Urban heat island research aims to spotlight disparities and solutions

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Extreme heat is a growing public health threat in the Midwest, and researchers and communities are trying to better understand how urban hot spots put certain neighborhoods at disproportionately higher risk.

Sneaky thieves steal hair from foxes, raccoons, dogs, even you

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Hair from dogs, raccoons and even humans has been found in the nests of birds, which scientists believe makes the nests better insulated. For a long time, scientists assumed that birds had to collect hair that had been shed or scavenge it from mammal carcasses. However, a new study, published last week in the journal Ecology, shows that several species of bird, including chickadees and titmice, don’t just scavenge hair, they steal it.

Ceres report shows ‘stunning’ lack of Scope 3 action by Costco, McDonalds, others

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A new report from Ceres, the nonprofit working with capital leaders to spur a sustainable economic future, found that even in the wake of a year of climate disasters, most of the major food brands are still not disclosing greenhouse gas emissions, reporting science-based targets or outlining progress towards those goals. The report, the Food Emissions 50 Company Benchmark, assessed the 50 largest food companies in North America, and the results were disappointing but not surprising. 

Sparking Economic Growth: How Fundamental Research Drives Economic Growth and Innovation

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Fundamental research is where innovation begins. It is the foundation of all scientific progress — the pursuit of original, first-level knowledge that catalyzes advancements in science, technology, medicine, energy, and national security. For decades, federal agencies have led the way in fundamental research, awarding grants to innovative projects at colleges and universities, where much of this research takes place. Through this competitive process, federal dollars have supported — and continue to support — advances across industries, from chemical manufacturing to telecommunications to behavioral sciences and myriad others.

To understand the economic impact of fundamental research investment, FTI Consulting (FTI) analyzed the research expenditures of members of The Science Coalition (TSC), a non-profit, nonpartisan organization of more than 50 of the nation’s leading public and private research institutions between 2015 and 2019. FTI also examined the impact of select “spinoff” companies rooted in the federally funded research conducted at TSC universities. FTI found that as a result of the long-term federal investment in fundamental research, new innovations, businesses, and jobs are created, all of which transform daily life for millions of people in communities across the country.

Fund to Mission open access monograph model

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The University of Michigan Press has been taking steps to develop a publishing program that aligns with our mission and commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. This is why the Press is transitioning to an open access monograph model we term “Fund to Mission.”

Fund to Mission demonstrates a return to the origins of the university press movement and moves toward a more open, sustainable infrastructure for the humanities and social sciences.

Business Futures 2021: Signals of Change

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Business Futures is Accenture’s structured approach to identify Signals of business change that are most critical for organizations to understand in order to shape successful futures. We highlight the Signals that are reshaping organizations globally and will be critically important as these organizations reinvent for a profoundly different tomorrow. In presenting these Signals, we aim to help leaders chart their best courses to profitable growth.

‘An enormous lift’: Biden’s goal of 50% EV sales by 2030 will test supply chains, utilities, experts say

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Biden’s lofty goal will run in tandem to investments in EV infrastructure. But other supports, like to manufacturing supply chains, are needed as well.

An inconvenient truth (about weed)

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Federal laws bar cannabis from crossing state lines, driving up the cost — and the emissions — of an industry using indoor grow operations.

Lawn renovations could play major role in conserving water in West, experts say

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Lawns and gardens can make up 60% of household water usage in dry climates.

Community Choice Aggregation and Energy Efficiency: Opportunities, Challenges, and Lessons Learned

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Community choice aggregators (CCAs) are local government entities that competitively procure electric generation service on behalf of their residents as an alternative to the incumbent utility. Although cities and counties often engage in aggregation in response to climate goals, most CCAs nationwide are not yet engaging in energy efficiency, although some initiatives are underway. This report provides an early view of the landscape of energy efficiency deployment in CCAs throughout the United States, examining challenges and strategies that CCAs face in implementing energy efficiency and the potential role for CCAs in energy efficiency deployment.