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Drained Wetlands Produce Greenhouse Gases

According to new research from universities in Sweden, drained wetlands are capable of producing as much greenhouse gas emissions as Swedish industry.

The Gas Leaks of Boston

According to a new study, Boston has more than 3,000 leaks from aging natural-gas piping systems across the city.

Clean Diesel School Bus Grants Awarded by Ohio EPA

Children in eight Ohio school districts will benefit from Ohio EPA grants awarded to install pollution control equipment on 75 buses and idle reduction technology on 68 buses as part of Ohio EPA’s Clean Diesel School Bus Grant program.

EP 2012 New Product of the Year Winners Announced

The contest attracted a record number of entries in 10 categories ranging from Air Quality and Climate to Wastewater.

Nanomaterials May Help Clean Up the Environment

Researchers have presented an extensive analysis of the role of nanomaterials in environmental remediation and monitoring, which can be used to clean up toxins and bacteria from natural waters, wastewaters, and the air.

First Wind Completes Wind Project and Begins Commercial Operations

First Wind, an independent U.S.-based wind energy company, announced that construction of its 34 megawatt (MW) Bull Hill Wind project has been completed and commercial operations have begun.

Carbon Dioxide Could Prevent a Future Ice Age

According to research from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, emissions of fossil carbon and the resulting increase in temperature could prevent the earth from having a future ice age.

Electric Company and School District Promote Environmental Responsibility with New Program

Schneider Electric’s Conserve My Planet Program helps students, faculty and staff cut energy costs by $73,000 in the Allen Independent School District.



U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Headed to D.C. by Clean Diesel Technology

The 73-foot Spruce Christmas tree that will be decorated outside the U.S. Capitol building this holiday season has begun its 24-day journey from Colorado to Washington, D.C. The Mack truck transporting the tree has near zero emissions due to its clean diesel engine.

New Study to Determine the Air Quality Effects of Open Fire Cooking

The National Center for Atmospheric Research is launching a three-year, international study to determine the impact open-fire cooking has on regional air quality and disease.

Ammonia Emissions Reduction Method Patented by USDA

The USDA has patented a process to capture and recycle ammonia from livestock waste, which could help farmers reduce harmful emissions and concentrate nitrogen into a liquid to sell as fertilizer.

IEA Report Shows Potential to Double Hydroelectricity Output by 2050

According to a report from the IEA, hydroelectricity production could be doubled by 2050 – preventing up to 3 billion tons of CO2 emissions from fossil fuel plants each year.

Electric Company Decreases Energy Consumption of Own Sites

Since 2005, The Schneider Energy Action program has decreased CO2 emissions in commercial and industrial sites by 15% and hopes to further reduce emissions by 10% or more by 2014.

Burning Fossil Fuels Could Lead to Sea Level Rise

Study by scientists has found that burning all the Earth’s reserves of fossil fuels could cause sea levels to rise by as much as five meters – with levels continuing to rise for typically 500 years after carbon dioxide emissions ceased.

New Study Measures Methane Emissions

A research team led by the University of Texas at Austin is conducting a major field study to measure the methane emissions produced from natural gas production. The study is expected to be completed by Jan. 13, 2013.

Speed Limits on Cargo Ships Could Reduce Emissions

Putting a speed limit on cargo ships as they sail near ports and coastlines could cut their emission of air pollutants by up to 70 percent, reducing the impact of marine shipping on Earth's climate and human health.

EPA Energy Star Award Goes to TXI Midlothian Plant

TXI Operations, LP, announced today that its Midlothian Cement Plant has been awarded the 2012 Energy Star certification for superior energy performance by the EPA. The award places the TXI Midlothian Cement Plant in an exceptional category of high-performing, energy efficient cement plants in the U.S.

DEP Encourages Heating Oil Tank Inspections for Homes

With cold weather quickly approaching, the Pennsylvania DEP urges homeowners to have their home heating oil tanks inspected for any potential problems before having the tanks re-filled.

Diesel Exhaust Creates More Smog than Gasoline

A new study conducted by UC Berkeley researchers states that diesel exhaust is responsible for fifteen times more secondary organic aerosol (SOA), a major component of smog, than gas emissions per liter of fuel burned.

New Roof Design to Make Homes More Efficient

A new roof and attic system improves efficiency in homes, making them cooler in summer and warmer in winter by pulling air from the beneath the attic into an inclined air space above the roof.

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