2022

It’s About Damn Time to Have a Black Woman on the US Supreme Court

Union of Concerned Scientists

At President Biden’s first State of the Union address, he can tout a historic promise he kept from the campaign trail in 2020: his nomination of Ketanji Brown Jackson to become the 116th Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court.

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Netherlands invests €1.1bn in the photonic-chip industry

Physics World

The Dutch photonic chip industry has been boosted with €1.1bn of public and private investment.

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For Gen Z, Climate Change Is a Heavy Emotional Burden

Yale E360

Britt Wray is a leading researcher on the mental health impact of climate change. In an e360 interview, she talks about the rise of climate anxiety in young people, how social media exacerbates this trend, and why distress about the climate crisis can spur positive change. Read more on E360

Meet the Blue Dragon

Ocean Conservancy

Earlier this month a man in Texas took a video of a curious creature he found on the beach. Not knowing what it was, he took a video and uploaded it to Reddit where it was immediately identified as a cute but venomous creature: Glaucus atlanticus.

War Dims Global Economic Outlook as Inflation Accelerates

IMFBlog

By Pierre-Olivier Gourinchas. The effects of the war will propagate far and wide, adding to price pressures and exacerbating significant policy challenges. Global economic prospects have been severely set back, largely because of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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Blurring the Lines Between Art and Activism ????

Circle of Blue

Greg Mort painting “Circle of Blue” in 2007. Photo © Greg and Nadine Mort. Greg Mort didn’t intend to devote his career as an artist to the preservation of the environment. Indeed, his art has always reflected his fascination with science.

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Artificial Intelligence Could Help Save Trillions in Clean Energy Transitions

Environment + Energy Leader

A reports shows how combining artificial intelligence systems with the clean energy transition might save investors trillions of dollars beyond 2050. The post Artificial Intelligence Could Help Save Trillions in Clean Energy Transitions appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

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A replay of life: What happens in our brain when we die?

Frontier Sin

By Maryam Clark, science writer. Image: Okrasiuk/Shutterstock.com. Neuroscientists have recorded the activity of a dying human brain and discovered rhythmic brain wave patterns around the time of death that are similar to those occurring during dreaming, memory recall, and meditation.

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The Mysteries of the Ponderosa Pine

Cool Green Science

Take a look at the ponderosa pine and the many creatures that rely on it. The post The Mysteries of the Ponderosa Pine appeared first on Cool Green Science. From the Field Forests Traveling Naturalist Wildlife

Another dot on the graphs (Part II)

Real Climate

We have now updated the model-observations comparison page for the 2021 SAT and MSU TMT datasets. Mostly this is just ‘another dot on the graphs’ but we have made a couple of updates of note. First, we have updated the observational products to their latest versions (i.e.

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A 100% Renewable Energy Future is Possible, and We Need It

Union of Concerned Scientists

We’re living in a time of high volatility in the price of gas that has hit close to all sectors of our economy. We’re also living in a time plagued with costly ”this is not normal” weather events.

Far-UVC light zaps airborne pathogens in realistic conditions

Physics World

Far ultraviolet-C light can reduce the level of airborne microbes in a room by more than 92%, according to a new study by researchers in the UK and the US.

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As Conflict Persists, Gold Mining Boom Is Ravaging Myanmar

Yale E360

With a military junta retaking power last year, a gold rush is increasingly despoiling rivers in the Myanmar state of Kachin, polluting water with mercury, destroying riverbanks and farmland, and disrupting the traditional way of life of the region’s ethnic groups. Read more on E360

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11 Must-Read Ocean Books in 2022

Ocean Conservancy

The summer will be here before we know it! With warmer weather comes more time spent outside enjoying longer, sun-drenched days with peaceful breezes. One of my favorite places to experience summer moments like these is (surprise!) anywhere near the water, especially the ocean.

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How War in Ukraine Is Reverberating Across World’s Regions

IMFBlog

By Alfred Kammer , Jihad Azour , Abebe Aemro Selassie , IIan Goldfajn and Changyong Rhee. The conflict is a major blow to the global economy that will hurt growth and raise prices.

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Is Agrochemical Contamination Killing Nebraska’s Children?

Circle of Blue

Is Agrochemical Contamination Killing Nebraska’s Children? The harrowing trail of toxic nutrients in farm country water. By Brett Walton, Circle of Blue – February 2, 2022. Photography and videography by J. Carl Ganter. AURORA, Neb.

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WASTE(D) ENERGY

Cleannovate

Waste(d) energy are thoughts about using waste around us to provide us with one of our basic needs…energy. The Space. Though energy from waste looks inspiring, it takes more than just ideas to make it work. Perhaps the best place to start is understanding what benefit each type of waste brings to the table. ROTTING MATTER. Though organic or rotting matter constitutes a huge chunk of domestic and agricultural waste, diverse methods could be applied in drawing energy out of it. PYROLYSIS.

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Ocean Warming Doubles Odds for Extreme Atlantic Hurricane Seasons

Inside Climate News

New research shows vulnerable communities need to prepare for more years like 2017-2020, with devastating storms like Harvey, Irma, Maria and Laura.

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Eating vegetables does not protect against cardiovascular disease, finds large-scale study

Frontier Sin

By Mischa Dijkstra, Frontiers science writer. A long-term ‘UK Biobank’ study on almost 400,000 people finds little or no evidence that differences in the amount of consumed cooked or uncooked vegetables affects the risk of cardiovascular disease.

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Leadership Blog Part 16: Remain Intimate

NAEP Leadership Blog

“I want to tell you what the forestswere like – I will have to speakin a forgotten language.” --W.S. Merwin Becoming human is the most honorable task of our lives. Our family, friends and our selves benefit as we grow.

How T-Mobile Became the First Wireless Company to Achieve 100% Renewable Energy

Environment + Energy Leader

The company met its RE100 goal through a combination of renewable energy investments that support the company’s efforts to mobilize for a thriving planet. The post How T-Mobile Became the First Wireless Company to Achieve 100% Renewable Energy appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

Causes and Consequences of Epic Western US Drought

Union of Concerned Scientists

Climate change is a big factor. Climate Change Science Communication climate change impacts Drought San Joaquin Valley Sustainable Groundwater Management Act

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Undersea muon detectors monitor variations in water depth

Physics World

Under the sea: several of the muon detectors in the Tokyo Bay Aqua-Line tunnel. Courtesy: Tanaka et al / Scientific Reports ). An array of undersea muon detectors that monitors variations in water depth has been created by an international team of researchers.

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Beyond Magical Thinking: Time to Get Real on Climate Change

Yale E360

Despite decades of studies and climate summits, greenhouse gas emissions continue to soar. Energy scientist Vaclav Smil says it’s time to stop ricocheting between apocalyptic forecasts and rosy models of rapid CO2 cuts and focus on the difficult task of remaking our energy system. Read more on E360

All About Krill

Ocean Conservancy

Until recently, my knowledge of krill has been limited to the fact that they’re the primary diet for some of the more charismatic ocean critters like penguins, seals and baleen whales. But these tiny planktonic crustaceans are so much more than just whale food!

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Emerging Economies Must Prepare for Fed Policy Tightening

IMFBlog

By Stephan Danninger , Kenneth Kang and Hélène Poirson. Policymakers may need to react by pulling multiple policy levers, depending on Fed actions and their own challenges at home.

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IPCC Climate Report: Six Key Findings for Water

Circle of Blue

Scientific body warns of ‘rapidly closing window’ for action. A woman reaches for a hose from a water tanker in Rajasthan, India. Temperatures on this day in July 2016 exceeded 110 degrees Fahrenheit. Photo © J. Carl Ganter/Circle of Blue. By Brett Walton, Circle of Blue – March 1, 2022.

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Another dot on the graph

Real Climate

So last week was the annual release of the temperature records from NASA, NOAA and Berkeley Earth. The Copernicus ERA5 data was released a few days ago, and the HadCRUT data will follow soon.

Florida’s Red Tides Are Getting Worse and May Be Hard to Control Because of Climate Change

Inside Climate News

A task force appointed by Gov. Ron DeSantis is calling for research and investment in mitigation. Environmentalists say the real fix is cracking down on polluters. By Aman Azhar A task force appointed by Florida Gov.

This sustainable solar oven allows rural communities to cook without coal or firewood

Frontier Sin

By K.E.D. Coan, science writer. Image: Riccardo Mayer/Shutterstock.com. A new design for a solar cooking system may help rural communities prepare food more sustainably, reports a new study.

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Will the 30 x 30 Initiative Protect 30% of Freshwaters by 2030?

Acoel

Posted on January 12, 2022 by Sandra B. Zellmer. A global movement is underway to protect 30 percent of the Earth’s lands and waters by 2030.

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Technology Industry Playing a Bigger Role in ESG Advances

Environment + Energy Leader

As ESG concerns prevail across industries, Jefferies takes a look specifically at what is seen as important across technology fields. The post Technology Industry Playing a Bigger Role in ESG Advances appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader. Energy Management Environmental Management

Spoiler Alert: We Can Still Knock the “Comet” Off Course. But We Can’t Squander Solutions.

Union of Concerned Scientists

"Looking up" is not going to be enough. Climate Change Energy clean energy climate change comet fossil fuel interests Renewable energy

Focused ultrasound: a potential treatment for type 2 diabetes?

Physics World

Ultrasound neuromodulation can prevent the onset of hyperglycaemia or reverse type 2 diabetes in laboratory mice, rats and pigs, according to new research published in Nature Biomedical Engineering.

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Why Are Nature-Based Solutions on Climate Being Overlooked?

Yale E360

Nature-based initiatives, such as planting mangroves and revitalizing wetlands, have proven effective in making communities more resilient to climate change. But international funding has shortchanged such solutions in favor of more costly and less efficient engineering projects. Read more on E360

How is Food Safety Ensured in Factories?

Cleannovate

By Lena Milton (Guest Writer). The Importance of Food Safety Standards. Food safety is one of the most important aspects of the massive food chain-of-production, from slaughter to plate. As an umbrella for all aspects of safety, food safety includes both the processes used to protect workers during the production of food and food products, and the sanitation of said food.

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Chart of the WeekWar-Fueled Surge in Food Prices to Hit Poorer Nations Hardest

IMFBlog

By Christian Bogmans , Jeff Kearns , Andrea Pescatori and Ervin Prifti. Global food prices are poised to keep climbing even after jumping to a record in February, placing the heaviest burden on vulnerable populations while adding to headwinds for the global economic recovery.

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