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"Taking six billion plastic bags out of circulation is fantastic news for all of us – it will mean our precious marine life is safer, our communities are cleaner, and future generations won

UK Tax Slashes Use of Plastic Bags

"Taking six billion plastic bags out of circulation is fantastic news for all of us – it will mean our precious marine life is safer, our communities are cleaner, and future generations won't be saddled with mountains of plastic sat taking hundreds of years to break down in landfill sites," UK Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey said.

NOAA Developing New Weather Forecasting Model

The agency has selected a new dynamic core, which is the "engine" of a numerical weather prediction model. It will be used as a basis for all U.S. weather forecasts.

Corrosive groundwater, if untreated, can dissolve lead and other metals from pipes and plumbing fixtures.

USGS Warns Untreated Groundwater in 25 States Potentially Corrosive

The states with the largest percentage of wells with potentially corrosive groundwater are located primarily in the Northeast, the Southeast, and the Northwest.

"No matter who owns the company, the energy vision for Hawaii remains very clear – 100 percent renewable energy with a transformation to a customer-centered utility focusing on smart meters, smart grid, distributed local solutions, and as much consumer choice as possible," said Gov. David Ige.

Hawaii PUC Denies NextEra's Bid to Buy Hawaiian Electric Industries

Gov. David Ige said the 2-0 ruling "gives us a chance to reset and refocus on our goal of achieving 100 percent renewable energy by 2045."

Tacoma started by cleaning the waterways, polluted from decades of industry. New strategies, new technologies, such as "fingerprinting" of pollutants in the water, and new processes were developed, in partnership between UW Tacoma and the city. (Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County photo)

Recycling the Past to Build the Future

Tacoma searched for years to find an identity. While the search continued, the city found out who it was not by tearing down what it used to be, but by restoring, reclaiming, and reutilizing what was there already. The result is a city becoming a leader at cleaning and reusing.

The tires must be off wheel rims, and only car and light truck tires size 16 inches or smaller will be accepted. Haulers and businesses aren

WVDEP Collecting Old Tires This Month

At each of five remaining collections this month, residents may dispose of up to 10 tires per person with a valid West Virginia ID for the county where the collection is occurring. The tires must be off wheel rims, and only car and light truck tires size 16 inches or smaller will be accepted. Haulers and businesses aren't allowed to participate.

Microsubs are "underwater watchdogs" that can provide early warnings of any potential problem with oil companies

BP Touts Microsubs' Potential

BP is working with manufacturer Planet Ocean, the Marine Robotics Innovation Centre at the UK's National Oceanography Centre, and the Scottish Association of Marine Science to optimize the microsub technology before starting the first trial in the North Sea in December.

NOAA Awards $31 Million in Ocean Observing Grants

The five-year cooperative agreements are a fundamental activity for IOOS that fulfills requirements set forth in the 2009 ICOOS Act. Goals for these agreements focus on increasing the availability and accessibility of data and on maintaining and expanding the observing capabilities throughout the country.



Volkswagen Will Pay Nearly $15 Billion in Emissions Violation Settlement

Volkswagen Will Pay Nearly $15 Billion in Emissions Violation Settlement

In two settlements, Volkswagen will be require to pay $14.7 billion to settle allegations of cheating emissions tests. $10 billion will be used to buyback affected cars and the remainder will be spent on pollution mitigation and zero-emission vehicle technology.

The time is right to begin looking beyond the tailpipe and instead consider the full life cycle emissions of vehicles.

North America's Leaders Announce Clean Power Generation Goal

They also committed to accelerated deployment of clean vehicles in government fleets; working with industry to encourage the adoption of clean vehicles; and encouraging public and private infrastructure investments to establish ‎North American refueling corridors for clean vehicles.

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CDC Confirms Higher Blood Lead Levels in Flint Children

CDC continues to recommend that all children under age 6 living in the city of Flint have their blood tested for lead by a health care provider, particularly if they have not had a blood lead test since October 2015.

Vehicle-to-vehicle communication promises to prevent thousands of collisions and injuries annually, DOT and NHTSA believe. (Image downloaded from NHTSA August 2014 report)

Columbus Wins Smart City Challenge

Columbus plans to deploy three electric self-driving shuttles to link a new bus rapid transit center to a retail district and use data analytics to improve health care access in a neighborhood where the infant mortality rate quadruples the national average.

Report Warns of Arable Land Losses

The International Resource Panel's report says erosion, nutrient depletion, acidification, salinization, compaction and chemical pollution have left 33 percent of the world's soils moderately or highly degraded.

The New Balance World Headquarters in Boston has earned LEED Platinum certification under the U.S. Green Building Council

New Balance World Headquarters Earns LEED Platinum Certification

"We are extremely pleased to be able to call our new world headquarters a truly global leader in sustainability," said Rob DeMartini, New Balance's president and CEO.

Two natural mold-killing solutions can replace the need for any potentially harmful chemical solutions. They are completely safe for humans, kids, and animals.

Safe and Natural Ways to Get Rid of Mold

As with vinegar, grapefruit seed extract can be used to prevent mold growth. Simply cleaning surfaces with the mixture will prevent mold from growing.

Boeing reports that its 787 Dreamliner family of aircraft improved fuel efficiency and reduced carbon dioxide emissions by 20-25 percent compared to the airplanes they are replacing. (Boeing photo)

Boeing 2016 Environmental Report Tracks Progress

The company reported that its operations reduced greenhouse gas emissions, solid waste to landfill, water intake, and hazardous waste generation by between 6 and 11 percent in 2015.

The Goliath Prescribed Burn starting on June 11, 2016, in Redwood Canyon, which is located in Kings Canyon National Park, California, home of the world

Prescribed Burn Scheduled in Kings Canyon National Park

The Goliath Prescribed Burn starting on June 11 in Redwood Canyon, which is located in Kings Canyon National Park, California, home of the world's largest sequoia grove, will return the natural fire history to the area and aid the giant sequoias.

The benefits of chemical substitution go beyond safety, and a strong business case can be made that its benefits include productivity improvement, as demonstrated in a 2008 AIHA study.

TSCA Reform Bill Passed By Congress

The long-delayed bill overhauling the Toxic Substances Reform Act is heading to President Obama’s desk for his signature.

Jason-3 and its predecessor, Jason-2, will provide NOAA with twice the amount of satellite data, including ocean temperature information that is used to predict when a storm will strengthen. (NOAA photo)

NOAA Fully Prepared for Hurricane Season

"Jason-3 and Jason-2 will provide valuable information for forecasters this hurricane season. These satellites can identify high-standing pools of warm water that fuel the explosive growth of tropical storms," said Stephen Volz, Ph.D., assistant administrator for NOAA's Satellite and Information Service

Real effort is needed to reduce your monthly disposal expenses and stem long range expenses from "down the crack." Using adequate spill containment is the key. (Trans Environmental Systems, Inc. photo)

Are Your Future Profits Going 'Down the Crack'?

Little "ooops!" add up to big future problems.

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