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NASA Satellite Finds Unreported Sources of Toxic Air Pollution

Using a new satellite-based method, scientists at NASA, Environment and Climate Change Canada, and two universities have located 39 unreported and major human-made sources of toxic sulfur dioxide emissions.

A known health hazard and contributor to acid rain, sulfur dioxide (SO2) is one of six air pollutants regulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Current, sulfur dioxide monitoring activities include the use of emission inventories that are derived from ground-based measurements and factors, such as fuel usage. The inventories are used to evaluate regulatory policies for air quality improvements and to anticipate future emission scenarios that may occur with economic and population growth.

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Maryland Power Plant Decision Prompts Federal Investigation

State faces possible loss of millions in funding for authorizing pollution in violation of civil rights law

The U.S. Department of Transportation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will launch a federal investigation into possible violations of the Civil Rights Act by Maryland authorities that authorized the Mattawoman Energy fossil-fuel power plant in Brandywine, Md. 

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Maryland Faces Civil Rights Complaint after Approving Gas Plant in Black Community

 

The plant would increase pollution in a county already violating national air quality standards

 

The state of Maryland is facing a federal civil rights complaint, filed by Earthjustice, on behalf of residents in the majority black community of Brandywine, Md., after the state approved a permit for a gas-fired power plant that would have disproportionate pollution impacts on the basis of race.

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SolarWindow Reveals First-Ever ‘Invisible System’ for Transporting Electricity on its Electricity-Generating Window

SolarWindow™ Transports Electricity Within Coatings Using Microscopic Channels (Left) That Are One-Half the Width of Human Hair (Right)SolarWindow Technologies, Inc. announced an ‘invisible’ system for transporting electricity within the company’s electricity-generating windows, currently under development for tall towers and skyscrapers, which consume nearly 40% of America’s electrical power.

The company’s SolarWindow™ generates electricity when its transparent organic coatings are applied in thin layers on to glass surfaces. The SolarWindow™ Intra-Connection System, announced today, moves electricity within these electricity-generating coatings to the company’s previously developed ‘invisible wires’. In turn, these ‘invisible wires’ transport electricity across the surface to the edge of the glass, where it’s connected to building electrical systems.

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New Report: ZEV Program Needs ‘Tune-Up’ to Stay on Track

Nissan Leaf Charging - Source: U.S. Department of EnergyCalifornia and nine other U.S. states have joined forces to adopt a Zero-Emission Vehicles (ZEV) standard, helping to create one of the world’s largest markets for battery electric, fuel cell, and plug-in hybrid vehicles. But an NRDC-commissioned ZEV report released shows the program needs a ‘tune-up’ to ensure the market expands well beyond current sale levels.

In fact, as I testified today before the Air Resources Board (CARB) that administers California’s program, without a ‘tune-up’ of the program, just one successful electric vehicle startup – Tesla Motors – could produce enough zero-emission vehicles to meet the entire auto industry’s requirements through 2025 with some moderate sales growth. That’s because a multitude of “extra credit” provisions are diluting the number of vehicles the auto industry will be required to deliver by more than a third.

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