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Recentering Environmental Law: A Thought Experiment

Legal Planet

In 1965, scientists sent LBJ a memo mentioning the risks of climate change. I magine if history had been a little different. Suppose it had been this memo and a follow-up report , rather than Rachel Carson’s attack on pesticides, that sparked the environmental movement. How would environmental law look different and how might we be thinking about it differently?

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Rain Comes to the Arctic, With a Cascade of Troubling Changes

Yale E360

Rain used to be rare in the Arctic, but as the region warms, so-called “rain-on-snow events” are becoming more common. The rains accelerate ice loss, trigger flooding, landslides, and avalanches, and create problems for wildlife and the Indigenous people who depend on them.

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Will the EPA Strengthen Ethylene Oxide Standards Without Outside Interference?

Union of Concerned Scientists

One year ago, UCS published a report on ethylene oxide (EtO), a colorless toxic gas that is emitted by chemical manufacturing and medical device sterilization facilities. We found that medical device sterilization facilities, known as “commercial sterilizers,” are scattered throughout residential communities nationwide, within five miles of nearly 13 million people in the United States and Puerto Rico.

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Have You Recorded Your Saltwater Disposal Agreement?

Energy & the Law

According to Darkhorse Water LP v. Birch Operations Inc. et al. , the form of an instrument affecting real property in Texas does not affect the interest conveyed by the instrument. It’s what the document says about the transaction, not what the document calls itself. And you are reminded (because you know should this) that, other than for good reasons in limited occasions, nothing good comes from failing to promptly record an agreement affecting real property in the public records.

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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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California’s Climate Leadership: A Timeline

Legal Planet

The Golden State has adopted a slew of climate change laws over the past twenty years, and an even greater number of regulations. To help you keep track, here is a timeline of California’s most important actions. 2002 SB1078. California established first renewable portfolio standard (20% from renewables by 2010). AB 1493 (Pavley Act). Required the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to set standards for greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) new vehicles. 2006 AB 32.

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What Will It Take to Save Our Cities from a Scorching Future?

Yale E360

The U.N. named Eleni Myrivili its first-ever global chief heat officer based on her record as a city official in Athens. In an e360 interview, she talks about why extreme heat is a health crisis and what cities must do to protect the most vulnerable from rising temperatures.

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Could Neanderthals Make Art?

Scientific American

Scientists are finding ever-earlier examples of artistic expression in the archaeological record that reshape what we know about the abilities of Neanderthals and other archaic humans

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Delivering Workforce Benefits in an Emerging Industry

Legal Planet

California’s offshore wind (OSW) industry is transitioning from planning to implementation in a statewide effort to deliver 2-5 GW clean energy by 2030. In support of this goal, the California Energy Commission (CEC) released a draft of its Assembly Bill 525 Offshore Wind Strategic Plan (the Plan). In a nascent industry with complex community interests at play, the need to monitor and optimize OSW’s local impacts is paramount.

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Return of Trees to Eastern U.S. Kept Region Cool as Planet Warmed

Yale E360

Over the 20th century, the U.S. as a whole warmed by 1.2 degrees F (0.7 degrees C), but across much the East, temperatures dropped by 0.5 degrees F (0.3 degrees C). A new study posits that the restoration of lost forest countered warming, keeping the region cool.

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ADHD may have evolved to help foragers know when to cut their losses

New Scientist

Symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, such as impulsivity, may have helped foragers in hunter-gatherer communities quickly move on to new areas when food sources were low

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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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Flimsy Antiabortion Studies Cited in Case to Ban Mifepristone Are Retracted

Scientific American

Outside experts found that two studies cited in a federal case on medication abortion had serious design problems and that their authors had undisclosed conflicts of interest

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New Bill Targets Carbon Dioxide Pipeline Leaks

Legal Planet

Guest contributor Jennifer Imm is a J.D. Candidate at UCLA Law (2L) Last week, Assemblymember Dr. Joaquin Arambula introduced AB 2623 , a bill designed to guard California communities against the dangers of transporting carbon dioxide in pipelines. These risks aren’t hypothetical: A leak from a carbon dioxide pipeline already caused serious health harms in Satartia, Mississippi, where 45 people were hospitalized following a pipeline rupture in early 2020.

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After Two Years of War, Ukraine Sees Deepening Environmental Wound

Yale E360

In the two years since Russia launched its invasion, Ukraine has seen its forests burned, its rivers polluted, and its wildlife decimated, all of which "reverses many years of efforts towards sustainable development," said Ukrainian environment minister Ruslan Strilets.

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Ontario Government Proposes to Further Gut Endangered Species Rules for Developers

Enviromental Defense

Toronto | Traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishinaabeg, the Haudenosaunee, and the Wendat – This week, 68 organizations across Ontario expressed their strong opposition to a proposal from Ontario’s Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) to amend regulations under the provincial Endangered Species Act, 2007 (ESA).

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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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New Linguistics Technique Could Reveal Who Spoke the First Indo-European Languages

Scientific American

Linguists and archaeologists have argued for decades about where and when the first Indo-European languages were spoken and what kind of lives those first speakers led

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California Water Law Symposium is this Saturday in San Francisco

Legal Planet

If you’re interested in California water, the 20th Annual California Water Law Symposium is a great way to spend this Saturday! The symposium is a collaborative student-run event that consistently brings together leading minds in water law and policy to discuss California’s critical water issues. Students from 7 northern California law schools—led by a stellar 4-member team from this year’s host school, the University of San Francisco School of Law—have worked together to organize t

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Europe Sees Natural Gas Demand Hit 10-Year Low

Yale E360

In the two years since Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine, European demand for natural gas has dropped by 20 percent.

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Citizen Complaint Leads DEP To Breakout Of Mariner East Pipeline Drilling Mud That Contaminated The Lake At Marsh Creek State Park, Chester County; Sunoco Pipeline Starts Cleanup

PA Environment Daily

In response to a citizen complaint on February 15, DEP inspected a tributary that feeds the lake at Marsh Creek State Park in Chester County on February 16 and found a clay-like material contaminating the stream and a portion of the nearby wetlands. DEP’s inspection report said the area is the same location where a sinkhole developed and an “inadvertent return” of drilling mud used in the construction of the Energy Transfer/Sunoco Mariner East Pipeline occurred in August 2020.

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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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Statement: Environmental Defence Condemns Ontario’s Move to Overrule OEB Decision to Benefit Enbridge

Enviromental Defense

Statement by Keith Brooks, Programs Director Toronto | Traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishinaabeg, the Haudenosaunee, and the Wendat – Environmental Defence denounces The Keeping Energy Costs Down Act by the Ontario government that would overturn the December 2023 decision by the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) to end the subsidy for Enbridge to install gas lines in new housing developments.

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Pet dogs smell Parkinson's disease with almost 90 per cent accuracy

New Scientist

Pet dogs of various breeds have been trained to detect smells related to Parkinson's disease, potentially offering a new approach to diagnosing the condition

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The Decimal Point Is 150 Years Older than Historians Thought

Scientific American

The origin of the decimal point, a powerful calculation tool, has been traced back to a mathematician who lived during the Italian Renaissance

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New Analysis Shows Widespread PFAS Contamination of Tap Water in CA

NRDC

Estimate of Californians with PFAS in drinking water jumps to 25 million - highlights need for proposed bill SB 903 to end unnecessary use of forever chemicals.

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Another Climate Impact Hits the Public’s Radar: A Wetter World Is Mudslide City

Inside Climate News

L.A. saw 592 slides in one week, a reminder that excessive precipitation events set off more than flooding. By Audrey Gray Picture the minute hand at about eight past the hour. That’s the slope of Viet’s backyard in southern Los Angeles County. It’s a bit too aggressive for a slip-and-slide. In fact, Viet doesn’t even let his 7-year-old daughter play on the family’s small back patio.

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Largest volcanic eruption in recorded history happened 7300 years ago

New Scientist

The Kikai-Akahoya eruption of an underwater volcano off the coast of Japan ejected enough material to fill Lake Tahoe twice, three times as much as the eruption of Mount Tambora in 1815

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Sculptures about to Land on the Moon Join a Long History of Lunar Art

Scientific American

A lunar lander nicknamed Odie carries 125 small moon sculptures by artist Jeff Koons that could become the first authorized artwork on the moon

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Reading the News: Highway Widenings Are Undermining Climate Goals

NRDC

National, state and local news outlets have picked up on a key theme: reaching our ambitious climate goals requires rethinking how we invest in transportation.

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DEP: Shell Petrochemical Plant Pays Additional $2,671,044.75 In Civil Penalties For 12-Month Air Quality Violations After May 2023 Consent Order

PA Environment Daily

On February 22, the Department of Environmental Protection reported the Shell Petrochemical Plant in Beaver County paid an additional $2,671,044.75 in civil penalties for air quality violations occurring after the May 24, 2023 consent order. The consent order and agreement included a $4,935,023 penalty to the DEP Clean Air Fund (25% of which was directed to the host community as required by law) and an additional $5 million was allocated to a Beaver County Environmental Mitigation Community Fund

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Electronic music appears to alter our state of consciousness

New Scientist

Listening to electronic music makes neurons in our brain fire in time with the beat, which appears to alter our reaction time and sense of unity

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Against Medical Advice: Another Deadly Consequence of Our Opioid Epidemic

Scientific American

People struggling with addiction cite untreated withdrawal, pain, discrimination and stringent policies as reasons for leaving hospitals against medical advice.

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What butterflies tell us about greenspace management in urban developments

The Applied Ecologist

Dr Joseph Cooper, from the British Trust for Ornithology, shares recent research conducted alongside colleagues which saw the development of models. These models provide the foundation through which butterfly abundance could be integrated into an urban biodiversity assessment tool, providing species- and community-level statistics to non-specialists from the urban planning and design sector.

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Citizen Complaint Leads DEP To Possible Breakout Of Mariner East Natural Gas Liquids Pipeline Drilling Mud That Contaminated The Lake At Marsh Creek State Park, Chester County

PA Environment Daily

In response to a citizen complaint on February 15, DEP inspected a tributary that feeds the lake at Marsh Creek State Park in Chester County on February 16 and found a clay-like material contaminating the stream and a portion of the nearby wetlands. DEP’s inspection report notes the area is the location where a sinkhole developed and an “inadvertent return” of drilling mud used in the construction of the Energy Transfer/Sunoco Mariner East Pipeline occurred in August 2020.

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Researchers increasingly view tech as having human-like qualities

New Scientist

Anthropomorphism - attributing human-like characteristics to non-human objects - is on the rise amongst technology researchers, particular when it comes to AI chatbots

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JWST Solves Decades-Old Mystery of Nearby Supernova

Scientific American

Scientists have finally found the compact object at the heart of the famous supernova of 1987, and it’s not a black hole

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