EPA moves forward with Renewable Fuel Standard Waiver Requests, BIO takes a stand

The worst drought to hit parts of the U.S. in more than 50 years has some politicians and farmers scrambling to find ways of conserving food as crops shortages hit new highs. The U.S. Department of Agriculture projects a 17 percent reduction in corn crops this year, and the shortage has sent the price of corn bushels soaring. This has resulted in an increase in the cost of meat, as it is used to feed cattle and chicken. Some members…

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Guest Post: EPA Challenges Students to Improve Storm Water Management

Participating teams must each prepare design boards, a project narrative and a video presentation. EPA experts in green infrastructure will judge submissions and will be looking for the following 6 criteria: Analysis and Planning, Preservation or Restoration of Natural Features, Integrated Water Management, Soil and Vegetation Management, Value to Campus, Likelihood of Implementation.

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Guest Post: Eco-Alternatives to Harmful Fabrics

According to the Organic Trade Association, “cotton covers 2.5 percent of the world’s cultivated land yet uses 16 percent of the world’s insecticides, more than any other single major crop.” The reason behind this is cotton must be grown in mass, with thousands of acres devoted only to cotton crop. This kind of monoculture is more susceptible to diseases, because with millions of genetically similar crops in close proximity, if a disease hits one, it can quickly destroy the entire population. To minimize this phenomenon, farmers enter into the “chemical treadmill,” in which they layer numerous different pesticides.

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GUEST POST: Green Alternatives for Construction Equipment

Construction equipment is a leading contributor to dangerous diesel pollution. According to the US EPA Clean Air Act Advisory Committee, “A single bulldozer engine can emit as much particulate matter as more than 500 cars.” As diesel exhaust carries carcinogens, soot (scientifically referred to as “fine particulate matter”) and ozone smog-forming compounds, diesel-powered construction equipment leaves our society more susceptible to asthma attacks, strokes, lung cancer, heart attacks and premature deaths.

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Methane Biogas Recovery Program Announced

Investing in methane biogas recovery is a positive first step for the EPA and USDA in working with farmers on a sustainable program that can also reduce greenhouse gases. Read Tina Casey’s Clean Technica post on the subject. Photo: net_efekt Big Methane Biogas Blowout Planned for U.S. Farmers (via Clean Technica) If all goes according to plan the new program will see plenty of action.  According to EPA’s count there are only about 150 onsite biogas recovery systems at U.S.…

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DOE & EPA Launch Tools to Evaluate Solar & Wind Power Potential on Contaminated Land

This is a great way to approach the development of renewable energy projects – use contaminated land for expanding solar or wind energy capacity. This story was provided by Zach Shahan at Clean Technica. Art credit: Jeannette E. Spaghetti [repostus hash=9588e9afd3f93eb86928017f567a1f81 title=DOE+%26%23038%3B+EPA+Launch+Tools+to+Evaluate+Solar+%26%23038%3B+Wind+Power+Potential+on+Contaminated+Land host=Clean+Technica short=1as1x snip=%C2%A0+The+U.S.+has+a+ton+of+%E2%80%9Ccontaminated+land%2C%E2%80%9D+and+while+that+land+can%3Bt+be+used+for+many+things%2C+some+of+it+could+certainly+be+used+for+wind+or+solar+power+projects.+Luckily%2C+the+%E2%80%9Cjob-killing%E2%80%9D+and+%E2%80%9Cuseless%E2%80%9D+Environmental+Protection+Agency+%28EPA%29+and+U.S.+Department+of+Energy%E2%80%99s+National%26hellip%3B thumb=http%3A%2F%2Fimg.1.rp-api.com%2Fthumb%2F1689666]

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Kohl’s Department Stores Recognized by EPA with 2012 ENERGY STAR Award for Sustained Excellence

Kohl’s Department Stores today announced that the company will be honored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a recipient of the 2012 ENERGY STAR Award for Sustained Excellence during a ceremony held tonight in Washington, D.C. The Sustained Excellence Award recognizes Kohl’s long-term commitment to protecting the environment through energy efficiency initiatives.

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GE Scientists Demonstrate Promising Anti-Icing Nano Surfaces

Icing problems for surfaces in freezing temperatures may never again present trouble following news that scientists from GE Global Research that new nanotextured surfaces dramatically reduce ice adhesion. The team’s findings, which were presented at the American Physical Society (APS) Conference in Boston, might have an influential impact for the aviation and wind energy industries, among others.

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GUEST POST: What to Do With Unwanted Cell Phones

Cell phones have become a necessary part of daily life, and with the advent of the smart phone they are only becoming more of a daily fixture. Every month or so a new model comes out that has faster processing speeds, updated features, and the coolest new applications that many feel they absolutely need. Because of this, the average shelf life of a cell phone is 18 months, which leads to 100 million phones being replaced each year and at least two million ending up in landfills each week.

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