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A Golden Age of Renewables Is Beginning, and California Is Leading the Way

Scientific American

California has hit record-breaking milestones in renewable electricity generation, showing that wind, water and solar are ready to cover our electricity needs

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A Call for Climate Justice at the InterAmerican Court of Human Rights

Union of Concerned Scientists

This week, the InterAmerican Court of Human Rights (IACHR) started to hear testimony at the University of the West Indies , near Bridgetown, Barbados, addressing one of the most pressing global issues of our time: climate change and its implications on human rights. Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) Research Scientist Carly Philips (pictured on the left above) testified on April 24.

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A new kind of experiment at the LHC could unravel quantum reality

New Scientist

The Large Hadron Collider is testing entanglement in a whole new energy range, probing the meaning of quantum theory – and the possibility that an even stranger reality lies beneath

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Hidden Fossil Fuels: Plastic Production Drives Climate Change

NRDC

Study shows that plastic production could be nearly one third of the global carbon budget and emits four times more greenhouse gases than the airline industry.

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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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Nixon Advisers’ Climate Research Plan: Another Lost Chance on the Road to Crisis

Inside Climate News

A 1971 plan for a global carbon dioxide monitoring network never came to fruition. The proposal is detailed in a document newly unearthed by the National Security Archive. By Marianne Lavelle In 1971, President Richard Nixon’s science advisers proposed a multimillion dollar climate change research project with benefits they said were too “immense” to be quantified, since they involved “ensuring man’s survival,” according to a White House document newly obtained by the nonprofit National Security

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What Fixed Charges on Your Electric Bill Could Mean for Charging an EV in California

Union of Concerned Scientists

Residential electricity rates for many Californians have increased significantly over the last year, making it more expensive to charge an electric vehicle (EV) at home. It’s still cheaper to recharge an EV than buy gasoline, but those savings have been eroded by surging electric rates. Prompted by a state law, California’s utility regulator has proposed to change the way electricity is billed by adding a fixed monthly charge to all rate plans and making a corresponding reduction to the cost for

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How a Cloned Ferret Inspired a DNA Bank for Endangered Species

Scientific American

The birth of a cloned black-footed ferret named Elizabeth Ann, and her two new sisters, has sparked a new pilot program to preserve the tissues of hundreds of endangered species “just in case”

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The energy transition is already happening, and it’s being led by our Indigenous communities

Enviromental Defense

This blog was written by Melina Laboucan-Massimo, Founder and Executive Director of Sacred Earth Solar My name is Melina Laboucan-Massimo. I am from the Lubicon Cree First Nation in Little Buffalo, Alberta. In 2011, my community experienced what was the second-largest oil spill in the province’s history – 4.5 million litres of crude oil (28,000 barrels) contaminated hectares of an aquifer, beaver ponds, muskeg and dense forest.

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Brazil's Attorney General Urges Investigation of Environmental Progress Founder Michael Shellenberger

Environmental Progress

Statement by Environmental Progress Founder and President Michael Shellenberger: “Brazil's Attorney General has just accused me of having committed a "probable" crime because I published the "Twitter Files - Brazil." It's a monstrous lie. President Lula is persecuting me because I exposed the government's illegal censorship. The Lula Government is spreading disinformation and ridiculous conspiracy theories that are easy to debunk, as I do in the video below.

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Some scientists say insects are conscious – it doesn't settle anything

New Scientist

A group of around 40 scientists signed a declaration calling for formal acknowledgement of consciousness in a range of animals, including insects and fish – but the evidence is still lacking

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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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Extrovert or Introvert: Most People Are Actually Ambiverts

Scientific American

Research on personality types in the middle of the extroversion-introversion scale is limited—yet the majority of people fall into this category

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We Must Stop the Campellville Quarry

Enviromental Defense

This is a guest blog by George Minakakis, Chair of ACTION Milton and Campbellville resident. In the heart of Milton, a looming threat endangers the very essence of community life. The proposed Reid Road Reservoir Quarry is more than just a local issue – it’s a call to protect our fundamental right to clean drinking water, fresh air, and a safe living environment.

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DEP Invites Comments On A Proposed Declaration Of An Exceptional Air Pollution Event Due To 2023 Wildfire Smoke Impacts

PA Environment Daily

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice in the April 27 PA Bulletin inviting public comments on a proposed declaration of an Exceptional Air Quality Event due to 2023 wildfires from Canada and New Jersey causing elevated levels of nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds impacting ozone pollution in Pennsylvania. A successful Exceptional Event declaration approved by EPA will mean DEP can essentially exclude the bad air days caused by wildfires from their analysis of wh

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Geoengineering could save the ice sheets – but only if we start soon

New Scientist

Shading the planet by spraying aerosols into the stratosphere might stave off ice sheet collapse, modelling studies suggest, but we are running out of time

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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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Glow-in-the-Dark Animals May Have Been Around for 540 Million Years

Scientific American

Ancestors of so-called “soft” corals may have developed bioluminescence in the earliest days of deep-ocean living

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Why is This Sea Cucumber Called a Headless Chicken Monster?

Ocean Conservancy

My favorite creatures in the ocean are the weird ones. Those blobby, slippery, bizarre, alien-looking things that make you wonder “How does that live on our planet with us?” They remind me that the slice of nature I get to see is just a small fraction of the life out there. The Earth is a weird place, and that’s what makes it wonderful. And that’s why it gives me such great pleasure to introduce you to one of these strange and glorious creatures: the swimming sea cucumber, also known as the head

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DEP Posted 93 Pages Of Permit-Related Notices In April 27 PA Bulletin

PA Environment Daily

Highlights of the environmental and energy notices in the April 27 PA Bulletin -- -- PA Oil & Gas Industrial Facilities: Permit Notices, Opportunities To Comment - April 27 [PaEN] -- The Department of Environmental Protection published notice in the April 27 PA Bulletin inviting public comments on a proposed declaration of an Exceptional Air Quality Event due to 2023 wildfires from Canada and New Jersey causing elevated levels of nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds impacting ozone

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How the US is preparing for a potential bird flu pandemic

New Scientist

As the US grapples with an ongoing bird flu outbreak in dairy cattle, the country’s health agencies are ramping up surveillance efforts and working to develop a vaccine if needed

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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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Low-Earth Orbit Faces a Spiraling Debris Threat

Scientific American

Millions of human-made objects travel at high speeds in low-Earth orbit, polluting space and increasing the chance of collision with satellites and other spacecraft

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Power Plant Carbon Rules: What’s Changed Since the 2023 Proposal?

NRDC

The EPA's finalized rules for carbon emissions from the power sector have just been released. Here's how they've evolved.

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Shellenberger Requests "Precautionary Measure" By OAS Inter-American Commission For Human Rights To Prevent Violation Of Free Speech

Environmental Progress

Pedro Vaca Villarreal, the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression, (left), and Michael Shellenberger, (right), Founder and President of Environmental Progress Environmental Progress Founder and President today filed a formal request to the Organization of American States’ Inter-American Commission For Human Rights (IACHR), and made a special appeal to Pedro Vaca Villarreal, the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression.

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Bowhead whales still harmed from whaling that ended a century ago

New Scientist

Commercial bowhead whaling ended in the early 20th century, but the industry’s lasting effects on the whales’ genetic diversity are leading to declines again

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After Months of Gibberish, Voyager 1 Is Communicating Well Again

Scientific American

NASA scientists spent months coaxing the 46-year-old Voyager 1 spacecraft back into healthy communication

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More Than a Third of All Americans Live in Communities with ‘Hazardous’ Air, Lung Association Finds

Inside Climate News

In its annual “State of the Air” report, the group noted that while poor air quality is pervasive, communities of color are more than twice as likely to experience the worst impacts. By Victoria St. Martin Within five miles of Kim Gaddy’s home in the South Ward of Newark, N.J., lies the nation’s third-busiest shipping port, thirteenth-busiest airport and roughly a half dozen major roadways.

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Earth Day Illustrates the Path Toward Climate and Community Resilience

Washington Nature

By Todd Reeve, CEO of the Bonneville Environmental Foundation, and James Schroeder, Director of Conservation for The Nature Conservancy in Washington Earth Day ignited our collective awareness of challenges facing people and nature, and spurred unparalleled legislative action bringing us cleaner air and water. Five decades later, Washingtonians face an important crossroad: our climate future will be on the ballot this November as Initiative 2117 which would repeal Washington’s most comprehensive

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Has the US finally figured out how to do high-speed rail?

New Scientist

As work begins on building the US’s first high-speed rail service – linking Los Angeles to Las Vegas – analysts say the project could serve as a blueprint for similar projects across the country

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New Geothermal Technology Could Expand Clean Power Generation

Scientific American

Long confined to regions with volcanic activity, geothermal promises to become a much more versatile energy source thanks to new technologies

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Stop Food Waste: Redistribution and Upcycling Opportunities

NRDC

NRDC and our partners at Drexel Food Lab are raising awareness about expanded liability protections and upcycling opportunities for food businesses.

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Sustainable Finance 101: Transforming Finance for a Sustainable Future

Enviromental Defense

Canada promised to cut its greenhouse gas emissions after the 2016 Paris Agreement. It was part of the global agreement where 195 countries all agreed to reduce their emissions, and Canada has set this promise into law. While other G7 countries are slashing emissions, Canada lags far behind. In order to meet our targets, every sector of the Canadian economy must row in the same direction.

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Japan’s SLIM moon lander has shockingly survived a third lunar night

New Scientist

Almost all moon landers break down during the extraordinary cold of lunar night, but Japan’s Smart Lander for Investigating Moon has astonishingly survived three nights

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How Temperate Forests Could Help Limit Climate Change

Scientific American

People understand how saving tropical forests is good for the planet, but temperate forests are equally indispensable in fighting climate change

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Protecting Biodiversity Means Saving the Bogs (and Peatlands, Swamps, Marshes, Fens…)

NRDC

Wetlands cover just 6 percent of the planet’s land area but provide habitat for 40 percent of wildlife.

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South Mountain Partnership Action Alert: Support Needed For New Michaux State Forest District Resource Center In Franklin County

PA Environment Daily

The South Mountain Partnership is requesting citizens to support the new Resources Management Center proposed for Michaux State Forest District to replace the current District Office in Franklin County. The chosen site is State Forest property that is currently leased to the South Mountain Golf Course. The new RMC will improve services in the South Mountain Conservation Landscape by better serving district forest needs, residents, and visitors.

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