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Big Rig Standards Could Cut Freight Costs 7%

If bold enough, incoming fuel-efficiency and greenhouse gas standards for heavy-duty trucks being devised by the EPA and the NHTSA could reduce the cost of moving freight by 7 percent and owners of tractor-trailer units could save $0.21 per mile, according to a report from Environmental Defense Fund and Ceres. The … Read more »

Rising Commodity Prices Driving Wastewater Resource Recovery Feasability

With rising commodity prices, recovering of resources from wastewater — especially oil, precious metals and industrial fats, oils and greases — is becoming increasingly feasible, according to a report from Lux Research. Over the past decade, crude oil prices have risen nearly three-fold while the value of precious metals has … Read more »

Navigant: FCVs, PEVs ‘Perpetually’ Linked in Public’s Minds

Fuel cell vehicles will continue to be compared to plug-in electric vehicles for the foreseeable future, according to a white paper by Navigant Research. Despite major players including Honda, Hyundai and Toyota recently making, or planning to make, FCV vehicle launches, in the minds of the media and the public, FCVs will be … Read more »

Maximizing Water Efficiency

Upgrading old fixtures and altering occupant behavior are two key strategies to improve building water efficiency, reports FacilitiesNet.com. Depending on their age, older faucets, toilets and urinals could be using 70 to 80 percent more water than newer equivalents. Newer toilets offer the greatest savings: older models typically use between 3.5 and … Read more »

Air & Water Monitoring ‘Worth $25 Billion’ in 2017

Air & Water Monitoring ‘Worth $25 Billion’ in 2017

Regulations and efficiency are two of the largest factors ensuring the growth of the market for air and water monitoring products to more than $25 billion a year by 2017, according to a report by market research organization the McIlvaine Company. East Asia will experience the largest growth. Air and water monitoring … Read more »

Wide-Spread Waterless Dyeing Could Cut Pollution

If adopted on a wide scale, waterless dyeing technologies from companies including AirDye, ColorZen and DyeCoo could drastically reduce pollution from the clothing industry, reports Yale 360. The textile dyeing industry uses trillions of liters of fresh water and returns that water, often untreated, into the water system. Some estimates say that China produces than … Read more »

‘Greener’ Magnetic Cooling Method

A team of Canadian-Bulgarian researchers have developed a method for magnetic cooling that’s far more efficient and “greener” than today’s standard fluid-compression form of refrigeration. The method relies on solid magnetic substances called magnetocaloric materials to act as the refrigerant in miniaturized magnetic refrigerators. As the team describes in the journal … Read more »

Lightweighting Grips Auto Industry

Automakers are increasingly utilizing innovations including plastic windshields, foam bumpers and carbon fiber in an effort to lighten vehicles and increase fuel efficiency, reports the Associated Press. Lightweighting is the “real frontier in fuel economy,” as companies race to meet the government’s goal of doubling average fuel economy to 45 … Read more »

Chamber Slams EPA Carbon Rule Cost-Benefit Accounting

The EPA has put too much emphasis on the word “global” when justifying the economic benefits of recent regulations aimed at combatting global warming, according to the US Chamber of Commerce. The agency argues that its proposed carbon regulations on existing power plants will offer $30 billion in climate benefits by 2030 … Read more »

Natural Gas Exports Less Clean Than You May Think

Natural Gas Exports Less Clean Than You May Think

Natural gas is often trumpeted as a clean fuel that can cut global emissions by exporting it and subsequently crowding out coal use in Asia and Europe. But a report from the Department of Energy finds that doing so may be just as, if not more, carbon intensive as if … Read more »

UNEP: World Facing ‘Potentially Crippling’ Resource Scarcity

Rapidly rising prices — metal up by 176 percent, rubber by 350 percent and energy by 260 percent since 2000 — signal a potentially crippling trend of increasing costs as current consumption patterns rapidly deplete the world’s non-renewable resources, according to a report from the United Nations Environment Programme. Decoupling 2: … Read more »

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