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Possible PCB Risks in Schools across the Nation

Possible PCB Risks in Schools across the Nation

The Environmental Protection Agency is urging schools across the nation to replace their aging light fixtures due to possible chemical leaks.

On the Fast Track

On the Fast Track

The rest of the developed world has high-speed rail. We don't. That's finally about to change.

Gulf Oil Plume Gone, Eaten By Newly Discovered Microbes

Gulf Oil Plume Gone, Eaten By Newly Discovered Microbes

In what seems a deus ex machina or perhaps deus ex gaia moment, scientists from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory report that the miles-long deep sea oil plume which resulted from the BP oil spill has essentially vanished, apparently eaten by microbes previously unknown to science.

See for Yourself How Solutions for Dirty Stormwater Work

See for Yourself How Solutions for Dirty Stormwater Work

NRDC’s Water Program is increasingly focused on solutions to our leading water pollution problems, one of which is urban stormwater.

The dirty runoff that hits our waterways after storms may not be as obvious as the pollution that comes out of factories or oil refineries, but it has an enormous impact on our nation’s beaches, nonetheless.

Around the World in 80 Days, Emission Free

Around the World in 80 Days, Emission Free

Two days ago, four teams hailing from Australia, Switzerland, South Korea and Germany set out from Geneva to race around the globe in a mere eighty days. Unlike previous world races The Zero Race teams must undertake the thirty-thousand kilometer trip using electric, emission-free vehicles.

Solar-Powered Salamander?

Solar-Powered Salamander?

A colleague sent over this article detailing a mind-blowing nexus of my energy and wildlife work - the discovery of a fairly common salamander species that is literally powered by the sun, at least early on. New research finds that spotted salamander embryos and hatchlings somehow have little bits of algae inside their cells to create energy using photosynthesis. It is the first time this has been observed in any animal with vertebrae.

More importantly, its yet another example of why keeping critters on this planet is so important - we clearly still have a lot to learn from the animal kingdom. Who knows if the humble salamander harbors secrets that will help fix our energy mess...

FDA Looking More Closely For Poisons In Gulf Seafood

FDA Looking More Closely For Poisons In Gulf Seafood

It is the official position of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that the chemicals BP used in the Gulf of Mexico to disperse spilled oil pose no public health risks.

However, amid concerns that the dispersants might persist in seafood, the FDA and NOAA have decided to start doing some laboratory testing.

Putting The Escaped Ice Island In Perspective

Putting The Escaped Ice Island In Perspective

On August 5, an ice island four times the size of Manhattan broke off of a Greenland glacier and started floating toward the Nares Strait, the body of water that separates western Greenland from far northeastern Canada's Ellsemere Island.

Where's Waldo? Oil-Seeking Robot Helping to Protect the Florida K

Where's Waldo? Oil-Seeking Robot Helping to Protect the Florida K

Today NRDC, Oceana, and Mote Marine Laboratory launched “Waldo” – an ocean robot that will help defend the environmental and economic bounty of the Florida Keys from impacts from the Gulf oil spill.

Satellite imagery and aerial reconnaissance can only see what’s visible on the surface of the water – they’re not able to tell us the locations and movement of the submerged plumes of oil droplets. These plumes could well be drifting offshore of Florida and without looking to see if they’re there, we won’t know.

Scoring a Goal for Clean Energy

Scoring a Goal for Clean Energy

With the eyes of the world glued to the World Cup, there’s no mistaking that one sport can bring together people across the globe. But beyond the soccer field, this year’s World Cup is showing how a global clean energy future could unite us in an even more powerful way.

For the first time ever, people in Kenya’s Kibera, the largest slum in Africa, are watching the heroes of their favorite sport on television – solar-powered television.

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