Study indicates concrete construction waste can help rid the air of sulfur dioxide, a major pollutant

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New research reveals that sulfur dioxide, a major contributor to air pollution, is removed from the air by concrete surfaces. Stony Brook University researcher Alex Orlov, PhD, and colleagues discovered how concrete interacts and eliminates sulfur and nitrogen oxides. Their findings, published in the July edition of the Journal of Chemical Engineering, could be a significant step toward the practice of using waste concrete to minimize air pollution.

Can sustainable stadiums be a better deal for cities and environment?

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Stadiums, specifically when it comes to funding and construction, can often be bad deals for cities. Manystudies and reports have argued that publicly subsidizing new and expanded stadiums often isn’t a good deal for the public.

In Washington, D.C., a new project suggests there many be other, more sustainable ways to help finance new stadiums that offer additional benefits beyond a new place to play.

D.C. Court of Appeals Vacates Key Criterion for Determining Sham Recycling

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Ever since the EPA’s 1985 rulemaking on the Definition of Solid Waste, 50 Fed. Reg. 614 (1985), the question of how one distinguishes legitimate recycling from sham recycling has puzzled both regulators and recyclers. The question is vital because sham recycling is equivalent to illegal disposal and exposes the perpetrator to enforcement and significant penalties. In contrast, legitimate recycling is highly encouraged and satisfies the central purposes of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. So telling the two apart is important.

Challenging Trump, Jerry Brown Announces Global Climate Summit in California

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Gov. Jerry Brown sought Thursday to bolster his position as America’s de facto climate czar, urging the world to defy President Trump and join him in San Francisco next year for a “climate action summit.”

A New Phase in California’s War on Dirty Air

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Its ports and freight system account for a significant portion of its air pollution. Will aggressive new state and regional efforts once again serve as a model for the nation?

Greener City Streets Aren’t Just About Traffic. They’re About Rainwater, Too.

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As cities push to become more environmentally friendly, transportation planners are being asked to consider how both traffic and water flows through their streets.