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A whole house potable water system at a LEED Platinum Certified home in North Carolina collects rainwater from the roofs via leaders and piping and directs it to a series of storage tanks. The potable water tanks are installed in series and connected at the bottom to function as one large tank and to yield a total storage volume of more than 7,000 gallons. (Graphic courtesy of Infiltrator Water Technologies)

Tanks Evolve to Meet Advanced Wastewater Treatment and Water Reuse Demand

The evolved plastic tank is quickly becoming accepted by contractors, designers, and homeowners and because of the variety of size options available to satisfy varying needs.

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Let's Be Frank about Fracking: Is Unconventional Gas and Oil Drilling Really Worth It?

Linked to earthquakes, water contamination, and general pollution, fracking becomes more controversial by the day. Meanwhile, 13,000 new wells are being drilled every year. There have been over a thousand documented cases of water contamination next to areas of gas drilling—cases of sensory, respiratory, cardiovascular and neurological damage. From the water we drink to the ground beneath our feet, is it too late to ask, “What gives?”

Pollution Versus Pollination: Losing Our Natural Resources from A to Zinc

Pollution Versus Pollination: Losing Our Natural Resources from A to Zinc

Two new studies are highlighting the decreasing numbers of food pollinators and the increasing levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide.

The Cascadia Fault: Overlooked and Underprepared

The Cascadia Fault: Overlooked and Underprepared

North of the San Andreas Fault is the lesser known and far more insidious subduction zone running 750 miles from Vancouver to Northern California.

Stricter Ozone Standards Could Pose Challenges for Scientific Measurements and Models

Stricter Ozone Standards Could Pose Challenges for Scientific Measurements and Models

With the EPA proposing to lower the primary ozone standard from 75 ppb to 70 or 65 ppb, researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder and the NOAA have created a commentary on how the new standard could make research more difficult for air quality managers at both local and state levels.

Study Finds Fine Particulate Air Pollution Associated with Increased Risk of Autism

Exposure to the pollution caused by such things as car exhaust and coal-fired power plants may be associated with an increased risk of autism spectrum disorder, a University of Pittsburgh study has found.

Interxion Groundwater System Cools Data Center

By agreement with the Capital Region of Denmark, the system will also act as a remediation system, preventing polluted water running into the great groundwater reservoirs, from which the capital collects its drinking water.

Ohio State Researchers Develop Mesh that Captures Oil

The researchers coated the mesh with a fine layer of hydrogen and carbon, putting the elements together in such a way to attract water and repel oil.

Report: Southern California's Air Some of the Worst in U.S.

Despite progress, Southern California's air remains home to some of the worst air in the United States, the American Lung Association said Tuesday in its annual State of the Air report.

Earth Day Turns 45, but Local Groups Say We

Earth Day Turns 45, but Local Groups Say We've Got a Ways to Go

In the 21st century, the big challenge facing the world is climate change.

Some locations, operations, or hazmat personnel may require security awareness training that includes security risks associated with their specific tasks and methods designed to enhance security.

NHTSA Stresses Fuel Efficiency for Earth Day

EPA and the DOT agency will finalize a new set of longer-term medium- and heavy-duty truck fuel efficiency standards in 2016.

After taking seawater samples from the shoreline of Ucluelet, British Columbia, scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) discovered small amounts of radioactivity from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear power plant accident.

Traces of Radiation from Fukushima Found on British Columbia Shores

After taking seawater samples from the shoreline of Ucluelet, British Columbia, scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) discovered small amounts of radioactivity from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear power plant accident.

New Source of Methane Found in the Arctic

A research team led by a professor from the University of New Hampshire has identified a new source of methane for gas hydrates in the Arctic Ocean. A stable reservoir for abiotic methane was discovered and could impact global climate change.

EP Honors 2014 New Product of the Year Winners

Four companies won top honors in Environmental Protection's annual contest to showcase the industry's best new products.

Researchers Capturing Moose, Elks, Mule Deer, Bighorn Sheep This Month

Personnel from the University of Wyoming-headquartered Wyoming Migration Initiative and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department plan to live tweet throughout approximately three weeks of research activity and write Facebook posts about the animal captures, so the public can follow along.

According to a new report by the NRDC, the anticipated impacts are more widespread than previously believed; major threats seen to oyster, scallop, and clam industries in CA, CT, FL, LA, MA, ME, MD, NC, NJ, NY, OR, RI, TX, VA, and WA.

Rapid Ocean Acidification Threatens Coastal Economies in Several States

According to a new report by the NRDC, the anticipated impacts are more widespread than previously believed; major threats seen to oyster, scallop, and clam industries in CA, CT, FL, LA, MA, ME, MD, NC, NJ, NY, OR, RI, TX, VA, and WA.

The proposed budget for 2016 reflects robust Administration support for science-based decision-making in managing natural resources.

President’s 2016 Budget Proposes $1.2 Billion for the USGS

The proposed budget for 2016 reflects robust Administration support for science-based decision-making in managing natural resources.

ABB and Solar Impulse have formed an alliance ahead of the plane’s historic round-the-world journey, championing the role of innovation and technology in reducing resource consumption.

Solar Impulse and ABB Prepare for Round-the-World Flight

ABB and Solar Impulse have formed an alliance ahead of the plane’s historic round-the-world journey, championing the role of innovation and technology in reducing resource consumption.

Going into the New Year, the USGS reflects on the natural hazards of 2014 as a reminder of the dangers we face and the need for preparedness to save lives and property.

Exploring the Natural Hazards of 2014

Going into the New Year, the USGS reflects on the natural hazards of 2014 as a reminder of the dangers we face and the need for preparedness to save lives and property.

Disasters such as floods and storms have led to several high-profile disruptions of Europe

Europe’s Transport Network Vulnerable to Climate Change

Disasters such as floods and storms have led to several high-profile disruptions of Europe's transport network over the last few years. As the climate changes, the transport system urgently needs to adapt, according to a new assessment.

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