Renewable Energy Tax Credits Added to Stimulus Bill
Renewable Energy Access reports: "On Wednesday, the Senate Finance Committee included measures to extend the Production Tax Credit (PTC) for renewable energy through the end of 2009 in its version of an economic stimulus package originally proposed by President Bush."
Polar Bears Take Center Stage at Senate Hearing
A report from The Associated Press says, "A decision on whether to protect Alaska's polar bears under the Endangered Species Act might not come before the government opens a major bear habitat to oil leases next week, though staff recommendations are completed, the US Fish and Wildlife Service chief said Wednesday."
Carbon Trading Must Be Globally Regulated
Simon Linnet, The Telegraph UK, writes, "A call for a new international body, the World Environment Agency, to regulate carbon trading."
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The shaking felt this afternoon in areas near Lake Mendota was most likely an ice quake, according to University of Wisconsin-Madison geologists. A tremor was recorded by a geology department seismometer at 12:50 p.m. today and lasted approximately two or three seconds.
The event was very localized and did not have the hallmarks of an earthquake, but it did grab the attention of employees in lakeshore buildings. Dozens of staff had called either UW Police of facilities staff to inquire about the rumbling disturbance.
Ice quakes, usually accompanied by loud cracking noises, are caused by large shifts in ice and are most commonly triggered by drastic temperature changes, similar to those of the past few days, says UW-Madison seismologist Cliff Thurber. Based on the size of today's event, he says a fresh break or pressure ridge may be visible on Lake Mendota.
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EPA to host environment update meeting tonight at SVSU
A meeting to update the public on a variety of environmental issues affecting Saginaw Bay and Lake Huron will be hosted by U.S. EPA tonight at Saginaw Valley State University. Source: The Bay City Times (1/31)
Erie tire-burning facility raises concerns in Ontario
The Ontario Ministry of Environment and Canadian environmentalists are closely monitoring plans to build a massive tire-burning facility on the U.S. side of Lake Erie. Source: The London Free Press (1/31)
$200m ozonation plant a first
Montreal plans to be the first large metropolis in the world to treat all its waste water with a cutting-edge technology that uses ozone to remove bacteria, viruses, harmful pharmaceutical drugs and industrial chemicals. Source: The Montreal Gazette (1/31)
Lawton: Protecting Great Lakes key to state economy
Protecting the Great Lakes is a critical economic development driver, so Wisconsin legislators should pass the Great Lakes Compact, according to Lt. Gov. Barbara Lawton. Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (1/30)
Love Canal funds $12 million fisheries 'wish list'
A $12 million settlement of a 23-year-old lawsuit over pollution damages will go toward improving fishing and fishing access along the New York portion of Lake Ontario and the Niagara and St. Lawrence rivers. Source: BassFan (1/30)
Tourists venturing to Chicago in winter
Many visitors think winter's a good time to come to Chicago because there are deals to be had and fewer crowds. Source: CNN (1/30)
Rabaska foes will take case to federal government
Opponents of a proposed liquefied natural gas port across the St. Lawrence River from Québec City still believe they can block the project, even though it has a green light from the provincial government. Source: The Montreal Gazette (1/30)
U.S. scraps futuristic coal plant
The U.S. Dept. of Energy has canceled a futuristic, virtually emissions-free coal plant scheduled to be built in Illinois as a test project, choosing instead to invest in carbon sequestration. Source: The New York Times (1/30)
Paddling upstream: Plan to clean Chicago rivers meets some resistance
A proposal by Illinois EPA to tighten Chicago's water quality standards will likely face stiff challenges from the private sector. Source: Medill Reports (1/29)
U.S. shipbuilders grapple with labor shortage amid rise in orders
While the orders keep coming in, shipbuilders on the Great Lakes and elsewhere are hampered by a shortage of skilled, experienced workers capable of assembling and welding freight ships. Source: Phillyburbs (1/28)
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BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil's government is unwilling and unable to halt destruction in the Amazon rainforest despite emergency measures it announced last week to curb rising deforestation, environmental experts say.
California's Central Valley fall run of chinook salmon apparently has collapsed, portending sharp fishing restrictions and rising prices for consumers while providing further evidence that the state's water demands are causing widespread ecological damage.
The bad news for commercial and sport fishermen and the salmon-consuming public surfaced Tuesday when a fisheries-management group warned that the numbers of the bay's biggest wild salmon run had plummeted to near record lows.
Here’s a frothy brew you wouldn’t want to put a straw into: a not-so-tasty blend of sewage and garbage. As unappealing as it may seem, together the two can cut greenhouse gases, help cleanup water supplies and add a new source of green and endlessly renewable fuel, all with the help of a new patented invention by Viridis Waste Control: Septage Bioreactor Landfill (TM) technology.
If we're to do business, keep the poison away. Such is the message reverberating lately in the global marketplace.
Mercury tests of tuna sushi bought in October by the New York Times from Manhattan restaurants and stores revealed toxic levels high enough to warrant precaution for children and pregnant women. Some suppliers have argued that because mercury enters the oceans as an industrial pollutant, its presence in fish is out of their control and must instead be dealt with on a global level.
The key component of the new modules is an organic dye which in combination with nanoparticles converts sunlight into electricity. Due to the small size of the nanoparticles, the modules are semi-transparent. This aspect makes them well suited for facade integration. The new solar cells are being developed by members of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, who will be presenting their new technology in Tokyo at Nanotech 2008, the world’s largest trade fair for nanotechnology.
It seems so logical on the face of it. A company wishing to go green should focus on the green consumer, right? Not so. Marketing to the green consumer has proved difficult, even downright dangerous, for companies large and small. Here's why: Established companies fear alienating their base of mainstream consumers by appealing to the green consumer, and rightly so. The majority of consumers seek to satisfy their personal needs before considering those of the planet. Green for green's sake products often don't meet the basic needs that most people require from their products. Take hemp clothing, for example. If green for green's sake products could go mainstream, we'd all be wearing hemp sweaters and be happy.about it.
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Whole Foods Markets from New Jersey to Virginia began giving away one free reusable bag per customer yesterday to encourage shoppers to "BYOB" - Bring Your Own Bag.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) are putting US$15 billion into an alternative energy and clean technology initiative to establish itself as the regional and global centre of future energy solutions.
Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, the capital of UAE, announced the initiative at the World Future Energy Summit held in Abu Dhabi, last week (21—23 January).
TROLL STATION, Antarctica (Reuters) - A deep freeze holding 90 percent of the world's ice, Antarctica is one of the biggest puzzles in the debate on global warming with risks that any thaw could raise sea levels faster than U.N. projections.
Even if a fraction melted, Antarctica could damage nations from Bangladesh to Tuvalu in the Pacific and cities from Shanghai to New York. It has enough ice to raise sea levels by 57 meters (187 ft) if it melted, over thousands of years.
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Across the country most cities, regions, and states have recognized that they must begin to address the impacts of climate change. But the speed and seriousness of these climate impacts facing each region of the country remains deeply uncertain, complicating the ability of governments at all levels to respond to the challenge.
To help improve living conditions for the 2.6 billion that live without access to adequate sanitation, the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) announced its intentions to increase its efforts on sanitation issues during the upcoming UN International Year of Sanitation. For example, the 2008 World Water Week in Stockholm "Progress and Prospects on Water: For A Clean and Healthy World," organised by SIWI in August 2008, will include a special focus on sanitation.
Left alone, Brownfields are a cost to society. They can drain the economy, pose/present safety and environmental challenges and blight community health and vitality. On the other hand, Brownfields Redevelopment can stimulate the economy, eliminate risk to our health and environment, and revitalize communities. Florida continues to lead the country in this area. Over the past 3 days, significant progress has been achieved to advance this urgent need for community revitalization. This progress is the result of a series of unique events-outlined below-that serve the common goal of community development and improved public health.
Mysterious Disease Threatens Survival of North American Bats; Conservation Groups Ask for Immediate ProtectionsBy: the Center for Biological Diversity
In response to information about a mysterious illness that has been associated with the deaths of more than 8,000 bats, on Tuesday conservation groups asked the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to close all bat hibernation sites and withdraw all federal permits to "take" - that is, harm or kill - imperiled bats until the cause of the deaths is understood. One species of bat that is at risk is the endangered Indiana bat.
More than 600 prominent scientists from across the United States are calling on Congress to pass legislation that will curb America's global warming pollution and help protect wildlife and other natural resources threatened by global warming. Spearheaded by some of America's greatest scientific minds, including Harvard Professor E.O. Wilson, Thomas Lovejoy, Paul Ehrlich and Camille Parmesan, the scientists have sent a letter to Congress urging action.
The Trust for Public Land (TPL) and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced today the protection of 600 acres along the southern flank of Ute Mountain. The property is located just south of the 14,000-acre Ute Mountain parcel conserved by TPL and the BLM in 2005. It was the last private parcel within a 42 square mile area in and around Ute Mountain. This acquisition completes the protection of one of New Mexico's most notable landscapes, ensuring the spectacular views and recreational opportunities remain for generations to come. The property will be managed by the BLM for recreation and wildlife habitat.
Judge Marilyn Hall Patel Thursday issued a final ruling in Okinawa Dugong v. Gates, N.D.Cal., C-03-4350, finding the Department of Defense in violation of the National Historic Preservation Act and requiring it to consider impacts of a new airbase on the endangered Okinawa dugong to avoid or mitigate harm.
The National Audubon Society today named author Richard Louv as the 50th recipient of the prestigious Audubon Medal for sounding the alarm about the health and societal costs of children's isolation from the natural world-and for sparking a growing movement to remedy the problem.
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