2021

Hurricane Ida Shows Why We Urgently Need Bold, Just and Equitable Climate Action

Union of Concerned Scientists

More catastrophic storms are coming. Climate Change climate change Hurricane Ida

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Climate Change Adaptation Lessons from Freezing Texas

Environmental and Urban Economics

This blog post will sketch out some optimistic economics 101 lessons for how to reduce the risk of future Texas power blackouts without building a single new power plant.

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Perspective: More Attention Needed on Freshwater Biodiversity

Circle of Blue

Freshwater species are dying off and decreasing in abundance. Yet conservation funding centers on lands and oceans. Boats ply the waters of the Mekong River Delta, near Can Tho, Vietnam.

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Protecting Earth: If ‘Nature Needs Half,’ What Do People Need?

Yale E360

The campaign to preserve half the Earth’s surface is being criticized for failing to take account of global inequality and human needs. But such protection is essential not just for nature, but also for creating a world that can improve the lives of the poor and disadvantaged. Read more on E360

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Shaping a Resilient Future: Climate Impact on Vulnerable Populations

Speaker: Laurie Schoeman Director, Climate & Sustainability, Capital

During this event, national climate and housing expert Laurie Schoeman will discuss topics including relocation, decarbonization, housing affordability, disparities in climate risks, and the health impacts of climate change.

Sensing gravity, the quantum way

Physics World

Much of quantum technology is linked to computing. It is easy to imagine how a better, more powerful computer, capable of solving complex problems, could be useful. But what is a computer, after all, if not a data-processing machine.

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An Unexpected Source of Mercury: Greenland’s Glaciers

IEAM Blog

By Roberta Attanasio, IEAM Blog Editor Greenland. Credit: Rene Schwietzke (CC BY 2.0). Greenland, the largest island in the world not considered its own continent, lies above the Arctic Circle with the exception of its Southern tip.

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When It Comes to Nuclear Power, “Advanced” Isn’t Always Better

Union of Concerned Scientists

Nuclear power proponents have long been prone to wishful thinking. Back in 1954, Atomic Energy Commission Chairman Lewis Strauss famously predicted that nuclear-generated electricity would ultimately become “too cheap to meter.” Today, nuclear power is among the most expensive forms of electricity.

OUR ENVIRONMENT & OUR BODIES: ORGAN FAILURE

Cleannovate

There’s a silent epidemic around us: an organ failure epidemic. Public and private hospitals are teeming with patients both young and old with diverse types of organ complications. But such an increase in health challenges are not without cause and for the most part, we lay the blame on lifestyle. Though plausible, some cases beg for more questions since the patients lead a clean lifestyle free of junk food, intoxication and are in many ways active.

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Infrastructure Investment Microeconomics

Matthew E. Kahn

A few thoughts about the pending Infrastructure Bill. What Criteria Will be Used to Allocate the Money? An efficiency criteria would state that it should be allocated to those places and on those projects within such places that offer the greatest economic and quality of life impact. Before we make such irreversible investments, how do we know what these effects will be? Is the public ready for spatial general equilibrium models to guide this prospective work?

Squirrel Parkour? The Science Behind Squirrel Acrobatics

Cool Green Science

Your bird feeder doesn’t stand a chance. New research shows squirrels combine incredible physical abilities with split-second decision making. The post Squirrel Parkour? The Science Behind Squirrel Acrobatics appeared first on Cool Green Science.

Sustainability at Retail

As part of a global Sustainability at Retail initiative, Shop! worked collaboratively with its global affiliates to address critical environmental issues, outlined in this white paper.

How do Flying Fish “Fly”?

Ocean Conservancy

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a … fish? Although most fish don’t take to the skies, flying fish are one spectacular exception (kind of). Read on to see how flying fish get their distinctive name and learn more fun facts about this small but impressive species. See more wonderful ocean animals!

The Revealed Preference of Porch Pirates

Environmental and Urban Economics

A case study about petty crime. A risk neutral thief will steal if the expected benefits are greater than the expected cost. The expected cost of theft (for those without a guilty conscience) equals the probability of detection multiplied by the $ punishment if caught. The expected benefits depend on what the person steals. What is the resale value of the object? How much does the thief value the object if he doesn't sell it. This background now allows me to tell my story.

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Utah’s Water Dilemma

Circle of Blue

Utah’s Water Dilemma Record-breaking drought along the Wasatch Front forces tough decisions about water supply. Brett Walton, Circle of Blue November 29, 2021.

2021 114

Climate Clues from the Past Prompt a New Look at History

Yale E360

As scientists rapidly improve their ability to decipher past climate upheaval through ice cores and other "proxies,” historians are re-examining previous political and social turmoil and linking it to volcanic eruptions, prolonged droughts, and other disturbances in the natural world.

Entangling a live tardigrade, radiation warning on anti-5G accessories

Physics World

Tardigrades are tiny organisms that can survive extreme environments including being chilled to near absolute zero.

Catholic Bishops in the US Largely Ignore the Pope’s Concern About Climate Change, a New Study Finds

Inside Climate News

Researchers at Creighton University reviewed more than 12,000 pastoral communications by the bishops. Only several dozen of those writings said a warming climate was real.

When and why did human brains decrease in size 3,000 years ago? New study may have found clues within ants

Frontiers

By Suzanna Burgelman, Frontiers science writer. Image: Yongkiet Jitwattanatam/Shutterstock.com. The brain is the most complex organ in the human body. Now, a new study has brought us closer to understanding some of its evolution.

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Mythbusting “Wind Oversupply”

Union of Concerned Scientists

Wind "curtailment" is not due to too much wind. Climate Change Energy clean energy Renewable energy wind energy

2021 285

WHY A PhD MATTERS OUTSIDE THE UNIVERSITY

Cleannovate

Is a PhD useful outside the walls of a university? For ages, this qualification has been touted as the gold standard for research practitioners. PhD holders are not only expected to research on new ways of solving problems but also teach students in university. But what options do they have when universities seem to be downsizing instead of employing? Well, the real question should be whether PhD graduates can work outside universities.

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Not declaring the Great Barrier Reef as ‘in danger’ only postpones the inevitable

Environmental News Bits

by Jon C. Day, Scott F. Heron, and Terry Hughes (James Cook University) After much anticipation, the World Heritage Committee on Friday decided against listing the Great Barrier Reef as “in danger”.

The IPCC Sixth Assessment Report

Real Climate

Climate scientists are inordinately excited by the release of a new IPCC report (truth be told, that’s a bit odd – It’s a bit like bringing your end-of-(seven)-year project home and waiting anxiously to see how well it will be received).

TeamSeas Will Be Transformational for Our Ocean—Let’s Go!

Ocean Conservancy

Today YouTubers MrBeast, Mark Rober and thousands of other creators are joining together to launch TeamSeas, a crowd-funded campaign with the goal of raising $30 million dollars by January 1 to remove 30 million pounds of trash from rivers, beaches and our ocean.

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Why Climate Economics Continues to Succeed

Environmental and Urban Economics

A blog post that responds to Noah Smith's provocative piece titled Why Has Climate Economics Failed Us? It raises a deep question. What is the point of climate economics research? I will respond below. Dr. Smith's piece also throws some low blows. My friend Richard Tol is singled out for reasons I don't understand. Go to Professor Tol's Google Scholar webpage and read his work. First, a preamble. I am a microeconomist. I do not write down Integrated Assessment Models.

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Toxin Levels Spike, Prompting Drinking Water Emergency in Northern California

Circle of Blue

Cyanotoxins in the state’s second-largest freshwater lake soared this month amid a hot, dry summer. Colorful blooms of cyanobacteria, also called blue-green algae, paint the nearshore waters of Clear Lake, California’s second-largest freshwater lake.

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Three Myths About Renewable Energy and the Grid, Debunked

Yale E360

Renewable energy skeptics argue that because of their variability, wind and solar cannot be the foundation of a dependable electricity grid. But the expansion of renewables and new methods of energy management and storage can lead to a grid that is reliable and clean. Read more on E360

Quantum entanglement of two macroscopic objects is the Physics World 2021 Breakthrough of the Year

Physics World

Quantum technology has made great strides over the past two decades and physicists are now able to construct and manipulate systems that were once in the realm of thought experiments. One particularly fascinating avenue of inquiry is the fuzzy border between quantum and classical physics.

2021 114

The Rate of Global Warming During Next 25 Years Could Be Double What it Was In The Previous 50, a Renowned Climate Scientist Warns

Inside Climate News

Former NASA climate scientist James Hansen urged Congress decades ago to act on climate change. Now he says he expects reduced aerosol pollution to lead to a steep temperature rise.

Surprising discovery in Arctic songbird may reveal how it survives challenging migrations

Frontiers

By K.E.D Coan, science writer. Snow buntings in winter. Image: Mircea Costina/Shutterstock.com. There is still much to learn about how Arctic migratory birds adjust their physiology during different phases of their life. For example, between winter and summer habitats, or during migration.

2021 114

Tyson Foods Is a Monster in Disguise

Union of Concerned Scientists

Try as they might, Tyson Foods can't dress up the facts. Food and Agriculture corporate consolidation COVID-19 and the Coronavirus Pandemic meatpacking poultry Tyson Tyson Foods

2021 285

KABLA KUNYOOSHA MKONO…

Cleannovate

Manzee mezesha moja sitawahi rada ni hii risto ya vile utu umelost kwa society Kenya hii. Na sitastart kutupia mapolitrickcian blame sababu hiyo mtindo haiwesmake. Lakini haimaanishi eti hawana blame. Hebu tucheki risto ya KEMSA ndio tuingize akili. Ni Kenya tu ndio mawadhii incognito wanaweza kupiga kaletha kwa ofee ya gava na wakalaza tender ya mamita. Kabla tuanze kumzushia politrickcian, huyu muthii ametudondoa mamita kupitia biarasha ya udingo ni nani? Sio wewe au mimi?

2021 169

Making Sense of the US-China Joint Glasgow Declaration

Legal Planet

Yesterday, China and the US announced a “Joint Glasgow Declaration on Enhancing Climate Action in the 2020s” ( En / Ch ) What to make of it? The short answer is that it only offers slight forward progress on climate action.

We are not reaching 1.5ºC earlier than previously thought

Real Climate

Guest commentary by Malte Meinshausen, Zebedee Nicholls, and Piers Forster.

10 Ink-credible Octopus Photos

Ocean Conservancy

October 8 is World Octopus Day, which is the perfect excuse to appreciate these unbelievable cephalopods. To be fair, if you know us, you know we don’t need a reason to celebrate octopuses.

The Resurgent Consumer City by Fall 2021

Environmental and Urban Economics

I really like Paul Krugma n's NY Times piece from today. It focuses on his predictions about the short term future of cities. Here is a quote from the Nobel Laureate. "So So the best bet is that life and work in, say, 2023 will look a lot like life and work in 2019, but a bit less so.

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In Climate Talks, Plans to Keep Planet from Overheating Should Not Ignore Water

Circle of Blue

Carbon-reduction plans, if not well designed, can worsen water scarcity and pollution. Transmission lines in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, stretch to the horizon. Photo © J. Carl Ganter/Circle of Blue. Plans to reduce carbon emissions should take water into account.