DOE to attack CO2 emissions with billions in funding from inflation reduction, infrastructure laws

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But power plant carbon capture has underperformed and could slow the energy transition while direct air carbon capture is largely untested, clean energy advocates say.

Synthetic chemicals found in over 8 million Illinoisans’ drinking water

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Synthetic chemicals are pervasive in our everyday lives. They’re in many of the products we use like fast food wrappers, cleaning products and personal care items. Even when we’re done with those things, the chemicals live on, and the impacts of that are far-reaching. A Chicago Tribune investigation earlier this year found more than 8 million people in Illinois get their drinking water from utilities where at least one forever chemical has been detected. That’s six out of every 10 Illinoisans. 

The 21st spoke to a panel of guests to hear more about the study and learn about the impacts of emerging contaminants.

Guests

John Scott 
Senior chemist with the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center

Sonya Lunder 
Sierra Club’s Senior Toxics Advisor for the Clean Water, Toxic Chemicals, and Climate Resilience Program

Michael Hawthorne
Investigative Reporter, Chicago Tribune

Melanie Benesh 
Vice President of Government Affairs, Environmental Working Group

Minnesota initiative aims to lower energy burden in manufactured homes

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The state’s Clean Energy Resource Teams, a public-private partnership, has targeted manufactured home communities for energy conservation outreach over the last four years.

The energy transition runs into a ditch in rural Ohio

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Resistance to renewable energy is growing in America’s farm country, including in this Ohio village where a solar proposal has divided the community. Here’s how it looks to two families that used to be friends: the Scheins and the Barneses.

Costs of amphibian and reptile invasions exceeded US$ 17 billion between 1986 and 2020

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Invasions by amphibians and reptiles – when species spread beyond the regions they are native to – are estimated to have cost the global economy at least US$ 17.0 billion between 1986 and 2020, according to a study published in Scientific Reports. The findings highlight the need for more effective policies to limit the spread of current and future amphibian and reptile invasions.

Just add water to activate a disposable paper battery

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A water-activated disposable paper battery is presented in a proof-of-principle study in Scientific Reports. The authors suggest that it could be used to power a wide range of low-power, single-use disposable electronics – such as smart labels for tracking objects, environmental sensors and medical diagnostic devices – and minimise their environmental impact.

Lessons from Google’s clean energy agenda

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Today, most companies (including Google) that have declared they’re running on 100 percent renewable energy can do so because they are matching their electricity usage with purchases of solar, wind, hydro, nuclear or other forms of power generation that don’t produce carbon emissions. It doesn’t mean, however, that the electrons serving their facilities are actually carbon-free. 

Google’s carbon-free energy strategy, announced two years ago in September, is pushing toward that vision — one in which electricity demand is matched with carbon-free supply every hour, every day. “I would say I think we’re making good and steady progress so far compared to our 2030 goal, mainly on building the capacity for our clean energy portfolio,” said Maud Texier, global head of clean energy and carbon development, global infrastructure, at Google, when I spoke with her in early July.

Ecosystems and extreme weather events

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Conservation planners in an era of climate change attempt to model and predict outcomes of mitigation strategies for the near and distant future. Global responses to the climate crisis generally have focused on the ways ecosystems will respond to mean, long-term changes in global temperatures (warming oceans, sea-level rises, and shifting seasons). But short-term, extreme weather and temperature events could challenge these best-laid plans or even make them irrelevant. According to a group of researchers from Australia and the US, led by Sean L. Maxwell, “Extreme weather and climate events…such as cyclones, floods, heat waves and drought, have become more frequent and intense in many regions of the world as a consequence of anthropogenic climate change. This pattern is likely to accelerate.”

As extreme heat grips the globe, access to air conditioning is an urgent public health issue

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Through indoor air conditioning, the U.S. is much better equipped to keep people safe during periods of extreme heat compared with a century ago. Nationally, about 70% of homes now have central AC, while about 10% of households have no air conditioning. But the presence and type of home AC varies considerably by geography. Like exposure to other climate risks, protection from extreme heat also varies by income, tenure, and race. 

How Sussex farmers plan to rewild a nature-rich green corridor to the sea

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The Weald to Waves project aims to create at least 10,000 hectares (24,710 acres) of nature-friendly land in corridors running from the rolling hills of the Weald down the valleys of the Rivers Arun and Adur to boost biodiversity on land and in the sea.

The ambitious nature restoration plan is set to receive a big boost this summer with the government’s announcement of a multimillion-pound “landscape recovery” pilot, one of the new environmental land management schemes (Elms).