Air has elevated cancer risk in 600 neighborhoods

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WASHINGTON – Millions of people living in nearly 600 neighborhoods across the country are breathing concentrations of toxic air pollutants that put them at a much greater risk of contracting cancer, according to new data from the Environmental Protection Agency. The levels of 80 cancer-causing substances released by automobiles, factories and other sources in these […]

Biofuel Could Lighten Jet Fuel’s Carbon Footprint Over 80 Percent

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The seeds of a lowly weed could cut jet fuel’s cradle-to-grave carbon emissions by 84 percent. David Shonnard, Robbins Chair Professor of Chemical Engineering, analyzed the carbon dioxide emissions of jet fuel made from camelina oil over the course of its life cycle, from planting to tailpipe. “Camelina jet fuel exhibits one of the largest […]

Kresge Announces New Higher Green Building Standards for Challenge-grant Applicants in Higher Education

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The Kresge Foundation announced today that it is raising the bar on green building requirements for challenge grants awarded to applicants in the higher-education sector. Effective June 2010, the foundation will only consider proposals for facilities-capital grants from colleges and universities that plan to use the funding for building projects – new construction, renovations, and expansions […]

California Businesses Could Save Enough Water to Supply Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco

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In the midst of a third consecutive dry year, California’s water supply continues to shrink as the state’s population grows, but according to a new report by the Natural Resources Defense Council, the state’s commercial, industrial and institutional (CII) sector has the tools to save more than enough water to meet the annual needs of Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego combined. Some leading California businesses and institutions are already catching on – saving water and money at the same time.

Cars.com Ranks Cities With Most Interest in Hybrid Vehicles

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There are many hybrid and alternative-fuel cars on the market today, making it easier than ever for consumers to go green. Eco-consciousness and rising fuel costs have combined to drive consumer interest in these new energy-efficient models, but that interest varies regionally, according to Cars.com’s second-annual Green Cities Index.  The Cars.com Green Cities Index ranks […]

$10 Million Recovery Act Funding: Green Jobs Corps to Help State Economy, At-Risk Youth and Green Industries

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Pushing American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) funding into the California economy quickly and with accountability and transparency, the California Recovery Task Force announced the availability of up to $10 million in Recovery Act funding for job training grants within the Governor’s newly created California Green Jobs Corps.  “We are pumping Recovery Act Funds into […]

MeatlessMonday.com Urges Obama to Revive National Meatless Program

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With World Health Day and Earth Day both in April, health and environmental advocates are calling on President Obama to take a page from history and proclaim national “meatless” days, as three of his predecessors in office have done. Presidents Wilson, Truman and Roosevelt all instituted national meatless days in order to divert food to […]

Turn off, Unplug and Go Green

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The world is about to get a little bit darker. And that’s a good thing. Now, in it’s third year — and growing globally — Earth Hour encourages millions of people regardless of country or culture to turn off their lights (and other electrical devices) to collectively reduce carbon emissions. Earth Hour takes place tonight, […]

Dot Com, Dot Net, Dot Eco?

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Right now .eco is just a vision. True, it’s a hope that’s backed up by hardwork and big names. But it’s not a certainty yet. The belief of Dot Eco LLC, the folks behind the .eco top level domain, is that the environmental movement deserves a top level domain, similar to .com or .net, that […]

The Reality of Clean Coal

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The Reality Coalition is, like the canary in the coal mine, trying to be the harbinger of truth. And the truth, they say, is that there is no such thing as clean coal. Despite what politicians would have voters believe. Despite the “public service announcements” of the Coal Industry. Clean coal is just dirty coal […]