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Income-Based Electric Bills: Fact and Fiction

Legal Planet

Under new legislation, California is moving to a novel system that includes income-based fixed charges for electricity. Some critics contend that this is a giveaway to incumbent utilities. It’s not. Others have implied that the charges reflect new costs to ratepayers on top of existing rates. This is also not accurate. There are, however, important questions regarding how the new rate structure will be designed and implemented.

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In New Scramble for Africa, an Arab Sheikh Is Taking the Lead

Yale E360

A company established by a Dubai sheikh is finalizing agreements with African nations to manage vast tracts of their forests and sell the carbon credits. Critics are concerned the deals will not benefit Africans and will just help foreign governments perpetuate high emissions.

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Where Do Electric Trucks Charge?

Union of Concerned Scientists

We are about to enter the era of the electric truck. Sure, there are already a few thousand electric trucks and buses on US roads already. Now, with the California Air Resources Board’s passage of the Advanced Clean Fleets Rule in May and with the potential for a (hopefully) stronger-than-proposed greenhouse gas standard for heavy-duty trucks passed by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the coming months, we will begin to see a significant switch from highly-polluting diesel trucks

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Blood Clotting Proteins Might Help Predict Long COVID Brain Fog

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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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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Another Supply Chain Issue

Legal Planet

To make the energy transition work, we’ll need a lot more energy lawyers. That means a lot of energy law profs to teach them — many more than we have today. Law schools are waking up to the need to hire in the area. So if you’re thinking of law teaching, it could be worthwhile to dive into this field. Let’s start with the first question: why do we need more energy lawyers?

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Global Fossil Fuel Subsidies Reached $7 Trillion in 2022, an All-Time High

Yale E360

Global subsidies for fossil fuels reached $7 trillion in 2022, an all-time high, according to the International Monetary Fund.

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Olive Oil Prices Surge as Persistent Drought Ravages Mediterranean Groves

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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Will More States Add Green Amendments to Their Constitution?

Legal Planet

Eight simple words helped youth plaintiffs in Montana win their landmark climate lawsuit against the state: “the right to a clean and healthful environment.” The 103-page decision by a state court judge wades through loads of testimony and evidence, but it all comes back to that simple constitutional guarantee. A handful of other states have similar language, sometimes referred to as “green amendments,” in their constitutions.

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Germany's Wild Boars Made Radioactive by Cold War Nuclear Weapons Tests, Study Finds

Yale E360

Cold War nuclear weapons tests scattered radioactive waste across the globe. That waste can still be found in trace amounts in the sea, the soil, and — according to a new study — the flesh of wild boars roaming the forests of southern Germany.

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California Must Extend Zero Emission Vehicle Funding from “AB 8 Fees”

Union of Concerned Scientists

If you have been in a Sacramento coffee shop over the past few years, you have probably heard something about AB 8 reauthorization, AQIP, CPT, or EFMP. Unless you are a clean transportation wonk or are in a deeply sad place with your social life, you probably don’t know what the heck that alphabet soup means, so let me translate. For California to achieve its climate goals and federal air quality obligations, the state legislature must approve the extension of a modest portion of vehicle registr

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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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Rare Superheavy Oxygen Isotope Is Detected at Last

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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Is Capitalism to Blame?

Legal Planet

Bernie Sanders has a book called It’s OK to be Angry at Capitalism. There are certainly a lot of people across the political spectrum who feel that way. Capitalism is blamed for environmental destruction by many of the more radical segments of the Left. That’s not too surprising given the historic connection between the more radical Left and various forms of socialism.

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Vitamin C and E supplements may make lung cancers grow faster

New Scientist

Supplementing with antioxidants such as vitamins C and E could increase the formation of blood vessels within lung cancer tumours, helping them to grow bigger and spread, according to a study in mice

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Statement on the Integrity Commissioner’s Findings that Ontario’s Housing Minister Breached Integrity Rules in Removing Land from the Greenbelt

Enviromental Defense

Statement by Phil Pothen, Ontario Environment Program Manager, Environmental Defence, on Integrity Commissioner’s Findings that Ontario’s Housing Minister Breached Integrity Rules in Removing Land from the Greenbelt Toronto | Traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishinaabeg, the Haudenosaunee, and the Huron-Wendat – Today’s report by Integrity Commissioner David Wake revealed integrity breaches by Housing Minister Steve Clark, as well as political involvement by the Pr

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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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The Last Super Blue Moon until 2037 Rises Tonight. Here's How to See It

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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Scientists develop finger sweat test to detect antipsychotic drugs in patients

Frontiers

by Angharad Brewer Gillham, Frontiers science writer Image/Shutterstock.com Maintaining a regimen of antipsychotic drugs can be difficult, but going off them unexpectedly can have disastrous health consequences for patients. Traditionally, monitoring patients on these drugs involves blood tests, which can be painful and time-consuming. A quick, non-invasive finger sweat test newly developed by scientists could replace these blood tests and make patients’ lives easier.

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AI beats champion human pilots in head-to-head drone races

New Scientist

The Swift AI has beaten expert drone racers in high-speed races using an on-board computer that fuses artificial intelligence and classical algorithms – a method that could speed up delivery drones

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Green Jobs for Gender Equality

NRDC

Guest blog by Akanksha Golchha Countries around the world affirmed their commitment to gender equality and empowering women as agents of change in the clean energy transition at the G20 Energy Transitions Ministers’ Meeting in Goa, India. While India’s focus on.

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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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What's in Floodwaters?

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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Warmer Waters Put Sea Turtles on a Collision Course With Humans

Inside Climate News

More turtles on Cape Cod’s shores means a higher risk of boat strikes. By Georgia Hall, Provincetown Independent WELLFLEET, Mass.—Rising North Atlantic Ocean temperatures are causing increased numbers of threatened and endangered sea turtles to migrate through Massachusetts waters — heading north in search of food, then back south to their breeding grounds.

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Our ancestors may have come close to extinction 900,000 years ago

New Scientist

A genetic analysis suggests our ancestral population fell as low as around 1300 individuals nearly a million years ago, but other experts aren't convinced

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More States Are Requiring Flood Disclosure

NRDC

New home buyers and renters should have a right to know a property’s flood history before they commit to calling it home.

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New Air-Conditioning Technology Could Be the Future of Cool

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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DEP Responds To Emergency Notification Of Uncontrolled Venting Of Natural Gas For Over 10.5 Hours From A Repsol Oil Shale Gas Well In Bradford County

PA Environment Daily

At 2:02 a.m. on August 28, 2023 , DEP received an emergency notification of an uncontrolled venting of natural gas from shale gas well 9H at the Repsol Oil and Gas USA LLC Cummings Lumber well pad in Troy Township, Bradford County. Repsol said the well started venting natural gas from the producing and surface casing annulus for 10.5 hours starting at 4:00 p.m.

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Super-heavy oxygen hints at problem with the laws of physics

New Scientist

An unprecedentedly heavy version of oxygen is significantly less stable than expected, which suggests a problem our understanding of the nuclear strong force

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What is a Barrier Island?

Ocean Conservancy

Barrier islands , such as North Carolina’s Outer Banks, are thin stretches of land that run parallel to the shoreline and can change form based on wind and wave energy. They are usually separated from mainland areas by bodies of water such as sounds, creeks, bays and tidal basins and often support habitats like marshes and tidal flats. Barrier islands serve as frontline protection against threats such as major weather events and storm surges, and the calmer soundside or bayside waters often pr

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If AI Becomes Conscious, Here's How We Can Tell

Scientific American

A checklist derived from six neuroscience-based theories of consciousness could help assess whether an artificial intelligence system achieves this state

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Independence Conservancy Hosts Waste Tire Collection Events In Beaver, Washington Counties

PA Environment Daily

The Independence Conservancy will host three waste tire collection events in Beaver and Washington counties to provide an affordable way for vehicle owners to get rid of tires or wheels from cars and light trucks and other vehicles. All collections are held on Saturday mornings from 9:00 a.m. to Noon on-- -- September 16: Washington County , Mount Pleasant Twp.

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South American bat species spotted for first time in over 100 years

New Scientist

The strange big-eared brown bat was discovered in Brazil's Atlantic Forest in 1916 and then apparently vanished - but it has now reappeared in a Brazilian grassland

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New York City Remains a Battleground for Illegal Ivory Trade

NRDC

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announces new exhibit of confiscated ivory at the New York State Museum that educates the public about the harmful industry.

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When Will the Next COVID Vaccine Be Available, and Who Should Get It?

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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PA Oil & Gas Industrial Facilities: Permit Notices/Opportunities To Comment - September 2

PA Environment Daily

The following DEP notices were published in the September 2 PA Bulletin related to oil and gas industry facilities. Many of the notices offer the opportunity for public comments. Land Recycling/Brownfield Cleanups -- Repsol Oil & Gas USA, LLC - Warner Shale Gas Well Pad: DEP approved a Final Report on remediation of soil contaminated with production wastewater at the well pad located in Rush Twp., Susquehanna County. ( PA Bulletin, page 5565 ) Waste Permits -- Waste Management Disposal Servi

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Implant lets people type on virtual keyboards with just brain signals

New Scientist

A company called Synchron, backed by Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos, may become the first to commercialise a brain implant that lets people control touchscreen devices using brain signals

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