EPA Seeks Reversal of Bush Era Pollution Policy

This week the Environmental Protection Agency is holding public hearings on a new proposed rule that would require steep reductions in the emission of mercury, arsenic, and other toxic air pollution from coal-fire power plants.

Coming to America: Tar sands oil from Canada?

EarthTalk® E - The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: What is “tar sands oil” and what is the controversy over possibly building a pipeline for it from Canada into the United States?     -- Bill Berkley, Omaha, NE  Tar sands oil (or “tar sands”) is slang for bituminous sand, a mixture of sand, clay, water and an extremely gooey form of petroleum known as bitumen, which resembles tar in appearance.

China: Industry Uses Sea as Giant "Trash Can"

Original source: China Daily

Reducing Global Energy Use

EarthTalk® E - The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: With all the talk of the need for safe, renewable energy sources, isn’t the elephant in the room really that we should use far less energy than we do? Wouldn’t more rules about conservation (like not leaving commercial building lights on all night) make the challenges easier?                 -- Jennifer B., New York, NY  In short, yes: Scaling back our energy consumption significantly, whether voluntarily or as a result of laws and regulations, would go a long way toward achieving our pollution reduction and air and water quality goals.

Michigan Public School Students Face Double Whammy

Republican budget cuts to public education aren't the only danger Michigan public school students face.