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Report: Methane Mitigation Could Stimulate US Economy

Increased use of technologies and services that capture methane emissions from oil and gas systems could save the industry over $1 billion in lost product, reduce air pollution and create new jobs, according to an economic analysis by Datu Research and the Environmental Defense Fund. The report identifies 76 companies … Read more »

Study: Cutting Emissions Could Pay for Itself

Money saved on health care spending related to carbon emissions could be 10 times what it would cost for policy implementation, according to research conducted by Massachusetts Institute of Technology and published in Nature Climate Change. Researchers compared health care and other costs related to carbon emission-related illness to the costs of … Read more »

GOL Completes First International Flight with Alternative Biofuel

Brazilian airline GOL completed its first international commercial flight this week using farnesane, a recently approved renewable jet fuel that is made from sugarcane and produced by industrial bioscience company Amyris. The flight departed from Orlando, Florida on July 30, 2014 at 5:15 p.m. ET and traveled to Sao Paulo, Brazil. … Read more »

Airbus Using Bees to Monitor Environmental Footprint

Airbus is using bees to help analyze the environmental footprint of its operations at Finkenwerder Airport in Hamburg, Germany, by keeping them on-site and analyzing their honey, according to the company. The bees collect pollen and nectar from plants across an approximately 12-square-kilometer area around the airport. The honey that … Read more »

Plastic Waste Causes $13 Billion in Marine Life Damage

  Plastic waste causes $13 billion in annual financial damage to marine ecosystems, though the actual cost of plastic waste to the overall environment may be much higher, according to two reports released at a meeting of the United Nations Environment Assembly. One report, the UN Environment Programme Year Book, … Read more »

Strategies for a Shrinking Air Pollution Controls Market

Divestment, acquisition, international expansion and offering “total solutions” are four strategies that air pollution control companies can use to adapt to a shrinking market, says market research organization the McIlvaine Company. Suppliers of air pollution control systems in the US have relied on huge purchases by owners of coal-fired boilers as … Read more »

Wet Scrubbing ‘Most Versatile, Cost Effective Air Pollution Control’

Of all available air pollution control technologies, wet scrubbing remains the most cost effective and versatile, reports Pollution Engineering. Techniques for wet scrubbing typically remove more than 99 percent of air particulate matter and remove aerosols less than 3 µm, the industry publication reports. Venturi scrubbers — one of the industry’s most popular … Read more »

Supreme Court to Judge Smog Rule

Supreme Court to Judge Smog Rule

Not all of today’s big policy news comes out of President Obama’s climate speech. The Supreme Court yesterday agreed to consider the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, a major plank of Obama’s first-term environmental policy, which has been in limbo since an appeals court ruled it invalid last August, following a … Read more »

Port of Los Angeles

Ports Power Docked Ships with Electricity

All 13 international cargo terminals at the Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach will power docked ships with electricity by the end of this year, cutting air pollution from the ships at berth by 95 percent, according to the Port of Long Beach. The infrastructure to supply … Read more »

Tailpipe Pollution Standards Cut Sulfur Levels More than 60%

The EPA today proposed stricter rules on gasoline and vehicle emissions that it says will greatly reduce greenhouse gas emissions from cars and light trucks. The long-awaited Tier 3 pollution standards will require refiners to reduce gasoline sulfur levels by more than 60 percent — down to 10 parts per … Read more »

California ‘Fails to Enforce Toxic Waste Laws’

California lawmakers are calling for an investigation following two reports that say the state’s Department of Toxic Substances Control refuses to revoke the permits of companies that repeatedly violate environmental laws, and lets hazardous waste polluters operate on expired permits for years at a time. The reports found that the DTSC … Read more »

Factories Shuttered Due to Smog in Beijing

Heavy smog enshrouded eastern China for the second time this month, pushing the air quality index to severe levels and prompting Beijing officials to temporarily shut down factories. Beijing’s city government ordered 103 heavily polluting factories to suspend production through Thursday, reported the Associated Press. Officials also told government departments … Read more »