June, 2022

5 Powerful Facts for Global Wind Day

Union of Concerned Scientists

We at the Union of Concerned Scientists think a lot about wind power. In honor of Global Wind Day , here’s a roundup of what we’re seeing and what we’ve been thinking—five facts about wind energy to keep in mind as you celebrate, or at least make note, on June 15.

Deep learning identifies head-on collisions in LHC data

Physics World

Deep learning could hold the key to making sense of proton collisions generated in the world’s premier particle accelerator.

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Guitarfish Rock–Here’s Why

Ocean Conservancy

Here at Ocean Conservancy, we think that all marine wildlife rock. But there’s one animal in particular that I’ve been a superfan of ever since I laid eyes on it: the guitarfish.

Bitcoin’s Intensive Energy Demands Are Sparking a Crypto Backlash

Yale E360

The enormous energy demands of Bitcoin mining are prompting some U.S. municipalities to impose moratoriums or outright bans on cryptocurrency facilities. Bitcoin mining activity, critics warn, is leading to electricity price hikes and a revival of dirtier sources of power. Read more on E360

Guest Post: Climate Litigation in Japan: Citizens’ Attempts for the Coal Phase-Out

Law Columbia

By Yumeno Grace Nishikawa, LLM*. The Supreme Court of Japan may soon weigh in on a growing field of climate litigation in Japan against coal-fired power plants.

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As Animals Migrate Because of Climate Change, Thousands of New Viruses Will Hop From Wildlife to Humans—and Mitigation Won’t Stop Them

Inside Climate News

“We can’t put this one back in the bottle,” said the researcher behind a recent study about the spread of zoonotic diseases. By Victoria St. Martin Long before the world had ever heard of Covid-19, Colin J.

Biden Administration Moves to Unblock Solar Power

Union of Concerned Scientists

For months, the US solar industry has been frozen by a pending trade case and the uncertainty it has brought. A new move by the Biden administration proposes to fix that. The solar trade case.

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A Beautiful Day for Bumblefish?

Legal Planet

A California appeals court ruled last week that bumblebees are fish and are therefore protected by the California Endangered Species Act (CESA). That may sound ridiculous, but there’s actually a convoluted legal argument to support the court.

The Vanishing Rio Grande: Warming Takes a Toll on a Legendary River

Yale E360

The Rio Grande, which flows out of the Rockies and later forms the U.S.-Mexico Mexico border, has long been impacted by withdrawals for agriculture and other uses. Now, rising temperatures and an unprecedented drought pose a grave and growing peril to the river and its ecosystems. Read more on E360

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Honeywell System Continuously Monitors Building Energy Use

Environment + Energy Leader

A smart system manages energy use and carbon emissions in buildings down to the device. The post Honeywell System Continuously Monitors Building Energy Use appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader. Energy Management Environmental Management Plants & Buildings Smart Buildings

Pipeline Prevails Over Governmental Entity in Condemnation Dispute

Energy & the Law

Author Ethan Wood. A pipeline company condemning property of a governmental entity? That’s something you don’t see every day. Score a win for “big pipe” against “big government”. In Harris County Fresh Water Supply District No.

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We’re Naming Summer “Danger Season” in the US. Here’s Why.

Union of Concerned Scientists

Every year, as the calendar flips from May to June, I feel a sense of dread sink into my chest. By June 1 each year, the West’s rainy season is long over, hurricane season is likely to have kicked off, and the grim annual parade of heatwaves has begun.

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Gravitational waves from merging black-hole ‘atom’ could reveal new particles

Physics World

Evidence for a new type of subatomic particle could be lurking within the gravitational waves produced by some merging black holes, according to calculations by physicists in the US and the Netherlands.

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It is not transformation if nothing changes

Frontier Sin

A Frontiers white paper on the impact of transformative agreements in the transition to open access publishing. The substantial benefits of open access (OA) publishing are within our reach, but legacy publishers are employing commercial tactics to delay the necessary transition.

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Solution or Band-Aid? Carbon Capture Projects Are Moving Ahead

Yale E360

Long discussed but rarely used, carbon capture and storage projects — which bury waste CO2 underground — are on the rise globally. Some analysts see the technology as a necessary tool in reducing emissions, but others say it simply perpetuates the burning of fossil fuels. Read more on E360

Princeton, Google, GE, ClearPath Lead Coalition Advancing Clean Energy Tech

Environment + Energy Leader

A new research group led by Princeton University aims to grow clean energy technologies. The post Princeton, Google, GE, ClearPath Lead Coalition Advancing Clean Energy Tech appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

Canada’s banks and pension funds are financing a climate disaster

Eco Justice

The dark money behind fossil fuels Climate change is an existential threat to the future of humanity and all life on earth. But there is a clear solution to averting. Read more. The post Canada’s banks and pension funds are financing a climate disaster appeared first on Ecojustice. Climate

The Overturning of Roe V. Wade and When We Stop Governing with Facts

Union of Concerned Scientists

Despite being born in the 80’s in New York, as a Jew and the daughter of a German mother born in 1943, I grew up in the shadow of World War II and the destructive power that humanity is capable of.

Continuous Bose–Einstein condensate opens the door to continuous-wave atom lasers

Physics World

A continuous Bose–Einstein condensate (BEC) has been produced by researchers in the Netherlands. Claimed as a first, the achievement has been sought for years and could lead to continuous-wave atom lasers and a more fundamental understanding of the physics of condensed matter.

Texas Supreme Court Reverses Judgment Because of Lack of Written Notice

Energy & the Law

If you administer or advise on master service agreements, or for that matter any other contract that requires written notice, this post by my Gray Reed partner Joe Virene is essential reading: Texas Supreme Court: Actual Notice Does Not Satisfy Written Notice Requirement.

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Chart of the WeekDollar Dominance and the Rise of Nontraditional Reserve Currencies

IMFBlog

By Serkan Arslanalp , Barry Eichengreen and Chima Simpson-Bell. The US dollar has long played an outsized role in global markets. It continues to do so even as the American economy has been producing a shrinking share of global output over the last two decades.

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Accenture: 93% of Companies Haven’t Integrated Tech and Sustainability to Meet ESG Goals

Environment + Energy Leader

While companies see clear value in having an integrated strategy, they cite a lack of solutions and standards (40%), complexity (33%), and lack of awareness of unintended consequences of technology (20%) as barriers to reaching their goals.

In An Unusual Step, a Top Medical Journal Weighs in on Climate Change

Inside Climate News

The New England Journal of Medicine kicks off a series of articles Thursday with an examination of the effects of air pollution on children’s health. By Victoria St.

Reducing Gun Violence: What Role for the CDC?

Union of Concerned Scientists

With another horrific spate of mass shootings in the United States, fueled as they too often are by racism and hate, the nation’s attention has once again turned to asking ourselves and our policymakers how to reduce gun violence in our society.

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Weather satellite sheds light on ‘Great Dimming’ of Betelgeuse star

Physics World

A weather satellite has helped explain why the red supergiant star Betelgeuse experienced an unprecedented dimming in 2019–20.

What Happens If Glen Canyon Dam’s Power Shuts Off?

Circle of Blue

Lake Powell is drying behind one of the Southwest’s largest hydropower plants. Glen Canyon Dam forms the massive reservoir of Lake Powell.

Chile Adopts New Climate Change Framework Law: A Paradigm Shift

Law Columbia

By Robert Currie Ríos*. On June 13, 2022, Chile published its Climate Change Framework Law (“the Climate Act”). The Climate Act includes a binding goal of net zero emissions by 2050 at the latest, following the recommendations of the IPCC.

Long-Term Industrial Improvements Must Come from Ingrained Sustainability Efforts

Environment + Energy Leader

Industry needs to make deeper commitments to sustainability improvements for long-range successes, according to a report. The post Long-Term Industrial Improvements Must Come from Ingrained Sustainability Efforts appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

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Pollen and Heat: A Looming Challenge for Global Agriculture

Yale E360

Farmers and scientists are increasingly observing that unusually high springtime temperatures can kill pollen and interfere with the fertilization of crops. Researchers are now searching for ways to help pollen beat the heat, including developing more heat-tolerant varieties. Read more on E360

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Ask a Scientist: How to Disarm Disinformation

Union of Concerned Scientists

Our society is awash in disinformation. Lies about vaccines. Lies about the last election. Lies about climate change. There are just too many examples to mention. It’s infuriating, to be sure. But more than that, it’s dangerous—to public health, to democracy, to the country, and to the planet.

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Polariton condensation emerges from a bound state in the continuum

Physics World

A bound state in the continuum (BIC) is a symmetry-protected topological state that, despite lying in the continuum radiation spectrum of a system, is unable to radiate in the far field.

Royalty Obligations on Free-Use Gas Redux

Energy & the Law

Co-author Brittany Blakey. Recall our recent post on Carl v. Hilcorp Energy Company from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas discussing the lessee’s royalty obligations on gas used off the premises in a market-value lease. See now, Fitzgerald v.

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Bank of America Purchasing RECs to Power Operations

Environmental Leader

An agreement to purchase renewable energy certificates is expected to help Bank of America power a significant piece of its operations. The post Bank of America Purchasing RECs to Power Operations appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

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ExxonMobil Becomes a Partner of Houston’s Ion Hub

Environment + Energy Leader

ExxonMobil has joined as a Founding Partner of Houston's innovation hub, The Ion, to curate programming to advance the energy transition. The post ExxonMobil Becomes a Partner of Houston’s Ion Hub appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

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How Russia’s War Is Putting Green Tech Progress in Jeopardy

Yale E360

The European Union relies heavily on Russia to supply nickel and other metals for electric vehicle batteries and other renewable technologies. War-related price increases and shortages of these metals could hinder Europe’s drive to sharply cut emissions by 2030 and beyond. Read more on E360

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Lingering Climate Injustice in Bowling Green, KY

Union of Concerned Scientists

Francisco Serrano lost his childhood home in December. He recalls the moment when “dark, soulless skies spawned a demon-like tornado” in Bowling Green, Kentucky, that changed life as he knew it.

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Climate change affects cherry blossoms, satisfying sizzle gives cooking temperature

Physics World

Around the world from Kyoto to Washington DC, people enjoy the blossoming of cherry trees as a rite of spring. In some places – notably Japan and South Korea – blossom festivals are vital for local economies, so it is important that organizers get their timings right.