Environmental Protection

Air


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.

Bacterial Protein Found in House Dust Linked to Asthma

A bacterial protein in common house dust may make allergic responses to indoor allergens more severe, according to research conducted by the National Institutes of Health and Duke University.



Funds Awarded by EPA for Indoor Air Quality Improvement

EPA has announced it will provide $1.2 million in funding to 32 state and local governments, tribes, and non-profit organizations for indoor air quality improvement projects.

Traffic Air Pollution Exposure in Infancy Reduces Lung Function in Children

Air pollution from traffic exposed to infants is linked to lung function deficits in children up to eight years of age, especially among children who suffer from common allergies.

Students Encouraged by DEP to Enter National Radon Poster Contest

DEP urges Pennsylvania students, ages 9 to 14, to enter a national poster contest that helps raise awareness about the dangers of radon. The contest deadline is Nov. 2, 2012.

Clean Diesel Projects Receive Millions from EPA

As part of an ongoing campaign to reduce harmful diesel exhaust that can lead to premature deaths and asthma attacks, the EPA has awarded $30 million for clean diesel projects.

ASHRAE Seeks Abstracts for IAQ 2013

The Environmental Health in Low-Energy Buildings conference will take place in October 2013 in Vancouver, Canada.

Air Quality Guidance for Oil and Gas Companies in Pennsylvania

Air Aggregation guidelines for oil and gas operations were announced by Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Mike Krancer on Oct. 5, 2012.

Washington State Proposes Updates for Low Emission Vehicle Standards

The state's Department of Ecology announced routine updates for low emission vehicle standards in order to stay compliant with federal and state laws.

Payoff from Idling Coal Plants Overestimated, Researchers Say

Four researchers from Carnegie Mellon University’s Green Design Institute discuss their more conservative estimates of greenhouse gas emission reductions in two papers this month.

EPA Hosting Black Carbon Symposium Nov. 14

To allow as many people to attend as possible, EPA is holding a satellite event the same day in New York City and also a webinar.

Houston's Port Authority Earns Clean Air Award

The Houston-Galveston Area Council has presented awards to the authority four consecutive years.

EPA Measures VOCs at NY Site

The agency on Sept. 28 released its evaluation of air samples taken about two weeks earlier at the Hillcrest Industries site in Attica, N.Y., and the surrounding community.

40 Natural Gas Trucks Added to 99 Cents Only's CA Fleet

The company said these new leased vehicles replace its oldest diesel trucks and give it one of the largest private natural gas fleets in Southern California.

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