July, 2021

Unveiling the Public Health Burden of Natural Gas

Union of Concerned Scientists

Environmental health has always been of concern to me, as it is to many of us.

Japanese Nobel-prize-winning particle physicist Toshihide Maskawa dies aged 81

Physics World

The Japanese Nobel-prize-winning physicist Toshihide Maskawa died on 23 July at the age of 81. Maskawa shared half the 2008 Nobel prize with the Japanese physicist Makoto Kobayashi for their work on the mechanism of “broken symmetry” that led to the prediction of a new family of quarks.

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Tomato fruits send electrical warnings to the rest of the plant when attacked by insects

Frontier Sin

By K.E.D Coan, science writer. Image: Eugenegurkov/Shutterstock. Tomato fruits inform the mother plant when they are being eaten by caterpillars, shows a new study.

Meet Our Ocean’s Zebra Sharks

Ocean Conservancy

You’ve heard of great whites. You’ve heard of hammerheads. And you’ve probably heard of makos, whale sharks and bull sharks. But have you heard … of zebra sharks? Move over, tiger sharks—there’s a new wildly-named elasmobranch species in town, and they’re here to show their stripes (sort of).

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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.

Planes Sampling Air Above the Amazon Find the Rainforest is Releasing More Carbon Than it Stores

Inside Climate News

The study, which found greater depletion of carbon storage in the heavily deforested eastern Amazon, confirmed previous research that used satellites or hands-on measuring techniques.

Once a Rich Desert River, the Gila Struggles to Keep Flowing

Yale E360

The Gila was once a vibrant desert river, providing a lifeline for the riparian habitat and wildlife that depended on it in the U.S. Southwest. But population growth, agricultural withdrawals, and, increasingly, climate change have badly diminished the river and threaten its future.

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Cosmic-ray threat to quantum computing greater than previously thought

Physics World

Cosmic intruders : Energetic particles from space and natural background radiation can trigger hard-to-correct errors when they collide with chips containing superconducting qubits. Courtesy: Chris Wilen).

Just 25 mega-cities produce 52% of the world’s urban greenhouse gas emissions

Frontier Sin

By Suzanna Burgelman, Frontiers science writer. Image: Andriy Blokhin/Shutterstock. New research published by the open access publisher Frontiers inventories greenhouse gas emissions of 167 globally distributed cities.

The Glass Octopus is See-Through and Spectacular

Ocean Conservancy

Need a reminder that our ocean is full of unusual animals? Look no further than the glass octopus. The glass octopus ( Vitreledonella richardi ) is a very rarely seen cephalopod found in tropical and subtropical waters around the world.

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Rapid attribution of PNW heatwave

Real Climate

Summary: It was almost impossible for the temperatures seen recently in the Pacific North West heatwave to have occurred without global warming. And only improbable with it.

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A Week After the Pacific Northwest Heat Wave, Study Shows it Was ‘Almost Impossible’ Without Global Warming

Inside Climate News

The extreme temperatures have shaken scientists’ fundamental understanding of heat waves and triggered concerns about a climate tipping point.

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Ask a Scientist: Defending the Right to Vote

Union of Concerned Scientists

Talking to Taryn MacKinney, an investigative researcher with our Center for Science and Democracy, about how science is intertwined with democracy and the prospects for voting reform bills on Capitol Hill. Science and Democracy Ask a Scientist

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PET imaging tracks ingested microplastics in mice

Physics World

Microplastics, tiny pieces of plastic debris less than five millimetres in length, are designed for commercial use or created through the breakdown of consumer products and industrial waste.

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Can Retrofitting Dams for Hydro Provide a Green Energy Boost?

Yale E360

With the era of building big dams over in the U.S., a growing number of existing dams are being modified to produce hydropower. These projects, advocates say, avoid the damaging impacts of new dams and could generate enough renewable electricity for several million homes. Read more on E360

Constant, Compounding Disasters Are Exhausting Emergency Response

Circle of Blue

Fires, droughts, floods, power outages. The interval between disasters is shortening, or in some cases disappearing altogether. New homes rise from the post-fire rubble in Talent, Oregon. The Alameda Fire destroyed thousands of homes in Talent and nearby Phoenix in early September 2020.

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Dr. Lynette Hart – Be open-minded and resourceful: insights from the life of an Animal Behaviorist #WomeninScience

Frontier Sin

Author: Emma Phipps, Journal Specialist. This week, we speak to Dr. Lynette Hart, Professor at UC Davis. Dr. Hart’s research primarily focuses on human-animal interactions, an interest which stemmed from her passion for animal behavior and has taken her all over the world.

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Climate-Driven Changes in Clouds are Likely to Amplify Global Warming

Inside Climate News

New research, using machine learning, helps project how the buildup of greenhouse gases will change clouds in ways that further heat the planet.

Appalachia Poised to Be Part of Shift to Clean Energy

Union of Concerned Scientists

Federal action is key to cleaning up fossil fuel industry pollution. Energy Transportation clean energy clean energy transformation clean energy transition just transition

Highly programmable quantum simulator operates with up to 256 qubits

Physics World

Physicists have demonstrated a large-scale, programmable quantum simulator, featuring a precisely-arranged two-dimensional array of 256 quantum bits (qubits).

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Urban Refuge: How Cities Can Help Solve the Biodiversity Crisis

Yale E360

Cities have long been considered species deserts, devoid of wildlife beyond pigeons and squirrels. But with animals such as snowy owls, otters and bobcats now appearing in urban areas, scientists are recognizing that cities can play a significant role in fostering biodiversity. Read more on E360

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Buffered by Bears: Why Foxes Hang Out Near A Top Predator

Cool Green Science

A new study suggests gray foxes use bears as a coyote buffer. The post Buffered by Bears: Why Foxes Hang Out Near A Top Predator appeared first on Cool Green Science. Wildlife Conservation Science Weird Nature

Siemens Tests LOHC Technology For Hydrogen Trains

Environmental Leader

In its latest move to advance hydrogen trains, Siemens Mobility will begin testing liquid organic hydrogen carrier technology (LOHC) technology in partnership with Helmholtz Institute Erlangen-Nuremberg for Renewable Energy.

Can Arctic Animals Keep Up With Climate Change? Scientists are Trying to Find Out

Inside Climate News

New studies suggest that rising temperatures may prove disastrous for species of birds, fish and other animals that are adapted to the cold of Arctic climes.

Just When You Assumed It Was Safe to Go Outside, the Delta Variant Strikes

Union of Concerned Scientists

The pandemic is far from over. Science and Democracy Science Communication Scientific Integrity COVID-19 and the Coronavirus Pandemic COVID-19 response

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Multi-party quantum key distribution paves the way for quantum-secure conference calls

Physics World

Researchers in the UK and Germany have used quantum entanglement to securely distribute secret keys among multiple users in a network.

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Land Grabbers: The Growing Assault on Brazil’s Indigenous Areas

Yale E360

Under President Jair Bolsonaro, illegal miners, loggers and ranchers are invading and occupying ever-larger amounts of Indigenous territory. Brazil’s original inhabitants are increasingly opposing these incursions, leading to conflicts and a surge in killings of local activists. Read more on E360

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E-Waste: What Happens When We Fail To Recycle Electronics

Earth 911

Today, the average person owns three to four electronic devices. But what happens after these. The post E-Waste: What Happens When We Fail To Recycle Electronics appeared first on Earth911. Earth Watch EcoTech How To Recycle e-waste e-waste-fail Electronics recycling

Porsche Demands 1,300 Suppliers Use Renewable Energy

Environmental Leader

Bolstering its efforts to achieve ambitious emissions reduction goals, Porsche is requiring its nearly 1,300 suppliers to use renewable energy to manufacture its vehicle components. Porsche aims to be carbon neutral in its supply chain by 2030.

Ice Dam Bursts Threaten to Increase Sunny Day Floods as Hotter Temperatures Melt Glaciers

Inside Climate News

Scientists say meltwater flooding will increase as the ice continues to retreat, but will eventually stop—when all the ice is melted and the glaciers are no more.

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A Framework for a People-Centered Clean Energy Transition

Union of Concerned Scientists

It's time for systemic change in our energy syst now. Climate Change Energy clean energy transformation

Bullying and harassment rife in astronomy and geophysics, finds poll

Physics World

Astronomy and geophysics have a systemic bullying and harassment problem, the effects of which are disproportionately felt by women and individuals belonging to minority groups.

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Will Russia’s Forests Be an Asset or an Obstacle in Climate Fight?

Yale E360

New research indicating Russia’s vast forests store more carbon than previously estimated would seem like good news. But scientists are concerned Russia will count this carbon uptake as an offset in its climate commitments, which would allow its emissions to continue unchecked. Read more on E360

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KINDNESS

Cleannovate

I looked from the side of my eye and saw an old, frail woman plunge into a huge culvert. It was rush hour and had just alighted from a bus. The time was about 5pm and had to rush to a destination over 2km away. I needed to get there by 5:30pm. Muthurwa… the hustle and bustle in this part of the city was evident. Nairobi (or Kanairo as it’s fondly known by the residents) was up and running. Only this time the people traffic was against me.

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Sustainability Bonds To Hit Record $1T In 2021

Environmental Leader

Last month, Environment & Energy Leader reported the surge in sustainability bonds. In 2020, the sustainability bond market increased eightfold, according to data provider Refinitiv.

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On California’s Coast, Black Abalone, Already Vulnerable to Climate Change, are Increasingly Threatened by Wildfire

Inside Climate News

In Big Sur, scientists are rescuing the abalone from landslides caused by the Dolan Fire, and moving them to safety in new neighborhoods where “resident abalone” already thrive. By Anne Marshall-Chalmers BIG SUR, Calif.— It’s four in the morning, damp and dark along the central California coast.

Stop the Burn, Save Lives: The case for a community-led zero waste model in Baltimore

Union of Concerned Scientists

The Baltimore region ranks among the worst in the U.S. for air pollution. Baltimore has two active trash incinerators and decades of pollution from both active and decommissioned industrial factories.

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