagnose stroke and detect blood clots in the brain as small as 4 mm in size.

In Tanzania, Carbon Offsets Preserve Forests and a Way of Life

Yale E360

Carbon offsets have been criticized for failing to provide carbon savings and ignoring the needs of local communities. But in Tanzania, hunter-gatherer tribes are earning a good return for their carbon credits and protecting their forests from poachers and encroaching agriculture. Read more on E360

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5 Facts About Mudskippers

Ocean Conservancy

The next time you happen to step in some mud, keep an eye out for the mudskipper: the fish that can walk. This curious creature is known for many wacky traits, including its crazy-looking frog eyes and the fact that it can live out of water.

Warmer Nights Caused by Climate Change Take a Toll on Sleep

Inside Climate News

A massive data crunch reveals how much sleep people across the planet could lose by the end of the century. By Victoria St. Martin Trouble sleeping? Science Climate Change Environmental Justice Health heat research

This illusion, new to science, is strong enough to trick our reflexes

Frontier Sin

By Mischa Dijkstra, Frontiers science writer. An illusion new to science shows that the pupillary light reflex, which controls the width of the pupil in anticipation of expected changes in light, depends on the perceived environment rather than the physical reality. Have a look at the above image.

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Why We Can Send A Rover To Mars, But We Can’t Send An Electron From New York to California

Union of Concerned Scientists

Space missions are a federal matter, but states determine energy policy and infrastructure decisions. Right now, states and the federal government have a choice that will define our country’s options for clean energy and planning the power grid for the challenges ahead.

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Fifth force could explain puzzling orbits of dwarf galaxies

Physics World

New physics, in the form of a “fifth force”, could be responsible for the odd and unexplained arrangement of dwarf galaxies orbiting the Milky Way and other large galaxies – according to new research done it the UK.

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Salt Scourge: The Dual Threat of Warming and Rising Salinity

Yale E360

As rising seas increase saltwater intrusion and soaring temperatures cause greater evaporation, scientists say that the mounting levels of salt in waters and in soils pose a major climate-related danger and could become a leading cause of climate migration globally. Read more on E360

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Harnessing drainage canals for biodiversity conservation

The Applied Ecologist

A new paper led by Csaba Tölgyesi from the University of Szeged, Hungary, shows that drainage canals can be harnessed for biodiversity conservation in desiccated, heavily transformed regions by reconciling the interests of opposing stakeholders.

New Study Says World Must Cut Short-Lived Climate Pollutants as Well as Carbon Dioxide to Meet Paris Agreement Goals

Inside Climate News

Cutting only CO2 emissions, but failing to rein in methane, HFCs and soot, will speed global warming in the coming decades and only slow it later this century.

Climate crisis is driving cousins of The Lion King character to local extinction

Frontier Sin

By Suzanna Burgelman, Frontiers science writer. Image: Nicholas Pattinson. The yellow-billed hornbill, cousins of fan-favorite Zazu from The Lion King , faces local extinction due to the climate crisis.

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Ask a Scientist: Two Dozen States Can Meet 100 Percent of Electricity Demand with Renewables by 2035

Union of Concerned Scientists

Since its founding in 2017, the US Climate Alliance —a coalition of states committed to meeting the goals of the Paris climate accord—has grown to 24 states and one US territory.

Control of mechanical quantum resonators reaches new levels of precision

Physics World

New levels of precision control over the quantized energy levels of mechanical resonators have been achieved by teams in the US and Switzerland, who independently measured the number of phonons in a cavity without disturbing it.

As Conflict Persists, Gold Mining Boom Is Ravaging Myanmar

Yale E360

With a military junta retaking power last year, a gold rush is increasingly despoiling rivers in the Myanmar state of Kachin, polluting water with mercury, destroying riverbanks and farmland, and disrupting the traditional way of life of the region’s ethnic groups. Read more on E360

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HotSpots H2O: As Water Systems Fail in Pakistan, Heat Wave Begets A Health Crisis

Circle of Blue

Climate change and mismanagement sowed the seeds of a cholera outbreak. A child collects drinking water in Rajasthan, India in 2016. Photo © J. Carl Ganter / Circle of Blue. By Laura Gersony, Circle of Blue — May 23, 2022. South Asia is not only baking in a record-setting heat wave.

Earth Has a 50-50 Chance of Hitting a Grim Global Warming Milestone in the Next Five Years

Inside Climate News

The World Meteorological Organization projects global temperatures will briefly break the 1.5 degrees Celsius warming mark soon, but that won’t mean it’s broken the Paris Agreement limit.

California Assembly Passes Community Renewable Energy Legislation

Environment + Energy Leader

A law that will increase access to community solar in California as well as help add reliability to the grid was passed by the state's assembly. The post California Assembly Passes Community Renewable Energy Legislation appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

A Daughter’s Story: White Supremacy and the Poor People’s Campaign

Union of Concerned Scientists

UCS is honored to be a mobilizing partner for the Poor People’s Campaign , a nonviolent call to moral revival. If you can join us in Washington, DC on June 18 th in solidarity with their march and assembly, I hope you will. Buffalo. Charlottesville. El Paso. Pittsburgh. Charleston.

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Undersea muon detectors monitor variations in water depth

Physics World

Under the sea: several of the muon detectors in the Tokyo Bay Aqua-Line tunnel. Courtesy: Tanaka et al / Scientific Reports ). An array of undersea muon detectors that monitors variations in water depth has been created by an international team of researchers.

How Ailing Strip Malls Could Be a Green Fix for U.S. Housing Crisis

Yale E360

Urban designer Peter Calthorpe has a plan for the shuttered and financially troubled strip malls that dot the suburban landscape: Convert the malls into housing that would be part of green communities where people could be closer to their jobs and get out of their cars. Read more on E360

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Saving the Pacific’s Most Endangered Leatherback Sea Turtles

Cool Green Science

A new monitoring effort will gather information about the world's most endangered population of leatherback sea turtle. The post Saving the Pacific’s Most Endangered Leatherback Sea Turtles appeared first on Cool Green Science.

New Reports Show Forests Need Far More Funding to Help the Climate, and Even Then, They Can’t Do It All

Inside Climate News

Studies show international efforts to cut carbon emissions by reducing deforestation are badly underfunded, riddled with complex problems and overwhelmed by industries that continue to cut down trees.

FedEx Is Delivering Environmental Performance

Environment + Energy Leader

FedEx aims to be carbon neutral by 2040 — something that requires an investment of $2 billion into everything from electric vehicles to energy-efficient buildings to deploying onsite green energy. . The post FedEx Is Delivering Environmental Performance appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

Big Oil Investors Put to the Test at Annual Shareholder Meetings

Union of Concerned Scientists

This week is the culmination of major oil and gas companies’ annual general meetings, also known as annual shareholder meetings.