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The Ten Most Important U.S. Environmental Laws

Legal Planet

In choosing the top environmental laws, I wanted to focus on those with the largest impacts on the environment, not just those that are most important to environmental lawyers or best known. My own priorities are public health, climate change, and preservation of biodiversity/ecosystems. I included all laws passed in the U.S., not just federal regulatory laws, and some of my selections may not be what you expected.

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Taking a Lesson from the Tobacco Ad Ban to Shut Down Fossil Fuel Greenwashing

Union of Concerned Scientists

When was the last time you turned on the television and caught an ad for cigarettes? Depending on where you are in the world—and if you’re young enough—you may be scratching your head that tobacco companies were ever allowed to advertise on TV. It’s another head-scratcher that Big Oil, an industry at least as deceptive and destructive as Big Tobacco, can still use the magic of advertising to sanitize, socialize, and sell its products.

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OPEN THE GATES – OH YE GATEKEEPERS!

Cleannovate

You’re standing in a queue waiting to be let into an establishment. There is commotion, a melee and a scramble. This is an event you’ve coveted for ages and here’s a chance of a lifetime to be part of it.

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Record amount of water from 2022 Tonga eruption is still in atmosphere

New Scientist

Millions of tonnes of water vapour have been lingering in the atmosphere since the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano erupted in 2022– possibly contributing to global warming

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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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Losing Chevron: What Does It Mean for California?

Legal Planet

A question I’ve been getting a lot since the Supreme Court overturned the Chevron doctrine is: “What does this decision mean for California?” First, the decision does have the potential to impact California directly in some pending litigation. For example, there’s a current challenge to EPA’s waiver under the Clean Air Act for the Air Resources Board’s Advanced Clean Trucks regulations (ACT), which require that zero-emission trucks represent an increasing proportion of in-state heavy-duty truck

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Congress Could Save $100B and Make Us Safer by Cancelling Sentinel

Union of Concerned Scientists

Next month, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin must justify to Congress a 37% cost overrun in the Pentagon’s project to replace every nuclear missile in the land-based leg of the nuclear triad. He should make us all safer – and save the US public upwards of $100 billion – by cancelling the Sentinel intercontinental ballistic missile. What cost overrun?

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Is the world's biggest fusion experiment dead after new delay to 2035?

New Scientist

ITER, a €20 billion nuclear fusion reactor under construction in France, will now not switch on until 2035 - a delay of 10 years. With smaller commercial fusion efforts on the rise, is it worth continuing with this gargantuan project?

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The “Silver Bullet” Required to Improve California’s Water Rights System: More & Better Data

Legal Planet

Streamgaging Network (credit: USGS.gov) Recently I’ve posted stories about efforts to enforce California’s water laws in the face of efforts by some diverters to evade and ignore limits on their ability to privatize public water resources–especially in times of critical drought. One post focused on the federal government’s successful criminal prosecution of a San Joaquin Valley water district manager who illegally diverted millions of gallons of water from the government

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It’s Danger Season–Is Our Nation’s Infrastructure Ready? 

Union of Concerned Scientists

We’re now in the midst of “Danger Season” – the months between May and October when we witness extreme events turbo-charged by climate change. These six months bring dangerous and often deadly conditions due to peaks in heat waves, heavy rainfall, hurricanes and wildfires. We’re witnessing an increase in costly damages thanks to fossil-fueled climate change , which has increased the intensity and frequency of some extreme events , and also thanks to more buildings and people in risky areas.

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Announcing Ocean Conservancy’s 2024 Photo Contest Winners

Ocean Conservancy

I’m honored to announce the winners of Ocean Conservancy’s 2024 Photo Contest. This year we received hundreds of beautiful, inspiring and heartbreaking photo submissions. And I’m so grateful for every photographer who sent in their images and the record-breaking number of voters like you who helped pick our category winners. This year, we decided to let the Ocean Conservancy team get in on the fun, too.

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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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'Bridge editing' could be even better at altering DNA than CRISPR

New Scientist

The CRISPR gene-editing technique has revolutionised biology, but now an even more powerful system called bridge editing could let us completely reshape genomes

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The Supreme Court & Interstate Pollution

Legal Planet

Months ago, the Supreme Court agreed to hear an “emergency” request to stay EPA’s new rule regulating interstate air pollution. Like most observers, I was puzzled that the Court was bothering with the case before the D.C. Circuit even had a chance to consider the merits of the challenges. Months later, the Court has finally granted the stay., over a strong dissent from Justice Barrett.

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New Analysis Pinpoints Critical Infrastructure Threatened by Rising Seas in Hundreds of Coastal Communities

Union of Concerned Scientists

A new analysis out today and led by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) reveals a significant amount of critical infrastructure along US coastlines at risk of disruptive flooding today and in the near future as sea level rises, potentially affecting millions of coastal residents. We unpack the results of our analysis in a new report— Looming Deadlines for Coastal Resilience —and a slick new interactive mapping tool.

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When Customers and Investors Demand Corporate Sustainability

NRDC

Through shareholder resolutions, letters, and activism, consumers and shareholders can push companies to clean up supply chains—and their reputations.

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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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Neanderthal child may have had Down’s syndrome

New Scientist

A fossil bone displaying features consistent with Down’s syndrome belonged to a Neanderthal child who survived beyond 6 years old, adding to evidence that these extinct humans cared for members of their community

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Is Activism a Part of Responsible Climate Scholarship?

Legal Planet

Climate activism has diverse expressions. From blowing up pipelines, to throwing orange cornflour on historic monuments. From street protests to writing politicians. In the opinion of some commentators, scientists and scholars should steer clear of all such activities. Some fear alienating publics from science and scholarship. Others suggest that participating in activism reveals a disturbing lack of objectivity.

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Necesitamos acción urgente para crear la resiliencia costera al aumento del nivel del mar

Union of Concerned Scientists

El mar se nos echa encima–y no estamos preparados. Los océanos de nuestro planeta suben sin parar. Cada año que pasa, las aguas del mar, impulsadas por el cambio climático y la quema de combustibles fósiles, penetran cada vez más lejos tierra adentro. En Estados Unidos y sus territorios, las casi 90 millones de personas que viven en comunidades costeras se enfrentan a mareas altas e inundaciones en días de sol.

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Statement: Federal Government Provides Massive Subsidy to LNG

Enviromental Defense

Statement by Julia Levin, Associate Director, National Climate Ottawa | Traditional, unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabeg People – Yesterday crown corporation Export Development Canada confirmed it will provide $500 million for Cedar LNG. This move contradicts the federal government’s commitment to the Canadian public about ending the use of public money to fund fossil fuels.

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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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Little-studied pollutant from planes threatens the health of millions

New Scientist

More than 50 million people living near airports in Europe may be at risk of health impacts from a little-studied form of air pollution produced at high levels by aircraft engines

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Grid Experts Weigh in on EPA’s Good Neighbor Plan for NOx

Legal Planet

Last year, EPA issued a new federal implementation plan to address interstate pollution from nitrous oxides under the Clean Air Act’s Good Neighbor Provision. The Good Neighbor Provision is designed to address interstate pollution: those instances where emissions from upwind states impose harms across state lines, effectively shifting the costs of controlling their pollution to downwind states.

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Infraestructura en riesgo en su ciudad: Un nuevo mapa muestra lo que se inundará con el aumento del nivel del mar 

Union of Concerned Scientists

Una nueva herramienta de mapeo de la Unión de Científicos Conscientes (o UCS, por sus siglas en inglés) muestra dónde y cuándo la infraestructura costera esencial, tales como edificios de vivienda pública, escuelas y centrales eléctricas, corren el riesgo de sufrir inundaciones recurrentes y perjudiciales debido al aumento en el nivel del mar provocado por el cambio climático.

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Sensory Secrets of Penis and Clitoris Unlocked after More Than 150 Years

Scientific American

Mysterious nerve structures called Krause corpuscles respond to specific low-frequency vibrations, scientists finally confirm

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The universe is built a lot like a giant brain – so is it conscious?

New Scientist

Research has found the universe is remarkably similar in structure to the human brain. But does this mean the cosmos has a consciousness of its own?

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DEP Reviewing Shell Petrochemical Plant Title V Air Quality Operating Permit Application For Administrative Completeness

PA Environment Daily

The Shell Petrochemical Plant in Beaver County submitted a Title V Air Quality Operating Permit Application to the Department of Environmental Protection for review on June 19, 2024, according to DEP, and it is now being reviewed for administrative completeness. “After the application has been determined to be administratively complete, DEP will post it on the DEP Southwest Regional Community Information webpage for the facility,” said Lauren Camarda, Communications Manager for DEP’s Southwest R

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Infrastructure at Risk in Your Hometown: New Map Shows What Will Flood as Sea Level Rises

Union of Concerned Scientists

A new map tool from the Union of Concerned Scientists shows you where and when critical pieces of coastal infrastructure such as public housing buildings, schools and power plants are at risk of repeated, disruptive flooding due to climate change­­­­­-driven sea level rise. The map tool is based on data from our new analysis and report, Looming Deadlines for Coastal Resilience: Rising Seas, Disruptive Tides, and Risks to Coastal Infrastructure.

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Swift Parrots and the Heartbreak of Rare Species

Cool Green Science

Is it wrong for wildlife watchers to seek out a species because we fear its extinction? The post Swift Parrots and the Heartbreak of Rare Species appeared first on Cool Green Science.

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Smiling robot face is made from living human skin cells

New Scientist

A technique for attaching a skin made from living human cells to a robotic framework could give robots the ability to emote and communicate better

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Satellite Mega Constellations Could Jeopardize Ozone-Hole Recovery

Scientific American

Pollution from skyrocketing numbers of satellites burning up in Earth’s atmosphere could threaten our planet’s protective ozone layer

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Watt Comes Around Goes Around: Will California Do the Right Thing on EV Batteries?

Union of Concerned Scientists

Over the past year, I have written a lot about electric vehicle (EV) battery recycling, answering common questions , reviewing the European Union’s gold standard battery recycling policy , and establishing principles for strong EV recycling policy generally. While I have been frantically typing away for your reading pleasure, I have also been working in Sacramento to push for the strongest possible EV battery end-of-life policy in California.

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PA Interfaith Power & Light Launches PA Plants Native! Initiative To Plant 100,000 Trees In Next 18 Months; Fall Tree Request Form Now Live!

PA Environment Daily

On June 26, PA Interfaith Power & Light , in partnership with the Keystone 10 Million Trees Partnership and Chesapeake Bay Foundation, has launched an expanded tree planting initiative called PA Plants Native ! with the goal of planting an additional 100,000 trees across Pennsylvania in the next 18 months. The program is designed for people who want to request at least one native tree to plant (and up to as many as you’d like!

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‘Little red dot’ galaxies are breaking theories of cosmic evolution

New Scientist

The James Webb Space Telescope has spotted hundreds of odd, distant galaxies that seem to either produce an impossible amount of stars or host black holes far more enormous than they should be

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Advanced Meditation Alters Consciousness and Our Basic Sense of Self

Scientific American

An emerging science of advanced meditation could transform mental health and our understanding of consciousness

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Farm Bill 2024: Themes in the Proposed Nutrition Titles

National Law Center

When most people hear the words “Farm Bill” they generally would not think that the largest and most expensive title in. The post Farm Bill 2024: Themes in the Proposed Nutrition Titles appeared first on National Agricultural Law Center.

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