Items tagged with Environment:
News & Updates:
In September, 2015, “Dieselgate” captured the world’s attention when the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) discovered that Volkswagen cheated on American emissions testing. In the United States, the German car giant sold vehicles with a software in diesel engines that detected testing conditions and lowered vehicle performance to artificially improve testing results. Consequently, these vehicles emitted pollutants up to 40 times higher than the legal standards established by the Clean Air Act. The scandal fueled the continuing debate on environmental regulatory policy and raised questions about what regulators can do to reign in the behavior of firms. In light of this, we reflect that in recent years, the burgeoning field of behavioral economics has equipped regulators with additional tools for improving environmental behavior of firms by changing consumer demands.
With love hopes for federal emissions standards, States have led the initiative to set climate goals; Through an executive order, President Trump looks to ban Chinese telecom equipment; In light of an approaching March 1st deadline, US businesses are pushing for a resolution between US and China; The number of Americans applying for jobless claims retreat from an almost two year high.
This past July, the Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy, or ARPA-E, launched a $5 million funding opportunity in an effort to research algorithms that can develop the modern grid. ARPA-E is a government agency sponsored by the Department of Energy aimed towards researching energy innovation. The funding opportunity, which sought to tackle power grid optimization and energy efficiency, was released in order to incentivize innovative research and obtain ideas from teams from various sectors.
Senators introduce a bipartisan drug pricing bill; In an effort to facilitate the construction of new coal plants, EPA plans to roll back environmental legislation; Postal service issues a statement saying that it is considering to raise prices to companies such as Amazon.
Located on the northeastern corner of Alaska, extending from the state’s northern coast to just south of the Brooks Range mountains, sits 19.3 million acres of what may be one of the most disputed lands in the United States. The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) is currently home to unique wilderness, wildlife, and a predicted 11.80 billion barrels of untouched oil.
CDC: Environmental Health
Find data and information about the following topics: Air Pollution & Respiratory Health, Air Quality, Asbestos, Asthma, Bio-monitoring, Brownfield/Land Reuse, Carbon Monoxide Poisoning, Chemical Weapons Elimination, Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention, Climate and Health, Community Exposures to Hazardous Substances, Cruise Ship Health, Environmental Health Services, Harmful Algal Bloom, Hazardous Waste Sites, Healthy Homes, Healthy Places, Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals, Mold, Natural Disasters & Severe Weather, National Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Registry, National Environmental Public Health Tracking, Environmental Health Topics, Newborn Screening Laboratory Bulletin, Pesticides, Radiation and Your Health, Rodent Control, Smoking & Tobacco Use, Toxic Substances, and Water
Quick link: http://www.cdc.gov/Environmental/
CTA: Energy and Environmental Policy Analysis
The Center for Transportation Analysis does specialty research and development in Energy and Environmental Policy Analysis. The Transportation Energy and Environmental Policy program conducts research and policy analysis to support the development of efficient, effective and equitable policies to achieve a sustainable transportation system. Useful Links, Resources, and Web Based Tools available on this site include:
- Fuel Economy Website
- Transportation Energy Data Book
- Transportation Research Board Committees
- Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
- FreedomCAR & Vehicle Technologies Program
Quick link: http://cta.ornl.gov/cta/research_energy.shtml
Quick link to Ocean, Coast, and Great Lakes Planning Data: http://www.data.gov/ocean/community/ocean/datasets
Quick link to other environmental data sources: http://www.data.gov/ocean/page/other-data-source
Discharge Monitoring Report of the EPA
The Discharge Monitoring Report (DMR) Pollutant Loading Tool is a new tool designed to help you determine who is discharging, what pollutants they are discharging and how much, and where they are discharging. The tool calculates pollutant loadings from permit and DMR data from EPA‘s Permit Compliance System (PCS) and Integrated Compliance Information System for the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (ICIS-NPDES). Data is available for the years 2007 through 2011. Pollutant loadings are presented as pounds per year and as toxic-weighted pounds per year to account for variations in toxicity among pollutants. The tool ranks dischargers, industries, and watersheds based on pollutant mass and toxicity, and presents “top ten” lists to help you determine which discharges are important, which facilities and industries are producing these discharges, and which watersheds are impacted.
The tool also includes wastewater pollutant discharge data from EPA’s Toxics Release Inventory (TRI). Data is available for the years 2007 through 2011. Users can search TRI data to find the facilities with the largest pollutant discharges to surface waters or sewage treatment plants (a.k.a. Publicly-Owned Treatment Works – “POTWs”). Users can also compare the DMR data search results against TRI data search results and vice versa. The tool clearly labels the source of data when displaying search results but does not mix TRI or DMR data when calculating pollutant discharges.
Quick link: http://cfpub.epa.gov/dmr/
Eco-driving Index (Univ. of Michigan)
The University of Michigan Eco-Driving Index (EDI) is a national index that estimates the average monthly amount of greenhouse gases produced by an individual U.S. driver who has purchased a new vehicle that month. The amount of greenhouse gases emitted when using internal-combustion engines depends on the amount of fuel used. The EDI estimates the amount of fuel used (and thus the amount of greenhouse gases emitted) by taking into account two primary variables: the fuel economy of the vehicle and the distance driven. Index data goes back to October 2007.
Quick link: http://www.umich.edu/~umtriswt/ecodriving.html