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Archive for the ‘Environment’ Category

Interactive Map: California Climate Investments

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015
California Climate Investment Map - broad

A new interactive map from the State of California shows just how serious the Golden State is about the climate. Literally hundreds of pins dot the map, from San Diego to Humboldt, and each one represents a unique effort to mitigate climate change and promote sustainable living.

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An Evaluation Study of Plants for Use on Green Roofs

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015
Green Roof plants

CHICAGO BOTANIC GARDEN
The environmental benefits include conserving water, reducing interior noise pollution, mitigating stormwater runoff, reducing the urban heat-island effect, improving urban air quality through carbon dioxide-oxygen exchange, and creating habitats for a diversity of birds, insects, and animals. Along with extending the life of the roof by two to three times over a conventional roof, economic benefits include reducing energy costs—both heating and cooling—increasing property values, and meeting requirements for stormwater management.

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Cool Innovators: Cutting Carbon & Growing the Economy in Massachusetts

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

ENVIRONMENT MASSACHUSETTS
This document profiles Massachusetts-based companies and projects that are embracing each of the ten innovative, game-changing trends identified in Cool Solutions. The businesses profiled here are just a handful of the thousands of Massachusetts companies making a difference in the fight against global warming while creating jobs and boosting the state’s economy.

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Snake River, WA: Restoring America’s Greatest Salmon River

Monday, August 17th, 2015
Snake River, WA: Restoring America’s Greatest Salmon River

Snake River Salmon have been trucked, put on barges, diverted up fish ladders — all in the hope that enough would bypass the four dams standing in their way to reach their historic habitat, and ensure their future existence.. But it’s not working. The time has come to breach the dams and reconnect wild salmon to this important watershed.

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Clean Energy: The Time Is Now

Friday, August 14th, 2015
Clean Energy: The Time Is Now

In America, the transition to a clean energy economy is already underway. We’re calling on candidates to show us a plan to power the country with 50% clean energy by 2030. The time is now.

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Chesapeake Bay: Sea Level Rise Over the Next Century

Monday, August 10th, 2015
Figure 1. Map showing Atlantic coast of the United States with population density by county (U.S. Census Bureau, 2010) placed alongside Late Holocene and twentieth-century relative sea-level rise (RSL)

GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA
Today, relative sea-level rise (3.4 mm/yr) is faster in the Chesapeake Bay region than any other location on the Atlantic coast of North America, and twice the global average eustatic rate (1.7 mm/yr). Dated interglacial deposits suggest that relative sea levels in the Chesapeake Bay region deviate from global trends over a range of timescales…The sea level for any location at a given point in time represents a sum of factors, including the volume of ocean water, steric (thermal) effects, tectonic activity, and crustal deformation in response to glacio-hydro-isostatic adjustment (GIA) from loading and unloading of continental ice and water masses (Church et al., 2010).

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The Fight For a Fracking Ban in Upstate New York

Friday, August 7th, 2015
The Fight For a Fracking Ban in Upstate New York

Watch this gut-wrenching and beautiful tribute to one community in “fracking-banned” Upstate New York that is doing everything it can to stop Fracking Infrastructure from ruining its air, water, land, wildlife, people, and history. Will their representatives listen? Ultimately urging action from Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation to step in and reject necessary air and water quality certificates before it’s too late, the film asks you to do your part, too.

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Low-Carbon Electricity Pathways for the U.S. and the South

Monday, August 3rd, 2015
Figure 1. The Proposed Emissions Rate Reduction Targets

GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY SCHOOL OF PUBLIC POLICY
Power plants are one of the largest sources of carbon pollution in the U.S., accounting for nearly 39% of annual CO2 emissions from the combustion of fossil fuels (EIA, 2014, Table A.18). On June 2, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed state-specific limits on CO2 emissions from existing fossil fuel-fired electric generating units (EGUs) as part of its Clean Power Plan (CPP).

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Promoting Innovation for a Sustainable Water Future

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015
EPA: Innovations in the Water Sector

UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
Over the past year, EPA has collaborated with a wide spectrum of partners, all of whom play a critical role in advancing water technology and innovation. Progress toward sustainable water resources is accelerating. This Progress Report provides additional examples of the growing momentum across the country to address traditional and emerging threats to the nation’s water resources.

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Army Corps of Engineers: Efforts to Assess the Impact of Extreme Weather Events

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Systematic, National Infrastructure Risk Assessments, 2006- June 2015

UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE
The Corps plans, designs, and constructs water resources infrastructure, such as dams and levees. According to the U.S. Global Change Research Program, the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events are increasing. Much of the Corps’ infrastructure was built over 50 years ago and may not be designed to operate within current climate patterns, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

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