Sat.Nov 05, 2022 - Fri.Nov 11, 2022

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What Is the Story about Greenland and Climate Change?

Union of Concerned Scientists

As the world heads into COP27 , there is no room for bad information on climate change in our major newspapers. Allow me to share the latest on what’s happening in Greenland based on information from scientists whose major focus includes study of the ice sheet and the Arctic region. Drs. Twila Moon and Nikoosh Carlo , who conduct research relevant to high northern latitudes, recently exchanged thoughts with Johanna Chao Kreilick and me about a recent article that missed the mark on Greenland and

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2022 Election Recap: Landslide Victory for Florida City’s ‘Right to Clean Water’ Amendment

Circle of Blue

Voters approved most water-related initiatives on the November 8 ballot. Sunrise in Titusville, Florida. On November 8, 2022, voters there approved an amendment to the city charter to include a right to clean water. The amendment passed with 82 percent support. Photo courtesy of Flickr/Creative Commons user beleaveme. By Brett Walton, Circle of Blue – November 10, 2022.

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UN Net-Zero Guidance Calls for End of Fossil Fuels Financial Support

Environment + Energy Leader

Other topics include fighting greenwashing and supporting climate regulations. The post UN Net-Zero Guidance Calls for End of Fossil Fuels Financial Support appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

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With Lula Back, Can Brazil Turn the Tide on Amazon Destruction?

Yale E360

With his return as Brazil’s president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva is promising to reverse the alarming rate of deforestation in the Amazon. But as he heads to key UN climate talks, his ambitious plans to achieve “zero deforestation” will need to find international support. 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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Tomorrow’s Elections: What Enviros Should Watch For

Legal Planet

Will Biden be able to pass new climate legislation in the next two years? Will EPA be shut down due to budget disputes? Will he be able to add any new judges to balance Trump’s anti-regulatory appointees? Can Biden appoint new administrators to serve the next two years? How much will the Administration be hammered by hostile committees or impeachment efforts?

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November 7: Supreme Court Takes Up Navajo Nation’s Claim to Colorado River

Circle of Blue

The Rundown. The Supreme Court takes up a case regarding the Navajo Nation’s rights to the Colorado River. The EPA publishes a new list of unregulated drinking water contaminants that could be regulated in the future. EPA drinking water advisers will meet at the end of November. USGS researchers investigate contaminants in groundwater used for public supply.

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EU Emissions Fall Amid Energy Crunch, but Gas Buildout Looms

Yale E360

European emissions of carbon dioxide from energy use over the past three months are down 5 percent from the previous year as the energy crisis drives up the price of fossil fuels. But Europe's efforts to shore up supplies of natural gas could lock in a new source of emissions, a new analysis finds. Read more on E360 ?.

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As COP27 Climate Talks in Egypt Begin, Can We Get Off the ‘Highway to Climate Hell’?

Union of Concerned Scientists

I’m in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, where the annual United Nations climate talks, aka COP27 , just got underway. As world leaders and thousands of civil society representatives gather here, the sobering backdrop of the climate crisis couldn’t be clearer. The world is already experiencing mounting dangerous climate extremes , the last eight years have been the hottest on record, and the current trajectory of heat-trapping emissions is wildly off-course from where it needs to be to meet the goals of t

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FRESH, November 8, 2022: Ontario Government Proposes Less Strict Wetlands Protections

Circle of Blue

November 8, 2022. Fresh is a biweekly newsletter from Circle of Blue that unpacks the biggest international, state, and local policy news stories facing the Great Lakes region today. Sign up for Fresh: A Great Lakes Policy Briefing , straight to your inbox, every other Tuesday. — Brett Walton, Interim Fresh Editor. This Week’s Watersheds. Based on a two-decade study of an Ontario lake, researchers see links between road salt and impaired waters.

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NYC’s Largest Geothermal System Graces Coney Island Development

Environment + Energy Leader

The geothermal project in Brooklyn will reduce emissions by up to 60%, developers say. Here’s how it works. The post NYC’s Largest Geothermal System Graces Coney Island Development appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

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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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Austria Joins Germany, Denmark, and Other Rich Nations Pledging Millions for Climate Damages

Yale E360

Austria has joined a small but growing list of wealthy nations committing funds for loss and damages wrought by climate disasters in the developing world, pledging 50 million euros over the next four years. Read more on E360 ?.

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MANUFACTURE. BUT IF NOT ABLE, DISTRIBUTE

Cleannovate

There’s a saying that goes, “If you can’t beat them, join ’em” It sounds cliche but its true especially in … More.

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What’s Up With Water – November 8, 2022

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. Diplomats, business leaders, and environmental advocates have gathered in Egypt for two weeks of international climate talks. The annual high-stakes meeting is called COP27, and is being held in the resort town of Sharm El-Sheikh.

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Organizations Seek Governmental Support in Lowering Building Emissions

Environment + Energy Leader

They sent the statement at COP27 asking the UN to help make sustainability improvements in the carbon-intensive industry. The post Organizations Seek Governmental Support in Lowering Building Emissions appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

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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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UN Launches Satellite-Based System to Pinpoint Global Methane Hot Spots

Yale E360

The UN is establishing a new system that uses satellite data to root out of sources of methane, a potent heat-trapping gas, and notify governments and businesses, it announced Friday. Read more on E360 ?.

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Working for Science and Justice at COP27

Union of Concerned Scientists

I’ve just arrived in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, for the 27 th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change—the UN’s annual global climate conference, aka COP27. It’s a privilege to be here representing the Union of Concerned Scientists with my colleagues, peers from other NGOs and wider civil society and government and private sector leaders from around the globe.

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The Stream, November 9: Aftermath of Drought and Flood Hurts Children in Kenya, Pakistan

Circle of Blue

On 11 September 2022, a woman with her son wade through flood water after collecting drinking water from a hand pump in a flood-affected village in Sindh Province, Pakistan. Photo © Asad Zaidi/UNICEF. YOUR GLOBAL RUNDOWN. Drought-affected countries pledge mutual support during the first days of UN climate summit. Environmental groups claim that more than nine in 10 coal plants in the United States are polluting groundwater via waste dumps.

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US State Department Announces Support for New Energy Transition Accelerator

Environment + Energy Leader

The US State Department will support a process to design an Energy Transition Accelerator (ETA) with the potential to catalyze private capital for the clean energy transition in emerging and developing economies. The post US State Department Announces Support for New Energy Transition Accelerator appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

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Exxon’s Attempt to Create New Sale/Lease Tax Law Fails

Energy & the Law

Co-author David Gair. The principal contention in the tax refund case of Exxon v. United States was whether certain mineral related transactions between Exxon and the countries of Qatar and Malaysia were sales or leases. Originally Exxon treated the transactions as leases on its tax returns. As a lease, Exxon’s income didn’t include the portion of oil and gas revenues it paid to Qatar and Malaysia as royalties.

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Biden Announces New Initiative on “Game-Changing” Technologies for Achieving Net-Zero Emissions

Law and Environment

On November 4, 2022, the White House announced a new initiative to support research and development projects on 37 “game-changing” technologies to advance the Biden Administration’s goal of net-zero emissions by 2050. Led by an interagency working group, the “Net-Zero Game Changers Initiative” will direct billions of dollars under the bipartisan infrastructure law, the CHIPS and Science Act, and the Inflation Reduction Act toward five initial priorities: Efficient Building Heating and Cool

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RECYCLING THE LEAD-ACID BATTERY RE$PONSIBLY

Cleannovate

Perhaps the picture that comes to mind when the word ‘battery’ is mentioned (apart from the radio batteries) is a … More.

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OYA, Oil Well Shares Plan $3 Billion, 3GW Clean Energy Project

Environment + Energy Leader

The development in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia will include renewable energy, storage, and green hydrogen. The post OYA, Oil Well Shares Plan $3 Billion, 3GW Clean Energy Project appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

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Thursday PA Environment & Energy NewsClips 11.10.22

PA Environment Daily

Are You Telling Your Story? House returns to session November 14, 15, 16 [Adjourn for year] -- Committee Schedule Senate returns to session November 15 [Adjourn for year] -- Committee Schedule TODAY’s Calendar Of Events -- What Can We Expect From Gov. Shapiro, Lt. Gov. Davis On Environmental, Energy Issues? [PaEN] -- Washington Examiner: Natural Gas-Friendly Message Helped Fuel Democrat Shapiro’s PA Win -- Tribune-Democrat Guest Editorial: State Insists On Paying Natural Gas Polluters In $2 Bill

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Frontiers ebook releases: November 2022

Frontiers

Download the top ebook releases from this month, including the special issues on recent developments in bioregenerative life-support systems for crewed missions to the moon , new insights on the adaptation of Africanized honey bees to the island of Puerto Rico, novel diagnostic strategies for retinal diseases , the evolution of therapeutic use for medicinal cannabis , cryptocurrency transaction networks , the role of the brainstem in autism and many more!

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VEGETABLE SCRAPS, ENERGY & THE SUN

Cleannovate

Vegetable waste has a unique relationship with energy It could be converted into biogas through well known processes such as … More.

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US Climate Assessment Addresses Risk Management, Shows Deeper Emissions Cuts Needed

Environment + Energy Leader

It also addresses a significant increase in costly natural events. The post US Climate Assessment Addresses Risk Management, Shows Deeper Emissions Cuts Needed appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

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The Weirdest Places You Can Find Wild Turkeys

Cool Green Science

Why you can now find wild turkeys from the Pacific Islands to Germany. The post The Weirdest Places You Can Find Wild Turkeys appeared first on Cool Green Science.

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DEP Permit Notices -- Oil & Gas Industrial Facilities

PA Environment Daily

The following DEP notices were published in the November 12 PA Bulletin related to oil and gas industry facilities. Many of the notices offer the opportunity for public comments. Land Recycling/Brownfield Cleanups -- Lower Mount Bethel Energy Facility: DEP received Final Report on remediation of soil contaminated with sodium hypochlorite (bleach) in Lower Mount Bethel Twp., Northampton County. ( PA Bulletin, Page 7032 ) Air Quality Permits -- Lower Mount Bethel Energy Facility : DEP notice invit

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DO, FAIL, LEARN, REDO: MY FAILURE STORY

Cleannovate

Failure hurts. But it’s still part of the entrepreneurship story. To ignore it is to tell part of the story…the … More.

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American Express Commits $5M to Help Cities Reduce Climate-Related Damage

Environment + Energy Leader

American Express is pledging more than $5 million to organizations helping cities and coastal communities build resilience against future climate-related events. The post American Express Commits $5M to Help Cities Reduce Climate-Related Damage appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

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The World Will Likely Miss 1.5 Degrees C--Why Isn't Anyone Saying So?

Scientific American

Though many scientists say it’s inevitable that the world will overshoot 1.5 degrees Celsius of warming, the global climate talks unfolding in Egypt are bound to the target.

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What Can We Expect From Gov. Shapiro, Lt. Gov. Davis On Environmental, Energy Issues?

PA Environment Daily

There were stark differences between the positions taken by Governor-elect Josh Shapiro and his opponent during the gubernatorial campaign just concluded. During the campaign Shapiro outlined his general positions on environmental, and particularly energy issues, on his campaign website , since taken down. Holding people and companies accountable for their environmental actions was a big part of his campaign and actions he took as Attorney General.

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Unpacking the liability argument against loss and damage funding

Law Columbia

By Andrea Nishi. Credit: Flickr. Loss and damage, the term for the detrimental impacts of climate change that cannot be addressed through mitigation or adaptation, will be a central point of discussion at COP27. For the first time in thirty years, delegates have agreed to formally add the topic to the agenda for the annual convening. The issue of funding for loss and damage was first raised by the Alliance of Small Island States in the early 1990s, when the group proposed that the financial burd

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UK Triples International Climate Investments, Boosts Deforestation Programs at COP27

Environment + Energy Leader

Committing to international climate funding, especially benefiting the host continent, is a priority heading into the conference. The post UK Triples International Climate Investments, Boosts Deforestation Programs at COP27 appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.