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Against the stream: The future of the federal Clean Water Rule
Water Quality

Against the stream: The future of the federal Clean Water Rule

A pitched battle is being waged over which water sources warrant federal protection under the Clean Water Act. Who’s right, and who will prevail? WASHINGTON, DC — “In June, federal environmental agencies proposed to scrap an Obama-era rule explicitly defining which waters fall under the Act’s jurisdiction. Waters such as […]

Three examples of Magnéli phases of titania suboxides identified in coal ash from US and Chinese coals.
Coal / Coal Ash / Duke Energy

Coal plants might be even more toxic than we thought

An environmental disaster in North Carolina reveals that a rare, potentially dangerous compound is abundant in burned coal BLACKSBURG, VA — “Scientists studying the aftermath of a massive coal-ash spill in North Carolina have discovered a byproduct of the fossil fuel that may pose human health risks. …The newly identified […]

The Environmental Protection Agency has become more secretive under the leadership of Scott Pruitt (Credit: Tom Brenner / The New York Times).
EPA

Scott Pruitt is carrying out his EPA agenda in secret, critics say

WASHINGTON, DC — “When career employees of the Environmental Protection Agency are summoned to a meeting with the agency’s administrator, Scott Pruitt, at agency headquarters, they no longer can count on easy access to the floor where his office is, according to interviews with employees of the federal agency. Doors […]

Green Energy Technologies, a ParkOhio subsidiary, manufacturers this 30-kilowatt Wind Sphere in Cleveland. The shroud around the blade speeds up the wind and increases the amount of power generated (Credit: Chuck Crow/The Plain Dealer).
Wind Energy

Small wind turbines in Ohio are the next big thing, says Department of Energy

CLEVELAND — “Ohio businesses, farmers and industries have been installing small, medium and even large wind turbines for more than a decade, and the state is now ranked sixth in the nation for the amount of power these turbines can generate for on-site use or nearby delivery. In an annual […]

Ohio now a leader in small wind-power projects, federal report says
Energy / Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

Ohio now a leader in small wind-power projects, federal report says

COLUMBUS — “While giant wind farms get much of the attention, there is a small but steady market for more-modest wind energy projects at businesses and homes, and Ohio is a leader. Ohio added 1.54 megawatts of wind energy through these types of projects last year, which ranked seventh in […]

OUR VIEW: Acid rain battle must be continued
Coal

OUR VIEW: Acid rain battle must be continued

UTICA, NY — “Earlier this week, the Adirondack Council joined with the state of Maryland and a coalition of environmental and health organizations to file a notice of intent to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its failure to require Midwest power plants to turn on already-installed pollution control […]

Report: Local solar & batteries can rapidly replace fossil fuel electricity
Duke Energy / Energy / Renewable Energy

Report: Local solar & batteries can rapidly replace fossil fuel electricity

Groundbreaking report reflects leaps in battery technology, is paired with Action Plan so cities and towns can act on pledges to help slow the climate crisis DURHAM, NC — “Recent leaps in battery technology, combined with falling solar power prices and energy-saving advances, mean North Carolina can replace all fossil […]

Governor Kim Reynolds (R-Iowa)
Energy / Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

The red state with an energy blueprint

WASHINGTON, DC — “Iowa didn’t become an energy powerhouse by accident. Back in the 1980s, we enacted the nation’s first law incentivizing utilities that bought more renewable power. That began decades of innovation and investment in Iowa’s energy sector. Fast forward to today where we’re now reaping the rewards: low-cost […]

Fossil fuel subsidies are a staggering $5 tn per year
Coal / Energy

Fossil fuel subsidies are a staggering $5 tn per year

A new study finds 6.5% of global GDP goes to subsidizing dirty fossil fuels LONDON, UK — “Fossil fuels have two major problems that paint a dim picture for their future energy dominance. These problems are inter-related but still should be discussed separately. First, they cause climate change. We know […]

The green scum shown in this 2011 image was the worst algae bloom Lake Erie had experienced in decades mage captured by the Landsat-5 satellite. Data provided courtesy of the United States Geological Survey.
Lake Erie / Water Quality

Nutrient pollution: Voluntary steps are failing to shrink algae blooms and dead zones

CAMBRIDGE, MA — “Summer is the season for harmful algae blooms in many U.S. lakes and bays. They occur when water bodies become overloaded with nitrogen and phosphorus from farms, water treatment plants and other sources. Warm water and lots of nutrients promote rapid growth of algae that can be […]