A Functioning Democracy Focuses on Funding Priorities, Not Whether to Defund the Government

Union of Concerned Scientists

Science and Democracy government shutdownThere are real-world consequences for this political gameplaying – including for science and scientists.

Calling All Scientists: The Federal Government is Hiring

Union of Concerned Scientists

First, the bad: The federal scientific workforce—in other words, the scientists and experts who work for the government on behalf of the public—needs help. Here at the Union of Concerned Scientists, we have bad news and good news.

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Governing the sustainability commons

Environmental News Bits

leadership is … Continue reading Governing the sustainability commons. Read the full story at GreenBiz. The Supreme Court’s West Virginia decision puts the ball of developing rules for business to contribute meaningfully to sustainability squarely in the private sector’s court. When, as Joel Makower’s disturbing article in these pages points out, there has been little progress in meeting the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals, U.S.

To Transform the Electricity System, We Must Transform Electricity Governance

Union of Concerned Scientists

Most people know very little about the institutions that run the electricity grid.

The government set a colossal wildfire. What are victims owed?

Environmental News Bits

Federal government WildfiresRead the full story in the New York Times. Two prescribed burns got out of control, becoming New Mexico’s largest recorded wildfire. But despite the backlash, experts say it’s necessary to thin forests in a region primed for destruction.

How local governments and communities are taking action to get fossil fuels out of buildings

Environmental News Bits

As of August 2022, nearly 28 million people across 11 states live in a jurisdiction where local policies favor fossil fuel-free, … Continue reading How local governments and communities are taking action to get fossil fuels out of buildings. Climate Green building Local governmentRead the full story from the Rocky Mountain Institute.

Protecting the Integrity of Government Science

Environmental News Bits

As called for in the 2021 Presidential Memorandum, it assesses scientific integrity policies of Federal departments and agencies and instances in which they have not been followed or enforced, and it identifies effective practices for strengthening scientific… Read more → Communicating science Federal government PublicationsDownload the document and read Nature’s take on it. This report is the first product of the SI-FTAC.

‘Governance’ Impacts Corporate Credit Most among ESG Issues, Report Finds

Environment + Energy Leader

A report from Fitch Ratings shows that governance is the most impactful of ESG topics in terms of corporate credit ratings. The post ‘Governance’ Impacts Corporate Credit Most among ESG Issues, Report Finds appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

Falsified Government Water Quality Tests Highlight Need for More Federal Scientists

Union of Concerned Scientists

According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), and further reporting on the issue by E&E news, thousands of water quality sample tests were falsified at the agency’s National Water Quality Laboratory.

University receives £220,000 from UK Government for hydrogen research

Environmental News Bits

The University of Aberdeen’s School of Engineering has been awarded £220,000 in funding from the UK Government for a project that aims to create a new process to obtain hydrogen from organic waste as part of the energy transition. Read the full story in Circular. Funding Hydrogen United Kingdom

Government-funded scientific research reflects public interest, Northwestern study finds

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Government-funded research can seem niche or obscure, raising the question of how well such projects actually serve the public interest. A new study led by Northwestern University researchers, however, finds that public funding is well-aligned with public use, and that the public tends to value research that scientists also … Continue reading Government-funded scientific research reflects public interest, Northwestern study finds.

US government reveals big changes to open-access policy

Environmental News Bits

The new policy recommends that federal agencies ensure that research from their grant recipients is made available in a public repository without delay after publication… In theory, focusing on public repositories that can house the accepted, peer-reviewed versions of papers allows journals to continue charging institutions subscription fees and … Continue reading US government reveals big changes to open-access policy. Read the full story in Nature.

Government Funding v. Sensitive Data

Arnold Porter

Chuck Blanchard discusses the crucial question of who gets to control the data in government-funded contracts; and how he works with clients to negotiate with the government in structuring transactions so that sensitive data is protected

UK Commercial Fleets Believe Net-Zero in Reach, Need More Government Support

Environment + Energy Leader

The post UK Commercial Fleets Believe Net-Zero in Reach, Need More Government Support appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader. A survey of 300 fleet operators reveals net-zero efforts and obstacles.

EU Programs Conducting Survey on Risk Governance for Nanotechnology

Nanotech

According to the survey, these projects have produced: A blueprint for an organization to govern nanotechnology-related risk comprising individuals (experts, stakeholders) who provide “problem-solving capacity” to support decisions on new/emerging risks from engineered nanomaterials.

Google makes Earth Engine available to all businesses and governments

Environmental News Bits

Now, any commercial or government entity will have access to Earth Engine. Read the full story at ZDNet. For the past decade, researchers in academia and the nonprofit world have had access to increasingly sophisticated information about the Earth’s surface.

Governance for Distressed Companies

Arnold Porter

Bernstein discusses the special importance of corporate governance for stressed or distressed companies, and in insolvency situations. Arnold & Porter’s Michael L.

Governing Emissions Trading in California and China

Legal Planet

The post Governing Emissions Trading in California and China appeared first on Legal Planet. Carbon markets are at a crossroads. As of 2021, 30 emissions trading systems were in force globally, covering 16 – 17 % of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Scientist climate protests call out government inaction

Inhabitant

Last week, scientists worldwide held protests to pressure government agencies to address rapid climate change. The scientists say leaders must make drastic cuts to significantly reduce emissions before it's too late. Climate protests came following a United Nations report saying the world has just three years to act. According to the report, failure to make “rapid and deep” emissions reductions will cause severe climate disasters

Gen Z doesn’t think companies, philanthropy, government are listening

Environmental News Bits

The report, Looking Forward with … Continue reading Gen Z doesn’t think companies, philanthropy, government are listening. Read the full story at Philanthropy News Digest.

As Deforestation Grows in the Brazilian Savanna, Government Ends Monitoring

Yale E360

Following that announcement, an INPE researcher said the government would stop monitoring deforestation in the Cerrado, owing to a lack of funds.

How Can Governments Stop the Deadliest Form of Ocean Plastic?

Ocean Conservancy

From implementing extended producer responsibility schemes to banning harmful single-use plastic items, governments at all levels have the ability to make a big difference on all forms of ocean plastic pollution. The post How Can Governments Stop the Deadliest Form of Ocean Plastic?

Promising carbon capture project secures UK government funding ?

A Greener Life

Deep Branch, a UK company which is pioneering a promising UK carbon capture project has received significant UK government funding. The funding handed out by the UK government is part of the £20 million Carbon Capture, Usage and Storage (CCUS) Innovation 2.0 Photo credit: Deep Branch.

Federal Government Breaks Promise To Label Products Containing Toxics

Enviromental Defense

Toronto | Traditional territories of the Huron-Wendat, the Anishnaabeg, Haudenosaunee, Chippewas and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation – The federal government announced today that they will delay action on requiring disclosure of toxic ingredients on labels of consumer products.

Governments Worldwide Consider Ditching Daylight Saving Time

Scientific American

A pushback has arisen to seasonal clock changes that affect mood, sleep and general well-being. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com. Mind & Brain Mental Health Neurology

Offshore wind dominates the agenda as the UK government announces £265 million renewables subsidy scheme 

A Greener Life

Ahead of COP26, the UK government has signalled its support for climate action by announcing a £265 million renewables support scheme. . The government has announced that £265 million per year will be set aside for low-carbon projects in the scheme’s fourth year.

Environmental Groups Say Ontario Government Violated Environmental Rights – Again

Enviromental Defense

This is not the first time that the Government of Ontario has violated the EBR’s public consultation requirements. The Government of Ontario is a repeat offender. The government has chosen once again to ignore the rule of law and expedite development at any cost.

Analysis: What challenges face Chile’s new ‘environmentalist’ government?

A Greener Life

President-elect Gabriel Boric’s new government must address issues of decarbonisation, water crisis and lithium nationalisation, all while rewriting the country’s constitution. Other names of ministers also give a glimpse of the government’s intended environmental character.

Zero-emission submarine project wins Government funding?

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story in the Belfast Telegraph. The fully automated vessels are designed to be ‘net positive’ by running on green hydrogen and collecting microplastics. Read more → Hydrogen Transportation

UK government backs plan to harvest solar power from space

New Scientist

Science minister George Freeman says he will not write a cheque for pioneering plans to beam energy down from a solar array in orbit but the UK government will offer its support

Federal government efforts to reduce emissions from coal-fired power plants

Environmental News Bits

Read the full post from the Government Accountability Office. Today’s WatchBlog post looks at two of … Continue reading Federal government efforts to reduce emissions from coal-fired power plants.

Plastic Recycling Market Rapidly Growing Aided by Government and Industry Support

Environmental Leader

The post Plastic Recycling Market Rapidly Growing Aided by Government and Industry Support appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader. As support grows to reduce waste, the plastic recycling industry is expected to grow at a substantial rate over the next few years.

DOE to Give State, Local Governments $225M to Expand Building Energy Efficiency

Environment + Energy Leader

The post DOE to Give State, Local Governments $225M to Expand Building Energy Efficiency appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader. The infrastructure bill funds are intended to implement up-to-date energy codes on buildings to maximize efficiency and resiliency.

Biden Executive Order Calls for Government to Become Carbon Neutral

Environmental Leader

A new executive order calls for the US government to be carbon neutral by 2050. The post Biden Executive Order Calls for Government to Become Carbon Neutral appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

The great Amazon land grab – how Brazil’s government is clearing the way for deforestation

Environmental News Bits

… Continue reading The great Amazon land grab – how Brazil’s government is clearing the way for deforestation. by Gabriel Cardoso Carrero, University of Florida; Cynthia S. Simmons, University of Florida, and Robert T.

Pegasus spyware scandal: Can Silicon Valley stop government snooping?

New Scientist

Spyware sold for use in anti-terror investigations is reportedly being misused by governments to watch journalists and politicians – Silicon Valley firms are battling to end it

Equity Action Plans: Government Agencies Prioritize Environmental Justice

Law and Environment

In an effort to “redress inequities in [Federal] policies and programs that serve as barriers to equal opportunity,” the Biden administration has set forth an agenda to identify areas of improvement and advance equity across the Federal Government.

How to Prevent a Government Shutdown, Create Jobs and Protect Our Ocean

Ocean Conservancy

Congress must pass a full year of funding bills or a continuing resolution to keep our government working for us. © The end of the federal government’s fiscal year falls on Thursday, September 30, 2021. We know that a government shutdown has disastrous consequences.

UK government to hold back data on state of biodiversity in England

New Scientist

Only 7 of 24 of biodiversity indicators will be published this year, and many of those being omitted show a deterioriating natural environment

Sustainable nutrition science could help solve climate and health crises. Why isn’t the federal government funding more of it?

Union of Concerned Scientists

New analysis underscores need for $50 million annual investment in sustainable nutrition science research. Food and Agriculture agroecology climate change food systems nutrition research public health sustainability sustainable agriculture sustainable diets

Government supports efforts to reduce food waste and enhance sustainability

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Today, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, announced up to $1,545,000 in funding for Outcast Foods Inc. to expand their operations in food waste reduction that upcycles surplus and unsaleable fruits and vegetables from growers, processors and retailers into dried, plant-based powders and… Read more → Canada Food and beverage manufacturing Food waste Start-ups

Local Government Associations File Brief to the Supreme Court in Support of EPA’s Clean Air Act Authority

Law Columbia

As of now, there is no rule governing greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants in effect under Section 111(d). By Jacob Elkin. Today, the Sabin Center filed an amicus brief on behalf of the National League of Cities and the U.S. Conference of Mayors in West Virginia v.

US government ramps up effort to put in place 'too hot to work' rules

New Scientist

US investigators have carried out an unprecedented number of heat-related workplace inspections this summer, while federal and state governments are adopting measures to protect workers from heat