July, 2022

Building a Better Power Grid for Minnesota

Union of Concerned Scientists

Minnesotans are facing concurrent crises of climate change, high energy prices and inflation, and the inequitable public health impacts of fossil fuel air pollution.

FOOD THINGS: VERMICOMPOSTING

Cleannovate

Everytime we sit down to eat food, we must remember that food scraps have been generated in the process. More often than not, these scraps are disposed in the dustbin or in black trash bags. But what if we choose to see this waste differently? VERMICOMPOSTING.

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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.

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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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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.

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.

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.

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FOOD THINGS: GROW YOUR OWN FOOD

Cleannovate

Food is a tool of manipulation…political manipulation for that matter (think of the rising costs of flour and cooking oil at the moment). Such happenings bring about a sense of helplessness… But in our own small ways, we could forge solutions to these crises and generate a sense of relief… One such solution is growing your own food. Let me explain. GROW YOUR OWN FOOD.

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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. From the Field Endangered Species Plants Traveling Naturalist

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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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 i Island. Image Credit: R. Prescott. Volcanic habitats in Hawai?i i are rich in bacterial diversity, including many yet undiscovered species, shows a new study.

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.

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.

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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.

New Study Identifies Rapidly Emerging Threats to Oceans

Inside Climate News

The push to extract materials and food from the oceans at industrial scale menaces vulnerable communities and biodiversity.

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Cool Green Summer Book Review 2022

Cool Green Science

Six perfect summer nature reads, from bird observation to a wildlife thriller to conservation history. The post Cool Green Summer Book Review 2022 appeared first on Cool Green Science. Birds & Birding Ideas Our Nature Reads

Big Water Pipelines, an Old Pursuit, Still Alluring in Drying West

Circle of Blue

Diverting Mississippi River is not happening, though. Large-scale water engineering projects like the Los Angeles Aqueduct ushered in the modern era of the American West. More pipelines and water transfers have been proposed or are under construction in the drying region. Photo © J.

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California Passes Nation’s Toughest Plastic Waste Law

Environment + Energy Leader

California passes a law that requires plastic to be recycled at a rate of 65% by 2032. The post California Passes Nation’s Toughest Plastic Waste Law appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader. Environmental Management Leaders Leading Waste & Recycling

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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.

Ask a Scientist: In Search of a ‘Green’ Electric Car Battery

Union of Concerned Scientists

Lithium-ion batteries are the most popular battery in use today. First commercialized in 1991, their cost has declined by a remarkable 97 percent over the last three decades, enabling the rapid growth of mobile phones, laptops and more recently, electric cars.

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.

More Mountain Glacier Collapses Feared as Heat Waves Engulf the Northern Hemisphere

Inside Climate News

Researchers spot a vast new crack on a crumbling Italian glacier that killed 11 people earlier this month, as warming temperatures and snow droughts take a toll on alpine icefields.

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HotSpots H2O: What’s Driving Vulnerability Behind South Asia’s “Biblical” Floods?

Circle of Blue

Regional experts point to deficits in local institutions and risk planning. Flooding in the Sylhet region of Bangladesh displaced hundreds of thousands, many of them children. UNICEF/Sultan Mahmud Mukut. By Laura Gersony, Circle of Blue — July 19, 2022.

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!

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Researchers produce first in vivo images of brain inflammation using MRI

Physics World

Imaging inflammation: MR images of a brain overlaid with the stick fraction, an MRI measure associated with microglia activation. Courtesy: Silvia De Santis).

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.

Where to See a Moose

Cool Green Science

A moose spotter’s guide to the best parks and preserves. The post Where to See a Moose appeared first on Cool Green Science. From the Field Wildlife Mammal Watching Outdoor Rec Traveling Naturalist

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.

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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.

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Manure-Eating Worms Could Be the Dairy Industry’s Climate Solution

Inside Climate News

The worms devour pollutants in dairy wastewater and even prevent greenhouse gas emissions, making such a system a boon to water quality and a possible alternative to digesters.

Axial Higgs mode spotted in materials at room temperature

Physics World

An axial Higgs mode has been spotted within the collective quantum excitations of a solid material. Kenneth Burch at Boston College and colleagues in the US and China, discovered the quasiparticle cousin of the Higgs boson in a relatively simple tabletop experiment carried out at room temperature.

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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.

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Bees’ ‘waggle dance’ may revolutionize how robots talk to each other in disaster zones

Frontiers

By Conn Hastings, science writer. Image credit: rtbilder / Shutterstock.com. Honeybees use a sophisticated dance to tell their sisters about the location of nearby flowers. This phenomenon forms the inspiration for a form of robot-robot communication that does not rely on digital networks.

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90% of Telcos Believe Circularity Is Important to Their Organization

Environment + Energy Leader

Nine in ten telco operators (90%) believe the circular economy is important to their organization and 89% say it’s part of their current business strategy. The post 90% of Telcos Believe Circularity Is Important to Their Organization appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

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Research fieldwork comes with safety challenges

Environmental News Bits

by Lisa Sheppard, Prairie Research Institute Prairie Research Institute (PRI) researchers and technicians may not know exactly which hazards they’ll face when they conduct fieldwork to study the natural world.

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In the US West, Researchers Consider a Four-Legged Tool to Fight Two Foes: Wildfire and Cheatgrass

Inside Climate News

Targeted grazing could reduce an invasive grass that has fueled an explosion of wildfires and threatens native species. But it’s not a silver bullet. By Emma Foehringer Merchant Cheatgrass first spread across the U.S. West in the 1800s, carried by settlers and in contaminated seed and straw.

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Magnetic fields can turn medical waste into high-value products

Physics World

Alternating magnetic fields can be used to rapidly convert medical waste, such as plastic syringes, into hydrogen-rich gases and high-quality graphite, scientists in China have found.

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