Julia LeMense

323 Flips | 7 Magazines | 10 Likes | 36 Following | 70 Followers | @NOLADfly | Disaster management and humanitarian affairs consultant. Environmental and sustainability lawyer and litigator. Lover of all things oceanic. Passionate about paddling and sailing. Intrigued by biomimicry.

Tax that pays for oil spill cleanup trust fund expires on Dec. 31 | NOLA.com

The 9 cents per barrel tax on oil that funds the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund, used by the U.S. Coast Guard to pay for cleanups after accidents …

Man of ‘Gotham’ Returns

In 1998, an unlikely tome by two academics became the most popular narrative of New York. The 4.7-pound, 1,424-page doorstop that focused on the city’s first three centuries won the Pulitzer Prize and was instantly hailed as a definitive history.<p>Now, nearly two decades later, the second installment …

Great Depression

Scientists Fear Trump Will Dismiss Blunt Climate Report

WASHINGTON — The average temperature in the United States has risen rapidly and drastically since 1980, and recent decades have been the warmest of the past 1,500 years, according to a sweeping federal climate change report awaiting approval by the Trump administration.<p>The draft report by …

Climate Change

I’m a scientist. I’m blowing the whistle on the Trump administration.

<i>Joel Clement was director of the Office of Policy Analysis at the U.S. Interior Department until last week. He is now a senior adviser at the department’s Office of Natural Resources Revenue.</i><p>I am not a member of the deep state. I am not big government.<p>I am a scientist, a policy expert, a civil …

Trump Administration

Bitcoin divides to rule

COMPARED with Brexit, Bitexit seems a piece of cake. On August 1st, without much agonising or awkward negotiations, a group of Bitcoin activists and …

Silent Spring—I

There was once a town in the heart of America where all life seemed to be in harmony with its surroundings. The town lay in the midst of a checkerboard of prosperous farms, with fields of grain and hillsides of orchards, where white clouds of bloom drifted above the green land. In autumn, oak and …

Climate Change Reroutes a Yukon River in a Geological Instant

In the blink of a geological eye, climate change has helped reverse the flow of water melting from a glacier in Canada’s Yukon, a hijacking that scientists call “river piracy.”<p>This engaging term refers to one river capturing and diverting the flow of another. It occurred last spring at the …

Global Warming

Earth Day in the Age of Trump

Next week, millions of Americans will celebrate Earth Day, even though, three months into Donald Trump’s Presidency, there sure isn’t much to celebrate. A White House characterized by flaming incompetence has nevertheless managed to do one thing effectively: it has trashed years’ worth of work to …

Group Files Civil-Rights Complaint Over Port of Oakland Pollution

Studies show diesel emissions are 90 times higher near the Port of Oakland in West Oakland than the state average. (Chris …

Civil Rights

Climate change a character in Discovery's 'Deadliest Catch'

NEW YORK (AP) — Climate change is one of the main characters in the new season of "Deadliest Catch," with the crab fishermen in one of Discovery's …

Environmentalism

'Deaths of Despair' Claiming More White Americans

In 2015, two Princeton University economists published a landmark paper showing that mortality was rising for white middle-aged Americans after decades of decline, a startling development for an economically advanced nation.<p>Now a new analysis from the same pair, released Thursday by the Brookings …

Demographics

New Zealand declares a river a person

IT SOUNDS, admits Chris Finlayson, like a “pretty nutty” idea. Yet the new law that declares the Whanganui river, New Zealand’s third-longest, a …

Large Sections of Australia’s Great Reef Are Now Dead, Scientists Find

SYDNEY, Australia — The Great Barrier Reef in Australia has long been one of the world’s most magnificent natural wonders, so enormous it can be seen from space, so beautiful it can move visitors to tears.<p>But the reef, and the profusion of sea creatures living near it, are in profound trouble.<p>Huge …

Climate Change

A digital revolution in health care is speeding up

WHEN someone goes into cardiac arrest, survival depends on how quickly the heart can be restarted. Enter Amazon’s Echo, a voice-driven computer that …

Trump considers writing ‘brand new’ immigration order

President Trump said Friday that he is considering rewriting his executive order temporarily barring refugees and citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the country, indicating that the administration may try to quickly restore some aspects of the now-frozen travel ban or replace …

Immigration

The oyster is your world: The little aphrodisiac that could save our shores, clean our waters and much more

Wild oyster populations are close to extinction — and without them our coastal communities would be shucked<p>Yes, they're a staple of raw bars and a proven aphrodisiac, but oysters serve a far greater purpose than simply satiating appetites and boosting libidos: they create reefs that are essential …

South Africa: Accenture launch mobile application for municipal elections

The Electoral Commission of South Africa and Accenture have launched a mobile application designed to provide voters with the electoral information …

Circular economy in emerging markets: an introduction

In OECD countries a circular economy seems just common sense. Growth rates are bumping along towards zero or very little. Employment is becoming more …

Economics

3M, Aveda, Target Among Members of New Coalition Aimed at Advancing Circular Economy in U.S.

Related:<p>Today, more than 25 businesses and organizations announce the launch of the <b>Minnesota Sustainable Growth Coalition</b>, a business-led …

Accenture sets out strategy for IoT

Accenture’s IoT progress has been somewhat overshadowed by the noise surrounding its Digital division, with its acquisitions of design agencies and …

Internet of Things

New documents show Cuomo administration resistance to EPA warnings on Hoosick Falls

Aggressive resistance to federal regulators.<p>ALBANY— While the Cuomo administration has been extensively criticized for its slow reaction to the unfolding Hoosick Falls water pollution crisis, a new trove of emails and meeting notes shows how top state Department of Health officials actively …

U.S. Dept. of State

Apple wants to sell you green power to go with that iPhone

Apple asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Monday (June 6) for permission to sell its surplus renewable energy at retail prices. Its move into energy markets seems to be one more step for the company to own, and ultimately profit, from its own power supply.<p>Apple floated a $1.5 billion …

Renewable Energy

How solar panels save everybody money - Futurity

People in Massachusetts with solar panels are saving money for all of the roughly 3 million electricity ratepayers in the state, report researchers.

Solar Panels

Solar plane sets down in NYC as round the world trip continues

World<p>Electric atmosphere at Geneva International Motor Show<p>"Any company today, especially in the automotive world, can't ignore electrification." Jonathan Wells Head of Design at Morgan Motors<p>World<p>Geneva motor show and the ‘booth babes’<p>"My first thought when I came in was: where are all the girls? …

In a first, Iceland power plant turns carbon emissions to stone

Scientists and engineers working at a major power plant in Iceland have shown for the first time that carbon dioxide emissions can be pumped into the …

Oregon Judge Allows Resident to Change Sex to Nonbinary

An Oregon resident who identifies as neither male nor female is now legally considered nonbinary, per a court ruling Friday.<p>Judge Amy Holmes Hehn …

Cities that steal smart ideas from plants and animals

Architects, designers and urban planners are borrowing from natural phenomena as diverse as termite mounds and resilient grapefruits to design smart, sustainable cities<p>With soaring glass skyscrapers and swaths of concrete,modern cities often seem actively to work against nature, pushing it down and …

City Politics