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Thursday, May 12, 2016
Obama administration announces historic new regulations for methane emissions from oil and gas
The Obama administration on Thursday announced a set of much-anticipated -- and first ever -- steps to regulate oil and gas industry emissions of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas second only to carbon dioxide in its role in the climate debate.

The Environmental Protection Agency unveiled a new rule that will target emissions from new or modified oil and gas wells -- and prevent 11 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions by the year 2025, the agency said. Source: Washington Post, 5/12/16

Tracking the international journey of the United States' deadly e-waste
Jim Puckett of BAN explains how his organization caught recyclers and manufacturers red-handed in fraudulent e-waste exports. Source: Waste Dive, 5/12/16

Wednesday, May 11, 2016
6 things climate-conscious companies have in common
As more businesses set emissions goals in line with the latest climate science, best practices are bubbling to the surface. Source: GreenBiz, 5/11/16

Cleveland Clinic establishes $7.5 million Green Revolving Fund
Cleveland Clinic announced the establishment of a $7.5 million Green Revolving Fund -- the largest of its kind among U.S. health care systems, it says. Energy efficiency projects pull money from the fund, which then is replenished by reinvesting the savings from reduced energy consumption as well as rebates. Source: Crain's Cleveland Business, 5/10/16

6 things we learned about changing people's minds on climate
This blog post recaps climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe's April 20 Frontiers in the Environment and shares six insights from the talk. Source: University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment, 5/4/16

Tuesday, May 10, 2016
When companies track their climate emissions
Voluntary greenhouse gas accounting has become common in the private sector, but is it helping? Source: Ensia, 3/28/16

What's in those new plastic pipes delivering drinking water?
Lingering questions leave some concerned about a new generation of plumbing material. Source: Ensia, 5/2/16

How can we reduce concrete's hefty carbon footprint?
Bit by bit, innovators are chipping away at this ubiquitous material's environmental downsides. Source: Ensia, 4/13/16

Friday, May 6, 2016
AskNature: How can we design better packaging?
Striped bass and sea snails hold secrets to wrapping and transporting products -- as well as safer helmets, safety goggles and vehicles. Source: GreenBiz, 5/6/16

The $100 billion business case for safer chemistry
After new chemistry policies from the like of Target, Walmart and Kaiser Permanente, the economics of green alternatives are increasingly favorable. Source: GreenBiz, 5/6/16

Indiana Department of Environmental Management seeks applications for 2016 Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM), in conjunction with the Office of Indiana Governor Mike Pence, Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb's Office of Energy Development, the Indiana Department of Administration and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, is seeking nominations for the 2016 Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence.

The Indiana Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence is the state's most prestigious environmental recognition award. IDEM accepts nominations from all Indiana citizens and organizations, and the selection process is highly competitive. All projects must demonstrate significant, measurable results. The projects must be innovative, comprehensive and thoroughly documented, and only one winner will be selected. Award applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. ET on Friday, May 13, 2016. Source: Indiana Department of Environmental Management, 5/6/16

Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Researchers Aim to Put Carbon Dioxide Back to Work
The X Prize Foundation has created a $20 million prize for teams that by 2020 come up with technologies to turn CO2 captured from smokestacks of coal- or gas-fired power plants into useful products. Source: New York Times, 5/3/16

World Bank: The way climate change is really going to hurt us is through water
As India, the world's second-most populous country, reels from an intense drought, the World Bank has released a new report finding that perhaps the most severe impact of a changing climate could be the effect on water supplies. Source: Washington Post, 5/3/16

HFC Refrigerants Phase-Down Is Coming. Is Your Company Prepared?
Carbon dioxide emissions aren't the only greenhouse gases that corporations need to address when considering how to close the emissions gap and keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius.

In March the EPA issued a proposed rule under the Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program that will expand the list of climate-friendly HFC alternatives and phase out certain HFCs in favor of safer options that are already available. Source: Environmental Leader, 5/3/16

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