Environmental News

Beyond Coal: One Less Coal-Burning Power Plant

The Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign marks its 179 coal plant retirement

Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign Marks 179th Coal Plant Retirement In response to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) enforcement of air quality violations, White Pine Electric Power announced last week its commitment to stop burning coal at its small 60-megawatt power plant in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The plant’s two online units will convert immediately to natural gas. The facility has until 2023 to install best-in-class air pollution control equipment …

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EarthTalk: The Unrealized Promise of Ethanol

Ethanol has increased America's carbon footprint and created a host of other problems

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: I thought that putting ethanol in our gas tanks was going help fight climate change, but lately I’ve heard reports to the contrary. Can you enlighten?   – Bill B., Hershey, PA Ethanol and similar “biofuels” made from corn and other crops seem like a …

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Large Industrial U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rise 20M Metric Tons

U.S. Greenhouse Gas emissions are up in 2013, a principal source of the increase is from large industrial facilities, according to the EPA

Greenhouse gas emissions from large U.S. polluters rose 0.6 percent in 2013, driven in the main by an increase in burning coal to generate electrical power, according to the fourth year of data from the EPA's Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program.

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Sierra Club Launches Bad Air Alert Text System

EPA report finds that our air isn't as clean as we thought.

EPA report finds air not as healthy as previously thought In late August the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its latest smog pollution policy assessment with an unsettling finding. What were thought as “safe” levels of smog pollution are not so safe after all. The report recommends revising the current health-based national ambient air quality standard for ozone from 75 parts per billion (ppb) to within 60 …

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Scientists Sequence Coffee Genomes in Bid to Thwart Leaf Rust

Now in the public domain, genome maps for Coffee arabica and coffee eugenioides could boost climate change adaptation efforts across the world's coffee belt. That includes breeding coffee plants resistant to coffee leaf rust, which is decimating production, as well as the livelihoods of farmers, their families and communities.

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