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Are EV Batteries Recyclable?

Union of Concerned Scientists

As electric vehicle (EV) sales continue to increase, questions about how these cars and their batteries will be disposed of have been top of mind for current owners, future buyers, policymakers, and many experts in the automotive industry.

More Energy on Less Land: The Drive to Shrink Solar’s Footprint

Yale E360

With the push for renewables leading to land-use conflicts, building highly efficient utility-scale solar farms on ever-smaller tracts of land has become a top priority. New approaches range from installing PV arrays that take up less space to growing crops between rows of panels. Read more on E360

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A Colorado River Glossary: Jargon Explained

Circle of Blue

How to tell your DCP from your ICS. Lake Powell at sunrise. Photo © J. Carl Ganter/Circle of Blue. By Brett Walton, Circle of Blue – July 28, 2022.

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Wildfire Pollution May Play a Surprising Role in the Fate of Arctic Sea Ice

Inside Climate News

Smoke brightens Arctic clouds, perhaps slowing ice loss, but the ice is still dwindling, which can further intensify wildfires in an unexpected feedback loop.

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Shaping a Resilient Future: Climate Impact on Vulnerable Populations

Speaker: Laurie Schoeman Director, Climate & Sustainability, Capital

During this event, national climate and housing expert Laurie Schoeman will discuss topics including relocation, decarbonization, housing affordability, disparities in climate risks, and the health impacts of climate change.

Climate Change Threatens Already Poor Air Quality in California’s Central Valley

Union of Concerned Scientists

California’s Central Valley consistently experiences the country’s worst air quality, and climate change is poised to make air quality even worse.

SOFi Releases Biodegradable Cup, Eliminates Plastic Lids

Environment + Energy Leader

SOFi Products released what the company says is the first 100% biodegradable cup that eliminates the need for a plastic lid. The post SOFi Releases Biodegradable Cup, Eliminates Plastic Lids appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

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Get to Know Our First Vice President of Conservation, Justice and Equity

Ocean Conservancy

When I first came to Ocean Conservancy, someone asked me what my favorite animal was. My answer? The giant oceanic manta ray ( Mobula birostris ).

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What Are the Benefits of Switching from Gasoline-Powered Cars and Trucks to Electric?

Union of Concerned Scientists

Transportation is the largest source of global warming emissions in the US and the passenger cars, trucks, and SUVs produce the majority of transportation emissions. Limiting climate change will require the rapid reduction in these emissions from the vehicles we drive.

Energy Price, Supply Volatility Impacting Businesses

Environment + Energy Leader

Businesses say energy prices and supply had an impact on operations as they seek to make adjustments. The post Energy Price, Supply Volatility Impacting Businesses appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader. Energy Management Energy Procurement Supply Chain

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Concrete River

Circle of Blue

Concrete River. Water, Life, Pollution, And The Future Of The Los Angeles River. By, Pablo Unzueta. A dead bird lies on the slanted pavement, its neck twisted in the shape of an ‘S’. In the distance, a lone man makes his way across a slippery concrete riverbed, now coated in algae.

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Sustainability at Retail

As part of a global Sustainability at Retail initiative, Shop! worked collaboratively with its global affiliates to address critical environmental issues, outlined in this white paper.

How Much Plastic Do Mealworms Really Eat?

Ocean Conservancy

© Anja Brandon A few weeks ago, I woke up to a series of text messages from friends and family. One read, “Umm, Anja are you on the reddit front page.”. I did a double take. Yes, I had spent years studying how mealworms can eat plastics while completing my graduate school thesis.

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Boosting Michigan’s Energy Future with Regional Transmission Upgrades

Union of Concerned Scientists

Today, the regional entity overseeing much of the electric power grid in the Midwest—the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO)—approved a set of major new transmission system upgrades that will bring billions of dollars in benefits to the region while better enabling states and utilities to pursue transitions to clean energy.

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Copper Supply Gaps to Challenge Net-Zero Goals, Study Predicts

Environment + Energy Leader

Such a supply gap would have broader consequences across the global economy, disrupting supply chains for both energy transition and non-energy transition industries, the study says. The post Copper Supply Gaps to Challenge Net-Zero Goals, Study Predicts appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

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Carbon removal using ‘blue carbon’ habitats “uncertain and unreliable”

Frontier Sin

By Cat Bartman / Media Centre , University of East Anglia. Eelgrass beds are a form of Blue Carbon. Restoring coastal vegetation – so called ‘blue carbon’ habitats – may not be the nature-based climate solution it is claimed to be, according to a new study.

Texas Correction Deed Statute Revisited

Energy & the Law

Those who continue to be horrified by Broadway National Bank, Trustee v. Yates Energy Corp. should be relieved that the result in Endeavor Energy Resources, LP v. Anderson was more equitable.

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Dear Oil and Gas CEOs: Here’s How You Should Spend Those Record Profits

Union of Concerned Scientists

The quarterly profits of oil companies don’t usually attract a lot of attention outside Wall Street, but this time is different.

Marriott Reduces Water and Energy Use by Double-Digits

Environment + Energy Leader

Marriott is an environmental leader. From a 2016 baseline, it has vowed to reduce water intensity by 15%, carbon intensity by 30%, and waste-to-landfill by 45% by 2025. The post Marriott Reduces Water and Energy Use by Double-Digits appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

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Illinois prepares to reboot low-income solar program to improve access for all

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story from Energy News Network. Solar and environmental justice advocates are hopeful that changes being made to an Illinois low-income solar program will help it finally catch on in the communities it was meant to serve.

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Checking In on Crop Insurance: Overpaid Indemnities and Program Ineligibility

National Law Center

Many agricultural producers across the nation obtain insurance coverage for the commodities they produce through the Federal Crop Insurance Program (“FCIP”). The post Checking In on Crop Insurance: Overpaid Indemnities and Program Ineligibility appeared first on National Agricultural Law Center.

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Why is Congress’s Climate Breakthrough Such a Big Deal? Because Without It, We’d Be Irreparably Off Course.

Union of Concerned Scientists

Belize’s Turtle Island Beach Resort Adds Microgrid

Environment + Energy Leader

The system will help the resort with its goals to transition to 100% renewable energy. The post Belize’s Turtle Island Beach Resort Adds Microgrid appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader. Distributed Energy Energy Management Solar & Renewable Energy

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3 reasons US coal power is disappearing – and a Supreme Court ruling won’t save it

Environmental News Bits

by Rebecca J. Davis, Stephen F. Austin State University The U.S. coal industry chalked up a rare win this summer when the Supreme Court issued a ruling limiting the government’s ability to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.

How Is the Jet Stream Connected to Simultaneous Heat Waves Across the Globe?

Inside Climate News

Scientists are racing to understand the changing shape of the air currents. By Leslie Hook, The Financial Times The deadly heat waves that have fueled blazes and caused transport disruptions in Europe, the U.S.

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Overdue Grid Improvements Will Help Illinois Achieve Energy Goals

Union of Concerned Scientists

This week, the Midwest’s regional electric grid operators approved nearly $10.5 billion of critical transmission line upgrades across the region, including in Illinois. These investments will bring more clean energy online, improve grid resiliency, and deliver significant consumer benefits and jobs.

California Governor Ramps Up Energy, Carbon Goals

Environment + Energy Leader

California Gov. Newsom lays out ambitious sustainability goals to reach carbon neutrality by 2045. The post California Governor Ramps Up Energy, Carbon Goals appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

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Guidance on PFAS Exposure, Testing, and Clinical Follow-Up

Environmental News Bits

Download the document. In thousands of communities across the United States, drinking water is contaminated with chemicals known as perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

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Rachel Ann Foster – Don’t wait for change

Frontier Sin

Author: Anna Farrall. Dr Rachel A. Foster is a Specialty Chief Editor for Aquatic Microbiology in our journals Frontiers in Microbiology and Frontiers in Marine Science.

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Writefull trial announced on Journal of Applied Ecology

The Applied Ecologist

We are delighted to announce that we have integrated the language editing software, Writefull, into the online submission system of Journal of Applied Ecology. Writefull is an automatic proofing and editing AI tool trained on published articles from STEM subject areas.

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Wisconsin Files PFAS Contamination Lawsuit Against 18 Companies

Environment + Energy Leader

The suit seeks to recover the costs associated with the chemical pollution. The post Wisconsin Files PFAS Contamination Lawsuit Against 18 Companies appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader. Air Chemical Management Environmental Management Water Management

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Improving science literacy means changing science education

Environmental News Bits

by Zahilyn D. Roche Allred, Florida International University To graduate with a science major, college students must complete between 40 and 60 credit hours of science coursework. That means spending around 2,500 hours in the classroom throughout their undergraduate career.

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With Epic Flooding in Eastern Kentucky, the State’s Governor Wants to Know ‘Why We Keep Getting Hit’

Inside Climate News

Four noted atmospheric scientists explain that the answer to “why?” is climate change: “The evidence is clear,” said one. By James Bruggers After three years in office, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear has grown accustomed to holding media briefings on weather disasters.

Drought in the American West, July 26, 2022: Colorado River’s upper basin states pledge to cut water use

Circle of Blue

Carl Ganter / Circle of Blue © J. Carl Ganter / Circle of Blue. By Delaney Nelson, Circle of Blue – July 26, 2022. TOP NEWS. As of July 19, over 44 percent of the U.S. and Puerto Rico is in drought, a nearly 12 percent increase in the last month.

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Ecolab Is on Its Way to Reducing Its Water and Carbon Impact

Environment + Energy Leader

In 2021, Ecolab invested more than $1.2 million to improve water and energy reductions, which took place at more than 20 facilities worldwide. The post Ecolab Is on Its Way to Reducing Its Water and Carbon Impact appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

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Light pollution is disrupting the seasonal rhythms of plants and trees, lengthening pollen season in US cities

Environmental News Bits

by Yuyu Zhou, Iowa State University The Research Brief is a short take about interesting academic work.

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Climate change is drying up Italy’s longest river

A Greener Life

Rice fields in Po Valley are flanked by the river Po. Photo credit: By Alessandro Vecchi – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia. By Anders Lorenzen.