Sustainability News

Sustainability News

Various news items dealing with different aspects of sustainability around the country and internationally, including developments in practices, policies, legislation, campaigns and science.

Also, look for sustainability news dealing with specific issues or places can be found on those pages.

Various news items dealing with different aspects of sustainability around the country and internationally, including developments in practices, policies, legislation, campaigns and science. Also, look for sustainability news dealing with specific issues or places can be found on those pages.

Future Grows More Hazy For Mountaintop Mining

From the Washington Post article, about two weeks ago, the Environmental Protection Agency seemed poised to crack down on the "mountaintop" coal mines that are common in this region, which industry officials say would threaten thousands of jobs. The EPA said it had "significant concerns" about the mines -- in which peaks are legally blasted off to get at coal seams inside -- because neighboring streams are buried under displaced rock.

EPA to Scrutinize Permits for Mountaintop-Removal Mining

From the Washington Post articleThe Environmental Protection Agency put hundreds of mountaintop mining operations on notice that they would be the focus of closer scrutiny yesterday, saying it needs to review their impact on local streams and wetlands before they can move forward.

Empire State Building Goes Green: Major Energy Efficiency Improvement Retrofit Announced

According to Treehugger.com, the Empire State Building will soon be a lot more energy efficient: A series of green renovations were announced for the iconic New York City skyscraper that reduce its ene

Waxman-Markey Cap and Trade Bill offers Wall Street a new opportunity to make money

New York City officials and Wall Street executives are talking about turning the battered U.S. financial center into a global hub of green finance and environmental commodities trading, building on cap-and-trade climate change legislation.

EPA Issues a Finding that Greenhouse Gases Endanger Public Health and Welfare

The EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson called the evidence "compelling and overwhelming" and described climate change as "an enormous problem." She also found that vehicle emissions "cause and contribute" to climate change.

Fifth World Water Forum

The Fifth World Water Forum, the world's biggest ever water-related event with 33,058 participants from 192 countries, took place from March 16th to 22nd in Istanbul.  "Much more than the size of the event, the number of recommendations, proposals, commitments and initiatives made throughout the preparatory process and during the week make this Forum a long-lasting highpoint in the international development."

Public transportation woes for New York City

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority voted March 25 to enact a series of steep fare hikes and deep service cuts. Despite that, some officials say there is still time to work out a compromise plan to rescue the troubled agency before the changes start going into effect May 31.

Prospects for sustainability at State Dept - Part 2

Climate change is just one of the many global sustainability issues which the U.S. government must address. Many of these are addressed within the State Department by the Under Secretary for Democracy and Global Affairs, a position which Secretary of State Clinton has not yet announced her choice.