Environmental Protection

Global Climate Change


California Reaches $599 Million in Zero-Emission Vehicle Investments

So far, California Climate Investments have supported electric school buses in Sacramento, electric yard trucks in Fontana, hydrogen-powered buses in the Coachella Valley, and a fleet of electric delivery trucks for Goodwill Industries in the Bay Area.

Seattle Transit Agency Signs On for Clean Power

"By operating Link light rail on green power starting in 2019, Sound Transit will offer transit users a carbon-neutral option for leaving their cars behind and help reduce the region's greenhouse gas emissions," said Sound Transit CEO Peter Rogoff.

CDP and UL EHSS Announce Alliance

Their strategic alliance will develop UL EHSS' new sector-based reporting platform as part of the "Reimagining disclosure" initiative. The new platform will help ensure more comprehensive reporting for companies, investors, and cities.

ICAO Adopts New CO2 Emissions Standard for Aircraft

It will apply to new aircraft type designs starting in 2020 and to aircraft type designs already in production as of 2023. In-production aircraft that by 2028 do not meet the standard will no longer be able to be produced unless their designs are sufficiently modified.

Canada Investing $40 Million on Shielding Infrastructure Against Extreme Weather Events

The country's National Research Council and Infrastructure Canada are conducting research and also upgrading codes, specifications, guidelines, and assessment tools.

The Jet Star roller coaster is seen in the Atlantic Ocean off of Seaside Heights, New Jersey, USA after hurricane Sandy.

Study Adapts to New Coastal Flooding Reality

Identifying the risks and vulnerabilities along the North Atlantic Coast from Maine to Virginia.

Safety Concerns Cause Move of Antarctic Station

Safety Concerns Cause Move of Antarctic Station

The British Antarctic Survey station is being moved about 15 miles to get away from new crack in the floating Brunt Ice Shelf in Antarctica, and it will shut down from March to November this year.

The Destructive Relationship Between Ocean Acidification and Coral Reefs

A new study conducted by scientists at the University of Miami shows how ocean acidification is accelerating the erosion of coral reefs.



Canadian Government Speeds Up Transition from Coal

Regulatory actions announced Nov. 21 will put Canada on a path to move from 80 percent toward 90 percent non-emitting sources by 2030, using clean electricity to power cars, businesses, and homes across the country.

Regional Planners Take On Global Warming

With climate change, every sustainable aspect of development helps.

NYC Appoints New Sustainability Director

Mark Chambers, former director of sustainability and energy for the District of Columbia, will lead New York City's sustainability programs, including efforts to cut its greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent reduction from 2005 levels by 2050 and achieve important air quality and renewable energy goals. He starts later this month.

Coastal Erosion Requires Immediate Attention

Coastal Erosion Requires Immediate Attention

Louisiana's Governor says “we are in a race against time.”

State Partnerships Can Promote Increased Bio-Energy Production, Reduce Emissions

New study determines most efficient ways governments can increase renewable energy production.

Paris Agreement Soon to Be in Force

"Passing the threshold for the Paris Agreement's entry into force is a historic moment, marking a new era of global consensus on climate change action. This agreement will further accelerate development of a multi-trillion dollar market for clean energy technology solutions that reduce heat-trapping emissions," Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said.

Eight new pumps will be in place by mid-October sufficient to protect York if rivers rise to the record levels seen last winter. (UK Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs photo)

New Pumps Strengthen Foss Barrier's Power Against Floods

UK Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom announced new state-of-the-art pumps for the York barrier, saying they providing a 66 percent increase in capacity. Major flooding a year ago caused significant damage after the UK Environment Agency raised the barrier to prevent damage to it.

Winners Announced for 2016 Climate Leadership Awards

U.S. Green Building Council and Second Nature select Arizona State University and Johnson County Community College as 2016 winners of higher education climate leaders competition due to their ongoing commitment to climate leadership.

Climate Change Causes Pika Mammals to Disappear from American West

A recent U.S. Geological Survey study discovered that Pikas, small herbivores that live in mountain ranges in the American West, are disappearing from the areas due to climate change.

All employers, employees, and contractors within all three segments of the oil and gas industry (upstream, midstream, and downstream) are responsible for ensuring safe and healthful work sites.

LDAR Programs Continue to Evolve

LDAR programs are shifting from reactive to proactive, evolving from mere compliance to actively seeking and repairing leaks to using the best available control technology and practices to prevent leaks from occurring in the first place. Mandated use of preventive technologies and programs could be next.

EPA and DOT Finalize Fuel Efficiency Standards for Trucks

EPA and DOT Finalize Fuel Efficiency Standards for Trucks

In terms of emissions and energy use, trucks are the second-largest segment in U.S. transportation.

NASA

NASA Maps Thaw Areas Beneath Greenland Ice Sheet

The research team combined four different approaches to investigate the thermal state at the bottom of the ice sheet, including recent computer models of the ice sheet, radar data, and ice surface speed measured by satellites.

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