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.

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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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.

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

Shaping a Resilient Future: Climate Impact on Vulnerable Populations

Speaker: Laurie Schoeman Director, Climate & Sustainability, Capital

During this event, national climate and housing expert Laurie Schoeman will discuss topics including relocation, decarbonization, housing affordability, disparities in climate risks, and the health impacts of climate change.

Blurring the Lines Between Art and Activism ????

Circle of Blue

Greg Mort painting “Circle of Blue” in 2007. Photo © Greg and Nadine Mort. Greg Mort didn’t intend to devote his career as an artist to the preservation of the environment. Indeed, his art has always reflected his fascination with science.

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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.

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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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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

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

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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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.

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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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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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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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.

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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We are more satisfied with life as we age, thanks to this neurochemical

Frontiers

By Tania Fitzgeorge-balfour, science writer. Image: Robert Kneschke. A new study has linked life satisfaction to the chemistry in our brains. People that release more of the neurochemical oxytocin are kinder to others and tend to be more satisfied with their lives.

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.

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.

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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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

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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Rights of H-2A Workers

National Law Center

H-2A agricultural guest workers (“H-2A workers”) are in the United States as part of a visa program for short-term agricultural labor. The post Rights of H-2A Workers appeared first on National Agricultural Law Center. Farm Labor Labor Samantha Mikolajczyk Underserved Communities, BIPOC

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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.

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).

Miriam Rengel – Women in space

Frontiers

Author: Leticia Nani Silva. Space has always been a massive curiosity of mine as a scientist. Despite my interests in biology and human behavior shining brighter in my career, my interest in space and astronomy has always lived in the background.

The Current Rate of Ocean Warming Could Bring the Greatest Extinction of Sealife in 250 Million Years

Inside Climate News

A new study suggests that warming, oxygen-starved seas could lead marine species to vanish at a rate matching the planet’s biggest extinction event on record.

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A Quiet Revolution: Southwest Cities Learn to Thrive Amid Drought

Yale E360

Facing a changing climate, southwestern U.S. cities such as San Diego, Phoenix, and Las Vegas have embraced a host of innovative strategies for conserving and sourcing water, providing these metropolitan areas with ample water supplies to support their growing populations. Read more on E360

Evrnu Launches Recyclable Lyocell Material Made from Cotton Textile Waste

Environment + Energy Leader

Textile company Evrnu is launching the world’s first high performance, recyclable lyocell material made entirely from cotton textile waste. Doing this allows a way to replace plastic-based materials.

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.

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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Finland and Frontiers establish national Open Access agreement 

Frontiers

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. .

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

U.S. May Have Hit Peak Natural Gas Power Generation, Report Says

Yale E360

In the U.S., electricity generation using natural gas likely hit its peak in 2020, according to a new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Finance (IEEFA), which finds that cheaper wind and solar are edging gas off the power grid. Read more on E360

Is Pollen Increasing Due To Climate Change? | BreezoMeter

Breezometer

Allergy sufferers may have to brace themselves - researchers predict the US could see as much as a 200% increase in pollen this century if greenhouse gas emissions continue at the current rate, which may also cause pollen season to start between 10 to 40 days earlier. But why does this happen?