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…
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.
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.
London-based Hydrodec Group plc, the cleantech industrial oil re-refining group, is pleased to announce that the US Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) has issued Hydrodec with a final permit for the storage and treatment of polychlorinated biphenyl (“PCB”) contaminated used transformer oil in the US.
The Beverage Marketing Corporation recently reported that 9.1 billion gallons of bottled water were sold in the U.S. just last year. That’s just over twenty-nine gallons per person.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
In yesterday’s post on water-efficient toilets, I did not mention dual-flush toilets, which exist in places such as Australia, where water scarcity is more prevalent.
ZamRay, dubbed by Engineering News Record the “Craigslist of the construction world,” is celebrating its first year in business with the announcement that the unique site has already surpassed more than 750,000 viewers and over 2.5 million page views.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed air pollution rules for the electric power sector will provide economic benefits and jobs across much of the United States, especially in the next five years, states a new report from the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Innoventor, a St. Louis-based design-build firm, using a grant from the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, has engineered a device that recycles pig waste for durable road paving and roofing products.
In 1995, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency added a definition to its plenty saturated lexicon: brownfields. It supported the word by launching a new program, the Brownfields Program, designed to benefit local communities, protect the environment, create jobs, and increase property values.
These are the kinds of innovations that have allowed us to grow our economy and protect our environment. Lisa P. Jackson U.S. EPA Administrator