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Is Carbon-Free Nuclear Fusion Energy Just Around the Corner?

Earth 911

About 800,000 years after humans first used and controlled fire, scientists at the Lawrence Livermore. The post Is Carbon-Free Nuclear Fusion Energy Just Around the Corner? appeared first on Earth911.

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Electra Battery Materials Releases Its First Sustainability Report

Environment + Energy Leader

The company outlines its commitments to sustainable, low-carbon production of battery grade materials at its refinery complex north of Toronto. The post Electra Battery Materials Releases Its First Sustainability Report appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

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2022 updates to the temperature records

Real Climate

Another January, another annual data point. As in years past , the annual rollout of the GISTEMP, NOAA, HadCRUT and Berkeley Earth analyses of the surface temperature record have brought forth many stories about the long term trends and specific events of 2022 – mostly focused on the impacts of the (ongoing) La Niña event and the litany of weather extremes (UK and elsewhere having record years, intense rainfall and flooding, Hurricane Ian, etc. etc.).

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Finland Nearly Doubled Its Wind Power Capacity Last Year

Yale E360

Finland saw its wind power capacity grow by 75 percent in 2022, according to the Finnish Wind Power Association, a wind energy trade group. Read more on E360 →.

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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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Parks and Housing Together: A Win for Communities and the Environment

Legal Planet

Los Angeles needs more parks and more affordable housing. When compared to other major cities across the country, the City of L.A. ranks 78th out of 100 in terms of park access, acreage, amenities, investments, and equitable distribution. More than 1.4 million people in the City of L.A. and nearly five million people in Los Angeles County experience park poverty.

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PNC Increases its Environmental Finance Commitment to $30 Billion

Environment + Energy Leader

The pledge is an extension of PNC's ongoing support for its customers as they transition to a low-carbon economy, supporting the bank's Community Benefits Plan. The post PNC Increases its Environmental Finance Commitment to $30 Billion appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

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Amazon Under Fire: The Long Struggle Against Brazil’s Land Barons

Yale E360

Journalist Heriberto Araujo spent four years reporting on the destruction of the Brazilian Amazon. In an interview with Yale Environment 360 , he talks about his new book, which explores the complex web of issues underpinning the deforestation of the world’s largest rainforest. Read more on E360 →.

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New Mexico Town, Still Reeling from Historic Fire, Receives Federal Aid to Repair Drinking Water System

Circle of Blue

The town of Las Vegas receives $140 million for drinking water treatment facilities. Burn scars from the Hermits Peak/Calf Canyon fire, which burned more than 341,000 acres in New Mexico’s Santa Fe National Forest in 2022. Photo courtesy of Matthew Kowal under a Creative Commons license. By Brett Walton, Circle of Blue – January 12, 2023. A New Mexico town that is intimately aware of the water supply risks from a drying climate will receive $140 million to rebuild its water system after th

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PNC Increases its Environmental Finance Commitment to $30 Billion

Environment + Energy Leader

The pledge is an extension of PNC's ongoing support for its customers as they transition to a low-carbon economy, supporting the bank's Community Benefits Plan. The post PNC Increases its Environmental Finance Commitment to $30 Billion appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

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Climate Change in 2022: Multiple Billion-Dollar Disasters and Unbearable Human Costs

Union of Concerned Scientists

Today the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released its annual report on billion-dollar weather and climate-related disasters in the United States, which tells a grimly familiar story. In 2022, the nation experienced 18 disasters with costs exceeding a billion dollars each, and together these disasters caused at least 474 deaths.

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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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Nine in 10 U.S. Drivers Would Save Money on Fuel by Going Electric, Study Finds

Yale E360

Around 90 percent of U.S. households would save on fuel costs by buying an electric car rather than a gas-powered car, according to new research. Read more on E360 →.

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The Stream, January 11, 2023: Proposed Hydropower Project Threatens Sacred Yakama Nation Food-Gathering Lands

Circle of Blue

The Himalayas, known as the water tower of Asia, rise over the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand. Photo © Keith Schneider/Circle of Blue. YOUR GLOBAL RUNDOWN. Hundreds have been displaced due to historic flooding in western Australia. A new, first-of-its-kind study suggests that global warming this century will cause more glacial melting and sea level rise than previously thought.

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SME Profile: Nicholas Nelson, Scientist, Ecosystem Service Economics, Montrose Environmental Group

Environment + Energy Leader

Join Nick and his colleagues on Wednesday, February 1, for a discussion on how NEBA-CA can create the best offshore infrastructure decommissioning solution. . The post SME Profile: Nicholas Nelson, Scientist, Ecosystem Service Economics, Montrose Environmental Group appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

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Happy New Year, New England?

Union of Concerned Scientists

Happy New Year! According to the science, over the next 7 years we must focus on reducing emissions of heat-trapping gases significantly to halve emissions by 2030 and avoid the worst impacts of climate change. Getting there requires an all-of-society approach; getting there requires leadership at all levels of government. Inauguration Week. We all settled in to work last week, state legislatures convened, and governors took their oaths of office.

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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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After Comeback, Southern Iraq’s Marshes Are Now Drying Up

Yale E360

After recovering from Saddam Hussein’s efforts to drain them, southern Iraq’s Mesopotamian Marshes are disappearing as a regional drought enters its fourth year and dams cut off water flows. Marsh Arabs, resident for millennia, are leaving, and biodiversity is collapsing. Read more on E360 →.

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As Planet Warms, Water Risks Abound

Circle of Blue

Ahead of a high-profile UN conference, political forecasters issue water warnings. The Nile, cutting here through Cairo, is the heart of Egypt. Photo © J. Carl Ganter/Circle of Blue. By Brett Walton, Circle of Blue – January 11, 2023. Water still matters. Last year was evidence that forgotten threats to global prosperity and safety can re-emerge. Covid flared in China as the country abandoned its isolationist policy, a reminder that the pandemic continues to burn.

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How Georgia Tech ChBE is Revolutionizing Flow Battery Technology

Environment + Energy Leader

A team of researchers from the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (ChBE) at Georgia Tech announced an exciting development: a compact flow battery cell configuration that minimizes size by as much as 75%, in addition to decreasing costs significantly. The post How Georgia Tech ChBE is Revolutionizing Flow Battery Technology appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

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News Flash! International Cooperation on the Environment Remains Possible

Law and Environment

In these times of much woe, it’s always noteworthy when the mainstream media reports good news. Especially when it’s good news about effective international cooperation on environmental protection issues. . Today, the New York Times reported that a recent assessment shows that the world is on track to reach pre-1980 levels of upper atmosphere ozone by roughly 2040.

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Pollinator Loss Stunting Fruit and Vegetable Production, Leading to More than 400,000 Early Deaths a Year

Yale E360

The global decline of bees and other pollinators is stunting yields of fruits, vegetables, and nuts. Scientists estimate that the loss of these nutritious foods is leading to 427,000 early deaths a year. Read more on E360 →.

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What’s Up With Water – January 10, 2023

Circle of Blue

Transcript. Welcome to “What’s Up With Water” – your need-to-know news of the world’s water from Circle of Blue. I’m Eileen Wray-McCann. In the United States, the holiday season was marked by winter storms that showed how vulnerable water systems are to extreme weather. Cold winters are unusual in the American South, but temperatures dipped below freezing in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and South Carolina.

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PNNL Works to Power Sensors with Ocean Waves

Environment + Energy Leader

This patent-pending frequency-multiplied cylindrical triboelectric nanogenerator (FMC-TENG) converts energy more efficiently than other cylindrical TENGs and transforms slow, uniform waves into electricity. The post PNNL Works to Power Sensors with Ocean Waves appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

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PACKAGING WITH A SWEET AFTERTASTE – SUGARCANE BAGASSE

Cleannovate

Ever been inspired by a mountain of trash? Well, I’m not being cynical here it’s just what this article is … More.

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Supporting Smallholder Farmers on the Way to a More Sustainable Palm Oil Supply Chain

3BL Media

Supporting Smallholder Farmers on the Way to a More Sustainable Palm Oil Supply Chain. Fri, 01/13/2023 - 10:00. Subheader. By Kate Zerrenner. Type of Content. Blog. Layout. Standard Format. Body. Originally Published On triplepundit.com. Henkel, a global leader in consumer goods and adhesive technologies, and the nonprofit Solidaridad have worked together for almost a decade to scale up sustainable palm oil production and help smallholder farmers improve and diversify their incomes.

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Perspective | Giant Catch in the Mekong Reveals Mysteries of Biodiversity Hot Spot

Circle of Blue

Fish tracking project builds the case for international conservation cooperation. In June 2022, fishers in Cambodia caught a giant freshwater stingray weighing 661 pounds (300 kilos). It turned out to be the largest freshwater fish ever caught. The stingray was tagged with a tracking device and returned to the Mekong River, where its movements are informing conservation planning.

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CEO Study: Rethinking ESG & Sustainability Initiatives to Achieve Net Zero Emissions by 2050

Environment + Energy Leader

The 12th United Nations Global Compact-Accenture CEO Study incorporates insights from over 2,600 CEOs from 128 countries, 18 industries, and more than 130 in-depth interviews. The post CEO Study: Rethinking ESG & Sustainability Initiatives to Achieve Net Zero Emissions by 2050 appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

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The alliance of carbon-negative countries

A Greener Life

By Jeremy Williams. Britain is working towards the long-term goal of reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Japan and the EU have set the same date, and Russia and China have chosen 2060. While these dates still feel like a long way away, there are some countries that have already reached net zero. This small handful of countries is part of an elite club, the Alliance of Carbon-Negative Countries.

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Sappi Partners With EcoVadis to Assess Suppliers’ Sustainability Performance

3BL Media

Sappi Partners With EcoVadis to Assess Suppliers’ Sustainability Performance. Mon, 01/09/2023 - 17:25. Subheader. Partnership Helps Benchmark and Assess the Sustainability Practices of Sappi’s Suppliers. Type of Content. Article. Layout. Standard Format. Body. Sappi Limited has partnered with EcoVadis, a global leader in third-party evaluations of business sustainability performance, to benchmark and assess the sustainability practices of Sappi’s suppliers and encourage their commitment to the U

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Federal Water Tap, January 9: EPA Delays PFAS Drinking Water Rules

Circle of Blue

The Rundown. The EPA expects draft rules for two PFAS in drinking water to be published in March. President Biden signs three bills related to tribal water rights in Arizona. The Census Bureau identifies the number of U. S. residents displaced last year by weather disasters. An EPA draft report outlines the damage that federal biofuels policy has wrought on land and water.

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SME Profile: Heather Moore, Technical Director for Sustainability, LRQA

Environment + Energy Leader

As a Lead Auditor/Verifier with LRQA, she provides assessment and verification services for greenhouse gas emissions and other sustainability data, ISO 14001, and social auditing schemes. The post SME Profile: Heather Moore, Technical Director for Sustainability, LRQA appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

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Celebrating 10 Years of BEES With Department Head David Velinsky, PhD

Academy of Natural Sciences

As the oldest natural history museum in the Western Hemisphere, the Academy of Natural Sciences’ affiliation with Drexel University is a relatively new part of its history — the partnership was formed in 2011, nearly 200 years after its 1812 founding. But a lot has happened in the last decade, for the Academy and especially for the new department that was formed as a result of this affiliation.

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University of Koblenz forms publishing agreement with Frontiers 

Frontiers

The University of Koblenz has formed an institutional Partnership agreement for Open Access publishing with Frontiers. This institutional partnership agreement means that eligible University of Koblenz researchers may publish in any Frontiers journal at no cost to them and with a simplified process. The university library of University of Koblenz supports its researchers in making their research more widely available.

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YUCATAN BIRD WALLPAPERS #28 – Northern Jacana

Reflections of the Natural World

I will be posting one image a day from my Yucatan Birds Gallery. I decided to try and present an extra-wide format (21×9) to show more of the habitat surrounding each bird. Northern Jacana – Jacana Norteña IMAGE DETAILSLocation: Laguna Cobá, Quintana Roo, MexicoDate: 2021-12-06Camera: Canon EOS R5Lens: Canon RF 100-500mmFocal Length: 451 mmAperture: f/7.1Exposure … Continue reading YUCATAN BIRD WALLPAPERS #28 – Northern Jacana.

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Engie Brasil Sets Net-Zero Goal by 2045 and Aims for 100% Renewables

Environment + Energy Leader

Engie Brasil's goal is net-zero by 2045. To that end, it is committed to generating all of its electricity with renewable energy and is building the transmission to make it happen. The post Engie Brasil Sets Net-Zero Goal by 2045 and Aims for 100% Renewables appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

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Highlighting Biodiversity: Spectacular Birds and the Amazon River

Academy of Natural Sciences

As the Academy celebrates biodiversity — the remarkable, beautiful tapestry of life on Earth — this year, we are delving into some of the fascinating locations our scientists have visited in the region and across the globe to study and help protect our planet’s phenomenally diverse and incredible species. The Amazon Rainforest. Few places are as evocative of biodiversity as the Amazon Rainforest, a region of South America that occupies just 0.5% of Earth’s terrestrial area yet harbors a di