White House unveils EV charging action plan, prepares network rollout guidance for cities, states

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The White House on Monday unveiled an EV Charging Action Plan that sketches out how federal agencies will coordinate on the development of a national network of 500,000 electric vehicle chargers.

The action plan establishes a Joint Office of Energy and Transportation, coordinated by the Department of Energy and the Department of Transportation, aiming to provide stakeholders with a harmonized approach and single point of contact for charging resources.

The new joint office will be critical to facilitating a smooth and equitable rollout of taxpayer funded infrastructure, said EV advocates. “Too often, localities and other stakeholders can’t easily access federal funding because of difficult grant application processes,” Zero Emission Transportation Association spokesman Daniel Zotos said in an email.

Environmental groups call on EPA to take stronger action on reports of falsified chemical safety assessments

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Six environmental organizations on Tuesday called on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to take more aggressive action in response to reports that an agency office manipulated assessments of chemical safety.

The allegations, first reported in July by The Intercept, originated from four whistleblowers in the EPA’s Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT). The scientists alleged managers have rubber-stamped industry’s submissions for new chemicals, called pre-manufacture notices (PMNs), despite internal warnings of high toxicity for many of the submissions.

Concept idea of a low-tech solution that filters out greywater and microplastics before water is drained out of the Divya washing machines

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For the People.Planet.Product student design challenge, an idea was developed for the “planet” challenge specifically. This challenge involved designing a low-tech solution that filters out greywater and microplastics before water is drained out of the Divya washing machines, enabling users to maximise water reuse/recapture (washing, cooking, cleaning, and agricultural farming).

CCEP to invest £11m to advance net zero emissions commitment

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Coca-Cola Europacific Partners (CCEP) has announced it is investing £11 million in its manufacturing sites in Great Britain, as part of its commitment to net zero emissions by 2040.

CCEP will replace its 200-strong fleet of material handling equipment (MHE) – which includes some gas-powered forklift trucks – with units powered by lithium-ion batteries that produce no carbon emissions in their day-to-day operation.

Climate change has destabilized the Earth’s poles, putting the rest of the planet in peril

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Planet-warming pollution from burning fossil fuels and other human activities has already raised global temperatures more than 1.1 degrees Celsius (2 degrees Fahrenheit). But the effects are particularly profound at the poles, where rising temperatures have seriously undermined regions once locked in ice.

In research presented this week at the world’s biggest earth science conference, Pettit showed that the Thwaites ice shelf could collapse within the next three to five years, unleashing a river of ice that could dramatically raise sea levels. Aerial surveys document how warmer conditions have allowed beavers to invade the Arctic tundra, flooding the landscape with their dams. Large commercial ships are increasingly infiltrating formerly frozen areas, disturbing wildlife and generating disastrous amounts of trash. In many Alaska Native communities, climate impacts compounded the hardships of the coronavirus pandemic, leading to food shortages among people who have lived off this land for thousands of years.

DHL, Apple test hydrogen-fueled trucks for long-haul transport

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Logistics giant Deutsche Post DHL Group announced today that its DHL Express division is piloting the use of hydrogen-fueled trucks for long-haul transport, with Apple as the first customer to test the new solution.

Greenland ice sheet experiences record loss to calving of glaciers and ocean melt over the past year

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Greenland has had a quite a year. For the first time in its history, rain fell at its summit. In August, it experienced one of the latest-occurring melt events in recent memory. This also became the third year with major melting events in the past decade.

By the end of the melt season, the ice sheet lost more ice than it gained — for the 25th year in a row.

The Moon’s Tears Fell on Cahokia

Presented Tim R. Pauketat, Director of the Illinois State Archaeological Survey, Illinois State Archaeologist, and a professor of Anthropology and Medieval Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

With the discovery of the first yellow-floored shrine house in 2000, archaeologists began to rethink the rise of one of North America’s most important ancient cultural phenomena—Greater Cahokia and its far-flung outposts or missions. This talk will take us from enigmatic Trempealeau, in Wisconsin, and the Emerald Acropolis, in Illinois, to the summit of the great earthen pyramid at Cahokia itself. In these places, new discoveries of aligned monuments, circular platform mounds, steam baths, causeways, and water features help to explain the rise and fall of a city and its possible ties to cultures far to the south.

Timothy R. Pauketat is the Director of the Illinois State Archaeological Survey, Illinois State Archaeologist, and a professor of Anthropology and Medieval Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He previously held positions at the University of Oklahoma and the State University of New York, Buffalo. Professor Pauketat has published extensively on his research at Cahokia, other Mississippian sites, and the continent as a whole. He has written or edited 17 books, including The Archaeology of Ancient North America (Cambridge 2020), Chiefdoms and Other Archaeological Delusions (AltaMira 2007), and Cahokia: Ancient America’s Great City on the Mississippi (Penguin, 2009). His current interests include the relationship of global history and humanity to matter and effects, with a focus on the Medieval Warm Period.

Recorded: November 18, 2021 | The Archaeological Conservancy 2021

Officials underestimating ‘forever chemicals’ lurking in US food: scientists

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The American food supply is likely riddled with far more dangerous toxins than the average consumer would anticipate, and scientists say they lack sufficient, streamlined data about the “forever chemicals” lurking in food packaging and farmlands. 

While state and federal agencies have improved data collection for PFAS — perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances — in drinking water, only “anecdotal evidence” exists for other exposure sources, such as ingestion of food, inhalation of dust and dermal uptake, Elsie Sunderland, an environmental chemistry professor at Harvard University, told the Subcommittees on Environment and Research and Technology earlier this week.

Prickly business: the hedgehog highway that knits a village together

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With their miniature ramps, stairs and holes cut into fences and stone walls, the gardens of Kirtlington in Oxfordshire are a haven for wildlife.