What I Am Reading May 16th

Stoner meds – from weed to psychedelics Glaciers melt, gravity tugs; do sea levels rise ? From Cantonese feasts to Szechuan’s fire, Tax codes weave complexity

Walmart partners with Pivot Energy on 19 projects

Read the full story at Solar Industry. Walmart is investing in 19 solar projects developed by Pivot Energy across Illinois, Colorado, Maryland, Delaware and California, including 15 community projects.  The strategic tax equity investment will drive the construction,...

Webinar: Unsung (Climate) Hero: The Business Case for Curbing Methane

May 23, 2024, noon CDTRegister here. Reducing methane emitted by agriculture, fossil fuels, and landfills is one of the most important and effective actions we can take to stabilize Earth’s climate. This presentation — part of the Drawdown Ignite webinar series — will...

Texas capital eyes furniture reuse with EPA grant funds

Read the full story from Waste Today. Municipal and commercial waste haulers who pick up discarded furniture in the Austin, Texas, area may soon have a new destination to consider for their bulky cargo. The government of Austin, Texas, says it plans to open a...

Carbon Dioxide as a Risky Asset

Bauer, A. M., Proistosescu, C., & Wagner, G. (2024). “Carbon Dioxide as a Risky Asset.” Climatic Change, 177(5), 72. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10584-024-03724-3 (journal website) or https://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4350865 (SSRN) Abstract We develop a...

DeSantis eliminates climate change from Florida’s energy policy

Florida will no longer prioritize climate change in energy decisions, despite facing severe environmental threats, after Governor Ron DeSantis signed new legislation.Anna Phillips reports for The Washington Post.In short:The new law removes most mentions of climate...

Discard these common recycling myths

Despite recycling being around for decades, many misconceptions persist about what can and cannot be recycled.Allyson Chiu reports for The Washington Post.In short:Pizza boxes, even if stained with grease, are recyclable according to the Environmental Protection...

Protecting species from extinction is not enough

The loss of species abundance poses a serious threat to biodiversity and ecosystem functionality.John Reid reports for The Atlantic.In short:Abalone populations have collapsed due to overfishing and environmental changes, including a marine heatwave and a sunflower...

Reduce plastic exposure to protect your health

You can minimize exposure to harmful chemicals found in plastics with these strategic lifestyle changes.Lauren F. Friedman reports for Consumer Reports.In short:Avoid plastic food containers, especially in the microwave, and opt for glass or steel alternatives.Limit...

Tackling climate change in one of Colombia’s largest wetlands

The time it takes to cross the Ayapel swamp, the largest swamp in the department of Córdoba, northern Colombia, is a good measurement of how much this landscape has changed in recent decades. The journey, which used to take several hours, can now be done in less than...

Twilight zone fishing: Can we fish the ocean’s mesopelagic layer?

Two hundred meters below the surface of the sea is a cold, faintly lit layer of water known as the mesopelagic, or twilight, zone. Here lives a menagerie of peculiar-looking creatures: blue-glowing plankton and squid; spindly fish flashing kaleidoscopes of colors,...

QuickTakes 5/15/2024

Progressing Heat Protection / Protección progresiva contra el calor Strategic Restructuring / Reestructuración estratégica New Mission Statement Construction Safety Workplace Mental Wellness Advisory Committees Making a Difference Stay Informed Accepting Safety...

Energy Management Systems Insights Database

The Energy Management Systems Insights Database, developed by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, is intended to make case studies of ISO 50001-based energy management systems easily searchable, yielding descriptions of real-world successes and providing an avenue...

Does Rice Farming Shape Culture?

Rice farming, with intricate irrigation systems and tight-knit farming communities, has long been suspected of fostering collectivism. However, proving this theory requires navigating confounding variables. A new study, seizing upon a unique historical moment in...

Can we engineer our way out of the climate crisis?

Read the full story from the New York Times. On a windswept Icelandic plateau, an international team of engineers and executives is powering up an innovative machine designed to alter the very composition of Earth’s atmosphere. If all goes as planned, the enormous...

Oregon governor signs right to repair law

Read the full story at Environment + Energy Leader. Oregon Governor Tina Kotek has signed a pioneering “Right to Repair” law, positioning Oregon alongside states like New York, Minnesota, and California in championing consumer rights and environmental conservation....

Fellows challenged to enhance science communication skills

Read the full story at Environmental Factor. The NIEHS Office of Fellows’ Career Development (OFCD) hosted its annual Three-Minute Communication Challenge March 15 with a dozen predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees across the institute vying for top honors....

We tested AI censorship: Here’s what chatbots won’t tell you

Read the full story from Gizmodo. Gizmodo asked five of the leading AI chatbots a series of 20 controversial prompts and found patterns that suggest widespread censorship. There were some outliers, with Google’s Gemini refusing to answer half of our requests, and...

Chris Kresser and the Grift of Nootropics Supplements

Chris Kresser has multiple books, a website, a supplement line, a health coaching certification program, and was a cofounder of the California Center for Functional Medicine. He’s been on Joe Rogan, Dr. Oz, and NPR. With his increased media exposure, it’s important to...

Global warming poses severe risk to elderly by 2050

The elderly population worldwide will face increased risk from extreme heat due to climate change and demographic shifts by 2050, warns a new study.Alejandra Borunda reports for NPR.In short:The number of older people exposed to chronic and acute heat will grow by...

Summer of 2023 was the hottest in two millennia, says study

A new study analyzing ancient tree rings reveals that last summer was the hottest in the past 2,000 years, with unprecedented warmth across the Northern Hemisphere.Doyle Rice reports for USA Today.In short:Tree rings indicate summer 2023 was 4 degrees warmer than the...

Astronomers join the battle against climate change

Astronomers are increasingly applying their skills to address climate issues, demonstrating the versatility of their scientific expertise. Katrina Miller and Delger Erdenesanaa report for The New York Times.In short:Astronomers have observed the impact of climate...

Setback for Guinea mine that threatens World Heritage chimp reserve

A major iron mining project in eastern Guinea may be at risk as its owner, the U.S. firm HPX, is reportedly running into trouble with its plans to ship ore through neighboring Liberia. HPX’s mining concession in Guinea has raised alarm among environmentalists, who say...

Op-ed: Sexism, pollution and Alzheimer’s

Women are two to four times more likely to develop any of 100-plus chronic auto-immune diseases than men. This could include Alzheimer’s disease, which some researchers are starting to link to the immune system, the sixth leading medical cause of U.S. deaths....

We Need Fewer Scientists And Fewer Science Journals

Academic journals and the researchers who publish in them are increasingly engaged in naked political advocacy rather than science. It’s time we cut off public funding to peer-reviewed publications and reduce the number of academic scientists chasing after grant...

Phthalate chemicals found in popular olive oils

Thirteen popular olive oils recently tested have detectable levels of phthalates, according to a new report from Mamavation.Partnering with EHN.org, the environmental wellness blog and community had 13 olive oils tested by a U.S. Environmental Protection...

Shade-grown coffee benefits birds, forests & people in Venezuela

Each morning, as Luis Arrieta heads out to begin work on his shade-grown coffee farm, vindication comes in the form of birdsong gushing from the trees, a cacophony of trills and warbles of passerines punctuated by the croaks of the groove-billed toucanet...

Aging & COVID-19: The Immune Dance of the Elderly

COVID-19 has been particularly ruthless towards the elderly, even with those early bird vaccinations. Turns out, it’s not just about getting a little creakier or needing extra naps. Their immune systems seemed to be doing a sad little shuffle instead of the...

Sap beetles vs wind: What pollinates screw pines?

Read the full story from the University of Tokyo School of Science. Researchers have discovered the first species pollinated by sap beetles in the genus Pandanus, a group of palm-like plants native to the tropics and subtropics of Africa and Eurasia. The discovery...

AI and Climate Misinformation

In this workshop, Prof. Asheley Landrum of Arizona State University addresses the increasing public concern about AI’s potential to worsen misinformation in society. Her discussion begins with an examination of the various AI technologies relevant to the broader issue...

Researchers investigating generative AI and scholarly publishing

Read the full story at Inside Higher Ed. The rapid rise of generative artificial intelligence (AI) has confronted the scholarly publishing world with the potential risks and benefits of using the new technology in the production of academic research and writing. As...

Scientific Journeys: Actionable research to chemical safety policy

Read the full story at Environmental Factor. In February, Suril Mehta, Dr.P.H., a Division of Translational Toxicology environmental epidemiologist, completed a year-long detail at the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), where he helped develop...

‘Heat batteries’ win $75 million DOE award for two Diageo plants

Read the full story in Food Processing. Diageo North America has won up to $75 million in funds from the Dept. of Energy (DOE) to support the electrification of two U.S. production sites with “heat batteries,” with the goal of making both facilities carbon neutral by...

Can the Organic Industry Move Out from Under the Fraud Umbrella?

The USDA’s National Organic Program has embarked on a mission to fortify oversight and enforcement in producing, handling, and selling organic products. While the rhetoric espouses the protection and growth of the organic sector, questions linger regarding the...

Mining the heavens: companies pursue space resources

Mining asteroids could offer potential relief for Earth’s resource strain.Sarah Scoles reports for Undark.In short:A new wave of companies, including AstroForge, aims to mine asteroids for valuable metals like platinum and cobalt, which are essential for...

“FERC Shakes Up Power Industry With Landmark Grid Rule”

“Federal energy regulators on Monday directed U.S. electricity grid operators to plan new transmission infrastructure that can deliver more renewable energy and defend against extreme weather.” Climate ChangeEnergy & FuelInfrastructureLaws &...

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