Facilities to Begin Reporting on 1-bromopropane

On November 23, EPA finalized a rule to add 1-bromopropane to the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) chemical list. 1-bromopropane is used as a solvent, degreaser and adhesive, and often as a chemical intermediate in pharmaceuticals, pesticides, flavors, and fragrances. EPA believes this chemical meets the TRI listing criteria because it can reasonably be anticipated to …

Walmart sustainability at 10: The birth of a notion

Read the full story at GreenBiz. It’s been 10 years since Walmart set out on its quest to become a leader in sustainability, beginning with three bold, aspirational goals. This is the first of a two-part series that takes stock of the company and its progress, as well as its sustainability journey over the past …

Comparison of production-phase environmental impact metrics derived at the farm- and national-scale for United States agricultural commodities

Christine Costello, Xiaobo Xue, and Robert W Howarth (2015). "Comparison of production-phase environmental impact metrics derived at the farm- and national-scale for United States agricultural commodities." Environmental Research Letters 10(11), 14 p. Online at http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/10/11/114004. Open access. Abstract: Agricultural production is critical for human survival and simultaneously contributes to ecosystem degradation. There is a need …

Washington State Court Affirms that Climate Change Affects Public Trust Resources but Denies Relief

Read the full post at the Climate Law Blog. On November 19, the Washington State Superior Court issued a decision in which it affirmed that climate change affects public trust resources in the state, but ultimately held that the state was fulfilling its public trust obligations by engaging in rulemaking to establish more comprehensive greenhouse …

Greening the Federal Purchasing Machine – Leading By Example

Read the full post at EPA Connect. Did you know that the Federal government is the single largest consumer in the world, spending close to $500 billion each year on a wide variety of products and services? And did you know that in March the President issued an Executive Order directing federal agencies to meet …

Iowa’s Climate-Change Wisdom

Read the full op-ed in the New York Times. Negotiators en route to the United Nations conference on climate change in Paris, scheduled to begin later this month, should take a detour on rural roads here in Johnson County. A new climate narrative is emerging among farmers in the American heartland that transcends a lot …