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EPA significantly underestimates amount of methane leaking from fracking operations

The Fracking Context for the EPA’s New Methane Rules

The Obama administration’s new rules to curb methane come in the wake of two reports that illustrate the dangers of hydraulic fracturing (fracking). These reports show that methane is leaking throughout the fracking process from extraction to the end users. The Environmental Protection Agency recently released the final version of their new federal rules to limit methane emissions at oil and gas…

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More than 3000 operating landfills in the US process tons of waste - much of which is hazardous and/or could be recycled

Landfill Folly & What Industries are Doing to Correct It

By Andrew Anderson The amount of trash that the United States produces is staggering. There are more than 3,000 operating landfills and more than 10,000 abandoned landfills in the U.S., according to Zero Waste America. Industry leaders are focusing on improving manufacturing standards and processes that lessen the burden and create more sustainable products for today and our future. What’s in…

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Wetlands serve a variety of important ecological functions including feeding downstream waters, trapping floodwaters, recharging groundwater supplies, removing pollution and providing fish and wildlife habitat.

EarthTalk: The Importance of Preserving Wetlands

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: Why are wetlands so important to preserve?  — Patricia Mancuso, Erie, PA Wetlands include swamps, marshes, bogs, riverbanks, mangroves, floodplains, rice fields—and anywhere else, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), that saturation with water is the dominant factor…

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The Latest Environmental News Headlines

Enviro News Wrap: Black Carbon; Climate Change and Obama’s Second Term; Extreme Weather and Adaptation, more…

GlobalWarmingisReal contributor Anders Hellum-Alexander wraps-up and comments on the climate and environmental news headlines for the past week: Barack Hussein Obama is inaugurated for his second term as president of the United States. He has increased his lip service towards climate change but his administration has yet to outline a comprehensive plan that either prevents the worse of climate change from happening or…

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Stay Informed About Superfund Sites Near You: Lessons from Love Canal

Guest post by Bob Berkowitz For over 20 years, the federal government has organized programs with the intent of cleaning hazardous wastes and chemicals in specific sites called Superfund sites. During this time, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been extremely thorough when mapping out locations where Superfund sites are being processed and where hazardous waste remediation is taking place, as…

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The Latest Environmental News Headlines

Enviro News Wrap: Environmental Pioneer Russell Train Dies; Global Fracking Protest; Shell Halts Arctic Drilling, and more…

GlobalWarmingisReal contributor Anders Hellum-Alexander wraps-up and comments on the climate and environmental news headlines for the past week: Russell Train, a pioneer of Environmentalism in the US, died recently. Mr. Train’s main contribution was his role in creating the Environmental Protection Agency. The US has three options to choose from if it wants to be energy independent; a focus on…

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40 Eco-Apps that Put Technology to Work for the Environment

Technology may not be a panacea to solve the climate crisis, but green applications (eco-apps) are helping to drive awareness and foster responsible action. There was a time when eco-apps did little more than provide lists of so-called “green” products and services. Now green-themed apps have turned mobile devices into portals for environmental education and sustainable action. The smartphone market…

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