EPA repeals water protections, choosing industry over wetlands

September 13, 2019 by  
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On Thursday, the Trump administration repealed the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule, an Obama-era policy designed to protect waterways. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler said the EPA plans to reinstate 1980s water rules. The EPA and U.S. Army will decide this winter which waterways to regulate. “Today’s Step 1 action fulfills a key promise of President Trump and sets the stage for Step 2 — a new WOTUS definition that will provide greater regulatory certainty for farmers, landowners, home builders and developers nationwide,” Wheeler said in a statement. Related: Nestlé plans to bottle 1.1M gallons of water daily from natural springs in Florida WOTUS stipulated which wetlands and streams would be protected from pesticides , fertilizer, mine waste and other pollutants under the 1972 Clean Water Act . But farmers, miners and other industry players complained the policy was overreach, interfering with their business interests. The states are divided on WOTUS and its repeal. Twenty-two states — as well as the District of Columbia and U.S. territories — have been following the Obama-era policy, while 27 states never moved on from the ’80s regulations. California’s Attorney General Xavier Becerra, no friend of Trump, plans to fight the repeal, which would cut federal protection to California’s water. Meanwhile, North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum is celebrating. Environmental groups, including Earthjustice, worry that repealing WOTUS will imperil safe drinking water and thwart safeguards against pollution and flooding. “President Trump’s administration wants to turn back the clock to the days of poisoned flammable water,” said Abigail Dillen, Earthjustice president. “This is shameful and dangerous.” Nor were environmentalists impressed with the repeal being announced at the headquarters of the National Association of Manufacturers, feeling this privileged industry over public health . Craig Cox, senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources at the Environmental Working Group, said, “The EPA is no longer in the business of safeguarding our resources and protecting us from pollution, but is openly working to advance the agenda of those who profit from fouling our water and threatening our health.” Via Reuters Image via Pixabay

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Heatherwick Studio unveil sprawling mountain-shaped Moganshan development in China

December 28, 2015 by  
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Heatherwick Studio unveiled their design for a 15-acre site in Shanghai-a development that looks like a LEGO mountain covered in trees. The studio was commissioned to design a complex of housing units, offices, shops, a hotel and a school for the plot located next to Shanghai ‘s main art district, M50. Named ‘The Moganshan,’ the project was conceived as an urban topography instead of a building. Read the rest of Heatherwick Studio unveil sprawling mountain-shaped Moganshan development in China

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World’s First Urban Algae Canopy Produces the Oxygen Equivalent of Four Hectares of Woodland Every Day

April 28, 2015 by  
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Read the rest of World’s First Urban Algae Canopy Produces the Oxygen Equivalent of Four Hectares of Woodland Every Day Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2015 world expo , Bio-digital architecture at Expo Milano 2015 , custom designed ETFE cladding system , ecoLogic Studio combine technology and biology , organic canopy for Future Food District project by Carlo Ratti Associati , reactive bio-digital architecture by ecoLogic Studio , responsive algae canopy by ecoLogic Studio , responsive bio-digital canopy at Expo Milano 2015 , special CNC welding technology , Urban Algae Canopy by ecoLogic Studio at Expo Milano 2015 , world expo , world expo 2015

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Luxurious New Starbucks on in New Orleans Inspired by 1900s’ Merchant Stores

December 10, 2013 by  
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Federal Government Suspends Nuclear Power Permits Until Waste Issue is Resolved

August 10, 2012 by  
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Cooling Tower photo from Shutterstock Nuclear waste issues have been plaguing the US federal government for decades – and they finally came to a head this year. In June, a US Court of Appeals ruled that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission , a government watchdog group, must conduct an environmental impact analysis of its current waste policy. The court’s finding led the NRC to stop issuing permits for new nuclear power plants and license renewals for existing facilities until their waste disposal policy is studied more closely. Read the rest of Federal Government Suspends Nuclear Power Permits Until Waste Issue is Resolved Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: dry cask nuclear waste storage , nuclear power reactors , nuclear reactor license , nuclear reactor permit , Nuclear Regulatory Commission , nuclear waste , nuclear waste repository , nuclear waste storage , open pool nuclear waste storage , US court of appeals for the District of Columbia , yucca mountain

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Chimeras: Cute Modular Toys with Interchangeable Arms, Ears and Legs

August 10, 2012 by  
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Walrus Toys has created an adorable set of Chimera stuffed animals with interchangeable snap-on arms, legs and ears – and they just launched a kickstarter to help bring the toys to market. The first two sets will be Monkey & Bunny and Bat & Elephant, and with your help on Kickstarter they can be shipped out just in time for the holidays. Each set of these cuddly, plush modular toys can be recombined in a vast variety of ways, and they’ll have your creative genius building fun combinations in no time. Find out how you can support Walrus Toys and Chimeras after the jump! READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Chimeras , interchangeable parts , interchangeable toys , kickstarter , kid-friendly design , modular toys , plush toys , stuffed animals , Walrus Toys

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Can You Recycle New Year’s Eve Confetti?

December 29, 2011 by  
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Every year, more than 1 ton of confetti is dropped in New York City’s Times Square on New Year’s Eve, according to the Times Square District Management Association. If you’re hosting your own New Year’s Eve bash this Saturday night, you’ll probably…

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DC’s Capital Bikeshare is a Red Hot Success Story in One Year!

August 29, 2011 by  
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Eco-cities , is a new series on Ecopreneurist, where we will feature the most environmentally friendly cities and their innovative city planning models designed to face their toughest environmental concerns. If you would like us to feature your eco-city, email us! The hugely popular Capital Bikeshare  or CaBi as locals call it, has completed more than one of operation and is riding high on its success in DC and adjoining suburbs. CaBi was born as SmartBike DC in August 2008, when the District of Columbia became the first jurisdiction in North America to launch a bike sharing system. At first, SmartBike D.C. offered 120 bikes at 10 stations in downtown D.C. and the Center City. Approximately 1,600 people joined SmartBike D.C. during its 2 years of operation. Meanwhile, Arlington County, VA was working on its own plans for a bike sharing system. Together, Arlington and the District reviewed proposals and selected an operator for a new bike sharing system in May 2010. The two jurisdictions worked closely to develop Capital Bikeshare and are proud to offer a greatly expanded regional service of over 1,100 bikes and 114 stations. What Is Capital Bikeshare? Capital Bikeshare puts 1,100 bicycles at your fingertips. You can choose from over 110 stations across Washington, D.C. and Arlington, VA and return it to any station near your destination. Check out a bike for your trip to work, Metro, run errands, go shopping, or visit friends and family. Join Capital Bikeshare for  24 hours ,  5 days ,  30 days , or  a year , and have access to our fleet of bikes 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The first 30 minutes of each trip are free. Each additional 30 minutes incurs an additional fee. Benefits of DC’s Bikeshare System Community Engagement-  CaBi truly engages the community by requesting feedback on services, stations and experience. Their efforts are paying off as DC residents are mighty impressed by the program. Alternative Transportation- The Washington Post reported that after last week’s earthquake, ridership tripled between 2pm and 4pm, compared to the previous day! When traffic snarls were reported all through DC, bikers did not have too many complaints! CaBi has become another means of getting around for DC workers and residents, that is environmentally friendly and carbon friendly! Pedestrian Friendly City = Vibrant Economy- Not only does it encourage a healthy lifestyle, it also fosters community well-being, where pedestrians and cyclists interact with and have easy access to local businesses, contributing to a vibrant city and economy . Road Blocks to Expand the Program? Federal/State Funding- While twelve percent of all trips nationwide happen by bike or on foot, states spend just 1 percent of transportation funds for such facilities. These programs are also like the low-hanging fruit that Congress is always looking to cut. Federal Government Non-Cooperation- The Capital Bikeshare program has been rejected by the National Parks Service that has jurisdiction over many parts of DC, like the monuments. This opposition seems irrational as tourists could benefit a great deal if facilities were provided near monuments and federal employees could avail the facilities at federal buildings. Despite the above obstacles, the DC’s bike share system has exceeded all expectations and has become the lifeline of the capital area. The bright red bikes have taken over the city and are here to stay. Great job DC!!  

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Nau Mimics Down with Recycled Polyester Jackets for Winter 2011

August 27, 2011 by  
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Nau’s Insular Jacket for Fall/Winter 2011. Photo: Nau Whether you’re gearing up to hit the slopes or the campus, Nau ‘s outdoor apparel for fall/winter 2011 has you covered. From their goose down blazers and sweaters to hoodies and jackets, they have down, well down. But what has us really excited is their Insular Jacket for men and women that not only features a recycled polyester outer fabric and lining, but it’s insulation with the recycled polyester. Essentially, it’s a down jacket sans down. Read on: … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Risk of Civil War Increased Dramatically By El Nino

August 27, 2011 by  
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Photo: super devoika Scientists are suggesting that the warmer weather that occurs every four years through El Nino has a domino effect on poorer tropical societies, which can cause civil war. It’s no secret that unfortunate weather conditions such as drought can lead to unrest, but the link to El Nino adds another dimension to the argument. Scientists are suggesting that 1 out of every five civil wars has in fact been caused by El Nino , according to

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