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  • In ‘Cancer Alley,’ Judge Blocks Huge Petrochemical Plant
    by Lisa Friedman on 2022-09-15 in Global Warming, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Decisions and Verdicts, Oil (Petroleum) and Gasoline, Hazardous and Toxic Substances, Factories and Manufacturing, Air Pollution, Earthjustice, Formosa Plastics, Louisiana

    The company, an affiliate of Formosa Plastics, said it intended to move forward with the $9.4 billion complex in St. James Parish despite the ruling.

  • FDA’s Drug Industry Fees Fuel Concerns Over Influence
    by Christina Jewett on 2022-09-15 in Drugs (Pharmaceuticals), Prices (Fares, Fees and Rates), United States Politics and Government, Law and Legislation, Clinical Trials, Generic Brands and Products, Regulation and Deregulation of Industry, Infant Formulas, Medical Devices, Food and Drug Administration, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, Lobbying and Lobbyists, Medicine and Health

    The pharmaceutical industry finances about 75 percent of the agency’s drug division, through a controversial program that Congress must reauthorize by the end of this month.

  • Life on Mars? NASA’s Rover Helps Us Find It.
    by Kenneth Chang on 2022-09-15 in Perseverance (Mars Rover), Mars (Planet), Extraterrestrial Life, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Space and Astronomy, Microbiology, Fossils, Geology

    Rocks collected by Perseverance are filled with organic molecules, and they formed in a lake that would have been habitable a few billion years ago.

  • Monkeypox Shots, Treatments and Tests Are Unavailable in Much of the World
    by Stephanie Nolen on 2022-09-15 in Monkeypox, Vaccination and Immunization, Clinical Trials, Drugs (Pharmaceuticals), Tests (Medical), Epidemics, Third World and Developing Countries, Bavarian Nordic AS, World Health Organization, Africa, Brazil, your-feed-healthcare, Peru, audio-neutral-informative

    High-income countries snapped up vaccines when the disease hit them, leaving none for countries that have battled the virus for years, in an echo of the Covid response.

  • When the Queen Died, Someone Had to Tell the Bees
    by Daniel Victor on 2022-09-15 in Bees, Superstitions, Royal Families, Elizabeth II, Queen of Great Britain, Buckingham Palace, Great Britain

    A report that the royal beekeeper had informed Queen Elizabeth II’s bees of her death received some mockery, but it has been a tradition for centuries.

  • Solar Energy Is Helping Schools Make Ends Meet
    by Cara Buckley on 2022-09-15 in Alternative and Renewable Energy, Global Warming, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Solar Energy, Education (K-12), Heating, Ventilation and Cooling (HVAC), Electric Light and Power

    Public schools are increasingly using savings from solar energy to upgrade facilities, help their communities, and give teachers raises — often with no cost to taxpayers.

  • How to Ask for Help
    by Catherine Pearson on 2022-09-15 in Psychological Science (Journal), Psychology and Psychologists, Research, Anxiety and Stress

    Asking for help can be hard, but new research suggests we underestimate how willing people are to lend a hand.

  • Susan L. Solomon, Crusader for Stem Cell Research, Dies at 71
    by Sam Roberts on 2022-09-15 in Solomon, Susan L, Diabetes, Research, Stem Cells, New York Stem Cell Foundation, New York Stem Cell Foundation Research Institute, Deaths (Obituaries), Cancer

    Vexed by lags in producing cures for diabetes and cancer, she helped raise $400 million to start a foundation that has made medical breakthroughs.

  • Oil Executives Privately Contradicted Public Statements on Climate, Files Show
    by Hiroko Tabuchi on 2022-09-15 in Global Warming, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Oil (Petroleum) and Gasoline, United States Politics and Government, Rumors and Misinformation, Advertising and Marketing, BBDO Worldwide, BP Plc, Chevron Corporation, Exxon Mobil Corp, Shell Plc, House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Oil and Gas Climate Initiative, United States Chamber of Commerce

    The documents, subpoenaed in a House investigation of climate disinformation, show company leaders contravening industry commitments.

  • Patagonia Founder Gives Away the Company to Fight Climate Change
    by David Gelles on 2022-09-14 in Global Warming, Philanthropy, Corporate Social Responsibility, High Net Worth Individuals, Chouinard, Yvon, Capitalism (Theory and Philosophy), Patagonia Inc, Content Type: Personal Profile, Fashion and Apparel, Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures

    Yvon Chouinard has forfeited ownership of the company he founded 49 years ago. The profits will now be used to fight .

  • An Oily Challenge: Evict Stinky Old Furnaces in Favor of Heat Pumps
    by Somini Sengupta on 2022-09-14 in Heating, Real Estate and Housing (Residential), Energy Efficiency, Electric Light and Power, Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, Global Warming, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Oil (Petroleum) and Gasoline, New York City

    Building by building, New York and other cities are trying to stop the age-old use of fossil fuels to heat homes and buildings. In the U.S., new climate laws aim to speed things up.

  • Where the New Climate Law Means More Drilling, Not Less
    by Lisa Friedman and Bryan Tarnowski on 2022-09-14 in Global Warming, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, Oil (Petroleum) and Gasoline, Natural Gas, Oil Spills, Shrimp, Fishing, Commercial, Alternative and Renewable Energy, Hurricanes and Tropical Storms, Disasters and Emergencies, Drilling and Boring, United States Economy, Biden, Joseph R Jr, United States Politics and Government, Gulf of Mexico, Louisiana, Gulf Coast (US)

    A compromise built into the law ensures oil and gas leasing in the Gulf of Mexico for the next decade. Activists say the region has been “sacrificed” to fossil fuels.

  • Unearthing a Maya Civilization That ‘Punched Above Its Weight’
    by Franz Lidz and Meghan Dhaliwal on 2022-09-14 in Archaeology and Anthropology, Mayans, Chiapas (Mexico), Guatemala, Mesoamerica, your-feed-science, Golden, Charles W, Brandeis University, Scherer, Andrew K, Brown University

    Before the pandemic, the long-sought ruins of Sak Tz’i’, a small but influential Mesoamerican kingdom, were discovered on a cattle ranch in Mexico. This summer archaeologists returned to excavate it.

  • How a Garbage-Bin War Schools Humans and Birds
    by Bethany Brookshire on 2022-09-14 in Birds, Animal Behavior, Animal Cognition, Australia, your-feed-science

    Sulfur-crested cockatoos are trash-can bandits in the suburbs of Sydney, Australia. Humans use tools to protect their bins, and the birds then go the extra mile to break in.

  • To Save Whales, Don’t Eat Lobster, Watchdog Group Says
    by Annie Roth on 2022-09-14 in Lobsters, Whales and Whaling, Fishing, Commercial, Seafood, Supermarkets and Grocery Stores, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Endangered and Extinct Species, National Marine Fisheries Service, Seafood Watch, your-feed-science, your-feed-animals

    The group says that the shellfish, long considered a more responsible choice, cannot be considered a guilt-free meal anymore.

  • At 75, the Father of Environmental Justice Meets the Moment
    by Cara Buckley on 2022-09-14 in Global Warming, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Black People, Discrimination, Minorities, United States Politics and Government, Civil Rights and Liberties, Race and Ethnicity, Federal Aid (US), White House Council on Environmental Quality, Bullard, Robert D

    The White House has pledged $60 billion to a cause Robert Bullard has championed since the late seventies. He wants guarantees that the money will end up in the right hands.

  • To Search for a Near-Extinct Snail, Tread Lightly
    by Jessica Suarez and Oliver Whang on 2022-09-13 in Snails, Endangered and Extinct Species, Biology and Biochemistry, Research, Waterfalls, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Chittenango (NY), Syracuse (NY), your-feed-science, your-feed-animals

    Monitoring the last wild Chittenango ovate amber snails, scientists tiptoe through a waterfall spray zone the size of a living room.

  • How the New Climate Law Can Save You Thousands of Dollars
    by Coral Davenport on 2022-09-13 in Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, Tax Credits, Deductions and Exemptions, Rebates and Refunds, Energy Efficiency, Electric and Hybrid Vehicles, Alternative and Renewable Energy, Home Appliances, Home Repairs and Improvements, Content Type: Service

    Rebates and tax credits can lower the cost of solar panels, energy-efficient appliances and electric vehicles.

  • Biden Picks Biotech Executive to Lead New Biomedical Research Agency
    by Sheryl Gay Stolberg on 2022-09-12 in Wegrzyn, Renee, Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health, National Institutes of Health, Appointments and Executive Changes, Biden, Joseph R Jr, United States Politics and Government, Research, Innovation

    Dr. Renee Wegrzyn is President Biden’s choice to lead the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health, which is aimed at driving biomedical innovation.

  • Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin Rocket Crashes; No People Were Aboard
    by Kenneth Chang on 2022-09-12 in Private Spaceflight, Rocket Science and Propulsion, Accidents and Safety, Blue Origin, Bezos, Jeffrey P

    The capsule carrying experiments escaped damage. The F.A.A. is investigating the mishap.

  • How Long Is the Drive to the Edge of the Universe?
    by Randall Munroe on 2022-09-12 in Space and Astronomy, Mathematics, your-feed-science

    See you in a quadrillion years or so. Don’t forget to pack zillions of tons of snacks!

  • Cracking the Case of the Giant Fern Genome
    by Oliver Whang on 2022-09-12 in Genetics and Heredity, DNA (Deoxyribonucleic Acid), Trees and Shrubs, Chromosomes, Evolution (Biology), Nature (Journal), your-feed-science

    Scientists have sequenced complete fern genomes for the first time, to learn why the plants have twice as much DNA as humans.

  • Rise in Deaths Spurs Effort to Raise Alcohol Taxes
    by Ted Alcorn on 2022-09-11 in Sales and Excise Taxes, States (US), Law and Legislation, Wines, Deaths (Fatalities), Alcohol Abuse, Alcoholic Beverages, Beer, Oregon

    Alcohol taxes have been stagnant for years. But after the pandemic sent alcohol-related deaths soaring, activists in Oregon said higher taxes could save lives.

  • Harvest Moon Lights Up Skies and Marks Start of Festivals Worldwide
    by April Rubin on 2022-09-10 in Space and Astronomy, Summer (Season), Seasons and Months, Corn, Agriculture and Farming, Moon, Saturn (Planet), Jupiter (Planet), National Aeronautics and Space Administration, United States, Bangladesh, China, India, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, Sunlight

    The harvest moon, which will appear full for about three nights from Thursday night to Sunday morning, is the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox.

  • La NASA quiere un laboratorio para evitar una plaga marciana
    by Sarah Scoles on 2022-09-10 in internal-sub-only, Space and Astronomy, Mars (Planet), Perseverance (Mars Rover), Epidemics, Microbiology, Extraterrestrial Life, Hazardous and Toxic Substances, Laboratories and Scientific Equipment, Research, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, European Space Agency

    Es poco probable que traer rocas a la Tierra desde el planeta rojo nos enferme, pero la agencia espacial no quiere correr riesgos.