Surge in Rooftop Solar Power Causes Net Metering Increase

August 30, 2013- New technologies that enable consumers to use energy more efficiently are eroding the revenues of electric utilities. One way the utility industry has tried to stem the tide is by increasing consumers’ net metering costs.

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Do Economic Or Political Forces Shape Green Building Trends?

August 28, 2013- Two recent studies aim to highlight the underlying factors behind green building trends in different regions of the world.

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Hudson River Study: Widespread Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Linked to Untreated Sewage

August 26, 2013- "The risk of catching some nasty germ in the Hudson River just started looking nastier" reports ScienceDaily, citing new research published in the Journal of Water and Health that documented antibiotic-resistant strains of disease-causing microbes in specific spots within the Hudson River Estuary (HRE).

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Research Suggests Cleaner Air Brings More Storms

August 23, 2013- Could it be that pollution suppressed North Atlantic hurricanes during the 20th century? ScienceNews reports on research that suggests The Clean Air Act, which has improved breathing in American cities over the last few decades by reducing the level of atmospheric aerosol particles, may have been the primary cause of a recent increase in the number of tropical storms in the North Atlantic.

 

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World-Changing Technology Enables Crops to Take Nitrogen from the Air Instead Of Fertilizers

August 21, 2013- A major new technology developed by The University of Nottingham allows crops to take nitrogen from the air rather than via expensive and environmentally damaging fertilizers.

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OSHA Launches Campaign to Prevent Musculoskeletal Disorders among Health Care Workers

August 20, 2013- The Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced a campaign to raise awareness about hazards linked to musculoskeletal disorders among health-care workers responsible for patient care.

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Botanists View Global Biological Change in Special Issue

August 16, 2013- Many scientists are collaborating across disciplines, exchanging data and building models to track how climate change, including global warming, is affecting organisms and ecosystems.

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EPA Rules May Impact Viability of Refineries

August 14, 2013- Concern is growing that credits for compliance may be costing Pennsylvania refineries dearly – and potentially placing their operations in peril.



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OSHA Releases New Nail-Gun Safety Guidelines

August 12, 2013- Nail guns are used on construction sites every day. They increase productivity, but they also cause tens of thousands of serious injuries annually.

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Ford Cited For Asbestos Violations at Buffalo Plant

August 8, 2013- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Ford Motor Co. for eight violations related to asbestos exposure in a company metal-stamping plant in Buffalo, NY. Ford faces fines of up to $41,800, according to an Automotive News report. About 537 employees work at the stamping facility.

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Wal-Mart Pleads Guilty In Hazardous Waste Case

August 7, 2013- Wal-Mart Stores Inc. pleaded guilty in May to criminal charges of improperly disposing of fertilizer, pesticides and other hazardous products that were pulled from store shelves in California and Missouri because of damaged packaging and other problems.

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Fewer Military-Ready Employers Attend This Year’s SHRM Conference

August 5, 2013- Many Department of Labor and Department of Defense representatives who strive to help veterans transition into the workforce were missing from this year's Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) conference in Chicago.

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Recent Study Reveals Development of Guillain-Barré Syndrome is Unrelated To Vaccinations

August 2, 2013- Science News has reported that a large retrospective study did not find evidence of an increased risk of Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), an acute nerve-damaging condition, following vaccinations of any kind, including influenza vaccination.

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NIOSH Investigation Reveals No Long-Term Effects from Fiberglass at Steel Mill

August 1, 2013- NIOSH investigators have determined that fiberglass fibers at a steel mill are unlikely to cause long-term health issues, including respiratory disease, because the fibers’ large size and shape make them difficult to inhale into the lungs.

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