As U.S. Climate Changes, White House Embraces the Science Like Never Before

Read the full story in Science. The White House has just released its new National Climate Assessment (NCA), and its central scientific message will be familiar to climate scientists and the White House press corps. Climate impacts are already apparent in the United States, they are likely to worsen, and communities should begin factoring climate …

Substantial Improvements Made in EPA’s IRIS Program, Report Says

Read the press release from the National Research Council. A new congressionally mandated report from the National Research Council says that changes EPA has proposed and implemented into its Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) process are “substantial improvements.”  While acknowledging the progress made to date, the report offers further guidance and recommendations to improve the …

Taking the lead out of a promising solar cell

Read the full story in R&D Magazine. Environmentally friendly solar cell pushes forward the 'next big thing in photovoltaics' Northwestern University researchers are the first to develop a new solar cell with good efficiency that uses tin instead of lead perovskite as the harvester of light. The low-cost, environmentally friendly solar cell can be made …

A plan to kill off fluorescent lighting

Read the full story at Smart Planet. If you've worked in an office or factory then you're familiar with linear fluorescent tubes—the ubiquitous commercial lighting source that's prone to flicker, buzz and chatter, much to the chagrin of workers everywhere. Despite some of its flaws, fluorescent lighting has dominated the commercial lighting industry. On Monday, Cree …

ACEEE lauches new database of state and local energy efficiency policies

ACEEE’s new State and Local Policy Database includes comprehensive information on energy efficiency policies currently implemented at the state and local level. The database tracks policy activity across multiple sectors, including state and local governments, utilities, transportation, buildings, combined heat and power, and appliance standards. Users can click on a state or city on the …

TODAY: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency holding live Twitter chat about composting at 11 am

Did you know that between 28 and 38 percent of all waste is compostable? And that composting isn’t limited to just fruit and veggie scraps? Tea bags, tissues and even lint can be added to the compost bin. Every Minnesotan can choose to compost at home by establishing a backyard compost bin or worm compost …

Government leaders dive in to G4 reporting

Read the full story at GreenBiz. Something interesting is happening within governments around the world: Sustainability is taking hold. Governments are increasingly writing sustainability into law, developing new national guidelines around sustainability and even beginning to examine sustainability within their own supply chains.