Sat.May 20, 2023 - Fri.May 26, 2023

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Are Sea Cucumbers a Cleanup Solution to Fish Farm Pollution?

Yale E360

Seafood farm operators are breeding and deploying sea cucumbers to vacuum up the massive amounts of fish waste that pose a major problem for their industry. It is part of an effort to redesign fish farms with multiple species so that they work more like natural ecosystems.

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One Planet, Two Crises: Tackling Climate Change and Biodiversity in the Fight for Our Future

Scientific American

World Biodiversity Day reminds us that the profound crises we confront are just different sides of the same coin

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CMIP6: Not-so-sudden stratospheric cooling

Real Climate

As predicted in 1967 by Manabe and Wetherald , the stratosphere has been cooling. A new paper by Ben Santer and colleagues has appeared in PNAS where they extend their previous work on the detection and attribution of anthropogenic climate change to include the upper stratosphere, using observations from the Stratospheric Sounding Units (SSUs) (and their successors, the AMSU instruments) that have flown since 1979.

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Investors Need to Know the Full Scope of Corporate Carbon Emissions

Union of Concerned Scientists

The devil is in the details, as the saying goes, and the climate-related details bedeviling many oil and gas company boardrooms this spring sound like a Star Trek galaxy. They’re called Scope 3 emissions, and they are key to understanding the big picture of a company’s impact on the environment. It’s a picture investors are currently missing. First, let me explain the three “scopes” of carbon emissions.

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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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HotSpots H2O: Trouble Areas Emerge as Summer Looms

Circle of Blue

Eqypt and its cities like Cairo rely almost exclusively on the Nile for water supplies, yet experts say any unrest upriver in Sudan will have repercussions on Egypt’s water security. J. Carl Ganter / Circle of Blue Sun-baked fields and dusty reservoirs dot the landscape of southern Spain. Travel east in the Mediterranean and Tunisia is cutting urban water service at night to conserve supplies amid a harsh, multi-year drought.

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DOW on Route to Making Chemicals Using Small Modular Reactors

Environment + Energy Leader

When Dow and X-energy inked an agreement to develop an advanced nuclear reactor at one of Dow’s sites along the Gulf Coast, it was a big deal – a technology the two will license to other industrial customers.

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Beyond Factory Farms: A New Look at the Rights of Animals

Yale E360

Philosopher Peter Singer’s book, Animal Liberation , helped launch the animal rights movement nearly 50 years ago. He talks with Yale E360 about the evolution of our understanding of how animals feel pain and how humans are not so different from other species as we once thought.

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Western Wildfires are Burning Through Local and State Budgets 

Union of Concerned Scientists

As a Californian, summer still holds the promise of family vacations and visits to favorite swimming holes, but it increasingly triggers concerns about drought, extreme heat, and wildfires—or what we at UCS first named “danger season.” Both extreme heat and wildfires are directly linked to climate change. Previous research by UCS scientists actually quantified the contribution of major carbon producers (like Chevron and ExxonMobil) to increased temperatures , and now we’ve done the same for wild

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G7 Leaders Release Clean Energy Economy Action Plan

Environment + Energy Leader

The G7 asserts a plan that will make decarbonized industrial production the default business case over time and promotes a circular economy of goods and services.

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Federal Water Tap, May 22: EPA Proposes Additional Coal Ash Protections

Circle of Blue

The Rundown The EPA wants to expand the number of coal ash facilities regulated to protect water bodies from contaminants. Lawmakers in Congress introduce bills on hydropower reform , mining law reform , and water technology adoption. The EPA orders Baltimore to protect its drinking water reservoirs from animal waste. A USDA survey finds that nitrate is the most concerning pollutant for groundwater management organizations.

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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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Antarctic Ocean Circulation Has Slowed Dramatically, Study Finds

Yale E360

Ocean circulation in the deep waters around Antarctica has slowed significantly over the past three decades, posing a threat to the climate system, according to a new study.

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Biomethane Threatens to Upend the Clean Hydrogen Tax Credit

Union of Concerned Scientists

The Inflation Reduction Act’s new hydrogen production tax credit , known as code 45V, is intended to incentivize a shift to low-carbon hydrogen production by offering producers a credit that increases in value as the carbon emissions associated with produced hydrogen declines. With an outsized credit for the lowest-carbon tier, the incentive’s aim is clear: Drive deployment of hydrogen production technologies that will be needed by, and aligned with , the nation’s overall clean energy transition

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U.S. Steel Secures $240 Million Green Bond for Arkansas Facility

Environment + Energy Leader

The money will help enhance sustainable technology at its new $3 billion facility expected to open next year.

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A Day Made a Difference in This Purchase and Sale Agreement

Energy & the Law

Co-author Derek Younkers * And what a difference it was! In Apache Corp. v. Apollo Expl. LLC et al , Apache and others acquired an oil and gas lease on 100,000+ acres in the Texas Panhandle. The primary term was three years. The effective date was January 1, 2007, “from which date the anniversary dates of this Lease shall be computed”. Extension beyond the primary term required a producing well and the creation of three blocks of equal acreage from which the lessees would drill wells to a combi

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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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As Peak Oil Looms, Exxon Wades into Lithium Mining

Yale E360

Eyeing a future of waning oil demand and rising sales of electric cars, Exxon Mobil is set to begin mining lithium, a key ingredient in EV batteries.

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Good News from Midcontinent Grid Operator—But We Still Need Market Reform

Union of Concerned Scientists

On May 17, 2023, the Midcontinent Independent System Operators (MISO), responsible for operating the energy markets and transmission infrastructure serving 45 million people across the central United States, released the results of its annual energy capacity auction, held to ensure enough electricity is available for consumers. The results show good news for the year ahead, while pointing to the need to adapt existing processes and market rules to accommodate the fast-approaching clean energy fu

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Enel Plans Solar Cell, Panel Manufacturing Facility in Oklahoma

Environment + Energy Leader

The site will be among the first of U.S. factories to produce solar cells, the building block of PV solar panels and construction of the factory is to begin in fall of 2023.

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James Hansen Warns of a Short-Term Climate Shock Bringing 2 Degrees of Warming by 2050

Inside Climate News

The famed researcher publicly released a preliminary version of a paper-in-progress with grim predictions of short- and long-term warming, but not all climate scientists agree with its conclusions. By Bob Berwyn A team of scientists led by former NASA climate researcher James Hansen, who formally raised the alarm about climate change to U.S. government leaders in his 1988 testimony to Congress , is working on a new study that warns of a possible short-term spike of planetary heating 2 degrees Ce

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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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Among Some Fish, Heat Stress May Be Contagious, Study Finds

Yale E360

Heat stress not only afflicts fish in uncomfortably warm waters. It may also spread to other fish, a new study finds.

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New Associate Editors 2023: Ecological Solutions and Evidence

The Applied Ecologist

Ecological Solutions and Evidence is delighted to announce 27 new Associate Editors who have joined the Editorial Board following our latest open call across all seven BES journals. At the end of 2022, the British Ecological Society journals conducted an open recruitment process for Associate Editors across all seven BES journals.

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Prieto Unveils Hyper-Fast Charging Battery

Environment + Energy Leader

The battery can fully charge within three minutes, providing a solution to common concerns about electric vehicles' longer fueling times.

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Termite mounds reveal secret to creating ‘living and breathing’ buildings that use less energy

Frontiers

By Mischa Dijkstra, Frontiers science writer Macrotermes termite mound in Namibia. Image credit: D. Andréen Scientists studied the ‘egress complex’ of Macrotermes michaelseni termites from Namibia, which appears to promote moisture regulation and gas exchange. They showed that the layout of this lattice-like network of tunnels can intercept wind around the termite mound to create turbulence inside, which can power ventilation and control the interior climate.

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New Buildings in NY to be Electric, But the Job is Not Done

NRDC

New York's All-Electric Building Act makes it the first state to promote efficient electrification of new construction.

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Thursday PA Environment & Energy NewsClips - 5.25.23

PA Environment Daily

Are You Telling Your Story? House holds Regular Session May 23, 24, June 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 20, 21, 22 -- Committee Schedule Senate holds Regular Session June 5, 6, 7, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 -- Committee Schedule TODAY’s Calendar Of Events TODAY 10:00: Agenda. DCED PA Grade Crude [Oil] Development Advisory Council [conventional oil/gas well operators] meeting.

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Texas Tech to Study Fireworks Perchlorate Contamination Impact on Water

Environment + Energy Leader

In a significant move to safeguard water resources and ensure clean drinking water, the EPA has awarded a grant of nearly $2.5 million for the research.

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At Lake Powell, Record Low Water Levels Reveal an ‘Amazing Silver Lining’

Inside Climate News

When the reservoir dropped to its lowest level since it was filled, an expedition through once-submerged branches of Glen Canyon found both warning signs and beauty that had been underwater for more than half a century. By Alex Hager, KUNC If you want to see the Colorado River change in real time, head to Lake Powell.

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Study Shows 14,000 Unplugged Oil and Gas Wells in Gulf of Mexico

NRDC

Industry has neglected thousands of unused oil and gas wells in the Gulf of Mexico. They will cost an estimated $30 billion to plug and decommission.

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Welcoming our 2023 Associate Editor Mentees!

The Applied Ecologist

Journal of Applied Ecology offers a two-year mentoring opportunity for early career researchers to gain experience of the Associate Editor role. Each mentee works with one of our five Senior Editors, who act as a mentor, as well as receives on-going support from the Editorial Office.

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Saudi Arabia’s NEOM Green Hydrogen Closes Financing on $8.4 Billion Plant

Environment + Energy Leader

The plant will integrate up to 4 gigawatts of wind and solar energy.

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New Exhibit Looks Into Drawing as a Way of Knowing Birds

Academy of Natural Sciences

Housing one of the largest and most taxonomically complete bird collections in the world, the Academy welcomes visitors to celebrate ornithology — or the study of birds — in our newest exhibition, Illuminating Birds: Drawing as a Way of Knowing. Through illustrations, rare books, specimens and artifacts that document the beginnings of avian study in the United States, Illuminating Birds showcases just some of the fabulous ornithological works in the Academy’s rich collections while also inspirin

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FERC and PJM Should Not Bail Out Generators That Failed the “Elliott Test”

NRDC

As the region faces changing weather and tighter reserve margins, it needs dependable energy supplies. Power plants that fail when needed should be held accountable.

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Choose Clean Water Coalition Recognizes 2023 Clean Water Champions

PA Environment Daily

On May 23, the Choose Clean Water Coalition honored Sen. Gene Yaw (R-Lycoming) and Carin Bisland of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Chesapeake Bay Program as Clean Water Champions. The award is presented to individuals who exemplify the values of the Coalition, are a true champion for clean water, and demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice.

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Climate Negotiators To Focus on Renewables and Rainforests

Environment + Energy Leader

Climate negotiators are aiming for net zero by 2050, requiring a tripling of renewable energy by 2030. They will take up the issue at this year's climate conference in Bonn, Germany, where the plight of the rainforest nations will also take center stage.