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Third Report to Congress: Highlights from the Diesel Emission Reduction Program

From goods movement to building construction to public transportation, diesel engines are the modern-day workhorse of the American economy. Though diesel engines are reliable and efficient, older ones emit significant amounts of exhaust including particulate matter (PM) and nitrogen oxides (NOX), which can harm human health. Despite the recent implementation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) most stringent emissions standards, approximately 10.3 million older diesel engines remain in use. EPA began awarding clean diesel grants in 2008 under the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA), a grant program created by Congress as part of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to reduce diesel exhaust from these older engines. EPA’s National Clean Diesel Campaign (NCDC) within the Office of Transportation and Air Quality administers the DERA grants. EPA awarded the first DERA grants in 2008, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) grants in 2009, and grants from funds appropriated in Fiscal Years (FY) 2009 through 2015. This Third Report to Congress covers final results from the Recovery Act and FYs 2009-2011 and estimated results and benefits from funding in FY 2011- 2013. Read More

Impact of Nuclear Shutdowns

The recent earthquake and tsunami that destroyed the nuclear power plants in Fukushima, Japan has led to an international reevaluation of policies related to nuclear power. Germany has decided to shut down all nine of its nuclear powerplants by 2022, and Switzerland will shut down all five of its plants by 2032. Nuclear power currently supplies 25% of Germany’s power, 39% of Switzerland’s power, and 20% of the electricity consumed in the U.S. A new study by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and DAI Management Consultants, Inc. shows that these decisions are not without significant economic and environmental consequences. Shifting to other types of power plants could affect the reliability of the electricity supply, electricity costs, air pollution, carbon emissions, and the reliance on fossil fuels like coal and natural gas. Read More

Active Climate Legislative Commissions and Executive Branch Advisory Groups

This map shows states with government bodies that study the impacts of climate change and recommend policies for mitigation and adaptation. Read More

Environmental Control Tech (HVAC&R): Building Operations Report

Research on the current situation and trends in buildings and facility operations. Summarizes the steps necessary for building automation technicians to obtain the skills required to operate high performance buildings today and in the future. Read More

Our Planet : Your Planet Needs You - practical action Our Planet : Your Planet Needs You - practical action

Our Planet is a periodical magazine published by the United Nations Environment Programme. This issue is devoted to examples of grass roots actions that result in positive changes around the world. Read More

Illinois Commodity/Waste Generation and Characterization Study

This study was conducted to find ways to reduce waste and increase recycling and composting in Illinois. The report contains data on the composition of residential and commercial waste from around the state and makes recommendations for future consideration. Read More

Ecoregion: Caribbean Ecoregion: Caribbean

This document is part of a set of educational resources for educators to encourage climate literacy. Read More

Streamlining Climate Change and Air Pollution Reporting: Final Report

The environmental policies currently being negotiated are likely to require Member State (MS) to control and report their emission of greenhouse gases (GHG) and air pollutants (AP) more precisely. While there are likely to be associated costs, it is also likely that the cost of timely and targeted action will be less than the longer term cost of inaction. A number of European Union (EU) legal instruments are used to regulate emissions – several of these are under review. The review not only needs to anticipate future policy needs but also assess the alignment of the various instruments and whether the burden on users can be further minimized. Read More

Our Planet : Sustainable Transport - On the Right Track

Our Planet is a periodical magazine published by the United Nations Environment Programme. This issue is devoted to policies meant to reduce the carbon emissions from cars, trucks, and planes by converting fleets to cleaner, renewable fuels, and by moving government subsidies from highway infrastructure to public transportation. Read More

Our Planet : Climate Change - Copenhagen: Seal the Deal

Our Planet is a periodical magazine published by the United Nations Environment Programme. This issue is devoted to the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference, know as the Copenhagen Summit, which sought an international agreement on climate change mitigation. Read More


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