DHS Releases Plan to Improve Health and Well-Being of Wisconsinites

DHS Releases Plan to Improve Health and Well-Being of WisconsinitesThe Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) today released its 2023-2027 State Health Improvement Plan. This five-year roadmap for improving health and well-being for all Wisconsinites summarizes...

Wet winter won’t fix Colorado River woes

Although the moisture is welcome, some experts worry it could further delay the hard work that managers of the watershed must do to keep it healthy and make its service more inclusive as the climate grows hotter and more parched.

The threat of ocean acidification

This film explores the alarming effects of ocean acidification, drawing on the expertise of scientists and the first-hand experiences of a Native Alaskan community. The film also looks at what can be done to lessen the problem.

Highly toxic PFAS detected in Tokyo residents’ bloodstream

A Tokyo civic group said it had detected high concentrations of potentially harmful substances known as PFAS in the blood samples of some inhabitants of the western area of the Japanese capital, suggesting contamination of the local water supply, local media...

Early Estimates of Bivalent mRNA Booster Dose Vaccine Effectiveness in Preventing Symptomatic SARS-CoV-2 Infection Attributable to Omicron BA.5– and XBB/XBB.1.5–Related Sublineages Among Immunocompetent Adults — Increasing Community Access to Testing Program, United States, December 2022–January 2023

This report describes how a bivalent mRNA booster dose provided additional protection against symptomatic XBB/XBB.1.5 infection for at least the first 3 months after vaccination in persons who had previously received 2–4 monovalent vaccine doses.

INFECTIOUS DISEASE HAZARDS IN CONSTRUCTION – VIRTUAL FREE CLASS

Free half-day course designed to educate workers how to identify and manage infectious disease hazards that may lurk at a construction site and to protect the public when performing construction in a healthcare setting.  Infectious disease hazards pose an invisible...

“Biden Administration Recommends Major Alaska Oil Project”

“The Biden administration released a long-awaited study Wednesday that recommends allowing a major oil development on Alaska’s North Slope that supporters say could boost U.S. energy security but that climate activists decry as a “carbon bomb.” Climate...

Sustainability isn’t strategy, it’s a way of doing business

Read the full story in Sustainability Magazine. I often surprise people when I say I do not want a sustainability strategy. I believe for sustainability to succeed; a sustainability strategy must be fully intertwined into a company’s business strategy. These days,...

RFI: Framing the National Nature Assessment

Read the full Federal Register Notice. Responses are due by March 31. Nature is important in its own right, and provides value to the lives of all Americans. To increase our knowledge of nature in the United States and its links to global change, the Office of Science...

Nature-based Solutions Funding Database

National Wildlife Federation’s interactive database for communities interested in pursuing federal funding and/or technical assistance for nature-based solutions. Use the filters to search for nature-based solutions funding and technical assistance resources that fit...

Finding diverse sources for science stories

Read the full post at The Open Notebook. Here, we compile detailed and specific resources and strategies that reporters can use to make that goal a reality, drawing on the wealth of information available from many U.S.-based organizations and scientists. Strategies...

Advocates push EPA to investigate Texas enforcement of water quality

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to investigate allegations that the state is failing to enforce the Clean Water Act. Environmentalists say the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s system of issuing permits has made it too easy for industries to...

Pumping Mississippi River water west: solution or dream?

In 2012, the Bureau of Reclamation completed “the most comprehensive analysis ever undertaken within the Colorado River Basin” at the time, which analyzed solutions to water supply issues — including importing water from the Missouri and Mississippi...

The enormous heat pumps warming cities

From New York City to rural Cornwall, communal heat pump networks could be the answer to decarbonising heat in both city high-rises and other hard-to-heat homes.

Thai government turns its sights on illegal coral trade

BANGKOK – A few dawns into 2022, authorities raided a shophouse in the heart of Thailand’s capital city. Officers from the Natural Resources and Environmental Crime Division of the Royal Thai Police and the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources discovered the...

Microplastics are filling the skies. Will they affect the climate?

Recent studies reveal that tiny pieces of plastic are constantly lofted into the atmosphere. These particles can travel thousands of miles and affect the formation of clouds, which means they have the potential to impact temperature, rainfall, and even climate...

JBS is accused of misleading investors with suspicious green bonds

JBS’s sustainability-linked bonds may be audited after Mighty Earth filed a complaint against the company in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, on Jan. 17. According to the NGO, a global advocacy organization, the world’s biggest meat company had used...

Limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees is not plausible

According to a new study released by University of Hamburg’s Cluster of Excellence “Climate, Climatic Change, and Society”, limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels is currently not plausible.

Wisconsin budget debate: What kind of state do we want?

Evers wants to use a record $6 billion dollar surplus our schools, support small businesses, address the mental health crisis, and beat back the scourge of PFAS “forever chemicals” in drinking water in communities all over Wisconsin. As he discussed those priorities,...

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