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New Source of Methane Found in the Arctic

A research team led by a professor from the University of New Hampshire has identified a new source of methane for gas hydrates in the Arctic Ocean. A stable reservoir for abiotic methane was discovered and could impact global climate change.

NIST announced the recommended R&D opportunities range from tests for assessing the airtightness of building enclosures to questions about measuring indoor air quality to control strategies that take advantage of emerging "smart grid" capabilities.

NIST Outreach Expands Zero-Energy Home Ideas

The ideas "got the equivalent of a house filled to the rafters with recommendations—almost 200 suggested topics spanning 34 categories," according to the agency.

EV Bus Manufacturer Reaches 1 Million Miles in Revenue Service

Proterra celebrates major milestone with event honoring transit agency partners as EV pioneers.

The Xylem mixers will be used in the Panama Canal expansion project, which is installing 16 massive gates such as this one.

Xylem Pumps Headed for Panama Canal Project

The company has won a contract to supply 64 Flygt 4600 series compact mixers that will ensure corrosive sediments do not build up on the expansion project's massive gates.

Italian Group Buys Enviro-Care

"This acquisition was a very logical move for WAM and provides them with immediate entry into the North American headworks market," said Phil Thompson, president of Enviro-Care.

Executive Order Promises Federal Government GHG Cuts

The Obama administration also is releasing a new scorecard to publicly track self-reported emissions disclosure and progress for all major federal suppliers.

The American Chemistry Council has asked Congress to pass bipartisan legislation that will improve current freight rail policies.

Congress Urged to Pass Freight Rail Policy Improvements

The American Chemistry Council has asked Congress to pass bipartisan legislation that will improve current freight rail policies.

Remote Power Plant in Alaska Upgrades Water Treatment Solution

The GVEA Healy plant will require GE’s mobile water filtration system for approximately 90 days while work is being completed.



California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard

California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard is designed to stabilize fuel prices and improve the state's air quality. The net effect the LCFS will have on California—and potentially other states—is yet unknown.

Shedding Light: Vermont's Labeling Law for Genetically Engineered Foods

Vermont leads the United States toward transparency in the food system as it battles food manufacturers that have sued to keep things quiet.

EPA Clean Power Plan: Home Run, Base Hit, or Strikeout?

The world is watching as the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan, proposed in June 2014, faces fierce opposition from the coal industry and coal-dependent states.

Endangered Species Act Regulations Ruled Unconstitutional

Late in 2014, a federal court in Utah challenged the constitutional underpinning of most federal environmental laws. Likely appeals in 2015 could set up the U.S. Supreme Court to decide not only the constitutionality of the Endangered Species Act, but the reach of the federal government to regulate water, air, and a clean environment.

EP Honors 2014 New Product of the Year Winners

Four companies won top honors in Environmental Protection's annual contest to showcase the industry's best new products.

This FEMA photo taken May 4, 2010, shows the extent of flooding in downtown Nashville, Tenn. (David Fine/FEMA photo)

UN Official: Most Disasters Climate Related

The Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction is taking place March 14-18 in the northern Japanese city of Sendai. Participants will seek to chart a global course on disaster risk reduction for the coming decade.

Standards Help Senegalese Water Company Improve Operations

Sénégalaise Des Eaux serves 5 million people throughout the West African nation. Becoming certified to several ISO standards, including 9001 (quality) and 14001 (environmental management), helps it operate more reliably and efficiently, CEO Mamadou Dia explains in a new video.

New Analyses Confirm Diablo Canyon Safe, PG&E Reports

"These updated findings are the culmination of years of study and analysis, and further confirm the safety of the plant's design," said Ed Halpin, PG&E's senior vice president and chief nuclear officer.

States to Receive Million to Support Wildlife and Habitats

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced over $45 million in funding provided through the State Wildlife Grant (SWG) program to help U.S. states protect species and habitats in greatest need.

The Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary was designated on Nov. 16, 1990. It is one of 14 marine protected areas that make up the National Marine Sanctuary System, is administered by NOAA, and is jointly managed with the state of Florida. (NOAA photo)

Environmental Penalty Benefits Florida Sanctuary

The investigation uncovered that the ship's oil record book was falsified since at least June 16, 2013, and that illegal oily waste discharges had occurred from two other vessels owned and operated by Carbofin.

Ringling Bros. Removing Elephants from Traveling Circuses

Feld Entertainment Inc.'s announcement said the decision will allow the company to focus on its Asian elephant conservation programs, both here in North America and through its partnership with Sri Lanka, and continue collaborating with other conservation organizations.

Researchers Capturing Moose, Elks, Mule Deer, Bighorn Sheep This Month

Personnel from the University of Wyoming-headquartered Wyoming Migration Initiative and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department plan to live tweet throughout approximately three weeks of research activity and write Facebook posts about the animal captures, so the public can follow along.

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