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‘Project 2025’ Would Be Disastrous for Our Nation and Our Climate

Union of Concerned Scientists

The Heritage Foundation’s “Project 2025” is a dangerous and detailed guide to undermining our democracy and a broadside attack on our health and well-being, not to mention our economic prosperity. Among other things, it takes specific aim at the federal government’s ability to address the climate crisis and instead doubles down on actions to worsen it.

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A Brazen California Water Heist Revealed, Prosecuted & Punished

Legal Planet

Former Panoche Drainage District Manager & Convicted Water Thief Dennis Falaschi (credit: Fresno Bee) Recently, former Panoche Drainage District general manager Dennis Falaschi pled guilty in federal district court in Fresno to having conspired to steal millions of gallons of publicly-owned water from California’s Central Valley Project (CVP) for private gain.

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CIRCULAR REVOLUTION – BLACK GOLD

Cleannovate

I offloaded the sack in my storeroom. Now I had fuel that could last me for weeks. You see, charcoal is our most common fuel in Africa. And as an ardent African, I would not disappoint. The charcoal sack weighed probably slightly over sixty kilos.

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Voyager 1 Is Back! NASA Spacecraft Safely Resumes All Science Observations

Scientific American

NASA’s venerable Voyager 1 spacecraft has resumed normal science operations with all four functioning instruments for the first time in more than six months

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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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Who’s Doing Chevron’s Dirty Work in California?

Union of Concerned Scientists

Questioning fossil fuel companies is part of our mission, but each year the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) gets a chance to aim some choice words directly at corporate leaders during their annual shareholders’ meetings. At the end of May, I asked Chevron directors about a fake grassroots—or “astroturf”—group the company funded to the tune of $5.8 million last year to pump out disinformation about California’s energy policies.

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How are California’s New Climate Adaptation and Resilience Grant Programs Performing?

Legal Planet

California is rapidly experiencing the impacts of a changing climate, from devastating wildfires and persistent droughts to rising sea levels, extreme heat, and erratic precipitation patterns. Climate adaptation is crucial for building resilience to these and other risks, thereby protecting California’s communities, economy, environment, and public health.

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Elephants seem to invent names for each other

New Scientist

An analysis of their vocalisations suggests that African savannah elephants invent names for each other, making them the only animals other than humans thought to do so

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Indigenous science has a lot to contribute to ecology

The Applied Ecologist

Martin Nuñez is a Senior Editor for Journal of Applied Ecology. He is also a Professor at Universidad Nacional del Comahue, Argentina, as well as a researcher at CONICET (National Scientific and Technical Research Council), Argentina. Martin’s research interests include biological invasions, conservation, mycorrhizal ecology and forestry. In this blog post, he shares his experience at the 2024 Turtle Island Indigenous Science Conference.

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Reforming California’s Financial Penalties for Water Theft Will Create an Effective Deterrent

Legal Planet

Shasta River Water Association president & illegal water diverter Jim Scala (credit: Sacramento Bee) In a Legal Planet Post earlier this week , I recounted the saga of how federal prosecutors recently secured the criminal conviction of Dennis Falaschi, the former San Joaquin Valley water district general manager who oversaw the decades-long theft of millions of gallons of publicly-owned water from California’s Central Valley Project.

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CIRCULAR REVOLUTION – THE SOLAR ENERGY DILEMMA

Cleannovate

I drove the nails through the roof, descended from the ladder and entered my living room. I had been nailing some solar panels onto my roof. I checked the battery, inverter, charge controller and the multiplug connected to the lights and other electronics. I was satisfied.

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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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Lung-targeted CRISPR therapy offers hope for cystic fibrosis

New Scientist

Gene therapies for cystic fibrosis have previously struggled to reach the faulty lung cells, but a new approach has succeeded in achieving long-lasting modifications in mice

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Do Scientists Make Good Presidents?

Scientific American

Following Mexico’s election of a woman with a scientific pedigree, Nature reviewed the legacy of well-known politicians with backgrounds in science and engineering.

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House Hearing: Penn State Center For Dirt & Gravel Road Studies Says Road Spreading Oil & Gas Wastewater Is Not An Effective Dust Suppressant, Does Not Meet Environmental Testing Standards

PA Environment Daily

On June 10, Eric Chase, Assistant Teaching Professor and Assistant Director of the Penn State Center for Dirt and Gravel Road Studies said road spreading oil and gas wastewater is “not effective at suppressing dust and pose potential environmental harm and due to high levels of chloride and radium would not pass the testing requirements to be eligible for Program funds.

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The Mysterious World of Pyrosomes

Ocean Conservancy

“Sea pickles,” “sea worms,” “fire bodies”— these are just a few of the wacky nicknames for one of our ocean’s most mysterious creatures: pyrosomes. Pyrosomes (Family Pyrosomatidae) may look like bizarre jellyfish at first glance, but these quirky critters are uniquely beautiful and play an important role in our ocean’s ecosystems and food web. Name The name “pyrosome” comes from the Greek words for fire (pyro) and body (soma).

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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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Light-activated drugs could keep sleep-deprived military pilots alert

New Scientist

A US military program led by DARPA is modifying the stimulant drug dextroamphetamine so it can be switched on or off in the brain using near-infrared light, avoiding risks like addiction

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Clean Energy Spending Will Surpass $2 Trillion This Year

Scientific American

Investments in carbon-free energy will be twice as large as fossil fuel spending in 2024, the International Energy Agency predicts

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PA Oil & Gas Industrial Facilities: Permit Notices, Opportunities To Comment - June 15

PA Environment Daily

The following notices were published in the June 15 PA Bulletin related to oil and gas industry facilities. Many of the notices offer the opportunity for public comments. Land Recycling/Brownfield Cleanups -- Chesapeake Appalachia LLC - Amcor Shale Gas Well Pad: DEP received a Final Report on remediation of soil contaminated with production wastewater to meet the Statewide Health Standards at the pad located in Meshoppen Twp., Wyoming County. ( PA Bulletin, page 3477 ) -- EQT Corporation - Polec

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Colorado takes a giant stride toward clean and healthy buildings

NRDC

Colorado hit it out of the park again in implementing its nation-leading Clean Heat law. In its decision on Xcel Energy’s inaugural Clean Heat Plan yesterday, the state’s Public Utility Commission approved the investment of $440 million dollars, mostly in.

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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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Russia faces $32 billion bill for carbon emissions from Ukraine war

New Scientist

The estimated greenhouse gas emissions caused by the war in Ukraine are equivalent to around 175 million tonnes of carbon dioxide, and Ukraine plans to include the associated climate damage in its compensation claim against Russia

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How to Improve Prospective Memory, the Ability to Remember to Remember

Scientific American

Prospective memory is a skill that can be practiced, making it more likely that someone can remember an appointment or meet a deadline

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The Problems with Liquefied Natural Gas

Ocean Conservancy

With more than 90% of global trade moving by ocean transport, maritime shipping is a major driver of the world economy. However, shipping has a serious pollution problem that threatens our climate, communities and the marine environment. If we are to avert climate catastrophe, the shipping sector must immediately begin to eliminate the 1 billion-plus metric tons of greenhouse gases it emits every year.

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DEP Posted 74 Pages Of Permit-Related Notices In June 15 PA Bulletin

PA Environment Daily

Highlights of the environmental and energy notices in the June 15 PA Bulletin -- -- PA Oil & Gas Industrial Facilities: Permit Notices, Opportunities To Comment - June 15 [PaEN] -- The Department of Environmental Protection published notice in the June 15 PA Bulletin announcing July 15 and 16 in-person hearings related to proposed State Air Quality Implementation Plan changes on the decommissioning of Stage II gasoline vapor recovery systems at gasoline service stations.

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Cosmic cloud exposed Earth to interstellar space 3 million years ago

New Scientist

The protective bubble around the sun retreated dramatically after colliding with a freezing interstellar cloud, leaving much of the solar system exposed to radiation that shaped our evolution, a study suggests

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This Strange Fungal Condition Makes You Drunk without Drinking

Scientific American

Greater awareness is needed around auto-brewery syndrome, which can cause dangerous accidents and trigger social ostracism if it is not correctly diagnosed

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Developments in Opposition to Renewable Energy Facilities Through December 2023

Law Columbia

Local opposition has proven to be a significant barrier to the rapid expansion of renewable energy facilities across the United States. A new edition of the Sabin Center’s Opposition to Renewable Energy Facilities in the United States report identifies 378 renewable energy projects across 47 states that have encountered significant opposition. The report also identifies 395 local restrictions across 41 states, along with 19 state-level restrictions, that are so severe that they could have the e

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Chesapeake Bay Program Reports Highest Number Of Forest Buffers Planted Across Watershed Since 2016

PA Environment Daily

On June 12, the Chesapeake Bay Program reported that in 2023, partners working across the Chesapeake Bay watershed restored 640.5 miles of forest buffers, the highest number of new forest buffers restored since 2016. In 2023, 298 miles were reported in Virginia, 268 miles in Pennsylvania, 40 miles in Maryland, 21 miles in New York, 13 miles in West Virginia and less than one mile in Delaware.

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JWST spotted an incredible number of supernovae in the early universe

New Scientist

Using the James Webb Space Telescope, astronomers have increased the number of known supernovae in the early universe by a factor of 10 and found the most distant one ever confirmed

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University Presidents Should Study How Democracy Works

Scientific American

A philosophy department chair arrested at a campus protest offers university presidents a lesson in democracy

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Kimberly-Clark is on a roll with new forest policy and goals

NRDC

The maker of Kleenex, Cottonelle, and Scott tissue products just committed to go beyond its biggest competitors.

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Master Watershed Steward Marcus Ferreira - The Man Behind Philadelphia's Green Future

PA Environment Daily

By Alexandra McLaughlin, Penn State News When people see Marcus Ferreira tending to urban street trees or planting pollinator gardens in Philadelphia, they often ask how he gained his expertise. He credits the Penn State Extension Master Watershed Steward volunteer program , which he joined in 2021. Since then, he has recruited about a dozen other volunteers through word-of-mouth recommendations.

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The surprising mental health and brain benefits of weight-loss drugs

New Scientist

Drugs like Ozempic and Wegovy have unexpected effects on the brain, opening up potential new ways to treat depression, anxiety, addiction and Alzheimer’s

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Ag & the ESA: When a Species is Listed “Wherever Found”

National Law Center

The Endangered Species Act (“ESA”) is widely recognized as one of the strongest wildlife protection laws in the world. The primary. The post Ag & the ESA: When a Species is Listed “Wherever Found” appeared first on National Agricultural Law Center.

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Centre for Environment and Sustainability: Meet Ben Siggery

The Applied Ecologist

In this new series, The Applied Ecologist is amplifying the staff and student voices from the University of Surrey’s Centre for Environment and Sustainability to showcase their diverse, interdisciplinary body of work and to help inspire the next generation. In this post, we share below recent research by Ben Siggery.