New GAO report on U.S. EPA chemical assessments

Chemical Assessments: An Agencywide Strategy May Help EPA Address Unmet Needs for Integrated Risk Information System Assessments. GAO-13-369, May 10. http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-13-369 Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/660/654490.pdf What GAO Found The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has not conducted a recent evaluation of demand for Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) toxicity assessments with input from users inside and outside …

Is this plant the key to sustainable drinking water?

Read the full story at SmartPlanet. “Access to water cannot be a luxury,” said Pedro Tomás Delgado, founder of Agua Inc. “Our philosophy is water for everyone.” About a billion people don’t have access to clean drinking water. Agua — formerly known as Aquaphytex — looks to use macrophyte plants to provide accessible, clean water …

Al Gore, Google search for a greener Internet

Read the full story at GreenBiz. How green is the Internet? Al Gore, Eric Schmidt and other experts packed a room at Google headquarters Thursday to explore the Internet's environmental impacts. With a crowd of about 100 people, it was the third event Google has hosted on this topic since 2009. A full agenda, Gore's star power, …

Fiber testing reveals dirty secrets of office paper

Read the full story at GreenBiz. At WRI, we are working to understand and minimize our environmental impacts. Using research and expertise from around the Institute to guide us, WRI is committed to limiting the resources we use and purchasing products that reflect our environmental and social mission. Our guidelines at our Washington, D.C. office …

Sustainia100 and the politics of positivity

Read the full story at GreenBiz. Despite the doom and gloom of the mainstream media narrative around sustainability, there is more positive activity — and business opportunity — than is typically reported. If you’re curious what an oasis of practical solutions in a desert of dreary projections might look like, you can find one in …