Vehicle fuel economy is a major component of the ongoing energy and carbon discussions, so it's helpful to know how the current models are performing.
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EPA is required to update its standard for each of the six main "criteria" air pollutants every five years.
The US Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM) is trying once again to establish a rule updating its regulation of coal mining waste placement.Topics on the Beat:
With hurricane season in full swing, NOAA's new resource for identifying historical hurricane tracks may be a useful tool.Topics on the Beat:
This fall the US Green Building Council expects to launch its rating system for residential construction.Topics on the Beat:
As beach season crests in August, many swimmers will want to know whether, or how much, their favorite beach is contaminated.Topics on the Beat:
There are at least 61 sites in CO, ID, MT, NM, and WY that naturally contain some form of asbestos, according to a report released July 9, 2007,by the US Geological Survey.Topics on the Beat:
Scientists advising the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on air pollution issues are criticizing EPA higher-ups for ignoring their scientific counsel. Specifically, they are accusing the Bush Administration of excising science from the process the agency uses to determine how clean the air we breathe should be. The Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) challenges EPA administrator Stephen L. Johnson.
Preliminary results from a Montana air quality study suggest that replacing older wood-burning stoves and fireplaces with cleaner-burning, EPA-certified models can substantially reduce airborne fine particulates.Topics on the Beat:
On July 27, 2007, the Bush administration released (three years overdue) the 4th U.S. "Climate Action Report" to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change.Topics on the Beat: