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2024 Law Firm Climate Change Scorecard

Law Students for Climate Accountability: “We are delighted to announce the launch of our first-ever multinational report. Expanding upon our 2024 Law Firm Climate Change Scorecard, which grades the “Vault 100” firms according to their fossil fuels work, the full report includes additional U.K. and Irish firms as well as lessons from COP28 and recent innovations in both organizing and lawyering. LSCA leadership will present about the report’s findings, take questions from in-person attendees, and be available for networking and discussion from 7-8 pm UK. “As we launch the Scorecard, we are more committed than ever to exposing the legal industry’s role in perpetuating climate injustice,” said Sean Torres, a rising 3L at CUNY School of Law. “This year’s scorecard, our most comprehensive yet, expands our scrutiny to the U.K. market and highlights incremental progress and ongoing challenges. Recent regulatory decisions, like FERC denying a hydroelectric project on Navajo Nation lands and New York’s Third Department halting a natural gas facility under the CLCPA, reflect the evolving legal landscape and a cultural understanding towards a more livable future. As regulations evolve to address the climate crisis, the legal industry must also change with the times for the betterment of our future.”

First 2 years of Russia’s War on Ukraine Increased Climate Pollution by 175 Million Tonnes

EcoWatch: “In addition to the devastating death toll and widespread destruction of Russia’s war on Ukraine, the ongoing conflict has brought extensive climate damage to the planet. New research reveals that the first 24 months of the Ukraine war had a climate cost greater than the annual greenhouse gas emissions of 175 individual countries, adding… Continue Reading

One in Four US Households Likely Exceed New Soil Lead Guidance Levels

Gabriel M. Filippelli, Matthew Dietrich, John Shukle, Leah Wood, Andrew Margenot, S. Perl Egendorf, Howard W. Mielke. One in Four US Households Likely Exceed New Soil Lead Guidance Levels. GeoHealth, 2024; 8 (6) DOI: 10.1029/2024GH001045 “Lead exposure has blighted communities across the United States (and the globe), with much of the burden resting on lower… Continue Reading

How Specialty Recycling Companies Reduce Plastic Waste

Civil Eats – “With the lack of a national recycling standard and a confusing patchwork of local rules, specialty recyclers are stepping in to take whatever traditional recyclers reject. We ask a lot of food packaging. It needs to look good and keep perishable food safe, intact, and unblemished as it travels from the producer… Continue Reading

A New Book About Plant Intelligence Highlights the Messiness of Scientific Change

The New Yorker [unpaywalled], In “The Light Eaters,” by Zoë Schlanger the field of botany itself functions as a character—one in the process of undergoing a potentially radical transformation: “During the nineteen-seventies and eighties, a researcher at the University of Washington started noticing something strange in the college’s experimental forest. For years, a blight of… Continue Reading

Check out these new ‘HeatRisk’ tools to stay up to date on US heatwaves

The Verge: “Extreme heat is in store for communities across the US this week, and the CDC and National Weather Service (NWS) have new tools to help people prepare for the health risks. Heat is the top weather-related killer in the US, a threat that’s growing worse with climate change. But even though heatwaves kill… Continue Reading

Climate Quick Reference Guides Now on

“Even when data is at your fingertips it can sometimes still be hard to find what you’re looking for – especially when it comes to climate information. USDA’s Climate Hubs and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) are helping to meet that need by providing Climate Quick Reference Guides for agricultural producers and landowners seeking basic… Continue Reading

How the recycling symbol lost its meaning

Grist: “Today, the recycling icon is omnipresent — found on plastic bottles, cereal boxes, and bins loitering alongside curbs across the country. The chasing arrows, though, are often plastered on products that aren’t recyclable at all, particularly products made of plastic, like dog chew toys and inflatable swim rings. Last year, the Environmental Protection Agency… Continue Reading

Build it and they will come? The effects of a new infrastructure on cycling practices and experiences

Patrick Rérat, Aurélie Schmassmann, Build it and they will come? The effects of a new infrastructure on cycling practices and experiences, Transportation Research Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Volume 25, 2024, 101121, ISSN 2590-1982, Abstract: What are the effects of cycling infrastructure? This question is crucial as cities begin to give more space to cycling. In this… Continue Reading

What Animal Studies Are Revealing About Their Minds and Ours

TIME – “…The last few months alone have been something of a boom time for research into the intelligence and behavior of animals. German researchers discovered a sort of pre-verbal stage in finches—similar to the babbling stage in humans—that leads to their becoming fluent in song. Studies in Sweden and Vienna explored the role of… Continue Reading

All the place where you can now find microplastics

Washington Post [unpaywalled]: “Microplastics have popped up in rivers, oceans, soil, food, tea and even Antarctic snow — and now these tiny plastic particles are showing up in clouds. A group of researchers from Waseda University in Tokyo recently found microplastics in the clouds above Mount Fuji. In a paper published in Environmental Chemistry Letters,… Continue Reading