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States Clear Path for Clean Power Plan; Coal Industry and ALEC Floundering

More and more states are putting politics aside and preparing themselves to work with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to cut carbon pollution and tackle climate change. Attacks on the Clean Power Plan have already failed in several state legislatures, including Mississippi, South Dakota and Virginia, while governors in … Read more »

Environmental Executive Moves: Dow Chemical, NRDC, Tetra Pak, Recyclebank

Here’s the latest news on hirings, promotions and departures among environmental leaders: Dow Chemical: The multinational chemical corporation has named Neil Hawkins (pictured) corporate vice president and chief sustainability officer. Hawkins has held leadership positions at Dow in the areas of environment, health and safety, public affairs/government affairs, operations and … Read more »

NYC Mulls Food Waste Ban

Composting, turning food waste into energy or otherwise recycling it may soon be mandatory for large-scale producers of food waste in New York City, reports Crain’s New York Business. New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration is pushing a bill that would ban food waste from hotels, hospitals, universities and other large-scale … Read more »

Squeezing Water Savings From Washing Machines

The commercial laundry market can cut water use by almost 50 percent in some cases by using more water-efficient machines, according to a white paper. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), which jointly published the white paper, say front-loading washing machines … Read more »

Power Plants Cut CO2 Emissions 7% in Three Years

Power Plants Cut CO2 Emissions 7% in Three Years

US power plants cut emissions from nitrous oxides (NOx), sulfur dioxide (SO2) and CO2 in 2011 even as overall electricity generation increased, according to data from the Energy Information Administration and the EPA. In 2011, power plant NOx and SO2 emissions were 70 percent and 72 percent lower, respectively, than … Read more »

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Toyota Sues to Stop Mexico’s Proposed Fuel-Economy Program

Toyota, the Mexican Auto Industry Association (AMIA) and four other individual car companies have filed lawsuits to block Mexico’s proposed fuel-economy mandates, Toyota tells Environmental Leader. In September, the court sided with Toyota and issued an injunction barring the federal government from proceeding with the proposed fuel economy regulations, NOM-163. … Read more »

Food Waste ‘Causes Losses Throughout the Supply Chain’

Food Waste ‘Causes Losses Throughout the Supply Chain’

Grocery stores and other retail food sellers are losing as much as $15 billion a year in unsold fruits and vegetables alone, with about half of the U.S. supply going uneaten, according to an analysis on food waste by the National Resources Defense Council. The NRDC report, Wasted: How America … Read more »