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EPA Revises MPG Ratings

Saturday August 31, 2013

The EPA has announced that it will revise the way it rates gas mileage, or MPG, for many cars, in response to the growth of alt-fuel and hybrid vehicle technology.


"We're going to update general-labeling regulations," said Chris Grundler, director of the EPA's Office of Transportation and Air Quality. The update will cover "which vehicles need to be tested."

Given the importance consumers place on EPA gas mileage ratings, it's welcome news that the agency is keeping pace with innovations in the automotive industry.

Guns and Lead-Free Ammo

Saturday August 31, 2013

Hunting season is rapidly approaching, and some people are just as worried as the deer and turkeys ought to be.


It's not the hunting that bothers them per se, but the ammo. Shotgun pellets and bullets that contain lead -- a heavy metal that's linked to dozens of serious health conditions -- have become an environmental hazard as well as a concern for human health.

Lead-free ammunition, also sold as non-lead ammo or "green bullets," is getting more attention from smart hunters and conservationists alike.

Barrier Islands: Saving the Shores

Saturday August 31, 2013

For centuries, people have looked at barrier islands -- those long, silky strands of glistening white sand that are found off the coasts of many continents -- as summer playgrounds, forgotten as soon as autumn's chill starts to set in.

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No more. Especially in the wake of Hurricane Sandy and other storms, barrier islands are increasingly seen as critical natural elements that protect coastal resources, including beaches and coastal cities like New York, Miami and Boston.

Yet many are still intent on "developing" barrier islands, which usually means bulldozing sand dunes, paving over permeable soils and constructing parking lots, hotels and condos. Why is that a bad idea? Just ask anyone whose house was underwater during Hurricane Sandy.

How Green Is Your College?

Saturday August 31, 2013

For millions of people, this time of year is known as the back-to-school season, when dorms rooms and classrooms start filling up with eager (and not-so-eager) students and teachers.

It's also time for some to reassess just how green and environmentally conscious their school is -- or isn't. Sierra magazine, an official publication of the Sierra Club, has recently announced their 10 "Coolest Schools" list for 2013.

Did your school make the green college cut?

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