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The Rise of Biodegradable Plastics & New Recycling Technology

Earth 911

Biodegradable plastics have emerged as a potential solution to the severe environmental problem caused by. The post The Rise of Biodegradable Plastics & New Recycling Technology appeared first on Earth911.

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Volkswagen Aims to Fully Electrify Its Fleet, And Save 17 tons of CO2 per vehicle by 2030

Environment + Energy Leader

Volkswagen aims to be carbon neutral by 2050. It will reduce its fleet’s CO2 footprint by 40% in Europe by 2030 from the base year of 2018. That goal considers the whole lifecycle, from the supply chain to production to the use phase and recycling. The post Volkswagen Aims to Fully Electrify Its Fleet, And Save 17 tons of CO2 per vehicle by 2030 appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

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Lauded as Green Model, Costa Rica Faces Unrest in Its Forests

Yale E360

Costa Rica has won international acclaim for its initiatives to restore its forests. But those successes are now jeopardized by conflicts over the government’s failure to return traditional lands to the Indigenous people who are regarded as the best forest stewards.

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The IPCC Should Just Say 1.5 C is Dead

Legal Planet

IPCC Chair Hoesung Lee called the report ” a fundamental policy document for shaping climate action in the remainder of this pivotal decade.” Credit: IPCC/Antoine Tardy “There is a rapidly closing window of opportunity to secure a livable and sustainable future for all,” according to the IPCC’s AR6 Synthesis Report. That phrase spoke to the parent in me, though maybe not for the sentimental reason you might think.

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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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UN Conference on Water Aims to Rally Support for Ambitious Goals

Circle of Blue

Global water challenges headline gathering in New York City this week. Ujang delivers water to customers in the poor neighborhoods of North Jakarta. His cart is a crucial supply line to communities beset by water insecurity. © J. Carl Ganter / Circle of Blue By Brett Walton, Circle of Blue – March 20, 2023 The last time the United Nations hosted a conference dedicated to global water supply and sanitation the world looked vastly different.

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Buildings Belong at the Heart of Climate Action

Environment + Energy Leader

We spend 90% of our lives indoors, and when it comes to decarbonization, buildings represent the greatest economic heft, emotional weight, and environmental lift of any sector. The post Buildings Belong at the Heart of Climate Action appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

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Today’s Electric Vehicles Can Greatly Reduce Emissions From Driving

Union of Concerned Scientists

Transportation is the largest source of global warming emissions in the US and the passenger vehicles many of us drive are responsible for the majority of transportation global warming emissions. Avoiding the worst impacts of climate change will require the rapid reduction in these emissions from the vehicles we drive. Electric vehicles (EVs) can eliminate tailpipe emissions altogether and are also more efficient than gasoline vehicles making EVs an important technology for reducing both global-

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Lobster Wars

Legal Planet

The Maine lobster industry is suing the Monterey Aquarium for advising consumers to avoid Maine lobsters. This is “cancel culture” on steroids. The Aquarium has taken a stand the industry doesn’t like, so the industry is trying to silence it and its other critics. “Silencing” here is quite literal: the industry is seeking an injunction to gag the Aquarium.

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Ford Is Focusing on Electrifying its Vehicles to Reduce CO2 Emissions

Environment + Energy Leader

By 2026, Ford Motor Company will produce more than 2 million EVs. By 2030, EVs will represent half of the global volume: two-thirds of European commercial vehicle sales will be all-electric or plug-in hybrid by 2030, and all European commercial vehicles will be zero emission by 2035. The post Ford Is Focusing on Electrifying its Vehicles to Reduce CO2 Emissions appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

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Multi-Million Dollar Restoration Projects Proposed for the Saginaw Bay Watershed; Paid With Settlement Money From Corporate Polluters

Circle of Blue

An eagle takes flight near the Shiawassee River. The Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge and its extensive wetland restorations have benefitted from settlement money. Eagles, ducks, herons, fish, otters, many other kinds of wildlife flourish because of restored sites. Photo by Lester Graham, Michigan Radio Lester Graham, Michigan Radio Monday, March 20, 2023 A new phase of restoration along polluted areas stretching from Midland to Saginaw to Bay City and beyond is up for public scrutiny.

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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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Rising Seas, Rising Stakes: The Case for an International Court of Justice Advisory Opinion 

Union of Concerned Scientists

Heat-trapping emissions are continuing to rise while the gap between what is needed to keep Paris Agreement goals in reach and adapt to ongoing climate impacts is ever-widening. This dire state of affairs is just one of the reasons why the Republic of Vanuatu and more than 100 other nations have drafted a resolution asking the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to issue an advisory opinion on climate change.

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Critical Native American Water Rights Cases Come Before the Supreme Court: Arizona v. Navajo Nation

Legal Planet

Navajo Nation Reservation (credit: KNAU) Today the U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments in the last natural resources cases on its docket this Term: Arizona v. Navajo Nation and U.S. Department of the Interior v. Navajo Nation. These consolidated cases are consequential for several reasons: to determine the scope of the federal government’s trust obligations to Native American tribes; to decide whether the Navajo Nation should have access to enough water on its arid reservation to prov

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Train Derailment Leads to Diesel Spill on Tribal Lands

Environment + Energy Leader

The derailment of two BNSF trains in Arizona and Washington state on the 9th of March are raising awareness of health and safety concerns on U.S Railways. The post Train Derailment Leads to Diesel Spill on Tribal Lands appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

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European Central Bank Cuts Carbon Intensity of Corporate Bond Purchases in Half

Yale E360

The European Central Bank has made marked progress on its goal of investing in lower-carbon corporations, cutting the carbon intensity of new corporate bond purchases in half, a new report shows.

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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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Can International Law Save the Planet from Climate Change?

Union of Concerned Scientists

For the first time, the International Court of Justice (ICJ)—the world’s highest court—may be ruling on climate change. Ranging from human rights violations to border disputes, conflicts among nations are often complex and contentious. When diplomacy needs backup, countries turn to resolve their disputes at the ICJ, the United Nations’ principal judicial organ, to set the tone for international law.

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Another Double-Fraction Texas Deed Case

Energy & the Law

Co-author Caleb White* Davis v. COG Operating, LLC , in construing a Warranty Deed with a reservation of minerals, applied the estate-misconception doctrine and denied the presumed grant doctrine. At issue were three instruments: A 1926 mineral lease from the Sesslers to Campbell. A 1926 “Royalty Deed” from Sesslers to Haun. A 1939 Warranty Deed from the Sesslers to Roberts, in which the parties acknowledged that Haun had been conveyed 1/32 of the minerals.The conveyance did not include that i

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Global Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Outlook and Regulations: What to Expect in 2023 and Beyond

Environment + Energy Leader

It’s been an eventful last few years for Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG), as increasing stakeholder demand for companies to improve their sustainability transparency has transformed the business world, pushing ESG discussions into places they’d never been. The post Global Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Outlook and Regulations: What to Expect in 2023 and Beyond appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

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The Stream, March 22, 2023: Ukrainian Water and Soil May Face Years of Heavy Metal Contamination, Experts Say

Circle of Blue

The Nile, cutting here through Cairo, is the heart of Egypt. J. Carl Ganter/Circle of Blue YOUR GLOBAL RUNDOWN In arid northwest Egypt , construction on the country’s longest-ever artificial river has begun. The largest domestic deposit of lithium, in northern Nevada , is being mined as concerns mount over its effects on groundwater, threatened species, and a sacred burial site.

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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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Good News—and Bad—about Fossil Fuel Power Plants in 2023 

Union of Concerned Scientists

With the clean energy transition already under way, the US electricity mix is set to continue changing this year. The general outlook includes some good news and some bad news. I’ll start off with the good. Solar power is expected to make up about half of all additions of US electric generating capacity in 2023, according to data from the US Energy Information Administration (EIA).

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In Eastern U.S., Climate Change Has Extended Forest Growing Season by a Month

Yale E360

A century of rising temperatures has extended the growing season of hardwood forests in the eastern U.S. by one month, a new study finds.

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IPCC Synthesis Report Underscores Urgency of Taking Ambitious Climate Action Now for a Sustainable Future

Environment + Energy Leader

The 2023 report recognizes the interconnectedness of climate, ecosystems, and biodiversity and the importance of diverse forms of knowledge when it comes to climate change adaptation, mitigation, ecosystem health, human well-being, and sustainable development. The post IPCC Synthesis Report Underscores Urgency of Taking Ambitious Climate Action Now for a Sustainable Future appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

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REPURPOSING WASTE TYRES

Cleannovate

How can we make use of waste without making things a bit too complicated? I mean… Composting is good.

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Botox injections in forehead alter brain activity linked to emotions

New Scientist

Brain scans show that people who have had Botox injections have altered brain activity when they look at happy and angry faces, possibly because the paralysis of muscles means they can’t mimic the expressions they see

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Total Weight of Wild Land Mammals Less Than One-Tenth Weight of All Humans

Yale E360

The combined weight of every human is more than 10 times that of every wild land mammal put together, a new study finds.

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ESG and EHS Are Not the Same, Here’s Why

Environment + Energy Leader

Maybe it’s the shared ‘E’, but ESG and EHS seem to be most commonly, but incorrectly, conflated. These two disciplines may share some similarities, but they are actually quite different. Let’s take a closer look at both and what they mean for businesses. The post ESG and EHS Are Not the Same, Here’s Why appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

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Irving tops list of busiest oil & gas lobbyists for second month in a row

Enviromental Defense

We just got the data for January 2023 about the amount Canada’s oil and gas industry lobbied the federal government. At the start of the new year, not much changed, with the lobbying continuing at a rapid pace. The oil and gas industry’s lobbyists met with federal government officials a minimum of 94 times in December. That’s more than four times per working day that government officials took meetings from an industry trying to delay climate action and get more subsidies , at a time when they ar

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It's now or never – we need to achieve a sustainable human population

New Scientist

To address our overconsumption of resources, we must work to achieve a sustainable population by addressing gender inequality, improving education and tackling poverty, says Chris Packham

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Climate Change Enables the Spread of a Dangerous Flesh-Eating Bacteria in US Coastal Waters, Study Says

Inside Climate News

Though the occurrence of infections is small, the mortality rate is as high as 18 percent. By Jon Hurdle Cases of a potentially fatal infection from a seawater-borne pathogen have increased off the U.S. Atlantic coast as ocean waters warmed over the last 30 years, and are expected to rise further in future because of climate change, according to a study published on Thursday by Scientific Reports, an open-access journal for research on the natural sciences and other topics.

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DC Fast EV Chargers Soon to Come to Dallas Metro Area

Environment + Energy Leader

XCharge North America is partnering with MD7's headquarters in Allen, TX to install the first deployment of a DC fast charging (DCFC) port option in North Texas. The post DC Fast EV Chargers Soon to Come to Dallas Metro Area appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

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Joe Oliver’s retirement could be good for Ontario’s energy grid

Enviromental Defense

Outspoken climate denier Joe Oliver is retiring from his position as Chair of the Board of Directors of Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) which operates Ontario’s electricity system and manages power generation. This is a good opportunity for the government of Ontario to select a more appropriate person to lead the agency, ideally one that supports the much needed transition away from fossil fuels.

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Mathematicians discover shape that can tile a wall and never repeat

New Scientist

Aperiodic tiling, in which shapes can fit together to create infinite patterns that never repeat, has fascinated mathematicians for decades, but until now no one knew if it could be done with just one shape

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Smart Housing Policy Is a Climate Strategy for Colorado

NRDC

Today, Governor Jared Polis announced legislation to reform housing policies statewide, in an effort to expand housing availability, improve housing affordability, and ensure housing development advances climate goals.

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ENTEK’s $1.5B EV Plant Set to Bring Over 600 Green Jobs to Indiana Community

Environment + Energy Leader

"ENTEK’s decision to locate a new, $1.5 billion battery component manufacturing facility here will have a transformational impact on the West Central Indiana community and the Hoosier economy for generations to come." The post ENTEK’s $1.5B EV Plant Set to Bring Over 600 Green Jobs to Indiana Community appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

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