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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
House Bill Fires Broadside at Environment

Environmental groups say the appropriations bill to fund the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that passed the U.S. House on Thursday contains dozens of anti-environmental riders that would end efforts to clean up pollution and slow climate change.

Riders are attachments to a bill used to say what a government agency cannot spend money on. Martin Hayden, vice president of policy and legislation for the environmental law firm Earthjustice, thought last year's House appropriations bill - with 60 riders - set a record that would be hard to beat....

07/15/2016 10:17:25am
Compostable Coffee Pods

TreeHugger is reporting that a roastery in Ontario, Canada, is selling 100 percent compostable coffee pods that are actually compatible with Keurig devices.  The PurPod, as it's called, fully disappears in a compost site after roughly 84 days.

The PurPod was developed by Club Coffee, a big 110 year old Canadian coffee distributor with help from the Bioproducts Discovery and Development Centre at the University of Guelph. The BDDC developed a bioplastic made from coffee chaff, the skin of the coffee bean that comes off during the roasting process....

07/14/2016 12:07:08pm
New Pipeline Safety Rules Also Cut Emissions

The public comment period ended yesterday for a major overhaul of the nation's gas pipeline safety rules. The U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, or PHMSA, began the process almost six years ago after a fire killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes in San Bruno, California. Holly Pearen, senior attorney with the Environmental Defense Fund, said if adopted, the rules will apply to more than 300,000 miles of existing transmission pipelines.

"The integrity assessments that are proposed would be incredibly helpful from a public safety standpoint and from an environmental standpoint....

07/08/2016 10:22:06am
Keep Your Home Cool Without Air Conditioning

It’s hot out, and it’s only going to get warmer.  You probably want to crank up the AC or sit in front of a fan all day, but there are plenty of ways to stay cool without racking up your electric bill.

The Huffington Post has come up with 12 Brilliant Ways To Keep Your Home Cool Without Air Conditioning.  Check them out here.

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07/06/2016 03:26:05pm
July is UV Safety Month

The UV Index predicts the strength of solar rays.  July is UV safety month, so be sure to check your UV Index everyday. You'll know how strong the sun's rays will be and you'll avoid sun overexposure. Check your UV Index: https://www.epa.gov/enviro/uv-index-search.

Find out what else you can do to help protect yourself and your family from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays: http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/skin/basic_info/sun-safety.htm...

07/06/2016 02:48:38pm
Volkswagen Settlement

If you drive a Volkswagen or Audi 2-liter diesel vehicle, you may be affected by the June 28 settlement with WV. The settlement requires Volkswagen to offer owner of any affected vehicle the option to have the company buy back the car and to offer lessees a lease cancellation at no cost, and potentially other options to reduce emissions. Read more about the settlement and how to find out what you can do.
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07/05/2016 08:39:37am
Groups Call for End of Federal Coal Leasing Program

Community leaders, environmentalists and public health advocates rallied in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, calling on the U.S. Department of Interior to reform the federal coal-leasing program. During a public listening session, they said the program is broken, outdated and ignores the threat of climate change.

Randy Francisco, a senior organizing representative for the Sierra club, said these sessions were the first opportunity the public has had to weigh in on the climate impact of coal mined on public lands.

"This review should acknowledge scientific consensus that the vast majority of fossil fuels must remain in the ground in order to avoid the worst effects of climate disruption," he said....

07/01/2016 10:19:11am
Plan for lands near Thompson Divide Colorado would cancel portion of illegally issued energy leases while leaving other lands at risk
Jennifer Dickson

Taking the next step in a public process to determine how to manage 65 illegally-issued leases in the White River National Forest in Western Colorado, the Bureau of Land Management released a final plan that proposes to c

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07/29/2016 04:55:06pm
5 reasons BLM needs to finalize the DRECP and the Wind and Solar Leasing Rule
The Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) is a landmark collaboration between state and federal agencies which strikes a balance between the urgent need for renewable energy and the protection of the most-valuable desert lands.
 

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07/29/2016 12:13:14pm
Keep the Fire Lit: Inspiring Stories of America’s Public Lands
Jennifer Dickson

When our generous sponsors at The Wilderness Society first asked me to interrupt your casual dinner party with a serious discussion of the Public Lands Takeover issue that has sparked so much acrimony in the Outdoors community lately, my initial reaction was probably pretty similar to a lot of y

07/28/2016 08:42:16pm
World Resources Institute
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WRI is an environmental think tank that goes beyond research to find practical ways to protect the earth and improve people’s lives.
 

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07/28/2016 10:40:30am
River Network
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We empower and unite people and communities to protect and restore rivers and other waters that sustain the health of our country.
 

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07/28/2016 10:04:29am
Environment America Research & Policy Center
 

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Has more than 100 advocates, organizers, and issue experts working together to preserve our air, water, and open spaces, promoting a cleaner, greener, healthier future. 


 

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07/28/2016 10:03:51am
Utah public lands hearing does too little, too late
Taryn Cordani
With only nine weeks, or potentially even less, left in the Congressional calendarin-session, and without a bill introduced in the Senate, the U.S.

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07/27/2016 12:34:16pm
A Fascination for Raptors

A Fascination for Raptors

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American Kestrel / Copyright Jerry Liguori


There are few animals that capture the American imagination more than raptors. From the Bald Eagles that adorn government insignia and
Osprey cams that ignite intense online discussions, to the massive effort to save the California Condor, raptors embody our sense of “the wild.”

Jerry Liguori has been entranced by raptors for decades. As a seasoned educator at EarthShare member group HawkWatch International, he has travelled around the country studying raptor migration patterns and sharing his expertise....

07/27/2016 09:43:47am