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Factory Farming: Bad for People, Planet and Economy

EcoWatch: Factory farms, where large numbers of livestock are raised indoors in conditions intended to maximize production at minimal cost, affect all of us. Huge meat companies have steadily driven down the prices farmers receive for the livestock they raise, forcing farmers to get big or get out. Small farms have been replaced by factory farms that pollute nearby air and water, undermine rural economies and reduce the quality of life for neighbors. Continue reading

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China plans tougher quality standards for coal to tackle pollution

Reuters: China may impose higher quality standards for imported and locally traded coal to cut air pollution, two sources said, in a move that could slash imports while boosting the fortunes of a faltering domestic industry. The National Energy Administration (NEA) held a meeting with major state-owned coal producers earlier this month to discuss the new standards, one of the sources said, adding top producer Shenhua Coal, China Coal, Datong Coal, Shanxi Coking Coal Group and Jizhong Energy Group were… Continue reading

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Pittsburgh’s leaky faucet: How aging sewers are impacting urban watersheds

ScienceDaily: Aging sewer systems are spilling a considerable amount of nitrogen into urban watersheds, diminishing both the quality of water and ecosystems’ habitats. Continue reading

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Pittsburgh’s leaky faucet: How aging sewers are impacting urban watersheds

ScienceDaily: Aging sewer systems are spilling a considerable amount of nitrogen into urban watersheds, diminishing both the quality of water and ecosystems’ habitats. Continue reading

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Canada warns EU on oil sands ranking plan

Reuters: Canada warned on Sunday it will “defend its interests” if the European Union (EU) goes through with a proposal to rank Canadian oil sands as a highly polluting fuel. In a letter to EU Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger, Canadian Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver also said the European Commission’s Fuel Quality Directive (FQD) potentially violates the EU’s international trade obligations Continue reading

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Database Highlights Projects That Convert Runoff into Public Resources

Yale Environment 360: The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has launched a public database of 479 projects that use green infrastructure techniques to divert and process urban stormwater before it reaches rivers, lakes, estuaries and other waterways. By using such methods as rain gardens, green roofs, and bioretention — which replicates the uptake and storage of chemicals and sediment by wetlands — designers say the projects have improved the quality of water in their cities and towns, while converting… Continue reading

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Australia: Act now on climate change before it is too late

Canberra Times: We need to start taking climate change seriously and working out measures to address it. Over the past 18 months the quality of the political dialogue on climate change in Australia has spiralled downwards, following the removal of Malcolm Turnbull as leader of the Coalition in December 2009, and Kevin Rudd’s repudiation of his own policy on responding to climate change in April 2010. Increasing numbers of Australians have simply tuned out of this discussion and, if asked, will either confess… Continue reading

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Energy use is up in the state, report shows

CT Post: Animals from tropical waters have been showing up in Connecticut waterways and cold-loving creatures, like lobsters, are becoming more scarce. Continue reading

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