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New Report: Scoping the Public Health Impacts of Wildfire

Legal Planet

Wildfire smoke presents a population-wide health risk in California. Catastrophic wildfires are fueling complex and extensive public health impacts, including air pollution-related mortality and a growing toll on mental health. These risks result in hundreds of millions of dollars in estimated losses and carry stark environmental justice implications for vulnerable populations.

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Wildfires and Power Grid Failures Continue to Fuel Each Other

Union of Concerned Scientists

It’s that time of the year again, when many of us are relieved that the bitter cold weather is finally behind us, yet apprehensive about the dangerously extreme weather events that are likely to come. May is not only the first month of Danger Season , it is also wildfire awareness month , according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). With high-fire-risk months still ahead of us , 2024 has seen significant wildfire damage already.

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10 Things I Hate About You (House Majority Farm Bill)

NRDC

From undermining historic climate funding to compromising food security and weakening species protections, NRDC’s analysis lays out the worst of the worst that this Farm Bill has to offer.

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In Two New Studies, Scientists See Signs of Fundamental Climate Shifts in Antarctica

Inside Climate News

A steep decline of Antarctic sea ice may mark a long-term transformation in the Southern Ocean, and seawater intrusions beneath the Thwaites Glacier could explain its melting outpacing projections. By Bob Berwyn Antarctica’s vast ice fields and the floating sea ice surrounding the continent are Earth’s biggest heat shields, bouncing solar radiation away from the planet, but two studies released today show how global warming is encroaching even on the sunlight reflector in the coldest region on t

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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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Incredible maths proof is so complex that almost no one can explain it

New Scientist

Mathematicians are celebrating a 1000-page proof of the geometric Langlands conjecture, a problem so complicated that even other mathematicians struggle to understand it.

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Danger Season 2024: It’s Already Started

Union of Concerned Scientists

Ahead of Memorial Day, the unofficial kick-off of summer, we are back with an annual warning that gets more pointed each year: it is now Danger Season 2024, and everyone needs to be ready. Because the hits are coming, and they’re going to hurt. “Danger Season” refers to the warmer months when, turbo-charged by climate change, extreme events like heat waves, heavy rainfall, wildfires, and poor air quality bring miserable and often dangerous, conditions.

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The Ontario Government’s Anti-Density Bill 185 is so Extreme and Corrupt that even Density Opponents are Concerned

Enviromental Defense

Statement from Phil Pothen, Land Use and Land Development program manager Toronto | Traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishinaabeg, the Haudenosaunee, and the Wendat – The Ontario government’s latest attempt to kneecap efforts to build more homes in neighbourhoods – and supercharge suburban sprawl – is so extreme that even some long-time opponents of density are joining the opposition.

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Ancient viruses in the human genome linked to mental health conditions

New Scientist

People with higher genetic risk for depression, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are more likely to have unusual activity levels of "fossil viruses" in their genomes

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Four Steps Federal Agencies Need to Take for Better Public Engagement

Union of Concerned Scientists

For years at the Center for Science and Democracy (CSD), we have championed the need for federal agencies to adopt clear and equitable practices for engaging with the public. The public’s ability to weigh in on new rules and regulations proposed by agencies lies at the heart of a strong democracy. It offers a critical mechanism through which members of the public can have a direct say in the decisions our government is making.

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One Year Later: Responding to the Supreme Court’s Attack on Clean Water

NRDC

This weekend marks one year since the U.S. Supreme Court decided Sackett v. EPA, the worst judicial rollback of environmental protections ever.

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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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The Great Solar Storm of 2024 May Have Made the Strongest Auroras in Centuries

Scientific American

Northern and southern lights produced by a recent bout of severe space weather may rival the most intense auroras of the past 500 years

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Hot Atlantic sets the stage for extreme hurricane season

New Scientist

This year could bring up to 25 named tropical storms, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says, due to hot Atlantic Ocean surface temperatures and a shift to La Niña conditions

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The Torture and Killing of a Wolf, a New Endangered Species Lawsuit and Novel Science Revive Wyoming Debate Over the Predator

Inside Climate News

Conservationists are split over how to protect a keystone species in the Cowboy State. Can new science estimating the predators’ effects on carbon sequestration provide a path forward? By Jake Bolster On Feb. 29, Cody Roberts was out hunting on his snowmobile in Wyoming when he crossed paths with a lone gray wolf in the state’s “predator zone,” where wolves can be killed by almost any means and without a license.

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Extreme Birding: Shorebirds at the Sewage Lagoon

Cool Green Science

Shorebird identification can be a challenge. The best place to practice might just be your local sewage lagoon. The post Extreme Birding: Shorebirds at the Sewage Lagoon appeared first on Cool Green Science.

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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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Cities Are Switching to Electric Vehicles Faster Than Individuals

Scientific American

Electric trucks and sedans have proven popular with municipal fleets, but cities have also bought niche vehicles such as an electric Zamboni

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Mysterious element promethium finally reveals its chemical properties

New Scientist

The highly unstable radioactive element promethium is hard to study in the lab, but chemists have now coaxed it into forming a compound in water so they can observe its bonding behaviour

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Proposed Quarry Puts Ontario’s Turtle Protections to the Test

Enviromental Defense

This is a guest blog by Katie Krelove, Ontario campaigner at Wilderness Committee. Katie works to build relationships and advocate towards strong campaigns to advance the Wilderness Committee’s goals of people-powered wilderness preservation for the benefit of all in Ontario. Ontario’s Endangered Species Act (ESA) is meant to protect and recover species-at-risk and their habitats, but does it work?

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The ITLOS Advisory Opinion on Climate Change: An introduction into the joint blog symposium

Law Columbia

On May 21, 2024, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) delivered a long-awaited Advisory Opinion on climate change and international law. This marks the first time that an international tribunal has issued an advisory opinion on State obligations regarding climate change mitigation. The Advisory Opinion addresses several key questions regarding application of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) in the context of climate change, including the interact

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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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Could Putting Neosporin in Your Nose Fend Off COVID?

Scientific American

People may someday have a surprisingly familiar tool to prevent viral infections: one of the antibiotics found in a common ointment

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X-ray laser fires most powerful pulse ever recorded

New Scientist

The Linac Coherent Light Source in California fired an X-ray pulse that lasted only a few hundred billionths of a billionth of a second but carried nearly a terawatt of power

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Does incorporating complexity into coastal engineering increase fish diversity along urban shorelines?

The Applied Ecologist

Authors of a recently published research article explain how, to enhance fish diversity, it is important to provide three-dimensional habitat architecture that incorporates a wide range of microhabitat sizes and types. Habitat complexity Habitat complexity is a key driver of marine fish diversity and essential for determining structure and function of fish communities.

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Toronto’s Legalization of Six-Storey Apartment Buildings in Residential Neighbourhoods is the Model for Fixing Ontario’s Housing Shortage

Enviromental Defense

Statement from Phil Pothen, Land Use and Land Development program manager Toronto | Traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishinaabeg, the Haudenosaunee, and the Wendat – Yesterday, Mayor Olivia Chow and Toronto City Council approved a large-scale Official Plan amendment and rezoning of major streets within the city’s residential neighborhoods that will permit apartment buildings of up to six storeys and sixty units on more than 30,000 lots that have –until now– been re

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Singapore Airlines Turbulence: Why Climate Change Is Making Flights Rougher

Scientific American

Warming temperatures are likely to mean that more of your plane ride will have rocky conditions, creating potentially dangerous situations

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Earth-like exoplanet found just 40 light years away – the closest yet

New Scientist

A nearby planet named Gliese 12 b has an estimated surface temperature of 42°C (108°F), making it a promising candidate for liquid water and maybe life

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NOAA 2024 Hurricane Forecast Is for More Storms Than Ever Before

Inside Climate News

The unprecedented prediction is based most notably on near-record sea surface temperatures, which are as warm now as they normally are in August. By Amy Green ORLANDO, Fla.—Get ready for an active hurricane season. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting the greatest number of named storms this hurricane season since the forecasts began in 1998.

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$2.7 Million Settlement To Pay Certain Out-Of-Pocket Expenses For Residents In Bucks County, Philadelphia Impacted By Release Of Chemicals Into Delaware River In March 2023

PA Environment Daily

On May 17, it was announced by the Philly Water Settlement Administrator a class action lawsuit settlement has been reached with Altuglas LLC and Trinseo LLC in the lawsuit captioned McGraw, et al. v. Altuglas LLC, et al., No. 240100060 (Phila. CCP). The settlement resolves claims alleging that class members suffered out-of-pocket losses as a result of the release of chemicals in the Delaware River in March 2023, and the public notice and drinking water advisories issued by the City of Philadelp

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We Must Face Down the Expanding Anti-Reality Industry

Scientific American

Exposing the antiscience playbook reveals the antiregulatory motives of its deep-pocketed bankrollers

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Quantum biology: New clues on how life might make use of weird physics

New Scientist

With tentative evidence for long-lasting quantum phenomena inside cells, researchers are beginning to rethink what we need to look for to find clinching evidence of quantum biology

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Q&A: The Dire Consequences of Global Warming in the Earth’s Oceans

Inside Climate News

Imagining a world without fish in the world’s tropical oceans. Interview by Aynsley O’Neill, Living on Earth From our collaborating partner “Living on Earth,” public radio’s environmental news magazine , an interview with Bob Bewyn, a staff writer at Inside Climate News, based in Austria.

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Duquesne Light Releases 2023 ESG Report - Playing A Central Role In SW PA Clean Energy Transition

PA Environment Daily

On May 22, Duquesne Light Company released its 2023 Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Report , which discloses the company’s performance in three core areas of its ESG strategy: climate conscious, powering people and responsible performance. This is DLC’s second annual ESG report and, for the first time, discloses year-over-year performance metrics from a 2022 baseline.

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Crows Rival Human Toddlers in Counting Skills

Scientific American

Counting crows proclaim “caw, caw, caw, caw” when staring at the number four

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Tamiflu seems to relieve noise-induced hearing loss in mice

New Scientist

Mice that were given a high dose of the antiviral drug oseltamivir phosphate, better known as Tamiflu, after prolonged and excessive noise exposure showed fewer signs of hearing loss compared with those not given the medication

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The Midwest Could Be in for Another Smoke-Filled Summer. Here’s How States Are Preparing

Inside Climate News

Fires fueled by drought are sending smoke south from Canada into the U.S., leaving folks exposed to dangerous particulate matter in the air. By Kristoffer Tigue Nick Witcraft knew he’d have a busy morning when his phone notified him that Canadian wildfire smoke was drifting across the U.S.-Canadian border eight days ago.