April, 2022

A 100% Renewable Energy Future is Possible, and We Need It

Union of Concerned Scientists

We’re living in a time of high volatility in the price of gas that has hit close to all sectors of our economy. We’re also living in a time plagued with costly ”this is not normal” weather events.

Meet the Blue Dragon

Ocean Conservancy

Earlier this month a man in Texas took a video of a curious creature he found on the beach. Not knowing what it was, he took a video and uploaded it to Reddit where it was immediately identified as a cute but venomous creature: Glaucus atlanticus.

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Why Are Nature-Based Solutions on Climate Being Overlooked?

Yale E360

Nature-based initiatives, such as planting mangroves and revitalizing wetlands, have proven effective in making communities more resilient to climate change. But international funding has shortchanged such solutions in favor of more costly and less efficient engineering projects. Read more on E360

War Dims Global Economic Outlook as Inflation Accelerates

IMFBlog

By Pierre-Olivier Gourinchas. The effects of the war will propagate far and wide, adding to price pressures and exacerbating significant policy challenges. Global economic prospects have been severely set back, largely because of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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W boson mass measurement surprises physicists

Physics World

The most precise measurement to date of the mass of the W boson has yielded a result seven standard deviations away from that predicted by the Standard Model of particle physics.

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Climate Change is Spreading a Debilitating Fungal Disease Throughout the West

Inside Climate News

Valley fever, contracted by inhaling the cocci fungus that flourishes in Southwestern soils, is spiking on its home turf and migrating to new territories.

Remembering Our Nation’s Fallen Workers

Union of Concerned Scientists

Wednesday is “hump day” for many working people with Monday to Friday jobs. As Thursday dawns, their work week is more than half over and some respite may be in sight.

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For Gen Z, Climate Change Is a Heavy Emotional Burden

Yale E360

Britt Wray is a leading researcher on the mental health impact of climate change. In an e360 interview, she talks about the rise of climate anxiety in young people, how social media exacerbates this trend, and why distress about the climate crisis can spur positive change. Read more on E360

Fishing for Science on Palmyra Atoll

Cool Green Science

Tagging trevally on a remote island with rod and reel. The post Fishing for Science on Palmyra Atoll appeared first on Cool Green Science. Fish & Fisheries From the Field Asia Pacific Fish Fisheries Migrations TNC Science

Time crystals: the search for a new phase of matter

Physics World

With their enchanting beauty, crystalline solids have captivated us for centuries. Crystals, which range from snowflakes to diamonds, are made up of atoms or molecules that are regularly arranged in space.

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Ocean Warming Doubles Odds for Extreme Atlantic Hurricane Seasons

Inside Climate News

New research shows vulnerable communities need to prepare for more years like 2017-2020, with devastating storms like Harvey, Irma, Maria and Laura.

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When it Comes to Disinformation about Renewable Energy, The Band Plays On

Union of Concerned Scientists

In a twisted parody of the band that played on to calm the doomed passengers of the Titanic, a conservative chorus—horribly off key to science, but music to the ears of its fossil fuel patrons—continues to belt out disinformation in full throat to drown out the urgency of climate catastrophe.

11 Must-Read Ocean Books in 2022

Ocean Conservancy

The summer will be here before we know it! With warmer weather comes more time spent outside enjoying longer, sun-drenched days with peaceful breezes. One of my favorite places to experience summer moments like these is (surprise!) anywhere near the water, especially the ocean.

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WASTE(D) ENERGY

Cleannovate

Waste(d) energy are thoughts about using waste around us to provide us with one of our basic needs…energy. The Space. Though energy from waste looks inspiring, it takes more than just ideas to make it work. Perhaps the best place to start is understanding what benefit each type of waste brings to the table. ROTTING MATTER. Though organic or rotting matter constitutes a huge chunk of domestic and agricultural waste, diverse methods could be applied in drawing energy out of it. PYROLYSIS.

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Leadership Blog Part 16: Remain Intimate

NAEP Leadership Blog

“I want to tell you what the forestswere like – I will have to speakin a forgotten language.” --W.S. Merwin Becoming human is the most honorable task of our lives. Our family, friends and our selves benefit as we grow.

Astronomers see star enter a ‘Maunder Minimum’ for the first time

Physics World

For the first time, astronomers have observed a star that has entered a state of low, or flat, activity – analogous to the famous Maunder Minimum that gripped the Sun during the latter half of the seventeenth century.

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Mercedes-Benz to Supply 70% of Energy Needs with Renewables, Halve Vehicle Emissions

Environment + Energy Leader

By using green steel, improving battery technology and implementing renewable energy and more recycled materials, Mercedes-Benz plans to significantly reduce the carbon emissions of its vehicles.

Michigan Can Transition to 100-Percent Renewable Energy by 2035, Save Lives, and Create Jobs

Union of Concerned Scientists

Imagine: It’s spring in the year 2040. On a warm, windy day in Southwest Detroit, you pause under a magnolia tree. Its buds are full to bursting with pink and white blossoms. The air smells like rain, and—compared to what you grew up with—feels cleaner in your nose and lungs.

The modern demarcation problem

Real Climate

Defining (and enforcing) a clear line between information and mis-information is impossible, but that doesn’t mean misinformation doesn’t exist or that there is nothing to be done to combat it.

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Bringing Back Fire: How Burning Can Help Restore Eastern Lands

Yale E360

For millennia, North American ecosystems benefited from fire, mostly set by Indigenous people. Now, a movement is growing, particularly in the eastern U.S., to reintroduce controlled burns to forests and grasslands and restore the role of fire in creating biodiverse landscapes. Read more on E360

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Finland and Frontiers establish national Open Access agreement 

Frontier Sin

Facilitated by FinELib consortium and commencing on 1 st April, this three-year agreement will allow academics from participating institutions to utilize all the benefits of open access while enjoying simplified processes and discounted fees for their institutions while publishing with Frontiers, the world’s third most-cited publisher. .

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Freeze–thaw battery could help store solar and wind energy

Physics World

Energy cycles: schematic showing how the battery can be frozen and thawed to store an excess supply of energy and release it when demand is high. Courtesy: Cell Reports Physical Sciences /CC BY 4.0).

Report: Surging Energy Prices Accelerating Pace of Wind, Solar, Battery Adoption

Environment + Energy Leader

Surging global energy prices are supercharging the already rapid pace of growth in solar, wind, and battery storage projects, according to the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis US 2022 Power Sector Outlook.

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ExxonMobil Shows Its Lobbying Hand, But Hides Some Cards

Union of Concerned Scientists

A funny thing happened just as people started turning off their laptops and gearing up for the long President’s Day weekend last month. At 2 p.m. on Friday, with no news alert, press statement or announcement, ExxonMobil for the first time revealed who received its lobbying money and how much.

Perspective | Water is the New Carbon

Circle of Blue

Global water security is increasingly threatened. Accounting for water use and risk ought to have the same urgency with which we address carbon. Cargo ships on the Rhine River, in Germany. Photo © J. Carl Ganter/Circle of Blue.

Amid Hopes and Fears, a Plastics Boom in Appalachia Is On Hold

Yale E360

The rise of fracking in Appalachia has fed visions of turning the Ohio River Valley into a petrochemical and plastics hub. But overproduction of plastic, opposition to natural gas pipelines, and public concern about rampant plastic waste are threatening those plans. Read more on E360

One Last Climate Warning in New IPCC Report: ‘Now or Never’

Inside Climate News

The world will probably burn through its carbon budget before the global climate panel issues its next update on mitigation.

Physics is something that girls fancy

Physics World

Physics opens doors to extraordinary careers in research, engineering and industry. It teaches people to think critically, to solve complex problems and to design solutions to the world’s biggest challenges. But not all young people are welcomed to physics equally.

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Dangerous Global Debt Burden Requires Decisive Cooperation

IMFBlog

By Vitor Gaspar and Ceyla Pazarbasioglu. With elevated risks to sovereign debt, a global cooperative approach is necessary to reach an orderly resolution of debt problems and prevent defaults. We live in dangerous times.

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A Big Week for Clean Energy in Michigan

Union of Concerned Scientists

Last week was a big one for clean energy in Michigan. First, Union of Concerned Scientists and the Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition released a new report on how Michigan and other states can achieve 100-percent renewable energy standards that benefit all communities. Then, Gov.

Solar, Wind Energy Demand Leads to Shortage, PPA Price Increases

Environment + Energy Leader

Rising gas prices, supply chain issues and overall demand are creating a rise in prices for power purchase agreements. The post Solar, Wind Energy Demand Leads to Shortage, PPA Price Increases appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

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Beginner’s Tips For Identifying Backyard Bird Nests

Cool Green Science

Wonder who made that nest in your backyard? These tips can get you started. The post Beginner’s Tips For Identifying Backyard Bird Nests appeared first on Cool Green Science. Birds & Birding Birds Outdoor Rec Traveling Naturalist

Across the Boreal Forest, Scientists Are Tracking Warming’s Toll

Inside Climate News

Researchers are studying dramatic changes in the vast northern forests: thawing permafrost, drowned trees, methane releases, increased wildfires, and the slow transformation from carbon sinks to carbon emitters.

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Lia Merminga becomes first woman to head Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory

Physics World

The particle physicist Lia Merminga has been appointed the first female director of the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory based in Batavia, Illinois. She will become the seventh director of the US particle-physics lab and succeeds Nigel Lockyer, who has headed Fermilab since 2013.

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Restructuring Debt of Poorer Nations Requires More Efficient Coordination

IMFBlog

By Guillaume Chabert , Martin Cerisola , and Dalia Hakura. An improved common framework for debt treatment could clear a path through an increasingly complex creditor landscape.

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Grid Modeling Overview: Four Types of Models Guiding the Transition to Clean Electricity

Union of Concerned Scientists

I’m going to let you in on a little secret: Without power grid modeling tools, the transition to clean electricity would be an absolute mess. Just imagine if grid planners had to guess how many renewables are required to reduce emissions or how much capacity is needed to ensure grid reliability.

Peco Offers $1.5M in Incentives for Customers to Advance Electrification of Their Fleets

Environment + Energy Leader

Peco is offering $1.5 million in infrastructure incentives for customers looking to advance electrification of their fleets. The post Peco Offers $1.5M in Incentives for Customers to Advance Electrification of Their Fleets appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

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