Top Articles from Eco-Briefs
Thursday, October 29,2015
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is solely to blame for the Aug. 5 blowout and spill of the Gold King Mine, according to a recent report from the Department of the Interior (DOI).
Thursday, October 22,2015
Scientists from Beihang University in Beijing and Stanford University recently published findings showing that mealworms are capable of eating and digesting plasticbased products, debunking the long-accepted notion that plastic-based products are non-degradable.
Thursday, October 15,2015
The innovation lies in the replacement of the fossil-fuel component of asphalt called bitumen, which constitutes about 5 percent of a complete asphalt composite. Researchers substituted bitumen with lignin, a plant-based polymer found in the cell walls.
Thursday, September 24,2015
“In the space of a single generation, human activity has severely damaged the ocean by catching fish faster than they can reproduce while also destroying their nurseries,” said Marco Lambertini, director general of WWF International, in a press release.
Thursday, September 17,2015
The report finds that the exposure of crude oil to Pacific herring and pink salmon embryos may affect their development into adults. Oil-contaminated embryos were found to develop abnormal hearts and reduced cardiorespiratory abilities, among other detriments, resulting in slower and weaker fish that are more susceptible to predators.
Thursday, September 10,2015
Colorado ranks eighth for the capacity of its solar infrastructure, according to a new report from the Environment Colorado Research and Policy Center. The state has 398 megawatts of total capacity, or 74 watts per person.
Thursday, September 3,2015
The EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a final ruling at the end of June 2015 to change the definition of WOTUS under the Clean Water Act to include streams and wetlands. The EPA states that roughly 117 million Americans get their drinking water from streams formally unprotected by the Clean Water Act.
Thursday, August 27,2015
Scientists at North Carolina State University conducted the as-yet unpublished research. They tested 20 rivers and streams throughout North Carolina for contaminants known to disrupt hormones finding 43 of the 135 contaminants they were looking for.
Thursday, August 20,2015
Governor Hickenlooper signed House Bill 13-1044 into effect in 2013 and with it legalized the use of graywater for certain plumbing and agricultural uses. Currently, the State Plumbing Board is proposing to allow use of graywater only for outdoor irrigation and not toilet flushing.
Thursday, August 13,2015
From Capitol Hill lawmakers to state governors and Native America tribes, groups across the West are demanding the EPA be held accountable for damage to the environment. The EPA is taking heat for waiting a day to notify states that the spill had occurred and for grossly underestimating their initial estimate of spilled wastewater.