As part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to accelerating American manufacturing and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz’s support of STEM education to create the next generation of engineers and manufacturers, the Energy Department has announced up to $10 million available to establish one or more graduate-level training programs at colleges and universities for engineers in power electronics. The training curriculum in power electronics—which control or convert electrical energy into usable power—will include cutting-edge wide bandgap semiconductors that can operate at higher temperatures, voltages, and frequencies, and are more durable and reliable than silicon-based counterparts. The five-year traineeships program will be implemented beginning in the fall 2016 school year and are concentrated on advanced power electronic equipment engineering, design and manufacturing.
Legal Analysis: Strong Likelihood EPA Climate Plan Will Stand Up in Court
The Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan is likely to prevail against an expected barrage of legal challenges by big polluters and their allies, according to legal experts at the Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club and Environmental Defense Fund.
Proposed Rule Will Lower Electricity Bills
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is expected to finalize the Clean Power Plan as early as Monday. The plan is designed to cut pollution from existing power plants 30 percent by 2030. It represents the most significant step the U.S. has taken to combat climate change, which will cause severe harm to our economy, infrastructure and health. The proposed EPA rules for new and existing power plants, if written correctly, will be the most important tool we have to reduce climate disruption while protecting consumers’ pocketbooks and health.
The Organic Center outlines techniques to protect pollinator population
An important and timely report released by The Organic Center shows that organic farming practices are effective in maintaining the health and population of important crop pollinators, predominantly bees, which have been declining at an alarming rate in the past decade and threatening global food security.
Chemicals Found in Dining Hall Food Have Been Restricted by the European Union due to Deadly Impacts on Pollinators
A new study by American Bird Conservancy (ABC) and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health has found bird- and bee-killing insecticides in nearly every food eaten by the nation's Senators, Representatives, and others who dine in the cafeterias of the United States Congress.
These pesticides, called neonicotinoids, are the nation's most widely used insecticides and persist in soils for months to years. The insecticides were banned by the European Union in 2013 and restricted by Ontario, Canada in 2015 because of their connection to the large-scale disappearance of pollinators. As an earlier ABC study reported, the pesticides are lethal to birds and to many of the invertebrates on which they feed.