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The State of the Air in 2024? Not Great

Union of Concerned Scientists

I am into air quality. Especially when it means I can breathe outside because there is no pesticide drift, wildfire smoke, vehicle exhaust, or pungent odors. However, the reasons why I am into air quality are a bit contradictory. On the one hand, I am fascinated by air quality because I love working with sensors and monitoring equipment. I enjoy doing outreach and education about electronics with kids.

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The Entrepreneurship School

Cleannovate

I’ve always toyed with entrepreneurship ideas. I’ve tried some out with a measure of success (and equal measure of failure) while others have just lingered in my mind. I often note down ideas that cross my mind on my phone, notepad app… and it’s been helpful.

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Wildfires, Floods & Heat Waves: Brought to You By Big Oil

Enviromental Defense

The climate crisis is here. 2023 was the hottest year on record The degree of devastation across Canada in 2023 was difficult to comprehend. People lost their homes, communities and livelihoods. Some even lost their lives. Last year’s wildfire season was Canada’s most destructive on record, burning more than 18 million hectares across the country from British Columbia to Nova Scotia.

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Oldest known human viruses found hidden within Neanderthal bones

New Scientist

Genetic analysis of 50,000-year-old Neanderthal skeletons has uncovered the remnants of three viruses related to modern human pathogens, and the researchers think they could be recreated

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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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FERC and NERC Review of Winter Storm Gas Failures Lacks Transparency and Key Details

Union of Concerned Scientists

This blog post first appeared in Utility Dive on May 3, 2024. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff recently revealed that winter storms Gerri and Heather brought a grid operator to the brink of rolling blackouts sometime between January 10 and January 17, 2024. But instead of providing a detailed assessment of what went wrong, they primarily highlighted the absence of rolling blackouts and the incremental improvements that have been made since the dangerous grid failures of storms Elliot

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The Strongest Solar Storm in 20 Years Did Little Damage, but Worse Space Weather Is Coming

Scientific American

Years of careful planning helped safeguard against last weekend’s severe space weather, but we still don’t know how we’d cope with a monster event

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Frozen human brain tissue can now be revived without damage

New Scientist

Using a new approach, scientists have successfully frozen and thawed brain organoids and cubes of brain tissue from someone with epilepsy, which could enable better research into neurological conditions

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Ask a Scientist: Stopping Big Ag from Hijacking US Farm and Food Policy

Union of Concerned Scientists

Every five years or so, Congress reauthorizes a comprehensive, multibillion-dollar law that has a major impact not only on farmers and ranchers—who make up less than 2 percent of the US population—but also on the environment, public health, and the economy. Generically called the “farm” bill, it is actually a farm and food bill that supports a wide range of programs, including ones that cover crop insurance, financial credit, and export subsidies for farmers, as well as the Supplemental Nutritio

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Proposed Plastics Law Could Slash Wasteful Packaging

Scientific American

A law proposed in New York State seeks to reduce plastic packaging, ban certain plastic chemicals and mandate that producers of packaged consumer goods fund the recycling or disposal of what they sell

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The Health, Environmental and Financial Risks of Oil Sands Carbon Capture Projects Need to be Adequately Assessed by Alberta

Enviromental Defense

Groups request environmental impact assessment of the Pathways Alliance carbon capture project Canmore | Traditional territories of the Treaty 7 Nations – Yesterday Ecojustice, on behalf of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, Alberta Wilderness Association, No to CO 2 Landowner’s Group, Environmental Defence, and the Climate Action Network, submitted a request to the Government of Alberta and the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) to conduct an environmental impact assessment of the Pathways Allia

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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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Take a photographic tour around the world's first fully organic state

New Scientist

All farmland in the Indian state of Sikkim, shown in these images, has been certified organic since 2016, and local authorities say the change is already improving wildlife populations and the area's arid soil

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PennFuture 25th Anniversary Celebrations Honor 7 Pennsylvanians For Fighting Climate Change, Industrial Pollution

PA Environment Daily

PennFuture celebrated 25 years of fighting climate change and industrial pollution by holding anniversary celebrations in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia to honor seven Pennsylvanians for their contributions to restoring and protecting the environment. Since 1998, PennFuture has combined legislative advocacy and legal enforcement at the local, state, and federal levels, educational outreach, and civic engagement support for just and equitable environmental outcomes that improve the quality of life f

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Sun Erupts with Largest Flare of This Solar Cycle, but Auroras Unlikely to Follow

Scientific American

The same massive sunspot that gave Earth multiple nights of stunning aurora displays has now produced the largest flare of the current solar cycle

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Mountain Valley Ruptures, Yet Claims It's Gas Ready

NRDC

On May 1, Mountain Valley suffered a major rupture during safety testing. But it still wants to start flowing gas next week.

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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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Keto diet may accelerate organ ageing

New Scientist

In mice, a ketogenic diet increases the build-up of zombie-like cells in the heart, kidney, lungs and brain, which can accelerate organ ageing and lead to health problems

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Four Impacts of Ocean Warming

Ocean Conservancy

A mollusk swims up to a sea cucumber. The mollusk looks around at the reef and says (because in jokes everyone talks) to the sea cucumber, “I think we’re in hot water.” I’m no clownfish, but I think Marlin may have told this joke if Finding Nemo came out in 2024. You might ask why a fish would make jokes about the temperature. Well, if you have been reading the news or following our blogs, you know the ocean is getting hotter due to humans burning fossil fuels.

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The Summer of 2023 Was the Hottest in 2,000 Years

Scientific American

Ancient tree rings show that the summer of 2023 was the hottest in the past 2,000 years because of human-caused climate change

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How Can You Stop a Disease-Carrying Mosquito?

Cool Green Science

An effort to slow the spread of deadly avian malaria is giving Hawaiian forest birds a fighting chance. The post How Can You Stop a Disease-Carrying Mosquito? appeared first on Cool Green Science.

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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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Quantum internet draws near thanks to entangled memory breakthroughs

New Scientist

Researchers aiming to create a secure quantum version of the internet need a device called a quantum repeater, which doesn't yet exist - but now two teams say they are well on the way to building one

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New Report: Gas Does not Belong in A Canadian Sustainable Finance Taxonomy

Enviromental Defense

Toronto | Traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishinaabeg, the Haudenosaunee, and the Wendat – Today Environmental Defence published a new report titled, Gas Is Not Green: Why Gas Does not Belong in A Canadian Sustainable Finance Taxonomy that outlines why fossil fuels like ‘natural’ gas should not be included under a sustainable finance label.

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Record-Breaking Ocean Heat Wave Foreshadows a Dangerous Hurricane Season

Scientific American

An active hurricane season could be in store because of ocean temperatures in the North Atlantic that broke records for more than a year

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Illegal Wastewater Dumping Continues, Even On Mothers Day, Conventional Oil & Gas Well Owners’ Campaign Of Intimidation Of Senate Witness; Now Dumping Before It Rains, On Paved Roads

PA Environment Daily

On Mothers Day, May 12, road dumping opponent Siri Lawson in Warren County said conventional oil and gas well owners left her another “present” -- they dumped their wastewater on the road in front of her home in Farmington Township for the sixth time in the last six weeks. Lawson testified before a Senate Committee on April 17 in opposition to the dumping of conventional wastewater on dirt and gravel roads and now it happens even on paved roads.

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Did humans evolve to chase down prey over long distances?

New Scientist

Outrunning prey over long distances is an efficient method of hunting for humans, and it was widely used until recently, according to an analysis of ethnographic accounts

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Statement on Ontario’s Passage of Bill 165 – The Keeping Energy Costs Down Act

Enviromental Defense

Statement from Keith Brooks, Programs Director Toronto | Traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishinaabeg, the Haudenosaunee, and the Wendat – Bill 165, the so-called Keeping Energy Costs Down Act, is an affront to good governance and an insult to Ontarians who are grappling with an affordability crisis. Contrary to the Bill’s ironic name, this piece of legislation will raise energy costs for nearly 4 million households in Ontario and saddle new home buyers with higher

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Orcas Just Sank Another Yacht

Scientific American

Orcas have once again attacked and sunk a boat near the Strait of Gibraltar, a behavior that has scientists stumped

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PA Oil & Gas Weekly Compliance Dashboard - May 4 to 10 - 32 More Abandoned Conventional Well Violations; Failure To Cleanup Spills; Failure To Get Permits

PA Environment Daily

From May 4 to 10, DEP’s Oil and Gas Compliance Database shows oil and gas inspectors filed 891 inspection entries, and caught up posting inspection reports from last week. So far this year, DEP took these action as of May 3 -- -- NOVs Issued In Last Week: 20 conventional, 14 unconventional -- Year To Date - NOVs Issued: 3,159 conventional and 405 unconventional -- Enforcements 2024: 195 conventional and 56 unconventional -- Inspections Last Week: 311 conventional and 312 unconventional -- Year T

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Some brain injury patients would recover if life support weren't ended

New Scientist

After comparing people with brain injuries whose life support was continued with those who had it turned off, scientists calculated that around 40 per cent in the latter group may have made some recovery

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Climate Extremes Slammed Latin America and the Caribbean Last Year. A New UN Report Details the Impacts and Costs

Inside Climate News

Some scientists in the region said many of the effects seen today weren’t expected until the second half of the century. By Bob Berwyn Extreme climate shocks, intensified by global warming, killed hundreds of people and devastated livelihoods and ecosystems across Latin America and the Caribbean in 2023, scientists with the World Meteorological Organization said earlier this week when they released the annual state of the climate report for the region.

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A Cubic Millimeter of a Human Brain Has Been Mapped in Spectacular Detail

Scientific American

Google scientists have modelled a fragment of the human brain at nanoscale resolution, all 150 million connections

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DEP Awards $5.67 Million In Federal Funding To Support Local Abandoned Mine Reclamation, Mine Water Treatment, Subsidence Control Projects; Next Grant Applications Due June 3, Sept. 23

PA Environment Daily

On May 13, the Department of Environmental Protection announced the award of $5,672,751 in federal funding to support eight local abandoned mine lands and mine drainage restoration projects as a part of the Abandoned Mine Lands and Acid Mine Drainage Grant Program. The projects are located in Allegheny, Bedford, Butler, Elk, Northumberland and Westmoreland counties.

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Genetic mutation gives cats a 'salty liquorice' coat colour

New Scientist

Researchers have discovered the gene variant responsible for a distinctive colour pattern seen in cats in Finland, named salmiak after a variety of liquorice

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As California Considers Warning Labels for Gas Stoves, Researchers Learn More About Their Negative Health Impacts

Inside Climate News

A bill in the state legislature would require the appliances to feature information about ventilation. The proposal arrives on the heels of new findings about emissions harms. By Victoria St. Martin Ruth Ann Norton used to look forward to seeing the blue flame that danced on the burners of her gas stove. At one time, she says, she would have sworn that preparing meals with the appliance actually made her a better cook.

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Revolutionary Genetics Research Shows RNA May Rule Our Genome

Scientific American

Scientists have recently discovered thousands of active RNA molecules that can control the human body

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