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EPA Under Fire for Considering Lowering Energy Star Criteria and Introducing New Fees

EPA Under Fire for Considering Lowering Energy Star Criteria and Introducing New Fees

The Environmental Protection Agency's decision to give the Energy Star program a bit of a makeover is not sitting pretty with their industry partners - the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is up in

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EPA Announces Online Tool For Tracking Large Stationary Polluters, Power Plants Lead the Pack

EPA Announces Online Tool For Tracking Large Stationary Polluters, Power Plants Lead the Pack

Information is power and as it turns out power equals emissions. Or at least that's what a new comprehensive database of the United States' 6,700 biggest stationary emitters put together by the

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Coal and Natural Gas Industries Stand Off Over New EPA Mercury Regulations

Coal and Natural Gas Industries Stand Off Over New EPA Mercury Regulations

Today the EPA is expected to reach a final decision on the Clean Air Mercury Rule (CAMR), which will, for the first time, limit mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants across the United States.

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EPA Finds Fracking Chemicals in Wyoming Groundwater, Oil and Gas Industry Fights Back

EPA Finds Fracking Chemicals in Wyoming Groundwater, Oil and Gas Industry Fights Back

Late last week the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a preliminary report that they've found dangerous levels of toxic chemicals related to hydraulic fracturing (or fracking) in

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Food Industry Wages War Against Food Waste

Food Industry Wages War Against Food Waste

In 2009, more than 30 million tons of food was dumped into landfills, making food the most abundant material there by far. This amounts to roughly 200 pounds a year for every single individual in the

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Obama Abandons EPA’s Stricter Smog Regulations

Obama Abandons EPA’s Stricter Smog Regulations

The Obama Administration is continuing its maddeningly anti-environmental course by blocking the EPA from enforcing stricter rules for air quality. Just last week, the administration approved the plan for

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Oil Found on 60% of Yellowstone River Shoreline

Oil Found on 60% of Yellowstone River Shoreline

We've been keeping close tabs on the clean-up of the Yellowstone oil spill that occurred on July 1 when an Exxon Mobil pipeline burst spilling some 54,000 gallons of crude oil into the scenic river. High

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Republicans Target EPA Regulations of Big Polluters in Debt Talks

Republicans Target EPA Regulations of Big Polluters in Debt Talks

If Congress can't reach a deal on the debt ceiling, we have a single week before the United States defaults on its debts, but the Republicans are still calling for some outrageous budget cuts to try to

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EPA Announces Tougher Regulations for Coal Fueled Power Plants in 28 States

EPA Announces Tougher Regulations for Coal Fueled Power Plants in 28 States

New power plant regulations unveiled yesterday by the EPA will prevent as many as 34,000 deaths a year and eliminate millions of tons of pollutants from our air. The tougher regulations affect coal fueled

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Sherwin-Williams Wins EPA Award for Paint Made From Recycled PET Bottles

Sherwin-Williams Wins EPA Award for Paint Made From Recycled PET Bottles

Sherwin-Williams recently received an Environmental Protection Agency award for their paint made in part from recycled PET bottles and soybean oil. First unveiled in 2010, the three new Water-Based

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Wal-Mart Bans Controversial Flame Retardant That’s Been Showing Up in Our Butter and Breast Milk

Wal-Mart Bans Controversial Flame Retardant That’s Been Showing Up in Our Butter and Breast Milk

Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (or P.B.D.E.s for short) are toxic chemicals found in common products like electronics, textiles and, scientific evidence suggests, a widely available flame retardant. The

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Cuomo Appoints ‘Open Space’ Advocate as NYS Environment Chief

Cuomo Appoints ‘Open Space’ Advocate as NYS Environment Chief

Environmental groups are praising Gov. Andrew Cuomo for choosing Joseph Martens as New York State’s new commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation. Martens served as New York's deputy

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New Yorkers, Recycle Your Gadgets at LES Ecology Center E-Waste Collections

New Yorkers, Recycle Your Gadgets at LES Ecology Center E-Waste Collections

Electronics are complicated to recycle, but there are dozens of resources out there that simplify the process for you. Throughout January, the Lower East Side Ecology Center will be collecting used or

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PHOTOS: Artists Transform Trash Into Eco-Art at NYC Exhibit

PHOTOS: Artists Transform Trash Into Eco-Art at NYC Exhibit

America produces about 250 million tons of trash per year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. That’s enough garbage to cover the state of Texas two and a half times. For an exhibit at the

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Microbes in the Gulf May Eat More Gas Than Previously Thought

Microbes in the Gulf May Eat More Gas Than Previously Thought

Six months ago -- just before the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill -- a team of researchers studied the methane consuming microbes that live deep in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico and found that they consume

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Lakewood Church Wins 2010 Energy Star Congregation Award

Lakewood Church Wins 2010 Energy Star Congregation Award

Recently the United States Environmental Protection Agency awarded Lakewood Church with the 2010 Energy Star Congregation Award for excellence in energy efficiency for implementing energy management

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EPA Demands BP Stop Using Toxic Dispersants, They Won’t Comply

EPA Demands BP Stop Using Toxic Dispersants, They Won’t Comply

As we all know, the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has not yet been contained and has finally reached the Gulf Coast shoreline. Last week, after some careful monitoring of the depths of the Gulf the

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14 Buildings Compete in EPA’s “Biggest Energy Loser” Competition

14 Buildings Compete in EPA’s “Biggest Energy Loser” Competition

In an effort to get buildings to shed some of their bulging energy usage pounds, the EPA has just announced the National Buildings Competition where they challenge “14 buildings and the teams inside

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16 Cities Sue Atrazine Maker for Contaminating Their Water

16 Cities Sue Atrazine Maker for Contaminating Their Water

Atrazine (the most common herbicide on Earth) has been clogging the news waves lately with a recent study that showed it caused male frogs to become female. Atrazine was outlawed in the EU for its

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Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal Gets Superfund Status

Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal Gets Superfund Status

The EPA announced this week the addition of 10 hazardous waste sites to the National Priorities List (NPL) of Superfund sites. One of the sites added to the NPL is the super-famous and now Superfunded

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US EPA to Ease Carbon Rules on Small Businesses

US EPA to Ease Carbon Rules on Small Businesses

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson testified in front of a Senate appropriations subcommittee Wednesday about the EPA's planned carbon permit policy. Last year Jackson told lawmakers the EPA would regulate

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VegaWatt: Powering Restaurants WIth Deep Fried Fuel

VegaWatt: Powering Restaurants WIth Deep Fried Fuel

While there's still some guilt to be had when indulging in a deep-fried take-out, if the restaurant is equipped with a VegaWatt oil converter you can claim you're only doing it to help the environment. A

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SMART GROWTH AWARDS

SMART GROWTH AWARDS

At Inhabitat, we are often seduced by precious products and elegantly designed dwellings, intoxicated by the cutting edge approach to sustainability. While this technology and beauty is alluring, it?s

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