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  • Are Voluntary Disclosures Enough for Marcellus Shale?

    Range Resources submitted its first voluntary disclosures form of Marcellus Shale hydraulic fracturing to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) on August 12, but is this enough to ensure responsible development of this natural gas source and protect PA’s water supply? The Marcellus Shale is a Middle Devonian-age black, low density, carbonaceous (organic rich) […] More

  • ERI: Making Profit From E-waste

    Ever wonder what you should be doing with your old computers, cell phones and televisions?  Bruce W. Fraser reveals the answer in the September 2010 issue of FA Green.  Ask Electronic Recyclers International (ERI), he says, the largest electronics recycler in the United States. Fraser reports that John Shegerian founded ERI “to remedy the problem […] More

  • Laughing Gas: The Latest Environmental Threat

    Nitrous oxide, more commonly known at your dentist’s office as laughing gas, is now the most prevalent man-made substance damaging the ozone layer. And it’s a greenhouse gas. Sadly, the joke’s apparently on us. In a report published in Science on Friday, scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) located in Boulder, Colorado, have calculated […] More

  • Got Mercury? The Politics of Contaminated Fish

    Isn’t it about time that fish was actually put to the test?

    Mercury, one of the most insidious elements that can be ingested, has significantly negative health effects on the population; in some cases it can causes irreversible damage. But while many people are aware that mercury exists in certain fish, there is no universal certification that tests how much mercury is present in commonly eaten seafood. More

  • What a Difference a Month can Make: the Revival of the EPA and Greenhouse Gas Regulation Under President Obama

    Under the Bush Administration, many critized the EPA for being too pro-business and for dragging its feet when it comes to greenhouse gas regulation. There was little question that would change under President Obama, but just how soon was anyone’s guess, until now. During the first 3 weeks of February, the EPA has undergone a revival of sorts and has demonstrated a commitment to the promises of President Obama. More

  • 2008….Cause For Inspiration? The Economic Year In Review

    2008 – what a year! As we get ready to draw the curtains on one of the most unsettling economic years in history, we the writers of the Inspired Economist are still wondering… was this year one that has left our battered economy begging for inspiration? Or have the sustainable events of 2008 spearheaded the initiation of what we believe is truly an Inspired Economy?

    2008 was about the $700 billion bailout. Foreclosures. The plummeting stock market. As the year came to a close, the nation’s economic turmoil battled with the presidential election. But it was also a time when new businesses were born into what appears to be an unprecedented sustainability boom. When energy, economy and environment have taken on a new and inter-dependent definition. More

  • US EPA Watersense Program Releases New Internet Widget for Water Efficiency

    The Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense program is the EPA’s water efficiency equivalent to its wildly successful and well-known Energy Star program. Watersense’s mission is to protect the future of the U.S. water supply by promoting and enhancing the market for water-efficient products and services. WaterSense has jumped onto the internet “widget” bandwagon, and recently released […] More

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