Pilsen environmental group calls on city to deny new permit for Sims Metal shredder

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A Pilsen environmental group is calling on the city to deny a new permit for a controversial metal shredder in the neighborhood over concerns about air pollution.

The Pilsen Environmental Rights and Reform Organization has been working for years to raise awareness about Sims Metal Management, 2500 S. Paulina St., and the impact it has on the surrounding neighborhood, said data scientist and PERRO volunteer Troy Hernandez. Now, the metal scrapper’s permit is up for renewal.

Hernandez and PERRO volunteer Donald Wink, a University of Illinois Chicago chemistry professor, posted a video to YouTube last week detailing alleged issues with Sims’ application and argued the facility should be shut down until it can prove it’s operating appropriately. 

Earth is getting a ‘black box’ to hold humans accountable for climate change

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When a plane crashes, its flight recorder is critical to piecing together the missteps that led to calamity. Now the planet is getting its own in case it self-destructs.

Bird law spells lights out for city-owned buildings in bid to save feathered friends

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Legislation recently passed by the [New York City] City Council will force city-owned buildings to turn off the lights at night — saving electricity and eliminating some of the visual pollution that both draws and confuses birds navigating the big city.

Coupled with a law that came into effect in January requiring new buildings to incorporate bird-friendly designs — including simple window decals to warn them away from glass towers — avian advocates hope the Council moves will make a difference in the wake of climate-related threats to our feathered friends.

Adapting to climate change will only get more expensive

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A new estimate puts the cost of adapting and repairing coastal infrastructure damaged by climate change in the United States at hundreds of billions annually. The sooner adaptation planning begins, the less expensive it will be.

World’s first carbon removal plant converting wood waste to hydrogen

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Climatetech company Mote is establishing its first facility to convert wood waste into hydrogen fuel while capturing, utilizing, and sequestering carbon dioxide emissions resulting from its process. It’s estimated that more than 500 million metric tons of wood and agricultural waste are generated every year in the US, which today is either disposed of via natural decay, landfills, or open-air burn, all of which return carbon to the atmosphere. With the engineering work of their first facility underway, Mote expects to produce approximately seven million kilograms of carbon-negative hydrogen and remove 150,000 metric tons of CO2 from the air annually. Mote expects to start hydrogen production starting as soon as 2024.

Nature for Climate Action: Nationally Determined Contributions: Policy strategies for managing deep uncertainty with deep resilience

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Failing to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is one of the greatest risks facing the world today. However, even dramatic cuts in emissions at this stage will only begin to slow the rate of climate change. As of the middle of 2021, ever dramatic impacts of climate change are already here, and we need to aggressively cope with additional impacts that will occur in the coming decades, potentially even centuries.

In the world of national and global climate policy, the Paris Agreement from 2015 becomes an active, living document in 2021 as countries begin to implement their climate mitigation and adaptation commitments as expressed in their climate plans, or Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). But these NDCs vary widely in quality and ambition. Converting NDCs into operational priorities and projects is expected to be difficult. The world is relying on these NDCs to deliver on both mitigation and adaptation; adaptation is especially challenging to define in practice.

Coping with climate change will require shifting away from business as usual along two dimensions. Conceptually, we must recognize the deep uncertainties surrounding climate change and move beyond traditional conceptions of sustainability and adaptation to embrace concepts of “deep resilience”. Are we simply reacting to climate impacts, or are we redefining growth and prosperity for an age of ongoing change? Operationally, nature-based solutions (NBS) must be embedded within the NDCs as strategic assets for ensuring deep economic, ecological, and community resilience.

To support effective, credible implementation of NDCs that support deep resilience, this brief seeks to clarify: Why we need to rethink how adaptation is approached and what coping measures the NDCs must consider. Why NBS will be central to coping effectively with climate change. A companion piece will delve into guidance on implementation; how to operationalize NBS within the NDCs. View resource

‘Forever chemicals’ can ‘boomerang’ from ocean waves to shore: study

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Many of the “forever chemicals” that end up in the ocean can “boomerang back to shore” after crashing waves reemit the compounds into the air, a new study has found.

This “sea-to-air transport” mechanism is polluting the air in coastal regions with toxic compounds called PFAS, according to the study, published in Environmental Science & Technology on Wednesday.

While electric cars clean up the roads, neighbors of auto plants still hit by pollution

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While electric vehicles are better for the environment, the plants that produce them might not be. A new report wants everyone — especially automakers and policymakers — to think about how the production of “green” cars can still be harmful to disadvantaged communities.

The report — Driving Toward Environmental Justice & Health: Challenges, Opportunities & Tools for an Equitable Electric Vehicle (eV) Transition — is led by the consulting firm Empowering a Green Environment and Economy (EGE2). EGE2’s mission is to “work with institutions that make decisions impacting communities of color by helping them collect data to make the best decisions that aren’t harming these communities that are often dealing with political injustices,” according to the firm’s founder, Dr. Jalonne White-Newsome.  

Thyssenkrupp to supply shell with 200 MW electrolysis plant for green hydrogen hub in Netherlands

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thyssenkrupp Uhde Chlorine Engineers, a joint venture of industrial and technology conglomerate thyssenkrupp and Industrie De Nora announced an agreement to engineer and build a 200 MW electrolysis plant for Shell’s ‘Hydrogen Holland I’ green hydrogen project in the Netherlands.

Shell is currently working on plans to develop a large-scale hydrogen hub in the port of Rotterdam. The Hydrogen Holland I project will produce green hydrogen for industry and the transport sector, with electricity coming from offshore wind warm Hollandse Kust, in development approximately 18.5 kilometers off the Dutch coast.

Climate change is helping invasive species take over trout habitats in Montana

Read the full story in the Washington Post.

If you grab your fishing pole and head to a river in Montana’s Rocky Mountains, you may easily make a catch.

But thanks to human-caused climate change, that fish is more likely to be a nonnative species.

A study in Science Advances shows that Montana’s changing climate is causing native trout to dwindle — and facilitating the rise of invasive species.