July, 2022

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Are EV Batteries Recyclable?

Union of Concerned Scientists

As electric vehicle (EV) sales continue to increase, questions about how these cars and their batteries will be disposed of have been top of mind for current owners, future buyers, policymakers, and many experts in the automotive industry. EVs are a newer technology, and their batteries require different end-of-life processing than gasoline vehicles.

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Five Things to Know About Drought in the American West

Circle of Blue

A new climate is re-writing the story of America’s drylands. The largest saline lake in the western hemisphere, the Great Salt Lake dropped to a record low in 2022 as a result of a hot drought that increased evaporation and decreased water flows. Photo © Brett Walton/Circle of Blue. By Brett Walton, Circle of Blue – July 14, 2022. Harsh and unrelenting.

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Stronger Sustainability Requirements Are Surfacing as the Trend Continues to Grow

Environment + Energy Leader

Packaging sustainability is a mega trend impacting the packaging industry. The post Stronger Sustainability Requirements Are Surfacing as the Trend Continues to Grow appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

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The CO2 problem in six easy steps (2022 Update)

Real Climate

One of our most-read old posts is the step-by-step explanation for why increasing CO 2 is a significant problem ( The CO2 problem in 6 easy steps ). However, that was written in 2007 – 15 years ago! While the basic steps and concepts have not changed, there’s 15 years of more data, updates in some of the details and concepts, and (it turns out) better graphics to accompany the text.

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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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Bringing Back the Beasts: Global Rewilding Plans Take Shape

Yale E360

With a growing number of studies demonstrating the importance of large mammals to healthy ecosystems, scientists are proposing concrete plans to reintroduce these animals to the wild. The return of just 20 species to native habitats, they say, could be a boon to biodiversity. Read more on E360 ?.

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Coronavirus may enter the brain by building tiny tunnels from the nose

New Scientist

How the virus behind covid-19 enters the brain was somewhat of a mystery, but new evidence hints it may build tiny tubes from nose cells to brain cells that it can shuttle through

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A Colorado River Glossary: Jargon Explained

Circle of Blue

How to tell your DCP from your ICS. Lake Powell at sunrise. Photo © J. Carl Ganter/Circle of Blue. By Brett Walton, Circle of Blue – July 28, 2022. These are perilous times in the troubled Colorado River basin, a make-or-break moment in which some of the nation’s fastest growing and most arid states begin to reckon with a drier future. The next month will be especially intense.

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Reusable and Refillable Packaging Becomes a Major Trend for 2022

Environment + Energy Leader

Reusable and refillable packaging is one of the most dynamic sectors of the packaging market in 2022, with rapid growth fueled by innovative formats and the need to enact more planet-friendly business models. The post Reusable and Refillable Packaging Becomes a Major Trend for 2022 appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

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The End of the Greenbelt? How doing what York Region demands would mark its end

Enviromental Defense

Recently, York Region voted to seek provincial government approval for their draft Regional Official Plan. Shockingly, this draft plan proposes to allow development on the Oak Ridges Moraine portion of the Greenbelt. The draft plan violates the Provincial Planning Act that mandates that municipalities must complete and submit plans that comply with provincial law, policies and plans.

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More Energy on Less Land: The Drive to Shrink Solar’s Footprint

Yale E360

With the push for renewables leading to land-use conflicts, building highly efficient utility-scale solar farms on ever-smaller tracts of land has become a top priority. New approaches range from installing PV arrays that take up less space to growing crops between rows of panels. Read more on E360 ?.

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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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Wild bison released in UK for first time as part of rewilding efforts

New Scientist

The release of four bison in a block of ancient woodland is expected to improve the area's biodiversity, in what could mark the first of a new wave of rewilding projects

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Climate Change Threatens Already Poor Air Quality in California’s Central Valley

Union of Concerned Scientists

California’s Central Valley consistently experiences the country’s worst air quality, and climate change is poised to make air quality even worse. In a region known for its exceptional agricultural productivity, climate change is quickly amplifying a dangerous type of climate risk in California’s Central Valley: air pollution. The Central Valley produces about 25% of our nation’s food , despite occupying just 1% of nationwide farmland.

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What’s Up With Water — July 19, 2022

Circle of Blue

This week’s episode of What’s Up With Water covers a setback to the environmental rights of nature in Florida and a recent lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Plus, Circle of Blue breaks down the top five must-know facts about drought in the American West. Transcript. Welcome to “What’s Up With Water” – your need-to-know news of the world’s water from Circle of Blue.

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UK Unveils Net-Zero Aviation Plan as Country’s Overall Emissions Targets in Question

Environment + Energy Leader

The United Kingdom announces a strategy to achieve net zero in aviation while a court rules against its overall sustainability strategy. The post UK Unveils Net-Zero Aviation Plan as Country’s Overall Emissions Targets in Question appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

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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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Ontario can’t build Highway 413…yet 

Enviromental Defense

The fight to stop Highway 413 isn’t over – it’s just beginning. . Despite running on a platform to pave over a chunk of the Greenbelt and thousands of acres of prime farmland, the re-elected Ontario government can’t start building Highway 413…yet. That’s because just over a year ago, the Federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change designated Highway 413 under the Impact Assessment Act.

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Shifting Sands: Carolina's Outer Banks Face a Precarious Future

Yale E360

Despite the risks of building on barrier islands, developers kept constructing homes on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Now, as sea level rises and storms become more frequent and powerful, the famed vacation spot is fighting an increasingly difficult battle to keep from washing away. Read more on E360 ?.

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And the 2022 Photo Contest Winners Are …

Ocean Conservancy

I am thrilled to share the official winners of Ocean Conservancy’s 2022 Photo Contest ! We were absolutely dazzled by all the incredible submissions this year. Thank you for taking the time to enter your photographs and to vote for your favorites during our 2022 Photo Contest. You showed us massive whales and teeny tiny nudibranchs. You captured the ocean’s endless beauty and the many threats it faces.

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What Are the Benefits of Switching from Gasoline-Powered Cars and Trucks to Electric?

Union of Concerned Scientists

Transportation is the largest source of global warming emissions in the US and the passenger cars, trucks, and SUVs produce the majority of transportation emissions. Limiting climate change will require the rapid reduction in these emissions from the vehicles we drive. Electric vehicles (EVs) can eliminate tailpipe emissions altogether and so are an attractive option for reducing both global-warming and smog-forming air pollution.

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Concrete River

Circle of Blue

Concrete River. Water, Life, Pollution, And The Future Of The Los Angeles River. By, Pablo Unzueta. A dead bird lies on the slanted pavement, its neck twisted in the shape of an ‘S’. In the distance, a lone man makes his way across a slippery concrete riverbed, now coated in algae. Occasionally, a piece of trash floats downstream, slowly advancing toward the Pacific.

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Intel Operations in US, Costa Rica, India Achieve Net-Positive Water

Environment + Energy Leader

Intel has achieved net-positive water use in three countries and is on pace to hit the goal throughout its operations by 2030, the company says. The post Intel Operations in US, Costa Rica, India Achieve Net-Positive Water appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

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Stunning images of an Antarctic neutrino detector, a pollinating flower and an aurora-bathed turbine feature in science photography contests

Physics World

This edition of the Red Folder looks at some images from two science-related photography contests. Last week the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) announced the winners of its IUPAP 100 Photo Contest. First prize in the “At a glance” category went to Yuya Makino of Madison, Wisconsin, US who was a “winterover” at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station.

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Urban Waters: Discovering the Hidden Beauty of a Jersey River

Yale E360

Flowing through hard-pressed Camden, New Jersey’s Cooper River was long abused and ignored by area residents. Now, following the example of other urban restoration efforts, a campaign is underway to encourage more use of the Cooper and an appreciation of its natural assets. Read more on E360 ?.

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Reclassification of Earth's minerals reveals 4000 more than we thought

New Scientist

Some scientists suggest minerals should be reorganised by the methods that make them, which would increase the known number of minerals on Earth by 75 per cent

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With Climate Change, Nights Are Warming Faster than Days. Why?

Union of Concerned Scientists

Extreme heat and heatwaves are growing more frequent and more severe because of climate change. That often brings to mind images of people trying to catch some shade under a baking hot sun or city kids cooling off in a fountain while their parents sweat on the sidelines. While climate change is making our days hotter, the fingerprints of climate change are even clearer for nighttime temperatures than for daytime temperatures.

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Chilli peppers, coffee, wine: how the climate crisis is causing food shortages

Circle of Blue

Chilli Peppers, Coffee, Wine: How the Climate Crisis is Causing Food Shortages. Blistering heat, stronger storms, droughts, floods and fires are putting food production at risk.This article by The Guardian is published here as part of the global journalism collaboration Covering Climate Now. By Victoria Namkung, The Guardian — July 5, 2022. Sriracha fans are a passionate bunch.

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Microsoft Expands Carbon Removal with Climeworks Direct Air Capture System

Environment + Energy Leader

Microsoft signs a long-term deal to use direct air capture to remove carbon. The post Microsoft Expands Carbon Removal with Climeworks Direct Air Capture System appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

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Birthday boson: 10 years of living with the Higgs particle

Physics World

Monday 4 July 2022 marks the 10-year anniversary of that famous seminar at CERN when the discovery of a Higgs-like boson was confirmed. It was a shining example of the power of international collaboration and curiosity-driven research, and many hoped it would usher in a new era of discoveries beyond the Standard Model of particle physics. In truth, the subsequent decade has been underwhelming for particle physics with few significant breakthroughs.

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Microbial ´dark matter´: centuries-old lava caves of Hawai?i Island contain thousands of unknown bacterial species

Frontiers

By K.E.D. Coan, science writer. Thick microbial mats hang under a rock ledge in steam vents that run along the Eastern Rift Zone on Hawai?i Island. Image Credit: R. Prescott. Volcanic habitats in Hawai?i are rich in bacterial diversity, including many yet undiscovered species, shows a new study. These lava caves and geothermal vents are similar to what may have once existed on Mars and the bacterial communities that co-exist there provide clues about how life can exist in extreme environments.

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Lost Orchid Found: Flower “Extinct” Since 1902 Blooms

Cool Green Science

An amateur naturalist finds a plant that’s been “extinct” for more than a century. The post Lost Orchid Found: Flower “Extinct” Since 1902 Blooms appeared first on Cool Green Science.

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Boosting Michigan’s Energy Future with Regional Transmission Upgrades

Union of Concerned Scientists

Today, the regional entity overseeing much of the electric power grid in the Midwest—the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO)—approved a set of major new transmission system upgrades that will bring billions of dollars in benefits to the region while better enabling states and utilities to pursue transitions to clean energy. See here for my colleague Sam Gomberg’s excellent post explaining the background and details on what is known as “Tranche 1” of MISO’s long range transmissi

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Drought in the American West: Weekly Roundup

Circle of Blue

© J. Carl Ganter / Circle of Blue © J. Carl Ganter / Circle of Blue. By Delaney Nelson, Circle of Blue – July 19, 2022. TOP NEWS . As of July 12, nearly 45 percent of the U.S. and Puerto Rico is in drought, a 14 percent increase since mid-June. The federal Bureau of Reclamation gives Colorado River states a 60-day deadline to develop an emergency plan to conserve water.

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EPA Adds Five New PFAS to Reporting Requirements

Environment + Energy Leader

The EPA is issuing a final rule to update the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) chemical list to identify five additional PFAS subject to reporting requirements. The post EPA Adds Five New PFAS to Reporting Requirements appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

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Projectile fusion offers new path to clean energy, quantum communications for alien civilizations

Physics World

Nuclear fusion powers the Sun, and if we could harness it here on Earth we would benefit from a clean and abundant source of energy. However, creating a fusion power plant remains a formidable technical challenge. This episode of the Physics World Weekly podcast features an interview with Nick Hawker, who is co-founder and CEO of First Light Fusion.

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Flexible robot hand with precise grip lifts 1000 times its own weight

New Scientist

An 8-gram actuator - a device that converts energy and signals into movement - that operates as artificial muscles lifted 8 kilograms while maintaining human-like hand movements

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