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Study Slashes Deforestation Carbon Emission Estimate

A new study with NASA participation has sharply reduced previous estimates of how much carbon was emitted into Earth's atmosphere from tropical deforestation in the early 2000s.

Texarkana, Texas Receives Two Brownfields Grants Totaling $1.3 Million

At a Texarkana City Council meeting this evening, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced grant awards from the brownfields redevelopment program bringing the total to $1.3 million.

EPA Expands Real-Time Monitoring of Kansas City Area Streams

EPA and local partners will gather on Wednesday, June 27 in Riverside, Mo., to announce an expansion of water-quality monitoring of Kansas City area streams and introduce a related application for smartphones and mobile devices.

Greenland Ice May Exxagerate Magnitude of 13,000-Year-Old Deep Freeze

Ice samples pulled from nearly a mile below the surface of Greenland glaciers have long served as a historical thermometer, adding temperature data to studies of the local conditions up to the Northern Hemisphere’s climate.

BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Worsened Marshes' Environmental Problems

The BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill temporarily worsened existing manmade problems in Louisiana's salt marshes such as erosion, but there may be cause for optimism, according to a new study.

Eating Garbage: Bacteria for Bioremediation

Researchers at the University of Illinois have demonstrated that bacteria found in the dump can be used to neutralize the contaminants in the soil.

Toyota to Expand Eco-Friendly Tie Up With BMW

Toyota Motor is expanding a tie-up with Germany's BMW on hybrid and fuel-cell vehicle technology as the global automakers push further into the "green" market, a report said on Monday.

EBay to Power New Data Center With Fuel Cells

Proving that it’s serious about becoming greener, EBay has announced that a new data center being built in Utah will run entirely on fuel cells, a move that other giants in the technology sector have been hesitant to take.



Reliant Launches Learn and Conserve Electricity Plan

Reliant is bringing customers a unique electricity plan featuring an innovative learning thermostat to help manage home electricity use.

Climate Change and the South Asian Summer Monsoon

The vagaries of South Asian summer monsoon rainfall impact the lives of more than one billion people.

Polyiso Insulation Reduces Carbon Dioxide Emissions by 4 Million Metric Tons Each Year

The Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers Association (PIMA) has released a new study that analyzes and quantifies the energy and environmental contribution of polyisocyanurate insulation (polyiso) over the past 25 years.

Significant Sea Level Rise in a 2-Degree Warming World

The study is the first to give a comprehensive projection for this long perspective, based on observed sea-level rise over the past millennium, as well as on scenarios for future greenhouse-gas emissions.

Bigger Wind Turbines Do Make Greener Electricity: Report

In a study that could solidify the trend toward construction of gigantic windmills, scientists have concluded that the larger the wind turbine, the greener the electricity it produces.

Arctic Climate More Vulnerable Than Previously Thought

First analyses of the longest sediment core ever collected on land in the Arctic, published this week in Science, provide dramatic, "astonishing" documentation that intense warm intervals, warmer than scientists thought possible, occurred there over the past 2.8 million years.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Launches Interactive Website on Endangered Species

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Endangered Species Program has launched a new, web-based interactive map with information about endangered species success in every state.

EPA Announces $3 Million in Environmental Job Training Grants

Today at the Sewage and Water Board of New Orleans U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Assistant Administrator Mathy Stanislaus announced that EPA is awarding $3 million to 15 grantees through the Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) program.

Russell Stover Candies Fined for Clean Water Act Violations

Russell Stover Candies, Inc., has agreed to pay a $585,000 civil penalty to settle alleged violations of the federal Clean Water Act at its facility in Iola, Kan.

Top Predators Key to Extinctions as Planet Warms

Global warming may cause more extinctions than predicted if scientists fail to account for interactions among species in their models, Yale and UConn researchers argue in Science.

Elephant Seals Help Uncover Slower-Than-Expected Antarctic Melting

Don't let the hobbling, wobbling, and blubber fool you into thinking elephant seals are merely sluggish sun bathers. In fact, scientists are benefiting from these seals' surprisingly lengthy migrations to determine critical information about Antarctic melting and future sea level rise.

Melting Sea Ice Threatens Emperor Penguins

If global temperatures continue to rise, the Emperor penguins in Terre Adélie, in East Antarctica, may eventually disappear, according to a new study by led by researchers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI).