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Energy-Producing States Blast Obama Climate Change Plan

May 5, 2015 2:58 pm | by Matthew Daly, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Attorneys general from two energy-producing states say the Obama administration's far-reaching plan to address climate change would cause job losses and lead to higher electricity prices.

How Chemical Companies Are Part Of The Solution — And Problem — For Climate Change

May 5, 2015 10:31 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

Here’s a look at which companies have big plans to fight climate change, who still denies it,...

Study: Cutting Carbon Dioxide Saves 3,500 U.S. Lives A Year

May 4, 2015 2:43 pm | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Lab studies on animals show how soot and smog harm the cardiovascular and respiratory systems...

House Panel Targets 'Glaring Management Failures' At EPA

May 1, 2015 10:21 am | by Matthew Daly, The Associated Press | News | Comments

"We've seen numerous examples of fraud, unprofessional behavior, cronyism and outright theft at...

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A Glance At Arizona's Controversy Over Plastic Bag Bans

April 30, 2015 3:11 pm | by Ryan Van Velzer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Though the cities of Flagstaff and Tempe have since dropped their proposals to ban plastic bags, they are considering taking legal action against the state.

New EPA Formula Finds Higher Pollution Emissions From Refinery Flares

April 30, 2015 10:13 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Under the terms of a court order, the EPA revised its formula for calculating the amount of pollutants released by flares, which burn off excess hydrocarbon gases generated by plants.

Audi Runs On Green Diesel For The First Time

April 29, 2015 10:45 am | by Megan Crouse, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The electricity is farmed using environmentally-friendly methods, making the entire process environmentally neutral.

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California Touts Aggressive Plan To Reduce Greenhouse Gases

April 29, 2015 10:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Jerry Brown said climate change would factor into government planning and he ordered state agencies and departments to implement measures to reduce emissions.

Louisiana Chemical Industry Hits Its Stride

April 27, 2015 3:07 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Chemical manufacturers rely heavily on natural gas, and Borné said low prices in recent years spurred a $20 billion expansion on Louisiana's chemical industry since 2009, along with plans for $40 billion in current or future construction.

10 Best Green Cars List

April 24, 2015 2:39 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Popularity in greener, alternative fuel vehicles has increased from 250,000 in 1995 to over 11 million as of 2011 according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Study: Soy Could Help Clean Up Oil Spills

April 24, 2015 10:10 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Researchers from Auburn University and Virginia Commonwealth University found that soy lecithin — which is included in a wide array of food products as a surfactant — disperses oil as well or better than two commonly used commercial substances.

Manufacturing Snapshot of the Week: Twitter Celebrates Earth Day

April 22, 2015 3:20 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Check out the breathtaking photo exchange happening on Twitter in honor of Earth Day.

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Study Links Swarm Of Quakes In Texas To Natural Gas Drilling

April 22, 2015 10:03 am | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

In 84 days from November 2013 to January 2014, the area around Azle, Texas, shook with 27 magnitude 2 or greater earthquakes, while scientists at Southern Methodist University and the U.S. Geological Survey monitored the shaking.

Almonds Get Roasted In Debate Over California Drought

April 20, 2015 10:46 am | by Ellen Knickmeyer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Since each tiny nut requires a gallon of water, almonds are consuming 1.07 trillion gallons annually in the state, one-fifth more than California families use indoors.

Court Skeptical Of Challenge To Obama's Climate Change Plan

April 16, 2015 3:11 pm | by Sam Hananel, The Associated Press | News | Comments

West Virginia and other states argue that the plan to regulate carbon emissions from power plants is illegal because the EPA already regulates other power plant pollutants under a different section of the Clean Air Act.

EPA Official Takes Issue With Chemical Reform Bill

April 16, 2015 10:01 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Critics alleged industry groups could seek evaluations of less risky substances in an effort to halt probes into more dangerous chemicals.

Environmentalists Kick Up Dust At Fracking Industry In Drought-Stricken California

April 16, 2015 9:26 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

California is choking on a worsening drought and needs more hydration. Fracking in the state uses lots of water. Ergo, fracking must be making the drought worse. Right? Not necessarily, many industry experts are saying.

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Exxon: $8.9B Sought In Pollution Case 'Not Real'

April 15, 2015 2:44 pm | by David Porter, Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Exxon Mobil's top lawyer said Wednesday that the nearly $9 billion initially sought by the state shouldn't be used as a barometer because it was calculated using faulty methodology.

Southern California Water Agencies Brace For Water Cutbacks

April 13, 2015 3:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The proposed tightening of water supplies comes as state surveyors earlier this month found the lowest snow level in the Sierra Nevada snowpack in 65 years of record-keeping.

Why Everyone In The U.S. Will Feel California's Drought

April 10, 2015 2:43 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

As the drought in California enters a fourth year, consumers across the country could pay the price at the supermarket.

Manufacturing Snapshot Of The Week: California’s Worst Drought In History

April 8, 2015 3:08 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Brown’s executive order primarily targets wasteful practices, including watering residential lawns and washing cars.

These Water Treatment Technologies Are So Powerful They Can Fight Drought

April 8, 2015 10:29 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

A recent U.N. report found that two-thirds of the world’s population could be vulnerable to water shortages and 1.8 billion people would be living in “countries or regions with absolute water scarcity” by 2025.

California Water Restrictions Largely Avoid Farms

April 8, 2015 9:40 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Gov. Jerry Brown largely called on Californians to change their habits in response to the drought, potentially including landscape alterations and a rebate program for more efficient appliances.

'Fight Club' Actor Speaks Out Against Fracking

April 7, 2015 10:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A radio ad released by the Don't Frack Maryland campaign is running Tuesday featuring actor Edward Norton, who grew up in Columbia, Maryland.

California Cities Pressured To Slash Water Use

April 7, 2015 10:21 am | by Fenit Nirappil, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cities are facing increased pressure to slash water use after Gov. Jerry Brown last week ordered a mandatory statewide 25 percent drop in urban water use compared with 2013 levels.

Obama Presents Climate Change As Health Hazard

April 7, 2015 9:58 am | by Josh Lederman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Obama's effort to link climate change to health comes as he works to build support for steps he's taken to curb U.S. emissions that are opposed by business and industry, including strict limits on vehicles and power plants.

EPA Announces Moratorium On Pesticides Linked to Honeybee Population Decline

April 6, 2015 2:54 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

In a letter to companies seeking neonicotinoid approval, EPA pesticide official Jack Housenger wrote that "until the data on pollinator health have been received and appropriate risk assessments completed, [the EPA] is unlikely to be in a position to determine that such uses would avoid ‘unreasonable adverse effects on the environment.'"

California Governor Orders Mandatory Water Restrictions

April 1, 2015 3:07 pm | by Fenit Nirappil, The Associated Press | News | Comments

"We're in a historic drought and that demands unprecedented action," Brown said at a news conference in the Sierra Nevada, where dry, brown grass surrounded a site that normally would be snow-covered at this time of year. "We have to pull together and save water in every way we can."

Do The Math: Fracking By The Numbers

April 1, 2015 9:15 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

Know how many chemicals are used to fracking? Or how many wells are in the U.S.? Here’s a look at fracking, by the numbers.

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