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[ Money Does Grow on Trees: How Planting a Tree Can Save You Money ]

Earth Day is coming up, and being green can save you some green too. In fact, a healthy, treemature tree in your yard can add between $1,000 and $10,000 to the value of your home.

You may have forgotten to make plans to celebrate Earth Day on April 22, but you’re probably always looking for ways to decrease your household budget or increase your property value. Did you know you can do both at the same time?

You’ve probably considered lots of indoor renovations to invest in long term expenses, but what about the humble front lawn and backyard?…

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[ Palm Oil Scorecard 2015: Fries, Face Wash, Forests ]

Palm oil is a globally traded commodity used in a wide array of common consumer products, from shampoo to cookies. And much of this palm oil is produced in ways that involve the destruction of tropical forests and peatlands, adding to global warming emissions and reducing habitat for many already threatened species.

The good news is that palm oil can be produced without deforestation—and many companies have begun to make public commitments to use deforestation-free palm oil in their products.…

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[ You Can Now Drive a Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle ]

The Energy Department recently posted a blog about car buyers being able to choose the clean, zero emissions benefits of a fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) this spring. FCEVs, which run on hydrogen gas rather than gasoline, have the potential to significantly reduce our nation’s dependence on foreign oil and lower harmful emissions that contribute to climate change by emitting only water from the tailpipe.

Read EERE Energy Impacts: You Can Now Drive a Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle to learn more about the Energy Department’s research to make FCEVs a viable transportation option for the American public.…

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[ Turn an Old T-shirt Into an Ecofriendly Produce Bag ]

Looking for something to do with all of those old T-shirts that you’ve accumulated over the years?  Well, you could always donate them, but one thing you definitely don’t want to do is throw them in the trash.  According to the EPA, Americans throw out more than 12 million tons of textiles each year. It all ends up in landfills, decomposing and slowly releasing methane, a potent greenhouse gas.

It’s a whole lot better for the environment if you send them to a textile recycler that will turn them into useful stuff like insulation and furniture stuffing; 2.3 million tons are recycled annually, which is the equivalent of removing 340,000 cars from the road.…

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[ Open house regarding Keystone landfill expansion permit ]

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will host a public availability session regarding Keystone Sanitary Landfill’s permit application to expand its facility located in Dunmore and Throop Boroughs in Lackawanna County. The event will take place on Monday, April 27th from 11am to 2pm and from 4pm to 8pm at the Throop Community Civic Center, 500 Sanderson Street, Throop. Representatives from the State Department of Health (DOH) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) will also participate.…

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[ Study Finds Pennsylvania Frackers Average at Least Two Violations a Day ]

On average, fracking companies commit more than two-and-a-half drilling violations a day, according to a new study drawn from just a small portion of available public record information.

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) studied five years’ worth of online reports for Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Colorado. According to report co-author and NRDC policy analyst Amy Mall, she and her team totaled up at least 4,600 citations – about 18 per week.

She says some of the 68 drillers they looked at ran up hundreds of violations, including wastewater spills, well leaks and pipeline ruptures.…

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[ National Park Week & Fee-Free Days ]

The nation is buzzing about National Park Week 2015, America’s largest celebration of national heritage, 140px-US-NationalParkService-ShadedLogo_svgApril 18-26.  It’s about making great connections, exploring amazing places, discovering open spaces, enjoying affordable vacations and enhancing America’s best idea – the national parks!  From diverse wildlife and iconic landscapes, to vibrant culture and rich history, our National Park System has something for everyone.

National Park Week is being kicked off with fee-free days on Saturday, April 18 and Sunday, April 19!  So, whether it is your first trip, or one of many memorable park experiences, there couldn’t be a better time to get out and explore!…

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[ Go Green-Scaping ]

March is when we typically begin to think of springtime, — lawns, flowers, and being outdoors. Get ideas and useful tips for greenscaping — environmentally friendly practices to improve the health and appearance of your lawn and garden at http://www.epa.gov/wastes/wycd/homeandgarden.htm

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[ Shailene Woodley’s Pointers On How To Save The Earth ]

Nylon magazine’s April 2015 cover girl Shailene Woodley, star of the Divergent movie series and The Fault in Our Stars, doesn’t want to be labeled an environmentalist, but she gave the mag some great pointers on how to save our planet:

The eco-conscious lead of The Fault in Our Stars also gave some pointers on how to save the Earth from future implosion. “Everyone could and should do a lot for the planet,” Woodley explained. “I think you should find one small thing that works for you and dedicate and commit to that one thing every single day.”

Her tips include the usual measures: “When you leave the house just unplug your toaster, coffee machine, your TV, which doesn’t need to be on all day.”

She also gave some additional pro tips to fans.…

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[ Drought Watch for 27 Pennsylvania Counties ]

Despite the recent surge of surface water caused by snow melt, parts of the state have below-average groundwater levels. The lack of groundwater recharge has caused the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to issue a drought watch for 27 counties across Pennsylvania. Low groundwater levels can cause well-fed water supplies, both private and public, to go dry.

The very dry fall and below-normal precipitation in January and February have contributed to low groundwater levels in the northeast and central portions of the state.…

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[ Resistance to Gas Pipelines Spreading ]

Huge pipelines intended to carry Marcellus and Utica natural gas to eastern markets are running into spreading resistance from landowners.

Richmond-based Dominion Resources and its partners have filed about 100 lawsuits against landowners who are resisting surveying crews for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

Now landowners in the path of a different pipeline, the Mountain Valley Pipeline, have filed preemptive suits to stop surveying crews hired by the Pittsburgh-based EQT energy company and its partners.

Isak Howell is an attorney with Appalachian Mountain Advocates, a non-profit organization that represents dozens of landowners along each line.…

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[ Methane discussion heats up as scientists investigate a plume in the Southwest ]

Scientists from around the country recently gathered in Farmington, New Mexico to discuss a massive methane hot spot over the Four Corners region of the Southwest United States.

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[ Earth Day irony: Land and Water Conservation Fund under fire in Senate hearing ]

The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) will get a full oversight hearing by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on April 22.With only five months to go before it expires on Sept.

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[ Taxpayers and public lands stand to benefit from Interior’s efforts to revise royalty rates ]

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The Department of Interior announced plans, by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), to revisit royalty rates charged to energy producers—th

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[ A trip to greater sage-grouse country for one of nature’s weirdest mating displays ]

It was just after 5:00 AM when we arrived at our destination in the remote sagebrush plains of northern Colorado. A chorus of deep, resonant “blooping” sounds grew louder as we walked into the darkness, and turned off our headlamps in order to avoid startling the finicky birds.

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