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European air quality in 2020: success story for PM2.5

by European Commission, Environment DG  (Feb. 26, 2015)

Levels of the air pollutant PM2.5 in Europe will continue to fall in 2020, concludes a recent study. Furthermore, deposition of nitrogen from air pollution will also drop. The outlook seems less positive for ground-level ozone, however, as large amounts of this pollutant continue drift over to Europe from other continents. This study reports on ...

Energy Department Announces 2016 Collegiate Wind Competition Participants

by US Department of Energy  (Feb. 18, 2015)

The Energy Department today announced the twelve collegiate teams that have been selected to participate in the Department's second Collegiate Wind Competition. The Collegiate Wind Competition challenges teams of undergraduate students to design and build a model wind turbine based on market research and ...

EU Emissions Trading System – Time for change is now!

by GLOBE Foundation  (Feb. 16, 2015)

Delaying reform of the European Union Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) until 2021 risks undermining investment in clean technology, according to a new report published today ahead of a vote in the European Parliament Environment Committee on the 24 February. A large surplus of allowances has ...

New Hampshire School District Gets EPA Funds for Lower Emission Bus

by US EPA - Environmental Protection Agency  (Feb. 13, 2015)

The GRS Cooperative School District in New Hampshire was chosen to receive $20,000 from EPA to pay for a new school bus that emits less pollution than the older buses. The school district, serving the N.H. communities of Gorham, Randolph and Shelburne, will receive the rebates through EPA”s through EPA’s Diesel Emissions Reduction Act ...

Barre, Vermont School District Gets EPA Funds for Lower Emission Buses

by US EPA - Environmental Protection Agency  (Feb. 13, 2015)

The Barre Town School District was chosen to receive $60,000 from EPA to pay for three new school buses that emit less pollution than the older buses. The Vermont school district will receive the rebates through EPA’s Diesel Emissions Reduction Act funding. Barre Town School District was among five fleets in New England and 76 fleets in 30 ...

Three Connecticut School Bus Fleets Get EPA Funds for Lower Emission Buses

by US EPA - Environmental Protection Agency  (Feb. 13, 2015)

Three school districts in Connecticut were chosen to receive $245,000 from EPA to help pay for 11 new school buses that emit less pollution than their older buses. Killingly School District will receive $125,000 and Montville Public Schools $100,000, each to replace five school buses. Martel Transportation serving Canton school will receive ...

Waters acidified by air pollution have recovered as predicted

by European Commission  (Feb. 12, 2015)

Back in 1999, a group of scientists predicted how changing air pollution levels would affect the acidity of lakes and rivers in Europe in 2010 using a computer model. A follow up study has now gathered actual measurements of these waters to see if the predictions came true. The observations show that most of the rivers and lakes did recover from ...

EPA Finalizes Updates to Air Standards for Future Wood Heaters

by US EPA - Environmental Protection Agency  (Feb. 4, 2015)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing standards to limit the amount of pollution that wood heaters, which will be manufactured and sold in the future, can emit. These standards, which were last updated in 1988, reflect the significantly improved technology that is now available to make a range of models cleaner burning and ...

Warming Homes, Regulating Emissions

by ASTM International  (Feb. 2, 2015)

At the urging of state regulatory bodies, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is expanding its wood burning appliance emissions regulation. A new ASTM International standard will enable manufacturers of masonry heaters and their components to better verify the emissions performance of their products. The new standard is  ...

Declining city populations could boost provision of urban ecosystem services

by European Commission, Environment DG  (Jan. 29, 2015)

The decline of urban populations and abandonment of buildings and land could provide an opportunity to promote ecosystem services, a new study suggests. The researchers examined the relationships between the use of abandoned land and ecosystem services, providing insight into the pros and cons of different urban planning policies. In Europe, 40% ...

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