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EPA Proposes Updates to Methane Standards at New Landfills

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a new proposal last week to update the air standards for new municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills.  The proposal is a part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan – Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions. … Continue reading

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IPCC Releases Second Installment of Climate Report

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the second installment of the fifth climate report in late March.  The first installment was released in September of 2013 with the next installment planned for April, 2014.  The IPCC is “the … Continue reading

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Obama Announces Stricter Fuel Standards for Trucks

Last Tuesday, President Obama announced that the next phase of fuel efficiency standards for medium and heavy trucks will begin development.  The President made the announcement in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, at a distribution center for the grocery store chain, Safeway. … Continue reading

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EPA Releases Greenhouse Gas Emissions Data

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released greenhouse gas emissions data from large facilities last week.  This is the third report of its kind and details pollution emissions and trends by industrial sector, greenhouse gas, geographic region, and individual facility.  Overall, … Continue reading

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DEP Releases Climate Impacts Assessment

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) has released an updated Climate Impacts Assessment for the state of Pennsylvania.  The report is an update to the findings made in the 2009 reports entitled Pennsylvania Climate Impacts Assessment and Economic Impacts … Continue reading

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EPA Issues Final 2013 Percentage Standards for Renewable Fuel

Earlier this month, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued the final 2013 percentage standards for certain fuel categories.  The fuels are part of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program established by the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA). The rule … Continue reading

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Carbon Dioxide Levels Pass Bleak Milestone

For the first time in human history, the level of carbon dioxide has reached an average daily level of 400 parts per million (ppm), a long-feared milestone among scientists.  The level was obtained at the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii, … Continue reading

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Climate Change to Increase Atmospheric Turbulence

A new study released in Nature Climate Change entitled “Intensification of winter transatlantic aviation turbulence in response to climate change” finds that climate change will increase the frequency and strength of atmospheric turbulence.  According to the study performed by Paul … Continue reading

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Using Switchgrass to Heat Homes and Businesses

The Unites States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) has released the results of a cost-benefit analysis for using switchgrass to heat homes and business in the northeast region of the U.S.  The life-cycle assessment compared the costs … Continue reading

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2011 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Data Released

In 2009, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published the final rule for mandatory greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reporting. Under this rule, 40 CFR Part 98, certain facilities are required to report their greenhouse gas emissions on an annual basis.  More … Continue reading

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