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In Columbia, S.C., on Oct. 13, 2015, workers lifted a vehicle from an area that flooded; FEMA reported both bridge approaches were washed away by the floodwaters. Climate change is making floods and storms more frequent and more severe. (FEMA/Bill Koplitz photo)

Report Assesses Climate Change's Impacts on Workers

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.

Volume 1 covers events leading up to the explosion and fire, and volume 2 contains critical technical analyses of the blowout preventer

Judge Issues Final Order in BP Case

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier's April 4 order confirms the company's $18.7 billion settlement of federal and state claims announced last July.

This photo is a complete view of the DFTO system. (Dürr Systems, Inc. photo)

How Thermal Oxidation Can Increase the Sustainability of a Chemical Plant

For this manufacturer of organic chemicals operating many smaller processes, a single centralized thermal oxidizer system was the most cost-effective path to expand production while meeting new emission controls requirements.

This article originally appeared in the April 2016 issue of Environmental Protection.

How the Green Data Center Revolution Affects Your Website

Most Internet users think of a website as existing strictly in the virtual world, however, every website requires a hosting computer, and that host computer both uses electricity and produces a lot of heat that must be dissipated.

Cross-Border Truck Convoy Ready to Roll

The challenge is also backed by ACEA, the European Automobile Manufacturers Association, with hopes to accelerate the development of convoy-driving corridors in Europe and pave the way for EU legislative changes.

Global Power Generation Could be Severely Affected by Global Water Shortfall in 2030

Global Power Generation Could be Severely Affected by Global Water Shortfall in 2030

A 2016 research paper in the Journal Nature predicts a 40 percent shortfall of available water across the globe by 2030 with effects not just for drinking, food production, hygiene and public health, but also for 98 percent of global electric power generation.

Spend a day in a data center and you will come away with a deep appreciation that indoor noise exposure is a priority safety consideration. (Digital Realty Trust, Inc. photo)

Data Center EH&S 101

Stakeholders' concerns range from asbestos and lead-based paint typically found in older and/or legacy data centers to fire-resistant clothing, contractor and construction management, elevated work such as portable and fixed ladders, and rooftop maintenance.

This article originally appeared in the April 2016 issue of Environmental Protection.

Large-Scale Composting: Effective, Efficient Water Conservation Strategy for Public Works

Well-documented results attest to the power of composted nutrient-rich biosolids and organics when properly applied as a soil amendment to conserve water in many ways.



What is Legitimate Recycling? In essence, it is not "sham" recycling. For example, foundry sand cannot be recycled as playground sand but could be recycled for use in creating industrial molds. Sham is now more than what is in the eye of the beholder.

The Solid Waste Rule: A Summary of 2015 Revisions

The 2015 Solid Waste Rule is more stringent than the earlier versions of the Rule, and EPA is requiring authorized states to modify their programs in order to comply with the 2015 Sold Waste Rule.

In recognition of Groundwater Awareness Week, the NGWA hopes that more people will take the time to realize just how vital groundwater is to us. Simply put, life as we know it would not be possible without groundwater.

The Importance of Groundwater

In recognition of Groundwater Awareness Week, the NGWA hopes that more people will take the time to realize just how vital groundwater is to us. Simply put, life as we know it would not be possible without groundwater.

"The plan underscores the importance of implementing the projects in the state water plan. Without those projects in place, Texas will face an 8.9 million acre-foot shortage of water in 2070 in a drought and economic losses of approximately $151 billion by 2070," said Peter Lake, a member of the Texas Water Development Board.

Texas Draft 2017 Water Plan Out for Comments

"The plan underscores the importance of implementing the projects in the state water plan. Without those projects in place, Texas will face an 8.9 million acre-foot shortage of water in 2070 in a drought and economic losses of approximately $151 billion by 2070," said Peter Lake, a member of the Texas Water Development Board.

This demonstration SuperTruck vehicle topped 10 mpg and was displayed at the U.S. Department of Energy

SuperTruck II Goals Announced

DoE said SuperTruck II projects will research, develop, and demonstrate technologies to improve heavy-truck freight efficiency by more than 100 percent when compared with a manufacturer's best-in-class 2009 truck, with an emphasis on technology cost-effectiveness and performance.

With an approved Initial Funded Priorities List that invests $183 million in restoration projects, the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council will now begin to prioritize projects to receive funding from BP settlement funds.

USDA's Vilsack Becomes Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council's Chair

With an approved Initial Funded Priorities List that invests $183 million in restoration projects, the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council will now develop the next iteration of the Comprehensive Plan and begin to prioritize projects to receive funding from BP settlement funds.

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Port of Long Beach Set to Open 'Greenest' Container Terminal March 11

Middle Harbor eventually will have the capacity to handle 3.3 million twenty-foot equivalent units annually. "LBCT is committed to ushering in this new era the right way," said President Anthony Otto. "This includes our investment in all zero-emissions cargo handling equipment and comprehensive training."

After purchasing biomethane refineries in 2015, WELTEC BIOPOWER recently acquired a biogas plant in Germany, with plans of comprehensive restructuring to make plant operation sustainable.

WELTEC Working to Make Biogas Plant Sustainable

After purchasing biomethane refineries in 2015, WELTEC BIOPOWER recently acquired a biogas plant in Germany, with plans of comprehensive restructuring to make plant operation sustainable.

Remediation has for decades played a key role in reducing or eliminating contaminants from soil and groundwater. (Regenesis photo)

Preparing for El Niño: How Mitigating Contamination Risks Maximizes Remedial Outcomes

In today's highly industrialized societies, rushing waters aren't always a welcome sight, particularly when viewed from the perspective of remediation professionals who work to eliminate or mitigate the levels of hazardous materials from both private and public soil and groundwater.

USGBC Partners with Dodge Data & Analytics to Release World Green Building Trends Report 2016

The new SmartMarket report shows global green building continues to double every three years.

President Designates Three New National Monuments in California

The White House announcement said President Obama has now protected more than 265 million acres of land and water, the most among all U.S. presidents.

UN Celebrates World Wetlands Day

Thus far, 169 countries have signed the Convention on Wetlands and more than 2,200 sites have been designated and recognized as Wetlands of International Importance, covering an area larger than Mexico in all.

Pennsylvania Funding Restored Based on Clean Water Plan

"Pennsylvania was not on track to meet nutrient reduction targets, and EPA made clear in 2015 that it would withhold funding due to that lack of progress. DEP worked with our sister agencies and wrote a plan that will put us on track," said DEP Secretary John Quigley.

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