Friday, October 21, 2016 | By ShanB | Comments Off on PA Could Be Carbon-Free by 2050
The Keystone State could get all its power from renewable energy sources and generate thousands of jobs by the middle of this century, according to a new report.
Titled “Envisioning Pennsylvania’s Energy Future,” the report outlines a plan for increased investments in wind and solar power and energy efficiency that would virtually eliminate reliance on fossil fuels. According to Tracy Carluccio, deputy director of the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, electricity consumers would see savings of $134 billion over 35 years.
“Also, as a result of these policies,” she said, “the report calculates that we will see a net increase of nearly 500,000 jobs over this same period of time.”
The Delaware Riverkeeper Network sponsored a free webinar on the report at 1 p.m.…
Thursday, October 20, 2016 | By Tracy | Comments Off on Gov. Wolf Announces Multimodal Transportation Grants – Including Trail & Bike Projects
Gov. Tom Wolf and PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards announced 37 highway, bridge, bike and pedestrian projects will receive $40 million in Multimodal Transportation Fund grants from the Department of Transportation. Locally this is the project related to trails and bike paths:
— Lackawanna County: Heritage Valley Partners, Inc. — $463,179 to create safe, ADA-compliant access from existing Lackawanna River Heritage Trail to Lackawanna Avenue, providing a direct link to downtown commerce, government services, historical and cultural venues, and educational institutions.…
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 | By ShanB | Comments Off on Alternatives to Single-Use Plastic
Think about how long you used that straw to sip the drink you purchased today from your favorite beverage shop. It was probably less than an hour..if that. What about the plastic fork you used to eat the salad you purchased from the fast food place? Ten minutes maybe? Even though you used it for a few minutes, that straw or fork could last forever in a stream or ocean. The solution is having an alternative to these throw away items. …
Friday, October 14, 2016 | By ShanB | Comments Off on Senate Bill Called Threat to PA Wilderness Areas
Pennsylvania has two federally designated wilderness areas, where human intrusion on nature is limited to hiking trails, but a bill in the U.S. Senate could change that.
Called the Human-Powered Travel in Wilderness Areas Act, Senate Bill 3205 would direct forest rangers to designate trails to be opened for use by cyclists, who currently are not allowed. Kirk Johnson, executive director of Friends of Allegheny Wilderness, said he fears the introduction of mountain biking could ruin the wilderness experience for everyone else.…
Friday, October 14, 2016 | By Tracy | Comments Off on Pennsylvania’s Burpee Company Funds Permanent White House Kitchen Garden
Pennsylvania-based home gardening company W. Atlee Burpee Company has made a $2.5 million gift to establish a permanent White House Kitchen Garden to maintain and further develop an initiative started by First Lady Michelle Obama. The donation will be made by The Burpee Foundation.
According to George Ball, chairman and CEO of the 140-year old Pennsylvania based Burpee, establishment of a formal vegetable garden at The White House resurrects a tradition that goes back to John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.
The gift will be made to the National Park Foundation which is responsible for the Garden, and will be made over a 17 year period to cover direct costs to expand and maintain the Garden.…
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 | By ShanB | Comments Off on Global Agreement on Aircraft Emissions a Milestone
Almost 200 countries have agreed to a United Nations plan to cut carbon pollution from aircraft, but environmentalists say the agreement doesn’t go far enough.
By 2050, emissions from civilian aircraft could constitute a quarter of the world’s remaining carbon budget, the maximum allowable to avoid the worst effects of global climate change. Sarah Burt, a staff attorney with Earthjustice, said the plan adopted by the International Civil Aviation Organization is an important milestone.
“This is the first time that a majority of countries around the world got together to agree to do something,” Burt said.…
Monday, October 10, 2016 | By ShanB | Comments Off on Best Buy Gift Cards Go Green
Best Buy recently released a gift card that can be recycled at home – with your paper, cans and bottles.
Because the “Go Green” gift card is made out of paper, it can go right into your recycling bin at home.
The traditional gift card is made out of polyvinyl chloride, also known as PVC, a material that is not usually accepted in city recycling programs. By using paper, Best Buy will help to reduce the amount of plastic that’s thrown out.…
Friday, October 7, 2016 | By ShanB | Comments Off on PA Gets Critical Funds to Reduce Pollution from Farms
Pennsylvania will receive almost $29 million of new federal and state funding to help reduce pollution flowing into Chesapeake Bay.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Agriculture and the state of Pennsylvania committed the additional funding at the Chesapeake Executive Council’s annual meeting.
Harry Campbell, executive director of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation in Pennsylvania, notes that the Commonwealth has fallen behind on its commitment to cut pollution.
“This new investment of resources from the state and federal governments represents a down payment, if you will, to jump start our efforts toward clean water initiatives across the state,” he states.…
Wednesday, October 5, 2016 | By Tracy | Comments Off on 2017 PA River Of The Year Nominations Are Now Being Accepted
The PA Organization for Watersheds and Rivers is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Pennsylvania River of the Year. Nominations are due October 28, 2016.
River of the Year is an honor designed to elevate public awareness of specific rivers and recognize important conservation needs and achievements. River of the Year designations have been presented annually since 1983.
Pennsylvania’s 2016 River of the Year is the North Branch Susquehanna River in northeast Pennsylvania.
POWR administers the River of the Year program with funding from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.…
Wednesday, October 5, 2016 | By ShanB | Comments Off on Energy Efficiency Tricks to Stop Your Energy Bill from Haunting You
It has long been said that on All Hallows’ Eve, ghosts and goblins roam the earth, witches take to the sky on their broomsticks, and vampires rise from the dead. Whether you believe in paranormal activity or not, this Halloween don’t let your energy bill give you a scare.
Defend yourself from unwanted spirits and high energy bills by sealing air leaks around windows, doors, and air ducts. Before air sealing, conduct a visual inspection to detect leaks or hire a professional for a more thorough measurement of your home’s airflow.…
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 | By ShanB | Comments Off on Refrigerator Cools With Magnetism, Not Freon
Some metals do a remarkable thing when they’re placed within a magnetic field: They heat up. Remove the magnetic field, and they grow cold.
It’s not difficult to see how this heating and cooling, known as the magnetocaloric effect, might be put to good use. Refrigerators and air conditioners could not only become more energy efficient but also be freed from century-old technology that relies on environmentally harmful refrigerants.
Researchers with Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Building Equipment Research Group are working with General Electric Appliances to produce a refrigerator based on the magnetocaloric effect.…
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 | By ShanB | Comments Off on Cleaning the Air and Boosting the Bottom Line
States challenging the president’s Clean Power Plan claim it would raise electricity prices and cost jobs, but two separate new studies say implementing the plan could do just the opposite. The Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit is hearing arguments today in a suit brought by 24 states and several corporations challenging the plan.
But according to Jennifer Kefer, the executive director of the Alliance for Industrial Efficiency, their report shows that putting the plan into action would be a win for business, workers, and the climate.…
Monday, September 26, 2016 | By Tracy | Comments Off on Mayfield to participate in tire cleanup program
Mayfield borough will participate in a countywide tire cleanup program next month, cosponsored by the Lackawanna County commissioners and the office of environmental sustainability.
Residents may drop off tires at the Mayfield DPW site from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13.
Tires 13 to 16 inches will be accepted at a cost of $2 each; 17- to 20-inch tires will be accepted at $3 each. All tires must be free of debris and off the rim.
No truck tires will be accepted.…
Friday, September 23, 2016 | By ShanB | Comments Off on Extreme Weather Threatens Monarch Butterfly Habitat
Illegal logging is on the decline, but severe weather events continue to degrade Mexico’s forests
Extreme weather is now a primary driver of forest degradation in key wintering habitat for monarch butterflies in Mexico, according to a new report.
Excessive winds and storms that knocked down trees played a significant role in the degradation of 178.7 acres of forest in the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve between 2015 and 2016. Felled trees made up 74.6% of the causes of degradation, followed by illegal logging at 16.4% and drought at 9%, according to the report by the WWF-Telmex-Telcel Foundation Alliance, the National Commission of Protected Natural Areas, and the Institute of Biology of the National Autonomous University of Mexico.…
Friday, September 23, 2016 | By ShanB | Comments Off on Queen Guitarist Brian May Protests Japanese Dolphin Hunts
Brian May, guitarist of British rock group Queen, is taking a stand against Japan’s dolphin killing, saying the slaughter of animals should end in the same way society has turned against slavery or witch-burning.
“Every species, and every individual of every species, is worthy of respect,” May told The Associated Press on Friday while in Tokyo for Queen’s sell-out concerts at Budokan arena.
“This is not about countries. It’s about a section of humanity that doesn’t yet understand that animals have feelings, too.”
Thursday, September 22, 2016 | By ShanB | Comments Off on Toxic Ocean Slime Is Spreading Quickly Across the Earth
Algae blooms known to poison marine wildlife are getting worse in seas around the world, possibly accelerated by warming and other climate shifts.
See where the deadly blooms happen.…
Thursday, September 22, 2016 | By ShanB | Comments Off on Giant Panda No Longer Endangered
Iconic species is one step further away from extinction
In a welcome piece of good news for the world’s threatened wildlife, the giant panda has just been downgraded from ‘Endangered’ to ‘Vulnerable’ on the global list of species at risk of extinction, demonstrating how an integrated approach can help save our planet’s vanishing biodiversity.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) announced the positive change to the giant panda’s official status in the Red List of Threatened Species, pointing to the 17 per cent rise in the population in the decade up to 2014, when a nationwide census found 1,864 giant pandas in the wild in China.…
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 | By ShanB | Comments Off on Neil Young Protests Dakota Access Pipeline With New Song
Neil Young is joining the protest against the four-state Dakota Access pipeline with his new song, “Indian Givers.” The music video for the song shows clips of Young driving his car and footage of the recent anti-pipeline protests, including a man who chained himself to construction equipment last week.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 | By ShanB | Comments Off on Walmart Makes Home and Personal Care Products Safer
This summer, Walmart released a list of ten high priority chemicals they’ve removed from home and personal care products, with details as to how the reductions were achieved, and the total volume of the chemicals removed. In total, 23.26 million pounds of these chemicals were removed from thousands of products. The clean-up was the long-awaited fruit of Walmart’s 2013 Sustainable Chemicals Policy, developed in partnership with the Environmental Defense Fund.
Get the full story here.…
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 | By Tracy | Comments Off on Hershey Named To Dow Jones Sustainability World Index For 4th Consecutive Year
The Hershey Company announced it has been named again to the prestigious Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America Indices.
Hershey is one of only 11 companies from the Food, Beverage and Tobacco Industry in the World Index and ranked in the 91 percentile overall. The company received top scores in health and nutrition, packaging environmental impact, and water related risks categories.
This is the fourth consecutive year that Hershey has been included in the World Index and the fifth year for the North American Index.…
Monday, October 24, 2016 | By The Wilderness Society | No Comments
Monday, October 24, 2016 | By The Wilderness Society | No Comments
Thanks to the leasing of our public lands for energy development, you may be living closer to an oil or gas well than you may realize. Even more alarming if that’s the case, you’re probably exposed to toxic air pollution on a regular basis.
Monday, October 24, 2016 | By The Wilderness Society | No Comments
Map and infographics showing the region of the plan, what matters in the Pacific Northwestt (1), what people want in a Northwest Forest Plan (2) and what most voters support in a revised Northwest Forest plan (3).
Sunday, October 23, 2016 | By The Wilderness Society | No Comments
statewide survey of 600 registered voters in Washington, Oregon and California, with an additional oversample of 200 registered voters in California counties, was conducted by telephone using professional interviewers, including 45% of all interviews conducted via cell phone.
Friday, October 21, 2016 | By The Wilderness Society | No Comments