Fuel Economy Standards Are Essential to Our Health, Environment and Economy

Conservancy Talk

But there is one success launched by Congress 40 years ago that produces tremendous benefits for you and your family even today. But by the 1975 deadline set by Congress, all new cars were equipped with catalytic converters and the standards were attained.

LEAKED: Secret Trade Document Reveals Weak Environmental Standards

Sierra Club Compass

The leaked environment chapter text falls flat on the standard for environment chapters from the past seven years. Conservation The leaked text recognizes the role of TPP countries as major consumers, producers, and traders of fisheries products and the global problem of overfishing.

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Can We Grow Safe Produce and Conserve Nature at the Same Time?

Nature Conservancy - Science

In the 1970s, <1% of the foodborne disease outbreaks could be attributed to produce. The most recent estimates, however, suggest that fresh produce is now the leading cause of foodborne illness in the United States, responsible for 38% of hospitalizations and 23% of deaths.

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Erotic produce may seduce you into thinking “ugly”

Green Prophet

The ban lift put most irregularly shaped produce on discount offers, frequently up to 40% cheaper then their prettier cousins. However, about 75% of fruits and vegetables such as apples, bananas, citrus fruit, tomatoes, lettuce, grapes and strawberries remained beholden to EU beauty standards.

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Renewable portfolio standards don't raise prices?

Environmental Economics

 The Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) requires that a state's utilities purchase a given percentage of their power from low carbon sources such as wind, solar and hydro.  There is also the issue of "insurance"  Given the variability of wind and sunshine, power producers must have alternative backup generators ready to produce. What the CAP article does not discuss is the incidence of the RPS standards.

Video Guide to Small Reusable Shopping Bags For Produce & Bulk Items

Eco-Vegan Girl

However, one eco trend that hasn't quite caught on yet is reusable produce and bulk bags - every day thousands of shoppers use the provided small, thin plastic or biodegradable bags at the market without even realizing there's an alternative, and they usually end up in the landfills.

Benefit-cost analysis of the renewable fuel standard

Environmental Economics

Tim Devaney: The Obama administration set new standards Monday for ethanol levels in fuel, enraging competing industries that had battled for months to influence the contentious regulations. The final renewable fuel standard (RFS) unveiled by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is more stringent than an earlier version of the rule proposed in May but falls short of the threshold set forth in a 2007 law. is a bad idea) then a higher standard is an even worse idea.

Sainsbury's commits to BUAV's humane cosmetics standard

Green (Living) Review

Qualifying for the BUAV's Humane Cosmetics Standard is a rigorous and stringent process.

Farm to Closet: Do You Know Where Your Wool Comes From?

Conservancy Talk

The race to produce wool in New England became so hot, it was known as “sheep fever.” Cleverly known as GRASS – the Grassland Regeneration and Sustainability Standard – wool produced from ranches that follow these practices will be certified sustainable.

Jerusalem Sage and Nettles – January’s Seasonal Produce

Green Prophet

Rainy, muddy winter brings out the best of January produce in the Middle East. The standard winter vegetables: broccoli, cauliflower, kohlrabi, and cabbages are dependably in good shape and with average prices. Our hot summers seem far away right now, but Middle Eastern winters are all too short. With ever-present water problems , we treasure every drop of rain and rejoice in the sight of succulent greenery springing up everywhere. Wild edibles are at their best now.

Greenpeace shows the Dark Side of Volkswagen

Green Blog

Volkswagen has a history of lobbying against the strong European standards that we need to kick our oil addiction. As the biggest car company in Europe, with the biggest responsibility, VW must change and support strong standards from now on.&#.

Cleaner Tailpipe Standards - It's Time to Act

Sierra Club Compass

The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to propose "Tier 3" cleaner tailpipe standards. Automakers, public health groups, the United Auto Workers, and environmental groups all support cleaner tailpipe standards.

German solar city (Sonnenschiff) produces four times more energy than it consumes

Green (Living) Review

If, in fact, we would change the supply in our homes and would, predominately, use the 12V DC produced by PV panel and small wind turbines, etc. The buildings are also built to Passivhaus standards, which allows the project to produce four times the amount of energy it consumes.

Better Organic Standards for Cosmetics

Green Blog

On November 5th the USDA National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) voted 12 to 1 in favor of heavier scrutiny by the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) when it comes to organic labeling by personal care product manufacturers, holding them to the same guidelines as food producers.

What the New Power Plant Carbon Standard Means for Coal

Sierra Club Compass

On Friday, September 20, the Environmental Protection Agency released draft carbon pollution standards for new power plants. And now the EPA is putting a common sense standard in place, which says any new power plant built in the U.S. In the words of our Vice-President, this is a BFD.

Not seeing the forest for the trees?

Environmental Economics

Nancy Folbre promotes the notion of green jobs at Economix and then gets down to business: The biggest gains from investments in new renewable-energy technologies are not easily captured in private transactions, because they produce environmental services that are largely unpriced. Adopting clean-energy standards would also increase demand for clean and green production, giving private companies greater incentive to invest. standards likely create more green jobs than incentives!

Who you callin' ugly? Join the campaign to end food waste now!

Green (Living) Review

A petition calls on Whole Foods and Wal-Mart to start selling ugly produce instead of throwing it away -- an act that can benefit everyone. This makes no sense because ‘ugly’ produce is just as nutritious as attractive produce, and can even have more taste.

The first 100% recycled food safe crate in the UK

Green (Living) Review

The crates, recycled for Sainsburys by Schoeller Allibert, are the first in the UK to be made from 100% recycled material and meet European Food Safety Authority Standards so they can transport food safely.

Weeks, months, and years later, still no coal ash safety standards

Sierra Club Compass

There simply aren't any federal standards to govern how to safely dispose of coal ash, to keep it out of our streams, rivers, lakes, and drinking water. The EPA must finalize strong coal ash standards this year to protect our health and ensure that we have clean air and water.

The Verdict is In: We Can Grow Safe Food and Conserve Nature at the Same Time

Nature Conservancy - Science

Large produce buyers also created their own farming standards and enforced them by sending auditors to farm fields. The researchers analyzed roughly 250,000 tests of produce, irrigation waters and rodents conducted by industry and academics on 295 farms in the U.S.,

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Bioplastic from biomass set to reduce our dependency on oil


Once the sources of petroleum have been exhausted, how are we going to produce the petroleum based products to meet our demands? The main element is nanocatalyst, which is produced when 0.00002 millimeters of iron particles are stabilized on carbon nanofibers. Meanwhile, bioplastics continue to face hurdles with regards to pricing, performance, high standards of biodegradability and other issues. UGA Technology helps produce ethanol from biomass. Please login. Sign In.

Sugarcane ethanol already meets California low carbon fuel standard, says Brazilian Sugarcane Association

Green (Living) Review

CARB is scheduled to vote on the first-of-its-kind Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) on April 23-24. To download UNICA's letter to the California Air Resources Board, use the following link: [link] The Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA) represents the top producers of sugar and ethanol in the country's South-Central region, especially the state of Sao Paulo, which accounts for about 50% of the country's sugarcane harvest and 60% of total ethanol production.

California Approves Even Stricter Vehicle Emissions Standards


The rules also promise a 75-percent reduction in smog-producing pollutants from new cars by 2025, and a 50-percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared to those that currently exist. The news emissions standards are stricter than most federal rules. On January 27 th , the California Air Resources Board (ARB) made history by unanimously approving a comprehensive package of new emissions rules for cars and light trucks, including a mandate that promises to put 1.4

Eighty-percent of environmental economists surveyed think cutting EPA regulations will not benefit the U.S. economy

Environmental Economics

 If a good-hearted electricity producer in Ohio decided to voluntarily absorb the costs of pollution, the Ohio electricty-producer's costs of production will go up.  The producer then has the choice of trying to charge higher prices to those buying electricity, or settle for lower profits.  If they choose to raise prices, they are now at a competitive disadvantage to the less-good-hearted producers.

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USDA Organic Label Standards Being Weakened by Lobbyists

Green Living Ideas

When the USDA label was first implemented in 2002, concern was expressed that certification standards would not be as stringent as the private organic labeling programs it replaced, such as the Oregon Tilth. Prior to 2002, organic certifiers each had their own standards that they used when certifying organic produce and products. USDA Organic Label Standards Being Weakened by Lobbyists. What is Organic Produce?

Electric Vehicles Produce More Carbon Dioxide Than Hybrids

Eco Friendly Daily

However, the electric and hybrid vehicles are an obvious step-up from standard vehicles such as the Toyota Camry. Electric cars, as much as we would like them to be, are not the answer to eradicating carbon dioxide emissions.

USDA Organic Label Standards are Weakened by Lobbyists

Green Living Ideas

When the USDA label was first implemented in 2002, concern was expressed that certification standards would not be as stringent as the private organic labeling programs it replaced, such as the Oregon Tilth. Prior to 2002, organic certifiers each had their own standards that they used when certifying organic produce and products. USDA Organic Label Standards are Weakened by Lobbyists. What is Organic Produce?

Ready-washed bags of salad? Best used as compost!

Green Prophet

” She said the study emphasized the need for salad leaf growers to keep up high food safety standards, as even a few salmonella cells in a salad bag at the time of purchase could become many thousands by the time the product reaches its use-by date. “We

Next Generation Wind Turbine Produces 3 Times the Power

Green Living Ideas

A radical new design in wind turbines takes a page from the design of jet turbine technology to generate three times the amount of power as a standard wind generator using propellers. The Dragonfly Wind Turbine uses three sub chambers working in line to speed up the airflow inside the turbine, which [.] [ Next Generation Wind Turbine Produces 3 Times the Power from Green Living Ideas ].

A Guide to Shopping Organic

Green Home Blog

When a food item is labeled as organic that means it was produced using environmentally responsible farming techniques. Organically produced meat will follow similar guidelines. A Guide to Shopping Organic. Recent years have seen an explosion in organic food and products.

Fast fashion will never be sustainable, no matter what companies say

Green (Living) Review

It’s impossible to produce ethical, eco-friendly clothing at the quantity and rate that fast fashion demands while maintaining genuinely high and environmentally sustainable standards. Fast fashion and sustainability are an oxymoron.

The Case For and Against Ethanol

Green Home Blog

In spite of that, industry proponents like the National Corn Growers Association say that suspending the Renewable Fuel Standard , or RFS, is premature, and a mistake. Use fans and solar power to cool your home instead of standard electricity.

Qatar Solar Buys into Germany’s SolarWorld

Green Prophet

Called the BMW of solar panel producers , the German firm has been struggling to compete against China’s flood of cheap, generic photovoltaic panels. Then China flooded the market with cheap, generic solar panels that are suited to standard weather conditions.

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Is the Middle East Buying into Disastrous Biofuels?

Green Prophet

The Jatropha plant may produce bio-diesel for cars but, like other biofuels, it also leads to a rise in food prices due to competition for land space.

Progress in Alternative Power, From National to Global Views

Green Home Blog

Because wind and solar do not reliably produce enough energy (because wind doesn’t always blow, and sun doesn’t always shine) to take the load off conventional power sources like coal, gas, oil and nuclear.

We Applaud Proposed Conservative Case for Addressing Climate Change

Conservancy Talk

We might also want to think about keeping the automobile fuel efficiency standards that President Obama created because they will for the next few years do more to reduce emissions in the transportation sector than a carbon tax.

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Qatar’s First Passivhaus on Track for 2013 Completion

Green Prophet

The first will be a standard luxury home built to a one star standard on the Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS), and the second will be a Passivhaus complete with various energy and water conservation design features.

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Loans for rooftop solar are heating up in Egypt

Green Prophet

Citizen participants who repay their loans will be able to sell excess electricity produced from their solar units back to the national grid. Simple enough, and a standard feature of most programs that encourage distributed energy production.

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5 Steps to a Carbon Neutral World Cup in Qatar

Green Prophet

Some carbon neutral standards require only that a building produces no greenhouse gas emissions while operating, but this fails to consider the energy required to produce materials (such as concrete, which has a high embodied energy footprint), transport materials, and construct the building.

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There’s a Recall on Milk Containing Too Much Poo


Contracted from manufacturers Lion Dairy, a variety of flavored milks and iced coffees produced from January 23rd on have come with a strong warning that illness could ensue. It was gently reported by Lion that “ routine internal testing detected microbial bacteria in excess of quality standards. There’s been a massive milk recall down under, and it’s all thanks to b t. Oh, and cow s**t.