A Climate-Change Victory

Read the full story in Slate. Climate deniers like to point to the so-called global warming "hiatus" as evidence that humans aren't changing the climate. But according a new study, exactly the opposite is true: The recent slowdown in global temperature increases is partially the result of one of the few successful international crackdowns on …

Las Vegas resorts whittle away waste

Read the full story in the Las Vegas Review-Journal. As resorts fight for customers on the Strip in the flashiest ways imaginable, a different sort of competition quietly unfolds on loading docks at the back of the house. There, workers sift through bags of trash from the rooms, restaurants and casinos, culling and sorting reusable …

Webinars on Communications for Climate and Clean Energy Programs

On December 4, 11, and 18, 2013, EPA’s State and Local Climate and Energy Program will host a three-part webcast series on communications. This series will provide information on communications strategies and methods that state and local governments can use to ensure the ongoing success of climate and clean energy programs. The structure of the …

Professor, students receive grants to research biomass options

Read the full story in The Daily Eastern. The Center for Clean Energy Research and Education is fueled by wood chips, but could there be a better, more sustainable energy source, such as corn stover, or even switchgrass? This is exactly what Peter Ping Liu and his students will be setting out to find. Liu, …

New journal call for papers: Journal of Water Process Engineering

The Journal of Water Process Engineering will publish refereed, high-quality research papers with significant novelty and impact in all areas of the engineering of water and wastewater processing. The journal will particularly focus on contributions involving environmentally, economically and socially sustainable technology for water treatment. The first issue of the Journal of Water Process Engineering, …

The demographics of garbage: What are Minnesotans really throwing away?

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is releasing a waste composition report today, which highlights trends of recycling in Minnesota. Some key findings: The amount of plastic thrown away has increased from 11 percent of the waste stream to 18 percent since 2000. Paper in the waste stream has decreased from 34 percent to 25 …

State Rainwater Harvesting Statues, Programs and Legislation

Read the full story from the National Conference of State Legislatures. Record droughts and water-supply worries have served as catalysts for state legislatures to consider legislation legalizing the catchment and use of rainwater for use in households and for lawns. There has been increased interest over the past five years in legislation allowing, defining, and …