October, 2023

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Stopping the Carnage: A Push to Protect Birds from Window Strikes

Yale E360

A massive bird kill this month highlighted a grim problem: As many as a billion birds die in the U.S. each year by flying into windows and glass walls. Efforts are now underway in cities to dim building lights, make glass more visible, and adopt other bird-friendly practices.

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Transition to EVs: a Win for Climate; Let’s Make it a Win for US Workers

Union of Concerned Scientists

A global transition to electric transportation is underway and momentum is growing. Traditional and new auto manufacturers are bringing more and more models to market. Even in California, where a tradition of stringent regulation has pushed the industry to innovate over the past 50 years, automakers are selling EVs at levels well above sales requirements.

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The World Solved Acid Rain. We Can Also Solve Climate Change

Scientific American

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Mega penguins: These are the largest penguins to have ever lived

New Scientist

No penguin alive today can compare with some of the extinct giants that once roamed the planet, including Kumimanu fordycei, Petradyptes stonehousei and Palaeeudyptes klekowskii

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The Key to Sustainable Energy Optimization: A Data-Driven Approach for Manufacturing

Speaker: Kevin Kai Wong, President of Emergent Energy Solutions

In today's industrial landscape, the pursuit of sustainable energy optimization and decarbonization has become paramount. ♻️ Manufacturing corporations across the U.S. are facing the urgent need to align with decarbonization goals while enhancing efficiency and productivity. Unfortunately, the lack of comprehensive energy data poses a significant challenge for manufacturing managers striving to meet their targets. 📊 Join us for a practical webinar hosted by Kevin Kai Wong of Emergent Ene

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Ontario Government Political Staff Directed Changes to Municipal Official Plans to Favour the Interests of Select Landowners

Enviromental Defense

ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENCE AND ECOJUSTICE Toronto | Traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishinaabeg, the Haudenosaunee, and the Wendat – Newly obtained documents released by Ontario’s Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing as a result of a series of freedom of information requests show that it was partisan Minister’s Office staff – not civil service experts – who directed changes to municipal Official Plans in ways that favoured select landowners and sprawl devel

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New York Supreme Court Dismisses Challenge to Local Law 97

SPR Law

On October 30, 2023, the New York Supreme Court, New York County dismissed a significant legal challenge to New York City’s building emissions law, Local Law 97 of 2019. The decision provides clarity to the NYC real estate community that Local Law 97 is valid, enforceable, and constitutional. The law’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions caps… The post New York Supreme Court Dismisses Challenge to Local Law 97 appeared first on Sive Paget Riesel.

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Scientists Disagree About Drivers of September’s Global Temperature Spike, but It Has Most of Them Worried

Inside Climate News

The month’s shocking surge is likely to make 2023 the hottest year on record and drive extreme impact around the globe. It could also be a harbinger of even higher temperatures next year. By Bob Berwyn September’s stunning rise of the average global temperature is all but certain to make 2023 the warmest year on record, and 2024 is likely to be even hotter, edging close to the “red line” of 1.5 degrees Celsius of warming above the pre-industrial level that the 2015 Paris climate agreement is str

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A Possible Crisis in the Cosmos Could Lead to a New Understanding of the Universe

Scientific American

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Ukrainian AI attack drones may be killing without human oversight

New Scientist

Ukraine is using drones equipped with artificial intelligence that can identify and attack targets without any human control, in the first battlefield use of autonomous weapons or "killer robots"

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Environmental groups sue Ontario government to release Greenbelt documents

Enviromental Defense

ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENCE AND ECOJUSTICE Toronto | Traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishinaabeg, the Haudenosaunee, and the Wendat – Ecojustice, on behalf of Environmental Defence, is taking the Ontario government to court to make sure it tells the public the truth about the Greenbelt scandal, and about the government’s relationship with developers.

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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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Sabin Center Launches Report with Summaries of the Briefs and Statements Submitted to the ITLOS on The Advisory Opinion on Climate Change

Law Columbia

On September 29, 2023, a report titled “ITLOS Advisory Opinion on Climate Change: Summary of Briefs and Statements Submitted to the Tribunal” was published by the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law. This report offers an overview of the briefs and statements submitted to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) in response to the Commission of Small Island States (COSIS)’s request for an advisory opinion on crucial legal questions pertaining to climate change (you c

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Why Is Britain Retreating from Global Leadership on Climate Action?

Yale E360

While Britain has long been a leader in cutting emissions, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is now implementing a stunning reversal of climate-friendly policies, with new plans to “max out” oil production. Business leaders have joined environmentalists in condemning the moves.

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Who Were the Worst of the Worst Climate Polluters in 2022?

Inside Climate News

EPA’s annual greenhouse gas report for large emitters show some facilities slashed their emissions while others polluted more than ever. By Phil McKenna Emissions from the largest greenhouse gas emitters in the U.S. were down slightly in 2022, but thousands of industrial facilities with substantial emissions remain, according to the Environmental Protection Agency’s recently released Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program data.

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To Lead a Meaningful Life, Become Your Own Hero

Scientific American

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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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Vegan cheese made from fermented peas could taste more like dairy

New Scientist

When a mixture of pea protein and sunflower oil is fermented with lactic acid-producing bacteria, it develops a firm texture and produces flavour compounds found in dairy cheese

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Statement on RCMP Investigation into Ontario’s Greenbelt Land Swap

Enviromental Defense

Statement from Tim Gray, Executive Director on RCMP investigation into Ontario’s Greenbelt land swap. Toronto | Traditional territories of the Wendat, the Anishnaabeg, Haudenosaunee, Chippewas and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation – We welcome the news of the RCMP’s initiation of an investigation into the Ontario government’s Greenbelt land swap as an encouraging and significant development.

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The Clean Energy Investment Tax Credit (ITC): Direct Pay Claimants’ Race Against Time

Law Columbia

The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) is chock-full of tax incentives for climate and clean energy projects. This year, 2023, marks the first tax year in U.S. history during which entities that do not have federal tax liability – including local and state governments and agencies, nonprofit organizations, tribes and municipal utilities – can reap the benefit of these incentives.

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Biden Turns Attention to Long-Ignored Tribal Injustice in the Columbia River Basin

NRDC

A new memo from President Biden acknowledges that the ecological peril confronting the Columbia River Basin is inextricably linked to long-standing environmental injustices.

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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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Untangling Threats to Whales

Ocean Conservancy

In recent years, an elevated number of whale strandings have occurred along the east coast of the United States. These unusual mortality events have rightly raised concerns, especially with regard to the endangered North Atlantic right whale. Misinformation about the causes of these whale strandings is jeopardizing the public’s ability to address the real threats to whales and implement evidence-based solutions that can help.

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Millions of Baby Birds Are Dying from Extreme Heat

Scientific American

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JWST should soon glimpse the very first stars born after the big bang

New Scientist

The James Webb Space Telescope is looking ever further back in the universe’s history and the unexpected behaviour it is spotting hints that the standard model of cosmology may need tweaking, astrophysicist Richard Ellis has revealed at New Scientist Live

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Statement: The Ontario Government’s New Greenbelt Bill is only a modest first step towards ending the sprawl and land speculation scandal

Enviromental Defense

Statement by Phil Pothen, Ontario Environment Program Manager on An Act to amend the Greenbelt Act, 2005… Toronto | Traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishinaabeg, the Haudenosaunee, and the Wendat – By introducing legislation to return the 7,400 acres of vital habitat and prime farmland his Ministry wrongly removed from the Greenbelt, Minister Paul Callandra has taken only a modest first first step on the long path that leads out of the government’s sprawl and

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Space Junk Is Polluting Earth's Stratosphere with Vaporized Metal

Scientific American

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Dangerous 'Superbugs' Are on the Rise. What Can Stop Them?

Scientific American

Traditional antibiotics drive bacteria toward drug resistance, so scientists are looking to viruses, CRISPR, designer molecules and protein swords for better superbug treatments

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What Went Wrong with a Highly Publicized COVID Mask Analysis?

Scientific American

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See How Humans around the World Spend the 24 Hours in a Day

Scientific American

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The Evolutionary Reasons We Are Drawn to Horror Movies and Haunted Houses

Scientific American

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A Nasty Tropical Skin Disease Is Now Endemic in the U.S.

Scientific American

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Grammar Changes How We See, an Australian Language Shows

Scientific American

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The Theory That Men Evolved to Hunt and Women Evolved to Gather Is Wrong

Scientific American

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How Would We Know There's Life on Earth? This Bold Experiment Found Out

Scientific American

Thirty years ago, astronomer Carl Sagan convinced NASA to turn a passing space probe’s instruments on Earth to look for life — with results that still reverberate today

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See How Humans around the World Spend the 24 Hours in a Day

Scientific American

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Your Personal Information Is Probably Being Used to Train Generative AI Models

Scientific American

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