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Mitsubishi Enhances Electric Vehicle Charging

Mitsubishi partners with AeroVironment to provide more electric vehicle charging opportunities.

New Wall Display Shows Real Time Energy Usage

There's more to the home energy conservation system designed by Queensland University of Technology industrial design graduate Erica Pozzey than meets the eye.

Reduction in U.S. Carbon Emissions Attributed to Cheaper Natural Gas

In 2009, when the United States fell into economic recession, greenhouse gas emissions also fell, by 6.59 percent relative to 2008.

UT Researcher Helps Develop Green Toy Standards

Catherine Wilt, director of the Center for Clean Products at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment, is working to make toys healthier, safer, and more environmentally friendly.

Federal Officials Announce Nationwide Crackdown on Black Market Rhino Trade

The Department of Justice and the Department of the Interior recently announced the arrest of seven people charged with trafficking endangered black rhinoceros horns.

Monsanto Settles Nitro, W.Va. Agent Orange Cases

A judge granted preliminary approval to a settlement involving activities done 40-60 years ago at the company'’s former plant in the West Virginia city, an industrialized suburb of the state capital, Charleston.

Arctic Sea Ice Decline May Be Driving Snowy Winters Seen in Recent Years

A new study led by the Georgia Institute of Technology provides further evidence of a relationship between melting ice in the Arctic regions and widespread cold outbreaks in the Northern Hemisphere. The study’s findings could be used to improve seasonal forecasting of snow and temperature anomalies across northern continents.

FDA Approves Revising Regulations for BPA

A 60-day public comment period has been opened by the FDA regarding revisions to regulations on BPA. The chemical is no longer used in bottles or sippy cups.



153 Countries Sign Treaty on Ocean Radar Improvements

The Feb. 17 agreement during the World Radiocommunication Conference 2012 (WRC-12) held in Geneva, Switzerland, means better tracking of tsunamis, oil spills, ocean debris and people lost at sea.

Soil Studies Provide Big Benefits

When it comes to studying microbial communities in soil, the smaller the sample, the better. Only by approaching the scale at which microbes interact and function, the micron scale, can scientists understand how the community works. To that end, scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory assayed sub-millimeter-sized soil aggregates to determine biomass and enzyme potential.

Princeton System Tracks Drought to Aid Disaster Relief

Drought is often the precursor to disaster, but getting leads on its stealthy approach through remote or war-torn areas can be so difficult that relief agencies sometimes have little time to react before a bad situation becomes a calamity.

Study Suggests Nation's Urban Forests Losing Ground

National results indicate that tree cover in urban areas of the United States is declining at a rate of about four million trees per year, according to a U.S. Forest Service study published recently in Urban Forestry & Urban Greening.

Earliest Horses Show Past Global Warming Affected Body Size of Mammals

As scientists continue developing climate change projection models, paleontologists studying an extreme short-term global warming event have discovered direct evidence about how mammals respond to rising temperatures.

Can Digital Games and Virtual Worlds Help Us Save Nature?

Conservation scientists Bruno Monteferri, Chris Sandbrook and Bill Adams explore whether computer gaming is a new frontier for conservation.

DFW Airport Partners with EPA to Save Energy and Resources

Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport has entered into a Sustainability Partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Officials from DFW Airport and the EPA signed a Memorandum of Understanding during a ceremony at the airport on Feb. 22.

EPA Funds University of Hawaii Marine Debris Research Project

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recently provided $15,000 in funding to the University of Hawaii to further research efforts on marine debris.

Blue Bird Bus Engines Earn EPA, CARB Certification

The buses operate with near-zero emissions, according to the company.

Spinning Turbines to Power Texas Water Tower

An educational facility to teach residents and school groups about wind energy and water distribution is in the base of the tower being completed in Addison, Texas, a city of about 15,000 residents on the northern rim of Dallas.

Charging Up the Auto Industry

This year's iconic North American International Auto Show featured a wave of new hybrid and electric cars that suggest the vehicles have truly come into their own. But what's the future for the technology needed to power these cars? In particular, can the industry really expect in the coming years an electric car battery that is not only economical, but delivers the performance needed to make these cars a common site on the streets?

Energy Star Leaders Achieve President's Energy Efficiency Goal for Buildings

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that nearly half of the organizations recognized as Energy Star Leaders have improved the energy efficiency of their building portfolios by 20 percent or more. Last year, President Obama announced a nationwide call to action to improve the energy performance in buildings across the nation by 20 percent by 2020.