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IPC announces updates to IPC-6012 and IPC-A-600.

April 9, 2010

IPC-A-600H, Acceptability of Printed Boards, features 95 new and updated photos and illustrations, which help inspectors understand anomalies that can impact performance and those that are cosmetic. Standard offers expanded coverage on topics such as solder mask coverage, etchback, via fill, and flexible circuits. Determining how many boards and/or test coupons to check is addressed by IPC-A-600's companion document, IPC-6012C, Qualification and Performance Specification for Rigid Printed Boards. Read More

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October Date Announced for IREC's annual meeting.

April 8, 2010

Offering information on pressing renewable energy issues as well as opportunity to reconnect with colleagues, IREC's 2010 Annual Meeting is scheduled for October 11, 2010 in Los Angeles, CA. It will highlight work in key program areas of connecting to grid and regulatory activities, green workforce education, ISPQ credentialing, and small wind certification. Also, colleagues from DSIRE database will provide information on latest trends in incentive and rebate policies across U.S. Read More

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WMO celebrates 60 yr of service to human safety.

April 8, 2010

On World Meteorological Day, March 23, 2010, World Meteorological Organization (WMO) celebrated theme, WMO - 60 Years of Service for Your Safety and Well-Being. Event was celebrated by National Meteorological and Hydrological Services in 189 member states/territories. Achievements of WMO include alerts on thinning ozone layer/climate change and work on early weather warning systems. Organization held ceremony at Geneva headquarters which included presentation by Dr. Osvaldo F. Canziani. Read More

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EPA proposes adding 16 chemicals to TRI list.

April 8, 2010

Established as part of Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act, Toxics Release Inventory list of reportable chemicals is a publicly available EPA database that contains information on toxic chemical releases and waste management activities reported annually by certain industries as well as federal facilities. EPA is proposing to add 16 chemicals to list and has concluded, based on review of available studies, that these chemicals could cause cancer in people. Read More

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EPA accepting applications for environmental training program.

April 8, 2010

U.S. EPA is accepting grant applications to help manage National Environmental Education Training Program over next 5 years. EPA will award one cooperative agreement, worth approximately $10 million over 5 years, which will provide teachers and other education professionals with resources and support to enable them to teach about environmental issues more effectively. Institutions of higher education and non-profit organizations in United States are eligible to apply. Read More

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EPA announces restrictions on pesticide phosphide fumigants.

April 8, 2010

U.S. EPA is requiring new restrictions on aluminum and magnesium phosphide products to better protect people, especially children, from dangerous exposures. Phosphide fumigants are used primarily to control insects in stored grain and other agricultural commodities. New restrictions prohibit all uses of products around residential areas, increase buffer zones for treatment around non-residential buildings that could be occupied by people or animals, and create more protective product labeling. Read More

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UNFCCC receives climate change pledges following Copenhagen talks.

April 8, 2010

Fifty-five countries that account for 78% of global emissions from energy use have submitted national pledges to UNFCCC to cut and limit greenhouse gases by 2020. Pledges were received following conclusion of climate change talks in Copenhagen. "They are clear signals of willingness to move negotiations towards successful conclusion," said Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of UNFCCC. Next round of formal negotiations is scheduled for end of May, 2010, in Bonn, Germany. Read More

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El Niño is in Decline but impacts may continue until Mid-2010.

April 8, 2010

El Niño event, which started in June 2009, continues to have widespread impacts. Effects have been seen in basin-wide Pacific Ocean conditions as well as climate patterns around world. Most likely outcome by mid-year 2010 is for El Niño to have decayed and near-neutral conditions to be re-established across tropical Pacific. Even during its decay over next few months, conditions associated with El Niño will continue to influence climate patterns at least through second quarter of year. Read More

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ICAC helps evaluate bids for activated carbon injection systems.

April 8, 2010

ICAC has released guidance on selecting and evaluating bids for activated carbon injection systems for coal fired power plants. Developed by ICAC's Mercury Control Technology Division, Bid Specification and Information Requirements and Bid Evaluation Form document will help purchasers compile information necessary to procure meaningful bids from suppliers of activated carbon injection systems. Read More

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Technological Collaboration formed to build artificial trees.

April 8, 2010

Columbia University and Global Research Technologies (GRT) have entered collaboration and licensing agreement for technology that extracts CO2 from atmosphere. Expectations are that, within 2 years, units would capture up to 1 ton of CO2 per day. Deemed synthetic trees, technology uses proprietary resins and processes to absorb CO2 from air at rates exceeding that of natural trees. With predicted lifespan of 15 years, products will consume minimal energy during carbon capture process. Read More

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UNEP launches IEA training materials at GEO-5 event.

April 8, 2010

UNEP launched Integrated Environmental Assessment (IEA) Training Package alongside First Global Intergovernmental and Multi-stakeholder Consultation on the Fifth Global Environment Outlook Report (GEO-5), in Nairobi, Kenya. Package includes training manual; community platform; e-learning modules, with interactive online training; and trainers database, which provides access to international network of experts. Manual is available in 6 official UN languages. Read More

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Hydrothermal Vents have been located off Antarctica.

April 8, 2010

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory has found evidence of hydrothermal vents on seafloor near Antarctica. By analyzing thousands of oceanographic measurements, geochemist Gisela Winckler and her Lamont colleagues pinpointed 6 spots on remote Pacific Antarctic Ridge - approximately 2,000 miles from New Zealand and 1,000 miles from west coast of Antarctica - where vents are likely to be found. Those sites are described in published paper in Geophysical Research Letters journal. Read More

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CITES Conference ends without agreement on marine species.

April 8, 2010

Intense 2-week meeting of Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora closed without agreeing on new trade measures to protect marine species. However, over 150 governments adopted decisions to strengthen wildlife management for several reptiles, combat illegal trafficking in tigers and rhinos, and update trade rules for wide range of plant and animal species. During meeting, 24 proposals were accepted, 10 were rejected, and 7 were withdrawn. Read More

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IREC issues ISPQ Accreditation and Certification awards.

April 8, 2010

IREC announced that 17 awards of Institute for Sustainable Power Quality accreditation/certification have been presented in first quarter. Candidates include Electric Education Center, Solar Living Institute, Infinite Solar Inc., David Compaan of AltE University, MREA, Clay Sterling, Matt Parks, Mark Morgan, Andy DeRocher, Christopher LaForge, Christine Hulet, Edward Zinthefer, Kurt Nelson, and Chris Folk. To achieve award, each candidate has gone through comprehensive application/audit process. Read More

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African Plan of Action devised to protect Indian Ocean.

April 8, 2010

Ministers and representatives of 10 African countries that share Western Indian Ocean signed agreement to protect their marine environment. Cooperatively devised, this 25-year program of action aims to ensure efficient management of marine and coastal environment in larger Eastern and Southern African regions. Specific issues addressed include increasing pollution of coastal waters, destruction/degradation of critical habitats, and challenges resulting from global climate change. Read More

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UNFCCC Report summarizes 2009 UN Climate Change Conference.

April 8, 2010

UN Climate Change Secretariat published results of last year's UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. Report details outcomes of UNFCCC Conference of Parties at its 15th session and Conference of Parties serving as meeting of Parties to Kyoto Protocol on its 5th session. Since closing of conference, UNFCCC has received submissions of national pledges to cut or limit emissions of greenhouse gases by 2020 from 75 parties, which together account for more than 80% of global emissions from energy use. Read More

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UN Climate Change Negotiations to take place in April.

April 8, 2010

Following conference in Copenhagen, next round of formal UN climate change negotiations under UNFCCC is scheduled to take place April 9-11 in Bonn, Germany. According to UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer, decision to intensify negotiating schedule underlines commitment by governments to move negotiations forward towards success in Cancun. This is further strengthened by number of countries that have written to the secretariat with their country communications since Copenhagen. Read More

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CCX Integrates Best Practices into offset project protocols.

April 7, 2010

CCX® integrated internationally recognized best practices into offset project protocols. Specifically, ISO 14064-2:2006 and ISO 14064-3:2006 are integrated into project protocols, program guidance documentation, and processes. Further integration of best practice greenhouse gas accounting methods is also specified, as are enhancements to program forms and documentation. Various project management protocols have also been included. Read More

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T&E states that motor lobby attack on van CO2 law lacks credibility.

April 7, 2010

According to T and E, some of Europe's biggest-selling vans are already close to meeting proposed EU CO2 targets for 2016 after making improvements in fuel efficiency this year. European Commission's proposal for binding CO2 targets for vans states that manufacturers should cut van emissions to 175 g of carbon dioxide per km by 2016. Meanwhile, car industry lobby continues to claim that EU proposals for binding reduction targets are unrealistic. That claim is not credible, says T and E. Read More

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Commitment to Green Electric Cars is needed in Europe.

April 7, 2010

Independent report, commissioned jointly by Friends of the Earth Europe, Greenpeace, and Transport and Environment, warned that putting more electric cars on the road could increase carbon emissions unless they run on green energy. The study warns that existing EU legislation on car emissions is flawed because it allows manufacturers to use sales of electric vehicles to offset continued production of gas-guzzling cars. Read More