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It’s Actually OUR Honor to be an EPA SmartWay Affiliate! 28.4.2015 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Christina Wolfe Cheryl Bynum, National Program Manager at US EPA, SmartWay, presents the 2015 Affiliate Challenge Honoree award to Environmental Defense Fund. EDF has long been a champion of the SmartWay program, EPA’s highly successful public-private partnership between more than 3,000 organizations that are committed to improved fuel efficiency and environmental performance. So we were thrilled when EPA named us a 2015 Affiliate Challenge Honoree for our efforts to promote the program in our Green Freight Handbook . We were recognized last week at the Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA) conference, and we will participate in a virtual awards ceremony tomorrow. We have impressive company: the American Trucking Association, Penske, TIA, Wisconsin Clean Cities, and the North Central Texas Council of Governments were all named as honorees as well. The program has helped facilitate positive results in many areas, perhaps most impressively in the goods movement sector. Success in Texas and ...
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It’s Actually OUR Honor to be an EPA SmartWay Affiliate! 27.4.2015 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Christina Wolfe Cheryl Bynum, National Program Manager at US EPA, SmartWay, presents the 2015 Affiliate Challenge Honoree award to Environmental Defense Fund. EDF has long been a champion of the SmartWay program, EPA’s highly successful public-private partnership between more than 3,000 organizations that are committed to improved fuel efficiency and environmental performance. So we were thrilled when EPA named us a 2015 Affiliate Challenge Honoree for our efforts to promote the program in our Green Freight Handbook . We were recognized last week at the Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA) conference, and we will participate in a virtual awards ceremony tomorrow. We have impressive company: the American Trucking Association, Penske, TIA, Wisconsin Clean Cities, and the North Central Texas Council of Governments were all named as honorees as well. The program has helped facilitate positive results in many areas, perhaps most impressively in the goods movement sector. It’s Actually OUR Honor ...
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Will America's Poor Pay for Obama's Coal Plan? 27.4.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
In an economic climate that's already challenging for the everyday consumer, a new problem looms: higher electricity costs, perhaps much higher. While it's often hard to pinpoint why a product or service increases in price, it's easy to identify the cause for this price hike: the Clean Power Plan. In June 2014, at the direction of President Barack Obama, as part of his overall strategy to combat global climate change, the Environmental Protection Agency, to quote The Washington Post , "proposed a rule designed to cut carbon dioxide emissions from existing coal plants by as much as 30 percent by 2030, compared with 2005 levels." The 645-page rule , called the Clean Power Plan (CPP), was based on authority the EPA claimed it has under the Clean Air Act. At present, 31 percent of country's carbon dioxide emissions is produced by the electricity sector. (Transportation accounts for 27 percent; the rest is attributed to industry, agriculture, and residential and commercial use.) The CPP rule, expected to be ...
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Colorado Senate Plays Politics with Clean Air; Up to the House Protect Colorado's Environment 27.4.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Noah Long, Senior Attorney, San Francisco: First the bad news: SB 258 passed the Colorado Senate. This bill would undermine the well-established process that has provided certainty to Colorado businesses for decades, replacing that process with political theater, and putting the state's ability to determine its...
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GreenSpace: Park bench will monitor air pollution 26.4.2015 P-com Living Green
Of all the oddball things, Ben Franklin clearly had never seen the like: a park bench that monitors air pollution, powered by wind and solar.
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China's National Coal Cap Policy Could Save Nearly 50,000 Lives and $6.2 billion Every Year by 2020 25.4.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Barbara Finamore, Senior Attorney and Asia Director, Beijing: China's proposed national policies to curb coal use will provide enormous air quality and health benefits to the public and coal industry workers, saving 49,000 lives and $6.2 billion in 2020, according to a new study (Chinese version here) released...
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China's National Coal Cap Policy Could Save Nearly 50,000 Lives and $6.2 billion Every Year by 2020 25.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
China's proposed national policies to curb coal use will provide enormous air quality and health benefits to the public and coal industry workers, saving 49,000 lives and $6.2 billion in 2020, according to a new study (Chinese version here ) released by the China Coal Cap Project , a joint initiative of academic, governmental and non-profit researchers, with the support of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and World Wildlife Foundation (WWF). The study examines the public health impacts of a national coal cap policy that caps coal consumption in 2020 at 4.1 billion tons of coal, compared to a business-as-usual scenario in which China's annual coal consumption continues to grow to 4.8 billion tons of coal in 2030. The report estimates that air pollution from coal use led to approximately 708,000 premature deaths in China in 2012 due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), ischemic heart disease, stroke and lung cancer. The air quality improvements from a national coal cap policy would ...
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A Win for Cleaner Air and a Stronger Economy: Court Dismisses Challenges to Fuel Efficiency and Greenhouse Gas Standards for Big Trucks 25.4.2015 Climate 411 - Environmental Defense Fund
Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Washington D.C. Circuit dismissed challenges to America’s historic, first-generation standards to improve fuel efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from large trucks and buses. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Transportation (DOT)  standards are based on common sense, highly cost-effective technologies that will make our […]
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Court Upholds Landmark Greenhouse Gas and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Trucks and Buses 24.4.2015 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Court Upholds Landmark Greenhouse Gas and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Trucks and Buses
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Fixing a Clean Air Act program that ain't broke 24.4.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Ann Alexander, Senior Attorney, Chicago: For several decades now, Illinois has been administering a permitting program to make sure that big new sources of air pollution put on modern pollution controls. As the name implies, the "prevention of significant deterioration," or PSD, program keeps those...
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3 Simple Ways to Help the Environment 23.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
by guest blogger Maya K. van Rossum, the Delaware Riverkeeper The first Earth Day was an inspiration. On that day in 1970, 20 million people turned out to demand the protection and restoration of the earth, air, water, forests, natural lands, and species that support, sustain, and enrich every aspect of our lives. In more recent times, Earth Day hasn't had quite the same impact. Let's change that. More important, let's support and defend the earth every day, not just on Earth Day. Here are three simple but meaningful things you can commit to that will help protect the earth for present and future generations: 1. Bring your own cups, bottles, and bags. When you picked up your morning coffee, did it come in a disposable cup? Was your bottled water in a plastic bottle? Out shopping, did you take your purchases home in a plastic bag? Next time, plan ahead. Have your own cups, bottles, and bags ready when you need them. This simple act benefits not just the environment but also your own health in important ...
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Top policies to help Americans breathe easier, and what you can do 22.4.2015 Climate 411 - Environmental Defense Fund
A year ago, we joined our partners at the League of United Latin American Citizens on Twitter to ask U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy about the impacts of air pollution on our health. Many of the questions participants raised focused on the connection between air quality and asthma. In a follow-up to the […]
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It's Earth Day! Let's Join Together and Save the Honeybee! 22.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Forty-five years ago, the first Earth Day spawned great progress for our air, water and natural areas. The day activated millions of Americans, brought together political leaders of all stripes, and led to the passage of the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, and other bedrock environmental laws. Today, the annual day of action for the environment still inspires more than 1 billion people across the globe. This Earth Day while celebrating our big accomplishments, we also need to think about something small: the honeybee. Though less than an inch long, the tiny honeybee has major implications for our food supply. In addition to providing us with honey and aiding the beauty of our gardens, honeybees are responsible for pollinating an estimated 71 percent of the world's most widely consumed food crops, including almonds, squash, apples, avocados and more. Image: Flickr User: Fried Dough - Creative Commons Unfortunately, despite decades of environmental progress, today our food supply and our gardens are in ...
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Why Some Profit-Hungry Corporations Hate Earth Day 22.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
April 22, 1970, the first Earth Day, represented a surge of protests and activism that pushed our government to respond to "We the People" and protect our common interest over special interest groups. The government formed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and a unified Congress -- something rarely seen today -- passed countless acts to safeguard our air and water; defend consumer product safety, pesticide control, and more. And as the Watergate Scandal played out, politicians toughened electoral laws like restricting campaign spending. But by end of the 1970s, slick pro-business operatives had distorted the victories of environmental allies and anti-corruption reformers. With the help of a tobacco industry lobbyist and soon-to-be Justice Lewis Powell, corporations turned their profit-hungry rancor into an ideological fight with spin-doctor Powell calling reformers Communists in a famous memo . Supporters of pollution regulation became welfare-mongering Commies who wanted to attack the American ...
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Public Health and Environmental Groups Announce Intent to Take Gov. Hogan to Court for Unlawfully Blocking Clean Air Protections 22.4.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Hearing airs charges that states took grant money while violating laws 22.4.2015 Yahoo: Politics
Center stories cited as Judiciary panel questions juvenile-justice programs
Poland Opts for Raytheon's Patriot Missile System 21.4.2015 Wall St. Journal: Europe
Poland has opted for Raytheon Patriot missile system for its planned defense shield as the country looks to modernize its armed forces in the face of a more assertive Russian foreign policy.
Electric Reliability and the Clean Power Plan: Perspectives of a Former Regulator 21.4.2015 Climate 411 - Environmental Defense Fund
There is no great disagreement that the U.S. energy system is transforming. With or without additional environmental regulations, like the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed Clean Power Plan, this transition is occurring. Our history and experience have demonstrated that we can weather it without threatening our uniform and non-negotiable commitment to reliability. But to […]
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A Congressional Assault on Earth 21.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
How are members of Congress celebrating Earth Day this year? Planting trees? Recycling? Passing legislation that will further protect our air, land, water and wildlife for generations? Guess again. For more than forty years, our country has been committed to the protection of our incredible natural heritage and Congress passed legislation to do just that. But instead of carrying on this long tradition of stewardship, anti-environmental members of this Congress have introduced thirty-four bills and amendments that would destroy our nation's environmental safety net. This legislation runs the gambit, from efforts to block the listing of imperiled wildlife that needs protection, such as the long-eared bat, an important species that keeps insects such as mosquito populations at bay; to attempts to remove certain animals from the list of endangered species, including the gray wolf and lesser prairie chicken. They are even trying to sell off or give away federal lands. One bill would automatically remove ...
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Earth Day's Importance and Evolution Since 1970 20.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This Wednesday is Earth Day, an event that began in 1970 with the goals of educating the public about environmental pollution and generating political support for environmental protection. The U.S. EPA was established that same year. Five years later, I enrolled in my first class in environmental politics and by 1977 I was working in EPA's water program. In those days, the environment was a minor and relatively uncontroversial policy issue in the United States. The connection between environmental quality and public health was not yet clear, and the relationship of environmental quality to economic growth was not often discussed. More contentious issues at the time included the war in Vietnam, civil rights, the flight from cities to suburbs, and in 1973, the Arab oil embargo and subsequent "energy crisis." Republicans and Democrats worked together on all of the environmental policies formulated during EPA's first decade. Policies to regulate water, air, toxics, solid waste, and hazardous waste were all ...
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