March, 2024

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EVs Are at a Turning Point, It May Not Be What You Think

Union of Concerned Scientists

There’s been a lot of nay-saying around EVs lately, including, amongst other things, worries that EV sales are stalling out now that all the early adopters have already made the switch and mainstream buyers aren’t ready to dive in. I wouldn’t blame you if you thought nobody was buying EVs or that sales were about to plummet. While there are some near term headwinds, I’ve never had as much confidence in the ability to zero out tailpipe emissions from our cars and trucks.

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In Mongolia, a Killer Winter Is Ravaging Herds and a Way of Life

Yale E360

Mongolia’s nomadic herders are facing a savage “dzud” winter, with more than 2 million livestock frozen to death so far. Scientists say this lethal phenomenon — extreme cold and heavy snow following summer drought — is occurring more frequently and is linked to climate change.

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Tooth loss linked to early signs of Alzheimer’s disease

New Scientist

A brain region critical for memory is smaller in older adults with fewer than 10 teeth than in those who have most of their teeth, suggesting that tooth loss may precede the development of dementia

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Potential Cancellation of Highway 413 Impact Assessment is a Gross Abdication of Responsibility

Enviromental Defense

ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENCE AND ECOJUSTICE The federal government must urgently update the Impact Assessment Act and include the 413 project Toronto | Traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishinaabeg, the Haudenosaunee, and the Wendat – Yesterday, a joint application by the federal and provincial governments was submitted to the Federal Court to cancel the current federal environmental assessment for the proposed Highway 413.

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The Key to Sustainable Energy Optimization: A Data-Driven Approach for Manufacturing

Speaker: Kevin Kai Wong, President of Emergent Energy Solutions

In today's industrial landscape, the pursuit of sustainable energy optimization and decarbonization has become paramount. ♻️ Manufacturing corporations across the U.S. are facing the urgent need to align with decarbonization goals while enhancing efficiency and productivity. Unfortunately, the lack of comprehensive energy data poses a significant challenge for manufacturing managers striving to meet their targets. 📊 Join us for a practical webinar hosted by Kevin Kai Wong of Emergent Ene

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Scientists Re-Discover Giant Rat Not Seen in 30+ Years

Cool Green Science

A TNC-funded expedition in the Solomon Islands has re-discovered a giant rat species. The post Scientists Re-Discover Giant Rat Not Seen in 30+ Years appeared first on Cool Green Science.

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Petrochemicals Are Killing Us, a New Report Warns in the New England Journal of Medicine

Inside Climate News

It’s well known that fossil fuels are the primary driver of climate change. A dirty secret is that they’re also the source of toxic chemicals linked to rising rates of chronic and deadly diseases. By Liza Gross Use of petroleum-based chemicals skyrocketed during the postwar era, most of them entering the market with little concern for safety. Now, mounting evidence links petrochemicals to the rapidly rising prevalence of a slew of chronic and deadly conditions, a review published in the New Engl

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Orca Groups with Radically Different Cultures Are Actually Separate Species

Scientific American

“Resident” and “transient” killer whales, or orcas, have unique hunting habits and genetics, proving they are in fact separate species

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‘Sound laser’ is the most powerful ever made

New Scientist

A new device uses a reflective cavity, a tiny bead and an electrode to create a laser beam of sound particles ten times more powerful and much narrower than other “phonon lasers”

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Why this First Nation is Right to Sue the Alberta Energy Regulator over Last Year’s Toxic Tailings Leak

Enviromental Defense

Last year, one of Imperial Oil’s mines in the tar sands leaked toxic industrial waste into the surrounding environment. Instead of informing downstream communities, the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) helped Imperial cover up the spill for over nine months. Now the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) – one of the downstream Indigenous nations impacted by the toxic spill – is taking the AER to court.

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All About Whitespotted Eagle Rays

Ocean Conservancy

Just like a snowflake falling from the sky, the whitespotted eagle ray is unique; no two are exactly the same. The whitespotted eagle ray is a beautiful sight to behold with its long pointy tail and its body spotted with white dots. The whitespotted eagle ray ( Aetobatus narinari ) is a cartilaginous fish—and one of the ocean’s largest rays. The genus name Aetobatus comes from the Greek word aetos meaning “eagle” and batis meaning “ray.

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Implementing D.E.J.I. Strategies in Energy, Environment, and Transportation

Speaker: Antoine M. Thompson, Executive Director of the Greater Washington Region Clean Cities Coalition

Diversity, Equity, Justice, and Inclusion (DEJI) policies, programs, and initiatives are critically important as we move forward with public and private sector climate and sustainability goals and plans. Underserved and socially, economically, and racially disadvantaged communities bear the burden of pollution, higher energy costs, limited resources, and limited investments in the clean energy and transportation sectors.

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Spring Road Dumping Season Underway As Conventional Oil & Gas Operators Get Rid Of Their Wastewater

PA Environment Daily

The Spring road dumping season is underway in Northcentral and Northwest Pennsylvania as conventional oil and gas operators get rid of their wastewater on the region’s dirt and hard roads. They say a picture is worth 1,000 words and here is a photo of fresh road dumping on Follet Run Road in Warren County on March 12, 2024. The weather was clear and the temperature was 41 degrees.

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Three Things from Oppenheimer that are Happening Again

Union of Concerned Scientists

Oppenheimer documents humanity’s transition into the nuclear age through the eyes of Robert Oppenheimer, the “ father of the atomic bomb.” While it is a faithful rendition of a critical chapter of nuclear history, what is most striking about the film is how that history is repeating itself. 1. The United States is once again preparing to run a nuclear arms race, this time against two adversaries at once.

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Microplastics Linked to Heart Attack, Stroke and Death

Scientific American

People who had tiny plastic particles lodged in a key blood vessel were more likely to experience serious health problems or die during a three-year study

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Largest recorded solar storm was even bigger than we thought

New Scientist

Rediscovered magnetic recordings reveal just how extreme the largest recorded solar storm in history, the Carrington event in 1859, really was, highlighting the danger such storms could present to us nowadays

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Shaping a Resilient Future: Climate Impact on Vulnerable Populations

Speaker: Laurie Schoeman Director, Climate & Sustainability, Capital

As households and communities across the nation face challenges such as hurricanes, wildfires, drought, extreme heat and cold, and thawing permafrost and flooding, we are increasingly searching for ways to mitigate and prevent climate impacts. During this event, national climate and housing expert Laurie Schoeman will discuss topics including: The two paths for climate action: decarbonization and adaptation.

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Environmental Defence Experts React to the 2024 Ontario Budget

Enviromental Defense

Toronto | Traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishinaabeg, the Haudenosaunee, and the Wendat – Environmental Defence experts react to the 2024 Ontario budget, released today. Keith Brooks, Programs Director: This budget once again shows that the Ontario government doesn’t take climate change seriously and is uninterested in being truthful when it comes to the costs of climate change and climate policies.

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Sinking Coastal Lands Will Exacerbate the Flooding from Sea Level Rise in 24 US Cities, New Research Shows

Inside Climate News

In the affected cities, as many as 500,000 people and one in every 35 properties could be impacted by the flooding, and communities of color face disproportionate effects. By Moriah McDonald Flooding could affect one out of every 50 residents in 24 coastal cities in the United States by the year 2050, a study led by Virginia Tech researchers suggests.

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130+ Organizations Urge Accountability on Forest Protection

NRDC

In a joint statement to international leaders , groups from around the world call for global accountability as essential to delivering on forest commitments.

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EPA Strengthens Emissions Controls for Facilities Emitting Cancer-Causing Ethylene Oxide

Union of Concerned Scientists

Last week, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized updated regulations for certain facilities that emit ethylene oxide (EtO), a colorless, cancer-causing gas. These long-awaited rules will require facilities using EtO to sterilize medical devices and some food products—known as commercial sterilizers—to significantly reduce their emissions of EtO, install additional control equipment, and improve monitoring.

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Sustainability at Retail

Sustainability impacts every nation, company, and person around the world. So much so that, in 2015, the United Nations (UN) issued a call for action by all countries to work toward sustainable development. In response to this and as part of a global Sustainability at Retail initiative, Shop! worked collaboratively with its global affiliates to address these critical issues in this white paper.

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Deepwater Sharks Are Threatened by Demand for Liver Oil

Scientific American

One in seven species of deepwater sharks and rays is threatened with extinction because of the liver oil and meat trade and emerging fishing technologies that make it possible to catch deep-sea fishes

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Five climate megaprojects that might just save the world

New Scientist

From solar power stations in space to stabilising melting glaciers, some researchers are proposing extremely ambitious and risky projects to fight climate change. Could they work?

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50 Fish, 50 States: Bass of the Waterfalls

Cool Green Science

The shoal bass faces some serious threats. But a new legion of fans bring hope for this species. The post 50 Fish, 50 States: Bass of the Waterfalls appeared first on Cool Green Science.

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Forever Chemicals From a Forever Fire: Alabama Residents Aim to Test Blood or Urine for PFAS Amid Underground Moody Landfill Fire

Inside Climate News

Community members are working with a local environmental nonprofit to facilitate the potential testing, but Alabama’s top environment regulator said prior testing for PFAS in water sources served “no purpose.” By Lee Hedgepeth MOODY, Ala.—When Danielle Cusimano brought her newborn baby, Saylor, home from the hospital in December 2022, it was hard to keep the smoke out.

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Five Things to Watch for in Biden’s State of the Union Address If You Care About the Climate Crisis

NRDC

This is an important moment to rally the country around the climate progress of the past three years—and show the way to build on those gains going forward.

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Growing Shade Equity, One Tree at a Time

Union of Concerned Scientists

Beneath the reputation of Los Angeles as a land of cars, palms, and sunshine lies a reality of stark inequalities—including access to trees and shade. Nearly 20% of L.A.’s urban forest is concentrated where only 1% of the city’s population lives , endangering lower-income communities and people of color with hotter-feeling summers and poor environmental quality.

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We Need to Investigate UFOs. But Without the Distraction of Conspiracy Theories

Scientific American

A former government official calls for investigating unidentified anomalous phenomena without succumbing to conspiracy theories about extraterrestrials

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Most accurate clock ever can tick for 40 billion years without error

New Scientist

The record for the most accurate clock has been broken in an experiment with strontium atoms almost as cold as absolute zero, and it is twice as accurate as any predecessor

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Did You Know Sandhill Cranes Dye Their Feathers?

Cool Green Science

Sandhill cranes add a rusty-brown color to their gray feathers each spring. The post Did You Know Sandhill Cranes Dye Their Feathers? appeared first on Cool Green Science.

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A decadal study reveals that restoration guided by an umbrella species does not reach target levels

The Applied Ecologist

Author Albin Larsson Ekström discusses how their latest research evaluates the decadal effects of restoration aimed at the white-backed woodpecker on the biodiversity of saproxylic beetles. The study suggests that, for restoration to be successful, both continuous and repeated restoration efforts are needed.

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Reducing Food Waste for the Climate, Nature, and People

NRDC

Reducing food loss and waste offers an opportunity to address many of our world’s existential challenges, including combating the climate crisis and biodiversity loss, improving environmental health protections, and fighting racial injustice.

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Court Rulings Signal Support to Protect Disinformation Researchers

Union of Concerned Scientists

As billions of people vote in elections around the world in 2024, researchers and scientists are warning that disinformation around elections poses an unprecedented threat against democracy. Such scientists have been working for years to understand how bad actors willfully deceive people through false and misleading information, especially through social media platforms.

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Does Long-Term Benadryl Use Increase Dementia Risk?

Scientific American

Benadryl, which contains diphenhydramine, is a drugstore mainstay and just one medication out of many that could possibly damage brain health

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Amazingly preserved Bronze Age village reveals life in ancient England

New Scientist

A settlement in the east of England burned down in a fire 3000 years ago, falling into a muddy waterway that preserved everything inside the houses including tools, fabric, cooking pots and more

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More solar shenanigans*

Real Climate

Going back a few months, I spent a bit of time pointing out the strategy and nonsense in the various Willie Soon and company’s efforts to blame current warming on solar activity. I specifically pointed out their cultish devotion to a single solar activity reconstruction (Hoyt and Schatten, 1993) (HS93); with an update from Scaffeta (2023) , and their increasingly elaborate efforts to create temperature series that correlate to it.

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