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Tuesday, July 29, 2014   15:52 GMT


Under Water
The EPAs Struggle to Combat Pollution
Naveena Sadasivam ProPublica
NEW YORK, 29 Jul (IPS) -

For years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been frustrated in its efforts to pursue hundreds of cases of water pollution repeatedly tied up in legal fights about exactly what bodies of water it has the authority to monitor and protect.
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U.S. Debating Historic Support for Off-Grid Electricity in Africa
Carey L. Biron
WASHINGTON, 21 Jul (IPS) - Pressure is building here for lawmakers to pass a bill that would funnel billions of dollars of U.S. investment into strengthening Africas electricity production and distribution capabilities, and could offer broad new support for off-grid opportunities.
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U.S. Ranks Near Bottom Globally in Energy Efficiency
Julia Hotz
WASHINGTON, 18 Jul (IPS) - A new ranking has lauded Germany for its energy efficiency, while condemning the United States for lagging near the bottom.
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Major Companies Push for More, Easier Renewable Energy
Carey L. Biron
WASHINGTON, 14 Jul (IPS) - Some of the largest companies in the United States have banded together to call for a substantial increase in the production of renewable electricity, as well as for more simplicity in purchasing large blocs of green energy.
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U.S. Overseas Coal Financing May Be Restarting
Carey L. Biron
WASHINGTON, 7 Jul (IPS) - Landmark new policies that have sharply curtailed U.S. financing for international coal projects may be rolled back, the result of a sudden, polarised fight over a little-known government agency here.
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Companies Urged to Disclose "Plastic Footprint"
Carey L. Biron
WASHINGTON, 23 Jun (IPS) - The environmental cost of the plastics used by corporations producing consumer goods likely mounts to more than 75 billion dollars a year, according to a first-time valuation released Monday by the United Nations and others.
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Green Groups Offer Broad Vision for Global Paper Sector Reforms
Carey L. Biron
WASHINGTON, 19 Jun (IPS) - More than 120 environmental groups from across the globe have offered a comprehensive vision document on how to enact, strengthen and implement sustainability reforms across the paper sector.
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Water Cut-off in U.S. City Violates Human Rights, Say Activists
Thalif Deen
UNITED NATIONS, 19 Jun (IPS) - When the United Nations reaches out to resolve a water or sanitation crisis, it is largely across urban slums and remote villages in Asia, Africa or Latin America and the Caribbean.
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U.S. Turns Attention to Ocean Conservation, Food Security
Michelle Tullo
WASHINGTON, 19 Jun (IPS) - A first-time U.S.-hosted summit on protecting the oceans has resulted in pledges worth some 800 million dollars to be used for conservation efforts.
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World Applauds Ambitious U.S. Carbon Cuts
Stephen Leahy
UXBRIDGE, Canada, 3 Jun (IPS) - New efforts by the U.S. to reduce its carbon emissions are being welcomed around the world. On Monday the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a plan to cut carbon emissions from power plants 25 percent from 2005 levels by 2020.
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