Supreme Court Limits E.P.A.’s Ability to Restrict Power Plant Emissions

The case considered the Environmental Protection Agency’s powers under the Clean Air Act.

#air-pollution, #clean-air-act, #coal, #decisions-and-verdicts, #electric-light-and-power, #environment, #environmental-protection-agency, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #supreme-court-us

Bigger Floods Endanger Millions Living in Extreme Poverty

The vast majority people exposed to both threats live in India and sub-Saharan Africa

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The Supreme Court’s Latest Decision Is a Blow to Stopping Climate Change

By deciding in favor of fossil-fuel interests and limited regulatory authority, the Court has hampered the EPA’s ability to mitigate power-plant carbon pollution

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Court Decision Leaves Biden With Few Tools to Combat Climate Change

A Supreme Court ruling, combined with an energy crunch and intraparty politics, makes it nearly impossible for President Biden to achieve his climate goals.

#air-pollution, #alternative-and-renewable-energy, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #environment, #environmental-protection-agency, #fuel-emissions-transportation, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #solar-energy, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wind-power

U.S. Retreats from Pledge to End Gas Investments

The energy crisis caused by Russia’s war in Ukraine is testing Western leaders’ promises to phase out natural gas financing abroad

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Renewable Energy Is Surging, But Trouble Looms

The International Energy Agency projects that spending on renewables in 2022 will exceed the record $440 billion invested last year

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U.S. Jump-Starts Effort to Curb Residential CO2 Emissions

The project will retrofit older homes and apartment buildings to be more energy efficient

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Global Warming Causes Fewer Tropical Cyclones

But those that do form have a greater chance of becoming intense storms

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We Need to Make ‘Electrifying Everything’ Easier

Incentives and remodeling need to be more straightforward and equitable if we expect people to convert their homes away from fossil fuels

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#climate-change, #environment, #renewable-energy, #the-science-agenda

How Connected Cars Can Map Urban Heat Islands

Crowdsourced vehicle data trace the contours of dangerous city temperatures

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What Air Pollution in South Korea Can Teach the World about Misinformation

Tracking how misinformation campaigns begin and amplify can give scientists tools to combat them

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#environment, #pollution

Subverting Climate Science in the Classroom

Oil and gas representatives influence the standards for courses and textbooks, from kindergarten to 12th grade

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#education, #environment, #features

Deadly Heat Wave’s Lesson: ‘This Is the Future We All Face’

After last year’s heat crisis, Pacific Northwest emergency managers, doctors and even transit systems are using lessons learned to prepare for this summer

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#climate-change, #environment, #health, #public-health

Why Was Afghanistan’s Magnitude 5.9 Earthquake So Devastating?

Famed seismologist Lucy Jones explains how building methods and quake dynamics interact—and what to do about the problem

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#environment, #natural-disasters

Spray-On, Rinse-Off Food ‘Wrapper’ Can Cut Plastic Packaging

The coating deters microorganisms to fight both food waste and foodborne illness

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#engineering, #environment, #food, #pollution, #technology

To Catch a Snake: Largest Python Found in Everglades Signals a Threat

The Burmese python caught by a team of trackers breaks a record and shows the invasive species surviving in Florida’s ecosystem despite efforts to remove those snakes.

#conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #environment, #everglades-fla, #florida, #invasive-species, #snakes

Prescribed Burns Are More Dangerous because of Climate Change

But the technique must remain in the firefighting toolbox, a new U.S. Forest Service report says

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The Supreme Court Case That Could Doom U.S. Climate Goals

The government’s power to tackle pollution is not the only question at stake in a potentially far-reaching lawsuit.

#audio-neutral-informative, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #environment, #environmental-protection-agency, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #supreme-court-us, #united-states

Climate Change Is Turning More of Central Asia into Desert

The rapid expansion will have significant impacts on ecosystems and the people and animals who rely on them

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Seville Launches World’s First Program to Name and Rank Heat Waves

The launch comes after the hottest first two weeks of June ever recorded in Spain

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Fight over Damages Threatens to Derail Climate Negotiations

Small nations that have done little to cause global warming stand to suffer immeasurably and are increasingly vocal about receiving compensation

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#climate-change, #environment

Marine Microbe Lures Prey into Custom Slime Traps

These organisms’ private “mucospheres” play an outsize role in the planet’s carbon cycle

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What Did COVID Teach Us about Preparing for a Plant Pandemic?

The question is not whether we’ll experience such an event; it’s whether we’ll be ready when it strikes

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#agriculture, #environment

Let’s Pass the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act

An “unthinkable level of bipartisan support” may just lead to a win for species in peril.

#conservation-of-resources, #democratic-party, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #environment, #law-and-legislation, #republican-party

If Electric Vehicles Don’t Cut CO2 Fast Enough, These Fuels Might Help

Department of Energy researchers say gasoline might have to be substituted with biofuels to ensure that climate targets are achieved

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#climate-change, #environment, #fossil-fuels

How Culturally Significant Mammals Tell the Story of Social Ascension for Black Americans

Juneteenth offers an opportunity to reflect on the wildlife linked to a people’s transformation

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#animals, #biology, #ecology, #environment, #inequality, #social-sciences, #sociology

Racism Drives Environmental Inequality–But Most Americans Don’t Realize

Survey finds that most people think poverty is why pollution disproportionately affects Black people, despite evidence that racism is the major cause

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#environment, #inequality, #pollution, #social-sciences

Redwoods Grow Weird Leaves to Suck Water from Air

Here’s how they choose the right leaf for the job

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#advances, #biology, #ecology, #environment

Ocean Oil Slick Map Reveals Enough Greasy Patches to Cover France–Twice

An algorithm-aided analysis of satellite images reveals the size, distribution and sources of oil slicks at sea

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#environment, #oceans, #pollution

How the U.S. Is Preparing for Europe’s Carbon Tariffs

More products are being added to a proposed carbon border fee, affecting billions of dollars of American goods

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#climate-change, #economics, #environment, #social-sciences

Climate Destroyers Go to Jail, Martian Travel Guide, Bee Interiority, and More

Recommendations from the editors of Scientific American

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#animals, #astronomy, #biology, #climate-change, #environment, #recommended, #spacephysics

Nearly 100,000 People Received Disaster Aid under a New Equity Policy

FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell says the agency has reduced barriers to cash assistance and other aid

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#environment, #inequality, #natural-disasters, #social-sciences

Climate Groups Use Endangered Species Act to Try to Stop Drilling

Environmentalists say the government failed to study the threats to endangered species from climate change before issuing oil and gas drilling permits.

#air-pollution, #bureau-of-land-management, #carbon-dioxide, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #environment, #federal-lands, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #interior-department, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline

Pesticides Are Spreading Toxic ‘Forever Chemicals,’ Scientists Warn

Common chemicals sprayed on many crops each year are cloaked in bureaucratic uncertainties

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#environment, #pollution

Engineers Look to River and Ocean Currents for Clean Energy

The Department of Energy is helping to fund 11 projects that are designed to harness the power of moving water

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#environment, #oceans, #renewable-energy

Poem: ‘Vaulted Seeds,’ after the Svalbard Global Seed Vault

Science in meter and verse

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#biology, #conservation, #environment, #meter, #plants

Common Drugs Pollute Rivers on Every Continent

A global look reveals contamination by antibiotics, antidepressants and other medications

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#advances, #environment, #pharmaceuticals

Wiggling Whiskers Help Hungry Seals Hunt in the Dark

A new seal’s-eye view shows these specialized hairs in motion at sea

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#animals, #biology, #ecology, #environment, #oceans

Where Is Dom Phillips?

The disappearance of Dom Phillips and Bruno Pereira signals another tipping point in the Amazon.

#amazon-jungle, #bolsonaro-jair-1955, #brazil, #environment, #forests-and-forestry

Newly United, French Left Hopes to Counter President in Upcoming Vote

Left-wing parties have joined forces ahead of France’s two-stage parliamentary elections, hoping to revive their fortunes and put a break on President Emmanuel Macron’s agenda.

#drome, #elections, #environment, #france, #la-republique-en-marche, #le-pen-marine, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #marie-pochon, #melenchon-jean-luc, #politics-and-government, #socialist-party-france

Renewable Energy Credits Allow Companies to Overstate Emissions Reductions

The findings of a new study call into question whether businesses are truly meeting climate goals

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#environment, #renewable-energy

Oil Companies Tee up the Next Supreme Court Climate Showdown

The companies are asking the justices to step in once again in a sprawling legal fight over the industry’s climate liability

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#climate-change, #environment, #fossil-fuels

The EPA Plans to Rein in Truck Pollution to Ease Asthma, but It May Not Go Far Enough

Scientists say the agency’s analyses do not capture the full extent of how bad exhaust is for segments of the population

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#environment, #pollution, #public-health

We Need to Improve Indoor Air Quality: Here’s How and Why

Upgrading buildings’ ventilation, filtration and other factors would not only decrease COVID transmission but also improve health and cognitive performance in general

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#environment, #health, #pollution, #public-health

Fight Looms Over New York’s Bid to Slow Crypto-Mining Boom

Crypto interests are lobbying Gov. Kathy Hochul to veto a groundbreaking bill that would temporarily halt new crypto-mining projects at fossil-fuel burning plants.

#environment, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hk-ftx-trading-ltd-futures-exchange, #hochul-kathleen-c, #law-and-legislation, #mines-and-mining, #new-york-state, #politics-and-government, #state-legislatures, #virtual-currency

Carbon Credits Versus the “Big Gulp”

Reviving peatlands in the San Joaquin River Delta could prevent levee failure and lock away carbon

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#climate-change, #environment

Biden Order Will Boost Heat Pumps and Building Insulation

Invoking the Defense Production Act could help reshape the economics around building decarbonization

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#climate-change, #environment

Tropical Storm Alex Ushers in Hurricane Season

The storm is the first of what is expected to be a very active season, with six to 10 hurricanes

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#environment, #weather

Science News Briefs from around the World: June 2022

In case you missed it

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#advances, #animals, #biology, #environment

Don’t Let Climate Change Stop You From Having Kids

The green future has to be a welcoming one, even a thrilling one.

#environment, #ethics-personal, #global-warming, #parenting