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We Need Large-Scale Solar. A New Agreement Points the Way Forward

Union of Concerned Scientists

The solar energy sector is big and getting bigger. That’s a really good thing given the central role we expect and need solar to play in a just transition away from fossil fuels. But solar’s growth, especially in large arrays, has made it much more visible in communities and landscapes across the country, sparking a lot of conversations about land use, technology options, community engagement, and how best to site the many more megawatts of solar we need.

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Why Is Britain Retreating from Global Leadership on Climate Action?

Yale E360

While Britain has long been a leader in cutting emissions, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is now implementing a stunning reversal of climate-friendly policies, with new plans to “max out” oil production. Business leaders have joined environmentalists in condemning the moves.

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Gov. Newsom Goes to China to Talk Climate

Legal Planet

We’re learning more about what Gov. Gavin Newsom will see, say, and do on his trip to China. All told, Newsom is slated to visit 6 cities in 5 provinces, including Guangdong, Jiangsu, and Shanghai—where he’s signing a new climate agreement. He plans to meet with representatives from the Chinese Ministry of Ecology and the Environment in Beijing, as well as local officials.

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Fifth Circuit Punts Postproduction Cost Question to Louisiana Supreme Court

Energy & the Law

The question in Self v, BPX Operating Company is how to balance the Louisiana Civil Code Art 2292 principle of negotiorum gestio against Louisiana’s conservation statutes. When a tract of land is subject to a unit formed under La. R.S. 30:9(B) and 30:10(A(1) and the tract is not subject to a lease, the unit operator can sell the landowner’s share of production but must pay the landowner his pro rata share of “proceeds”.

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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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Great Power Competition is a Dead End: Dialogue is the Only Path Forward

Union of Concerned Scientists

Earlier this month the Union of Concerned Scientists, together with Japan’s New Diplomacy Initiative and Korea Diplomacy Plaza , brought more than thirty-three participants from the United States, Japan, the Republic of Korea and China together in Tokyo for the inaugural meeting of the East Asian Quadrilateral Dialogue. We were joined by six Japanese Diet and Korean National Assembly members, who made valuable contributions to the discussion and will carry our message to their fellow legislators

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Forest Clearing Slows in the Amazon, but Wildfires Are on the Rise

Yale E360

The last year has seen a dramatic drop in forest clearing in the Brazilian Amazon, but a concurrent rise in wildfires threatens to wipe out these gains, scientists warn.

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Merger Clause Defeats Claim to the Farmhouse

Energy & the Law

Barkley v. Connally , a “bet-the-farm” case if there ever was one, invokes the merger clause, a basic principle of contract law. Clients and lawyers: Read this analysis so as to avoid boundless grief and disappointment for client and lawyer alike. Jim Barkley, having undergone bankruptcy and nearing retirement, agreed to sell his farm to Connally, owner of an adjacent tract, if Jim and Ms.

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See How Humans around the World Spend the 24 Hours in a Day

Scientific American

Scientific American is the essential guide to the most awe-inspiring advances in science and technology, explaining how they change our understanding of the world and shape our lives.

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Warming Could Make Northern Wilderness Ripe for Farming, Study Finds

Yale E360

The expansion of farmland is the main cause of terrestrial biodiversity loss globally. And climate climate could exacerbate those losses, according to a new study.

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Environmental groups sue Ontario government to release Greenbelt documents

Enviromental Defense

ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENCE AND ECOJUSTICE Toronto | Traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishinaabeg, the Haudenosaunee, and the Wendat – Ecojustice, on behalf of Environmental Defence, is taking the Ontario government to court to make sure it tells the public the truth about the Greenbelt scandal, and about the government’s relationship with developers.

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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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A blast of radio waves hit Earth after travelling for 8 billion years

New Scientist

A huge burst of energy that has been travelling for more than half the age of the universe is powerful enough to microwave a bowl of popcorn twice the size of the sun

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The Evolutionary Reasons We Are Drawn to Horror Movies and Haunted Houses

Scientific American

Scientific American is the essential guide to the most awe-inspiring advances in science and technology, explaining how they change our understanding of the world and shape our lives.

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World Rapidly Approaching Peak Fossil Fuels, Analysts Say

Yale E360

Multiple recent analyses find that global fossil fuel demand is nearing its peak, with energy emissions at last headed for decline.

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Statement: The Ontario Government’s New Greenbelt Bill is only a modest first step towards ending the sprawl and land speculation scandal

Enviromental Defense

Statement by Phil Pothen, Ontario Environment Program Manager on An Act to amend the Greenbelt Act, 2005… Toronto | Traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishinaabeg, the Haudenosaunee, and the Wendat – By introducing legislation to return the 7,400 acres of vital habitat and prime farmland his Ministry wrongly removed from the Greenbelt, Minister Paul Callandra has taken only a modest first first step on the long path that leads out of the government’s sprawl and

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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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High-dose vitamin D may lower your risk of going to hospital

New Scientist

Taking a higher-than-recommended dose of vitamin D every day may reduce the risk of being hospitalised due to any cause, according to a relatively short, small study

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See How Humans around the World Spend the 24 Hours in a Day

Scientific American

Scientific American is the essential guide to the most awe-inspiring advances in science and technology, explaining how they change our understanding of the world and shape our lives.

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With Climate Change, Ragweed Season Drags On

Yale E360

The growing season for ragweed, the main cause of allergies in the U.S., has expanded by an average of 11 days since the 1970s, an analysis shows.

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The Clean Energy Investment Tax Credit (ITC): Direct Pay Claimants’ Race Against Time

Law Columbia

The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) is chock-full of tax incentives for climate and clean energy projects. This year, 2023, marks the first tax year in U.S. history during which entities that do not have federal tax liability – including local and state governments and agencies, nonprofit organizations, tribes and municipal utilities – can reap the benefit of these incentives.

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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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UK’s fastest supercomputer will be built in a car park in Bristol

New Scientist

Isambard-AI will contain about 5000 graphics processing units, making it 10 times as powerful as the UK’s current fastest computer, but it will have a humble home in a Bristol car park

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A Nasty Tropical Skin Disease Is Now Endemic in the U.S.

Scientific American

Scientific American is the essential guide to the most awe-inspiring advances in science and technology, explaining how they change our understanding of the world and shape our lives.

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Untangling Threats to Whales

Ocean Conservancy

In recent years, an elevated number of whale strandings have occurred along the east coast of the United States. These unusual mortality events have rightly raised concerns, especially with regard to the endangered North Atlantic right whale. Misinformation about the causes of these whale strandings is jeopardizing the public’s ability to address the real threats to whales and implement evidence-based solutions that can help.

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Do humans get lazier when robots help with tasks?

Frontiers

by Angharad Brewer Gillham, Frontiers science writer Image/Shutterstock.com ‘Social loafing’ is a phenomenon which happens when members of a team start to put less effort in because they know others will cover for them. Scientists investigating whether this happens in teams which combine work by robots and humans found that humans carrying out quality assurance tasks spotted fewer errors when they had been told that robots had already checked a piece, suggesting they relied on the robots and pai

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Stunning photo of Jupiter's volcanic moon Io is our best in decades

New Scientist

NASA's Juno spacecraft has swooped close to Jupiter's moon Io, capturing this amazing photo of the surface – and even better ones will come soon

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Your Personal Information Is Probably Being Used to Train Generative AI Models

Scientific American

Scientific American is the essential guide to the most awe-inspiring advances in science and technology, explaining how they change our understanding of the world and shape our lives.

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Senate Hearing Finds No Definition Or Standard For ‘Responsibly Sourced’ Natural Gas; PA Producers Already Below One RS Threshold

PA Environment Daily

On October 17, the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee held an informational briefing on Project Canary , a company that measures, analyzes and reports on methane emissions from natural gas production and distribution infrastructure. Project Canary and other similar companies have been part of what’s called the differentiated gas market that is attempting to help define what “responsibly sourced” or low methane emission natural gas production is.

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The World is Mobilizing Against Big Biomass

NRDC

This week, communities around the world will highlight that the production and export of forest-based biomass threatens communities and the climate.

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Why free will doesn't exist, according to Robert Sapolsky

New Scientist

It's hard to let go of the idea that free will exists, but neuroscientist Robert Sapolsky says that society starts to look very different once you do

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Grammar Changes How We See, an Australian Language Shows

Scientific American

Scientific American is the essential guide to the most awe-inspiring advances in science and technology, explaining how they change our understanding of the world and shape our lives.

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Federal role in assessing project impacts is reset, not rejected, by Supreme Court of Canada

Environmental Law Centre

Authors: Brenda Heelan Powell & Jason Unger Has the Supreme Court of Canada dismantled the foundation of federal project assessments or have we simply reset the foundation of the past? The post Federal role in assessing project impacts is reset, not rejected, by Supreme Court of Canada appeared first on Environmental Law Centre.

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PA Oil & Gas Industrial Facilities: Permit Notices/Opportunities To Comment - October 21

PA Environment Daily

The following DEP notices were published in the October 21 PA Bulletin related to oil and gas industry facilities. Many of the notices offer the opportunity for public comments. -- The Susquehanna River Basin Commission published notice in the October 21 PA Bulletin of a November 2 hearing on water withdrawal requests-- including seven related to shale gas drilling-- to be considered at its December 14 business meeting.

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Hurricanes are growing stronger much faster than they did in the 1970s

New Scientist

An analysis of all tropical storms in the Atlantic between 1971 and 2020 has confirmed that hurricanes are intensifying more rapidly, giving people less time to prepare

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How Would We Know There's Life on Earth? This Bold Experiment Found Out

Scientific American

Thirty years ago, astronomer Carl Sagan convinced NASA to turn a passing space probe’s instruments on Earth to look for life — with results that still reverberate today

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Corn Harvests in the Yukon? Study Finds That Climate Change Will Boost Likelihood That Wilderness Gives Way to Agriculture

Inside Climate News

As new areas become suitable for planting, researchers predict that vast swaths of biodiversity will be at risk, particularly in northern regions and the tropics. By Kiley Price Climate change has the potential to restructure the world’s agricultural landscapes, making it possible to plant crops in places where they have never been viable historically.