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[1THING] Blog: Archive for February, 2017

[ California Weighs Tougher Emissions Rules for Gas-Powered Garden Equipment ]

California is  looking into ways to reduce the use of gas-powered lawn and gardening equipment because they will soon surpass cars as the biggest polluters in the state.

Gas-powered gardening equipment will soon surpass cars as the worst polluters in California. It is considering stronger emissions standards for small gas engines and incentives to switch to electric.

(Image credit: stoncelli/Getty Images/iStockphoto)


[ Trump Orders Review Of Obama-Era Clean Water Rule ]

President Trump takes action to roll back another environmental regulation. The Clean Water Rule extends federal authority over smaller streams and marshes, but farmers, builders and others say it goes too far.


[ Trump Aims To ‘Eliminate’ Clean Water Rule ]

A small pond serves as the water source for a cattle ranch in Tallula, Ill. The 2015 Waters of the United States rule, or WOTUS, expanded federal protections to a broader range of water sources.

The Obama-era “Waters of the United States” rule defines which small bodies of water are subject to U.S. authority. Opponents such as farmers, homebuilders and golf course owners say it goes too far.

(Image credit: Seth Perlman/AP)


[ Energy Storage Firm Alevo Expands in North Carolina ]

Governor Roy Cooper today said that Alevo will launch a major expansion at its facility in Cabarrus County, North Carolina, creating over 200 jobs over the next five years. The company will invest $251 million at its production operations in Concord.



[ Vitol in Joint Venture to Build Battery Storage Systems in UK ]

Units of the commodities trader Vitol Group and the renewables investment fund Low Carbon Ltd. said they’d invest 250 million pounds ($311 million) to develop energy storage and distributed power-generation projects in the U.K.



[ Self-Flying Drones and Wind Turbine Blades: The New Way of Collecting Data ]

Advancements in drone technology are turning cumbersome wind turbine maintenance into a safer and more streamlined data collection process.


[ In U.K., A Veggie Shortage Inspires Funny Headlines And Serious Thoughts ]

Vegetables were rationed at supermarkets in the U.K. due to poor weather conditions in Europe. Here, lettuce, broccoli and zucchini were rationed at a Tesco store in London.

Bad weather in southern Europe caused a brief shortage of veggies in the U.K. Prices went up and people panicked. Now they are thinking harder about where their food comes from.

(Image credit: Victoria Jones/PA Images via Getty Images)


[ A recap of Scott Pruitt’s first week at the EPA – and the news isn’t good ]

Pruitt's words and actions as the new EPA administrator send a clear signal.


[ Environmental Regulation in the Age of Trump: The Endangerment Zone ]

The CPP has been a significant source of contention between climate defenders and deniers. President Trump and many in the Republican Congressional majority have targeted these regulations for rescission. The Donald, his cabinet nominees, transition staff and personal staff have all alluded to the significant reductions in federal environmental programs and policies that lie ahead.



[ Negotiating Corporate PPAs in the Middle East and Africa — Part One: Opportunities and Price ]

Sizable reductions in the cost of solar equipment have created countless opportunities for developers operating in the Middle East and Africa to enter into power purchase agreements with commercial and industrial enterprises and to provide electricity at a lower rate than the local utility.