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The Green Life: Daily Roundup: April 1, 2010

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April 01, 2010

Daily Roundup: April 1, 2010

Mounting Policy: The EPA has adopted new policies to protect Appalachian people and waterways impacted by the hazardous effects of mountaintop-removal coal mining. EPA

Fueling New Standards: U.S. governmental agencies agreed on new vehicle standards to push fuel economy to 35.5 miles per gallon and slice carbon dioxide emissions to 250 grams per mile. The record changes are set to start in 2012, in an effort to save 1.8 billion barrels of oil. Washington Post

Uncertain Era: According to a recent study, we have entered a new geological era called the Anthropocene Epoch — a time that could bring with it the sixth largest mass extinction in Earth's history. ENN

Crashing Change: A new estimate says that 13,000 years ago, thousands of cometary fragments smashed into Earth, causing a global cooling of up to 8 degrees Celsius, and halting global warming shortly after the last ice age. ScienceDaily

Volting Energy: The U.S. Energy Department has committed $17.3 million to deploy hundreds of "synchrophasors" that could increase the amount of energy running through the high-voltage grid. New York Times

--Nicholas Mukhar

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