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How a Solar Revolution in Farming Is Depleting World’s Groundwater

Yale E360

Farmers in hot, arid regions are turning to low-cost solar pumps to irrigate their fields, eliminating the need for expensive fossil fuels and boosting crop production. But by allowing them to pump throughout the day, the new technology is drying up aquifers around the globe.

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Investing in Public Transit Is Investing in Public Health

Union of Concerned Scientists

Last week, I interviewed a patient who was hospitalized for severe and persistent asthma attacks. Ms. S had been perfectly healthy until her respiratory symptoms commenced one year ago. She described her struggle to breathe on her worst days as feeling as though “an elephant was sitting on her chest.” I asked about smoking history and exposure to any potential indoor irritants (i.e. dust, mold), all of which she denied.

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America’s Leading Environmental Court

Legal Planet

The state court on the cutting edge of environmental law is a long way from the major population and media centers, which may be one reason it doesn’t get much attention. It deserves more. The Hawaiian Supreme Court has been forging new paths in environmental law that may lead the way for other courts in years to come. Environmental rights. In 2023, the court issued two major decisions relating to climate change.

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China Releases Carbon Allowance Trading Regulations

Clean Energy Law

The regulations aim to provide a legal framework for China’s carbon allowance trading market by strengthening requirements and designating responsibilities. By Hui Xu , Paul A. Davies , Jean-Philippe Brisson , and Qingyi Pan On January 25, 2024, Chinese Premier Li Qiang signed a decree of the State Council, introducing the Regulations on the Administration of Carbon Allowance Trading (the Regulations).

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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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In Rush for Lithium, Miners Turn to the Oil Fields of Arkansas

Yale E360

The Smackover Formation in southern Arkansas was once a major oil producer. Now, companies hope to extract lithium — a key metal for electric vehicle batteries — from its underground brines using technologies they say could reduce mining’s carbon emissions and water use.

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Climate Change Accountability: How International Courts Can Drive Climate Action

Union of Concerned Scientists

Fossil fuel companies are well established as founts of disinformation , agents of obstruction, and drivers of climate change. From Pulitzer-prize winning investigations to groundbreaking scholarly research , the evidence of their knowledge and deception is irrefutable. And yet, these corporations continue to sow disinformation and reap record- breaking profits.

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Singapore Unveils Blueprint for Sustainable Air Hub

Clean Energy Law

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore will also launch 12 key initiatives, including a levy on sustainable aviation fuel and low-carbon electricity imports. By Paul A. Davies , Farhana Sharmeen , Michael D. Green , James Bee , and Kevin Mak The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) has launched the Singapore Sustainable Air Hub Blueprint (Blueprint) as part of its efforts to decarbonise Singapore’s aviation sector while enabling sustainable growth.

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Cambodian Offset Project Led to Arrests, Evictions of Indigenous People, Report Alleges

Yale E360

Indigenous people in southern Cambodia faced forced evictions and criminal charges after their ancestral lands were marked out for a carbon offset project, a new report alleges.

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Covid-19 vaccines seem to cut the risk of heart attacks and strokes

New Scientist

Many covid-19 vaccines occasionally cause side effects such as blood clots or heart inflammation, but, overall, they appear to be beneficial in preventing heart and circulatory conditions

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California Year In Fire Report

Legal Planet

On behalf of CLEE and the Climate and Wildfire Institute (CWI), and with additional support from the Moore Foundation, I am pleased to announce publication of the California Year in Fire Report. Wildfire and the risk of wildfire impact far more than acres burned. This Report is an effort to provide a more multi-dimensional view of those impacts, incorporating measures of resilience, public health, and environmental impact.

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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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EU Reaches Provisional Agreement on ESG Ratings Regulation

Clean Energy Law

The European Parliament and the Council of the EU have made some significant changes to the European Commission’s proposal. On 5 February 2024, the European Parliament and Council of the EU announced that they had reached a provisional political agreement on the text of the ESG Ratings Regulation (the Regulation). The agreed text was subsequently published on 14 February 2024.

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Boiling, Filtering Water Can Get Rid of Microplastics, Study Finds

Yale E360

A new study finds that boiling and then filtering tap water can remove up to 90 percent of microplastics.

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Environmental and Labour Groups Join Forces to Demand the Federal Government Expedite Sustainable Jobs Bill

Enviromental Defense

BLUE GREEN CANADA, CANADIAN CENTRE FOR POLICY ALTERNATIVES, CANADIAN LABOUR CONGRESS, CLIMATE ACTION NETWORK CANADA, THE COUNCIL OF CANADIANS, DAVID SUZUKI FOUNDATION, ECOJUSTICE, ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENCE, ÉQUITERRE, IRON + EARTH, PEMBINA INSTITUTE, 350.org In a letter sent earlier today, twelve major climate and labour organizations called on Prime Minister Trudeau, Natural Resources Minister Wilkinson, and all parties’ House Leaders to expedite the passage of Bill C-50, the Sustainable Jobs Act,

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New Research from Antarctica Affirms The Threat of the ‘Doomsday Glacier,’ But Funding to Keep Studying it Is Running Out

Inside Climate News

In a worst case scenario, rising global temperatures and marine heatwaves could melt enough of the Thwaites Glacier and other Antarctic ice to raise sea levels 10 feet by the early 2100s. By Bob Berwyn When he saw the 75-mile wide ice front of the remote Thwaites Glacier looming out of the Amundsen Sea for the first time in 2019, ice researcher James Kirkham felt a sense of foreboding.

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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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Thousands of humpback whales starved to death after marine heatwave

New Scientist

A study estimating humpback whale numbers in the North Pacific Ocean from crowdsourced photos reveals a sharp decline from 2012 to 2021 after decades of slow population growth

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Africa's Tropical Glaciers Have Shrunk by 90 Percent, Study Finds

Yale E360

Glaciers atop Mount Kenya, Mount Kilimanjaro, and the Rwenzori Mountains in East Africa are shrinking at an alarming rate as the region heats up.

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Restoring Landscapes: Cairngorms Connect – a wild landscape in the making

The Applied Ecologist

In this new series, we hope to promote knowledge exchange in restoration and invite restoration practitioners to share their stories: successes, failures, implementation of learnings from other places and anything in between! To kick off the series, Sydney Henderson and Dr Pip Gullett share their story from Cairngorms Connect.

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‘Nobody Really Knows What You’re Supposed to Do’: Leaking, Abandoned Wells Wreak Havoc in West Texas 

Inside Climate News

A recent well blow-out in West Texas highlights the challenges of finding and plugging thousands of wells across the state. By Martha Pskowski, Inside Climate News and Carlos Nogueras, Texas Tribune IMPERIAL, Texas—Mounds of dirt towered over Bill Wight, who stared helplessly at the piles that had once been pasture for his cattle.

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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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AIs get better at maths if you tell them to pretend to be in Star Trek

New Scientist

Chatbots vary their answers depending on the exact wording used to prompt them, and now it seems that asking an AI to answer as if it were a Star Trek captain boosts its mathematical ability

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Environmentalists, Firefighters, and Northern Indigenous Health Experts Demand Action on Toxic “Forever Chemicals”

Enviromental Defense

Advocates highlight new polling that shows 4 out of 5 people living in Canada want action on PFAS Ottawa | Traditional, unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabeg People – Yesterday, environmentalists, firefighters, and Northern Indigenous health experts met with federal decision makers to demand action on toxic per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances, also known as PFAS, or “forever chemicals.

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The U.K. is Burning Canadian Forests for Fuel

NRDC

Twenty-three environmental organizations stress that the U.K. government funding the incineration of imported Canadian wood pellets threatens climate progress.

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Chemours and DuPont Knew About Risks But Kept Making Toxic PFAS Chemicals, UN Human Rights Advisors Conclude

Inside Climate News

A UN human rights panel calls on the UN Environment Assembly to take on “forever chemicals” at a meeting in Nairobi, citing a North Carolina PFAS plant as an example of environmental negligence. By James Bruggers In advance of a United Nations meeting next week where pollution is on the agenda, a U.N. human rights team has called out a PFAS manufacturing plant in North Carolina as a poster child for irresponsible behavior.

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Boiling tap water can remove 80 per cent of the microplastics in it

New Scientist

Tap water contains tiny particles of plastic and we don’t know how they affect our health – now it seems that boiling the water for 5 minutes can remove most of them

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New Report: Expanding Public Transit Service Can Double Ridership and Cut Emissions by 65 Million Tonnes

Enviromental Defense

ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENCE, ÉQUITERRE New Report: Expanding Public Transit Service Can Double Ridership and Cut Emissions by 65 Million Tonnes “Putting Wheels on the Bus” report outlines recommendations to federal policymakers to unlock public transit’s potential as a climate solution Ottawa | Traditional, unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabeg People – A new report, titled “Putting Wheels on the Bus” from Environmental Defence and Équiterre, supported by modelling conducted by D

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This New Antivenom Defangs the Toxins of Cobras, Black Mambas and More

Scientific American

A synthetic antibody marks a big step toward antivenoms that can protect against every poisonous snake near where you live or travel

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Study Pinpoints Links Between Melting Arctic Ice and Summertime Extreme Weather in Europe

Inside Climate News

New research shows how last year’s warming melted ice in Greenland that increased flows of fresh, cold water into the North Atlantic, upsetting ocean currents in ways that lead to atmospheric changes. By Bob Berwyn The Arctic Ocean is mostly enclosed by the coldest parts of the Northern Hemisphere’s continents, ringed in by Siberia, Alaska and the Canadian Arctic, with only a small opening to the Pacific through the Bering Strait, and some narrow channels through the labyrinth of Canada’s Arctic

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Dishabituation: How to trick your brain to find more joy in life

New Scientist

Learning a psychological trick to overcome your brain's tendency to stop noticing things could help you love your old clothes, notice the effects of climate change and fix gender biases, says neuroscientist Tali Sharot

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The truth behind the numbers: What is Premier Smith hiding?

Enviromental Defense

Last month, the Government of Alberta publicly responded to the federal government’s framework on the oil and gas emissions cap. The response from Premier Smith and her government was yet another step in their effort to battle against desperately needed climate policies in Canada. Amongst other things, Alberta’s response contained wild assertions about the damage that emissions cap could do to the Canadian economy.

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The False Promise of Carbon Capture as a Climate Solution

Scientific American

Fossil-fuel companies use captured carbon dioxide to extract more fossil fuels, leading to a net increase in atmospheric CO 2

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Despite global uncertainty, 2023 was a record year for wind power in Europe

A Greener Life

Photo credit: WindEurope. By Anders Lorenzen Analysis by WindEurope , Europe’s wind power industry group, reveals a record-breaking year for European wind power when it comes to investments in the industry as well as installing new capacity. The report revealed a significant comeback. The wind sector having struggled in 2022 with soaring inflation, interest rates and the volatile energy markets as a result of the war in Ukraine.

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Melting of Greenland ice could cause European heat extremes this year

New Scientist

When lots of freshwater from Greenland pours into the North Atlantic Ocean, it triggers feedback loops that lead to hotter and drier weather in Europe, according to a study of the past 40 years

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100+ New Species Discovered in the Deep Sea

Ocean Conservancy

If you need proof that there is still plenty to discover in our ocean, look no further than the recent deep-sea expedition in South America. In January 2024, a group of scientists boarded Schmidt Ocean Institute’s research vessel Falkor (too) to explore underwater mountain ranges off of Chile’s coast. The team, led by Dr. Javier Sellanes of the Universidad Católica del Norte, wanted to understand the biodiversity of these little-explored seamounts.

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40 Individuals File Appeals, Most Handwritten, Of DEP’s Permit For Catalyst Energy Oil & Gas Wastewater Injection Well In McKean County

PA Environment Daily

Appeals have been filed by 40 individuals with the Environmental Hearing Board over DEP’s permit for the Catalyst Energy, Inc.’s oil and gas wastewater injection well near Cyclone in Keating Township, McKean County. On January 25, Marcellus Drilling News reported the Department of Environmental Protection issued a permit to Catalyst Energy, Inc. for an oil and gas wastewater injection well.

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