January, 2023

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Silencing Science: How Indonesia Is Censoring Wildlife Research

Yale E360

Under President Joko Widodo, Indonesia has gained international praise for its conservation policies. But now the government is clamping down on scientists who are questioning official claims that the country’s endangered orangutan and rhino populations are increasing. Read more on E360

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Canadian Companies Tying Executive Compensation to ESG

Environment + Energy Leader

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors are increasingly being used to determine executive compensation. According to a report by Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, ESG is now incorporated into C-Suite contracts at a large number of companies across Canada. .

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Road Salt, A Stealthy Pollutant, Is Damaging Michigan Waters

Circle of Blue

This is the first story in a series of reports from the Great Lakes News Collaborative that will investigate contemporary water pollution challenges in the Great Lakes region.

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A Dangerous Disruption

Legal Planet

Last week, MIT’s “Technology Review” reported that a small startup firm is proposing to spray reflective aerosols in the stratosphere commercially as a climate corrective. Stratospheric Aerosol Injection or SAI.) The firm is small and new, operating with a claimed total of $750K of venture financing.

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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.

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2022 updates to the temperature records

Real Climate

Another January, another annual data point.

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Three Predictions for Climate Litigation in 2023

Union of Concerned Scientists

2023 is forecast to be an eventful year for climate litigation: legal actions aiming to hold polluters accountable for their role in climate change, ensure that international treaties and agreements are followed, and protect human rights that are being negatively impacted by climate change.

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Seventh Generation Zeroes In On Zero Waste, Recycling, and Sustainability

Environment + Energy Leader

Seventh Generation plans to have 100% of its products and packages biodegradable or recyclable by 2025. The post Seventh Generation Zeroes In On Zero Waste, Recycling, and Sustainability appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

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As Planet Warms, Water Risks Abound

Circle of Blue

Ahead of a high-profile UN conference, political forecasters issue water warnings. The Nile, cutting here through Cairo, is the heart of Egypt. Photo © J. Carl Ganter/Circle of Blue. By Brett Walton, Circle of Blue – January 11, 2023. Water still matters.

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Are Front Lawns Unconstitutional?

Legal Planet

Arrest That Sprinkler!! Textually, this is not difficult.

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The Home Depot Shares the Benefits of Recycling Live Christmas Trees

3BL Media

The Home Depot Shares the Benefits of Recycling Live Christmas Trees. Wed, 01/04/2023 - 10:45. Type of Content. Article. Layout. Standard Format. Originally published on Built From Scratch. Nearly 350 million Christmas trees currently grow on U.S.

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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.

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Should New Gas Stoves Be Banned?

Union of Concerned Scientists

In case you missed it, there was a firestorm last week in Washington over gas stoves. Consumer Product Safety Commissioner Richard Trumka Jr.

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In Europe’s Clean Energy Transition, Industry Turns to Heat Pumps

Yale E360

With gas prices soaring due to the Ukraine war and the EU’s push to cut emissions, European industries are increasingly switching to high-temperature, high-efficiency heat pumps. Combined with the boom in residential use, the EU is now hoping for a heat pump revolution. Read more on E360

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USGBC Announces Top 10 States for Green Building

Environment + Energy Leader

Massachusetts topped the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) ranking of U.S. states leading the way on green building, with Illinois coming in second and New York third. The post USGBC Announces Top 10 States for Green Building appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

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Federal Government Advances Big Water Projects

Circle of Blue

Congress focuses on flood protection and disaster recovery. Congress and federal agencies took action on several Mississippi River projects in major legislation that was passed during the winter holidays. Photo © J. Carl Ganter/Circle of Blue. By Brett Walton, Circle of Blue – January 17, 2023.

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Here’s a New Acronym: CBAM. You’re Going to be Seeing It a Lot.

Legal Planet

In December, the EU provisionally adopted a carbon tariff on imports. The official name is the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism, or CBAM for short. The purpose of the mechanism is that EU companies, unlike many in other countries, have to pay a price for the carbon emitted in manufacturing.

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News Flash! International Cooperation on the Environment Remains Possible

Law and Environment

In these times of much woe, it’s always noteworthy when the mainstream media reports good news. Especially when it’s good news about effective international cooperation on environmental protection issues. .

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ESG Investing Fight Is Heating up in Kentucky and Could Cost Taxpayers

Union of Concerned Scientists

The image that comes to mind when I think of fossil fuel villains is Batman’s adversary Two-Face. To be two-faced is to be deceitful, and deception is what the fossil fuel industry executives excel in.

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Sacred Groves: How the Spiritual Connection Helps Protect Nature

Yale E360

From Ethiopia’s highlands to Siberia to the Australian rainforest, there are thousands of sacred forests that have survived thanks to traditional religious and spiritual beliefs. These places, many now under threat, have ecological importance, experts say, and must be saved. Read more on E360

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Green Energy Jobs Rapidly Expanding

Environment + Energy Leader

According to International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the ILO's Renewable Energy and Jobs Annual Review 2022, the number of renewable energy jobs increased by around 700,000 globally between 2020 and 2021.

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20 Years of Severe Drought Impede Huge Developments in Southwest

Circle of Blue

20 Years of Severe Drought Impede Huge Developments in Southwest Uncertain path forward for largest development ever proposed in Arizona. By Keith Schneider. Circle of Blue. January 5, 2023. BUCKEYE, AZ.

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Sappi Partners With EcoVadis to Assess Suppliers’ Sustainability Performance

3BL Media

Sappi Partners With EcoVadis to Assess Suppliers’ Sustainability Performance. Mon, 01/09/2023 - 17:25. Subheader. Partnership Helps Benchmark and Assess the Sustainability Practices of Sappi’s Suppliers. Type of Content. Article. Layout. Standard Format.

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…In Which I Attempt To Read My Water Bill

Legal Planet

Smart Water Meter: A Secret Weapon For Climate Adaptation That Should Not Be Secret I felt at least decently about myself when I paid my water bill recently, because I was told that my usage was somewhat better than other people in my neighborhood (which is a low bar, but you take what you can get).

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Oil Companies Plan to Take the Road Already Traveled

Union of Concerned Scientists

January is here and oil and gas companies are revving their engines, preparing to boast about record-busting revenues from the year when the invasion of Ukraine fattened oil investor pockets.

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New York City Greenery Absorbing All Traffic Emissions on Many Summer Days

Yale E360

On many summer days, trees, shrubs, and grasses across the New York metro area soak up as much carbon dioxide as is generated by all cars, buses, and trucks, according to new research. Read more on E360

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Rare Earth Metals Market Expected Growth of 10.1% by 2033

Environment + Energy Leader

The market for rare earth metals is fueled by a number of growth factors, including: Rising sales of electric automobiles. Increased application in a variety of industries. The utilization of renewable energy sources is rising. The post Rare Earth Metals Market Expected Growth of 10.1%

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Federal Water Tap, January 30: Valuing Nature: White House Publishes Natural Capital Accounting Strategy

Circle of Blue

The Rundown The White House publishes a strategy for incorporating natural assets into economic accounts. A climate scientist is appointed to a White House intelligence advisory board. EPA watchdog says the agency should better track municipal efforts to control sewer overflows.

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Equity, Workplace Well-Being, ESG: Trends To Watch in 2023

3BL Media

Equity, Workplace Well-Being, ESG: Trends To Watch in 2023. Mon, 01/09/2023 - 10:00. Subheader. In a new year marked by uncertainty, healthy buildings are poised to help fuel company performance and so much more. Type of Content. Article. Layout. Standard Format. Originally Published by IWBI.

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LA’s big step toward building electrification

Legal Planet

Photo by Flickr user Kolby (license: CC BY-NC 2.0 ). The City of Los Angeles is going into the new year with a big new building-decarbonization ordinance : starting this year, nearly all new buildings in the city will have to be entirely electric.

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Confronting the Climate Crisis with Scientist Activism: the Essential Role of Rule Breakers

Union of Concerned Scientists

Our society generally agrees that in times of crisis, rules may have to be broken for vital causes by those willing to risk the consequences. But what of the climate crisis? What rules should scientists be breaking, repercussions be damned, to help solve it?

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Amazon Under Fire: The Long Struggle Against Brazil’s Land Barons

Yale E360

Journalist Heriberto Araujo spent four years reporting on the destruction of the Brazilian Amazon. In an interview with Yale Environment 360 , he talks about his new book, which explores the complex web of issues underpinning the deforestation of the world’s largest rainforest. Read more on E360

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Nestlé Pilots Recyclable Paper in Australia

Environment + Energy Leader

Nestlé, the parent company of KitKat, has announced a new pilot program to test compostable and recyclable paper packaging for their chocolate bars. The post Nestlé Pilots Recyclable Paper in Australia appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

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Federal Water Tap, January 16: EPA Warns of Water-Treatment Chemical Shortage After Illinois Factory Fire

Circle of Blue

The Rundown. A factory fire in Illinois could disrupt the national supply chain for water-treatment chemicals , the EPA says. The EPA announces $100 million in environmental justice grants. A report in a CDC journal describes the ongoing cholera outbreak in Haiti.

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How Climate Change Might Impact Cold Weather Events

3BL Media

How Climate Change Might Impact Cold Weather Events. Wed, 01/04/2023 - 13:00. Subheader. By: John A. Lanier. Type of Content. Upload up your best audio files and captions for your FMR. Ecocentricity, 1.4.23.mp3. Layout. Standard Format.

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The Year Ahead

Legal Planet

Here we are, starting another year. Last year turned out to have some major environmental developments.

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ExxonMobil Accurately Projected Rising Temperatures While Publicly Disparaging Climate Science

Union of Concerned Scientists

New research by Geoffrey Supran, Stefan Rahmstorf, and Naomi Oreskes published in Science looks at the climate projections from ExxonMobil’s internal scientific research and compares them to the observed temperature rise and to previous work analyzing the company’s deceptive statements on climate science.

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