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, September 19, 2016 | By ShanB | Comments Off on Pollution Prevention (P2) Week
This week, Pollution Prevention (P2) Week — September 19 to 25, you’re urged to think of ways to prevent pollution in your world, innovate, do it the green way from the beginning! That’s the key to saving our planet’s resources and moving toward sustainability.
Learn more about the Environmental Protection Agency’s P2 program. Eliminating the sources of pollution prevents damage from being done in the first place and it eliminates the need for costly controls and cleanup.…
Friday, September 16, 2016 | By ShanB | Comments Off on International Clean Hands Week 2016
Yes it is that time of year again and the Clean Hands Coalition would like to remind you that “Clean hands prevent illness and save lives”! The CHC began May 1, 2003 under the umbrella of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with a flurry of enthusiasm by many other Federal agencies, universities, professional societies, foundations and corporations around the US to create a portal for disseminating best practices in hand hygiene in the areas of food safety, healthcare and public health.…
Friday, September 16, 2016 | By ShanB | Comments Off on Prioritizing Five Counties is Key to PA’s Clean Water Efforts
Making five Pennsylvania counties a top priority could help put the state back on track to meet its clean-water goals. The Clean Water Blueprint, a six-state agreement to reduce pollution and sediment flowing into Chesapeake Bay, is off course – and Pennsylvania is responsible for most of the excess.
Will Baker, president of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, said he wants the U.S. Department of Agriculture immediately to commit an additional $20 million for use in the counties that are the largest sources of farm runoff.…
Friday, September 16, 2016 | By ShanB | Comments Off on Critical Reefs Destroyed in Poachers’ Quest for World’s Biggest Clams
Demand for clam shells to create carvings, jewelry, and other ornaments is leading to environmental destruction in one of the world’s most biodiverse regions.
Visit National Geographic to find out why the 500-pound clams are vital to reefs.…
Thursday, September 15, 2016 | By Tracy | Comments Off on Reward Increased To $20,000 For Information Leading To Arrest In Poconos Wildfire
The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Thursday announced it has increased the reward for information leading to an arrest of those responsible for starting the Poconos Wildfires to $20,000.
The wildfire in Monroe and Pike counties burned 8,700 acres in late April and May and was the largest in DCNR’s history.
The cost of containing the fire has been set at $2 million for the wildfires in which more than 100 bureau personnel rotated in and out of fire scenes.…
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 | By ShanB | Comments Off on National Estuaries Week is September 17-24!
Since 1988, National Estuaries Week has celebrated the many ways we benefit from healthy, thriving coastal ecosystems. All throughout the country, local organizations including Restore America’s Estuaries member groups, National Estuarine Research Reserves and National Estuary Programs organize special events, like beach clean-ups, hikes, canoe and kayak trips, workshops and more to recognize the special role these places play in our everyday lives. National Estuaries Week is a terrific opportunity to learn more about estuaries and the perfect excuse to spend time on your local bay!…
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 | By ShanB | Comments Off on Group Slams Pipeline Draft Environmental Impact Statement
The public comment period on the PennEast Pipeline Draft Environmental Impact Statement closed Monday, and one environmental group has mounted a major challenge to the project.
The Delaware Riverkeeper Network has submitted eighty pages of objections to the content and omissions of the draft EIS, prepared by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
Maya van Rossum, the Delaware Riverkeeper, believes the document is so deficient that it violates the National Environmental Policy Act.
“It’s got huge data gaps,” she said. “It’s wrong on the information all the way around, either because it’s got misinformation or misleading information, or because it’s missing the information altogether.”
The developers of the project say the 115-mile, 36-inch diameter underground pipeline would reduce energy costs and support thousands of jobs.…
Friday, September 9, 2016 | By ShanB | Comments Off on The Cast of The Walking Dead Want to Help Stop Wildlife Trafficking
Several Walking Dead cast members are featured in a new PSA for WildAid to help stop wildlife trafficking by encouraging people not to buy or accept ivory. Check it out:…
Wednesday, September 7, 2016 | By ShanB | Comments Off on Test Drive an Electric Vehicle
National Drive Electric Week is coming up September 10-18. There are more than 200 events planned all across the country to showcase the speed, convenience, clean-air benefits, and fuel cost savings of electric vehicles through ride-and-drives and other great activities.
Find an event near you and RSVP today…
Wednesday, August 31, 2016 | By ShanB | Comments Off on Report: Rising Sea Levels Threaten Wildlife
Rising sea levels from global climate change are threatening wildlife, recreation and economies along the America’s eastern seacoast, but a new report outlines steps to reduce the impact and adapt to changes.
The National Wildlife Federation report, “Changing Tides,” says sea levels could rise more than 6 feet by the end of this century.
According to Ray Najjar, a professor of oceanography at Penn State University, the impact on coastal areas of such a rapid increase could be devastating.
“The amount of damage that we see will depend first on how much sea level rises, and then second on how well prepared we are to handle that,” he states.…
Wednesday, August 31, 2016 | By ShanB | Comments Off on Report: Oil and Gas Pollution Linked to Asthma Attacks
Ozone smog from oil and gas pollution will cause more than 30,000 summertime childhood asthma attacks in Pennsylvania in 2025, according to a new report.
There are more than 100,000 oil and gas wells, compressors and other facilities in the state. And while you can’t see it, those facilities leak tons of methane and other ozone forming pollutants into the air.
As Janice Nolen, assistant vice president for national policy with the American Lung Association, points out, that can have a huge impact on health.…
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 | By The Wilderness Society | No Comments
On Monday, September 26, the Colorado Bureau of Land Management state office announced that it will be pursuing a master leasing plan in Southwest Colorado.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 | By Martha Roberts | No Comments
Opponents have conceded the EPA has authority, and some other surprising elements about the case.
Monday, September 26, 2016 | By The Wilderness Society | No Comments
Monday, September 26, 2016
The workshop, organized by Columbia University, brought together industry analysts, bankers, traders, and credit raters—with a dose of government and academic experts.