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Badwater Basin: Death Valley Microbe Thrives There: Discovery may lead to novel biotech and nanotech uses

Scientists Dennis Bazylinski and colleagues at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) sluice through every water body they can find in Nevada looking for new forms of microbial magnetism.


U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Issues First National Standards for Mercury Pollution from Power Plants

Historic ‘mercury and air toxics standards’ meet 20-year old requirement to cut dangerous smokestack emissions: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, the first national standards to protect American families from power plant emissions of mercury and toxic air pollution like arsenic, acid gas, nickel, sele nium, and cyanide. The standards will slash emissions of these dangerous pollutants by relying on widely available, proven pollution controls that are already in use at more than half of the nation’s coal-fired power plants.


Water and Sanitation Related Diseases and the Environment: Challenges, Interventions and Preventive Measures

The drought and famine once again blighting the Horn of Africa brings with it an unwelcome reminder that for all of mankind’s achievements we are yet to eradicate the scourge of poverty or to provide clean water, sanitation or basic health care for the world’s most desperate people.


Scientists Identify Microbes Responsible for Consuming Natural Gas in Deepwater Horizon Spill

In the results of a new study, scientists explain how they used DNA to identify microbes present in the Gulf of Mexico following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and the particular microbes responsible for consuming natural gas immediately after the spill.


Green Design and Economic Revitalization Advanced by Greening America’s Capitals Partners

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today, August 12, 2011, announced that through its Greening America's Capitals (GAC) project, it will help the five capital cities to create healthy communities through green development.


President Obama Announces Historic 54.5 mpg Fuel Efficiency Standard

President Obama has announced a historic agreement with thirteen major automakers to pursue the next phase in the Administration’s national vehicle program, increasing fuel economy to 54.5 miles per gallon for cars and light-duty trucks by Model Year 2025.


Global Investments in Green Energy Up Nearly a Third to US$211 billion

Wind farms in China and small-scale solar panels on rooftops in Europe were largely responsible for last year’s 32% rise in green energy investments worldwide, according to the latest annual report on renewable energy investment trends issued by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).


Battling Cholera, an Ancient Scourge, With Satellites and Sari Cloth

The world has seen seven global cholera outbreaks since 1817, and the current one seems to have come to stay. Rising temperatures and a stubbornly persistent, toxic bacteria strain appear to have given the disease the upper hand.


World’s Least Developed Countries Set to Jump Start Transition to a Green Economy

With their low-carbon profile, rich natural assets and promising policy initiatives, the world’s 48 least developed countries are well-positioned to jump start the transition to a green economy, according to a new UN report released today at the start of the Fourth UN Conference on Least Developed Countries (LDC-IV).


Renewable Energy Potential Outlined in Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Report

Close to 80 percent of the world‘s energy supply could be met by renewables by mid-century if backed by the right enabling public policies a new report shows.


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