Online harassment: a toolkit for protecting yourself from abuse

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Scientists can take practical steps to prevent or pre-empt problems on social media.

If you’re a University of Illinois faculty or staff member, the Office of the Provost has a toolkit available to help you if you’re a victim of trolling or online harassment.

Alaska’s herring row

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The tiny fish is central to Tlingit culture and to sustainable ecosystems. Overfishing threatens both.

Big Agriculture and the Farm Bureau help lead a charge against SEC rules aimed at corporate climate transparency

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Not a single farm in America is listed with the SEC, which wants big companies to report their greenhouse gas emissions and vulnerabilities to climate change. But powerful farm and agribusiness lobbyists say they, too, would be forced to report on greenhouse gas emissions.

‘We’re dwindling like the salmon’: the Indigenous nations fighting for water rights

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In California’s Bay-Delta, civil rights are inextricable from water rights, a coalition says – and a way of life is on the line

Shark-skin technology lets planes fly fast with less fuel

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Earlier this year, a Lufthansa Group Boeing 747-400 flying on the carrier’s international route of networks in Asia sported an unusual covering on its underside. Attached to portions of the craft’s lower fuselage and belly fairing was a thin film-like coating imprinted with a ribbed texture of small protrusions, each about 50 micrometers high. The riblets on the surface of the film, dubbed AeroSHARK, are designed to reduce friction between the aircraft’s surface and the air around it in a bid to cut fuel consumption and lower carbon emissions.

The film, inspired by shark skin and its well-known ability to reduce drag in water, is a prime example of what’s known as biomimicry. But it’s more than that. AeroSHARK is also an example of the measures the airline industry is willing to take amid a heightened focus on the industry’s contributions to anthropogenic greenhouse-gases. Before the Covid-19 pandemic, traveling by air contributed about 2.5% of greenhouse gases. With travel bouncing back and the industry pledging to cut emissions to zero, the pressure is on to eke out any way possible to make flying greener. 

The carbon capture crux: Lessons learned

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This report aims to shed light on the different applications and conceptualisations of CCUS/CCS, demystifying the technology’s applications, concepts and categorisations. It explains the dichotomy between enhanced oil recovery and carbon capture within dedicated geological structures, and the difference between carbon capture and utilisation (CCU), CCUS and CCS. It uses a four-tiered structure to provide an overview of all carbon capture applications, which includes gas processing, power generation, industry application/production, and carbon dioxide removal (CDR) technologies.

Finally, 13 flagship cases (10 in operation, two that have failed and one that has been suspended) comprising about 55% of the total nominal capture capacity operating worldwide have been reviewed in detail. The projects are flagship in different senses, with each of them having unique aspects of importance. Our sample is comprehensive, enough to learn lessons about the whole sector. IEEFA estimates that the studied cases have captured more than two-thirds of all anthropogenic carbon dioxide captured in history.

Why do some people in New Jersey suddenly have bags and bags of bags?

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A ban on single-use plastic and paper bags in grocery stores had an unintended effect: Delivery services switched to heavy, reusable sacks — lots of them.

Oil spill cleanup workers more likely to have asthma symptoms

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Researchers from the NIEHS Gulf Long-term Follow-up Study (GuLF STUDY) found that workers involved in cleaning up the nation’s largest oil spill were 60% more likely than those who did not work on the cleanup to be diagnosed with asthma or experience asthma symptoms one to three years after the spill.

NIEHS influences national efforts to understand, solve PFAS problems

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As science on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) develops, NIEHS continually plays a substantive role.

A group of more than 9,000 manmade chemicals, PFAS have been used for decades in a variety of industrial and consumer products. Now found in drinking water, soil, and dust, researchers estimate they can be detected in 98% of Americans.

PFAS stay in the environment, rather than breaking down, due to chemical bonds within the molecules that are hard to split.

World-class lessons on zero waste

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Designers from around the world find inspiration in traditional garment making in their quest to eliminate fabric waste.

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