Sunday, October 16, 2011
While China's aggressive investment in electric cars will help the country's smog and oil export challenges, recent analysis suggests that it will do little to change its greenhouse gas picture due to the country's reliance on coal-based electricity. (NY Times Dot-Earth Blog)
Earthjustice, the American Lung Association, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Appalachian Mountain Club, and the Environmental Defense Fund sued the EPA for failing to implement a stricter ozone standard. (NY Times)
Officials at Pelican Refining Company in Louisiana pleaded guilty to Clean Air Act violations and obstruction of justice charges, leading to $12 million on criminal penalties. (EPA)
President Obama released the "America's Great Outdoors Progress Report," which describes steps toward a "21st-century conservation and recreation agenda."
Could "living" buildings inhale city carbon emissions? The idea is discussed here.
After local officials said that Tokyo was safe, testing by a citizens' group and nuclear research center revealed about twenty radioactive hotspots. (NY Times)