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What Does Western Grid Regionalization Mean for California?

Union of Concerned Scientists

California’s grid reliability struggles have intensified in recent years as extremes summer heat strains the system and threatens power outages. The state’s grid reliability is also inextricably linked to issues of improving energy affordability and achieving California’s ambitious clean energy goals. With California’s power woes apparent, Western grid regionalization has been raised as a potential path to address these related concerns.

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Green Energy Jobs Rapidly Expanding

Environment + Energy Leader

According to International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the ILO's Renewable Energy and Jobs Annual Review 2022, the number of renewable energy jobs increased by around 700,000 globally between 2020 and 2021. The post Green Energy Jobs Rapidly Expanding appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

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A Dangerous Disruption

Legal Planet

Last week, MIT’s “Technology Review” reported that a small startup firm is proposing to spray reflective aerosols in the stratosphere commercially as a climate corrective. (Stratospheric Aerosol Injection or SAI.) The firm is small and new, operating with a claimed total of $750K of venture financing. They say they have thus far launched two small weather balloons, which each released a few grams of sulfur dioxide gas (SO 2 ) in the stratosphere.

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20 Years of Severe Drought Impede Huge Developments in Southwest

Circle of Blue

20 Years of Severe Drought Impede Huge Developments in Southwest Uncertain path forward for largest development ever proposed in Arizona. By Keith Schneider. Circle of Blue. January 5, 2023. BUCKEYE, AZ. — The White Tank Mountains were the backdrop in October when senior executives of the Howard Hughes Corporation broke ground for Teravalis, the largest planned community ever proposed in Arizona.

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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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Sacred Groves: How the Spiritual Connection Helps Protect Nature

Yale E360

From Ethiopia’s highlands to Siberia to the Australian rainforest, there are thousands of sacred forests that have survived thanks to traditional religious and spiritual beliefs. These places, many now under threat, have ecological importance, experts say, and must be saved. Read more on E360 →.

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Rare Earth Metals Market Expected Growth of 10.1% by 2033

Environment + Energy Leader

The market for rare earth metals is fueled by a number of growth factors, including: Rising sales of electric automobiles. Increased application in a variety of industries. The utilization of renewable energy sources is rising. The post Rare Earth Metals Market Expected Growth of 10.1% by 2033 appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

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Federal Progress on EV Charging in 2022

Union of Concerned Scientists

As we bid farewell to 2022 and look forward to 2023, I’ve been reflecting on progress made in the past year, particularly in the implementation of the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program. We had a strong start to 2022 when the Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration released guidance to states in February, reflecting many UCS recommendations.

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New York City Greenery Absorbing All Traffic Emissions on Many Summer Days

Yale E360

On many summer days, trees, shrubs, and grasses across the New York metro area soak up as much carbon dioxide as is generated by all cars, buses, and trucks, according to new research. Read more on E360 →.

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Meet the Honorees: Monica Meagher, Sustainability Group Manager, BART

Environment + Energy Leader

Meet Monica Meagher, Group Sustainability Manager at BART. Monica and her team manage specific projects that range from electricity procurement for the entire system to annual sustainability reporting to LED retrofits. . The post Meet the Honorees: Monica Meagher, Sustainability Group Manager, BART appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

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The Year Ahead

Legal Planet

Here we are, starting another year. Last year turned out to have some major environmental developments. The most notable were the Supreme Court’s ruling in West Virginia case, striking down the Clean Power Plan, and the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act, with its huge economic incentives for clean energy. Here’s quick rundown of what 2023 might hold in store.

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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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MassDEP Proposes Cumulative Impact Analysis Regulations — It’s About to Get Interesting.

Law and Environment

After more than a year of work, MassDEP has proposed regulations that would require applicants to perform cumulative impact analysis prior to issuance of certain air emissions permits. The regulations were required by the environmental justice provisions of the 2021 Climate Roadmap Act. The requirement to perform a CIA will apply to any person seeking a comprehensive plan approval in or within one mile of any environmental justice community as well as to any project requiring a comprehensive pl

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Florida Neighborhoods Are Gentrifying in the Wake of Hurricanes, Study Finds

Yale E360

Florida neighborhoods hit by hurricanes have seen little drop in interest from homebuyers. On the contrary, these communities have tended to gentrify, with the price of homes and the income of buyers rising slightly after a storm, a new study reveals. Read more on E360 →.

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Great Britain Sets New Record for Wind Generation

Environment + Energy Leader

Britain has achieved a new record for wind energy generation, with power from onshore and offshore turbines helping to enhance sustainable energy production late last year. The post Great Britain Sets New Record for Wind Generation appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

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A New Birth of Housing?

Legal Planet

Tucked deep inside the massive Omnibus bill is what has been called the “Baby YIMBY” provision — an $85 million grant program, to be administered by HUD : The bill provides the U.S. Secretary for Housing and Urban Development (HUD) with $85 million to dole out on a competitive basis to jurisdictions for “the identification and removal of barriers to affordable housing production and preservation.” The secretary, currently Marcia Fudge, would have wide discretion to

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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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EPA and the Corps Promulgate a “Durable” WOTUS Rule — Proving Only That There Is a Difference Between Hope and Expectation

Law and Environment

Last week, EPA and the Army Corps finally published their long-awaited rule defining “Waters of the United States.” Will the WOTUS rule finally provide the clarity for which we have been waiting, allowing the rule to be as “durable” as the agencies claim, or will it instead be dead on arrival, made irrelevant by the upcoming Supreme Court decision in Sackett , which many observers expect will significantly narrow the scope of jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act?

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Winter Warm Spell Stifles Skiing in Swiss Alps

Yale E360

The Alps are seeing a dearth of snowfall this winter amid unusually warm temperatures, forcing closures at some slopes. Read more on E360 →.

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Canadian Solar Supplies 550MWh of Battery Storage to Pulse Clean Energy

Environment + Energy Leader

Vertically integrated PV company Canadian Solar will supply 550MWh of battery storage equipment for developer Pulse Clean Energy’s UK projects. The post Canadian Solar Supplies 550MWh of Battery Storage to Pulse Clean Energy appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

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The Stream, January 4, 2023 — Freezing Temperatures Across U.S. South Wreak Havoc on Water Systems

Circle of Blue

Distribution pipe at a water treatment plant. Photo © J. Carl Ganter/Circle of Blue. YOUR GLOBAL RUNDOWN. An unseasonal arctic blast over the holiday season disrupted water access throughout the American South. Visitors to a ski resort in British Columbia are being asked to bring and ration their own water amid a record-low potable supply. A 2,000-year-old fountain in Turkey’s “City of Gladiators” is being restored to flow once again with fresh water.

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Oops! Sellers Didn’t Read The Mineral Deed Before Signing

Energy & the Law

Precious little legal analysis is required to grasp the lesson from Springbok Royalty Partners v. Cook. No mode or manner of legal gymnastics is likely to save parties from the legal effect of a contract they didn’t bother to read before they signed it. The agreement. Following a lengthy conversation between the Cooks and a Springbok employee, the parties agreed to a price for the sale of the Cooks’ minerals and signed a letter agreement entitled “Offer to Purchase Mineral Interests in Lands”.

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BIOSENSORS – AS SIMPLE AS THEY COME

Cleannovate

I left the health awareness meeting desiring to check my blood sugar. Diabetes is a silent killer in many African … More.

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ADNOC Allocates $15B to Low-Carbon Solutions

Environment + Energy Leader

Building on multibillion-dollar capital investments in decarbonization projects, ADNOC is collaborating with international partners and stakeholders throughout the energy value chain on technology, best practices, and policy to support and advance global decarbonization operations. The post ADNOC Allocates $15B to Low-Carbon Solutions appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

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Scientists Report a Dramatic Drop in the Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice

Inside Climate News

Links between global warming and the decline of sea ice in the Southern Ocean are still unclear, but climate can’t be ruled out as a driver. By Bob Berwyn The new year started with the familiar refrain of climate extremes, as scientists with the National Snow and Ice Data Center reported Jan. 3 that the sea ice around Antarctica dropped to its lowest extent on record for early January.

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EPA Proposes to Lower the PM2.5 NAAQS — Searching For the Goldilocks Level

Law and Environment

EPA has finally proposed revisions to the national ambient air quality standard for PM2.5. The Administrator is proposing to lower the standard from 12.0 ug/m 3 to a range of 9.0 to 10.0 ug/m 3. . Readers of this space will recall that the Clean Air Science Advisory Committee recommended that EPA lower the PM2.5 NAAQS to between 8.0 and 10.0 ug/m 3.

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Supersized wind turbine could weather storms by bending like palm tree

New Scientist

There is a limit to how big existing wind turbine designs can get, which limits the power they can produce, but a new approach inspired by palm trees could help them scale up

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Wiicare Joins Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council

Environment + Energy Leader

Wiicare joins worldwide companies DOW, Eastman, and Boston Scientific as members of HPRC. The post Wiicare Joins Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

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Snapshots, Hotshots and Moonshots: Images of Climate Change in 2022

Inside Climate News

Climate change manifested this year in more than just weather disasters. By Katelyn Weisbrod Climate change and an environment in peril were visible in many of 2022’s defining moments: record-smashing heat waves in Europe and South Asia, droughts pushing the fragile global food system to its limit and energy and food markets shaken by war in Ukraine.

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Meet the Blanket Octopus

Ocean Conservancy

In the cold months of wintertime, there is nothing I like more than covering myself with a warm homemade blanket and getting cozy on the couch. Unfortunately, in the ocean, the wildlife living there don’t have such a luxury. Let’s just say that if a fish were to try using a blanket octopus to cover its fins for a little warmth, it might end up as the next meal for the blanket octopus.

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The crystal growers behind the graphene revolution

New Scientist

Takashi Taniguchi and Kenji Watanabe create high-quality crystals that offer the perfect substrate on which to tailor-make two-dimensional materials with amazing electronic properties.

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New Report Shows Apple Leads Circular Smartphone Market

Environment + Energy Leader

This report assesses how well the OEM is reducing its impact on the environment by reusing materials, recycling devices, and minimizing waste at each stage. The post New Report Shows Apple Leads Circular Smartphone Market appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

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Read Before You Click “Accept”: Judge Glenn Rules That Earn Account Crypto Assets are Property of Celsius’ Bankruptcy Estates and Not Customer Property

Arnold Porter

The “crypto winter” has caused several high-profile crypto bankruptcies. Among the many novel issues that arise in these bankruptcy cases, one in particular has been front and center: are crypto assets deposited into customer accounts property of the customer or property of the bankrupt crypto company’s estate?

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Guest Essay: Counties, PEMA Need To Include A Complete Vulnerability Assessment Of All Natural Gas Facilities In State, County Hazard Mitigation Emergency Plans

PA Environment Daily

By Cat (Cathy) Lodge, Washington County Resident My family’s home is in Washington County and we have more Marcellus and Utica Shale natural gas industrial facilities than any other county in Pennsylvania. Marcellus shale drilling in Pennsylvania began two decades ago. Counties across the state have witnessed harm from the heavy industrial activity associated with natural gas exploration.

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The Terraformers review: What do we owe the animals in our care?

New Scientist

Annalee Newitz's new novel examines the dark side of "uplifting" animals to a state of self-awareness – and asks whose intelligence is being used as the template, finds Sally Adee

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Golder Associates Rebranding as WSP

Environment + Energy Leader

Since acquiring Golder Associates, WSP has been able to take advantage of increasing environmental, social, and governance (ESG) trends and achieve exceptional strategic growth to fulfill the rising need for environmental services and sustainably sound infrastructure development. The post Golder Associates Rebranding as WSP appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

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All the Gold in the Universe Was (Likely) Created This Way

Scientific American

For a long time, no one knew how “heavy metals” formed—or showed up on Earth. Now some new evidence finally points the way to an answer.

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