The eco-friendly building rating system known as LEED has been around for more than a decade, powering a green arms race in cities across the nation. It's an industry force, certifying thousands of buildings and providing a marketing tool, tax breaks and other incentives to builders eager to cash in on the sustainability craze.
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A long-anticipated $200 million ethanol plant that will turn grasses grown on North Carolina hog farms into motor fuel will go ahead, Gov. Pat McCrory's office said Monday.The plant operated by Biochemtex, a partnership headed by Italy-based Gruppo Mossi & Ghisolfi, plans to employ 65 people in three years near Clinton in Sampson County.
One lawsuit alleges the plant operators "illegally, recklessly or negligently" dumped hazardous substances outside the boundaries of the property. The lawsuit also said contamination spread through at least a 5-mile radius around the facility, exposing people to increased risk of cancers, kidney failure and damage to the central nervous system.
Before the 2007 ethanol requirement, the conservation program had grown every year for nearly a decade. Farmers began leaving the program almost immediately after the mandate. Meanwhile, Congress cut money for the program, reducing the amount of farmland that could be placed in conservation.
Beijing is waging a war against air pollution, one barbecue at a time. Authorities in the capital have destroyed more than 500 open-air barbecues "to cut PM2.5" — the tiny particulate matter in the air that can enter deep into the lungs.
A judge has given a dose of cold water to Sriracha, ruling Tuesday that the factory that manufactures the trendy hot sauce must partially shut down after neighbors complained of the spicy smells it was producing.
The onslaught, captured in photos and video footage from Detroit and Chicago this year, was caused by the same thing: brisk winds sweeping across huge black piles of petroleum coke, or "petcoke," a powdery byproduct of oil refining that's been accumulating along Midwest shipping channels and sparking a new wave of health and environmental concerns.
That means methane may be a bigger global warming issue than thought, scientists say. Methane is 21 times more potent at trapping heat than carbon dioxide, the most abundant global warming gas, although it doesn't stay in the air as long.
Until the settlement announced Friday with Duke Energy Corp. and its renewable energy arm, not a single wind energy company had been prosecuted for a death of an eagle or other protected bird — even though each death is a violation of federal law, unless a company has a federal permit. Not a single wind energy facility has obtained a permit.
For decades, presidential candidates' chances in Iowa were wounded if not doomed unless they backed federal support for ethanol, a boon to the state's corn-growing economy. That rule of politics collapsed resoundingly in the 2012 campaign when five of the six top Republican candidates said it was time for such intervention in the private market to end.
State officials say a locomotive manufacturer is establishing an assembly and fabrication plant in Knoxville, adding 203 jobs over the next three years.Officials say Knoxville Locomotive Works will establish the plant in Knoxville to satisfy new Environmental Protection Agency emission requirements for trains.
A draft text presented Friday, the last scheduled day of the two-week conference in Warsaw, gave only vague direction on when countries should present their targets for restricting carbon emissions. That's a key element of the deal that's supposed to be adopted in Paris in 2015.
Honda's line of Accords won the 2014 "Green Car of the Year" award from an auto industry magazine Thursday at the Los Angeles Auto Show. In recent years, Green Car Journal honored cars whose selling points were emerging technologies including natural gas, electric and clean diesel.
Cabot Corp., the second largest carbon black manufacturer in the U.S., agreed Tuesday to pay a $975,000 civil penalty and spend an estimated $84 million on technology to control air pollution at its three facilities in Franklin and Ville Platte, La., and Pampa, Texas, federal officials said.
With two days left, there was commotion in the Warsaw talks Wednesday after the conference president — Poland's environment minister — was fired in a government reshuffle and developing country negotiators walked out of a meeting on compensation for climate impacts.
On the sidelines of a U.N. climate conference, Christiana Figueres told dozens of CEOs of coal companies meeting at Poland's Economy Ministry that their industry needs to change radically to curb emissions of heat-trapping gases that scientists say are warming the planet.
First Solar will invest about $100 million in Japan to develop solar power plants. The largest U.S. solar company said Friday that it will team with Japanese companies to develop, build and operate solar power plants. The company has created operating subsidiary First Solar Japan GK and opened a Tokyo office.
The Obama administration wants to reduce the amount of ethanol in the nation's fuel supply, acknowledging the biofuel law championed by both parties in 2007 is not working as well as expected.The new proposal announced Friday is unlikely to mean much for consumers at the pump.
Over the next five years, the foundation's Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund will receive about $1.3 billion for barrier island and river diversion projects in Louisiana, $356 million each for natural resource projects in Alabama, Florida, and Mississippi, and $203 million for similar projects in Texas.
The new target approved by the Cabinet on Friday calls for reducing emissions by 3.8 percent from their 2005 level by 2020. The revision was necessary because the earlier goal of a 25 percent reduction from the 1990 level was unrealistic, the chief government spokesman, Yoshihide Suga, told reporters in Tokyo.
The failure so far of cellulosic fuel is central to the debate over corn-based ethanol, a centerpiece of America's green-energy strategy. Ethanol from corn has proven far more damaging to the environment than the government predicted, and cellulosic fuel hasn't emerged as a replacement.
Ecuador's highest court has cut in half a landmark judgment against Chevron Corp. for oil contamination in the Amazon, putting the penalty at $8.8 billion. The sum equals the original judgment against the oil multinational awarded by a local judge in February 2011.
Heather Zichal admits her job is unfinished. The architect of President Barack Obama's climate-change plan, Zichal left the White House last week after five years as a top adviser on energy and climate change.
In an unusual campaign, ethanol producers, corn growers and its lobbying and public relations firms have criticized and sought to alter the story, which was released to some outlets earlier and is being published online and in newspapers Tuesday.
The ethanol era has proven far more damaging to the environment than politicians promised and much worse than the government admits today. As farmers rushed to find new places to plant corn, they wiped out millions of acres of conservation land, destroyed habitat and polluted water supplies, an Associated Press investigation found.
Though no major decisions are expected at the conference starting Monday in Warsaw's National Stadium, the level of progress could be an indicator of the world's chances of reaching a deal in 2015. That's the new watershed year in the U.N.-led process after a 2009 summit in Copenhagen ended in discord.
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