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EPA Strengthens Emissions Controls for Facilities Emitting Cancer-Causing Ethylene Oxide

Union of Concerned Scientists

Last week, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized updated regulations for certain facilities that emit ethylene oxide (EtO), a colorless, cancer-causing gas. These long-awaited rules will require facilities using EtO to sterilize medical devices and some food products—known as commercial sterilizers—to significantly reduce their emissions of EtO, install additional control equipment, and improve monitoring.

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Critical Insights on the Mineral Boom: Part II

Legal Planet

The Salton Sea “Voice, agency, and meaningful compensation.” Those are the things that California Tribal Affairs Secretary Christina Snider-Ashtari said must be granted in exchange to some communities bearing the brunt of the energy transition and the new mineral boom, as recounted in Part One of this series. All week, my colleagues and I are sharing summaries, outcomes, and insights from our recent “Powering the Future” symposium.

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EU Member States Reach Agreement on Corporate Due Diligence Directive

Clean Energy Law

Following extended negotiations, the directive was endorsed with a significantly narrower scope that would reduce the number of companies affected. By Paul A. Davies , Michael D. Green , and James Bee On 15 March 2024, EU Member States endorsed the Belgian Presidency’s political deal on the Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CSDDD), despite Germany abstaining from the vote.

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Largest recorded solar storm was even bigger than we thought

New Scientist

Rediscovered magnetic recordings reveal just how extreme the largest recorded solar storm in history, the Carrington event in 1859, really was, highlighting the danger such storms could present to us nowadays

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Manufacturing Sustainability Surge: Your Guide to Data-Driven Energy Optimization & Decarbonization

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.

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Potential Cancellation of Highway 413 Impact Assessment is a Gross Abdication of Responsibility

Enviromental Defense

ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENCE AND ECOJUSTICE The federal government must urgently update the Impact Assessment Act and include the 413 project Toronto | Traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishinaabeg, the Haudenosaunee, and the Wendat – Yesterday, a joint application by the federal and provincial governments was submitted to the Federal Court to cancel the current federal environmental assessment for the proposed Highway 413.

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Scientists Re-Discover Giant Rat Not Seen in 30+ Years

Cool Green Science

A TNC-funded expedition in the Solomon Islands has re-discovered a giant rat species. The post Scientists Re-Discover Giant Rat Not Seen in 30+ Years appeared first on Cool Green Science.

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Amazingly preserved Bronze Age village reveals life in ancient England

New Scientist

A settlement in the east of England burned down in a fire 3000 years ago, falling into a muddy waterway that preserved everything inside the houses including tools, fabric, cooking pots and more

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Banning TikTok Would Do Basically Nothing to Protect Your Data

Scientific American

Proposed restrictions on TikTok would be “security theater” in the face of the staggering amounts of data that foreign and domestic tech companies collect

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Spring Road Dumping Season Underway As Conventional Oil & Gas Operators Get Rid Of Their Wastewater

PA Environment Daily

The Spring road dumping season is underway in Northcentral and Northwest Pennsylvania as conventional oil and gas operators get rid of their wastewater on the region’s dirt and hard roads. They say a picture is worth 1,000 words and here is a photo of fresh road dumping on Follet Run Road in Warren County on March 12, 2024. The weather was clear and the temperature was 41 degrees.

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130+ Organizations Urge Accountability on Forest Protection

NRDC

In a joint statement to international leaders , groups from around the world call for global accountability as essential to delivering on forest commitments.

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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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Human brains have been mysteriously preserved for thousands of years

New Scientist

Intact human brains 12,000 years old or more have been found in unexpected places such as shipwrecks and waterlogged graves, but it is unclear what preserved them

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Statement in response to Environment Minister Andrea Khanjin’s call for proposed Dresden Dump to face a comprehensive Environmental Assessment

Enviromental Defense

Statement by Tim Gray, Executive Director Toronto | Traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishinaabeg, the Haudenosaunee, and the Wendat – Late on Friday, March 15th, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks Andrea Khanjin announced that she has designated York1’s proposed dump site in Dresden, Ontario for a comprehensive Environmental Assessment under the Environmental Assessment Act.

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How Wild Animals Actually Responded to Our COVID Lockdowns

Scientific American

The COVID lockdowns and the subsequent reemergence of humans had some surprising effects on wildlife beyond “nature is healing” tropes

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Reducing Food Waste for the Climate, Nature, and People

NRDC

Reducing food loss and waste offers an opportunity to address many of our world’s existential challenges, including combating the climate crisis and biodiversity loss, improving environmental health protections, and fighting racial injustice.

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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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'Red alert' after key global warming records were smashed in 2023

New Scientist

2023 wasn't just the hottest year on record by far, it also saw record glacier loss, sea level rise, ocean heat and sea ice loss, says World Meteorological Organization report

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Have Your Say on Canada’s Climate Ambition

Enviromental Defense

The Government of Canada has until the end of this year to set a new greenhouse gas reduction target for 2035. And they want to hear from you. Keep reading to find out why and how to engage! We need climate targets to measure progress on reducing greenhouse gas pollution. When it comes to avoiding the worst case climate scenarios, science tells us what we need to do.

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DEP Notified Shell Petrochemical Plant In Beaver County It Can No Longer Operate Under An Air Quality Construction Permit And Has 120 Days To Submit A Full Title V Air Quality Permit Application

PA Environment Daily

The Department of Environmental Protection notified the Shell Petrochemical Plant in Beaver County it will no longer be able to operate under an Air Quality Construction permit and must submit an application for a full Title V Air Quality Permit within 120 days. The federal Clean Air Act and US Environmental Protection Agency regulations require that a facility submit a Title V Operating Permit application within 12 months of commencing operation.

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High-Profile Geoengineering Experiment Shuts Down

Scientific American

A beleaguered solar geoengineering project failed to conduct field tests because of opposition from environmentalists and Indigenous residents

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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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CRISPR could disable and cure HIV, suggests promising lab experiment

New Scientist

The gene-editing strategy could be a way to disable HIV that lies dormant in immune cells, meaning people would no longer need to take daily medication

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Did You Know Sandhill Cranes Dye Their Feathers?

Cool Green Science

Sandhill cranes add a rusty-brown color to their gray feathers each spring. The post Did You Know Sandhill Cranes Dye Their Feathers? appeared first on Cool Green Science.

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PA Oil & Gas Industrial Facilities: Permit Notices, Opportunities To Comment - March 23

PA Environment Daily

The following DEP notices were published in the March 23 PA Bulletin related to oil and gas industry facilities. Many of the notices offer the opportunity for public comments. Land Recycling/Brownfield Cleanups -- Leatherwood LLC - Bristor-Fonner Conventional Well: DEP received a Notice of Intent to remediate soil contaminated with crude oil and the well plugged so the property can continue to be used for residential purposes located in Morris Twp., Greene County. ( PA Bulletin, page 1588 ) -- C

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Why People Aged 65 and Older Should Get a Spring COVID Vaccine

Scientific American

Older people are particularly vulnerable to COVID and should get another vaccine against the disease this spring, doctors say

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Intermittent fasting linked to a higher risk of heart disease death

New Scientist

Only eating within an 8-hour window is associated with a significantly higher risk of heart disease-related death compared with eating over 12 to 16 hours

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Drax Makes a Mockery of International Day of Forests

NRDC

Biomass producer Drax marked today’s International Day of Forests with a report extolling the logging and burning of forests for energy.

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DEP: Shale Gas Drilling Resulted In 54 Incidents Of New Wells Interfering With Abandoned Oil & Gas Wells, Water Wells Or Other Shale Gas Wells In Last 8 Years

PA Environment Daily

On March 19, DEP told the Oil and Gas Technical Advisory Board there have been 54 incidents of new unconventional shale gas wells "communicating" [interfering] with abandoned oil and gas wells, other shale gas wells or water wells. “Frack-out” is also a term used for “communication” incidents. Since 2016, DEP has required shale gas operators to submit an Area of Review analysis as part of the permitting process for unconventional wells to help identify abandoned wells, water wells and conflicts

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The God Chatbots Changing Religious Inquiry

Scientific American

Large language models trained on religious texts claim to offer spiritual insights on demand. What could go wrong?

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Ancient canoes hint at bustling trade in Mediterranean 7000 years ago

New Scientist

Italian canoes capable of transporting people and goods have been dated to the Neolithic period, suggesting there was a bustling trade across the Mediterranean Sea

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Samuel Fischer: How can invasive species management benefit from smartphone data?

The Applied Ecologist

Shortlisted for the 2023 Southwood Prize Samuel Fischer discusses how he and colleagues researched and utilised an angler smartphone app to build a stochastic model for angler traffic in the Canadian province of Alberta. Anglers facilitate the spread of whirling disease, a parasite-induced fish disease, meaning this model demonstrates the importance of individual-specific behaviour of vectors for propagule transport.

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Earlier Springs Have Cascading Effects on Animals, Plants and Pastimes

Inside Climate News

A growing body of research shows that climate change is throwing the seasons out of whack. By Kiley Price At a crowded town square in western Pennsylvania on Feb. 2, the world’s most famous groundhog—Punxsutawney Phil—did not cast a shadow, which legends say indicated that spring should arrive early this year.

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Stunning Comet Spiral Offers Glimpse of Icy Snowball at Its Core

Scientific American

Comet 12P/Pons-Brooks is hiding a strange spiral in its icy heart—and it may tell scientists about the comet’s innards

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Male and female spiders pair up to look like a flower

New Scientist

Together, a dark-hued male crab spider and a larger, paler female resemble a flower, in what researchers suspect is the first case of cooperative mimicry

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Learn How Your Property Could Be Certified Watershed-Friendly By Penn State Extension At April 25 Workshop In Cumberland County

PA Environment Daily

Join the Penn State Master Gardeners of Cumberland County for an April 25 workshop on how your property could be Certified Watershed-Friendly. The program will be held at the Cleve J. Fredricksen Library , 100 N. 19th Street in Camp Hill, Cumberland County from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Learn to identify stormwater sources on your property, their impact on local waterways, and adopt practices to minimize runoff, conserve water, and promote wildlife habitat.

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Rewilding Japan With Clearings in the Forest and Crowdfunding Campaigns

Inside Climate News

Preserving the nation’s biodiversity requires opening up meadows in its vast cedar plantations. Conservationists are making headway, but progress depends on reconnecting youth with nature. Photos and story by James Whitlow Delano “Atta!” shouts Seiichi Dejima, of the Nature Conservation Society of Japan (NCSJ), as he raises binoculars to his eyes. He’s spotted one of a breeding pair of endangered Japanese golden eagles on a perch, high above, in the 10,000 hectare (25,000 acre) Akaya Forest in J