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Salazar Signs Decision on Navajo-Gallup Water Supply

Article: Salazar Signs Decision on Navajo-Gallup Water Supply

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today joined New Mexico’s congressional delegation to advance a vital water supply project that will provide clean, safe and reliable water to a quarter of a million people in the Navajo Nation, the Jicarilla Apache Nation and the city of Gallup, New Mexico.

Governors' Global Climate Summit Backs Treaty With Teeth

Article: Governors' Global Climate Summit Backs Treaty With Teeth

At the Governors’ Global Climate Summit today, 30 governors, premiers, mayors and senior officials from around the world and the United Nations declared that workable solutions to global warming exist and they want a strong climate deal to emerge from negotiations in Copenhagen this December.

Obama Administration Backs Overhaul of Toxic Chemicals Law

Article: Obama Administration Backs Overhaul of Toxic Chemicals Law

Principles to guide Congress in writing a new chemical risk management law that will fix weaknesses in the current law, were announced by U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson on Tuesday.

California Launches Largest Energy-Efficiency Effort in U.S. History

Article: California Launches Largest Energy-Efficiency Effort in U.S. History

The California Public Utilities Commission says it wants to make energy efficiency a way of life in California, and on Thursday, the commisson put its money where its mouth is by approving the largest energy-efficiency program in American history.

Poor Nations' Climate Adaptation Could Cost $100 Billion a Year

Article: Poor Nations' Climate Adaptation Could Cost $100 Billion a Year

Helping developing countries adapt to climate change will cost the world between US$75 and $100 billion per year for the period 2010 to 2050, the World Bank said today. The figures are detailed in the most in-depth analysis of the economics of climate change adaptation published to date.

Science Report: Climate Change Speeding Toward Irreversible Tipping Points

Article: Science Report: Climate Change Speeding Toward Irreversible Tipping Points

The speed and scope of global warming is now overtaking even the most sobering predictions of the last report of the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change, finds a new report issued by the United Nations Environment Programme, entitled “Climate Change Science Compendium 2009.”

Air Permit for Coal Power Plant on Navajo Land Sent Back to EPA

Article: Air Permit for Coal Power Plant on Navajo Land Sent Back to EPA

The contested air permit for the Sithe Global Desert Rock coal-fired power plant on the Navajo Reservation in New Mexico today was sent back to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for additional analysis.

Kenya's Lake Nakuru National Park Named Important Bird Area

Article: Kenya's Lake Nakuru National Park Named Important Bird Area

Lake Nakuru National Park in central Kenya, internationally known for its concentration of bright pink flamingos, has been designated as an international bird sanctuary.

Appeals Court: Power Companies Can Be Sued for Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Article: Appeals Court: Power Companies Can Be Sued for Greenhouse Gas Emissions

In a historic ruling, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals has sided with states and private land trusts that sued large power companies to make them curb their greenhouse gas emissions.

Jeffersonville, Indiana Must Minimize Sewage Overflows to Ohio River

Article: Jeffersonville, Indiana Must Minimize Sewage Overflows to Ohio River

The city of Jeffersonville has agreed to make extensive improvements to its sewer systems to reduce the city’s long-standing sewage overflows into the Ohio River at a cost that is estimated to run between $100 and $150 million.

Breathe Easy, Bush Smog Standards to Be Reviewed by EPA

Article: Breathe Easy, Bush Smog Standards to Be Reviewed by EPA

The 2008 national smog standards adopted by the Bush administration will be reconsidered to ensure they are “scientifically sound and protective of human health,” the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Wednesday.

Investors Worth $13 Trillion Urge Strong Global Climate Treaty

Article: Investors Worth $13 Trillion Urge Strong Global Climate Treaty

The world’s largest global investors today issued a joint call for strong action this year from U.S. and international policy makers to control global warming. Signed by 181 investors, who collectively manage more than $13 trillion in assets worldwide, the statement on the “urgent need for global agreement on climate change” was released at the International Investor Forum on Climate Change in New York.

Arsenic, Lead Found in School Supplies, Cars, Child Car Seats

Article: Arsenic, Lead Found in School Supplies, Cars, Child Car Seats

Tests for toxic chemicals in ordinary school supplies, children’s car seats, vehicles and pet products have detected lead, arsenic and heavy metals, according to the nonprofit Ecology Center that analyzed the products.

Father of the Green Revolution, Norman Borlaugh, Dies at 95

Article: Father of the Green Revolution, Norman Borlaugh, Dies at 95

Norman Ernest Borlaug, the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize winner for developing high-yielding, disease-resistant wheat used to prevent famine in developing countries throughout the world, died Saturday in Dallas of cancer. He was 95.

Multidrug-Resistant Staph Found on Puget Sound Beaches

Article: Multidrug-Resistant Staph Found on Puget Sound Beaches

Samples of sand and water from five beaches around the Puget Sound have tested positive for a multidrug resistant form of the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus. This potentially fatal strain of staph is resistant to the broad-spectrum antibiotics commonly used to treat it.

Obama Administration Releases Chesapeake Bay Restoration Plans

Article: Obama Administration Releases Chesapeake Bay Restoration Plans

WASHINGTON, DC, September 10, 2009 (ENS) – The federal government is getting serious about solving the stubborn problem of cleaning up the polluted Chesapeake Bay and restoring the nation’s largest estuary to health. In 2008, after 20 years of restoration efforts, Chesapeake Bay water quality was rated “very poor,” with only 21 percent of the…

New York City Gets $220 Million Clean Water Stimulus Grant

Article: New York City Gets $220 Million Clean Water Stimulus Grant

The City of New York will receive $220 million in Recovery Act funding for water infrastructure improvements via the Clean Water State Revolving Fund.

House OKs R&D Funding For Wind Power, Heavy-Duty Hybrid Trucks

Article: House OKs R&D Funding For Wind Power, Heavy-Duty Hybrid Trucks

The House of Representatives Wednesday voted to pass two bills that will advance research and development of more efficient wind turbines and heavy duty hybrid trucks.

One Company Gets Lion's Share of $500M in Clean Energy Awards

Article: One Company Gets Lion's Share of $500M in Clean Energy Awards

One company has received more than half of $500 million in the first round of grants from a Recovery Act program that provides cash assistance to renewable energy production companies in place of earned tax credits.

Secretary of State Clinton Sued Over Tar Sands Pipeline Permit

Article: Secretary of State Clinton Sued Over Tar Sands Pipeline Permit

A tar sands oil pipeline from Canada to the United States that was approved by the U.S. government last month was challenged in federal court today by four Native American and environmental groups.

EPA Again Fines Shell for Stormwater Violations in Puerto Rico

Article: EPA Again Fines Shell for Stormwater Violations in Puerto Rico

For the second time in less than a year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has cited Shell Chemical Yabucoa in Puerto Rico for violating the federal Clean Water Act.

Enviros Blast Obama's Choice for Office of Surface Mining

Article: Enviros Blast Obama's Choice for Office of Surface Mining

Environmental groups are speaking out against the man President Barack Obama has chosen to run the Office of Surface Mining, which has jurisdiction over mountaintop removal coal mining.

West Virginia Tree Sitters Halt Mountaintop Removal Blasting

Article: West Virginia Tree Sitters Halt Mountaintop Removal Blasting

Two tree sitters with the Climate Ground Zero campaign have forced coal giant Massey Energy to cancel blasts on a mountaintop removal mine above Pettry Bottom, a Coal River Valley town in Raleigh County.

Feds, Illinois Sue Midwest Generation to Stop Air Pollution

Article: Feds, Illinois Sue Midwest Generation to Stop Air Pollution

The federal government and the State of Illinois today filed a civil lawsuit against Midwest Generation LLC, a unit of Edison International, alleging that the company violated, and continues to violate, the Clean Air Act.

Houston Funded to Clean Up Dirty Diesel Drayage Trucks at Port

Article: Houston Funded to Clean Up Dirty Diesel Drayage Trucks at Port

Owners of the more than 3,000 diesel-fueled, heavy-duty trucks that transport shipping containers at the Port of Houston will be getting economic stimulus funding to retrofit their trucks with pollution controls or buy newer, less-polluting vehicles.