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Swiss Voters Back Phaseout of Nuclear Power

They endorsed a new energy law that bans new nuclear power plants, supports renewable energy sources, and seeks to encourage lower energy consumption. The vote was 58 percent in favor.

TCEQ Touts Landfill Mining Projects' Potential

There are 200 to 300 closed landfills in Texas, so the potential for resource recovery and regaining land is huge, TCEQ reports.

Most at risk are outdoor workers, including agricultural workers, commercial fishermen, construction workers, transportation workers, and first responders, but workers in hot indoor environments such as warehouses and factories are also at risk of heat illnesses.

House Water Subcommittee Looking at Integrated Planning in U.S. Water Infrastructure

The hearing will focus on ways EPA can work with states and cities to develop integrated stormwater and wastewater requirements with more flexibility so communities can meet their Clean Water Act compliance obligations.

Resources for Safety in Lead Abatement

As public and private entities continue to battle lead hazards, they've come together to provide useful information for asset owners and contractors encountering those hazards and undertaking lead abatement projects.

Rwandan Project Sets Stage for Smart City Initiatives

To demonstrate IoT's transformative potential, Inmarsat and its partners will deploy technology demonstrations around Kigali, including air quality sensors, a smart bus equipped with satellite Internet, and a precision farming initiative to increase crop yield and better manage water resources.

Senate Votes against Revoking Rule that Limits Methane Emissions

Senate Votes against Revoking Rule that Limits Methane Emissions

Senate blocks move to overturn Obama-era rule on drilling.

California Reaches $599 Million in Zero-Emission Vehicle Investments

So far, California Climate Investments have supported electric school buses in Sacramento, electric yard trucks in Fontana, hydrogen-powered buses in the Coachella Valley, and a fleet of electric delivery trucks for Goodwill Industries in the Bay Area.

Canada Classifies Beluga Whale Population As Endangered

The St. Lawrence Estuary population of Beluga whales will be reclassified from threatened to endangered following a reassessment in recent years by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada.



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Canadian Site Wins 2017 Industrial Water Project of the Year Award

The annual Global Water Awards honored companies and projects from around the world, including in Kuwait, Spain, Chile, Saudi Arabia, Antarctica, Kenya, Fiji, Australia, Oman, and the United States. The Water Deal of the Year Award went to Vista Ridge Pipeline Financing for a pipeline project serving San Antonio, Texas.

New Adidas Ocean Plastic Running Shoes Coming in May

Its 2016 Sustainability Progress Report says the company is on track to source 100 percent sustainable cotton by the end of 2018, to eliminate the use of about 70 million plastic shopping bags as a result of the global switch from plastic bags to paper bags in retail stores, and to achieve 23 percent water savings per employee on adidas sites.

Tesla Promises Big Boost in Charging Units

Having begun 2017 with more than 5,000 Superchargers globally, Tesla by the end of 2017 expects to have more than 10,000 Superchargers and 15,000 Destination Charging connectors in operation worldwide.

Fisherman Pleads Guilty in Eel Trafficking Case

The Maine fisherman was snared by Operation Broken Glass, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service investigation.

Tennessee Acquires Jackson Floodplain Area

"The goal of the restoration project is to reduce the flood risk for this area while also bringing entire ecosystems back to their natural function," said WTRBA Executive Director David Salyers. "Recreation amenities will also be constructed for visitors."

More Christmas Trees Added to Build Bayou Sauvage Habitat

This year's helicopter drop of 4,700 Christmas trees from Orleans Parish helps the national wildlife refuge create tree jetties that produce marsh habitat.

The Sarulla geothermal power plant in Indonesia

Sarulla Geothermal Plant's First Unit Now Operational

One of the world's largest geothermal power plants has begun commercial operation in Indonesia, Toshiba Corporation and Ormat Technologies Inc. announced.

Trump Signs Executive Order Rescinding Obama Climate Policies

Trump Signs Executive Order Rescinding Obama Climate Policies

President Trump said his executive order will decrease the nation’s dependence on imported fuels and revive the flagging coal industry.

U.S. Navy Launches Task Force Ocean

"It's hard to believe that in this globally interconnected information age, only five percent of volume of the world's oceans have been explored and only 20 percent of the world's sea floor has been mapped to modern standards," said Oceanographer of the Navy Rear Adm. Tim Gallaudet.

The Environmental Impacts of Boating

Several studies have identified dozens of unintentional and unexpected hazards to the environment associated with boating.

Sewage foam collected at the ramp of the Upper Thames Sailing Club. (INS photo)

Record $24.5 Million Fine Issued to Thames Water for Sewage Discharges

The company's CEO, Steve Robertson, said it asked for the six 2012-2014 incidents to be considered and sentenced together "because it was clear that our performance in this part of our region, at that time, was not up to the very high standards that we and our customers expect."

EBRD to Finance Renewable Energy Investments in Greece

The London-based financing agency says the country has huge potential for renewables, including solar, wind, biomass, and geothermal power.

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