Peter Dykstra: With Ian, treat climate like an ‘active shooter’

You’ll never guess which U.S. metro area led the nation in the biggest increase in average home sale price from last year to this year. It was Tampa-St. Petersburg, pride of the Sunshine state. TSP supplanted the longtime leader, the even sunnier Phoenix, in Arizona....

Catfished: New species described from DRC after mistaken identity

In 2006 and 2010, Congolese researcher Raoul Monsembula collected catfish and other species from the rivers in Salonga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Then he hopped on a plane to New York City so colleagues could analyze them in their lab....

Study tracks waterbird use of Chicago-area wetlands

Read the full story from the University of Illinois. A three-year study in northeastern Illinois and northwestern Indiana found that – even at small scales – emergent wetlands or ponds support many wetland bird species. The study also found that, at least in the years...

Accelerating zero-carbon push could save globe $12 trillion: study

Read the full story at The Hill. While switching to renewable energy sources is often framed as an expensive if necessary sacrifice, a new study suggests a transition away from fossil fuels will ultimately save the world’s economies trillions of dollars. The study...

From the lab to the battery start-up

Read the full story in Chemical & Engineering News. Entrepreneurial researchers tell their stories about how they developed a lab discovery and turned it into a commercial battery.

A closer look at whey protein phospholipid concentrate

Read the full story at Dairy Foods. Whey protein phospholipid concentrate (WPPC), a low-value coproduct, is currently being examined as a source of nutritional and functional ingredients. WPPC contains high-value components, such as various types of proteins and...

Need to Enforce: Waste Bans in Massachusetts

Download the document. The goal of this report is to shine a spotlight on the fact that every year in Massachusetts more than 2 million tons of waste (approximately 40% of total waste), which ends up in landfills, incinerators, or as litter, is composed of materials...

Can Cities Grow Their Own Food?

It takes land to grow food. Going vertical allowed our cities to house more people. Could vertical farming reduce the food deserts of our urban centers? A new study considers production and crop yields.

Podcast: The growing threat from chemical pollution

Professor of environmental chemistry Martin Scheringer joins “The Great Simplification” podcast to discuss new research on PFAS and their ubiquity in waterways all over the globe. The conversation then turns to plastic pollution and what we might do about...

Is Fashion Week embracing responsibility?

Even as brands advertise their carbon-neutral shows, the system remains stuck in its traditional ways, and the industry as a whole continues to be a major factor in the climate crisis.

Nevada has second-worst air pollution, analysis finds

U.S. News and World Report ranked all 50 states based on how polluted they are and the risk that pollution presents to public health. The study found that Nevada has the nation’s second-worst air pollution. Not far behind is fifth-ranked Utah.

How Hurricane Ian became so powerful

Sea surface temperature data shows how warm ocean water near Florida fueled the storm to become one of the most powerful to strike the United States in the past decade.

Lebanon’s dwindling rain leaves farmers struggling for water

Farmers in a small town perched on a northern Lebanese mountain have long refused to accept defeat even as the government abandoned them to a life off the grid. But where government neglect didn’t kill Harf Beit Hasna, the combination of climate change and economic...

How bears “make” a forest (commentary)

In the Andean region the ageless story of Juan Oso, a half-human and half-bear character, has been heard throughout generations. It is said that Juan lived all sad and alone in a dark cave, until the day he met and fell in love with a shepherdess of the paramos, the...

Cutting down the Amazon does not build prosperity for most Brazilians

Deforestation proponents in Brazil routinely argue that cutting down the Amazon is an effective way to alleviate poverty. For example, the Bolsonaro administration’s official statement to the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference asserted that “where there is...

Mangrove restorers in Haiti bet on resilience amid rising violence

Jean Wiener should be elated. The organization he leads, FoProBim, has just won a series of grants to help protect mangroves in Haiti. In the coming months, he and his team will crisscross the country, helping replant mangrove marshes, conducting environmental...

DHS Launches Monkeypox Data Page

Today the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) launched a new webpage containing state data on monkeypox cases and vaccine administration. The release is part of ongoing efforts to increase awareness and transparency about how the monkeypox outbreak is...

Climate change makes storms like Ian more common

Read the full story at NPR. Heat is the fuel that makes hurricanes big, powerful and rainy. As humans burn fossil fuels and release huge amounts of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gasses, the amount of heat trapped on Earth rises steadily. The air gets hotter, and...

Enigmatic binturong photographed in Nepal for the first time

KATHMANDU — This past July 20, Radha Krishna Rijal noticed a strange animal struggling in the drainage channel of his house in the Parshyang neighborhood of western Nepal’s Pokhara Valley. He’d never seen such an animal before, he tells Mongabay: it was small, with a...

Ian ravaged one of the fastest-growing areas in the U.S.

Hurricane Ian’s path of destruction cut through some of the fastest-growing counties in the nation, pulverizing communities whose populations have doubled and tripled in recent decades during a period of deceptive atmospheric calm.

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