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No Free Parking: An Urban Reform Movement Takes Hold

Yale E360

In cities across the U.S., planners are pushing to eliminate mandates requiring parking spaces in new buildings. The reforms, along with adding street parking meters, reduce car dependency, create public spaces, cut down on heat-island effects, and lower housing costs.

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Spencer’s Shenanigans

Real Climate

A recent sensible-sounding piece by Roy Spencer for the Heritage foundation is full of misrepresentations. Let’s play spot the fallacy. Comparing climate models to observations is usually a great idea, but there are some obvious pitfalls to avoid if you want to be taken seriously. The most obvious one is to neglect the impacts of internal variability – which is not synchronized across the models or with the observations.

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A Cap on Vegetable Oil-Based Fuels Will Stabilize and Strengthen California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard

Union of Concerned Scientists

I have long been a supporter of California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS). The LCFS is the leading example of a Clean Fuel Standard , an approach to transportation fuel policy that holds oil refiners accountable to reduce the carbon intensity (CI) of transportation fuels. The CI is determined through a lifecycle analysis of the global warming pollution associated with the production and use of gasoline, diesel, biofuels, electricity, or other alternative fuels.

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Modern humans were already in northern Europe 45,000 years ago

New Scientist

DNA from bones found in a cave in Germany has been identified as from Homo sapiens, showing that our species endured frigid conditions there as they expanded across the continent

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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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Warming Could Devastate Older Elephants, Sending Ripples Through Herds

Yale E360

The loss of older African elephants to worsening heat and drought poses a grave threat to younger members of their herds, a new study warns.

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With the World Stumbling Past 1.5 Degrees of Warming, Scientists Warn Climate Shocks Could Trigger Unrest and Authoritarian Backlash

Inside Climate News

Most of the public seems unaware that global temperatures will soon push past the target to which the U.N. hoped to limit warming, but researchers see social and psychological crises brewing. By Bob Berwyn As Earth’s annual average temperature pushes against the 1.5 degree Celsius limit beyond which climatologists expect the impacts of global warming to intensify, social scientists warn that humanity may be about to sleepwalk into a dangerous new era in human history.

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Statement in Response to Parliamentary Budget Office’s Costing of the Carbon Capture and Hydrogen Investment Tax Credits

Enviromental Defense

Statement by Julia Levin, Associate Director, National Climate Ottawa | Traditional, unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabeg People – New analysis released today from the Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) demonstrates that the Government of Canada is still intent on providing massive subsidies to fossil fuel companies. The PBO’s new analysis provides cost estimates for the carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) investment tax credit (ITC) as well as the clean hydrogen ITC.

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How Sea Otters Are Protecting the California Coast Against Climate Change

Yale E360

California sea otters were nearly hunted to extinction in the 19th century, with only a small number surviving along the central coast. As otters rebounded, a natural experiment unfolded. Scientists could study how otters safeguard California's underwater kelp forests and marshland, even in the face of worsening climate change.

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Mathematicians have finally proved that Bach was a great composer

New Scientist

Converting hundreds of compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach into mathematical networks reveals that they store lots of information and convey it very effectively

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Our Satellite Database Reaches a Milestone. We’ve Learned Much Along the Way

Union of Concerned Scientists

This month, the Global Security Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists released the last UCS Satellite Database to be produced by our incredible longtime colleague, Teri Grimwood. This update, current with launches through May 1, 2023, collects 28 pieces of data on 7,560 actively-operating satellites. Over the last 18 years, Teri has produced 45 updated versions of our database.

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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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We Can’t Afford to Lose Any More Wetlands to Sprawl

Enviromental Defense

Wetlands are essential for the health of Ontario’s environment. They provide habitats for so many species like the Northern Map turtle and Least Bittern, and are one of the most productive and biodiverse ecosystems in the world. Wetlands also offer a long list of imperative climate mitigation services like flood prevention and carbon storage. We need wetlands.

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As a Swiss Glacier Melts, a Trove of Invaluable Climate Data Is Being Lost

Yale E360

By analyzing ice collected from glaciers, scientists can study the past composition of the atmosphere and better understand how humans have altered the climate. But the rapid melting of ice may be compromising this critical data, according to a study of the Corbassière glacier in Switzerland.

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Huge study of dog longevity reveals which breeds live the longest

New Scientist

Shiba inus and miniature dachshunds are among the longest-lived dog breeds while flat-faced dogs tend to die younger, a comprehensive study of UK pets has found

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Ancient Jewelry Shows Ice Age Europe Had 9 Distinct Cultures

Scientific American

Prehistoric artifacts used in jewelry, such as beads made from shells, amber and ivory, have shed light on the cultural groups that were present in Europe tens of thousands of years ago

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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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World Wetlands Day: A Call to Action for U.S. Wetlands Preservation

NRDC

Today marks World Wetlands Day, a day to celebrate wetlands' vital role in our lives. Unfortunately, in the aftermath of Sackett v. EPA , wetlands are now at risk.

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Scotland's Renewable Output More Than 100 Percent of Demand

Yale E360

For the first time, in 2022, Scottish renewables generated more power than the country used, new government figures show.

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Orangutan calls have an intricate structure resembling human language

New Scientist

Calls made by male orangutans to attract females have short sequences nested inside longer sequences – a feature called recursion that was thought to be unique to human language

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Glacier Meltwater Destroys Precious Climate Data in the Alps

Scientific American

Rising temperatures are melting an area of the Swiss Alps where scientists have been working to collect centuries-old ice cores that contain evidence of past environmental conditions

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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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Media Advisory: Climate Experts Available to Comment on Premier Smith’s Visit to Ottawa

Enviromental Defense

Ottawa | Traditional, unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabeg People – Alberta’s Premier Danielle Smith will be in Ottawa on Monday, February 5th. According to Politico , Premier Smith will be opening an Alberta office in Ottawa. Over the past two months, Premier Smith has been vocal in her opposition to critical federal policies designed to combat climate change and its devastating impact on our economy, our communities and the environment.

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Key Concepts in Ecology: Populations

The Applied Ecologist

This blog post on ‘Populations’ is part of the BES ‘Key Concepts in Ecology’ series, designed to help ecologists in learning the key topics in ecology!

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The gold hydrogen rush: Does Earth contain near-limitless clean fuel?

New Scientist

Prospectors around the world are scrambling to find reserves of "gold hydrogen", a naturally occurring fuel that burns without producing carbon dioxide. But how much is really out there and how easy is it to tap into?

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A Camera-Wearing Baby Taught an AI to Learn Words

Scientific American

Most machine-learning models rely on mountains of data to replicate human text, but new research suggests the recipe for learning language might be simpler

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Act Locally: How to Activate Bold Infrastructure Ideas

NRDC

This guide identifies key strategies to use historic new resources to transition away from the failed policies of the past to a cleaner, more sustainable future

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My immersive experience at the BES Annual Meeting as an applied ecologist

The Applied Ecologist

Karen Castillioni is an Associate Editor mentee for Journal of Applied Ecology. She is also a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Minnesota, USA. She is passionate about understanding the complex relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in the context of global change. In this blog post, she shares her experience of the 2023 BES Annual Meeting.

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AI chatbots tend to choose violence and nuclear strikes in wargames

New Scientist

As the US military begins integrating AI technology, simulated wargames show how chatbots behave unpredictably and risk nuclear escalation

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Shrinking Family Sizes May Change Our Experience with Aging

Scientific American

Throughout the world, the number of relatives that people have may dramatically shrink by 2095, which could change care for children and aging people

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After Another Year of Record-Breaking Heat, a Heightened Focus on Public Health

Inside Climate News

With heat deaths surging in Texas, Arizona and across the nation, researchers model a myriad of heat effects on the human body and focus on the disproportionate impacts suffered by the elderly and people of color. By Victoria St. Martin He noticed the light-headedness first.

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PFAS: No forever exemptions for forever chemicals

NRDC

The goal is safer and better solutions, so any exemptions from laws and regulations restricting PFAS must be temporary.

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Record broken for the coldest temperature reached by large molecules

New Scientist

Four-atom molecules glued together by microwaves have broken the record for being the most complicated molecule to reach temperatures just billionths of a degree away from absolute zero

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People Have Very Different Understandings of Even the Simplest Words

Scientific American

Distinctive meanings for a word like “risk” can have a big impact on public messaging, especially when it comes to issues like climate change

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Converging Climate Risks Interact to Cause More Harm, Hitting Disadvantaged Californians Hardest

Inside Climate News

Exposure to extreme heat and wildfire smoke together leads to far more cardiac and respiratory hospitalizations than either hazard alone, new research shows. California’s marginalized communities face the highest risks. By Liza Gross “The future happens in California first” long referred to the state’s reputation as an environmental leader. It’s come to describe the Golden State’s front row seat to a rotating list of overlapping extreme events that are appearing with ever more frequency and fero

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Seizing the Opportunity for Old-Growth Protections

NRDC

The Forest Service has started to formalize protections for our oldest national forests. Now we must ensure the process lives up to its potential.

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Neuralink: What do brain implants do and why is Elon Musk making them?

New Scientist

Elon Musk's Neuralink company is conducting its first human trials, implanting a tiny chip into the surface of a person's brain to allow them to talk directly with computers

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