Sat.Nov 11, 2023 - Fri.Nov 17, 2023

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Uncounted Emissions: The Hidden Cost of Fossil Fuel Exports

Yale E360

Oil, gas, and coal exports are not counted when countries tally their greenhouse gas emissions under the Paris Agreement. This allows wealthy nations to report progress on emissions reduction goals, while shipping their fossil fuels — and the pollution they produce — overseas.

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Electric Vehicle Sales Continue to Grow, Despite What Some Automakers Are Saying

Union of Concerned Scientists

The future of cars is electric. That’s not just what I think, it’s not just what is required to slow climate change, it’s what many of the world’s automakers have publicly stated. However, over the last month several automakers have said the transition from gasoline to electric vehicles (EVs) will need to slow down, in part citing demand. It’s important to understand two facts driving this flurry of pessimistic press.

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A distraction due to errors, misunderstanding and misguided Norwegian statistics

Real Climate

A friend asked me if a discussion paper published on Statistics Norway’s website, ‘ To what extent are temperature levels changing due to greenhouse gas emissions? ’, was purposely timed for the next climate summit ( COP28 ). I don’t know the answer to his question. But this discussion paper is problematic for sure. It was, authored by Dagsvik and Moen, and already in its introduction it claims that it is difficult to explain and predict weather and temperature (giving the false impression that

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Climate Policy in the World’s Fourth Largest Country

Legal Planet

Indonesia has the world’s fourth largest population, right after India, China, and the U.S. It has about the same GDP as Spain. Indonesia ranks in the top dozen carbon emitters. It gets relatively attention in the United States. Yet Indonesia’s role in cutting energy emissions is crucial. As an archipelago, Indonesia is at the prey of sea level rise.

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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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Shifting Political Winds Threaten Progress on Europe’s Green Goals

Yale E360

Shaken by global instability and a populist backlash, European nations are retreating from plans to reduce greenhouse gases, promote sustainable farming practices, and boost biodiversity. Green advocates fear the EU will fail to meet its commitments under the Paris Agreement.

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Ask a Scientist: The US Has to Do More to Meet Its Carbon Emissions Reduction Goals

Union of Concerned Scientists

Last year, Congress passed the most ambitious climate bill ever enacted, the Inflation Reduction Act. The legislation committed nearly $400 billion to support, among other things, wind and solar power, battery storage, electric vehicles, and other clean energy technologies that will make a significant dent in US heat-trapping emissions. However, several analyses—including a recent one by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)—have concluded that the IRA, even when coupled with the bipartisan in

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Why There is (Still) a Carrot Boycott in Cuyama Valley

Legal Planet

Don’t expect to see carrots on Thanksgiving menus in the Cuyama Valley, where residents and small farmers have been boycotting Bolthouse Farms and Grimmway Farms over their outsized water use. They’re still not welcome at the table. Back in September, I wrote about the carrot boycott and the hardball tactics by those big growers that had led to this fight.

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World Making Too Little Progress on Climate — Except on EV Sales, Report Finds

Yale E360

While the world is making some progress on climate change, work to transform the energy system and curb forest loss is happening too slowly to keep warming to 1.5 degrees C, according to a new report. On only one measure is the pace of change sufficient: electric vehicle sales.

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Dancing monkey hormones shed light on harmful street shows in Pakistan

New Scientist

Stress hormone measurements highlight the poor welfare of monkeys trained to perform for the public in street shows, but social conditions make it challenging to end the practice

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WATER, ENERGY, FOOD, HEALTHCARE – A CHEMISTRY OF OPPORTUNITIES

Cleannovate

If you’re a scientist seeking out opportunities for innovation, then this article is for you. If you’re not a scientist but still seeking for opportunities, then this article is a must for you. As a chemical practitioner and a teacher, I once struggled to convince my students to see business sense in chemistry.

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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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Fishing chimpanzees found to enjoy termites as a seasonal treat

Frontiers

by Angharad Brewer Gillham, Frontiers science writer Image/Seth Phillips Termites are a crucial source of nutrients for chimpanzees, who fish for them with tools, but they’re not always accessible. Now, researchers copying chimpanzee tools and techniques have shown that chimpanzees living in western Tanzania can only reliably fish for termites in the early wet season, when other foods are abundant.

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Climate Plans That Rely Too Much on Carbon Removal Could Breach International Law

Yale E360

Countries that rely too heavily on carbon removal in their climate plans could violate international law, warns a new paper.

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Cannabis can harm young brains but may improve learning in older age

New Scientist

There is growing evidence that cannabis use may disrupt adolescent brain development, but in older adults it seems to lead to more neural connections in brain regions associated with memory and learning

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Even One More Oil and Gas Lease Sale in the Gulf of Mexico Is Too Many

NRDC

An expansion of offshore drilling would lock the region into decades of fossil fuel extraction at the expense of the climate, coastal communities, and marine life.

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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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SolBeePop: A model of solitary bee populations in agricultural landscapes

The Applied Ecologist

Amelie Schmolke discusses recent work, conducted alongside colleagues, which involved the development of a trait-based model for solitary bees. Schmolke et al were able to model management scenarios and possible outcomes for bee species with incomplete trait data. An introduction to bees When thinking about bees, people often think of the honey bee.

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China Could See Emissions Peak This Year, Analysis Finds

Yale E360

Thanks to a record buildout of wind and solar power, China could hit peak emissions this year, according to a new analysis.

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The pandemic helped some children develop their vocabulary

New Scientist

Some preschool children in Canada scored higher on cognitive skills tests during the pandemic than those tested before covid-19 emerged, possibly because their parents were at home more

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Egypt's Iconic Sphinx May Have Begun as Natural Carving by the Wind

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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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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DEP Issues Record 5,653 Notices Of Violation To Conventional Oil & Gas Operators So Far In 2023; ‘Culture Of Non-Compliance’ Continues

PA Environment Daily

The Department of Environmental Protection has issued a record 5,653 notices of violation to conventional oil and gas operators in 2023, with two months left in the year, according to DEP’s November 3, 2023 Weekly Workload Report. That’s 25% more than in 2021. On November 13, PA Environment Digest reported DEP has issued at least 435 notices of violation to 87 conventional oil and gas operators for abandoning their wells without plugging them so far in 2023, according to DEP’s Oil & Gas Comp

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Uncounted Emissions: The Hidden Cost of Fossil Fuel Exports

Yale E360

Oil, gas, and coal exports are not counted when countries tally their greenhouse gas emissions under the Paris Agreement. This allows wealthy nations to report progress on emissions reduction goals, while shipping their fossil fuels — and the pollution they produce — overseas.

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Genital herpes linked to accelerated brain shrinkage

New Scientist

People who tested positive for the virus behind genital herpes tended to have reduced thickness of their outermost brain layer, which has been linked to Alzheimer's disease

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Invasive 'Cocaine Hippos' Are Being Sterilized in Colombia

Scientific American

To deal with invasive hippos that were brought to Colombia by drug lord Pablo Escobar—and that threaten the country’s biodiversity—the nation’s government is sterilizing, exporting and euthanizing the animals

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National Climate Assessment: Flooding and Sea Level Rise

NRDC

To adapt to the new reality of climate-driven flooding and sea level rise, local governments, states, and the federal government need to embrace two main courses of action.

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New Research Makes it Harder to Kick The Climate Can Down the Road from COP28

Inside Climate News

Without immediate emissions cuts, global temperatures will breach the Paris Agreement’s goals sooner than expected, scientists say. ‘Despite decades of warnings, we are still heading in the wrong direction’ By Bob Berwyn Research released this week raises new questions about how much more Earth may warm, or cool, if and when human carbon dioxide emissions zero out.

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Vagus nerve stimulation may help treat drug addiction

New Scientist

Rats that received vagus nerve stimulation were less likely to seek out drugs than those that didn’t, indicating that the therapy could help treat substance use disorders

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State Dept. Of Health Pushing For Changes To Reduce Adverse Health Impacts From Natural Gas Developments

PA Environment Daily

On November 14, Kristen Rodack, Executive Deputy at the Department of Health said her agency is using the results of recent studies of health impacts of natural gas development to push “governments and other folks to take action on some of the potential exposures that’s happening from the industry.” Her remarks were made at the League of Women Voters Shale Gas and Public Health Conference hosted by the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health on November 14.

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New Exhibit Gets Up Close and Personal with the Real Tiktaalik

Academy of Natural Sciences

From science to pop culture and back again, Tiktaalik is a fish made truly famous. Back in 2004, its discovery was hailed as one of the best-known examples of the evolutionary transition from limbed animals that swam to those that walked on land. Now, we all know this semi-smiling fishapod as the friendly fellow optimistically crawling up the riverbank, seen in many headlines, memes and cartoons that have spawned across the internet.

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What the Melting of Antarctic Ice Shelves Means for the Planet

Inside Climate News

A Q&A with Richard Alley, professor of geosciences at Pennsylvania State University, on how melting at the South Pole could impact sea level rise. Interview by Steve Curwood, "Living on Earth" From our collaborating partner “Living on Earth,” public radio’s environmental news magazine , an interview by Host Steve Curwood with Penn State geologist Richard Alley.

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Will global warming continue even after we hit net-zero emissions?

New Scientist

Understanding how the atmosphere responds to rising and falling carbon emissions is a complex business, and now researchers have found taking longer to reach net zero could see global warming continue afterwards

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The Belvidere Plant's Transition to an EV Plant Has a Bright Future

NRDC

The United Auto Workers’ historic strike results in important benefits, including a path for reopening the Belvidere Assembly Plant in Illinois.

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First-Ever Flood Forecasting Maps Show Houses and Roads at Risk

Scientific American

The National Weather Service has launched the first flood forecasting system with precise, real-time data showing spots that are at imminent risk of inundation

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PUC Alert: Dec. 1 Utility Prices Are Changing - Natural Gas (+149% to -64.2%); Electric (+18.8% to -25.7%)

PA Environment Daily

On November 15, the Public Utility Commission is alerting consumers that many natural gas and electric utilities are adjusting their energy supply prices on December 1 and reminding households to understand those changes, explore options to manage winter energy bills, and #CallUtilitiesNow to discuss affordability programs. Natural Gas Prices Natural Gas distribution company price change range from 149% increase to a 64.2% decrease for residential customers-- -- Columbia Gas of PA , decrease fro

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AI can steal passwords in virtual reality from avatar hand motions

New Scientist

Artificial intelligence can work out what someone is privately typing in VR meetings in Meta Horizon Workrooms by looking at the way their avatar's hands move

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