Bees crucial to many crops still dying at worrisome rate: USDA

Read the full story from Planet Ark. Honey bees, crucial in the pollination of many U.S. crops, are still dying off at an worrisome rate, even though fewer were lost over the past winter, according to a government report issued on Thursday. Total losses of managed honey bee colonies was 23.2 percent nationwide for the …

EPA Finalizes Standards to Protect Fish, Aquatic Life from Cooling Water Intakes

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today finalized standards to protect billions of fish and other aquatic life drawn each year into cooling water systems at large power plants and factories. This final rule is required by the Clean Water Act to address site-specific challenges, and establishes a common sense framework, putting a premium on …

‘Best before’ dates add to food waste: EU paper

Read the full story from Planet Ark. Food waste in the West has become a hot topic because of its environmental and humanitarian implications. A report last year found up to half of the food produced worldwide was wasted because of poor harvesting, storage and transport methods, as well as irresponsible retailer and consumer behavior. …

Environmental Sustainability of Importance to Italian Leather Industry

Read the full story in Environmental Leader. Leather tanning is one of the oldest industries in the world, whose products find application in numerous fields like fashion, furniture design, car manufacturing, and aviation, among others. The established leader in this market on the international level is Italy, with its major tanneries concentrated in three regions: …

What Will the Supreme Court’s Latest Climate-Change Case Mean?

Read the full post from NRDC. Sometime in the next few weeks, the Supreme Court will decide its third case on climate-changing carbon pollution in the last seven years.  The earlier cases clearly established the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to set standards under the Clean Air Act to curb carbon pollution from both vehicles and …

Cloud business may be more efficient but is it greener?

Read the full story from the BBC. Cloud-based computing can help businesses reduce their operating costs and carbon footprints, providers claim. And on the face of it, outsourcing IT services and moving from physical to virtual operations seems to make sense. It reduces the need for energy-hungry, bricks-and-mortar offices, while online collaborative software improves efficiency. …