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Experts Agree Ocean Acidification Caused by Carbon Dioxide Emission from Human Activity

Change our behaviors or expect significant economic and ecosystem loss to our world’s oceans.

EPA Listens to Texans Talk Black and Green

Texas has a reputation for just about anything other than environmental activism, but a public hearing held Nov. 7 by EPA was crowded with people patiently waiting their three-minute turn at the microphone.

Earth Day Texas

The Lone Star State seeks environmental awareness.

Nominee Tapped for EPA Office of Research and Development

President Obama has nominated Thomas A. Burke, Ph.D., MPH, of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, to fill the vacant assistant administrator position.

Sewage Plant Doubles Wastewater Treatment Capacity

A sewage treatment plant in Queensland, Australia chose is expected to double the amount of wastewater it can treat each day after choosing GE’s LEAPmbr membrane bioreactor (MBR).

Coal Ash Pollutants Levels Exceed Health Guidelines

A new EIP Report describes TVA coal ash pollutants that were measured over the past five years, including arsenic, boron, and cobalt, exceed health guidelines.

Keystone Activists Greet Obama in Dallas

Activists met President Obama yesterday as he arrived at a fundraiser in Dallas, to call on him to reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

WMO Reports New Record High for Greenhouse Gases

Call for action now, saying “Time is not on our side.”



Nitrate Levels in Mississippi River Still On the Rise

A new USGS study shows that nitrate levels are continuing to rise in the Mississippi River, including the outlet to the Gulf of Mexico.

Texas Researchers Head to Antarctica for Pollution Study

A team of scientists will be leaving for Antarctica this week in order to conduct a pollution study.

Wasting Disease Plagues West Coast Starfish

Various news agencies are reporting starfish along the West Coast are dying in droves from a “wasting disease,” which turns the fish to “goo.”

NeighborWorks America Gives Mutual Housing Green Organization Designation

Program honors organizations with sustainable business practices that save money and improve the environment.

8nm Gold Nanoparticles Ideal for Recycling CO2

A research team from Brown University found this size is best and achieved 90 percent conversion of CO2 to CO.

Interpol Part of European E-waste Coalition

"The e-waste challenge has many facets. Illegal shipment is just one aspect, and it causes substantial losses of valuable resources. At the same time, the illegal trade in e-waste leads to extreme pollution cases at local dump sites," said Dr. Jaco Huisman, scientific coordinator of the project.

Keystone XL Pipeline Derailed?

Impatient oil companies associated with the project build rail terminals to deliver oil from western Canada to U.S. refineries in the Gulf Coast.

Illicit Gold Mines Destroying Peruvian Rainforest

The average annual rate of forest loss has tripled since 2008, when the price of gold soared.

Container Recycling Rate Not Nearly Good Enough

"Between 1990 and 2010—a period that saw almost feverish growth and investment in municipal recycling programs, education and infrastructure—Americans have persisted in wasting more beverage containers than they've recycled," the Container Recycling Institute reports.

Simple Tools Rival High-Tech Devices

Local communities using tools like ropes and sticks produce forest carbon data on par with professional foresters

Ethiopia Power's Up Africa's Largest Wind Farm

Harmony between wind and water boosts power production

EPA Fines School Bus Company $33K for Excessive Idling

Idling buses burn about one-half gallon of diesel per hour, pose health hazard to kids & drivers and spew greenhouse gas unnecessarily

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