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[ Largest Sources of Methane Pollution Identified ]

Methane is a potent greenhouse gas leaked by hydraulic fracturing and other oil and gas production.

And a new report from the Center for American Progress pinpoints the who’s who of methane pollution in Pennsylvania and throughout the Appalachian Basin.

The Center says 11 companies emitted half of the methane pollution from onshore oil and gas production in 2014 – more than 48 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent, or CO2e.

“We looked at the Appalachian Basin and found that Atlas Energy is emitting the most methane pollution in the oil and gas sector, followed by EnerVest Operating Company,” says Alison Cassady, the Center’s director of domestic energy policy.…

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[ AMCA Tells Mosquitos to “Buzz” Off During Mosquito Control Awareness Week, June 26-July 2 ]

The American Mosquito Control Association Offers Tips for Mosquito Control and Prevention dreamstime_m_12021735

There is nothing worse than an unwanted house guest, especially when they do nothing but suck you dry. Mosquitoes have nasty habits of buzzing around; causing itchy bite marks and making many grab the nearest can of bug repellant. Enjoy the outdoors this summer and stop the spread of mosquito-borne illnesses by following tips from the American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) to prevent mosquito infestation and control an existing problem.…

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[ Guide to Low-Cost Electric Vehicles ]

Electric vehicles used to be quite pricey for most people, but that’s really not true anymore.  Drivers now have quite a few choices when purchasing a green (or semi-green) vehicle and the options can sometimes be overwhelming.
So, the Sierra Club has created a guide to some of the more affordable plug-in models, new and used, with a cap at $30,000 after federal tax credits.
Pennsylvania offers state rebates on plug-in vehicles which bring down the cost even further. Electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids still carry a premium, but prices have fallen dramatically owing to better battery technology, government subsidies, and market competition.
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[ PA Falling Short of EPA Water Milestones ]

Pennsylvania is falling behind in its efforts to clean up water flowing into the Chesapeake Bay.

Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia are supposed to achieve 60 percent of court ordered Chesapeake Bay pollution reduction goals by 2017.

But according to Harry Campbell, executive director of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Pennsylvania office, an assessment released Friday by the Environmental Protection Agency shows the state is only on track to meet that goal for reducing sediment pollution.

“But is languishing significantly behind on its efforts to reduce nitrogen and phosphorus pollution, mainly from agricultural runoff sources,” he adds.…

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[ Map Displays Methane Threats in PA ]

Methane pollution is a health hazard, studies have found, and now an online map can tell you how close that risk is to you.

About 1.5 million people live within a half mile of one or more of the more than 100,000 oil and gas facilities operating in Pennsylvania. Studies show that those people are at greatest risk of the negative health impact of methane exposure, including fetal damage and respiratory ailments.

Conrad Schneider, advocacy director for the Clean Air Task Force, said the new online map can help people assess the risk they face in their own homes.…

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[ Celebrate Pollinators During Pollinator Week ]

Nine years ago the U.S. Senate’s unanimous approval and designation of a week in June as “National Pollinator Week” pollinatormarked a necessary step toward addressing the urgent issue of declining pollinator populations. Pollinator Week has now grown into an international celebration of the valuable ecosystem services provided by bees, birds, butterflies, bats and beetles.

June 20-26, 2016 has been designated National Pollinator Week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Pollinators positively affect all our lives, supporting wildlife, healthy watershed and more – let’s SAVE and CELEBRATE them!…

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[ Are Guitars the Next Blood Diamonds? ]

REVERB, an environmental non-profit group that works to engage musicians and their fans to take action toward a more sustainable future; EIA and over 30 major musicians (some that might surprise you!) are working hard to put an end to illegal logging with the No More Blood Wood campaign, engaging fans, instrument manufacturers and international governments to be a part of the solution.

Most recently, REVERB took members of Maroon 5 and Guster deep into the Guatemalan rainforest to see the good, bad, ugly and hopeful of logging practices and they shot this short documentary narrated by KT Tunstall.…

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[ Hundreds Rally in Harrisburg for Climate Action, Clean Energy ]

Hundreds traveled to Harrisburg today to rally for clean energy and climate action.

Calling themselves Clean Power PA, the broad coalition of environmental advocates, health professionals, business interests and concerned citizens came from across the Commonwealth.

Adam Garber, field director for PennEnvironment, says members of the General Assembly are out of step with their constituents.

“While they’re attacking everything from the Clean Power Plan to new protections from fracking, citizens are coming to demand their legislators do something positive to reduce the climate pollution that’s driving extreme weather and asthma attacks in our communities,” says Garber.…

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[ Sneakers Made From Recycled Ocean Plastic ]

Racked is reporting that Adidas is unveiling wearable versions of its Adidas x Parley Ultra Boost sneakers, made entirely of recycled plastic waste and old fishing nets from the ocean:

In honor of World Oceans Day, Adidas announced its releasing 50 actual pairs to lucky fans.

“Unlike the first shoe, which was unforgivably stiff, you can actually run, comfortably, in this one,” reports Wired.

So wearable shoes made entirely from ocean crap — how does that work? A new video from Adidas actually gives us a sense of how the murky ocean floors can create shoes:

You can enter to get one of the 50 new pairs for yourself by submitting a video to Adidas’ Instagram, from now until July 31st.…

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[ June is National Rivers Month ]

June has been designated National Rivers Month to encourage everyone to spend quality time on rivers boating, paddling, and doing other water sports while also enjoying nature.

Here are a few interesting facts about rivers from The Huffington Post:

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[ No Heat Necessary For This Dryer ]

Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Tennessee are changing the way Americans do laundry—using vibrations instead of heat to dry their clothes. This new technology, called the ultrasonic clothes dryer, is expected to dry clothes in half the time and use 70% less energy than today’s products, saving American consumers money on their energy bills. With support from the Energy Department’s Building Technologies Office, ORNL and GE Appliances are in the process of scaling-up this technology to a press dryer and clothes dryer drum within the next five months.…

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[ Celebrate Perennial Gardening Month ]

June is perennial gardening month and you can celebrate by discovering new perennials to plant this month!  Keep in mind, when gardening to garden sustainably.  Better Homes and Gardens has some great tips on the best ways to plant a green garden.  They include:

Going Organic:  Using less chemicals in your garden is more ecologically sound — and more cost effective. If you’re raising food for your family, gardening organically is even more important. Start from the ground up by building good soil, rich in nutrients; add natural compost to amend the soil.…

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[ Pittsburgh Considers Banning Wild-Animal Acts ]

Clowns and animal-rights advocates crowded Pittsburgh’s City Council chambers this week, speaking their minds about a proposed ban on wild-animal acts in the city. The ordinance, based on a similar law in San Francisco, would prohibit performances involving wild or exotic animals.

Kristen Tullo, Pennsylvania state director of the Humane Society of the United States, said many people have fond memories of going to the circus as children to see lions, monkeys and elephants perform.

“But we now have a lot more information,” she said, “We’re much wiser and better informed that the animals being used are being denied everything that’s natural and important to them.”

So far, no vote on the proposed ordinance has been scheduled.…

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[ Major Toxic Substances Control Bill Clears House ]

A bill to significantly strengthen the Toxic Substances Control Act should soon be law across the country.

The 1976 law made it almost impossible to evaluate the safety and control the use of the more than 80,000 chemicals sold in the United States.

In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency has adequately tested only about 200.

Eve Gartner, an attorney at Earthjustice, says the reforms that passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday will be a huge improvement.

“EPA now has much broader authority to require the testing of those chemicals, and then to actually regulate those chemicals if it concludes that they pose risks,” she states.…

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[ Lawsuit Seeks to Silence Fracking Opponents ]

The future of a lawsuit seeking damages from opponents of gas drilling near their homes and schools is in the hands of a judge.

The lawsuit, filed by gas leaseholders and a developer, seeks more than $500,000 from homeowners and environmentalists who are challenging a zoning ordinance that opens most of Mars Township to fracking. The leaseholders have said they’re being deprived of the right to sell what’s under their property. But Vic Walczak, legal director of the ACLU of Pennsylvania, said the lawsuit is really meant to intimidate people exercising their rights.…

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[ First national park unit for LGBT Americans makes history today ]

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The Wilderness Society commends the Obama Administration for making history today with the establishment of the Stonewall National Monument in New York City.  The legacy of Stonewall Inn and nearby Christopher Park is a part of the push for human and civil rights in the United States.

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[ Troubling court decision undermines BLM’s ability to regulate hydraulic fracturing ]

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[ President Obama to recognize Stonewall, 1st LGBT rights national monument ]

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