December, 2021

Illinois Can Still Say “Knope” to Pawnee Gas Plant

Union of Concerned Scientists

The proposed methane gas plant makes it clear our fight against fossil fuel interests is not over. Energy air pollution CEJA climate change Fossil Fuels gas plant governor pritzker IEPA Illinois Lincoln Land Energy Center parks and rec Pawnee

WHY A PhD MATTERS OUTSIDE THE UNIVERSITY

Cleannovate

Is a PhD useful outside the walls of a university? For ages, this qualification has been touted as the gold standard for research practitioners. PhD holders are not only expected to research on new ways of solving problems but also teach students in university. But what options do they have when universities seem to be downsizing instead of employing? Well, the real question should be whether PhD graduates can work outside universities.

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Entangling a live tardigrade, radiation warning on anti-5G accessories

Physics World

Tardigrades are tiny organisms that can survive extreme environments including being chilled to near absolute zero.

Global Debt Reaches a Record $226 Trillion

IMFBlog

By Vitor Gaspar , Paulo Medas , and Roberto Perrelli. Policymakers must strike the right balance in the face of high debt and rising inflation.

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Embracing a Wetter Future, the Dutch Turn to Floating Homes

Yale E360

Faced with worsening floods and a shortage of housing, the Netherlands is seeing growing interest in floating homes. These floating communities are inspiring more ambitious Dutch-led projects in flood-prone nations as far-flung as French Polynesia and the Maldives. Read more on E360

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Plastic Recycling Market Rapidly Growing Aided by Government and Industry Support

Environmental Leader

As support grows to reduce waste, the plastic recycling industry is expected to grow at a substantial rate over the next few years. The post Plastic Recycling Market Rapidly Growing Aided by Government and Industry Support appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

Oil Execs Spout Disinformation at House Climate Disinformation Hearing

Union of Concerned Scientists

The fact that they were testifying under oath didn't seem to matter. Climate Change Energy Chevron climate disinformation climate-change ExxonMobil oil and gas industry

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Quantum entanglement of two macroscopic objects is the Physics World 2021 Breakthrough of the Year

Physics World

Quantum technology has made great strides over the past two decades and physicists are now able to construct and manipulate systems that were once in the realm of thought experiments. One particularly fascinating avenue of inquiry is the fuzzy border between quantum and classical physics.

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Global Crypto Regulation Should be Comprehensive, Consistent, and Coordinated  

IMFBlog

The IMF’s mandate is to safeguard the stability of the international monetary and financial system, and crypto assets are changing the system profoundly. By Tobias Adrian , Dong He , and Aditya Narain. Crypto assets and associated products and services have grown rapidly in recent years.

Three Myths About Renewable Energy and the Grid, Debunked

Yale E360

Renewable energy skeptics argue that because of their variability, wind and solar cannot be the foundation of a dependable electricity grid. But the expansion of renewables and new methods of energy management and storage can lead to a grid that is reliable and clean. Read more on E360

2021 – Open Science Is Saving Lives

Frontier Sin

Kamila Markram, CEO and Co-founder. A year ago, I wrote about the strength of the human spirit that saw all of us come together as we rose before the challenge in front of us.

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DC’s Shifting Indoor Mask Mandate: Follow the Science, Mayor Bowser

Union of Concerned Scientists

The mayor’s decision to lift DC's indoor mask mandate is not based on the best available science and evidence. Science and Democracy COVID-19 and the Coronavirus Pandemic Mayor Bowser Washington D.C.

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The West Sizzled in a November Heat Wave and Snow Drought

Inside Climate News

A regional warming and drying trend continues to intensify concerns about water and energy security.

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Sensing gravity, the quantum way

Physics World

Much of quantum technology is linked to computing. It is easy to imagine how a better, more powerful computer, capable of solving complex problems, could be useful. But what is a computer, after all, if not a data-processing machine.

The G20 Common Framework for Debt Treatments Must Be Stepped Up

IMFBlog

By Kristalina Georgieva and Ceyla Pazarbasioglu. With the debt service suspension initiative expiring and interest rates poised to rise, low-income countries will find it increasingly difficult to service their debts.

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Protecting Earth: If ‘Nature Needs Half,’ What Do People Need?

Yale E360

The campaign to preserve half the Earth’s surface is being criticized for failing to take account of global inequality and human needs. But such protection is essential not just for nature, but also for creating a world that can improve the lives of the poor and disadvantaged. Read more on E360

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Twenty years of tallgrass prairie restoration in northern Illinois, USA

The Applied Ecologist

Elizabeth Bach and Bill Kleiman share their latest findings from monitoring long-term ecosystem restoration on The Nature Conservancy’s Nachusa Grassland preserve. The challenges facing our planet can feel overwhelming and paralyzing.

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2021 Year in Review: Five Stories of Clean Energy Progress

Union of Concerned Scientists

The end of the year can be a fine time for taking stock, and that’s true in the energy space just as in our personal lives. Lots of stories of clean energy progress caught my eye for 2021.

Meet the Prehistoric Animals that Ruled the Ocean

Ocean Conservancy

When we think about the age of the dinosaurs, we often forget about what was swimming in the ocean during that period. At the end of Jurassic World , the Mosasaurus is nearly forgotten until it terrifyingly jumps out of the water scaring those on land.

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Brain stimulation delivers pain relief without adverse side effects

Physics World

Worldwide, 1.5 billion people live with chronic pain, with greater prevalence among adults living in poverty, women and the elderly. In the US alone, chronic pain costs an estimated $560–635 billion per year in direct medical costs, lost productivity and disability programmes.

Addressing Inflation Pressures Amid an Enduring Pandemic

IMFBlog

By Tobias Adrian and Gita Gopinath. With inflationary pressures intensifying and Omicron generating new uncertainties, monetary policymakers are facing new and challenging tradeoffs.

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Perspective: More Attention Needed on Freshwater Biodiversity

Circle of Blue

Freshwater species are dying off and decreasing in abundance. Yet conservation funding centers on lands and oceans. Boats ply the waters of the Mekong River Delta, near Can Tho, Vietnam.

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Climate Clues from the Past Prompt a New Look at History

Yale E360

As scientists rapidly improve their ability to decipher past climate upheaval through ice cores and other "proxies,” historians are re-examining previous political and social turmoil and linking it to volcanic eruptions, prolonged droughts, and other disturbances in the natural world.

Gagging Scientists in Florida and Missouri to Hide COVID-19 Data

Union of Concerned Scientists

Political leaders in Florida and Missouri are opting to censor scientists and bury COVID-19 data rather than use that data to protect people in their states.

CHOOSE YOUR BATTLES

Cleannovate

For a moment, I was impressed by this matatu Sacco for lowering their prices (a rarety in Kenya’s transport sector). But it didn’t take me long to notice the personal struggles the driver was going through. On nearing my destination, a small altercation ensued between him and a motorcycle rider. The disagreement was that our driver had swerved infront of his motorcycle nearly hitting him. All this was happening in the midst of a mini jam.

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Physics World announces its finalists for the 2021 Breakthrough of the Year

Physics World

One of the highlights in the Physics World calendar is the announcement of our Breakthrough of the Year, which will be made this year on Tuesday 14 December. Today, we are revealing the 10 finalists for 2021, which serves as a shortlist from which we will pick the winner.

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Metals Demand From Energy Transition May Top Current Global Supply

IMFBlog

By Nico Valckx , Martin Stuermer , Dulani Seneviratne, and Ananthakrishnan Prasad. Firm, market, and country level factors may weigh on metals production under a net-zero scenario.

Manufacturing Industry Cutting Energy Use as Efficiency Goals, Output Grow

Environmental Leader

The manufacturing industry has significantly cut energy use over a 20-year period and have increased efforts at improving efficiency while increasing output. The post Manufacturing Industry Cutting Energy Use as Efficiency Goals, Output Grow appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

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Rising Cost of Water in Michigan Leads to Affordability Problems

Circle of Blue

A growing number of Michigan households are burdened by high water bills, report finds. The community action group Detroit Water Brigade delivered water in August 2014 to city residents whose water had been shut off because of late payments. Photo © J. Carl Ganter/Circle of Blue.

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Climate Change Impacts on California Central Valley: The Warning Shot the US Is Ignoring

Union of Concerned Scientists

It's not a "them" problem. Climate Change California Central Valley climate change Drought extreme heat San Joaquin Valley water

Every coastline needs a local hero 

Frontier Sin

Author: Thimedi Hetti. In the world of marine science, Dr. Asha de Vos rarely needs an introduction.

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‘Cosmological coupling’ is making black holes bigger, study suggests

Physics World

The observation of black holes with unexpectedly high masses could be partly explained by an effect related to the expansion of the universe, astronomers in the US have proposed. The team, led by Kevin Croker at the University of Hawai’i at M?noa,

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Making predictions with the CMIP6 ensemble

Real Climate

The CMIP6 multi-model ensemble is a unique resource with input from scientists and modeling groups from around the world. But as we’ve discussed before ( #NotAllModels ) there are some specific issues that require users to be cautious in making predictions.

Large Renewable Energy Project Bringing 2.3 GW of Power Completed

Environmental Leader

The final piece of a large renewable energy project that includes both wind and solar power farms has been completed by ENGIE North America and Hannon Armstrong. The post Large Renewable Energy Project Bringing 2.3 GW of Power Completed appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

Global Warming Can Set The Stage for Deadly Tornadoes

Inside Climate News

The latest IPCC science report affirmed an increase in U.S. tornado clusters.

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How Omicron Stole My Christmas: Facing the New Dominant COVID-19 Variant

Union of Concerned Scientists

Science helps keep us safe, even as Omicron looms over our holiday season. Science and Democracy COVID-19 and the Coronavirus Pandemic

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Frontiers in Chemical Engineering 2021 Awards

Frontier Sin

We are pleased to announce the first edition of Frontiers in Chemical Engineering Editors Awards. With these Awards, we are highlighting the members of our Associate Editors and Review Editors Boards, who have gone above and beyond in the past year.

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