Environmental Protection


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.

Over 65 Million Years, North American Mammal Evolution Has Tracked With Climate Change

Climate changes profoundly influenced the rise and fall of six distinct, successive waves of mammal species diversity in North America over the last 65 million years, shows a novel statistical analysis led by Brown University evolutionary biologists. Warming and cooling periods, in two cases confounded by species migrations, marked the transition from one dominant grouping to the next.

Engineers Study How Hills Nearby Turbines Affect Wind Energy Production

Hui Hu pulled a model wind turbine from the top of an office filing cabinet. The turbine tower was just 10 inches high. Its three blades were 10 inches in diameter. It was a perfect 1:320 scale reproduction of the 80-meter diameter wind turbines spinning across Iowa, the country's second-ranked state in installed wind power capacity. That mini turbine is helping a research team led by Hu, an Iowa State University associate professor of aerospace engineering, understand how hills, valleys and the placement of turbines affect the productivity of onshore wind farms.

New Solar-powered Classroom Brings Science to Schools in Developing Countries

An innovative project led by a chemistry academic at the University of Southampton is using solar generators to provide IT resources and 'hands-on' science for students in developing countries.

Benefits of New U. S. Air Quality Rules Greatly Outweigh Costs

A report by researchers at the Mailman School provides an expanded review of six new air quality regulations proposed or recently adopted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA).

Sunlight and Bunker Oil a Fatal Combination for Pacific Herring

The 2007 Cosco Busan disaster, which spilled 54,000 gallons of oil into the San Francisco Bay, had an unexpectedly lethal impact on embryonic fish, devastating a commercially and ecologically important species for nearly two years, reports a new study by the University of California, Davis, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Weather Deserves Medal for Clean Air During 2008 Olympics

New research suggests that China's impressive feat of cutting Beijing's pollution up to 50 percent for the 2008 Summer Olympics had some help from Mother Nature.

EPA Releases Options for Gowanus Canal Superfund Cleanup

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released a study of the options for cleaning up chemical contamination in the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn, N.Y.

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