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EPA Awards $6 Million to Ishpeming, Mich. to Stop Mercury Contamination

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 Administrator / Great Lakes National Program Manager Susan Hedman announced a $6 million Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant to the City of Ishpeming, Mich.

EPA Proposes Clean Air Standards for Harmful Soot Pollution

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed updates to its national air quality standards for harmful fine particle pollution, including soot (known as PM2.5).

As World Warms, Conservation Evolves

Climate and Conservation offers a glimpse of climate change beyond images of melting Arctic ice—illustrating that landscapes and seascapes in places like the coastal Caribbean, mountainous eastern Australia, and the Brazilian Amazon are all susceptible to climate related impacts.

Ancient Warming Greened Antarctica, Study Finds

A new university-led study with NASA participation finds ancient Antarctica was much warmer and wetter than previously suspected.

Seeping Arctic Methane has Serious Implications for Florida Coastline: Study

The ancient reserves of methane gas seeping from the melting Arctic ice cap told Jeff Chanton and fellow researchers what they already knew: As the permafrost thaws, there is a release of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas that causes climate warming.

Two Seafood Processors Settle Clean Air Violations for Improper Handling of Refrigerants

American Seafoods Company LLC and Pacific Longline Company LLC have agreed to phase out the use of ozone depleting refrigerants, implement a comprehensive leak detection and repair program aboard a number of their vessels and pay a penalty to resolve federal Clean Air Act violations.

Geostellar Raises Funds to Help Turn Energy Consumers Into Producers

Geostellar, providers of advanced geomatic technology to accurately determine the value of solar energy generation for property owners, has announced an investment from strategic, financial and economic development sources including NRG Energy, Inc., GeoEye, Inc., the State of Maryland and Flash Forward Ventures.

Current, Former Owners of Virginia Aircraft Plant to Investigate Site Contamination

The former and current owners and operators of Avionics Specialties Inc. in Earlysville, Va., have agreed to investigate discharges of hazardous chemicals into the soil and groundwater at the manufacturing plant and to evaluate alternatives for cleanup of the releases.



Grasshoppers Frightened By Spiders Affect Whole Ecosystem

How do grasshoppers who are being frightened by spiders affect our ecosystem? In no small measure, say researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and at Yale University in the US.

Culpepper, Va. Settles Alleged Environmental Violations at Water Treatment Facility

The town of Culpeper, Va. will pay a $27,420 penalty and make more than $100,000 in upgrades at its water treatment facility to settle alleged environmental violations at the town’s water treatment facilities.

Single-Track Sustainability 'Solutions' Threaten People and Planet, Experts Say

A radical new approach to science and innovation is urgently needed to steer us within planetary boundaries and secure human wellbeing, fostering diverse types of innovation and empowering the grassroots creativity of poorer people, some experts say.

Global Climate Change: Underestimated Impact of Sea Level Rise on Habitat Loss?

The hidden impact of sea-level rise: current projections may be underestimating the consequences of global climate change on habitat loss.

Texas A&M Experts Make New Underwater Discoveries

Texas A&M University, one of a few select schools that carries the rare designation of being a land grant, sea grant and space grant institution, has several researchers who have identified new marine species.

Green Fuel From Carbon Dioxide

A research team at the Freiburg Materials Research Center (FMF) led by the chemist Prof. Dr. Ingo Krossing has now developed a new system for producing methanol that uses CO2 and hydrogen. Methanol can, for example, be used as an environmentally friendly alternative for gasoline.

Ancient Effect Harnessed to Produce Electricity From Waste Heat

A phenomenon first observed by an ancient Greek philosopher 2,300 years ago has become the basis for a new device designed to harvest the enormous amounts of energy wasted as heat each year to produce electricity. The first-of-its-kind "pyroelectric nanogenerator" is the topic of a report in ACS' journal Nano Letters.

Big Uncertainties in the Global Water Budget

A study in the Journal of Hydrometeorology now outlines significant differences of global models and measurement data sets. As the network of measurement stations worldwide is shrinking dramatically, uncertainties are increased.

Water Conservation on Tap at ACE12

The American Water Works Association’s 131st Annual Conference and Exposition, also known as ACE12, is flowing smoothly at the Dallas Convention Center. About 2,000 water professionals attended the opening session on June 11.

Composite Materials Will Lead to Greener Cars

The use of composite materials is rapidly entering into the automotive industry thanks to a technique developed by the EPFL spin-off EELCEE. This technique promises lighter cars that burn less fuel and, consequently, emit less CO2.

Honeywell Meets Energy Needs With Smart Grid Solution and Building Management System

Honeywell, a Fortune 100 technology and manufacturing company, has created a new building management system and Smart Grid Solutions business to help meet facilities' and providers' energy needs.

Climate Change Will Alter Risks of Wildfire Worldwide, Some Shifts Rapid, Extensive

A Texas Tech University climate scientist said climate change is widely expected to disrupt future fire patterns around the world, with some regions, such as the western United States, seeing more frequent fires within the next 30 years.