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Washington biofuels company CEO pleads guilty to tax crimes 22.5.2015 Seattle Times: Local
A CEO accused of stealing from his Pasco biofuels company pleaded guilty to tax crimes.
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Rail Safety Fact Check: Fires, Spills Up Despite Industry Claims 21.5.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The following story was reported by Isaiah Thompson of the New England Center for Investigative Reporting and published here in collaboration with The Huffington Post. NECIR trains the next generation of journalists in investigative reporting with summer high school workshops in Boston. Click here to learn more and apply today. Despite the terrible derailment of an Amtrak train last week and a spate of other fiery accidents involving trains carrying flammable crude oil -- five so far this year -- railroad industry and government officials have taken pains to reassure the public of rail transportation safety. Railroad safety in 2014, as the Association of American Railroads has boasted in web “advertorials” and statements to news organizations, was “the safest year on record for the railroad industry.” But it’s a claim that, under scrutiny, doesn’t completely hold up to the numbers. A review of federal reports and railroad safety data by the New England Center for Investigative Reporting suggests that ...
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Ald. Burke's lobbying bonanza ethanol bill is spared under council 'kill ordinance' 21.5.2015 Chicago Tribune: Nation
A powerful alderman's controversial push to require most Chicago gas stations to offer fuel with higher levels of ethanol is still alive after the newly seated City Council on Wednesday exempted the measure from a routine housecleaning that wiped out most other pending ...
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Mike Huckabee Just Can't Seem to Make Up His Mind About Biofuels 20.5.2015 Mother Jones
Mike Huckabee said the right things at the Iowa Ag Summit in March. Charlie Neibergall/AP On the campaign trail, GOP presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee has been a vocal supporter of the ethanol industry. The former Arkansas governor has repeatedly spoken out in defense of the Renewable Fuel Standard—the federal policy that requires energy companies to blend billions of gallons of biofuels into the nation's gasoline and diesel supply. That makes political sense in Iowa, where corn is big business. Ethanol made from corn constitutes the vast majority of domestic biofuel consumption. And roughly 40 percent of corn grown in the United States is used to produce ethanol. So it was a bit surprising when Huckabee used his latest book to take direct aim at biofuels such as ethanol. In the middle of a chapter questioning the science of climate change, he suggested that biofuels have been propped up by unscientific "environmentalist policies" that drive up food prices and make global warming worse. Here's the ...
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UC San Diego students help produce the world's first algae-based surfboard 19.5.2015 TreeHugger
Instead of using a conventional polyurethane core, this sustainable surfboard starts with an algae-based foam blank.
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Compact beauty products to pack for your vacation 18.5.2015 LA Times: Commentary
On this year's travels, make packing beauty essentials as simple as a day at the beach. Here are some ideas for compact products to carry along.
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Why Would A Fish Make Its Own Sunscreen? 14.5.2015 NPR News
Research suggests that genes that make a natural sunscreen jumped from algae to an ancestor of vertebrates hundreds of millions of years ago. Some animals kept the ability. Others didn't.
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40% of Honey Bee Colonies Lost Last Year 13.5.2015 Environmental News Network
Beekeepers across the United States lost more than 40 percent of their honey bee colonies during the year spanning April 2014 to April 2015, according to the latest results of an annual nationwide survey led by a University of Maryland professor. While winter loss rates improved slightly compared to last year, summer losses—and consequently, total annual losses—were more severe. Commercial beekeepers were hit particularly hard by the high rate of summer losses, which outstripped winter losses for the first time in five years, stoking concerns over the long-term trend of poor health in honey bee colonies. 
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Biofuels: the right crop at the right place 13.5.2015 Environmental News Network
Corn, wheat and rapeseed can be used to produce biofuels, such as bioethanol and biodiesel. According to recent findings by environmental scientists at Radboud University, the location of the agricultural lands used to grow these biofuel crops has a major impact on the greenhouse gas emission they ultimately produce. The study that arrived at this conclusion is due to be published by Nature Climate Change on 11 May.
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Chatfield High engineering students work on space station experiment 12.5.2015 Denver Post: News: Local
Thanks to a National Design Challenge grant from the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, the introduction to engineering class at Chatfield High School has been working to design an experiment regarding two different types of algae that will be sent up to the International Space Station in ...
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Vineyard Habitats Attract Butterflies 12.5.2015 Environmental News Network
Washington wine grape vineyards experimenting with sustainable pest management systems are seeing an unexpected benefit: an increase in butterflies. Over the years, loss in natural habitat has seen the decline in numbers of around 50 species of butterflies in eastern Washington. But in a recent Washington State University study published in the June issue of the Journal of Insect Conservation, researchers found that vineyards that create nearby natural habitats have three times the number of butterfly species and four times more butterflies than conventional vineyards.
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Could pumpkins be the answer to the food/biofuel crop dilemma? 11.5.2015 Environmental News Network
As concern remains over the need to convert millions of acres of crop land to meet the ever-increasing biofuel demand, a new study has found pumpkins could provide the answer to sharing between food and fuel.
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Ohio asks neighboring states to help fight Lake Erie’s algae 10.5.2015 Seattle Times: Nation & World
Ohio’s governor and environmental chief are starting to ask some of their neighbors to look into what else they can do to cut down on the pollutants — primarily phosphorus — that end up in Lake Erie’s tributaries.
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Appeals court sends 'dead zone' lawsuit back to judge 9.5.2015 Yahoo: US National
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge who ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to take action to regulate farm runoff and other pollution blamed for the Gulf of Mexico's annual oxygen-depleted "dead zone" must take a second crack at his ruling.
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Why Campus Sustainability Works: An Open Letter to George Will 9.5.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Growing up, I watched George Will, the Pulitzer Prize-winning conservative pundit, almost every Sunday morning on "This Week: With George Stephanopolous" as he discussed the major sociopolitical issues of the day. I have always respected him: he is never afraid to criticize either political party (despite his conservatism) and is invariably well-spoken. However, his recent op-ed " Sustainability Gone Made on College Campuses " illustrates a complete misunderstanding of the word "sustainability," equating the term to "religious fundamentalism" that preaches "apocalyptic rhetoric." Mr. Will describes the practice of sustainability as undemonstrable and without social or scientific backing. Not only is his interpretation of the word incorrect, but he also misconstrues the entire culture behind sustainability. In its simplest form, sustainability means greater efficiency and cutting waste to preserve both the natural environment and money. This is not a leftist agenda, but an alignment with both ...
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EPA Releases First Nationwide Guidelines On Safe Algae Toxin Levels In Drinking Water 7.5.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released the first nationwide guidelines Wednesday for determining when algal toxins have reached dangerous levels in public water systems and do-not-drink warnings might be needed. Up to 48 million people nationwide get drinking water from lakes and reservoirs that could become fouled with toxins generated by algae-like bacteria, the federal agency said. Pollution from cyanobacteria, otherwise known as blue-green algae, in Lake Erie left more than 400,000 people in northwestern Ohio and southeastern Michigan without usable tap water for two days last August. Climate change and higher levels of nutrients such as phosphorus may be culprits in a rising number of algae contamination cases, scientists say. The EPA guidelines use "the best available science to ensure the safety of America's drinking water," Administrator Gina McCarthy said. "We will work closely with our partners at the state and local levels on monitoring, treating and ...
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Leaving on a jet plane...fueled by fungus? 7.5.2015 Yahoo: Business

Leaving on a jet plane...fueled by fungus?Could a common fungus found in decaying soil, leaves and fruit power aircraft? Scientists from Washington State University think so.


Hawaii enters national debate over future of ethanol in gas 7.5.2015 Yahoo: Top Stories
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers have put the state at the front of a national discussion over the future of ethanol in gasoline by passing a bill that puts an end to a requirement that the corn-based additive be mixed into fuel sold in the ...
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Hawaii enters national debate over future of ethanol in gas 7.5.2015 AP Politics
HONOLULU (AP) -- Hawaii lawmakers have put the state at the front of a national discussion over the future of ethanol in gasoline by passing a bill that puts an end to a requirement that the corn-based additive be mixed into fuel sold in the state....
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Ethanol Industry Gains Time on Rail Safety Rules 6.5.2015 Wall St. Journal: US Business
A final U.S. Department of Transportation extends the period for upgrading tank cars from three to eight years.
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