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Making the Case for Worker Safety Culture & Communication

Making the Case for Worker Safety Culture & Communication

Just over 100 years ago, there were roughly 61 deaths per 100,000 U.S. workers. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, today this number is  about three deaths per 100,000 workers. Quite an improvement.  But there’s still work to be done.  Beyond the obvious moral and ethical tenets behind the importance of … Read more »

Climate Change Talks Backslide at Bonn

U.N. climate talks have moved backward rather than moving toward an accord later this year as some nations have balked at pledges to cut greenhouse gas emissions. The US envoy said some countries have “walked away” from commitments made at Copenhagen last year to limit emissions. But the top U.N. … Read more »

EPA Sets Limits to Reduce Mercury Emissions from Cement Plants

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Monday issued final rules it says will protect Americans’  health by cutting emissions of mercury, particle pollution and other harmful pollutants from cement manufacturing, the third-largest source of mercury air emissions in the U.S. EPA says the rules will save lives but that … Read more »

Clean Technology Industry Opposes Prop 23

Clean technology industry advocates packed the “Googleplex” Tuesday morning to voice their opposition to a California ballot proposition that would suspend a law to curb greenhouse gas emissions, reports the San Jose Mercury News. If voters roll back California’s landmark climate change bill in November, the state’s burgeoning green economy … Read more »

CARB Report Sets Goals for Sustainable Communities

CARB Report Sets Goals for Sustainable Communities

The California Air Resources Board released a draft report  on Monday that proposes ambitious targets for land use and transportation planning in 2020 and 2035 to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with passenger vehicle travel. The report divides the state into 18 “Metropolitan Planning Organizations,” including the four largest: … Read more »

EPA Proposes New Rules for GHG Permits

EPA Proposes New Rules for GHG Permits

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed new rules to ensure that factories and power plants will be able to obtain permits to emit greenhouse gases starting next year. Earlier this year, the EPA finalized rules that require these plants and other large stationary greenhouse gas (GHG) sources to obtain GHG permits, … Read more »

US Chamber Sues EPA to Challenge GHG Endangerment Finding

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Friday filed a lawsuit that challenges EPA’s rejection of its petition for reconsideration of the agency’s 2009 endangerment finding that greenhouse gases threaten humans, E2 wire reports. The finding forms the foundation for upcoming EPA rules limiting emissions from power plants, factories and other … Read more »

EPA, DOT Submit Draft Rules to Curb Carbon Emissions from Heavy Trucks

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Dept. of Transportation sent draft rules to the White House that would for the first time cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from heavy trucks and buses. It’s part of the Obama administration’s effort to curb tailpipe pollution. In a Rose Garden speech … Read more »

EPA Chief Cites E-Waste as a Top Priority

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s administrator Lisa Jackson said that the prevention and proper management of e-waste is one of the agency’s top six newly announced global priorities.  The other five priorities were reducing carbon emissions, improving air quality, improving water quality, reducing toxics exposures and building stronger institutional frameworks.  Her comments … Read more »

EPA to Take Action on Chemicals Used in Dyes, Flame Retardants, Industrial Detergents

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released action plans to address the potential health risks of benzidine dyes, hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) and nonylphenol (NP) nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs). The chemicals are widely used in both consumer and industrial applications, including dyes, flame retardants, and industrial laundry detergents. EPA’s plans identify a … Read more »

Australia May Boost Renewable Energy Projects

Australia May Boost Renewable Energy Projects

A surge in voter support for the Australian Greens, a political party that supports sustainable growth, has spurred optimism that the government may increase funding to renewable energy projects, Bloomberg News reports. The Greens garnered a record number of votes in the general election Aug. 21 after Australia’s ruling Labor … Read more »