Earth Day Network Blog Updates

New Study Reveals Impact of Global Warming on Marine Life

While the effect of climate change on land animal species is well-documented, our understanding of the way that climate change impacts marine life has been limited—until now. A recent study undertaken by scientists at 17 institutions across the world revealed startling impacts.

Notably, evidence showed that phytoplankton, zooplankton and bony fish are moving toward the poles at an average rate of 72 kilometers per decade, compared with the terrestrial average of 6 kilometers per decade.

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The Future of Green: Floating Offshore Wind Turbines

Today is the first day of our exciting new blog series: The Future of Green. Every other Friday we will post a blog about a cutting-edge and futuristic innovation in the world of green technology. Technology is one of several barriers that stand between today’s society and a sustainable future. The innovators we highlight through The Future of Green are shattering those barriers. Make sure to tune in every other Friday for a glimpse into the future of energy and sustainability.

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How Can a LEED-Certified Building Use So Much Energy?

When it opened in 2010, the Bank of America Tower was called one of the world’s “most environmentally responsible high-rise office buildings,” and it earned the praise of Al Gore and Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The building also received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification, the first time a skyscraper had earned this distinction.

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New Project Launched to Show Opposition to Fracking in Colorado

The state of Colorado has been at the epicenter of the fracking debate recently. As the people of Colorado continue to express their opposition to fracking—through local legislation and widespread protesting—Colorado Governor Hickenlooper continues to disregard this opposition. He has even sued communities for adopting fracking bans.

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Bipartisan Energy Efficiency Bill to be Brought to Senate Floor

The bipartisan Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act—introduced by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Rob Portman (R-OH)—will soon be brought to the Senate floor for debate.

The bill seeks to encourage and advance the use of energy efficient technologies in residential and commercial buildings, primarily through updating building codes to integrate energy efficiency standards. There are several components to the bill:

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The Effect of Nature on Cognition

Being outside for recess is what students look forward to every school day. People say being outside is good for your health. They say connecting with nature is vital. But how important is it, and how does it improve health – especially your mind?

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EPA Issues Second Edition of "Our Built and Natural Environments"

The EPA’s Office of Sustainable Communities Smart Growth Program recently issued the second edition of “Our Built and Natural Environments.” They use the term “Built Environment” to describe the patterns of development, transportation infrastructure, and building location and design. The report provides a review of the interactions between land use, transportation, and environmental quality by measuring and analyzing the status of and current trends in the built environment.

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Bipartisan Support for No Child Left Inside Act of 2013

The No Child Left Inside Act of 2013 is making headway in Congress with bipartisan support, as U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI), Mark Kirk (R-IL) and U.S. Representatives John Sarbanes (D-MD) and Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA) have re-introduced the legislation in an effort to strengthen and expand environmental education in America’s classrooms. This bill will allow federal assistance to states and provide schools with tools and funding they need to incorporate quality environmental education into their school’s curricula.

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23 Students Fatally Poisoned by Pesticides in India

Twenty-three students in India were fatally poisoned last week by school lunches contaminated with organophosphate-based pesticides. The children—all between the ages of five and 12—immediately became ill after eating a meal of rice and potato curry in Chapra, located in the impoverished eastern state of Bihar, India. Twenty-four other children and the school cook are being treated at Patna Medical College and Hospital.

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Senate Confirms Gina McCarthy as Administrator of EPA

The Senate finally confirmed Gina McCarthy as the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency yesterday, following 136 days of delay, during which McCarthy fielded over one thousand questions from Congressional Republicans.

McCarthy’s resume is impressive. She has previously served as the EPA Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation, commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, and environmental advisor for five Massachusetts governors.

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