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Recycling critical metals in e-waste: Make it the law, experts warn EU, citing raw material security

(Terry Collins Assoc) End-of-life circuit boards, certain magnets in disc drives and electric vehicles, EV and other special battery types, and fluorescent lamps are among several electrical and electronic products containing critical raw materials (CRMs), the recycling of which should be made law, says a new UN-backed report funded by the EU.

Penn State to lead critical minerals consortium powered by $1.2 million from DOE

(Penn State) A region famous for the coal that once fueled a growing nation is now the focus of a $1.2 million project, led by Penn State researchers, aimed at establishing domestic supplies of critical minerals needed to produce modern technology from cell phones to fighter jets.

SeasonWatch Is an Indian Initiative to Track Climate Change by Observing Trees – Gadgets 360

The neem tree growing outside my house is a shape-shifter. Every year, without fail, in the cool dry winter its leaves become tired and yellow-brown, and sometimes fall off completely. Just as the weather turns a bit warmer, heralding the…

NSU researcher part of a flagship study on vertebrate genomes

(Nova Southeastern University) Today, the G10K sponsored Vertebrate Genomes Project (VGP) announces their flagship study and associated publications focused on genome assembly quality and standardization for the field of genomics. This study includes 16 diploid high-quality, near error-free, and near complete vertebrate reference genome assemblies for species across all taxa with backbones (i.e., mammals, amphibians, birds, reptiles, and fishes) from five years of piloting the first phase of the VGP project.

Time for a mass extinction metrics makeover

(Yale University) Researchers at Yale and Princeton say the scientific community sorely needs a new way to compare the cascading effects of ecosystem loss due to human-induced environmental change to major crises of the past.

Gov. Whitmer’s Oil Pipeline Shutdown Straining Ties With Closest Ally

Months after President Biden snubbed Canadian officials by canceling Keystone XL, an impending showdown over a second crude oil pipeline threatens to further strain ties between the two neighbors that were frayed during the Trump administration. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer,…

How do slow anomalies beneath subducting slabs affect giant megathrust earthquakes?

(Chinese Academy of Sciences Headquarters) Dr. FAN Jianke from the Institute of Oceanology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (IOCAS) and Prof. ZHAO Dapeng from Tohoku University investigated the oceanic asthenosphere structure of six subduction zones to revealed how slow anomalies beneath subducting slabs affect giant megathrust earthquakes.

Common antibiotic effective in healing coral disease lesions

(Florida Atlantic University) An antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections in humans is showing promise in treating stony coral, found throughout the tropical western Atlantic, including several areas currently affected by stony coral tissue loss disease. Preserving M. cavernosa colonies is important due to its high abundance and role as a dominant reef builder in the northern section of Florida’s Coral Reef. Results show that the Base 2B plus amoxicillin treatment had a 95 percent success rate at healing individual disease lesions.

Can we reflect sunlight to fight climate change? Scientists eye aerosol shield for Earth. – Space.com

Could we slow down global warming by creating an aerosol reflector to deflect the sun’s rays away from Earth? This strategy — which is at an early phase of research — is being investigated by the Climate Intervention Biology Working…

World on the verge of climate ‘abyss’, as temperature rise continues: UN chief – UN News

According to the World Meteorological Organization’s (WMO) flagship State of the Global Climate report, the global average temperature in 2020 was about 1.2-degree Celsius above pre-industrial level. That figure is “dangerously close” to the 1.5-degree Celsius limit advocated by scientists…