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NASA Crowns Earth's New Lightning Capital

Lake Maracaibo in Venezuela experiences more lightning than any other location on Earth, with an average rate of about 233 flashes per square kilometer per year.

Through Fannie Mae, green financing allows borrowers to fund smart, energy-efficient improvements or reward investments for refinance, acquisition, or supplemental financing. These programs are the first of their kind available to not only affordable, but also market-rate multifamily properties.

Better Financing Options Make Green Multifamily Development Affordable

Through Fannie Mae, green financing allows borrowers to fund smart, energy-efficient improvements or reward investments for refinance, acquisition, or supplemental financing. These programs are the first of their kind available to not only affordable, but also market-rate multifamily properties.

Germany to Face EU Court for Water Pollution and Nitrates

The European Commission is taking Germany to the Court of Justice of the EU for failing to take stronger measures to combat water pollution caused by nitrates. Nitrates are essential for plants to grow and they are widely used as fertilizers.

Australian Water Treatment Plant Named Industrial Water Project of the Year

Water treatment plant at QGC’s coal seam gas extraction site receives honor at global water awards. The northern water treatment plant, built by GE and Laing O’rourke, treats 100,000 cubic meters of water per day.

This photo shows some of the first waste being disposed at the WCS Federal Waste Disposal Facility in Andrews, Texas. It opened in June 2013 for disposal of Class A, B and C Low-level Waste and Mixed Low-level Waste, with a licensed capacity of up to 26 million cubic feet. (WCS photo)

Texas Firm Bids for Spent Nuclear Fuel Repository

Waste Control Specialists LLC announced April 28 it has filed an application with the NRC to build and manage a Consolidated Interim Storage Facility.

Flint Michigan Files Negligence Claim Against EPA

Flint, Michigan Files Negligence Claim Against EPA

The city of Flint, Michigan, with a population of nearly 100,000, has filed a claim against the EPA, stating that the agency is responsible for the city's lead-contaminated water. Flint residents, 513 of whom made the claim, are demanding $220 million from the EPA.

LED technology allows UV water treatment to be used in applications previously unavailable to conventional mercury lamps. (AquiSense Technologies photo)

How LEDs Will Change Water Purification

LEDs have been a defining factor in many technological innovations, and water treatment is no exception. Although mercury lamp accidents are rare when lamps are installed correctly, the benefits of UV-C LEDs have begun to outweigh the need to stay with the status quo.

NRC, Army Corps Find Environmental Impacts Don't Prevent Licensing Bell Bend Reactor

Talen Energy submitted the application on Oct. 10, 2008, seeking permission to construct and operate a U.S. EPR reactor -- a third-generation pressurized water reactor -- at the site. AREVA Inc., the designer of the U.S. EPR, requested that the NRC staff suspend its safety review of the U.S. EPR design certification application in February 2015, and as a result, the U.S. EPR design certification review and Bell Bend safety review are on hold until further notice.

greenwashed?

A CEO's Seven Personal Inputs for Making an Environmentally Sustainable Business

Employees need a leader who integrates sustainable solutions into the company's mindset, focus, and strategy and every-day culture with consistent, coherent actions. Staff members want to work for a leader with a personal commitment to making the company eco-friendly.

Paris Agreement Signed at UN Headquarters

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the participation by so many countries, including the United States, leaves "no doubt" that the international community is determined to take climate action.

NRC Considering Friends of the Earth's Petition About Diablo Canyon

FOE filed it Aug. 26, 2014, stating its concerns about the Diablo Canyon Power Plant's operational safety and its ability to safely shut down in the event of a nearby earthquake.

Lead used in a battery in the United States will continue in the manufacture-recycle-manufacture loop for nearly 280 years.

This Earth Day, Do Your Part and Recycle Your Old Vehicle Batteries

It's possible that cars on the road today are being powered by the same materials that were in a battery used in a vehicle from decades ago. In fact, lead used in a battery in the United States will continue in the manufacture-recycle-manufacture loop for nearly 280 years.

Why the Ocean Matters More than We Realize

Why the Ocean Matters More Than We Realize

Ocean advocate says those watery depths hold solutions to Earth's most alarming challenges.

China's Vessel Pollution Requirements Taking Effect May 1

These provisions contain five requirements prohibiting discharges into inland waters.

New Edition of National Green Building Standard Available

A significant change in the 2015 edition is the Energy Efficiency chapter's referencing the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code, and there are revamped stormwater management options that focus on low-impact development.

This photo of a Great Egret in the Everglades National Park is a National Park Service Photo by Rodney Cammauf.

Jewell Visiting Everglades National Park for Earth Day 2016

She will be joined by federal, state, and conservation partners to celebrate one of the largest conservation projects ever undertaken by the Park Service. Through a collaborative effort between it and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, infrastructure improvements began in 2009 to restore flow by replacing sections of the Tamiami Trail roadway with bridges.

Mutual Housing California Receives Large Grant from NeighborWorks America

Mutual Housing California receives nearly half a million from NeighborWorks America for building affordable, energy-efficient housing.

Zika virus is transmitted to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito, the mosquitoes that alos spread dengue and chikungunya viruses.

American College of Physicians Calls for Global Climate Action

"The American College of Physicians urges physicians to help combat climate change by advocating for effective climate change adaptation and mitigation policies, helping to advance a low-carbon health care sector, and by educating communities about potential health dangers posed by climate change," said ACP President Dr. Wayne J. Riley

America’s Wetland Foundation Responds to Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement Well Control Rule

The America's WETLAND Foundation (AWF) is concerned that some provisions of the proposed Well Control Rule proposed by BSEE could have unintended consequences leading to less safety and environmental protection and a reduction in overall revenue sharing directed to financing coastal restoration.

In advance of one storm approaching the Gulf of Mexico, Pemex prepared to evacuate 15,000 workers.

DOI Issues Offshore Well Control Regs

"The well control rule is a vital part of our extensive reform agenda to strengthen, update, and modernize our offshore energy program using lessons learned from Deepwater Horizon," Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell said.

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