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White Papers | Oil and Natural Gas Air Pollution Standards | Air & Radiation | U.S. EPA

Five papers exploring methane emissions from compressors, leaks, liquid unloading, pneumatic devices and hydraulic fracturing production were released by the EPA for public comment Tuesday.

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“The white papers will help EPA solidify our understanding of certain sources of methane and volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions in the oil and natural gas industry,” the agency said in a statement. “Methane is a potent greenhouse gas, and VOCs contribute to the formation of harmful ground-level ozone (smog).”

 

The release of the papers is a first step in what could become a new set of regulations governing emissions of methane from oil and gas operations.

 

A day earlier, a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggested that the EPA underestimated methane emissions from oil and gas operations. In a survey of hydraulic fracturing sites in southwestern Pennsylvania, the peer-reviewed study found that drilling operationsreleased methane at rates that were 100 to 1,000 times greater than the EPA expected. Seven well pads—1 percent of all the wells in the research area—accounted for 4 to 30 percent of the recorded emissions.

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Welcome to Sustainability Science

Welcome to Sustainability Science | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it

Welcome to my curation site for the emerging science of sustainability.

 

Here you will find an array of stories, examples, relevant cautionary tales, and data related to our hunt for a more sustainable economy with a reduced ecological footprint.  While my students, colleagues and I are interested in all aspects of sustainability, these pages have an historc emphasis on:

 

- human population growth rates/demography 

- product design/construction, especially:

    - triple bottomline

    - life cycle analyses (LCA)

    - sustainable supply chains

 - carbon footprints (especially carbon "finprints" of seafood)

 - food production/distribution systems

 - energy production/storage systems, especially:

    - dams and flow diversions

    - wind turbines

    - tidal power

    - solar panel efficiency/material advances

    - fuel cell design/material advances

 - general building design/construction, especially:

     - green roof/wall construction and plant palletes

     - lighting systems

     - elegant design

     - redevelopment/reuse

 - urban planning

 - role of mobile technology in fostering sustainability

 - elegant and effective communication

 

Thanks for visiting.  Please enjoy and let me know if I can answer any questions or be of any other help.

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EU shipping could be forced to report CO2 emissions

EU shipping could be forced to report CO2 emissions | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Ships, which create 3% of all emissions across the European Union, could soon have to report their CO2 impact if new MEP proposals get the green light.

The plans, designed to help cut emissions from the sector, would come into play from 2018 for all ships that weigh more than 5,000 tonnes.
There are currently no pieces of legislation covering maritime emissions reduction. And with shipping emissions jumping 70% since 1990, the EU thinks the time is right to take action. If emissions continue to

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Central Valley's growing concern: Crops raised with oil field water

Central Valley's growing concern: Crops raised with oil field water | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Here in California's thirsty farm belt, where pumpjacks nod amid neat rows of crops, it's a proposition that seems to make sense: using treated oil field wastewater to irrigate crops.
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Indeed.  This is the old mantra of folks: if you don't look for a problem, you won't see a problem/can't prove a problem exists.

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L.A. may require pool covers to fight drought

L.A. may require pool covers to fight drought | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Los Angeles water officials approved new watering restrictions Thursday that could be imposed if the city’s conservation efforts flag in the coming summer months.
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State officials launch new advertising campaign for water conservation

State officials launch new advertising campaign for water conservation | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
When it comes to conserving water, Gov. Jerry Brown needs Californians' help.
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Here comes the conservation arguments for the new California:

 

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-ski-season-drought-20150403-story.html

 

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-mandatory-water-cuts-put-pressure-on-california-communities-20150401-story.html

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Socially Responsible Supply Chains Create Triple Advantage: Increased Revenue, Reduced Cost and Greater Brand Value

Beyond Supply Chains – Empowering Value Chains finds that socially responsible supply chains contribute to local development, shrink carbon footprints and boost the company’s competitivenessSocially responsible products increase revenues by up to 20%, reduce supply chain costs by as much as 16% and boost brand value by up to 30%; they also shrink carbon footprints by as much as 22%Report identifies 31 socially responsible practices to help companies gain a “triple supply chain advantage”

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EcoVadis's curator insight, March 30, 5:28 PM

Congratulations to WEF for a very quantitative report, analysing profitabitly gains from Responsible Supply Chain. Confirming finding to EcoVadis / INSEAD Value Chain report of 2011

Christel Rumgay's curator insight, March 31, 6:48 AM

A triple win win win!

 

31 proven practices that reduce carbon footprint, reduce supply chain costs, increase revenues  and contribute to local development, including the health, welfare and working conditions of the communities in which they operate.


The Beyond Supply Chains - Empowering Supply Chains report is a must read for every corporation!


Laid out in and easy to read chart that lists the Supply chain practice, a description, the value proposition behind the triple advantage and the good practices for all 31 proven practices.


The report also details a blueprint, implementation, prioritization, and business case information.


A study that included more than 25 corporations in 7 different industries as well as several NGOs and more than 20 sustainability experts to test the value proposition behind each supply chain practice. 


Behaving in a socially responsible way can also deliver a competitive edge.


The business case is there for change.





Patrick Wallace's curator insight, March 31, 8:29 AM

Increase Revenue.  Reduce Costs.  Build Greater Brand Value.

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Ready For Wearable Environmental Intel? Tzoa Portable Air Quality Monitor

Ready For Wearable Environmental Intel? Tzoa Portable Air Quality Monitor | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Wearable technologies are all the rage, but can yours tell you the humidity and air quality outside? The Tzoa air quality monitor can and much more.
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Wood That Proudly Wears the Marks of Previous Use

Wood That Proudly Wears the Marks of Previous Use | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it

HReclaimed wood, including from old fence posts and Venetian “barber poles,” is taking center stage in high-end automotive interiors.

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Hmmmm...an interesting example of re-use.  But perhaps not the lowest carbon footprint for repurposed products.

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2015 California Policy and Regulatory Preview | JD Supra

The California Air Resources Board (ARB or Board) workload skyrocketed in the fall of 2006 with the passage of AB 32. By any definition, that was a BIG year in the world of climate...
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National Academy: Geoengineering No Substitute for Carbon Cuts | Inside Climate News

National Academy: Geoengineering No Substitute for Carbon Cuts | Inside Climate News | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it

The idea of geoengineering to reverse climate change has been around since the 1960s. The two-volume NAS report says cutting GHGs is the only solution.

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▶ Keystone XL needs a one-two punch

President Obama says he'll veto the latest attempt by Congress to push through the Keystone XL pipeline but he hasn't yet committed to rejecting this dangero...
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I found this a very interesting piece of PR.  Engaging and effective use of visuals with essentially a budget of zero.

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Diet Experts Push More Plants, Less Meat in Nod to Environment

Diet Experts Push More Plants, Less Meat in Nod to Environment | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
U.S. dietary guidelines, the government’s benchmark for a healthy diet, have long advised Americans to eat dark, leafy greens. Now, there is another way they could be going green.
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Apple Gears Up to Challenge Tesla in Electric Cars

Apple Gears Up to Challenge Tesla in Electric Cars | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The maker of iPhones has hundreds of staff working on an Apple-branded electric vehicle, according to people familiar with the matter who said its “Titan” project is designing a vehicle that resembles a minivan.
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Mandatory usage cuts loom even for those with senior water rights

Mandatory usage cuts loom even for those with senior water rights | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
In the 1976-77 drought, the state ordered growers with some of the oldest water rights in California to stop pumping from many rivers and streams. Now, in a sign of the spreading pain of another punishing drought, regulators are preparing to do the same thing.
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Walmart Sources Bottled Water from Dry California

Walmart Sources Bottled Water from Dry California | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Walmart is the latest company under pressure to stop sourcing its bottled water from drought-stricken California. According to

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Analysis: In boosting climate goals, California daring others to follow

Ambitious new targets aim to improve economy, environment
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I love the inclusion of the failed doomsayers predictions.

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Pope Francis poised to weigh in on climate change with major document

Pope Francis poised to weigh in on climate change with major document | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Even unseen, the encyclical is attracting outrage from conservatives and praise from environmentalists.

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Growth of urban neighborhood Wal-Mart

Growth of urban neighborhood Wal-Mart | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Maybe you saw the Wal-Mart growth map I made a while back. NPR takes a much closer look at Wal-Mart's current growth strategy, as the store goes smaller and caters to more urban areas. That means l...
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8 ways you are killing the environment that you probably didn't even realize

8 ways you are killing the environment that you probably didn't even realize | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Keurig coffee makers aren't the only culprits here.
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I find these types of stories very interesting.  One because the get so much press and two because they really are pretty stupid.  While all these things can stand to be improved upon, it is a far cry from a holistic list that really looks at the real drivers of problems.  This is very much the treating the symptom/ignoring the 400 lbs gorilla in the room type of story.

 

Can anyone say Climate change?  Population size?  Energy systems?  Food systems?  Consumerism?

 

 

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B Team Leaders Call for Net-Zero Greenhouse-Gas Emissions by 2050 - The B Team

B Team Leaders Call for Net-Zero Greenhouse-Gas Emissions by 2050 - The B Team | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Geneva, 5th February, 2015 – Today, Leaders of The B Team running some of the world’s largest companies, called upon world leaders to commit to a global goal of net-zero greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions by 2050 – and urged business leaders to match this ambition by committing to bold long-term targets. The B Team’s ambition builds on recent talks …
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Using information in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report, the 2014 United Nations Environment Programme’s Emissions Gap Report, and other scientific literature, a new briefing note from Climate Analytics details timeframes for that goal. For a 66 percent likelihood of avoiding 2 degrees of warming by century’s end, GHG emissions would have to be 40–70 percent below 2010 levels by 2050 and would need to reach zero some time between 2080 and 2100, but energy and industry emissions of CO2 would have to reach zero no later than 2075 and perhaps as soon as 2060.

At the outset of the Geneva talks, The B Team, a group of leaders from the business and nonprofit sectors founded by Sir Richard Branson, referenced the 66 percent chance in endorsing a net zero emissions goal: “The B Team view a 1-in-3 chance of failure as an unreasonable risk scenario carrying significant cost implications, strengthening the business case for achieving net-zero GHG emissions by 2050.”

"Momentum is already growing in finance, business and political circles for a net zero goal," wrote Mary Robinson, the United Nations Secretary General's special envoy on climate change, in the foreword to The Business Case for Adopting the Long-Term Goal for Net Zero Emissions, a report published by Track0.org.

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BP's two-word fix for global climate change

BP's two-word fix for global climate change | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Oil supermajor BP says global carbon emissions will continue to rise well above what most scientists regard as safe levels in the years to come. While there's no silver-bullet solution to the threat of climate change, the company endorses one specific policy as a way to guide efforts.
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Apple's £1.25bn Europe data centres will run entirely on renewable energy

Apple's £1.25bn Europe data centres will run entirely on renewable energy | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Tim Cook says Apple’s two data centres, in Ireland and Denmark, will be among the largest in the world and have most advanced green building designs
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Scientists Produce Fake Rhino Horn to Stop Poaching

Scientists Produce Fake Rhino Horn to Stop Poaching | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
As the rhino population continues to dwindle around the world, scientists are thinking outside the box about how to save the endangered animals.

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Cheap solar cells made from shrimp shells

Researchers at QMUL have successfully created electricity-generating solar-cells with chemicals found the shells of shrimps and other crustaceans for the first time.
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Interesting!

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Sodexo Has A Beef With Food Certification Programs

Sodexo Has A Beef With Food Certification Programs | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Advocacy groups disagree about how to produce food sustainably and how to market it to consumers. Look no further than the more than 365 food certification programs out there, says one food company director.
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London’s Abandoned Underground Lines May Soon Become Self Sustaining Cyclist Highways

London’s Abandoned Underground Lines May Soon Become Self Sustaining Cyclist Highways | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
“Outside” is a horrible place for bicycles, as it’s full of weather and cars. However, Gensler, a design firm from the US, has proposed a radical idea: to transform London's abandoned metro and rail tunnels into bike lanes in a system they'd call the London Underline.

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