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US: Getting the lead out -- at long last
27 September 2022 - Following decades of pressure from environmental-justice advocates, the Federal Aviation Administration has authorized the use of a high-octane unleaded aviation gasoline for use in all spark-ignition aviation engines in the nation's general aviation fleet. The agency described the decision as ''a major step forward'' to safely phase out leaded aviation fuel, which contains a highly toxic additive known as tetraethyl lead. (more)

England: New carbon-free ferry service sets sail from Dover
26 September 2022 - A new ferry between England and France aims to significantly cut the CO2 emissions of crossing the Channel. Although the exact details are still to be announced, the Dover to Boulogne-sur-Mer route will likely run from Easter to October. A second route between Ramsgate and Dunkirk is on the cards for 2024, with a more challenging Newhaven to Dieppe crossing due to start in 2025. (more)

Umicore sees new plant in Poland powering 3 million EVs in second half of decade
25 September 2022 - Belgian firm Umicore sees its newly inaugurated battery materials plant in Poland potentially powering 3 million electric vehicles (EVs) in the second half of the decade, it said on Wednesday [21 September]. The company said it saw potential to increase the plant's annual production capacity in gigawatt hours (GWh) to over 200 GWh in the second half of the decade, the equivalent of 3 million electric vehicles. (more)

Estonia: Tallinn Airport opens seventh solar park
24 September 2022 - Tallinn Airport in Estonia has opened its seventh solar park, meaning the airport will have solar parks with a total capacity of 4.14MW in operation by the end of 2022. By 2030, the airport is expected to be generating more electricity than it consumes. (more)

UK: North Yorkshire barn owls web stream is global online hit
24 September 2022 - A live video stream of barn owls in a North Yorkshire nest box is proving a hit with viewers across the world. Thousands of people are watching the stream from a webcam in the village of Thixendale every day -- with viewers as far away as Japan and the US. One bar in the Netherlands has switched its big screen from sports coverage to a feed of the owls. (more)

U.S. Congress reaches a milestone in Indigenous representation
24 September 2022 - Rep. Mary Peltola's election to the U.S. House of Representatives made history in several ways. With her recent swearing-in, it became official for the first time in more than 230 years: A Native American, an Alaska Native, and a Native Hawaiian are all members of the House -- fully representing the United States' Indigenous people for the first time, according to Rep. Kaiali'i Kahele of Hawaii. Now, there are six Indigenous Americans who are representatives in the House. (more)

UK: Highest number of barn owls recorded, Dorset council says
24 September 2022 - The highest number of barn owl chicks since the start of a conservation scheme have been recorded this year. Dorset Council set up barn owl boxes at farms in 2018 to increase biodiversity, as it said there had been a 'significant decline' in numbers. (more)

For first time in 233 years, Native American, Native Alaskan, Native Hawaiian all in U.S. House
23 September 2022 - Last month, Mary Peltola made history when she became first Native Alaskan and woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. When Peltola was sworn in last week, Congress reached a milestone: for the first time in more than two centuries, the House has full U.S. Indigenous representation, according to Rep. Kaiali'i Kahele of Hawaii. (more)

Neptune and rings shine in photos from new space telescope
23 September 2022 - NASA released new shots of our solar system's outermost planet Wednesday [21 September] taken by the James Webb Space Telescope. The pictures taken in July show not only Neptune's thin rings, but its faint dust bands, never before observed in the infrared, as well as seven of its 14 known moons. (more)

Patagonia founder gives away company to help fight climate crisis
23 September 2022 - Yvon Chouinard, the billionaire founder of the outdoor apparel brand Patagonia, said on Wednesday [14 September] he is giving away the company to a trust that will use its profit to fight the climate crisis. 'Each year, the money we make after reinvesting in the business will be distributed as a dividend to help fight the crisis,' he wrote in an open letter on the company's website on Wednesday. (more)

Ringed Neptune captured by James Webb telescope
22 September 2022 - The recently launched super space telescope James Webb has returned spectacular new imagery of Neptune. The observatory's infrared instruments highlight features not seen in such detail since the Voyager 2 probe flew past the planet in 1989. These include the rings and dust bands that encircle the ice giant. Scientists are also intrigued by the different cloud structures, which should tell them something novel about the workings of Neptune's atmosphere. (more)

How India's lattice buildings cool without air conditioning
22 September 2022 - For centuries, India's architecture featured intricate lattice structures. Now, as modern architects search for better ways to keep buildings cool, it's making a comeback. (more)

US: Senate ratifies international climate deal on refrigerants
22 September 2022 - In a major action to address climate change, the Senate on Wednesday [21 September] ratified an international agreement that compels the United States and other countries to limit use of hydrofluorocarbons, highly potent greenhouse gases commonly used in refrigeration and air conditioning that are far more powerful than carbon dioxide. HFCs are considered a major driver of global warming and are being targeted worldwide. (more)

The U.S. ratifies treaty to phase down HFCs, gases trapping 1,000x more heat than CO2
22 September 2022 - Nearly six years after the United States helped negotiate it, the [US] Senate has ratified a global climate treaty that would formally phase down the use of hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, industrial chemicals commonly found in air conditioners and refrigerators, insulating foams, and pharmaceutical inhalers. The Kigali Amendment, an addition to the Montreal Protocol climate treaty, aims to drastically reduce the global use of the compounds. (more)

Vloggers rekindling the joys of India train journeys
22 September 2022 - Carrying more than 13 million passengers every day the Indian railways -- Asia's largest railway network and the world's fourth largest -- is one of the most popular and affordable modes of transport. Train vloggers the BBC spoke to say that they are on a mission to generate more interest in railways. (more)

Gaza farmer unearths Byzantine-era mosaic
21 September 2022 - An ornate Byzantine floor mosaic showing a variety of colourful birds and other animals has been discovered by chance in Gaza after a Palestinian farmer tried to plant new trees on his land. Salman al-Nabahin unearthed the relic six months ago while working in his olive orchard in Bureij refugee camp, about a kilometre (0.5 mile) from the border with Israel. (more)

US: More than 100 archaeological sites across Kentucky featured on new website
21 September 2022 - A new website highlights how archaeological sites across Kentucky have contributed knowledge about the state's history, officials said. Discover Kentucky Archaeology ... includes information on more than 100 prehistoric and historic archaeological sites across 64 counties. The site was launched in September, which is celebrated as Kentucky Archaeology Month. Prehistoric sites include a Native American rockshelter in the Daniel Boone National Forest (more)

US: General Motors, Hertz make deal to deploy up to 175,000 EVs
20 September 2022 - Rental car company Hertz Global Holdings plans to order up to 175,000 General Motors Co electric vehicles over the next five years, its latest move toward zero-emission models. (more)

The mystery of France's 'Stonehenge'
19 September 2022 - Built 1,000 years before the famed English site, the Alignements de Carnac's 3,000 perfectly aligned stones continue to baffle historians. Stretching 4km along the coast of Brittany and consisting of more than 3,000 menhirs (man-made, often tapered, stones erected in prehistoric times across Western Europe -- not unlike those Obelix from the Asterix comics made a career sculpting and delivering), the Carnac Alignments represent the largest group of man-made standing stones in the world. (more)

Gaza farmer finds Byzantine mosaic while planting tree
19 September 2022 - A Palestinian farmer has discovered an ornate Byzantine floor mosaic while trying to plant an olive tree on his land in the Gaza Strip. Salman al-Nabahin said he and his son had been digging into the ground when they unearthed the relic. They later uncovered several more sections depicting colourful animals and birds. Experts have called it one of the greatest archaeological treasures ever found in Gaza. (more)

Patagonia founder gives company away to environmental trusts
18 September 2022 - Outdoor gear company Patagonia says 'the earth is now our only shareholder' after transferring the company's ownership from founder Yvon Chouinard and his family to two nonprofits established to fight climate change. (more)

Patagonia's founder transfers ownership into two entities to help fight the climate crisis
18 September 2022 - Patagonia's founder is transferring ownership of the company after nearly 50 years into two entities that will help fight the climate crisis. Patagonia is a private company based in Ventura, California, that sells outdoor apparel and equipment. Yvon Chouinard founded the company in 1973. Patagonia said in a press release on Wednesday [14 September] that, effective immediately, Chouinard and his family will transfer their entire ownership stake into two newly created entities. Those entities will ensure that the company's values will continue to be upheld -- and that Patagonia's profits are used to combat climate change. (more)

US: Record 8 fledged chicks for Louisiana's wild whooping cranes
18 September 2022 - A record eight whooping crane chicks have taken wing in Louisiana after hatching in the wild. It's not just a state record for fledglings of the world's rarest crane, but one for any flock reintroduced to the wild to help save the endangered birds, the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said Thursday [8 September]. (more)

US: Vanderbilt University music school scholarship aims for diversity
17 September 2022 - Vanderbilt University's Blair School of Music [Nashville, Tennessee] has received $5 million for a scholarship program aimed at highly talented students from underrepresented backgrounds. The Blair Community Scholars Program will offer a comprehensive scholarship, according to the school. In addition to tuition, room and board, it will also cover expenses like travel to auditions, competitions and performances; instrument purchase, repair and maintenance, and summer study opportunities. (more)

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