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  • City of Vancouver, FortisBC Working Together to Tackle Climate Change

    FortisBC and the City of Vancouver announced recently (11/24) that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to team up on climate action projects to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and increase investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy, while maintaining access to natural gas for residents and businesses. The MOU supports the City of Vancouver in pursuing its ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • Public Consultation Opens on New Low Carbon Transport Climate Bond Standard

    The proposed standard will only certify investment in transport infrastructure that is compatible with a 2°C warming outcome. The Draft Standard is now open for a 60-day period of public consultation, investor and industry comment. The Technical Working Group is convened under the auspices of the Climate Bonds Initiative, an investor-focused not-for-profit that promotes large-scale investment ...


    By Climate Action

  • Reviewing the multiple impacts of noise pollution

    While occupational exposure to noise has declined, ‘social’ exposure in the form of personal music players or rock concerts is estimated to have tripled for young people since the 1980s. A new review examines studies that have investigated noise sources, including environmental (e.g. traffic) and social (e.g. via headphones) sources. The review also explores research into the range of ...

  • Elecnor short-listed for the future California high speed rail infrastructure project

    Elecnor has been short-listed to take part in the Caltrain Modernization Program, involving the commuter rail service in California between San Francisco and San Jose. This is an ambitious project worth nearly USD 1.23 billion (approximately EUR 970 million) and scheduled to be implemented by 2019.    Specifically, Elecnor, in a joint venture with Cobra, has been short-listed for the ...


    By ELECNOR

  • EPA mulls ethanol change as industry profits soar

    Just as ethanol producers have been seeing the industry's most profitable months ever, the federal government is considering whether to lower the amount of the corn-based fuel that must be blended into gasoline. That could be a serious blow to a biofuels industry that saw booms and busts connected to corn and petroleum prices before a renewable fuel standard approved by Congress in 2007 acted as ...


    By Associated Press

  • Appeals Court Upholds Stronger Soot Standard

    A federal appeals court on Friday rejected an industry challenge to stronger health standards for soot. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit says the Clean Air Act gives the Environmental Protection Agency substantial discretion in setting air quality standards. The revisions followed a determination by the EPA that existing standards for fine particulate matter ...


    By Associated Press

  • Coast Guard wants barges to ship fracking water

    The U.S. Coast Guard wants to allow barges filled with fracking wastewater to ply the nation's rivers on their way toward disposal. Many environmentalists are horrified, but industry groups say barge transport has its advantages. Now, the wastewater is usually disposed of by truck or rail, which poses more risk for accidents than shipping by barge, according to a government report. And one ...


    By Associated Press

  • Maryland’s new emissions plan shows climate action is cost-effective

    As impacts from climate change become more visible and costly, leaders across the nation are responding. In the wake of projections from the University of Maryland’s Center for Environmental Science showing that Maryland could face sea-level rise of more than six feet by the end of the century, Governor Martin ...

  • Global Green Building Materials Industry

    Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: Global Green Building Materials Industry ...


    By ReportLinker

  • What makes railway noise annoying? Research investigates

    A new study into the impact of railway noise has revealed that it is not just the level of noise that contributes to annoyance for local residents, but also the number of trains and the vibrations they cause. As railway transport is likely to increase in coming years, plans are needed to reduce these effects. A recent report by the World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that one in ...

  • Greenhouse gas emissions gap widening

    Action on climate change needs to be scaled-up and accelerated without delay if the world is to have a running chance of keeping a global average temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius this century. The Emissions Gap Report, coordinated by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the European Climate Foundation, and released days before the convening of the Climate Change Conference of the ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Union Pacific Railroad Achieves Best-Ever Carbon Disclosure Project Performance

    SOURCE: Union Pacific DESCRIPTION:  OMAHA, Neb., Sept. 26, 2012 /3BL Media / PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Union Pacific Railroad achieved its best-ever performance in the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) S&P 500 Climate Change Report 2012.  The railroad's carbon disclosure score is 87, a 53-percent improvement over ...


    By 3BL Media

  • Union Pacific railroad company to pay $1.5 million for clean water act violations in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced a settlement with Union Pacific Railroad Company regarding alleged violations of the Clean Water Act and the Oil Pollution Act. This settlement resolves a Clean Water Act enforcement action against Union Pacific that involves continuing operations at 20 rail yards in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming, as well as spills of oil and coal in 2003 and ...

  • DuPont settles hazardous waste violations at Deepwater, N.J. Facility

    In settlement papers filed in federal court by the U.S. Department of Justice, E.I. DuPont de Nemours, Inc. (DuPont) agreed to pay a $250,000 civil penalty to settle alleged violations of hazardous waste regulations at the company’s wastewater treatment facility in Deepwater, N.J., the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today. DuPont also agreed to several improvements to its ...

  • GL updates rules for inland navigation vessels

    To ensure the continuing safety and promote the efficiency of inland waterway transport, Germanischer Lloyd (GL) has released an update to the GL Rules for Inland Navigation Vessels (INV). The update to the rules came into effect on 1 November 2011 and consists of rules for: classification and surveys; hull design and construction; machinery, systems and electricity; and additional requirements ...


  • Caterpillar Completes Acquisition of MWM

    Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) today announced it has finalized the purchase of MWM Holding GmbH (MWM) from 3i and funds managed by 3i for euro 580 million (approximately $800 million). This action follows the European Commission's recent clearance of the transaction. MWM is a leading global supplier of sustainable, natural gas and alternative-fuel ...


  • New EPA/NHTSA Heavy Truck Regs Tout Aluminum as the #1 Material to Boost Fuel Economy and Cut Emissions

    New commercial vehicle fuel economy regulations announced by the Obama Administration and embraced by truck and engine manufacturers, as well as by environmental groups, show aluminum above all other materials as having the greatest potential to  safely reduce vehicle weight to boost fuel economy and cut emissions.  The final rule published this month by the Environmental Protection ...


    By The Aluminum Association

  • EPA to tackle emissions from trucks used at ports / EPA, industry leaders, and environmental groups to join forces for cleaner, healthier air around harbors

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), joined by the Coalition for Responsible Transportation and the Environmental Defense Fund, is launching a new initiative to protect people’s health, the environment and promote sustainable economic growth by reducing pollution from thousands of short-haul trucks that service the nation’s ports. The new EPA SmartWay initiative will green ...

  • Union pacific railroad honored by EPA for genset technology development

    The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) honored Union Pacific Railroad with its Clean Air Excellence Award for developing Genset switching locomotive technology, which significantly surpasses EPA Tier 2 locomotive standards and serves as a testament to Union Pacific's ongoing commitment to developing environmentally responsible technologies. "This award recognizes Union Pacific's ...

  • Transport Minister pledges to monitor high speed rail noise

    In his speech at a recent conference on high speed rail, Transport Minister Philip Hammond MP said he had personally "been over every mile" of the proposed HS2 route, "exploring different approaches to mitigating the most intrusive local impacts." He expresses his love for the beauty and tranquillity of the countryside, and says that "we will do everything we practically can to mitigate the noise ...


    By Environmental Protection UK

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