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Chemicals Evaluated for Potential Risk in USA

US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) names first ten chemicals for review under new TSCA legislation

How Understanding the Psychology of Energy Efficiency Can Help Protect the Environment

Why do some people take action to reduce their energy consumption and carbon footprints while others do not? Environmental psychologists, behavioral economists and other social scientists have all investigated this question, and come up with a variety of answers.

EPA's Fracking Study Edited at Last Minute, Downplaying Risks, Newly Uncovered Documents Show

Just before the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released its high profile study on fracking, the agency planned to announce that the draft “study shows potential vulnerabilities to drinking water from hydraulic fracturing process.” But...Show More Summary

Researchers document large-scale changes in insect species inhabiting streams and rivers

(Utah State University) Scientists from Utah State University and the US Environmental Protection Agency have shown that the frequencies of occurrence of hundreds of freshwater insect species have changed relative to historical conditions. Show More Summary

Researchers report large-scale changes in insect species inhabiting streams, rivers

Scientists from Utah State University and the US Environmental Protection Agency discovered that the frequencies of occurrence of hundreds of insect species inhabiting streams have been altered relative to the conditions that existed prior to wide spread pollution and habitat alteration. Show More Summary

Natural alternatives to protect plants inspired by pharmaceutical research

(Cell Press) The bacteria Streptomyces could be used as an environmentally friendly alternative to pesticides, scientists in France write in an Opinion published Dec. 1 in Trends in Plant Science. In addition to protecting plants from fungal and other threats, Streptomyces has been shown to keep roots healthy and promote plant growth. Show More Summary

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Granted High Marks — EPA-Rated 84 MPGe Fuel Economy

The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid has been determined to possess an 84 MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent) fuel economy rating by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), making the plug-in hybrid model essentially the only offering...Show More Summary

Natural alternatives to protect plants inspired by pharmaceutical research

The bacteria Streptomyces—which is commonly used in human antibiotics and found in the natural environments of wild plants as well as crops—could be used as an environmentally friendly alternative to pesticides, scientists in France write in an Opinion published December 1 in Trends in Plant Science. Show More Summary

Searching for Votes in the Senate

Paul Ryan and Donald Trump have vowed to roll back many environmental protections.  The Senate seems to be the one barrier against anti-environmental moves by Congress.  How strong is that barrier? The answer depends in part on whether the filibuster option remains open. If the filibuster rule remains intact, the Democrats’ 48 votes in the Senate […]

US EPA Moves To Keep Current Fuel Economy Standards (CAFE) In Place Through 2025

Presumably for political reasons, the US Environmental Protection Agency has moved to extend the current vehicle fuel economy CAFE standards in place through 2025, according to an email sent to CleanTechnica US EPA Moves To Keep Current...Show More Summary

Nah, We’re Keeping our Fuel Economy Targets: EPA

Fuel economy standards set by the Obama administration for the 2022 to 2025 model years will remain, the Environmental Protection Agency has stated. The environmental regulator announced its proposed determination earlier today, part of its midterm review of the country’s corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) targets. Show More Summary

Canada Just Heroically Banned a Nasty Pesticide

While President-elect Donald Trump ponders which anti-regulation stalwart to place at the head of the US Environmental Protection Agency, Health Canada—our northern neighbor's version of the EPA—just took a bold step toward protecting the environment. Show More Summary

EPA Confirms Priority Action For Deadly Asbestos, Protecting Against Derailment From Trump Administration

Asbestos has been killing unwitting Americans for more than a century, but today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took a historic step toward ending this tragic trend. Asbestos will be one of the first 10 high-risk chemicals...Show More Summary

EPA to keep strict gas mileage standards in place

The Obama administration has decided not to change government fuel economy requirements for cars and light trucks despite protests from automakers.  Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy said that based on the agency's technical analysis, automakers can meet emissions standards...

EPA to finalize 2025 vehicle emissions rules without change: sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday will announce it is finalizing a plan requiring automakers to more than double their fleet-wide fuel efficiency, two sources briefed on the matter said, locking in a proposal by President Barack Obama before the Trump administration takes over early next year.

Texan who could lead Trump’s EPA wants to end renewable energy subsidies

The Environmental Protection Agency is one of Donald Trump’s biggest targets, and a Texan with a penchant for cutting regulations is under official consideration for the agency’s top job. Kathleen … Click to Continue »

The BK BioReactor takes on the Gowanus Canal

The project was spurred by a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plan to dredge and cap the waterway over the coming decade. Brooklyn is perhaps New York City’s most vibrant borough, drawing the young, the visionary, and the entrepreneurial. Show More Summary

Poignant

Definition: evoking a keen sense of sadness or regret. Example (from the RESECON listserv): The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) has published a new report, 'Climate Change Indicators in the United States, 2016 (Fourth Edition)'. ‘The Earth's climate is changing. Temperatures are rising, snow and rainfall patterns are shifting,...

EPA begins process to regulate toxic, widely used chemicals

The Environmental Protection Agency has released a list of toxic chemicals that will be the first reviewed under a recently enacted law that gives regulators increased authority to ban substances … Click to Continue »

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