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Methane Emissions Data a "Wake-Up" Call for Pennsylvania?

Methane emissions from oil and gas companies in Pennsylvania increased 1 percent in 2014 over the previous year, according to the state Department of Environmental Protection. Environmental advocates say the new report on harmful emissions should be a wake-up call for state leaders.

Andrew Williams, senior state regulatory and legislative affairs manager for the Environmental Defense Fund, said methane is a potent pollutant that spurs climate change and can exacerbate respiratory problems. More than 110,000 tons were released last year.

"The numbers are clear, methane's a problem," Williams said....

08/24/2016 10:17:48am
Big Changes For Big Rig Emissions on PA Roads

Pennsylvania drivers have to share the road with thousands of heavy-duty trucks that transport thousands of pounds of goods across the state every day. But because we also share the air, the Obama administration announced this week that new carbon-emissions standards will require up to a 25-percent reduction over the next 10 years.

Paul Billings, senior vice president for advocacy with the American Lung Association, said it will improve the health of people, and the economy.

"These rules will provide tremendous climate and health benefits to the American people, and the great thing about them is they actually save people money too because the vehicles will be more efficient to operate because they'll burn less fuel and operate more efficiently," he said....

08/23/2016 10:44:37am
Anti-Fracking Advocates Organizing Parents

A coalition of organizations is helping parents learn about the hazards fracking may pose to children, and how to organize to protect their kids. Pennsylvania accounts for nearly 40 percent of the shale gas produced in the United States. Thousands of wells have been drilled, some close to residential areas and schools.

Gillian Graber, outreach coordinator for Protect Our Children, said they have collected the resource parents need to become informed and to challenge proposed drilling near them.

"Because we know that the gas industry is always a step ahead, and we want to make sure that folks that want to organize are able to do so quickly and efficiently," she said....

08/16/2016 10:18:48am
Free Entrance Days in the National Parks

The National Park Service turns 100 years old in 2016 and wants everyone to join the party! On 16 days in '16, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone.

Mark your calendar for these entrance fee–free dates in August and September 2016:
  • August 25 through 28: National Park Service Birthday
  • September 24: National Public Lands Day

There are more than 400 parks available to everyone, every day. The fee-free days provide a great opportunity to visit a new place or an old favorite, especially one of the 127 national parks that normally charge an entrance fee.

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08/16/2016 09:24:42am
ENTERCOM GRANTS $1 MILLION IN NATIONWIDE AIRTIME FOR ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE FUND PSA CAMPAIGN

ENTERCOM GRANTS $1 MILLION IN NATIONWIDE AIRTIME FOR ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE FUND PSA CAMPAIGN FEATURING DON CHEADLE

 

PHILADELPHIA – AUGUST 15, 2016 - Entercom Communications (NYSE: ETM) – Entercom is launching a nationwide public service announcement (PSA) campaign on behalf of the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), for which the company is donating $1 million worth of free airtime. The PSA will feature Academy Award-nominated actor Don Cheadle discussing the importance of stabilizing the global climate for our children and grandchildren. The PSAs will run across 124 of Entercom’s stations in 27 top markets in the country beginning in August....

08/15/2016 05:30:09pm
PA Advocates Demand Local Solar and Green Jobs

Clean-energy advocates in Pennsylvania are demanding more solar power, and the jobs that go with it. Over the past year, members of the Earth Quaker Action Team, or EQAT, have held a dozen demonstrations outside buildings owned by PECO, the Philadelphia area's largest utility. This week they've expanded the campaign into Delaware County.

Dana Robinson, a member of the group, said they're asking that PECO move toward getting 20 percent of its power from solar by 2025, and create thousands of green jobs....

08/12/2016 10:34:53am
August is National Water Quality Month

August is National Water Quality Month... reminding everyone to take a long, hard look at what your households and community are doing to protect sources of fresh water.

The way people manage wastewater from cities, farms and industrial sites contributes to water pollution everywhere.

Emphasizing how interlinked water systems are, the Audobon Society points to the dangers of runoff from agriculture, forestry, construction and people's personal yards:

"Each individual household may not produce enough pollution to force a beach closing or cause a fish kill, but the combined output of all the homes in a community can be severe....

08/10/2016 01:56:42pm
Report: Billion-Dollar Benefits to Business from Clean Power Plan

The Obama administration's Clean Power Plan was finalized one year ago today, and a new report says that the plan could provide big benefits for businesses.

Business customers are responsible for nearly one-third of all electricity-related carbon pollution nationwide. But, according to Dr. Marilyn Brown, professor at Georgia Tech's School of Public Policy, implementing the Clean Power Plan could result in significant savings for those customers in addition to cutting pollution overall.

"Bills for electricity could be reduced by 6.7 percent if states were to include energy efficiency as a strong component of their compliance approach," Brown said....

08/05/2016 10:29:25am
August Is Tree Check Month
The Asian longhorned beetle, or ALB, is an invasive insect that feeds on a wide variety of trees in the United States, eventually killing them. The beetle is native to China and the Korean Peninsula and is in the wood-boring beetle family Cerambycidae. Adult beetles are large, distinctive-looking insects measuring 1 to 1.5 inches in length with long antennae. Their bodies are black with small white spots, and their antennae are banded in black and white.
Because the Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB) is particularly active this time of year, it can be easier to spot it or the signs of the beetle.  
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08/02/2016 09:31:14am
Auto Parts Made From Tequila?

Ford and Jose Cuervo have created a partnership where Ford can make automotive parts from byproducts of the tequila-making process:

“…It's also helping Jose Cuervo with its own sustainability initiative:… "A small percentage of the leftover fibers are used as compost or sold to local artisans to make crafts or agave paper, but a majority of the remnants are usually burned or thrown away. Now, Ford is able to pay for the materials and provide the local farmers a new revenue stream." The company harvests two to three hundred tons of the plant per day, meaning the supply of plant fibers is more than plentiful....

07/28/2016 12:28:29pm
5 Things to Know When Filling Up Your Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle

The United States Department of Energy recently posted a blog that provides five tips to follow when filling up at a hydrogen fuel station for the first time.

Read 5 Things to Know When Filling Up Your Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle to learn how filling up your fuel cell electric vehicle is just as easy as filling up a gasoline powered car....

07/27/2016 09:19:58am
EPA Finds Airplane Emissions Threat to Health

Greenhouse gas emissions from aircraft engines endanger public health and welfare, that's according to a new finding from the federal Environmental Protection Agency(EPA). The endangerment finding documents the magnitude of a problem that environmentalists have been urging the agency to tackle for almost a decade.

According to Vera Pardee, senior counsel with the Center for Biological Diversity, under the Clean Air Act, the agency now is required to act.

"EPA must set emission standards to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that are produced by the thousands of aircraft crossing our skies every day," she said....

07/26/2016 10:16:53am
Clean Energy March Sending Message to DNC

Thousands will be marching in the streets of Philadelphia on the eve of the Democratic National Convention, calling for a Clean Energy Revolution.  Convened by Americans Against Fracking and Food and Water Watch, the march has been endorsed by more than 800 organizations.

Rabbi Mordechai Liebling, with Green Justice Philly, said the Democratic Party platform will be finalized on Monday, and environmentalists want delegates to strengthen the environmental plank.

"We'd like the Democratic National Committee to have no fracking in its platform, a strong endorsement of fighting against climate change, and strong backing of renewable energy," he said....

07/22/2016 10:24:53am
Green Your Trip To The Beach

Summer time, for many, means a beach vacation.  Next time you take a trip to the shore, use these helpful tips from The Environmental Media Association to make your visit as green as possible:

Use Sunscreen Without Oxybenzone in it! Preferably Organic Sunscreen dreamstime_s_1722039

According to The Guardian, Oxybenzone, a common ingredient in sunscreen, has been known to bleach baby coral. According to the article, “Between 6,000 and 14,000 tonnes of sunscreen lotion winds up in coral reef areas each year, much of which contains oxybenzone.” Our planet’s coral reefs are being ravaged by bleaching, which is why we must do everything to help prevent it....

07/21/2016 01:09:41pm
History is made with creation of largest protected area in the world
Michael Reinemer

The Wilderness Society commends the Obama Administration for making history today by quadrupling the size of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, now the largest protected area in the world, measuring 582,578 square miles.

08/26/2016 01:47:36pm
President Obama creates world's largest protected area with ocean monument expansion
08/26/2016 11:12:39am
California's carbon market is a big success. Here are the facts.
California is ahead of schedule in meeting its ambitious climate goals, thanks in no small part to its emissions trading program.

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08/26/2016 11:12:37am
Looters, vandals threaten some of America's great archaeological sites in Bears Ears
08/24/2016 04:05:20pm
Donated land in Maine protected by President as a national monument on 100th birthday of National Park Service
Michael Reinemer

The Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument will be a unit of the National Park Service and was announced on the eve of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, which was established on August 25, 1916.

08/24/2016 10:56:53am
Climate change is messing with clouds - and it's a really big deal
Climate change is pushing clouds higher and toward the poles, triggering a cycle of ever-rising global temperatures.

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08/24/2016 10:28:40am