Innovative Nepali PSA seeks emotional connection to save red pandas

KATHMANDU — During the COVID-19 lockdown in Nepal, red panda conservation campaigner and researcher Sonam Tashi Lama came across a public service announcement on African rhinos, featuring action superstar Jackie Chan. “I was blown away by the concept and the...

Alaskan rivers turning orange due to climate change

Climate change is causing Alaska’s rivers to turn orange, posing serious risks to the state’s ecosystems and rural communities.Anumita Kaur reports for The Washington Post.In short:Melting permafrost is releasing sulfide minerals into rivers, causing a chemical...

Climate change raises risks for sites with radioactive materials

As climate change intensifies, sites housing radioactive materials face increased threats from wildfires and floods.Tammy Webber reports for the Associated Press.In short:The Pantex Plant in Texas faced near-catastrophic wildfires, highlighting the vulnerability of...

Debating science in a court setting may boost public trust

Holding science-based courtroom debates could help educate and engage citizens in shaping public policy.Arik Shams, Leana King and Joy Liu write for Undark.In short:A citizens’ jury on genome editing, funded by Wellcome Trust, exemplified a non-traditional...

Cancer drug pollution threatens aquatic life and drinking water

As cancer rates rise globally, the increasing use of cancer drugs poses significant environmental hazards, particularly for aquatic ecosystems and potentially drinking water.Valérie S. Langlois and Diana Castañeda-Cortés write for The Conversation.In short:Cytostatic...

Green credentials of electric vehicles come under fire

Global new electric car sales rose 35% in 2023, to nearly 14 million vehicles, with almost all purchased in China, the U.S. and Europe. This was a 35% increase over 2022, and six times higher than in 2018. Although that momentum is faltering this year, as the industry...

How broadcast TV news covered environmental justice in 2023

Read the full story from Media Matters. Corporate broadcast news coverage of environmental justice suffered a decline in quantity in 2023. This continues a worrying trend, with networks missing crucial opportunities to frame national stories with an environmental...

States face costly challenge to keep PFAS out of drinking water

New federal rules require all states to meet stricter PFAS limits in drinking water, a costly mandate for many.Alex Brown reports for Stateline.In short:The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s new standards give states three years to test for PFAS and two...

Bill to fund PFAS cleanup in Wisconsin dies after partisan deadlock

A bill to allocate $125 million for PFAS cleanup in Wisconsin has failed due to political gridlock, preventing the release of crucial funds.Henry Redman reports for Wisconsin Examiner.In short:The bill, supported by both environmental and business groups initially,...

Siberia’s Spectacular Garbage Beach

It’s Memorial Day Weekend – the unofficial start of the beach season. Although no one is likely to be swimming in the icy water of Ussuri Bay in Siberia many will visit it because of “garbage” on the beach. But it’s not typical garbage....

DHS Recognizes Wisconsin Wastewater Professionals

DHS Recognizes Wisconsin Wastewater Professionals Today, the Department of Health Services (DHS) joined partners from the Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District and the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene to honor Wisconsin wastewater professionals. The event...

Subpart A (General Provisions) and Subpart B (Confined and Enclosed Spaces and other Dangerous Atmospheres in Shipyard Employment); Extension of the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements

[Federal Register Volume 89, (Wednesday, May 22, 2024)] [Notice] [Pages 45026-45028] Subpart A (General Provisions) and Subpart B (Confined and Enclosed Spaces and other Dangerous Atmospheres in Shipyard Employment); Extension of the Office of Management and...

You Think Tranq Was Bad? Meet Medetomidine.

The “iron law of prohibition” is alive and well. An animal anesthetic related to, but worse than, xylazine (Tranq) called medetomidine is starting to be detected in samples of illicit fentanyl. Just what we don’t need – another adulterant in an...

Driving with Dementia

The silver tsunami, America’s aging population continues to flood the roads. For seniors who might be truckin’ with a bit of physical or cognitive impairment, there may be a rising tide of concern about road safety. Only a handful of states bother to make...

How a small church in a Vermont town addresses climate change

Read the full story at Resilience. A couple years ago a project launched at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Brattleboro, Vt., aimed at making the whole church campus– church, education wing, and rectory– powered 110% by clean, renewable energy by 2030. I jumped in...

Polymer Sorbent Design for the Direct Air Capture of CO2

Robertson, M., Qian, J., & Qiang, Z. (2024). Polymer Sorbent Design for the Direct Air Capture of CO2. ACS Applied Polymer Materials. https://doi.org/10.1021/acsapm.3c03199 Abstract Anthropogenic activities have resulted in enormous increases in atmospheric CO2...

Small island nations secure major climate ruling

Island nations in the Pacific, Caribbean, and West Indies have won a landmark international legal victory, pressuring large governments to reduce carbon emissions.Anita Hofschneider reports for Grist.In short:The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea ruled...

Biden highlights benefits for veterans under new law

President Joe Biden discussed how his administration has helped more than 1 million veterans and their families receive benefits under the PACT Act for toxic exposure during military service.Seung Min Kim reports for the Associated Press.In short:President Biden...

Europe’s groundwater crisis deepens

Europe’s groundwater, once considered abundant, is now facing a critical decline in both quality and quantity due to climate change and industrial overexploitation.Zeynep Sentek, Jelena Prtorić, Sarah Pilz report for Under the Surface.In short:More than 15% of...

LISTEN: Liliana Sierra Castillo on blue justice

Liliana Sierra Castillo joins the Agents of Change in Environmental Justice podcast to discuss the concept of blue justice and how the expansion of aquaculture impacts small-scale fishery communities.Sierra Castillo, a current Agents of Change fellow and Ph.D....

Thinking Out Loud: Electronic Health Records

Electronic Health Records (EHRs) were once hailed as the solution to streamlining healthcare processes, but their implementation has brought forth a host of challenges. From increased work burden and clinician burnout to facilitated medical errors, the journey of EHRs...

How and why animals can live alongside humans

Read the full story from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. New research suggests animals can thrive in human-dominated environments by being expert judges of risk. Researchers examined the behavior of great-tailed grackles, a bird species...

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