news round up (1st day of spring edition)

NYC pays big bounties for reporting idling engines; D.C. makes it easy with 311 app (Electrek)

Watch the mechanical rhythms of a recycling plant morph into a surreal singalong (Aeon) This was so beautiful!

Indiana Bill Seeks to Reduce Firefighters’, Hoosiers’ Exposure to PFAS Contamination (Indiana Environmental Reporter) House Bill 1189, which awaits final approval by the governor’s office, would limit the use of potentially toxic firefighting foam in training

Vanishing Natural Areas (Dr. Steve Glass blog) If it seems to you that there are fewer forests, grasslands, wetlands, and other natural places than there were a few years ago, you would be right. And if you think there is a lot more areas in need of restoration, then you would also be right—and distressingly so... A report issued last year describes the situation: “The United States is quietly losing its remaining forests, grasslands, deserts, and natural places at a blistering pace. Every 30 seconds, a football field worth of America’s natural areas disappears to roads, houses, pipelines, and other development”, according to a report issued in August 2019 by the Center for American Progress (CAP).

Indiana’s Hoosier Energy to retire its 1,070 MW coal plant by 2023 (Utility Dive)

In a major shift, the MISO territory has 57 GW worth of big solar projects in its interconnection queue (PV Magazine)

Report: Snowfall rates decreased significantly in fall, spring over last 50 years (Indiana Environmental Reporter)

Social tipping points are the only hope for the climate (Vox) A new paper explores how to trigger them.

Pesticide Police, Overwhelmed By Dicamba Complaints, Ask EPA For Help (NPR) Every summer for the past three years, the phones have been ringing like crazy in the Office of the Indiana State Chemist. Farmers and homeowners were calling, complaining that their soybean fields or tomato plants looked sick, with curled-up leaves. They suspected pesticides from nearby farms — a kind of chemical hit-and-run.

The toxic legacy of old oil wells: California’s multibillion-dollar problem (LA Times)

Western Monarch Butterfly Population Still at Critical Level (Xerces) Population has not rebounded from all-time low. We must take action now to save the western monarch migration.

Indiana’s state insect — the firefly — is facing extinction (IndyStar) Scientists say loss of natural habitat, pesticides and artificial lighting are all playing a roll in the insect’s fate.

Last-Ditch Effort: America has a fertilizer problem. This ditch in Indiana could provide a solution. (Grist) Featuring a project from Kosciusko County.

Achieving Peak Pasture (Breakthrough Institute) In the last 20 years, something truly remarkable has occurred, something that few predicted: the amount of land devoted to grazing animals to produce meat and milk has begun to shrink across the world.

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