Environmental Protection


The Nuclear, Biological and Climate Threat - 2011 reviewed

In this special issue of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, published by SAGE, experts reflect on 2011 and highlight what to look out for in 2012 in the areas of nuclear energy, nuclear weapons, biosecurity, and climate change. Topics that have made the headlines during the previous 12 months, including the increased tension surrounding Iran's nuclear programme, the aftermath of the Fukushima incident, and the state of U.S. policy on climate change, are analyzed in detail in this special issue.

Study Suggests Colorado Mountain Hail May Disappear in a Warmer Future

Summertime hail could all but disappear from the eastern flank of Colorado's Rocky Mountains by 2070, according to a new modeling study by scientists from NOAA and several other institutions.

Study Finds a Better Way to Gauge The Climate Costs of Land Use Changes

Those making land use decisions to reduce the harmful effects of climate change have focused almost exclusively on greenhouse gases – analyzing, for example, how much carbon dioxide is released when a forest is cleared to grow crops. A new study in Nature Climate Change aims to present a more complete picture – to incorporate other characteristics of ecosystems that also influence climate.

Saving on Energy Bills: Meeting Families in The Middle

A recent study released by researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) identifies steps that energy efficiency program managers can take to deliver significant savings on home energy bills to middle-income households.

European Research Suggests Climate Change is Altering Mountain Vegetation at Large Scale

The decade from 2000 to 2009 was the warmest since global climate has been measured, and while localized studies have shown evidence of changes in mountain plant communities that reflect this warming trend, no study has yet taken a continental-scale view of the situation – until now.

Another Outbreak of Coral Disease Hits Reefs of Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii

The disease called acute Montipora White Syndrome (MWS) has reappeared and is again killing corals in Kaneohe Bay, Oʻahu.

What The Mining Debate is Missing

As mining is resurging in North America, debates across the continent over mines are simplified: “Do we prioritize jobs or the environment? Companies or communities?” These are worthy debates. Yet should the issue of mining really be reduced to “pro-con” statements?

Salt Water Alone Unlikely to Halt Burmese Python Invasion

Invasive Burmese python hatchlings from the Florida Everglades can withstand exposure to salt water long enough to potentially expand their range through ocean and estuarine environments, according to research in the latest issue of the Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology.

Depleted Gas Reservoirs Can Double as Geologic Carbon Storage Sites

A demonstration project on the southeastern tip of Australia has helped to verify that depleted natural gas reservoirs can be repurposed for geologic carbon sequestration, which is a climate change mitigation strategy that involves pumping CO2 deep underground for permanent storage.

City University of London Research Shows The Investment and Health Risks of New Nuclear Build are Low

As part of The SPRing Report published in December 2011, Professor Philip Thomas of the Risk Management, Reliability and Maintenance Group within City University of London's Systems and Control Centre provided comparative analysis of the costs and safety considerations associated with nuclear, renewable and traditional, fossil fuel-based energy options.

Citizen Scientists Key to Success for National Midwinter Bald Eagle Survey

A key annual event in the recovery of Bald Eagle populations takes place Jan. 4-18, when hundreds of citizen scientists take to the field for the 34th annual Midwinter Bald Eagle Survey.

Plastics Theft Task Force Arrests Thieves With More than $250K of Stolen Pallets

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Industrial Plastics Theft Task Force pulled off a major pre-Christmas arrest at a South Los Angeles plastic recycler.

SEIA, Solar Alliance Merge to Drive Effective Policy for Solar on the State Level

Effective immediately, the Solar Alliance will operate under the SEIA brand in an effort to present a unified solar industry voice in all advocacy efforts at the state level.

EPA Recognizes January as National Radon Action Month

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is encouraging Americans this January, as part of National Radon Action Month, to take simple and affordable steps to test their homes for harmful levels of radon gas.

Renewable Energy Sees Explosive Growth in 2011

Renewable energy sources continue to expand rapidly while substantially outpacing the growth rates of fossil fuels and nuclear power.

Cement Company Pays Penalty to Resolve Clean Air Act Violations

The settlement will protect Americans’ health by reducing more than 7,000 tons of harmful nitrogen oxides and sulfur dioxide pollution each year that can lead to childhood asthma, acid rain and smog.

EPA Chief in Miami to highlight water and energy savings at new green building development

Today, EPA Administrator and Obama Cabinet member, Lisa P. Jackson will travel to Miami to meet with local green business leaders and tour the Brownsville Transit Village, a new environmentally sustainable building project in an underserved community that incorporates water and energy-saving features.

Navy Researchers Investigate Microbial Fuel Cell Technology for Small-scale Autonomous Planetary Explorers

Robotic exploration to remote regions, to include distant planetary bodies, is often limited by energy requirements to perform, in repetition, even the simplest tasks.

The Case of the Missing Gas Mileage

Automakers have made great strides in fuel efficiency in recent decades — but the mileage numbers of individual vehicles have barely increased. An MIT economist explains the conundrum.

Pennsylvania Sewer Authority Penalized for Safety Violations

The Sewer Authority of the City of Scranton will pay a $12,619 penalty and complete a $30,000 tree planting project under a settlement with EPA.

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