New research shows recreational fishing popular during pandemic due to ‘social fishtancing’

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National CASC Research Fish Biologist Abigail Lynch and co-authors analyzed a survey on recreational anglers and found that recreational angling remained a popular activity for many U.S. anglers during the COVID-19 pandemic due to the perceived safety of social fishtancing.

‘How is it sustainable if only 1% can afford your food?’: the man on a quest to change farming

Read the full story in The Guardian.

Chris Newman, founder of Virginia-based Sylvanaqua Farms, on why feeding people needs to be at the heart of sustainable farming.

Public perception of scientific results distorted by colorful graphics

Read the full story from the Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg.

Colorful maps and figures with rainbow-colored gradients from scientific papers often serve as eye-catchers in journals and are readily shared in social media. Hydrologist Dr. Michael Stölzle from the Institute of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Freiburg and Dr. Lina Stein from the University of Bristol in England have investigated the frequency and properties of so-called “rainbow color maps.” In their study, the researchers note that using a rainbow color map in scientific visualizations distorts the data representation. In addition, people with color vision deficiencies cannot interpret such images correctly. Stölzle and Stein published their findings in the journal Hydrology and Earth System Sciences.

How trafficked cheetah cubs move from the wild and into your Instagram feed

Read the full story in National Geographic.

Criminal networks in Somaliland smuggle cubs out of Africa to wealthy buyers abroad. Now the breakaway African state is fighting back.

The West’s megadrought is so bad, authorities are airlifting water for animals

Read the full story at Vox.

Scientists involved in wildlife conservation are concerned that as climate change makes droughts more frequent and severe, they’ll have to work harder to conserve plants and animals. And as more areas are forced to ration the scarce resource of water, they have to answer a difficult question: What do humans owe animals that are perishing from a problem of our own making?

Slow-walking the climate crisis

Read the full story in the New Yorker.

Travellers arriving in an unfamiliar city used to worry that they’d climb in a taxi and be driven to their destination by the most circuitous route possible, racking up an enormous bill. That’s pretty much what Big Oil and its allies in government and the financial world are doing with the climate crisis—in fact, at this point, it’s the heart of the problem.

Council accused of taking ‘rewilding’ too far as weeds take root in Brighton

Read the full story in The Guardian.

Older residents reported to be tripping on pavement weeds, but Green council leader praises their biodiversity.

One scientist’s trash is another’s treasure: A laboratory’s “irritating” byproduct now supplies 2-D materials research

Read the full story from Ames Laboratory.

While making materials samples to pursue their own research goals, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory discovered that an unwanted byproduct of their experiments was an extremely high-quality and difficult-to-obtain substance sought after by scientists researching layered materials…The resulting research has been featured in Nature CommunicationsNature, and Science.

Solar could be 40% of US generation by 2035, but it needs more investment, White House report finds

Read the full story at Utility Dive.

Solar power could represent 40% of U.S. electrical generation and could sustain as many as 1.5 million jobs by 2035, according to a report on the Biden administration’s solar policies released by the White House on Tuesday.

To decarbonize the U.S. grid by 2035, the nation must deploy solar at three to four times the current rate, according to the report. The extension of investment and production tax credits by Congress could increase the rate of deployment, as could new incentives for storage and transmission projects, the report says.

Solar industry groups praised the report for highlighting the industry’s growth and potential, and expressed optimism that it signals potential reforms to tax policy and other potential incentives.

ROUNDUP: Energy storage projects that may be small in scale but big on ideas

Read the full story at Energy Storage News.

This edition of news in brief from around the world in energy storage focuses on small-scale but potentially significant deployments.