EPA: New mail-delivery fleet needs more electric vehicles

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A U.S. Postal Service plan to replace its huge fleet of mail-delivery trucks has too few electric vehicles and falls short of President Joe Biden’s goals to address climate change, the Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday.

Scientists vacuum zoo animals’ DNA out of the air

Read the full story at Georgia Public Broadcasting.

A key part of protecting endangered species is figuring out where they’re living. Now researchers say they have found a powerful new tool that could help: vacuuming DNA out of the air.

“This is a bit of a crazy idea,” admits Elizabeth Clare, a molecular ecologist at York University in Toronto, Canada. “We are literally sucking DNA out of the sky.”

But it works. Clare’s group was one of two to publish papers in the journal Current Biology on Thursday showing that dozens of animal species could be detected by simply sampling the air.

Environment Agency to develop climate change app

Read the full story at UK Authority.

The Environment Agency (EA) is moving forward with plans to develop a mobile app to encourage people to make lifestyle changes to combat climate change.

It has published a market notice for support in a private beta project to begin by early April, saying it is in support of the Government’s commitment to make the UK carbon neutral by 2050.

BBPA launches website to track sector’s sustainability journey

Read the full story in The Morning Advertiser.

The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has launched a new website, ‘Brewing Green’, to showcase its members’ efforts to reduce the sector’s environmental footprint.

Google the latest to face shareholder action on repair

Read the full story at E-Scrap News.

Activist investors have used shareholder resolutions to pressure Microsoft and Apple on their repair policies. Now, Google is feeling the heat.

Investment firm Green Century Capital Management has filed a right-to-repair proposal with Alphabet, the parent company of Google, according to a press release. The resolution from the Boston-based firm urges the technology giant to make its devices more repairable by consumers and independent repair shops.

Green Century said Google doesn’t address device repairability when assessing the environmental impacts of its electronics, and the company has been known to lobby against right-to-repair legislation. The U.S. Public Interest Research Group (USPIRG) recently wrote about Google’s past lobbying against state repair legislation.

Energy Department slammed for funding ‘false’ plastics solutions

Read the full story at Grist.

The U.S. Department of Energy, or DOE, announced this week that it will invest $13.4 million in research funding to address the plastic industry’s contributions to pollution and climate change. But while the agency cast the investment as an opportunity to address urgent environmental problems while creating an “influx of clean manufacturing jobs for American workers,” environmental advocates said it was the wrong approach.

Scientists search for 10 elusive bird species that have been lost for years

Read the full story at Treehugger.

The Vilacabamba brush-finch has a bright yellow breast and an orange crown. It was last seen in Peru in 1968.

The Siau scops-owl was last seen 155 years ago in Indonesia when it was first described by scientists. Since then, there have been unconfirmed reports of a bird that matches the description of the speckled brown owl with yellow eyes. But much of its forest habitat has been destroyed.

These are just two of the 10 bird species that researchers are trying to find after being lost to science for years. The Search for Lost Birds is calling on scientists, conservationists, and birdwatchers to help locate these lost birds. The project is a collaboration between Re:wild, American Bird Conservancy (ABC), and BirdLife International, with data from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and its eBird platform.

It’s part of Re:wild’s Search for Lost Species program, which has rediscovered eight of its top 25 most wanted lost species since its launch in 2017.

Recycling should be easier. These home appliance start-ups are trying to help.

Read the full story in the Washington Post.

Imagine, if you will, all the things you would want to put in your dream kitchen. An induction cooktop to replace some old, weak gas burners? An island, for more spacious food prep? Or maybe one of those fancy smart fridges, with cameras that let you see what’s inside without ever having to crack it open?

For a pair of start-ups we first met at CES, however, no kitchen would be complete without a new kind of home appliance: one that makes recycling a little easier.

The IEA wants to make their data available to the public – now it is on governments of the world’s rich countries to make this happen

Read the full story at Our World in Data.

We are just one step away from unlocking the world’s energy data for everyone. This would be a massive achievement for progress on energy and climate.

Wisconsin historians seek to return dug-up human remains for Indigenous burials

Read the full story in the Green Bay Press Gazette.

Wisconsin was once home to about 20,000 ancient burial mounds, but only about 4,000 remain because of development, farming, erosion or looting during the past 200 years.

Many of the artifacts and human bones looted from the graves have since found their way into museums in the state, including the Wisconsin Historical Society Museum in Madison, which also acquired artifacts through its own past excavations, donations or purchases.

Today, museum officials are working to return certain artifacts, especially human remains, to their respective tribal nations for reburial, in accordance with the federal Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.