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Megafires and Floods: Making Climate Change Resilience Mission-Critical

Megafires and Floods: Making Climate Change Resilience Mission-Critical

When photos from the megafires that blazed through New Mexico appeared on the screen, several people gasped. The Cerro Grande fire in 2000 burned 43,000 to 48,000 acres and cost Los Alamos National Laboratory $331 million, not including productivity. The Las Conchas fire in 2011 cost $15.7 million. Then two … Read more »


How Walmart Solves Stormwater Management Challenges

A well-engineered storm water management system allowed a Walmart Supercenter in Santa Fe, New Mexico, to maximize water storage and minimize the project footprint. This allowed for additional parking and reduced the overall cost.


States Investigate Exxon, Launch Corporate Climate Fraud Crackdown

Massachusetts will investigate whether ExxonMobil lied to the public and investors about climate change risks to its business, joining New York and California in investigating the oil giant. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced the probe yesterday, at a press conference with New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman, former vice … Read more »

braid of the Snake River

EPA Can Enforce Clean Water Rule in States That Didn’t Sue, Judge Says

A judge’s ruling that blocked the Clean Water Rule from taking effect late last month only applies to the 13 states that sued to stop the rule — not nationwide. A federal judge in North Dakota clarified the injunction he issued at the request of North Dakota and 12 other … Read more »

braid of the Snake River

Judge Blocks Clean Water Rule

A federal judge in North Dakota blocked the Clean Water Rule from taking effect Friday in 13 states. The rule, authored by the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers expands the reach of the Clean Water Act to protect US streams and wetlands from pollution. While the EPA says … Read more »

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Verizon Diverts 2 Million Pounds of E-Waste, Sets New Goal

Verizon today achieved its goal to collect 2 million pound of electronic waste, reaching its 2010 target eight months early. The company also set a new goal: to collect another 2 million pounds of e-waste by 2020. Verizon met its earlier five-year e-waste goal during today’s e-waste recycling rally in … Read more »

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 »

How to Stem Fracking Water Use

How to Stem Fracking Water Use

More advanced recycling rather than disposal of water produced by hydraulic fracturing could calm fears of accidental spillage and save millions of gallons of fresh water a year, according to Rice University scientists. The study, which appears in the Royal Society of Chemistry journal Environmental Science: Processes and Impacts, includes … Read more »

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Expect CNG Price Hike as Tax Credit Expires

Compressed natural gas (CNG) prices at the pump for cars and trucks will increase 30 percent at some stations because of a federal tax credit set to expire Jan. 31, FuelFix reports. Most stations use the incentive — a 50-cent tax credit on each gasoline gallon-equivalent of natural gas sold … Read more »

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High Plains Aquifer Under Threat, Report Warns

The High Plains Aquifer, a critical water source for US farmers and ranchers, is diminishing at an accelerated rate and nearly 70 percent of it will be pumped out within the next 50 years if existing trends don’t change, according to a report published in the Proceedings of the National … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Ontario FIT Ruled Protectionist, Calif. Fracking, N. Mexico Renewables

Ontario’s feed-in tariff program, which pays above-market rates to generators of renewable energy that use Canadian-made equipment, undermines competition because it favors domestic products, a WTO panel decided. The decision supports complaints of protectionism from the EU and Japan. The government intends to appeal, saying its FIT program requiring up … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Northern Gateway, EU ETS, USDA, Vermont CEP

The elders of the Haisla First Nation voiced their opposition at the opening of a regulatory joint review hearing in Kitamaat Village, British Columbia, on Enbridge’s proposed $5.4 billion Northern Gateway oil sands pipeline for its potential impact on fishing and traditional life on the Pacific Coast. The pipeline would … Read more »

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