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The ISO greenhouse gas standard has reached the voting stage.

ISO Greenhouse Gas Standard Reaches Voting Stage

"The key areas of focus for ISO 14064-1 will be accounting for indirect greenhouse gas emissions and the linkage between that and renewable energy, which is a very challenging area," said Tom Baumann, chair of the ISO TC 207/SC7 committee that undertook the revision.

The 2015 Alaska fire season is the third-largest season since reliable records began in 1950. More than 4.75 million acres have burned, according to NOAA.

Very Large Fires All Across Southern Alaska

The 2015 Alaska fire season is already the third-largest season since reliable records began in 1950, and more than 4.75 million acres have burned.

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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.

The study tested a model that allows scientists and wind energy companies to predict bird fatalities before a wind farm is built.

Model Predicts Bird Deaths Before Wind Facility Construction

The U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently released a case study that involved golden eagles partly because of their soaring and hunting behaviors.

The EPA has awarded close to $600,000 in brownfields grants to help provide job training and environmental property assessments in Huntington and the southern region in West Virginia.

Brownfields Grants Boost Economy in West Virginia

The EPA has awarded close to $600,000 in brownfields grants to help provide job training and environmental property assessments in Huntington and the southern region in West Virginia.

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Understanding the RCRA Exclusion for Oil and Gas E&P

By understanding the scope of the RCRA exclusion for the oil and gas industry, EHS managers and engineers can be confident they are managing waste in line with the latest federal standards and avoid RCRA civil penalties as high as $37,500 per day per violation.



Under the new Resilient Landscape partnerships that were announced by President Obama a little more than two months ago, the DOI, USDA, EPA, NOAA, and USACE have launched new Resilient Lands and Waters sites in California and Montana/British Columbia.

Several Agencies Announce Additional Resilient Lands and Waters Initiatives Sites

The Department of the Interior (DOI), Department of Agriculture (USDA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) recently recognized three new collaborative landscape partnerships across the country, which will help prepare natural resources combat climate change.

Wholesale adoption of GHS hazard classsification principles will disrupt chemical hazard assessment programs and heighten problems manufacturers and importers will face.

EPA Forms Chemical Safety Advisory Committee

Its purpose is to provide expert scientific advice, information, and recommendations to the Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, which manages programs under the Toxic Substances Control Act and the Pollution Prevention Act.

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.

Nanotechnology is already viable as an answer to potable water shortages. (Dais Analytic Corporation photo)

Addressing the 'Water-Energy Nexus' by Improving Manufacturing

We need to start examining the processes within Water-Energy Nexus the same way we are examining HVAC efficiencies: at the molecular level, using nanotechnology.

A new report by the ACEEE places Boston as the most energy efficient city, with New York City, Washington DC, San Francisco, and Seattle closing up the top five efficient cities.

America’s Most Energy Efficient Cities

A new report by the ACEEE places Boston as the most energy efficient city, with New York City, Washington DC, San Francisco, and Seattle closing up the top five efficient cities.

In a recent case study from the USGS, researchers discovered that both the microbiology and organic chemistry of waters produced from fracking vary significantly from well to well.

How Fracking Affects the Chemistry of Waters

In a recent case study from the USGS, researchers discovered that both the microbiology and organic chemistry of waters produced from fracking vary significantly from well to well.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced a $235 million investment for improving water quality, drought prevention, and habitat protection through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).

More than $200 Million in Water Conservation Funding Available from USDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced a $235 million investment for improving water quality, drought prevention, and habitat protection through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).

Soil and groundwater contamination will be getting cleaned up at a Maryland Superfund Site, thanks to TerraTherm, Inc. who announced a $6.9 million cleanup contract for chemical contamination.

Cleanup Approved for Maryland Superfund Site

Soil and groundwater contamination will be getting cleaned up at a Maryland Superfund Site, thanks to TerraTherm, Inc. who announced a $6.9 million cleanup contract for chemical contamination.

The use of clean fuels and updated pollution control measures in school buses that 25 million children ride every day could result in 14 million fewer absences from school a year, based on a study by the University of Michigan and the University of Washington.

Reducing School Bus Pollution Improves Children's Health

The use of clean fuels and updated pollution control measures in school buses that 25 million children ride every day could result in 14 million fewer absences from school a year, based on a study by the University of Michigan and the University of Washington.

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.

Coal tar-based pavement sealcoat typically contains 35,000 to 200,000 ppm polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), about 100 times more PAHs than in used motor oil and about 1,000 times more PAHs than in sealcoat products with an asphalt base.

Another Warning About Coal Tar Sealant

The U.S. Geological Survey's latest study showed rainwater runoff caused 100% mortality to minnows and water fleas, which are part of the base of the food chain.

The existing siphon could not be removed from service during the irrigation season; consequently, all sliplining activities must occur throughout the late fall and winter.

Tyhee Siphon Rehabilitation: Meeting the Challenge of Aging Infrastructure on a Limited Budget

Repair of this facility presents many challenges, making the total project a seemingly insurmountable obstacle. But the FHIIP is completing rehabilitation of this facility in phases over several years and recently completed the first phase of construction.

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