Environmental Protection

Global Climate Change


U.S. Innovator Exports Cooling Tower Technology Worldwide

Advanced plastic cooling towers help ensure reliability of solar-powered cooling project and water treatment plant in Middle East.

Groups Urge Companies to Reject Canadian Tar Sands

In a letter from Sierra Club and ForestEthics, nearly 60 organizations are asking U.S. corporations to stop using tar sands.

Garden Enthusiasts Get Practical Solutions to Climate Change at Home

A new program allows Americans to see the impacts of climate change in gardens and the many things that are being done to help prevent or prepare for it.

Lineup Announced for SXSW Eco 2013 Event

For the third-annual SXSW Eco, Robin Chase, founder and CEO of Buzzcar and former CEO of ZipCar has been added as the keynote speaker for the event.

Climate Change Road Trip Launched to Investigate Energy Extraction

As the price of energy rises, so do the stakes. To document the country’s dependency on fossil fuels and extraction methods that contribute to global warming, a three-month cross-country road trip has been launched by AlterNet.

Study Explores Environmental and Health Impacts of Lithium Batteries for Electric Vehicles

In a new study, researchers are assessing the life cycle of batteries in order to find ways to reduce global warming emissions and address nanotechnology innovations that could improve the overall performance of the batteries.

Climate Scientists and Finance Experts to Collaborate on Study

The AMS will assemble leading members of the climate science and finance communities on June 3-4, 2013 in Washington D.C. to explore climate information needs for financial decision-making.

EPA Urges People to Protect Themselves Against Skin Cancer

Skin cancer has become the most common type of cancer in the U.S., and if current trends continue 20 percent of all Americans could be diagnosed with the disease in their lifetimes. The EPA urges people to take action and protect themselves against the sun.



States and Utilities Emissions Report Now Available

According to a major new report on U.S. power plant emissions from the top 100 power producers, it shows that the electric industry cut emissions of NOx, SO2 and CO2 in 2011 even as overall electricity generation increased, largely due to increased use of natural gas and growing reliance on renewable energy.

New Emissions Report to Show States and Utilities Plant Emissions Rates

On May 15, a new report on U.S. power plant emissions from the top 100 power producers will be released, and will also reveal states with the highest and lowest power plant emissions.

Energy Department Employee Recognized for Reducing Emissions

Dr. Silverman, an employee of the Energy Department, has been named as a finalist for the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal.

A New iPad Book Introduces Backyard Environmentalism to Children

Ben Nicholson and Kurt Koch created and designed Mudbuddy, a new iPad book that helps children learn about the environment.

Greenroads Awarded for Sustainable Transportation Contributions

Greenroads has been chosen as a White House Champion of Change for Transportation Technology Solutions in recognition for its unique rating system designed to certify sustainable roadway and transportation projects.

Native Villagers' Federal Tort Claims on Thin Ice

If the Kivalinans manage to beat the odds and have their claims heard, the case would likely set an important precedent for towns and villages seeking relief for damages caused by climate change.

Lawsuit Filed Against EPA for Pollution Reporting Failures at Refineries and Chemical Plants

Community groups in Louisiana and Texas have filed a suit against the EPA, due to their failure to meet Clean Air Act deadlines and revising rules that require more accurate pollution reporting.

Innovative Carbon Monitoring Sensor Issued a U.S. Patent

Campbell Scientific’s IRGASON receives U.S. patent and provides scientists and agencies with better tools to accurately measure the surface-atmosphere exchange of CO2 and H2O.

Renewable Energy from Landfill Gas

As the need for renewable, cleaner, and cheaper energy continues to rise, landfill gas for renewable energy production will likely become a more common practice.

Refiners Make Switch to Summer Grade Gasoline

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), refiners are switching to make summer-grade gasoline in time for the May 1 compliance date. Summer-grade gasoline lowers the amount of evaporative emissions during warm weather because it is less volatile than winter-grade gasoline.

Millet Grains Resilient to Climate Change

Because food scarcity is a growing concern across the world, researchers have studies millet grain as a large agricultural contributor due to the grain’s resilience to drought, water scarcity, and the ever-changing climate.

A New Way to Capture Methane

Since methane is more harmful than CO2 and is very influential in climate change, researchers have found a new way to capture the greenhouse gas.

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