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The Utah Department of Public Safety has found a monolith in Utah

DPS Aero Bureau Encounters Monolith in Red Rock Country – “On November 18, 2020, the Utah Department of Public Safety Aero Bureau was working with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources to conduct a count of big horn sheep in a portion of southeastern Utah. While on this mission, they spotted an unusual object and landed nearby to investigate further. The crew members found a metal monolith installed in the ground in a remote area of red rock. The crew said there was no obvious indication of who might have put the monolith there. The exact location of the installation is not being disclosed since it is in a very remote area and if individuals were to attempt to visit the area, there is a significant possibility they may become stranded and require rescue. We are encouraging anyone who knows the location of the monolith to not attempt to visit it due to road conditions…”

See also CNET – Mysterious monolith puzzle has been solved by internet sleuths. Sorry, but it’s probably not aliens.

FSB examines financial stability implications of climate change

“The Financial Stability Board (FSB) today published a report that examines the potential implications of climate change for financial stability. The report analyses how climate-related risks might be transmitted across, and might be amplified by, the financial system, including across borders. It also sets out next steps for the FSB’s work in this area. Current… Continue Reading

‘Forever Chemicals’ Found In Chesapeake Seafood And Maryland Drinking Water

Chesapeake Bay Journal – “More testing has found so-called “forever chemicals” in a striped bass, blue crab and oyster from the Chesapeake Bay, as well as in drinking water from household taps in Maryland’s Montgomery County. Laboratory analyses released by the nonprofit group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility detected 16 different per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances,… Continue Reading

Plastic Pollution: 2020 Edition

Pace Environmental Law Review: “Throughout its “lifecycle,” plastic poses major risks to environmental and human health,affecting “terrestrial, aquatic, and atmospheric environments.” Health-harming toxins released from raw materials extraction (i.e., oil and natural gas); refinement- and production-associated air pollution; toxins inhaled or ingested through microplastics; and food chain contamination are some of the many plastic-associated public… Continue Reading

FEMA Releases National Risk Index: New Online Data Shows Natural Hazards Risks for Communities

“The National Risk Index (The Index) is an online tool to help illustrate the nation’s communities most at risk of natural hazards. It is made possible through a collaboration between FEMA and dozens of partners in academia; local, state and federal government; and private industry.  The Index leverages best available source data to provide a… Continue Reading

Weather Photographer of the Year 2020

“Now in its fifth year, The Royal Meteorological Society (RMetS) Weather Photographer of the Year competition 2020 in association with AccuWeather provides a platform for the world’s very best weather photography, depicting weather in its widest sense. The weather in its many forms can make for some of the most stunning photography. With a constantly changing… Continue Reading

Top Shots From the 2020 International Landscape Photographer of the Year

The Atlantic – “More than 3,800 entries were received in this year’s landscape-photography competition, from professional and amateur photographers around the world. Judges of the International Landscape Photographer of the Year contest narrowed the field down to a “Top 101” and then further, to award several category prizes and the International Landscape Photographer of the… Continue Reading

Are ‘Edible Landscapes’ the Future of Public Parks?

Smithsonian Magazine – Green spaces planted with fruits, veggies and herbs are sprouting across the globe, and the bounty is meant to share – “Imagine strolling through an urban public park, admiring the trees and flowers. Your stomach starts to rumble. You reach up and pluck a few greengage plums from the tree overhead, and… Continue Reading

This website gorgeously illustrates whether your investments are ruining the planet

Fast Company – “All investment platforms will show you the financial value of your portfolio. But a new visual platform made by Dutch design firm Clever Franke for Swiss bank Globalance goes a step further: It maps your portfolio’s macro-level social and environmental effects. The interface, called Globalance World, makes it easier to figure out… Continue Reading

Google launches new tool to help cities stay cool

The Verge: “Google unveiled a tool today that could help cities keep their residents cool by mapping out where trees are needed most. Cities tend to be warmer than surrounding areas because buildings and asphalt trap heat. An easy way to cool metropolitan areas down is to plant more trees in neighborhoods where they’re sparse.… Continue Reading

The Climate Transparency Report 2020 – Climate Change Has Hit the U.S. Harder Than Any Other G20 Country

“The Climate Transparency Report (previously known as “Brown to Green Report”) is the world’s most comprehensive annual review of G20 countries’ climate action and their transition to a net-zero emissions economy. The review is based on 100 indicators for adaptation, mitigation and finance and aims to make good practices and gaps transparent. The summary report… Continue Reading