Author: Laura B.

I'm the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center's Sustainability Information Curator, which is a fancy way of saying embedded librarian. I'm also Executive Director of the Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable. When not writing for Environmental News Bits, I'm an avid reader. Visit Laura's Reads to see what I'm currently reading.

Obama’s climate change policy appears to survive early court challenge

Read the full story in the Los Angeles Times.

President Obama’s ambitious plan to battle climate change by forcing power plants to reduce their greenhouse gases appeared to survive its first court challenge Thursday, but only because the formal rules are still pending at the Environmental Protection Agency.

Toxic dispersant used to clean oil spill

Read the full story from Temple University.

The dispersant used to remediate the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is more toxic to cold-water corals than the spilled oil, according to a study conducted at Temple University. The study comes on the eve of the spill’s fifth anniversary, April 20.

Researchers from Temple and the Pennsylvania State University exposed three cold-water coral species from the Gulf to various concentrations of the dispersant and to oil from the Deepwater Horizon well. They found that the dispersant is toxic to the corals at lower concentrations than the oil.

Their findings, “Response of Deep-Water Corals to Oil and Chemical Dispersant Exposure,” were published online in the journal Deep-Sea Research II.

Mayors from Great Lakes, Middle East to sign water pact

Read the full story from the University of Illinois-Chicago.

Mayors from the Great Lakes and the Middle East will sign a pioneering agreement this month that links their cities through a “Sister Waters” partnership aimed at addressing critical global water issues.

Leaders from both regions will sign the agreement and take part in a joint panel session April 24 at 5 p.m. during Water After Borders: Global Stakes, Local Politics, a two-day University of Illinois at Chicago summit that will focus on strategies for sharing water across political, geographical and cultural boundaries.

EPA, Dems assail bill targeting climate rule

Read the full story in The Hill.

Democrats and an Obama administration official lambasted House Republicans Tuesday for a bill that they say could delay carbon limits for power plants for years.

The bill’s opponents argued at a hearing that the bill is irresponsible and would significantly weaken the Environmental Protection Agency’s climate rule.

EPA: House bill could delay review of toxic chemicals ‘indefinitely’

Read the full story at The Hill.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is concerned that a House proposal to reform the nation’s toxic chemical laws could “delay evaluations for some of the most dangerous chemicals indefinitely,” a top official said Tuesday.

Taking a splash: US water parks face up to drought

Read the full story in The Guardian.

California and the American south-west are suffering the worst drought in a generation. But despite consumers and businesses being urged to drastically cut their water usage, water parks requiring large volumes of H20 to operate rides and slides continue to open their gates to thrill-seeking hydrophiles. How is this possible?

No Building Left Behind: The Clean Power Plan and Multifamily Energy Efficiency

Read the full post from ACEEE.

States will soon begin developing compliance plans to meet the greenhouse gas reduction targets required by EPA’s upcoming Clean Power Plan (CPP). As they contemplate different strategies, states should consider the important role that increasing the energy efficiency of multifamily buildings could play in cutting emissions and supporting local economies. Multifamily housing has been underserved by energy efficiency programs in most states, leaving great potential to reduce carbon emissions while also improving affordability of rental housing.