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Oil Council: Shale Won't Last, Arctic Drilling Needed Now

March 27, 2015 10:00 am | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

Environmental advocates say the Arctic ecosystem is too fragile to risk a spill, and cleanup would be difficult or perhaps even impossible because of weather and ice.

Trains With Brains Will Haul Ore Through Earth’s Closest Thing To Mars

March 26, 2015 9:24 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

The locomotives come equipped with some 250 sensors that monitor speed, temperature and other...

Manufacturing Snapshot Of The Week: Paris Smog Reaches New Heights

March 25, 2015 1:05 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Paris authorities instituted a 24 hour emergency ban this past Monday that prohibited cars...

Invisible Solar Cells That Could Power Skyscrapers

March 24, 2015 1:18 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Silicon Valley start-up Ubiquitous Energy is making the world’s first transparent solar cells, a...

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Study: Electric Cars Could Alleviate Urban Heat

March 23, 2015 2:14 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Scientists calculated that during the summer of 2012 in Beijing, replacing gas vehicles with electric cars could have reduced the heat island effect by nearly 1 degree Celsius.

Infographic: 20 Amazing Water Facts

March 23, 2015 10:02 am | by Able Skills | News | Comments

The theme for 2015 World Water Day is "Water and Sustainable Development." It's about how water links to all areas we need to consider to create the future we want.                                                                      

Obama Orders 40 Percent Cut In Government's Greenhouse Gases

March 19, 2015 10:07 am | by Josh Lederman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Obama hasn't fully explained how he'll meet that goal, but his aides have suggested that unprecedented pollution limits he's imposing on power plants will get the U.S. much of the way there.         

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Italian Companies To Generate Bioplastic From Potatoes

March 18, 2015 9:31 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The bioplastics, called polyhydroxyalkanoates or PHAs, could replace traditional plastic in a number of processes.                      

In Battle For Coffee Pod Market, It's Keurig Vs. Recyclables

March 17, 2015 9:46 am | by Ellen Knickmeyer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

"In their current form, they're an environmental disaster."                               

Kochs Say No To Dems' Probe Into Climate Research Funding

March 11, 2015 8:17 pm | by Dina Cappiello, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The industrial conglomerate run by the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch is refusing to provide Democratic lawmakers with information on whether it has paid for climate change research. Last month, three Democratic senators sent 100 letters to...

Duke Energy Fined $25 Million Over Coal Ash Pollution

March 11, 2015 12:51 pm | by Mitch Weiss, The Associated Press | News | Comments

North Carolina environmental officials said Tuesday that they are fining Duke Energy $25 million over pollution that has been seeping into groundwater for years from a pair of coal ash pits at a retired power plant. The state Department of Environment and Natural Resources called...

CA Senators Focus On Oil Industry, Drinking Water

March 11, 2015 10:05 am | by Ellen Knickmeyer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Lax oversight by the state has allowed the oil and gas industry to contaminate protected water aquifers and endanger the public, California regulators acknowledged Tuesday while pledging to intensify supervision. When it comes to a balance... 

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Groups Ask For Stricter Pesticide Regulations To Protect Honeybees

March 11, 2015 9:29 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Dozens of groups asked the Obama administration to bolster regulations of pesticides that, they argued, led to sharply declining populations of honeybees and other helpful insects. The letter, signed by 128 groups, called on the Agriculture Department and the Environmental Protection Agency...

Top Senate Republican Tells States: Ignore EPA Carbon Rules

March 5, 2015 1:40 pm | by Dina Cappiello, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Senate's top Republican is telling states to ignore a central part of President Barack Obama's plans to curb the pollution blamed for global warming. In an op-ed published Tuesday in the Lexington Herald-Leader, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky says states should reject...

Fractured States: Why Shale Has Some New Yorkers Talking About Secession

March 3, 2015 2:43 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

Fracking is a booming business in Pennsylvania and some nearby residents in New York, where fracking is now banned, want a piece of it. According to local media, a “move is afoot” among some New York residents to secede from the state and join Pennsylvania, where the controversial...

By The Numbers: Manufacturing Group Says EPA Ozone Proposal Still Too Costly

February 27, 2015 2:28 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The National Association of Manufacturers lowered its projected price tag for a new limit on ground-level ozone, but said it would remain the costliest regulation in U.S. history. NAM’s updated study said reducing the federal threshold for ozone...

EU Moves Ahead With Greenhouse Gas Trading Reform

February 24, 2015 1:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

European Union lawmakers have backed plans to reform the EU's vast greenhouse gas emissions trading scheme to protect it from fluctuations in the economy. The system sets limits on certain greenhouse gases that factories and power plants can emit and allows companies to trade allowances if they...

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Study: Climate Change Extremely Harmful To Wheat Production

February 24, 2015 10:13 am | by Kansas State University | News | Comments

A recent study involving Kansas State University researchers finds that in the coming decades at least one-quarter of the world's wheat production will be lost to extreme weather from climate change if no adaptive measures are taken. Vara Prasad, professor of crop ecophysiology and director of...

Study: EPA Labels Don't Reflect Total Savings For Hybrid, Electric Cars

February 19, 2015 9:20 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's labels for vehicle fuel efficiency do not show a complete picture of the ownership costs for hybrid and electric cars and are likely ineffective in affecting consumer choices, according to a recently released study. The EPA's redesigned labels currently include statistics...

NAM Partners With Ecolab To Support Manufacturers Nationwide

February 18, 2015 10:20 am | by Jamie Hennigan, National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) | News | Comments

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) today named Ecolab Inc. an exclusive Manufacturing Partner to provide thought leadership at NAM regional and national events and engage with manufacturing executives nationwide. "Ecolab has consistently been an industry leader in providing water...

Report: High Chemical Levels Found In Fracking Runoff

February 18, 2015 10:09 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

Water discharged from fracking sites in California contained levels of benzene and chromium-6 well in excess of federal standards, according to a recent report by an Arizona environmental group. Fracking operations use a highly pressurized solution to crack shale rock and access oil or...

Fiery Derailment Should Reignite Rail, Pipeline Debate

February 18, 2015 9:15 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

This most recent crude-by-rail disaster wasn’t quite the major catastrophe many have feared. But it got close. Real close. On Monday, a train carrying more than a 100 tankers of crude oil derailed and sent an atomic-looking fireball into the sky. One witness reported to the BBC that the locomotive of the...

Judge: Oil, Gas Firms Not Liable For LA Coastal Erosion

February 17, 2015 3:27 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge has dismissed a New Orleans-area levee authority's lawsuit charging oil and gas companies with destroying Louisiana's coastal wetlands. The lawsuit was filed by the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East in 2013 against nearly 100 oil and gas companies over damage they...

Why Refinery Strike Has Had Little Bite At Gas Pump

February 17, 2015 12:14 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

Gasoline prices can spike for all kinds of reasons that make skeptical drivers roll their eyes: "tension" in the Middle East, a refinery suddenly shuts down for maintenance, or the annual springtime switch to summer blends of gasoline. A refinery strike, however, would seem...

Proposal Tries To Help Wean WA Off Coal-Fired Power

February 17, 2015 10:20 am | by Phuong Le, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Lawmakers hoping to wean Washington state off coal power are trying to ease the way for the state's utilities to end the electricity it gets from coal. Bills in the House and Senate set up certain favorable conditions for three private utilities, should they decide in the future to shut down a massive coal-fired power plant...

TransCanada Suspends Efforts To Seize NE Land For Keystone

February 13, 2015 9:42 am | by undefined | News | Comments

TransCanada Corp. will temporarily suspend efforts to seize Nebraska land for its much-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline after landowners sued, in what is one obstacle the Canadian company still faces in the 1,179-mile project. A Holt County District judge issued a temporary injunction Thursday, keeping...

Who Pays? Who Cuts Emissions? 5 Issues For UN Climate Deal

February 12, 2015 12:09 pm | by Karl Ritter, The Associated Press | News | Comments

World governments are hoping that this year will mark a breakthrough in the slow-paced U.N. climate talks. In Geneva this week, negotiators from more than 190 countries are working on a draft of a deal that's supposed to be adopted in Paris in December. At this point it's a wish list reflecting the diverging...

Peru Anti-Oil Exploration Protest Leaves 1 Dead, 22 Wounded

February 12, 2015 9:51 am | by Franklin Briceno, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Angry protesters pelted a police headquarters with rocks on Wednesday after security forces fired on locals protesting oil and natural gas exploration in the Peruvian Amazon. At least one person was killed by gunfire and 22 wounded, hospital officials said. Protesters were repelled Tuesday night after entering...

Should Energy Companies Be Liable For Earthquake Damage?

February 12, 2015 9:31 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The possible connection between disposal of fracking wastewater and earthquakes is the focal point of a lawsuit in Oklahoma. Jennifer Lin Cooper and her attorney Scott Poynter claim the November 2011 earthquakes in Prague, Oklahoma caused significant property damage. They allege that New...

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