Extreme weather events, as well as warmer temperatures, changing precipitation patterns, and rising sea levels, are expected to intensify as climate change continues. These impacts threaten public health, water availability and quality, and homes and infrastructure. Communities must proactively plan for climate change-related risks and implement flexible and sustainable solutions to protect public health, the economy, and the environment. Read more
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In the rush to transport land-locked unconventional new crude oil sources, old rail lines running through communities across America are now rattling with thousands of cars filled with crude oil. Neither the cars nor the railroads were built for this purpose. Worse, federal regulators have few safeguards in place to protect communities and the environment from accidents, spills and explosions resulting from the race to move millions of barrels of crude by rail. Read more
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- posted by Diane Bailey, 7/7/14
- What if it happened here? Nobody wants to have a crude oil train derailment in California, but steps to prevent that are lacking.
- posted by Diane Bailey, 6/20/14
Posted by Larry Levine, June 16, 2014
In many parts of the United States, cities and suburbs -- and the wastewater and stormwater utilities that serve them -- are among the largest sources of water pollution. At the same time, many metropolitan areas are facing serious water supply challenges in an era of chronic water scarcity, increased uncertainty in future water availability, and growing competition for water resources. Fortunately, there are many cost-effective urban water conservation strategies that can help address both water quality and quantity needs. Read more
Posted by Luke Tonachel, June 12, 2014
In 2013, the on-road truck fleet consumed about 2.7 million barrels of oil-derived fuels per day and was responsible for emitting 530 million metric tons of carbon pollution. New federal fuel efficiency standards for medium- and heavy-duty trucks, which will be implemented in two phases, can dramatically reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions from trucks on the nation's roads. Read more