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How the Supreme Court’s Chevron Decision Benefits Big Oil and Gas

Union of Concerned Scientists

Last Friday, the Supreme Court overruled the 40-year-old Chevron doctrine , fundamentally changing the landscape of federal regulatory power. This decision , reached with a 6-3 majority led by Chief Justice John Roberts, marks a significant shift in administrative law and has profound implications for environmental regulations and climate accountability.

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Judicial Review After Loper Bright

Legal Planet

The Supreme Court’s overruling of Chevron set off a fiery debate. That’s an important debate to have. The Court isn’t going to change its mind any time soon. Lawyers need to deal with the new reality, which means they need to understand the new test that replaced Chevron. As I see it, there are two steps to statutory interpretation under Loper Bright: Step 0.

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WHEN THE LAKE OVERTURNS – RESETTING A NATION

Cleannovate

In 1986, a tragedy took place in the Cameroonian village of Nyos. The village was located close to a lake by the same name, Nyos. Now, Lake Nyos was on the surface, an ordinary looking lake surrounded by mountains in the scenic Cameroonian countryside.

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Flower farm could supply nickel for electric vehicle batteries

New Scientist

A start-up in Albania co-founded by a mining industry mogul is farming plants to harvest carbon-neutral nickel from the soil while simultaneously removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere

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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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Fossil Fuels Must Go: Re-inventing US Transportation

Union of Concerned Scientists

We have over 284 million gasoline- and diesel-burning cars, trucks and buses on our roads. Together with other modes of transportation, our vehicles emit the most heat-trapping gases in the US economy: 28 percent, followed closely by the electricity sector. Carbon dioxide and methane (a short-lived but extremely powerful global warming gas) are emitted during the extraction, processing, storage, transportation and combustion of gasoline, diesel and other petroleum fuels used by our vehicles.

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California can help meet its climate goals by removing SERP’s sunset date

Legal Planet

Many regulatory clearances like permits aim to guard against projects that pose harm to the environment. However, permitting can also undercut environmental restoration efforts. While restoration is designed to remedy environmental harms and improve resilience to climate change, permitting can substantially increase project costs and slow or altogether impede environmentally beneficial projects.

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Google's claim of quantum supremacy has been completely smashed

New Scientist

Google's Sycamore quantum computer was the first to demonstrate quantum supremacy – solving calculations that would be unfeasible on a classical computer – but now ordinary machines have pulled ahead again

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More Trash for Ontario’s Lakes, Rivers and Communities: Cancelling Planned Deposit Return Program for Non-alcoholic Drinks Runs Counter to Public Opinion and Environmental Interests

Enviromental Defense

Statement from Ashley Wallis, Associate Director, on Ontario’s decision to end work on new deposit return system for non-alcoholic beverage containers Toronto | Traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishinaabeg, the Haudenosaunee, and the Wendat – The announcement that Ontario is scrapping plans to launch a deposit return system for non-alcoholic beverage containers epitomizes a government prioritizing private greed over public good.

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Playing fast and loose with reality

Legal Planet

As the U.S. Supreme Court has moved into an era of second-guessing federal administrative agencies to an extent that we have not seen in 80 years, it has delivered yet another blow to reliance on accurate facts. When I served as an administrative law judge for California’s state utility regulators, my job in each proceeding was to develop a clear and complete factual record to guide the agency’s ultimate decision.

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Pasteurization Kills Bird Flu Virus in Milk, New Studies Confirm

Scientific American

Flash pasteurization destroyed H5N1 viral particles that were highly concentrated in raw milk, confirming that standard techniques can keep dairy products safe from bird flu

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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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Mind-reading AI recreates what you're looking at with amazing accuracy

New Scientist

Giving AI systems the ability to focus on particular brain regions can make them much better at reconstructing images of what a monkey is looking at from brain recordings

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California Calls on Congress to Fix Common Food Waste Problem

NRDC

The California legislature has passed a resolution calling on the federal government to pass legislation to address confusion over food date labels.

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The Third Political Branch

Legal Planet

In 2021, Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett famously said, “my goal today is to convince you that [the Supreme] Court is not comprised of a bunch of partisan hacks.” Justice Barrett is correct. The Justices are not hacks, but rather polished political actors. Let’s review: In West Virginia v. EPA , 142 S. Ct. 2587 (2022), the Court created the Major Questions Doctrine, precluding federal agencies from resolving questions of “vast economic and political significance” without clear statuto

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Not Everyone Has an Inner Voice Streaming Through Their Head

Scientific American

The extent to which people experience “inner speech” varies greatly, and the differences matter for performing certain cognitive tasks

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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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50,000-year-old picture of a pig is the oldest known narrative art

New Scientist

A new radiometric dating technique reveals that cave paintings on Sulawesi, Indonesia, are even older than previously thought, pushing back the earliest evidence of storytelling

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Allegheny County Conservation District Celebrates Completion Of Rain Gardens To Manage Stormwater, Enhance Biodiversity In Findlay Township

PA Environment Daily

The Allegheny County Conservation District , Findlay Township and Montour Run Watershed Association celebrated the completion of the Findlay Township Activity Center Rain Gardens at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on June 25, 2024. This project represents a step forward in managing stormwater, enhancing biodiversity and promoting environmental stewardship.

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50 Fish, 50 States: Rise of the Redeye

Cool Green Science

As part of his 50 Fish, 50 States series, Matt Miller visits Alabama in search of Coosa bass. The post 50 Fish, 50 States: Rise of the Redeye appeared first on Cool Green Science.

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Quack Cancer Diets Endanger People. Stick to Science-Backed Medicine

Scientific American

False cures and dangerous misinformation, from the misguided to the exploitative, surround cancer patients, with the capacity to do serious harm

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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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Is the universe a game?

New Scientist

Generations of scientists have compared the universe to a giant, complex game, raising questions about who is doing the playing – and what it would mean to win

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DEP: Shell Petrochemical Plant Title V Air Quality Permit Application Complete, Now Posted On DEP's Website; Comment Period Opening Soon

PA Environment Daily

The Department of Environmental Protection posted a note on its Shell Petrochemical Plant webpage that on July 2 DEP determined the Title V Air Quality Permit Application submitted by Shell is administratively complete and the application was posted on DEP's website. DEP will now publish a notice in the Pennsylvania Bulletin announcing it has received the permit application which will begin an initial 30 day public comment period and DEP’s review of the application.

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Federal Funding for New Subway Trains Urgently Needed: Public Transit Groups

Enviromental Defense

ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENCE, TTCRIDERS Toronto | Traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishinaabeg, the Haudenosaunee, and the Wendat – TTCriders, a membership-based transit advocacy organization, and Environmental Defence, released the following statement in response to Premier Doug Ford and Unifor National President Lana Payne’s statement urging federal funding for TTC subway trains: “Transit users in Toronto need a reliable TTC to get them to school and work on time.

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New Supreme Court Decisions Jeopardize Efforts to Curb Pollution and Climate Change

Scientific American

Four recent Supreme Court decisions will together make it much harder for the federal government to take action on climate change

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Ancient artefacts suggest Australian ritual endured for 12,000 years

New Scientist

Wooden sticks found in an Australian cave appear to match the accounts of a 19th-century anthropologist, suggesting the GurnaiKurnai people practised the same ritual at the end of the last glacial period

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PA Oil & Gas Industrial Facilities: Permit Notices, Opportunities To Comment - July 6

PA Environment Daily

The following notices were published in the July 6 PA Bulletin related to oil and gas industry facilities. Many of the notices offer the opportunity for public comments. -- The Department of Environmental Protection published notice in the July 6 PA Bulletin announcing it has issued an Air Quality Permit Plan Approval to authorize the construction and operation of the Frontier LNG natural gas production facility at the Winner 4H Shale Gas Well Pad in West Keating Township, Clinton County.

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In Chile’s Southern Tip, a Bet on Hydrogen Worries Conservationists

Inside Climate News

The growth of green hydrogen in the Magallanes brings heated debate about wind farms, a bird sanctuary and the region’s ecosystems. By Alexa Robles-Gil The birds are like clouds in Bahía Lomas. Far off in the southern tip of South America, in the province of Tierra del Fuego, migration takes its highest form in this bay in the eastern mouth in the Straits of Magellan.

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Should Heat Waves Be Named like Hurricanes?

Scientific American

California is launching a heat wave ranking system, but it’s unclear how well such efforts actually inform people about heat risks

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Canned water made from air and sunlight to hit US stores in September

New Scientist

US company Source, which makes solar panels that produce drinking water from moisture in the air, plans to launch a canned water brand called Sky Wtr later this year

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Gifford Pinchot’s Grey Towers Hosts Festival Of Wood & National Public Lands Day Sept. 28; Many Other Upcoming Events In Pike County

PA Environment Daily

Gifford Pinchot’s Grey Towers National Historic Site in Milford, Pike County will host its annual Festival of Wood celebration combined with National Public Lands Day on September 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There will be a children’s education/activities tent, crafter’s displaying how they make their wood arts, forestry equipment, and much more.

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The Minnesota Dam That Partially Failed Is One of Nearly 200 Across the Upper Midwest in Similarly ‘Poor’ Condition

Inside Climate News

Especially in the Midwest, climate change presents a growing threat to the nation’s nearly 92,000 dams, many more than 100 years old, as heavy rainfall, flooding and other forms of extreme weather become more common and severe. By Kristoffer Tigue ST. PAUL, Minn.—Minnesota’s century-old Rapidan Dam captured the national spotlight last week when its partial failure destroyed a home and prompted county officials to demolish an adjacent store.

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The Mystery of Consciousness Is Deeper Than We Thought

Scientific American

Despite great progress, we lack even the beginning of an explanation of how the brain produces our inner world of colors, sounds, smells and tastes. A thought experiment with “pain-pleasure” zombies illustrates that the mystery is deeper than we thought.

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Solar boom has replaced farmland that could feed millions of people

New Scientist

More than 1300 square kilometres of cropland worldwide was covered by solar panels in 2018, an area that could be producing 4 quadrillion calories per year

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WTAE: Can You Drink Water From Roadside Springs?

PA Environment Daily

On July 3, WTAE in Pittsburgh reported a story asking the question: Can you drink from roadside springs? and profiling a spring and swimming area sampling program run by the Mountain Watershed Association in Fayette County. Whether water is clear or cloudy or smells good or bad is no indication of water quality, particularly e coli bacteria. In addition, spring water conditions can change day-by-day based on whether it rains or not and nearby sources of pollution like abandoned mines, agricultur

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Unforced variations: July 2024

Real Climate

This month’s open thread on climate science topics. The post Unforced variations: July 2024 first appeared on RealClimate.

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