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Science Win: Court Questions EPA Limits On Science Advisory Committees

Published on March 24th, 2020 | by Guest Contributor

Now, for some good news: the First Circuit Court of Appeals today ruled that UCS’s lawsuit challenging the politicization of EPA science advisory committees may move forward. UCS sued the agency over a new directive that prohibits EPA grant-funded scientists from serving on these committees... Read More


Air Quality

A Thank You To FOIA Officers: Purveyors Of Sunshine

Published on March 24th, 2020 | by Guest Contributor

This sunshine week I would like to express my appreciation for all of the work that Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) officers at federal agencies have done and continue to do to ensure public access to government communications, records, and documents... Read More


Health

Coronavirus Data Is Being Concealed By The Trump Administration

Published on March 24th, 2020 | by Guest Contributor

We learned that the White House has held dozens of meetings on coronavirus that were considered “classified,” meaning that federal health officials, including experts, were unable to enter the room. Without experts in the room, how can we expect our government to follow the best available science on this rapidly developing issue and enact science-based policies that protect our health and safety during this pandemic... Read More


Cars

Maybe You Should Buy Tesla [TSLA] Stock Instead Of Toilet Paper (Video)

Published on March 23rd, 2020 | by Jesper Berggreen

I'm one of the extremely lucky ones on this planet to have been sent home with full pay during this coronavirus pandemic. I sit in the quiet isolation of my home and watch the world through my digital tools, and I'm puzzled by what I see — on many levels — ranging from toilet paper to trading stocks... Read More


Clean Power

New Solar Energy Innovation Network Teams Announced

Published on March 23rd, 2020 | by Guest Contributor

Washington, D.C. — Today the U.S. Department of Energy announced that eight teams have been selected to participate in the second round of the Solar Energy Innovation Network, a program that supports multi-stakeholder teams pursuing new applications of solar energy and other distributed energy resources in unique locations and contexts... Read More


Climate Change

Thawing permafrost on various peatlands in Alaska.

Thawing Permafrost Is Giving Scientists The Chance To Study Long-Dead Diseases (Prepare For The Next Pandemic)

Published on March 23rd, 2020 | by Nexus Media

For decades, the Inuit woman, a victim of the 1918 Spanish flu, lay buried in a mass grave under six feet of Alaskan permafrost. But when the frozen ground began to thaw in the 1990s, the Inuit town of Brevig Mission gave scientists permission to dig her up. Her ample body fat kept her lungs insulated against warmer temperatures, helping to preserve the fragments of the virus that lay within... Read More


Water

Local Pollution Has A Global Impact

Published on March 23rd, 2020 | by Johnna Crider

Pollution — especially stuff dropped into rivers, lakes, and streams — has to go somewhere. Littering in rivers is a common thing in many countries. In many areas of the world, basic refuse management systems are lacking or people are just too lazy to walk over a trash can to properly dispose of their water bottle, plastic bags, or papers. As a consequence, rubbish often ends up in rivers and streams which naturally carry the waste out to sea. ... Read More


Health

Elon’s Ventilators & N95 Masks Can’t Come Quickly Enough

Published on March 23rd, 2020 | by Johnna Crider

Elon Musk's ventilators and N95 masks can't come quickly enough. The other day, I woke up to two news stories, one from The Advocate and one from CleanTechnica. The Advocate reported harrowing news, while CleanTechnica gave us a bit of hope. Here in Louisiana, our doctors and nurses are out of protective gear and fear they are infecting patients. Not to mention themselves. This is why the good news that CleanTechnica reported -- Elon's plans to deliver thousands of ventilators and hundreds of thousands of masks -- brings a touch of relief. Hopefully, some of our hospitals can get some of those masks... Read More


Green Economy

Italy, Florida, California, & China — 4 Demonstrated & Potential COVID-19 Paths

Published on March 23rd, 2020 | by Zachary Shahan

I spend probably far too much of my day reading about the COVID-19 pandemic. Sometimes I find stuff that's uplifting and hopeful. Sometimes I find stuff that's more or less terrifying. Much is up in the air because much is still unknown about the virus and its effects across a representative sample of humanity. A one percentage point difference on a variety of matters, including hospitalization rate of those infected and death rate of those infected, can result in an enormous difference across society. As far as I have seen, no one yet has a clear handle on some of these key factors, so keep that in mind as you read on (and share data in the comments if you think you have answers)... Read More


Clean Power

Indian Coal Mining Company Tenders 115 Megawatts Of Solar Projects

Published on March 23rd, 2020 | by Saurabh

Rarely do we see companies following up on their renewable energy commitments with concrete actions, more so when companies are giants in the fossil fuel sector. However, a coal mining company in India has turned out to be an outlier in this regard and is taking measures to set up large-scale solar power projects... Read More


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