Coldplay set ‘sustainable and low-carbon’ stadium tour in support of ‘Music of the Spheres’

Read the full story in Rolling Stone. See also Coldplay’s tour website.

A day before Coldplay drop their new album Music of the Spheres, the band has announced a 2022 “sustainable and low-carbon” tour that will bring the new LP to stadiums around the world.

The Music of the Spheres Tour — kicking off March 18th, 2022 in Costa Rica — aims to cut direct emissions from Coldplay’s last tour in 2017 by 50%, as well as power each show entirely by renewable, super-low emission energy; that includes installing solar panels at each venue, “kinetic stadium floor and kinetic bikes powered by fans,” and transporting around a mobile, rechargeable show battery to store the energy.

Job announcement: Director, Institute for Sustainability, Energy and Environment, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Application deadline: November 23, 2021
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The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign invites applications for the position of Director of the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE) to provide visible and compelling leadership ensuring the Institute’s position as a world leader in sustainability, energy, and environmental research; educational and outreach programming; and campus sustainability development. The Director will plan strategies to address grand challenges from varying perspectives and deliver internationally competitive results for the benefit of science and society.

Life’s a beach: Finding trends in marine debris across Australia

Read the full story from the University of New South Wales.

Ten years of citizen science data has informed a new study which found plastic dominates the rubbish found on Australian beaches.

Climate change & wine

Read the full story at Climate Central.

Fine wine production is likely to shift due to climate change. Among agricultural products, wine grapes are one of the most sensitive crops to variations in temperature and precipitation. 

In the United States, the average growing season temperature (April-October) has risen 2.0°F since 1970. 

Premium wine grapes can only be grown in places that support a delicate balance of heat and precipitation. Globally, wine grapes are grown in areas where the average growing season temperature (spring through fall) occurs within a narrow range of 18°F. For some grapes, such as pinot noir, the average temperature range is a much narrower 3.6°F

Other climate change threats to wine production include exposure to wildfire smoke, extreme heat waves, heavy precipitation, unexpected spring frosts, and drought. And with shorter and milder winters, insects and other grapevine pests are having longer life spans. 

A rare ecological gem is slicked with spilled oil — again

Read the full story at Cal Matters.

Wetlands painstakingly created with millions of dollars are the most devastating victims of the Huntington Beach oil spill. The trio of marshes provides rare feeding and resting grounds for at least 90 species of shorebirds.

What is COP26 and why does it matter? The complete guide

Read the full story in The Guardian.

Everything you need to know about the Glasgow conference seeking to forge a global response to the climate emergency.

Ecological Threat Report 2021: Understanding Ecological Threats, Resilience, and Peace

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This is the second edition of the Ecological Threat Report (ETR), which analyses 178 independent states and territories. Produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), the report covers over 2,500 subnational administrative units or 99.9 per cent of the world’s population. It assesses threats relating to food risk, water risk, rapid population growth, temperature anomalies and natural disasters. These assessments are then combined with national measures of socioeconomic resilience to determine which countries have the most severe threats and lowest coping capabilities. These are the countries most likely to suffer from increased levels of ecological-threat related conflict. The report also looks at the future, with projections out to 2050.

‘Native landscape’ bill would make Minnesota cities more pollinator friendly, one lawn at a time

Read the full story in the Minneapolis Post.

Rep. Rick Hansen, DFL-South St Paul, has introduced a bill that would require all cities to permit native landscapes.

EPA finds evidence for tightening key air quality standard

Read the full story at The Hill.

As the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reassesses a Trump administration decision not to strengthen a key air quality standard, it says it has found evidence to support tightening it. 

In a new draft policy assessment, the agency said that scientific evidence, air quality analyses and the risk assessment for a type of pollution called fine particulate matter can “reasonably be viewed as calling into question the adequacy of the public health protection afforded by the … standards.”

The 3rd National Risk Assessment: Infrastructure on the Brink

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This report will provide the first ever nation-wide understanding of community vulnerability to flooding, taking into account the impact of a changing climate over the next 30 years. It will add the critical new dimension of proximity to flooding to personal evaluations of flood risk, providing an expanded understanding of risk based on the impact of flooding to the broader environment
surrounding a home.

This report assesses risk to: (1) residential properties; (2) roads; (3) commercial properties; (4) critical infrastructure (airports, fire stations, hospitals, police stations, ports, power stations, superfund/hazardous waste sites, water outfalls, and wastewater treatment facilities); and (5) social infrastructure (government buildings, historic buildings, houses of worship, museums, and
schools).