Long-Term Climate Regulation Changed With the Proliferation of Marine Animals and Terrestrial Plants

Environmental News Network

Long-Term Climate Regulation Changed With the Proliferation of Marine Animals and Terrestrial PlantsEarth's climate was relatively stable for a long period of time.

Carbon Regulation Watch

Environmental Economics

"So the EPA, probably in the next few weeks, is probably going to set standards that any new power plant that's built in the U.S. " Those likely standards—limiting emissions to 1,000 pounds of CO2 per megawatt hour—virtually eliminate the likelihood new coal-fired power plants will be built. has to achieve a certain carbon dioxide emissions rate per unit of energy produced."

Regulation Monday (with snark)

Environmental Economics

President Barack Obama is using his executive authority to take his strongest action yet against climate change -- proposing new EPA regulations. Oooohhh, new regulations.  The chief of the Environmental Protection Agency will announce a proposal Monday that will require power plants to cut their carbon emissions by 30% by 2030, a source briefed on the matter told CNN.

Arrival of Land Plants Changed Earth’s Climate Control System

Environmental News Network

The carbon cycle, the process through which carbon moves between rocks, oceans, living organisms and the atmosphere, acts as Earth’s natural thermostat, regulating its temperature over long time periods. Arrival of Land Plants Changed Earth’s Climate Control System

Environmental regulations have always been an easy target

Environmental Economics

regulations) will reduce economic activity. The coincidence of these two major trends has led many to suspect that environmental regulation may be playing a major causal role in impairing the "competitiveness" of U.S. Overall, there is relatively little evidence to support the hypothesis that environmental regulations have had a large adverse effect on competitiveness, however that elusive term is defined.

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Study of Structural Variants in Cacao Genomes Yields Clues About Plant Diversity

Environmental News Network

Study of Structural Variants in Cacao Genomes Yields Clues About Plant Diversity

Proposed climate regulations might not be too bad

Environmental Economics

The word "flexibility" is a very good thing from the perspective of economic efficiency: The Supreme Court has already ruled that it can be used to regulate greenhouse gases, which include carbon dioxide emissions, but figuring out how to do that within the technical requirements of the law will be a major challenge. As the environmental group envisions it, states would meet their goals by tweaking the overall electrical system, not just by cracking down on individual power plants.

New bill regulating carbon offset market could attract farmers


The first offset scheme started in 1989 when AES Corporation sought to build a carbon-neutral coal -fired power plant north of New London, Connecticut. The company paid about $2 million to small farmers to plant about 50 million trees that were supposed to absorb all CO2 emissions produced by the plant over 40 years. To address the lack of regulation in carbon offset markets, the U.S. New bill regulating carbon offset market could attract farmers.

Israel Relaxes Regulations On Medical Marijuana

Green Prophet

Yet the plant helps people suffering from many other ailments, such as multiple sclerosis, colitis, neurological pain, and post-trauma stress disorder. Image of marijuana plant via Tikun Olam. Israel’s recent decision to permit greater use of medical marijuana may relieve thousands suffering from chronic pain. Cannabis is known to give blessed relief from the pain of cancer.

SCOTUS Further Weakens EPA Power to Regulate Greenhouse Gases

Green (Living) Review

Supreme Court on Monday placed further limits on the Environmental Protection Agency''s already-modest power to regulate power plant and factory emissions of greenhouse gases. SCOTUS ruled in a 2007 case that greenhouse gases emitted by new motor vehicles constitute pollution that is subject to regulation under the Clean Air Act.

Join the UN’s annual party for the plants

Green Prophet

Keeping plant products and global trade in plants safe – Annual meeting: Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (International Plant Protection Convention) happening April 1 to 5 2019, Plenary Hall, FAO Rome. Globally, annual crop losses to plant pests are estimated to be between 20 to 40 percent of production. Plant diseases cost the global economy around $220 billion each year. Companies like flux are “listening” to the plants.

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U.S. To Regulate Emissions From Power Plants And Refineries Despite Opposition

Eco Friendly Daily

Congress passed on legislation this past summer which would have put forth laws for regulating carbon dioxide and various other greenhouse gas emissions. is a major contributor globally, the Obama Administration has decided to regulate emissions from both power plants and petroleum refineries. Regulating these two major industries in the country is greatly contested. The United States is a controversial ground when it comes to many things, including climate change.

New Fracking Regulations Don’t Measure Up

Eco Friendly Daily

New Regulations. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to introduce new regulations aimed at reducing air pollution. The new regulations apply just to a small portion of the fracking operations, specifically, to those with mineral rights managed by the U.S. With regulations targeting coal plants, there is a greater need to assess the environmental impacts of natural gas as the country shifts its energy focus.

Cultivate your own “pocket park” with a 3D planted garden

Green Prophet

Plant one with a bonsai-sized succulent or lilliputian flower arrangement and celebrate spring with a live plant in your pocket! Jordan explains on her website, “We believe that the world would be a happier place if people appreciated nature a little more, and were willing to carry a plant close to their heart from time to time.” The vases can be sent anywhere, but postal regulations prohibit shipping plants through the mail.

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Why Price Carbon—Can’t We Just Regulate It?

Sightline Daily

Most Americans—including most Republicans —want to regulate carbon pollution. Can’t we just regulate it?” Polls suggest some voters would actually prefer direct regulation. Regulating our way to a post-carbon world. You would give each agency authority to create new regulations or ramp up existing regulations to make sure it hit the pollution target you set for it. Maybe regulating our way is not the best way.

The Wzai 2.0 smart plant can give anyone a green thumb


Finally, you can have a plant that tells you exactly what it needs and when. This smart bonsai plant comes with its own monitoring app to update you on the plant’s needs. The app monitors and provides real-time information about your plant.

Guess what? Plants blink, maybe even wink

Green Prophet

Like eye’s adjustment to sudden changes in light, plants have sensitive mechanisms to protect their leaves from rapid changes in radiation. Plants have control mechanisms that resemble those in human senses. According to a new Weizmann Institute of Science study, plants adjust photosynthesis to rapid light changes using a sophisticated sensing system, much in the way that the human eye responds to variations in light intensity. Arabidopsis thaliana.

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"Virginia governor calls for state carbon regulations"

Environmental Economics

Terry McAuliffe (D) signed an executive order on Tuesday directing regulators to formulate rules cracking down on electricity sector carbon emissions. The order requires state officials to convene a working group on carbon emissions and issue a report by the end of the year on potential regulations to limit power plant greenhouse gases.  Climate federalism: Virginia Gov.

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EPA greenhouse gas emission limits on new power plants may not be cost minimizing

Environmental Economics

s proposal remain confidential, experts predict that it will include separate standards for carbon dioxide emissions from plants fired by natural gas and by coal. Plants using comparatively clean gas would be permitted to emit perhaps 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt-hour, a ceiling within easy reach using modern technologies. Coal-fired plants, meanwhile, may be allowed to emit as many as 1,400 pounds per megawatt-hour. Regulating by prices (e.g.,

Grow Fragrance offers 100% non-toxic, plant-based candles and air fresheners


However, this industry is loosely regulated, which opens the door to false claims about “natural” ingredients. Related: Vellabox delivers natural, artisan candles to your door In response, all of the company’s candles and air freshening sprays are 100% plant-based and toxin-free.

Hothouse installation grows tropical plants in the middle of London


London-based architecture practice Studio Weave has filled a greenhouse with tropical plants in London to highlight the reality of climate change. The structure provides a controlled environment specifically for cultivating warm-weather plants that are unsuitable to the U.K.’s ’s climate could potentially become warm enough to grow these tropical plants outside by 2050. Hothouse installation grows tropical plants in the middle of London.

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Ginseng Digging: Local Traditions and Global Markets for Appalachia’s Medicinal Plants

Nature Conservancy - Science

I grew up in the flat-topped foothills of the Cumberland Mountains in north Alabama, and my mother was a student of wild herbs, wildflowers, and native medicinal plants. It is a book of collected lore, of Manchurian folktales, of kings who become ginseng roots, of ginseng plants that withdraw, just ahead of the digger, to lure them into a deep-earth spirit-world from which they never return. A man growing goldenseal (another plant traditionally grown for medicinal use).

2016 57

Is it time for a comprehensive review of the financial regulation of water?

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) believes that the water industry needs to undergo a fundamental change in regulation and broaden its scope to move towards sustainability. However, the nature of water regulation, inertia within those in the industry and the industry’s structure makes this unlikely as it is difficult for new processes to be approved and implemented.

2010 100

Green vs. Green

Environmental Economics

gas prices | Main | Aguanomics: Water Chat -- Haab and Whitehead » February 24, 2011 Green vs. Green Read this and I'll help you draw the picture: Just weeks after regulators approved the last of nine multibillion-dollar solar thermal power plants to be built in the Southern California desert, a storm of lawsuits and the resurgence of an older solar technology are clouding the future of the nascent industry.

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No New Dirty Power Plants, Yes to Renewable Energy!

Sierra Club Compass

Why All Parents Should Take Action Against Dirty Fossil Fuel Power Plants. Pio Pico Dirty Power Plant: Bad for the health of our families, bad for our pocketbooks, and bad for our climate Because I care about Iskra''s health, I am concerned about California''s push to build more dirty power plants. One example is the Pio Pico Power Plant that San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) is proposing to build in San Diego.

Will The UK Phase Out Coal Plants?

Sierra Club Compass

In his statement at the United Nations Climate Summit in New York City last week, Prime Minister Cameron pledged higher emissions standards for UK’s coal-fired power plants, and his team later tweeted that he plans to phase out existing coal-fired power plants in the UK in the next 10 to 15 years. In fact, the plant was named as one of the top 30 highest carbon emitting plants in the Europe. Prime Minister David Cameron looks like he’s ready to move the UK beyond coal.

EPA: Coal Power Plants Must Install Pollution Controls By 2016

Eco Friendly Daily

In 1990, the United States Congress granted the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the right to regulate air pollution created by power plants. However, the EPA still had not implemented nationwide regulations which remedied many of the worst polluters as of 2000 despite indicating major health and environmental issues surrounding the problem. The power plants being impacted by the new regulations are those using coal power generation.

2016 58

Indian Court Strikes Down Another Coal Plant

Sierra Club Compass

In justifying its decision to revoke the environmental clearance for a huge 1,050-megawatt coal plant the Indian National Green Tribunal (NGT) described its original approval as 'smacking of non-application of mind.' Back in February of 2012 the NGT made its first ruling when it ordered a halt to construction of a coal plant in Kutch, home the country's first 'Ultra Mega Power Project' Tata Mundra , as well as a slug of new coal proposals.

Video Highlights Realities of Pollution If New Gas Plants Are Built in Southern California

Sierra Club Compass

  Activists across California continue to pressure Governor Jerry Brown and the state Public Utilities Commission to replace the retiring San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant with clean energy. "The retirement of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station is a key opportunity to demonstrate how California can meet its future energy needs without new fossil fuels plants," said Evan Gillespie, Director of the Sierra Club's My Generation campaign. "Unfortunately,

2013 83

Plans to close coal-fired power plants in a coal state

Environmental Economics

They say the new power mix is what will be needed to keep their rates as low as possible amid tightening environmental regulations, even as electricity demand grows.

Tell the USDA to Regulate GE/GMOs

Eco Chic

Loopholes have allowed industry to avoid disclosure regarding genetically altered food products and it is time to demand testing and regulation. The current proposed rule does little to close the loopholes in the regulations the rule is designed to replace and it creates more gaps than it fills. Tags: Biodynamic Food Organic Plants eco mom nutrition Genetically modified organisms were not sufficiently tested before entering our food chain.

Palestinians Attempt to Build Secret Renewable Energy Plants

Green Prophet

Palestinians living in Masafer Yatta who do not have access to the electrical grid have been developing home grown renewable energy plants. ” Regulations that date back to the days before Israel occupied the West Bank stipulate that Palestinians who live in Area C are required to receive permission from Israeli authorities to build on their land, but these permits are very difficult to receive, sources say.

Federal court dismisses Trump’s rollback on regulating carbon emissions


A federal court has turned down the EPA’s efforts to lessen carbon emission regulations for coal plants. Many critics of the regulations say that the rollback would give coal plants too much power in deciding their carbon control actions or lack thereof. Related: EPA finalizes rule to make efforts against climate change more difficult The 2019 regulation would have required individual states to make coal-fired plants more efficient in the long run.

The Green Buzz: Monday, May 13

Cool Green Science

The habitats for common plants and animals will drastically shrink this century. Take a sip of coffee and read what’s on our green news radar this Monday morning. Unless severe weather strikes this summer, the U.S. expects a record corn crop. Wall Street Journal ). Is there human poop in your compost ? ( NPR ). Think everyone in the developed world has easy-access to safe drinking water ? Think again. ( The New York Times ).

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Will burning birds shut down Brightsource, world’s largest solar thermal power plant?

Green Prophet

The switch was flipped this week as California’s Ivanpah solar thermal power plant went live. The 392 megawatt concentrating solar plant (CSP) is now delivering renewables to power the equivalent of 140,000 homes in California. After a long journey lasting decades of development, fighting regulations, manoeuvring around turtle conservationists , burning birds may be the latest problem.

Water Pollution in Israel Threatens People, Animals, Plants

Green Prophet

Although the country has regulations in place to prevent discharges, including a comprehensive Water Law, contamination is commonplace. Ein Bokek is one of the most important reserves in Israel, hosting a myriad species of animals and plants. Despite this comprehensive treatment plan, however, Nature and Parks Authority ecologists Michael Blecher and Orna Blecher recently reported that the over all number of plant species in Ein Bokek is declining.

Eco-friendly concrete now mandatory in Dubai

Green Prophet

Transporting OPC to mixing plants and job sites produces dust and noise and consumes fossil fuels. The 79 regulations will deal with the buildings from its designing stage by choosing sustainable sites, using appropriate orientation and using modern techniques which help in minimizing the environmental impacts of construction phase in balance with economic vision. The regulations and specifications support green products and materials used in construction and operation processes.”.

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New Poll Finds Ratepayers Strongly Oppose Duke Energy Coal.

Sierra Club Compass

As state regulators prepare to make a major decision on the future of a proposed Indiana coal plant with a $3.5 Duke Energy is expecting its Indiana customers to pay for a new coal plant thats now $1.5 Dukes justification for building the Edwardsport IGCC coal plant rested on environmental and economic grounds: the plant was touted as the next best thing in "clean" coal construction and a cost-effective hedge for Indiana ratepayers. Compass.

2012 57

Woman faces jail for planting a vegetable garden

Green (Living) Review

Michigan woman faces 93 days in jail for planting a vegetable garden By Michael Smith (Veshengro) What precisely is wrong with this? Planting a vegetable garden in the front yard, that was it. Bass says that she planted the garden after her front yard was torn up for some sewer repairs. Rather than wasting the opportunity to start with a clean slate by planting a lawn, she decided to really put the area to use, and plant a vegetable garden.

Tapping into plants is the key to combat climate change, says scientist

Green (Living) Review

Photosynthesis mechanics is the answer to solar energy By Michael Smith (Veshengro) Understanding the way plants use and store light to produce energy could be the key ingredient in the fight against climate change, a scientist at Queen Mary, University of London says. In a recent article published in Energy and Environmental Science, he analyses the complex mechanism by which higher plants absorb and store sunlight, the antenna of photosystem II.

2011 116

Great News!!! We're Getting More Nuclear Plants!!

Living In a Toxic World

I'm not serious about the headline but the reality is the Obama administration is planning to offer loan guarantees to fund the construction of nuclear plants. If the plants are going to be such a boon and savior why do they need the guarantees? Tags: Obama nuclear power government regulation environment electricity generation

U.S. Power Plants Responsible For 72 Percent Of Greenhouse Emissions In Country

Eco Friendly Daily

The power plants and refineries in the study were found to combine for nearly eighty percent of the U.S. Power plants were found to be responsible for seventy-two percent of greenhouse gases, while refineries were 5.7 The EPA made the listings for the facilities available, which pleased environmental groups working against power plant pollution. The power plant with the greatest level of greenhouse gas emissions was the Scherer power plant located in Juliette, Georgia.

WSSA Says Biofuel Best Practices are Imperative to Protect Against Plant Invaders

Green (Living) Review

But scientists with the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) caution that many of these crops also are known as invasive weeds in some of the regions where they are planted. They decided to provide incentives to farmers who agreed to plant kudzu seedlings. But this aggressive invader soon grew beyond the confines of farms and reshaped vast areas of the southern landscape – smothering trees and plants under a blanket of green leaves and destroying wildlife habitats.