With Republican Attorneys General wasting no time filing their latest lawsuit against the Obama administration’s newly published Clean Power Plan to slash power plant carbon pollution by 32 percent, public health advocacy group Americans United for Change launched a digital ad campaign challenging them to quit doing the dirty work of their corporate polluter donors like the Koch brothers and instead welcome the economic and health benefits of the EPA’s new public health safeguards.
Imagine 37 million tons of food. Think of how many people that amount could feed, the money it cost to buy, and the resources needed to produce it. Then imagine almost every pound of that sitting in a landfill or incinerator instead of on someone’s dinner table. But it’s not an imaginary scenario: In 2013 alone, Americans threw out over 37 million tons—or 740 million pounds—of food.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced $8.4 million to support the work of 54 partner organizations in 35 states to provide training, outreach and technical assistance for socially disadvantaged, tribal and veteran farmers and ranchers. An additional $400,000 will help establish the Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers Policy Research Center at Alcorn State University in Lorman, Miss.
The Administration launches a national demonstration project to combat rural child poverty by forming a learning community for coordinated health, human service and workforce development service delivery
Over six million Americans in rural areas live in poverty, including about 1.5 million children. And in many of these communities, high rates of poverty have persisted for generations: over 300 rural counties have had poverty rates of over 20 percent in every Census since 1980. As President Obama has stated, “A child’s course in life should be determined not by the ZIP code she’s born in, but by the strength of her work ethic and the scope of her dreams.” In many rural places, that ZIP code equates to decreased access to critical services, fewer educational opportunities, and limited job choices.
The Georgia Institute of Technology and University of North Carolina's Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) will co-direct a new Big Data Regional Innovation Hub serving 16 southern states and the District of Columbia.
The South Big Data Regional Innovation Hub (South BD Hub) — jointly housed at Georgia Tech and UNC-Chapel Hill — is part of the National Science Foundation's Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs announced today. The initiative will address regional challenges through data analysis.
EPA's new guidelines will require dry handling for fly and bottom coal ash
Recently, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the long-awaited Steam Electric Power Generating Effluent Guidelines designed to limit toxic, liquid discharges from power plants into rivers and waterways across the U.S.