June, 2022

5 Powerful Facts for Global Wind Day

Union of Concerned Scientists

We at the Union of Concerned Scientists think a lot about wind power. In honor of Global Wind Day , here’s a roundup of what we’re seeing and what we’ve been thinking—five facts about wind energy to keep in mind as you celebrate, or at least make note, on June 15.

Will a Nile Canal Project Dry Up Africa’s Largest Wetland?

Yale E360

South Sudan is moving ahead with plans for a 240-mile canal to divert water from the White Nile and send it to Egypt. But critics warn the megaproject would desiccate the world’s second largest wetland, impacting its rich wildlife and the rains on which the region depends. Read more on E360

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Meet the Idiomysis Shrimp, the Social Butterfly of the Ocean

Ocean Conservancy

Recently, while looking at underwater macro photography, I stumbled across an adorable type of shrimp that I had never seen before. Their bulging eyes and tiny, colorful bodies were simply too cute to handle. I wanted to learn more. Surprisingly, a Google (and even Bing!)

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Deep learning identifies head-on collisions in LHC data

Physics World

Deep learning could hold the key to making sense of proton collisions generated in the world’s premier particle accelerator.

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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.

IoT Smart Cities Market Expected to Reach $555 Billion

Environment + Energy Leader

As connected technologies advance and demand for efficiency increases, the Internet of Things smart cities market is expected to quickly grow. The post IoT Smart Cities Market Expected to Reach $555 Billion appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

Guest Post: Climate Litigation in Japan: Citizens’ Attempts for the Coal Phase-Out

Law Columbia

By Yumeno Grace Nishikawa, LLM*. The Supreme Court of Japan may soon weigh in on a growing field of climate litigation in Japan against coal-fired power plants.

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Pollen and Heat: A Looming Challenge for Global Agriculture

Yale E360

Farmers and scientists are increasingly observing that unusually high springtime temperatures can kill pollen and interfere with the fertilization of crops. Researchers are now searching for ways to help pollen beat the heat, including developing more heat-tolerant varieties. Read more on E360

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Guitarfish Rock–Here’s Why

Ocean Conservancy

Here at Ocean Conservancy, we think that all marine wildlife rock. But there’s one animal in particular that I’ve been a superfan of ever since I laid eyes on it: the guitarfish.

Gravitational waves from merging black-hole ‘atom’ could reveal new particles

Physics World

Evidence for a new type of subatomic particle could be lurking within the gravitational waves produced by some merging black holes, according to calculations by physicists in the US and the Netherlands.

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Colorful urban environments, even if just in virtual reality, promote wellbeing

Frontier Sin

By Conn Hasting, science writer. Colorful virtual reality cityscape. Image credit: A. Batistatou, F. Vandeville, and Y.N. Delevoye-Turrell. Urban environments can be drab and stressful, but introducing vegetation or colorful designs could improve the wellbeing of city dwellers.

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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.

As Animals Migrate Because of Climate Change, Thousands of New Viruses Will Hop From Wildlife to Humans—and Mitigation Won’t Stop Them

Inside Climate News

“We can’t put this one back in the bottle,” said the researcher behind a recent study about the spread of zoonotic diseases. By Victoria St. Martin Long before the world had ever heard of Covid-19, Colin J.

Biden Administration Moves to Unblock Solar Power

Union of Concerned Scientists

For months, the US solar industry has been frozen by a pending trade case and the uncertainty it has brought. A new move by the Biden administration proposes to fix that. The solar trade case.

Bitcoin’s Intensive Energy Demands Are Sparking a Crypto Backlash

Yale E360

The enormous energy demands of Bitcoin mining are prompting some U.S. municipalities to impose moratoriums or outright bans on cryptocurrency facilities. Bitcoin mining activity, critics warn, is leading to electricity price hikes and a revival of dirtier sources of power. Read more on E360

Mmm-k scale climate models

Real Climate

Ocean eddy visualization ( Karsten Schnieder ). Two opinion pieces ( Slingo et al. , and Hewitt et al. ) and a supportive Nature Climate Change editorial were published this week, extolling the prospects for what they call “k-scale” climate modeling.

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Weather satellite sheds light on ‘Great Dimming’ of Betelgeuse star

Physics World

A weather satellite has helped explain why the red supergiant star Betelgeuse experienced an unprecedented dimming in 2019–20.

FedEx Receives First 150 Electric Delivery Vehicles, Marks Milestone

Environment + Energy Leader

FedEx Corp. announced it has received its first 150 electric delivery vehicles from BrightDrop, the technology startup from General Motors (GM) aimed at decarbonizing last-mile delivery.

Natural Gas Samples Taken from Boston-Area Homes Contained Numerous Toxic Compounds, a New Harvard Study Finds

Inside Climate News

Almost all of them contained low levels of benzene, a carcinogen. Additional studies are underway to see if homeowners are exposed to this and other toxins when cooking with gas.

Reducing Gun Violence: What Role for the CDC?

Union of Concerned Scientists

With another horrific spate of mass shootings in the United States, fueled as they too often are by racism and hate, the nation’s attention has once again turned to asking ourselves and our policymakers how to reduce gun violence in our society.

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The Vanishing Rio Grande: Warming Takes a Toll on a Legendary River

Yale E360

The Rio Grande, which flows out of the Rockies and later forms the U.S.-Mexico Mexico border, has long been impacted by withdrawals for agriculture and other uses. Now, rising temperatures and an unprecedented drought pose a grave and growing peril to the river and its ecosystems. Read more on E360

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National Parks Ban Single-Use Plastics

Ocean Conservancy

The natural world never ceases to surprise me. Years ago, I was on a plastics research expedition for Ocean Conservancy, and we landed on the shores of Katmai National Park in Alaska.

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Early adopters position themselves for quantum advantage

Physics World

The first practical demonstrators of quantum computers have fuelled speculation about the future impact this emerging technology will have for both scientific discovery and commercial exploitation.

Princeton, Google, GE, ClearPath Lead Coalition Advancing Clean Energy Tech

Environment + Energy Leader

A new research group led by Princeton University aims to grow clean energy technologies. The post Princeton, Google, GE, ClearPath Lead Coalition Advancing Clean Energy Tech appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

What Happens If Glen Canyon Dam’s Power Shuts Off?

Circle of Blue

Lake Powell is drying behind one of the Southwest’s largest hydropower plants. Glen Canyon Dam forms the massive reservoir of Lake Powell.

Ask a Scientist: How to Disarm Disinformation

Union of Concerned Scientists

Our society is awash in disinformation. Lies about vaccines. Lies about the last election. Lies about climate change. There are just too many examples to mention. It’s infuriating, to be sure. But more than that, it’s dangerous—to public health, to democracy, to the country, and to the planet.

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Solution or Band-Aid? Carbon Capture Projects Are Moving Ahead

Yale E360

Long discussed but rarely used, carbon capture and storage projects — which bury waste CO2 underground — are on the rise globally. Some analysts see the technology as a necessary tool in reducing emissions, but others say it simply perpetuates the burning of fossil fuels. Read more on E360

In An Unusual Step, a Top Medical Journal Weighs in on Climate Change

Inside Climate News

The New England Journal of Medicine kicks off a series of articles Thursday with an examination of the effects of air pollution on children’s health. By Victoria St.

New ‘wonder material’ graphyne synthesized in two labs

Physics World

Two new processes for producing different types of graphyne – a 2D allotrope of carbon that includes triple bonds – have been reported in independent papers.

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Recycling Partnership Plans to Collect a Billion Pounds of Recyclables Each Year

Environment + Energy Leader

The Recycling Partnership says it has improved recycling in the US in these ways in the last decade. The post Recycling Partnership Plans to Collect a Billion Pounds of Recyclables Each Year appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader. Environmental Management Waste & Recycling

Party with Polychaete Worms

Ocean Conservancy

When we think of “worms,” we often picture the brown-pink, slimy earthworm. You know, the ones that emerge in droves after a big rain storm or the ones favored by some anglers. See more wonderful ocean animals! Sorry, but we failed to add you to the list. Please try again or contact 1.888.780.6763.

Climate Change, Danger Seasons and the Need for Global Action

Union of Concerned Scientists

Deadly heatwaves, extreme drought, food and water shortages, catastrophic flooding, rapidly intensifying tropical storms, raging wildfires—around the world, climate change is exacerbating extreme conditions and their harsh toll on people and ecosystems.

After Long Decline, Eastern Monarchs Show Signs of Recovery, Survey Finds

Yale E360

Eastern monarch butterflies covered 35 percent more ground in the mountain forests of central Mexico this past winter than they did the year before, according to a survey from the World Wildlife Fund. Read more on E360

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6PPD: The Secret Killer of Puget Sound Salmon

Washington Nature

By Eric Wagner, Freelance Writer The Ship Canal Bridge is a double-deck steel truss that looms nearly two hundred feet above Portage Bay, between Lake Washington and Lake Union in Seattle.

Polariton condensation emerges from a bound state in the continuum

Physics World

A bound state in the continuum (BIC) is a symmetry-protected topological state that, despite lying in the continuum radiation spectrum of a system, is unable to radiate in the far field.

Honeywell, EnLink Developing Carbon Capture System

Environment + Energy Leader

A new carbon capture platform is being developed using existing technology and infrastructure in Louisiana. The post Honeywell, EnLink Developing Carbon Capture System appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader. Air Environmental Management

A ‘Living Shoreline’ Takes Root in New York’s Jamaica Bay

Inside Climate News

An experimental project to build back a pond important to migratory bird species joins ongoing efforts to restore Jamaica Bay marshlands. By Hannah Loss A flotilla of water birds bobbed on West Pond as hundreds of tree swallows swooped overhead, their blue iridescent backs glinting in the sun.

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