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A new report from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) reveals that 10 percent of all beaches in the U.S. do not meet the EPA’s water quality requirements. The report also recognized 35 clean or “superstar” beaches and 17 “repeat offenders” that desperately need clean water protection.

How Safe is the Water at Your Favorite Beach?

A new report from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) reveals that 10 percent of all beaches in the U.S. do not meet the EPA’s water quality requirements. The report also recognized 35 clean or “superstar” beaches and 17 “repeat offenders” that desperately need clean water protection.

Organic Crops Boost Biodiversity

A new international project studied biodiversity in agriculture, and the research team discovered that farming practices and the number of habitats play a large role in obtaining that biodiversity.

Three Cockatoo Species Listed as Endangered Species

Three Cockatoo Species Listed as Endangered

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced the final listing of three cockatoo species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA

Energy Department Invests Millions in Clean Energy Ventures

The Energy Department has invested more than $3 million to aid small businesses and entrepreneur communities that are working toward clean energy.

Average 2014 Dead Zones Predicted in Gulf of Mexico, Chesapeake

"We are making progress at reducing the pollution in our nation's waters that leads to 'dead zones,' but there is more work to be done," said NOAA Administrator Kathryn D. Sullivan, Ph.D. "These ecological forecasts are good examples of the critical environmental intelligence products and tools that NOAA provides to interagency management bodies, such as the Chesapeake Bay Program and Gulf Hypoxia Task Force. With this information, we can work collectively on ways to reduce pollution and protect our marine environments for future generations."

Alternative Testing for Water Contaminants Approved

Alternative Testing for Water Contaminants Approved by EPA

In order to better discover water contaminants in drinking water, the EPA has approved 21 alternative analytical methods to record levels of contaminants and determine compliance with regulations.

Geothermal Power Costs and Benefits Examined

The Geothermal Energy Association released a new paper that explores the public economic costs and benefits of geothermal energy.

Public Transit in Pennsylvania to Become Energy Producer

Public Transit in Pennsylvania to Become Energy Producer

A pilot program of a public transit energy storage system (ESS) has been launched in Pennsylvania. The program would make the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority a producer of energy, rather than an energy consumer.



Human Activities Increase Salt Content in Many of the Nation’s Streams

Human Activities Increase Salt Content in Many of the Nation's Streams

Concentrations of dissolved solids, a measure of the salt content in water, are elevated in many of the nation's streams as a result of human activities, according to a new USGS study. Excessive dissolved-solids concentrations in water can have adverse effects on the environment and on agricultural, domestic, municipal, and industrial water users.

China to Remove Millions of High Emissions Vehicles

China to Remove Millions of High Emissions Vehicles

In order to help combat the high amount of pollution and smog that China is currently facing, the Chinese government is planning to remove six million high-emission vehicles from the road.

Legumes Become Newest Sustainable Crop

Legumes Become Newest Sustainable Crop

A new study examined the mineral micronutrient content of four types of grain legumes: field peas, lentils, chickpeas, and common bean.

New Harmony Wins Green Award from Structural Engineers Association

New Harmony Mutual Housing Community in Davis recently won another green award in sustainable design for its structural engineers, Sacramento-based Barrish Pelham and Associates, Inc.

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Installs Fast-Charge Stations for Electric Vehicles

With the help of Nissan and ABB, Inc., the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) has installed two electric vehicle (EV) charging stations on their campus.

Reducing Deforestation a Success

Reducing Deforestation a Success

According to a new report, nearly 20 countries around the world have reduced tropical deforestation and emissions as a result of programs and policies.

New Plans for Coastal Restoration in Louisiana and Texas

New Plans for Coastal Restoration in Louisiana and Texas

In a presentation to the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Coastal Protection, Restoration and Conservation, the America’s WETLAND Foundation (AWF) has outlined new solutions to help expand and expedite coastal restoration efforts, in concert with Louisiana’s Coastal Master Plan.

EU Reports Lowest Greenhouse Gas Emissions on Record

The European Union's greenhouse gas emissions continued to fall in 2012, as a 1.3 percent decrease cut emissions to 19.2 percent below 1990 levels, according to official data from the European Environment Agency (EEA). This puts the EU within reach of its 20 percent reduction target, with eight years to go until the 2020 deadline.

Today, the EPA has released a proposal that will place tough emissions limits on coal-fired power plants, which is expected to cut carbon emissions by 30 percent.

EPA Limits Coal-Fired Power Plants to Reduce Carbon Emissions

Today, the EPA has released a proposal that will place tough emissions limits on coal-fired power plants, which is expected to cut carbon emissions by 30 percent.

Washington DC to Improve Water Efficiency and Management

Officials from DC Water today joined Veolia Chair and CEO Antoine Frérot in launching a new consultative partnership model called Peer Performance Solutions to target up to $12 million in annual savings, helping mitigate costs for DC Water ratepayers while implementing process improvements and operational efficiencies.

Nordic Region to Receive Water Treatment Products

Following a strategic alliance between GE and WIBAX Energy, the Nordic region will be receiving water treatment products.

With many families across the UK still dealing with the consequences of last winter’s flooding, the International Journal of River Basin Management has just published 10 ‘golden rules’ for strategic flood management (SFM).

10 'Golden Rules' of Flood Management

With many families across the UK still dealing with the consequences of last winter’s flooding, the International Journal of River Basin Management has just published 10 ‘golden rules’ for strategic flood management (SFM).

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