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EPA Provides $100,000 to Help Assess Need for Children's Health Center in Puerto Rico

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced $100,000 in funding to assess the need for a new, independent Children’s Environmental Health Center in Puerto Rico. The news was announced by EPA Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck at a meeting of public health and medical professionals at the University of Puerto Rico’s Medical Sciences Campus in San Juan.

Study Suggests Drastic Changes Needed to Curb Most Potent Greenhouse Gas

Meat consumption in the developed world needs to be cut by 50 percent per person by 2050 if we are to meet the most aggressive strategy, set out by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), to reduce one of the most important greenhouse gases, nitrous oxide (N2O).

Local Governments Adopt Producer Responsibility Resolutions

In California, products banned from landfills exceed $500 million annually, according to a report done by the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle). There is no estimate of the total cost of collection and disposal.

UC Research Reveals One of the Earliest Farming Sites in Europe

University of Cincinnati (UC) research is revealing early farming in a former wetlands region that was largely cut off from Western researchers until recently. The UC collaboration with the Southern Albania Neolithic Archaeological Project (SANAP) will be presented April 20, 2012, at the annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology (SAA).

New Health Effects Study Highlights Advancement in Clean Diesel Technology

A new study released by the Health Effects Institute (HEI) provides important new insights on the advancements in clean diesel technology and ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel, according to Allen Schaeffer, executive director of the Diesel Technology Forum.

Rapid Climate Change Threatens Asia's Rice Bowl

As Asia's monsoon season begins, leading climate specialists and agricultural scientists warned today that rapid climate change and its potential to intensify droughts and floods could threaten Asia's rice production and pose a significant threat to millions of people across the region.

Resurfacing Urban Areas to Offset 150 Billion Tons of Carbon Dioxide

Imagine a world where the rooftops and pavements of every urban area are resurfaced to increase the reflection of the Sun's light rays. Well, this is exactly what a group of Canadian researchers have done in an attempt to measure the potential effects against global warming.

EPA Releases Ground Water Samples from the Lehigh Valley Site, N.Y.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently made available the results of ground water sampling taken in December 2011 at the Lehigh Valley Railroad Derailment Superfund site in LeRoy, N.Y.



EPA and American Rivers Award $1.37 Million in Grants to Restore Potomac Highlands Rivers Clean Water

The EPA and American Rivers recently announced six recipients of environmental grants to benefit communities and protect rivers and clean water in the Potomic Highlands region of Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.

Conn. and Mass. Based Landlords Face Fines for Failing to Notify Tenants about Lead Paint

The owners of rental properties in Bridgeport, Conn. as well as South Boston, Roxbury, and Dorchester, Mass., face EPA penalties for violating federal lead paint disclosure rules. In both cases, these violations potentially put tenants at risk of exposure to lead hazards.

EPA Reaches Agreement with General Electric Company and SI Group Inc. to Protect N.Y. Superfund Site Drinking Water

The Dewey Loeffel landfill in Nassau, N.Y. will no longer threaten nearby drinking water wells, according to the EPA.

NOAA retires GOES7 after 25 years as a weather and communications satellite

The GOES-7 satellite, one of NOAA's earliest geostationary satellites, was moved into a higher orbit and retired from service.

Researchers Say Habitat Loss and Tropical Cooling were to Blame for Mass Extinction

The second-largest mass extinction in Earth's history coincided with a short but intense ice age during which enormous glaciers grew and sea levels dropped. Although it has long been agreed that the so-called Late Ordovician mass extinction—which occurred about 450 million years ago—was related to climate change, exactly how the climate change produced the extinction has not been known.

EPA Unveils New Permit for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations to Protect Water Quality in Idaho

A new water discharge permit for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) will help protect Idaho’s rivers, lakes and streams from animal waste, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Boise, Idaho.

Fish Thriving Around Wind Farms

The first Danish study into how one of the worlds largest wind farms affects marine life is now completed. It shows that the wind turbines and the fish live quite happily together. Indeed some species of fish have actually increased in number.

Fertilizer Use Responsible for Increase in Nitrous Oxide in Atmosphere

University of California, Berkeley, (UC Berkeley) chemists have found a smoking gun proving that increased fertilizer use over the past 50 years is responsible for a dramatic rise in atmospheric nitrous oxide, which is a major greenhouse gas contributing to global climate change.

Cities with the Most Energy Star Buildings in the United States

By the end of 2011, the nearly 16,500 Energy Star certified buildings across America have helped save nearly $2.3 billion in annual utility bills and prevent greenhouse gas emissions equal to emissions from the annual energy use of more than 1.5 million homes.

EPA Fines U.S. Virgin Islands Health Department for Long Term Chemical Mismanagement

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has found that the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Health violated federal law governing the handling and storage of hazardous waste at two of its facilities and has fined the agency $68,000 for the violations.

EPA and Philadelphia Mayor Sign Landmark Green City Clean Waters Partnership

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa P. Jackson and Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter, joined by U.S. Representative Allyson Schwartz and city and federal officials, signed an agreement that represents a $2 billion investment in Philadelphia green infrastructure during an event at the Fairmount Water Works.

Military Leads in Renewable Energy Race

The U.S. Army is leading the march for renewable energy with a goal of 25 percent clean power by 2025. The Army Corps of Engineers has set up the Energy Initiatives Task Force (EITF) as of September, 2011 to help meet the deadline.