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  • Five Winds works with the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers, CSA Standards and UL Environment to develop sustainability standards

    WASHINGTON, DC (August 10, 2010) - The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) today announced that it has partnered with two leading standards organizations, CSA Standards and UL Environment, to jointly develop voluntary sustainability standards for home appliances. The new standards will take a life cycle approach and are intended to be used by governments, retailers, and other ...

  • Bonanza Creek long term ecological research - 2009

    Like many research programs, our LTER site is continually struggling to manage numerous remote sensor stations and their data . We are constantly looking to improve the quality and availability of the data they are collecting while using technician time and resources effectively. One option on the market to manage sensor network data is Vista Data Vision (VDV) and after some initial testing, we ...

  • Official UK statistics show gradual move to low-carbon economy

    Recent official statistics show that the UK is actually moving into a low-carbon, energy-efficient economy, although the speed of progress may be considerably less than green campaigners would wish for. The Department of Energy and Climate Change's provisional monthly energy statistics for the first quarter of 2014 found that, compared with the same period in 2013: ...


  • The UK lags behind EU counterparts to achieve 20% renewable energy target

    While some countries have almost hit their targets the UK still has a long way to achieve its 15% renewable energy target by 2020. The EU is more than halfway to reaching its 20% target of generating energy from renewables by 2020, according to new figures published today by Eurostat. The EU's 2009 directive on renewable energy set individual targets for all 27 member states, with a goal for the ...


    By Vital Efficienci Ltd.

  • New analysis shows Ohio can meet future carbon pollution standards

    New analysis of Ohio’s power sector shows that the state is in a strong position to meet – and possibly exceed – national carbon pollution standards that will be established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the coming years. The analysis, conducted by experts at ...

  • Water Plant’s Investment in GTI Covers Brings Both Operational and Safety Benefits

    The Utility: The Griswold Water Treatment Plant is part of Aurora Water, the utility that manages water and wastewater in the city of Aurora, Colorado, USA. This direct filtration plant treats 80 million gallons of water per day (302,800 m³/d). The Utility’s Needs: Originally built in 1965, the Griswold Water Treatment Plant had undergone ...

  • Search Query What are you looking for? How our minidot was swept up in a flood — and survived

    The miniDOT logger is a submersible water logger that measures dissolved oxygen and water temperature. Scientists working in aquaculture are familiar with the quality of PME instruments, which range from small loggers to larger monitoring systems. But what they may not be aware of is that PME’s innovative products occasionally become ...

  • Cladophora in the Great Lakes: impacts on beach water quality and human health

    Cladophora in the Great Lakes grows rapidly during the warm summer months, detaches, and becomes free-floating mats as a result of environmental conditions, eventually becoming stranded on recreational beaches. Cladophora provides protection and nutrients, which allow enteric bacteria such as Escherichia coli, enterococci, Shigella, ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • A Thirsty Future for the Middle East

    Whilst some dream of a rosy future for the Middle East, the more pragmatic see a future devoid of roses or any naturally unsustainable vegetation for that matter, too costly a use for an evermore precious commodity, Water. His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, recently identified water as a key ...

  • Why Rare Earth Recycling is Rare (and What can We Do About it)

    Earbuds, touch screens, CFLs with a warm glow, rechargeable batteries and power windows: Most of us take these things for granted. When we do, we also take for granted a group of elements called rare earth metals, whose special electronic and magnetic properties make them a key component of many 21st century technologies. These 17 elements are actually plentiful enough — you probably have ...


    By Ensia

  • Giant seals help protect St. Petersburg from flooding

    St Petersburg is regarded as Russia’s cultural capital. To protect its people and cultural treasures from flooding, a 25-kilometer storm flood barrier is being constructed. An essential part of this structure are 40 meter-wide, seven meter-high seals, from Trelleborg. Last january, St. Petersburg was flooded for the 302nd time in its 303-year history. The water level rose more than two meters ...


  • Efficiency and the not-to-be-ignored gas-fired plant

    Carbon dioxide emissions dropped significantly in the US in 2009. The economy played an obvious role; not so obvious was the influence of power generation and its increasing efficiency. CO2 emissions have been trending down for the last decade by about 0.9%.  But the 2009 drop was far more dramatic -- 7% -- the largest decline since the Energy Information Administration ...

  • Will we ever stop using fossil fuels?

    Not without a carbon tax, suggests a study by an MIT economist. In recent years, proponents of clean energy have taken heart in the falling prices of solar and wind power, hoping they will drive an energy revolution. But a new study co-authored by an MIT professor suggests otherwise: Technology-driven cost reductions in fossil fuels will lead us to continue using all ...

  • An extreme summer shows why we need to get real about climate change

    2011 was the summer of extreme weather— from the massive drought in the Southwest to record-breaking heat waves to Hurricane Irene’s torrential rains. Each of these events serves as a stark reminder of the growing impacts of climate change. Even so, the main recent discussion around climate change comes from Republican presidential candidates who have been debating the issue. Notably, ...

  • Danger and Detection of Hydrogen Sulphide Gas in Oil and Gas Exploration and Production

    A rig worker smells rotten eggs near the well head, rubs his itchy eyes as he investigates the frosty pipe connections. After a few moments, he believes all is fine as he no longer smells the tell-tale hydrogen sulphide odour. In this scenario, we can only hope the worker recognises the danger and quickly leaves the site. Oil fields, especially mature ones, can produce hydrogen sulphide gas ...

  • Doing more than you think

    China has a robust climate change policy, including ambitious energy efficiency and renewable energy goals and a long-standing reforestation program. This is not what you will generally hear in the United States, where many ignore China’s domestic programs and focus instead on its refusal to accept targets for reduction of greenhouse gases. Europeans – while more sympathetic to China’s argument ...

  • How the recession is affecting environmental careers

    “This is the moment when we must come together to save this planet. Let us resolve that we will not leave our children a world where the oceans rise and famine spreads and terrible storms devastate our lands.” President Barrack Obama spoke with concern about the future of our planet calling for immediate action to be taken to secure a sustainable future for the next generation. This article ...


  • Break It Down, Build It Up - Sustainable Science Has Roots in ASTM Standards Development

    It was back in the 1980s,” Richard Wool, Ph.D., recalls. “A lot of waste management sites were running out of space. Barges full of garbage were plowing up and down the East Coast with no place to dock. The idea of having biodegradable plastics would address a number of issues like getting rid of the trash and cleaning up marine waste, which was becoming a huge issue at the ...


    By ASTM International

  • Falling Gasoline Use Means United States Can Just Say No to New Pipelines and Food-to-Fuel

    Freeing America from its dependence on oil from unstable parts of the world is an admirable goal, but many of the proposed solutions—including the push for more home-grown biofuels and for the construction of the new Keystone XL pipeline to transport Canadian tar sands oil to refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast—are harmful and simply unnecessary. Gasoline use in the United States is ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • Lift Station Odor Control Using CARUSOL Treating a Wastewater Collection System in a Mid-Western Township - Case Study

    Summary A mid-western township is responsible for operating and maintaining a combined sewer collection system consisting of 150 miles of pipeline and 28 pumping stations. The township does not treat the wastewater, instead contracting with a neighboring city for this service. The township has two final lift stations that transfer the collected wastewater to the neighboring system ...


    By Carus Corporation

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