Groups jockeying to shape EPA water rule

Read the full story in The Hill.

More than 100 advocates representing dozens of industry groups, companies and environmental organizations are flocking to the White House in a last-ditch effort to influence controversial regulations that would redefine the reach of the federal government’s water pollution enforcement.

The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has in recent days disclosed 16 meetings about the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal since early April, when the OMB started its final regulatory review of the plan.

Dow Chemical aims to ‘redefine the role of business in society’

Read the full story in The Guardian.

Most major companies have taken steps to improve their environmental profile, if only by becoming more efficient or cutting down on waste. Dow Chemical Co intends to go a lot further, declaring that it wants to change the very role of business in society.

Car balk? Report reveals many in Twin Cities walk, bike to work

Read the full story from Minnesota Public Radio.

Far more Twin Cities residents are bicycling or walking to work than U.S. Census numbers reported, according to a new detailed analysis of transportation habits.

The University of Minnesota study set to be released later this month calculates the number of people getting to work on foot or bike is two to three times larger than Census estimates.

Cooling the Cloud: Binghamton PhD Student Sets Sights on Improving Data-Center Efficiency

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Data centers — large clusters of servers that power cloud computing operations, e-commerce and more — are one of the largest and fastest-growing consumers of electricity in the United States.

The industry has been shifting from open-air cooling of these facilities to increasingly complex systems that segregate hot air from cold air. When it comes to cost savings, there are definite advantages to the aisle containment systems, which have been estimated to save 30 percent of cooling energy — but it’s not yet clear how they increase the risk of overheating, or how to design them for greatest safety and optimum energy efficiency.

That’s what Husam Alissa, a doctoral candidate in mechanical engineering, is trying to determine at Binghamton University’s state-of-the-art Center for Energy-Smart Electronic Systems (ES2).


U.S. Department of Agriculture Announces $235 Million Available for Innovative New Conservation Partnerships

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced an investment of up to $235 million to improve the nation’s water quality, combat drought, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat and protect agricultural viability. The funding is being made available through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). This will be the second round of projects funded through RCPP. Pre-proposals are due July 8, 2015.

Climate Change Adaptation in United States Federal Natural Resource Science and Management Agencies: A Synthesis

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This report, organized under the auspices of USGCRP’s Adaptation Science Interagency Working Group, is a snapshot in time (2013-2014) of the status of climate change adaptation in Federal agencies that study and manage land and water resources.

Tribal Climate Change Webinar Series Announced for May-June 2015

This series of four webinars will introduce the Local Environmental Observer (LEO) network, discuss extreme weather events, and delve into the impacts of climate change on human health and fish and wildlife. The webinars are being offered by the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) at Northern Arizona University with support from EPA.