11/13/13 by Rebecca Rider

Unraveling the Science behind the Climate Change Debate

Dr. Francis Koster unraveled the science behind the current climate change debate November 12 at the Center for the Environment facility on the Catawba College campus.

Koster, author of Discovering the New America: Where Local Communities are Solving National Problems, began his presentation by putting the climate change debate into historical context. The controversy it has given birth to is difficult to understand without first looking at how society has dealt with similar paradigm shifts in the past. Koster explained that many new scientific theories, like the discovery that the earth revolves around the sun or the research which showed that germs cause disease, shared similar struggles.

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10/31/13 by Juanita Teschner

Rowan-Salisbury Schools Save Energy and Money through Conservation

Rowan-Salisbury Schools have reduced their carbon emissions by 62,775 tons and saved nearly $10  million in the past 10½ years through a concerted effort to save energy.

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10/29/13 by Juanita Teschner

Businesses May Try Out Propane Autogas Vehicle

EDITOR’S NOTE: This information was provided by the Centralina Council of Governments.

Would your business like the opportunity to try out a propane autogas vehicle for free? 

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10/11/13 by Juanita Teschner

Grant Helps Fund Energy Upgrade at Trinity Oaks Retirement Center

Trinity Oaks Retirement Center in Salisbury used a grant funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for an energy efficiency upgrade that is netting the campus significant savings in both energy and money. In fact, officials estimate they will save more than $32,000 a year on the center’s  electric bill.

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09/19/13 by Juanita Teschner

Sixth Graders Get a Visual Lesson in Air Pollution

Small groups of Cabarrus area sixth graders all watched as their glasses of clear water became darker and darker. Imagining that the water was the air we breathe, they learned about air pollution Sept. 10-12 at the Cabarrus County Fair’s Agribusiness and Environmental Science Field Days.

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07/25/13 by Juanita Teschner

Air Pollution Linked to Autism

A recent study by the Harvard School of Public Health suggests that high levels of air pollution can have an adverse effect on fetuses, increasing the likelihood of autism.

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07/25/13 by Juanita Teschner

Study: Air Pollution Kills More Than 2 Million a Year

More than two million people die each year from outside air pollution, according to a study published July 11 in Environmental Research Letters.

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07/21/13 by Juanita Teschner

Rowan Transit System Converts 10 Buses to Propane

The Rowan Transit System (RTS) has converted 10 of its 28 buses to propane, a low-carbon, clean-burning fuel.

Eight eight-passenger lift vans and two 14-passenger mini-buses are now dual-fuel vehicles. Drivers start the engines with gas and then, when the temperature rises, they switch to propane. If they run out of propane, they can push a button and switch back to gas.

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07/15/13 by Juanita Teschner

DOT Energy Award Supports North Carolina Alternative Fuel Efforts

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is an abbreviated story from the N.C. Solar Center’s website. For more information, visit  Twitter: @NCSolarCenter.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation is supporting efforts led by the N.C. Solar Center at N.C. State University in Raleigh to reduce transportation related emissions with a three-year $6,200,000 award for the Clean Fuel Advanced Technology (CFAT) project.

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07/14/13 by Juanita Teschner

Marine Alternative Drive System Approved by EPA

EDITOR’S NOTE: This announcement was released July 11, 2013, by the Clean Diesel News.

The Environmental Protection Agency recently approved the verification of the Foss Maritime Company and Aspin Kemp & Associates (Foss Maritime / AKA) XeroPoint Hybrid Tugboat Retrofit System (XeroPoint). XeroPoint is an alternative drive system for use on certain marine vessels. XeroPoint includes a new generator and engine set, modification to the vessel's propulsion system, an energy management system, and other components to reduce emissions and fuel consumption for harbor tugboats.

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