Sat.Jun 01, 2024 - Fri.Jun 07, 2024

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Forests may grow more slowly than expected as CO2 levels rise

New Scientist

Rising CO2 levels will spur the growth of forests, which store carbon, but an experiment suggests this effect could be restricted by the availability of phosphorus in the soil

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Why a Bird in the Hand is Worth Two in the Bush — Especially When the Issue is Climate Change

Legal Planet

It’s an ancient dispute: Should we compromise on half-measures, or hold out until we can get something a lot better? Idealists argue for holding out. Pragmatist argue that half a loaf is better than none. Rather than rehearse familiar arguments, I want to focus specifically on climate change. In my view, holding out for ideal climate policies makes no sense.

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What You Need to Know about Advanced Clean Fleets: Funding, Flexibility, and FAQs

Union of Concerned Scientists

It’s been just over a year since the California Air Resources Board unanimously adopted the Advanced Clean Fleets (ACF) Rule , which requires the largest commercial and public fleets operating in the state to gradually transition to zero-emission trucks and buses over the next two decades. By accelerating the adoption of zero-emission trucks and buses by around 80 percent , the ACF will usher in massive reductions in pollution, as well as billions of dollars in savings to fleets – estimated at $

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Passage of Bill 185 Undermines the Integrity of all Future Development Approvals Outside Existing Built up Areas

Enviromental Defense

“Third party” appeals limited to polluters, airports, and aggregate pits Statement from Phil Pothen, Land Use and Land Development program manager Toronto | Traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishinaabeg, the Haudenosaunee, and the Wendat – Bill 185 effectively ends meaningful, independent oversight of development approvals outside existing built up areas.

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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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Atoms at temperatures beyond absolute zero may be a new form of matter

New Scientist

Physicists have coaxed a cloud of atoms into having a temperature beyond absolute zero and placed them in a geometric structure that could produce an unknown form of matter

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Book review: Cultivated Meat to Secure Our Future

A Greener Life

By Jeremy Williams It’s a tricky time to be writing about food sustainability. The issue seems to be strangely divisive at the moment. On one side are those who see our future needs being met through small-scale organic farming. On the other are those who see no way to produce enough for all the world’s population that way, and are open to more technological solutions.

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STATEMENT: Big Oil’s testimony on emissions reduction misses the big picture 

Enviromental Defense

Statement by Emilia Belliveau, Energy Transition Program Manager Ottawa | Traditional, unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabeg People – At today’s Parliamentary Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development (ENVI), Members of Parliament grilled the fossil fuel industry about their climate pollution. The oil and gas CEOs tried to deflect responsibility for their massive greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs), but the writing is on the wall for these Climate Villains: you can’t ma

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Sweetener xylitol linked to higher risk of heart attacks and strokes

New Scientist

People who had higher levels of xylitol in their blood were more likely to have a heart attack or stroke within the next three years, with lab experiments suggesting the sweetener promotes blood clotting

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Despite Temper Tantrum, Youngkin Cannot Reverse Va's Climate Progress

NRDC

Youngkin's Latest, Senseless Attack on a Keystone Climate Law, Clean Cars, Like His Attack on RGGI, Is Divorced from the Facts and the Law, and Will Not Stand

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CIRCULAR REVOLUTION – SIMPLICITY IS GOLDEN

Cleannovate

I once stumbled upon a video of a guy making fun of a friend who had been eating rice and beans for nine days in a row. Well, probably he had been enjoying the best burgers or pizza or fine dining. So that made him quite surprised about the friend’s predicament.

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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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Four Animals That Live in the Dunes

Ocean Conservancy

Many beachgoers are familiar with the rolling, sandy landscape created by coastal dunes. But do you know about all the animals that inhabit the dunes? Let’s review some facts about dunes and dive into some of their most famous residents. Never miss an update Enter your email and never miss an update Sorry, but we failed to add you to the list. Please try again or contact 1.888.780.6763 Enter Your Email.loading Thanks for signing up for Ocean Conservancy emails.

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Mathematicians can't agree what 'equals' means, and that's a problem

New Scientist

What does "equals" mean? For mathematicians, this simple question has more than one answer, which is causing issues when it comes to using computers to check proofs.

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PA Oil & Gas Industrial Facilities: Permit Notices, Opportunities To Comment - June 8

PA Environment Daily

The following DEP notices were published in the June 8 PA Bulletin related to oil and gas industry facilities. Many of the notices offer the opportunity for public comments. Land Recycling/Brownfield Cleanups -- Sun Pipeline LP - Elverson Value Station: DEP received an Notice of Intent to remediate soil and groundwater contaminated with unleaded gasoline to meet the Statewide Health Standards and the Site-Specific Standards at a site located in Elverson Borough, Chester County. ( PA Bulletin, pa

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New Yorkers Deserve to Know That Gas Stoves Emit Dangerous Pollutants

NRDC

The New York Healthy Homes Right to Know Act would require signage and labels that detail the health risks of using a gas stove.

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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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Florida’s Daunting 2024 Hurricane Forecast

Ocean Conservancy

We are officially within the 2024 Atlantic hurricane season here in the United States, and just a couple weeks ago, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released its forecast for this year’s season. The outlook will blow you away. NOAA , which houses the National Weather Service and the National Hurricane Center, predicts there is an 85% chance the 2024 season will be “ above normal ,” thanks to near- record-high ocean temperatures and the onset of La Niña.

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Glasses coated in lithium could let us see in the dark

New Scientist

A film made of lithium niobate and gratings of silicon dioxide converts infrared light into visible light better than the other leading compound, potentially allowing nighttime vision

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DEP Oil & Gas Advisory Board Meets June 13 On Migration Of Waste From Injection Wells; E&S Permitting; Federal Plugging Programs; Updated Conventional Waste Regs; Financial Assurance To Prevent Well Abandonment

PA Environment Daily

On the agenda for DEP’s Oil and Gas Technical Advisory Board June 13 meeting is a discussion of a variety of topics, including-- -- Potential For Wastewater Migration From Underground Injection Disposal Wells -- Financial Assurance Strategies To Address Future Well Abandonment -- Orphan & Abandoned Well Topics-- -- Implications Of Changing Definitions For Abandoned, Orphan Wells [ Read more here.] -- Rate Of Well Abandonment vs.

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Jodhpur, India Unveils A Net-Zero Public Cooling Station

NRDC

As India grapples with intense heat, its cities are advancing cooling solutions to help keep people safe.

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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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How Tobacco Companies Use Chemistry To Get Around Menthol Bans

Scientific American

Regulating chemicals one-by-one has allowed the tobacco industry to skirt menthol bans by creating new additives with similar effects but unclear safety profiles

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Tiny brain sensor implanted without surgery dissolves after weeks

New Scientist

In animal tests, a cube of hydrogel the length of a rice grain was implanted in the brain with a needle to monitor temperature or pressure, and then dissolved away after a few weeks

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California’s “Room to Roam Act:” Factoring Wildlife Connectivity Into Land Use Planning

Endangered Species Law

Recently, the California Assembly passed Assembly Bill 1889 , the “Room to Roam Act.” If enacted without changes, the Room to Roam Act would amend Section 65302 of the Government Code to add certain “fish, wildlife, and habitat connectivity” considerations to the provisions governing general plans for land use in Californian cities and counties.

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New NRDC Analysis: Gov Shapiro's Energy Plan is a Winner

NRDC

Two foundational power sector policies, cap-and-invest plus ambitious clean electricity targets, provide significant benefits

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It Is Too Soon for Clinical Trials on Artificial Wombs

Scientific American

A technology meant to help severely premature infants raises questions of inequity and may someday threaten parents’ rights to make decisions

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Origins of modern horses traced to breeding revolution 4200 years ago

New Scientist

A genetic analysis of ancient horses reveals that breeding techniques developed by people in the Pontic-Caspian steppes enabled the rapid spread of horse-powered travel

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PA Oil & Gas Weekly Compliance Dashboard - May 25 to 31 - Shale Wastewater Pipeline Spill; Drill Cuttings Violations; More Abandoned Conventional Wells

PA Environment Daily

From May 25 to 31, DEP’s Oil and Gas Compliance Database shows oil and gas inspectors filed 384 inspection entries, and caught up in posting previous inspection reports in May. So far this year, DEP took these actions as of May 24 -- -- NOVs Issued In Last Week: 4 conventional, 7 unconventional -- Year To Date - NOVs Issued: 3,848 conventional and 455 unconventional -- Enforcements 2024: 231 conventional and 62 unconventional -- Inspections Last Week: 57 conventional and 244 unconventional -- Ye

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Texas Droughts Are Getting Much More Expensive

Inside Climate News

Rising temperatures intensify drought and increase costs for the heavily subsidized crop insurance program. Texas farmers say they couldn’t do business without it. By Dylan Baddour, Inside Climate News, and Alejandra Martinez, Texas Tribune The financial costs of drought in Texas have risen rapidly over recent decades, according to a new analysis of federal crop insurance data.

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Heat Waves Make AC Too Expensive for Many People

Scientific American

Poorer households face climate-related dangers during heat waves amid climbing electricity costs, a report by state energy officials warns

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Ancient geese stood 3 metres tall and weighed as much as a cow

New Scientist

A rare fossil skull provides strong evidence that the Dromornithidae, an extinct group of Australian flightless birds, were related to geese and ducks

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DCNR State Parks Environmental Education: Visit A Green Space Near You For Some Down Time

PA Environment Daily

The May edition of the DCNR State Parks Environmental Education newsletter advises taking time for ourselves by visiting a green space during National Mental Health Awareness Month in May. The educators at DCNR share some easy and fun nature-based activities, free resources for educators and professional development opportunities. -- Teaching Ideas: Dissecting Daffodils; Celebrate Amphibian Week -- Upcoming Educator Workshops -- Explore the Outdoors -- Still Time To Take The PA Statewide Environ

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Cell-Cultured Meat Updates: state bans, labeling requirements, and regulatory clarifications

National Law Center

Though 2024 is only halfway over, much has already happened this year within the meat alternatives realm. Meat alternative is a. The post Cell-Cultured Meat Updates: state bans, labeling requirements, and regulatory clarifications appeared first on National Agricultural Law Center.

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Fauci Faces Congressional Committee over COVID E-mails

Scientific American

Anthony Fauci, who led the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases early in the COVID pandemic, is facing a congressional committee about questionable e-mails from agency officials

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Gene therapy enables five children who were born deaf to hear

New Scientist

Five children have had gene therapy to treat inherited deafness, this time in both ears, following the success of earlier treatments in just one ear

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PA Natural Heritage Program Newsletter Features Seepage Wetlands, Turtle Habitat Management, Fungal Biodiversity, Lake Erie Cisco, And More!

PA Environment Daily

The latest Wild Heritage News from the PA Natural Heritage Program features articles on seepage wetlands, Lake Erie cisco, vernal pools, wood turtle habitat management, rare and endangered crayfish, new information about invasive species, two rare plants, and fungal biodiversity. Here are some highlights-- -- Exploring The Seepage Wetlands of Pennsylvania -- Rediscovery & Recovery Of The Lost Lake Erie Cisco (Freshwater Whitefish) -- Vernal Pool Critter Deep Dive -- Habitat Management For Wo

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