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Towards Clean and Smart Mobility

Transport plays a critical role in the way we live. Our food, clothes and household waste all need to be transported, contributing to our economy and quality of life. But the increasing use of planes, cars and other fossil-fuel dependent modes of transport…

The USGS Issues New Warnings About Coal-Tar-Based Pavement Sealcoat

April 22, 2016 - in Corporate, Environment, Maintenance, Roads

Coal-tar-based pavement sealant is a potent source of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), as documented by the USGS and other researchers. Coal-tar-based…

Investing in Nature Can Help China Solve Water Pollution Challenges

April 18, 2016 - in Analysis, Corporate, Renewal/Retrofit, Water

Beijing—The Nature Conservancy (TNC) released the China Urban Water Blueprint showing nature can be key to improving water quality for more than 150…

Urban Trees Provide Pollution Solution

December 7, 2015 - in Analysis, Corporate, Maintenance, Water

Urban environments Down Under aren’t all that different than those in the United States. They also struggle with contaminated water running off and causing pollution. In response, cities often use natural landscapes of soil, grasses, and trees. These biofiltration…

Standard Toxicity Analyses for Polluted Water Come Up Short

November 30, 2015 - in Corporate, Maintenance, Water

Bodies of water are “sinks”, and thereby bind contaminants particularly well. If even slightly toxic concentrations in water are to be detected, the growth and swimming behavior of small crustaceans, mini-snails and copepods should be used for ecotoxicological…

Five States and DC to Look at Options to Jointly Reduce Transportation Sector Carbon Emissions

November 25, 2015 - in Corporate, Planning, Transportation

NEW YORK, Nov. 24, 2015—Five Northeastern states and the District of Columbia announced a commitment today to look at options to jointly reduce carbon emissions from their transportation sectors, including market-based possibilities building upon the success…

Study Shows New Potential Indirect Effects of Humans on Water Quality

October 16, 2015 - in Corporate, Water

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL, Oct. 14, 2015—A study published today shows that a newly studied class of water contaminants that is known to be toxic and hormone disrupting to marine animals is present likely due in part to indirect effects of human activity.…

Study Finds that Pennsylvania Water Pollution Not Tied to Fracking

October 15, 2015 - in Corporate, Water

In the largest study of its kind, a Yale-led investigation found no evidence that trace contamination of organic compounds in drinking water wells near the Marcellus Shale in northeastern Pennsylvania came from deep hydraulic fracturing shale horizons, underground…

Could Contaminated Land Actually Be Good for Trees?

October 15, 2015 - in Corporate, Environment, Renewal/Retrofit

The very act of tolerating some forms of soil pollution may give trees an advantage in the natural world, says University of Montreal plant biologists. Their findings were published this week in BMC Plant Biology. High chemical tolerant plants can be used…

Hudson River Injury Determination Report Released

September 4, 2015 - in Analysis, Corporate, Water

Hudson River, N.Y. — The Hudson River Natural Resource Trustees (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of the Interior and the State of New York) released an injury determination report finding that the tested groundwater of three…