April, 2024

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Four Reasons You Should Care about California Snow

Union of Concerned Scientists

Last week, I visited Yosemite National Park and walked along a gorgeous trail surrounded by snow-blanketed sequoia trees. Beyond the horizon of pine trees to the south lies the Sierra National Forest, and beyond the rocky horizon to the north lies the Stanislaus National Forest. Further beyond these national forests lies the rest of the expansive Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, spanning 400 miles.

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Early humans spread as far north as Siberia 400,000 years ago

New Scientist

A site in Siberia has evidence of human presence 417,000 years ago, raising the possibility that hominins could have reached North America much earlier than we thought

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Experts at Environmental Defence React to Canada’s Federal Budget

Enviromental Defense

Toronto | Traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishinaabeg, the Haudenosaunee, and the Wendat. Keith Brooks, Programs Director: “This budget is intended to be geared towards younger generations, but it fails to deal with a major source of anxiety for young people by offering little to address climate change. Young people will bear the brunt of the impacts of the climate crisis.

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A Random Influx of DNA from a Virus Helped Vertebrates Become So Stunningly Successful

Scientific American

Insertion of genetic material from a virus into the genome of a vertebrate ancestor enabled the lightning-quick electrical impulses that give animals with backbones their smarts

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Manufacturing Sustainability Surge: Your Guide to Data-Driven Energy Optimization & Decarbonization

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.

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The Transformation of European Climate Change Litigation: Introduction to the Blog Symposium

Law Columbia

In a transformative moment for European and global climate litigation, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) ruled today that the state has a positive duty to adopt, and effectively implement in practice, regulations and measures capable of mitigating the existing and potentially irreversible future effects of climate change. In Verein KlimaSeniorinnen Schweiz and Others v.

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Earth Day Book Review 2024

Cool Green Science

Our selections this year show how the nature writing genre continues to evolve and surprise. The post Earth Day Book Review 2024 appeared first on Cool Green Science.

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Ancient marine reptile found on UK beach may be the largest ever

New Scientist

The jawbone of an ichthyosaur uncovered in south-west England has been identified as a new species, and researchers estimate that the whole animal was 20 to 25 metres long

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Statement: House Motion Demanding Action on Toxic “Forever Chemicals” Applauded by Environmentalists, Firefighters, and Northern Indigenous Health Experts

Enviromental Defense

MP Laurel Collins’s motion seeks to get PFAS out of firefighter gear and other consumer products Ottawa | Traditional, unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabeg People – Today, environmentalists, firefighters, and northern Indigenous health experts are supporting the House Private Member’s motion for fast-tracked and comprehensive federal action on toxic per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances, also known as PFAS, or “forever chemicals.

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Peter Higgs, a Giant of Particle Physics, Dies at 94

Scientific American

The Nobel Prize-winning theorist’s prediction of the Higgs boson sparked a half-century quest of discovery that reshaped physics—and our understanding of the universe

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A Highway in Indiana Could One Day Charge Your EV While You’re Driving It

Inside Climate News

Construction of the pilot project on U.S. Highway 52 began this month. State officials hope it can help quell range anxiety and electrify long-haul trucks. By Kristoffer Tigue Blake Dollier spoke excitedly as he watched the construction crews pulverize concrete along a quarter-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 52 where it passes through West Lafayette, Indiana.

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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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This Bird Is Evolving Right in Front of Us

PBS Nature

In the early 2000s, an invasive snail species took over these Florida wetlands. These invasive snails were too big for many of Florida's snail kites to consume so many birds vanished. But ten years later, these birds made an unbelievable recovery.

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Southeast at a Crossroads: Bad Gas Bet or Clean Energy Boon?

NRDC

The Southeast is facing a spike in electric load growth projections. Utilities are proposing a massive gas buildout to meet it—we can do better.

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Geoengineering could save the ice sheets – but only if we start soon

New Scientist

Shading the planet by spraying aerosols into the stratosphere might stave off ice sheet collapse, modelling studies suggest, but we are running out of time

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Highway 413 is Still Going Nowhere

Enviromental Defense

You’ve probably seen Highway 413 in the news quite a bit lately. Last month, instead of standing up for Ontario’s environment, the federal government made a deal with Premier Ford. Together, they filed documents to cancel the federal government’s current environmental assessment. So, what does this mean? Is Ontario getting ready to bulldoze their way through farmland, wetlands and the Greenbelt?

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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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Climate Action Is a Legal Obligation, European Court Rules

Scientific American

The European Court of Human Rights found that climate change is a human rights issue, providing a blueprint for Europeans to force their governments to tackle rising temperatures

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NOAA Declares a Global Coral Bleaching Event in 2023

Inside Climate News

Scientists warn that the die off hit previously unaffected areas and more resilient species. Reef declines are leaving coastal communities increasingly vulnerable to storm surges. By Bob Berwyn From shallow-water reefs in the Red Sea to graceful gorgonian species in the Caribbean and the rugged branching corals that form the structure of the Great Barrier Reef, the past year brought bleaching, decline and death to coral reefs around the world.

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Rebutting 33 False Claims About Solar, Wind, and Electric Vehicles

Law Columbia

Achieving the United States’ ambitious emissions reduction goals depends in large part on the rapid adoption of wind and solar energy and the electrification of consumer vehicles. However, misinformation and coordinated disinformation about renewable energy is widespread and threatens to undermine public support for the transition. In a new report , the Sabin Center identifies and examines 33 of the most pervasive false claims about solar energy, wind energy, and electric vehicles, with the aim

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EPA Announces Awards for a National Clean Energy Finance Network

NRDC

The GGRF will direct long-overdue funding to projects that reduce pollution, lower energy costs for families across the United States, and create good-quality jobs – all while catalyzing an unprecedented wave of private sector investment.

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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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A surprisingly enormous black hole has been found in our galaxy

New Scientist

A black hole 33 times the mass of the sun is the largest stellar black hole ever spotted, and its strange companion star could help explain how it got so huge

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Statement: Alberta’s Water-Sharing Agreement Must Acknowledge Climate Change

Enviromental Defense

Statement from Stephen Legault, Senior Manager, Alberta Energy Transition Canmore | Traditional territories of the Treaty 7 Nations – We are glad to see the Alberta government taking steps to address the province’s water crisis, but the Minister of Environment and Parks Rebecca Shultz has failed to acknowledge the root cause of this drought, which is climate change.

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Colon Cancer Linked to Mouth Bacteria

Scientific American

Genomic research of Fusobacterium nucleatum isolated from colon cancer tumors may help researchers develop future screening tests and cancer vaccines

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Zambians Feel the Personal Consequences of Climate Change—and Dream of a Sustainable Future

Inside Climate News

Zambia, like its southern African neighbors, depends on rain for its food, energy and economy. But it hasn’t gotten enough this year, and likely won’t in the future, a victim of a climate crisis it didn’t cause. By Georgina Gustin CHONGWE, Zambia—Benson Chipungu sits in a leather armchair and reaches for the remote to switch off the news. Pieces of fabric hang over the windows, darkening the room against the heat.

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Guest Essay: Claims That Only Thermal Energy Resources Can Ensure Electric Grid Reliability Don’t Pass The Laugh Test

PA Environment Daily

By John Quigley, Kleinman Center For Energy Policy , University of Pennsylvania The challenge of decarbonizing the electricity grid while ensuring its reliability is acute in Pennsylvania. So is the level of misdirection in the policy debate. The Commonwealth is the nation’s third-largest electricity producer , and exports more of it than any other state.

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Flint Water Crisis: Everything You Need to Know

NRDC

After officials repeatedly dismissed claims that Flint’s water was making people sick, residents took action. Here’s how the lead contamination crisis unfolded—and what we can learn from it.

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We finally know why Stephen Hawking's black hole equation works

New Scientist

Stephen Hawking and Jacob Bekenstein calculated the entropy of a black hole in the 1970s, but it took physicists until now to figure out the quantum effects that make the formula work

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TAXPAYER DOLLARS SHOULD NOT BE FUELING CLIMATE POLLUTION

Enviromental Defense

Paying taxes helps governments to fund the services we all depend on, like education, healthcare and funding programs to tackle the climate crisis. Taxes also allow the federal government to provide subsidies to support a specific industry, like sports or culture, or to achieve a desired social outcome. However, for decades governments have also provided oil and gas companies with significant subsidies and other types of financial support.

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COVID Vaccination during Pregnancy Protects Newborn Babies

Scientific American

Studies show that vaccination against COVID during pregnancy provides a powerful safeguard for vulnerable infants too young to receive the vaccine on their own

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Restoring Landscapes: Knowledge Exchange Visit in the Cairngorms

The Applied Ecologist

In this series, we are promoting knowledge exchange in restoration around the world: from success to failures and anything in between! In this post Taylor Shaw from the Endangered Landscapes and Seascapes Programme shares their experience attending a Knowledge Exchange Visit hosted by Cairngorms Connect in Scotland, where restoration practitioners from across Europe met to discuss how science can support their work.

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Act 14: Little Known State Law Gives Municipalities, Counties First Chance To Comment On DEP Permits Before Applications Are Submitted; Critical First Step In Public Involvement

PA Environment Daily

Many communities and citizens are not aware that a state law passed in 1984 gives them the first chance to comment on Department of Environmental Protection permit applications even before they are submitted to the agency. Act 14 requires applicants to submit notices to municipalities and counties for air quality, water obstruction (Chapter 105), any water quality permit issued under the Cleans Streams Law (including Chapter 102, stormwater, NPDES), any solid waste and hazardous waste, land recy

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Historic and Unprecedented: The ECtHR Upholds Positive Human Rights Obligations to Mitigate Climate Change

Law Columbia

The three much-awaited judgments issued by the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) on April 9, 2024 are truly historic and unprecedented. In Verein Klimaseniorinnen Schweiz and Others v. Switzerland , the Grand Chamber established that climate change is “one of the most pressing issues of our times” and poses a threat to human rights. With this ruling, the Court confirmed that States have a positive obligation to adopt measures to mitigate climate change under Article 8 of the ECHR, the right

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A new understanding of tinnitus and deafness could help reverse both

New Scientist

Investigations of the paradoxical link between tinnitus and hearing loss have revealed a hidden form of deafness, paving the way to possible new treatments

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We Must Stop the Campellville Quarry

Enviromental Defense

This is a guest blog by George Minakakis, Chair of ACTION Milton and Campbellville resident. In the heart of Milton, a looming threat endangers the very essence of community life. The proposed Reid Road Reservoir Quarry is more than just a local issue – it’s a call to protect our fundamental right to clean drinking water, fresh air, and a safe living environment.

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Why We Believe the Myth of High Crime Rates

Scientific American

The crime issue, a focus of the 2024 presidential election, is sometimes rooted in the misplaced fears of people who live in some of the safest places

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