Sat.Jun 15, 2024 - Fri.Jun 21, 2024

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Scientists Demand Citigroup End Fossil Fuel Funding

Union of Concerned Scientists

Last week, I participated in the Scientists Speakout Day during the Summer of Heat on Wall Street , to protest and disrupt the financial institutions that are enabling the fossil fuel industry (and, as a result, our current climate crisis). This campaign, which will be active all summer, demands action from Citigroup and other big banks and insurers to stop enabling fossil fuel pollution.

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Universities Gear Up to Fight Climate Change

Legal Planet

Universities have three main missions research, teaching, and public service — and all three are implicated by the climate crisis. Universities have begun to realign their institutional structures in response to these challenges. Of course, faculty and students across many campuses are already deeply engaged with climate issues. But this kind of bottom-up response needs institutional support.

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CIRCULAR REVOLUTION – UPGRADE, REPAIR, REPURPOSE

Cleannovate

It was my first experience with e-commerce and the product did not dissapoint. I had just received a Google Chrome notebook which costed less than you can imagine. It could flip over and convert into a tablet and had a touch screen besides other functionalities.

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Pluto and the largest moon of Neptune might be siblings

New Scientist

The chemical composition of Pluto and Triton suggests they originated in the same region of the outer solar system before the latter was pulled into Neptune’s orbit

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The Key to Sustainable Energy Optimization: A Data-Driven Approach for Manufacturing

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. 📊 Join us for a practical webinar hosted by Kevin Kai Wong of Emergent Ene

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Sea Level Rise is Already Threatening Communities

Union of Concerned Scientists

In an era when massive heat domes blanket large swaths of continents for days, wildfires burn through areas the size of small countries, and hurricanes regularly push the limits of what we once thought possible, sea level rise can seem like extreme weather’s low-key cousin. But with estimates suggesting that sea level rise will affect more than one billion people around the world in the next 25 years, this is one member of the dysfunctional climate change family that shouldn’t be ignored.

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Converting Offices to Apartments Gives Empty Buildings a New Lease on Life

Scientific American

Employees are working remotely, and office buildings are standing empty, inspiring some cities to work through the challenges of converting these structures into new apartments

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Farmland near Chernobyl nuclear reactor is finally safe to use again

New Scientist

Radiation surveys suggest that it is now safe to grow food on farmland that has been unused since the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, but changing its status would face local opposition in Ukraine

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Hydrogen and “Renewable” Gas Aren’t Realistic Solutions for Decarbonizing Maine’s Buildings

Union of Concerned Scientists

Last month, the Maine legislature ended their session without formally enacting several pieces of environmental legislation, allowing the bills to die. This included a bill that would have started a statewide conversation about the diminished role fossil fuels should play in Maine’s energy system as the state strives to meet its climate and clean energy commitments.

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0524--cumulative

Scientific American

The advent of “cumulative culture”—teaching others and passing down that knowledge—may have reached an inflection point around the time Neandertals and modern humans split from a common ancestor

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Billions of Gallons of Freshwater Are Dumped at Florida’s Coasts. Environmentalists Want That Water in the Everglades

Inside Climate News

Environmental groups want to use engineered wetlands to help replenish the river of grass and address toxic algae. The state’s politically powerful sugar growers say those wetlands are for their own polluted water. By Amy Green Scattered between the vast sugar cane and vegetable fields of Florida’s heartland and the fragile marshes of the Everglades are a series of wetlands, resembling nature but hardly natural, that together represent the largest experiment of its kind in the world.

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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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We finally know why some people seem immune to catching covid-19

New Scientist

Unique cell responses mean some people may be immune to catching the coronavirus, even if they are unvaccinated

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STATEMENT: Pathways Alliance Scrubbing its Web and Social Media Presence in Response to Bill C-59

Enviromental Defense

Statement by Emilia Belliveau, Energy Transition Program Manager Montréal/Tiohtià:ke | Traditional, unceded lands of the Kanien’kehá:ka/Mohawk Nation, a gathering place for many First Nations, including the Anishinaabeg – Late last night, the Pathways Alliance scrubbed its website and social media in response to the passage of Bill C-59. This bill includes measures that help the Competition Bureau crack down on greenwashing by requiring companies to back up their environmental claims with solid

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The Physics of Breakdancing, a New Olympic Sport

Scientific American

Breakdancing will hit the global stage at the 2024 Summer Olympic Games in Paris, and this physicist is excited to break down the science

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Will the Lightning Bug Show Go On?

Inside Climate News

Climate change poses a more serious threat to firefly populations than previously thought, researchers have found. By Kiley Bense Every year in late June, Peggy Butler and her husband, Ken, welcome visitors to rural northwestern Pennsylvania for the chance to glimpse the rare and beguiling Photinus carolinus. This firefly species flashes synchronously, creating dazzling spectacles of light.

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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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Is an old NASA probe about to redraw the frontier of the solar system?

New Scientist

The New Horizons mission to Pluto, now zooming out of the Kuiper belt, has made a discovery that could upend what we know about where the solar system ends

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NYC Proposes Bill to Shift Cost of Lead Pipe Replacement to Property Owners

NRDC

The New York City Council has proposed a controversial new bill that would require property owners to take on the task and expense of replacing all of their building’s lead water service lines within the next ten years, costing them thousands.

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Joro Spiders Are No Big Deal, and Starlink Satellites Threaten the Ozone Layer

Scientific American

Sweltering heat in Greece, ozone-damaging chemicals on the decline and an investigation of what space does to our body are all in this week’s news roundup.

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Western PA Conservancy Protects 250 Acres To Safeguard Forestland, Water Quality In The French Creek Watershed, Venango County

PA Environment Daily

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy recently announced the permanent protection of 250 forested acres along Deer Creek Road in Frenchcreek Township, Venango County, that will soon be open to the public as a new nature preserve. This property, now known as French Creek Hemlocks Natural Area, is a mix of forest and wetlands, and has more than one mile of frontage on French Creek.

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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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Shipping companies are testing biofuel made from cashew nut shells

New Scientist

Cashew nut shells are a source of low-emissions biofuel, which is being tested in several ships, but it is unlikely there will be enough to make much of a dent in the industry’s emissions

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Statement: Environmental Defence celebrates the federal government’s adoption of Bill C-50, the Sustainable Jobs Act

Enviromental Defense

Statement by Aliénor Rougeot, Climate and Energy Program Manager Toronto | Traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishinaabeg, the Haudenosaunee, and the Wendat – We’re pleased that Canada is embracing the opportunities of a low-carbon future by passing the Sustainable Jobs Act , Bill C-50. Thanks to this bill, workers and communities impacted by the energy transition will be given the tools they need to succeed in the green economy.

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We Should Engineer Better Learning in Our Schools

Scientific American

Students should learn about both the natural world and human-made—or engineered—one we live in

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PUC Offers Smart Tips To Stay Cool, Save Energy And Lower Your Energy Bills

PA Environment Daily

On June 17, as millions of Pennsylvanians experience a surge in hot weather, and the official start of summer arrives later this week, the Public Utility Commission urged consumers to explore simple #WaysToStayCool and #WaysToSave – helping to conserve energy and keep summer power bills manageable. #WaysToStayCool Tip: Circulating air with a fan can help you feel up to 4 degrees cooler, without needing to lower your thermostat.

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Chemists invoke bizarre Maxwell's demon on the largest scale yet

New Scientist

A 19th-century thought experiment that was once thought to defy the laws of thermodynamics has now been realised to make molecules accumulate on one side of a U-bend

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New Research Finds Most of the World’s Largest Marine Protected Areas Have Inadequate Protections

Inside Climate News

In a setback to efforts to conserve 30 percent of the ocean by 2030, a third of the world’s largest MPAs allow destructive practices like mining and commercial fishing, while others are “paper parks” with no formal conservation measures. By Bing Lin Many existing marine protected areas might be something like screen doors on a submarine, at least as far as their impact on ocean conservation.

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Summers Are Hotter than Ever and Are Only Going to Get Worse

Scientific American

The face of summer is transforming, as people today face more frequent, longer-lasting and hotter heat waves than they did several decades ago

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PUC: Act 13 Drilling Impact Fee Revenue Drops $100 Million From Last Year’s Record To $179.6 Million, Even Though Gas Production Increased In 2023

PA Environment Daily

On June 18, the Public Utility Commission reported calendar year 2023 revenue from the Act 13 drilling impact fee dropped $99.2 million to $179,634,750 from last year's record $278,881,450 assessed on unconventional shale gas wells even though natural gas production went up in 2023. The more numerous conventional oil and gas well owners pay no fee. County and municipal governments directly affected by drilling will receive a total of $100,302,825 for the 2023 reporting year.

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Saturn's moon Titan is experiencing coastal erosion from methane seas

New Scientist

Saturn’s moon Titan has coastlines matching ones on Earth that have been carved by waves, hinting that Titan’s hydrocarbon seas and lakes also has them

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Out of Site, Out of Mind? New Study Finds Missing Apex Predators Are Too Often Neglected in Ecological Research

Inside Climate News

Using gray wolves in the American West as a case study, new research shows scientists often fail to recognize the “shifting ecological baseline” regarding apex predators in their work. By Bing Lin Change the world slowly enough, and even scientists can turn into something like the proverbial frogs in a saucepan, unaware that they are gradually starting to boil.

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China Has Plans for the World’s Largest Particle Collider

Scientific American

China wants to build a next-generation particle collider that would be cheaper and more powerful than Europe’s planned successor to the Large Hadron Collider

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DEP To Hold July 2 Virtual Hearing On PA General Energy Project To Construct 3.7 Miles Of Shale Gas, Water Pipelines Thru Exceptional Value, High Quality, Wild Trout Streams In Lycoming County

PA Environment Daily

The Department of Environmental Protection will hold a July 2 virtual public hearing starting at 6:00 p.m. on a PA General Energy project to construct a 12-inch shale gas and two 8-inch water pipelines through Cummings and McHenry Townships in Lycoming County. The project would build the pipelines within a 30-foot wide permanent right-of-way and a temporary right-of-way that varies in width.

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Driverless cars are mostly safer than humans – but worse at turns

New Scientist

Driverless cars seem to have fewer accidents than human drivers under routine conditions, but higher crash risks when turning or in dim light – although researchers say more accident data is necessary

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Eleventh & Ninth Circuits Issue Decisions in Glyphosate Lawsuits

National Law Center

The last several months have seen numerous developments in the on-going litigation filed by plaintiffs who claim that glyphosate-based pesticide products. The post Eleventh & Ninth Circuits Issue Decisions in Glyphosate Lawsuits appeared first on National Agricultural Law Center.

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We Already Know the Dangers of Nukes in Space

Scientific American

A nuclear explosion in space would cause stunning auroras—and wreak havoc on satellites and space stations.

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