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News Release: EPA U.S. EPA Administrator Kicking Off Earth Week Tour on Climate Action Plan / McCarthy traveling to New York, Boston, Cleveland, Atlanta and Memphis

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April 18, 2014

EPA U.S. EPA Administrator Kicking Off Earth Week Tour on Climate Action Plan
McCarthy traveling to New York, Boston, Cleveland, Atlanta and Memphis

WASHINGTON – In recognition of Earth Week, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy is taking to the road to ask Americans to act on climate change through simple actions to reduce carbon pollution in their daily lives.

Administrator McCarthy will participate in various events to promote President Obama’s Climate Action Plan and will focus on responsible steps to cut carbon pollution to slow the effects of climate change and leave a cleaner, more stable environment for future generations. She will also explain how the plan seeks to decrease the threats to public health and anticipate challenges from severe weather associated with a changing climate, while encouraging clean energy innovation and growth in green jobs.

Details about the events will be made available next week.

11 PM EDT: Administrator McCarthy will be a guest on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart to talk about President Obama’s Climate Action Plan.

12 Noon EDT: Administrator McCarthy will participate in an event at the New England Aquarium with U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Dr. Ernest Moniz, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, Aquarium President & CEO Bud Ris, the Massachusetts Congressional delegation, and teens from the Aquarium’s three youth programs to discuss action on climate change.

7 PM EDT: Administrator McCarthy and Secretary Moniz will throw the first pitch at the Red Sox vs. Yankees Game at Fenway Park.

10:35 AM EDT: Administrator McCarthy will join the American Lung Association and public health partners for a press conference on health impacts of air pollution at the Cleveland Clinic.

11:30 AM EDT: Administrator will deliver the keynote address at the Climate and Energy Funders Group Annual Meeting.

6:30 PM EDT: Administrator McCarthy will join the Hip Hop Caucus “Act on Climate Tour” to speak about the disproportionate impacts and the costs of climate change.

Time TBA: Administrator McCarthy will participate in a media tour of the Partnership for Sustainability’s investments in Memphis with HUD Secretary Donovan and DOT Secretary Foxx. The tour will highlight the impact of Partnership investments in the community.

To learn more about Earth Day and how you can make a difference at


News Release: “How’s My Waterway” Now More User-Friendly / App Lets Users Check Health of Waterways Anywhere in the US

Julia Q. Ortiz

April 18, 2014

“How’s My Waterway” Now More User-Friendly
App Lets Users Check Health of Waterways Anywhere in the US

— The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released an enhanced version of “How’s My Waterway,” an app and website to help people find information on the condition of thousands of lakes, rivers and streams across the United States from their smart phone, tablet or desktop computer.

The How’s My Waterway app and website,, uses GPS technology or a user-entered zip code or city name to provide information about the quality of local water bodies. The new version of the site includes data on local drinking water sources, watersheds and efforts to protect waterways, as well as a map-oriented version of “How’s My Waterway” designed for museum kiosks, displays and touch screens, available at:

“Communities and neighborhoods across the U.S. want to know that their local lakes, rivers and streams are healthy and safe to enjoy with their families, and providing that information is a priority for EPA,” said acting assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Water Nancy Stoner. “The enhanced version of ‘How’s My Waterway’ provides easy, user-friendly access to the health of the places we swim, fish and boat, where we get our drinking water, and what is being done to curb water pollution. People can get this information whether researching at a desktop or standing streamside looking at a smart phone.”

The enhanced version includes new data and improvements based on user feedback to the original site, including localized information on:

  • The waterways that supply drinking water to communities.
  • The health of watersheds and organizations working to protect watersheds.
  • Permits that limit pollutant discharge into waterways.
  • Efforts to restore waterways to protect and improve fish habitats by the National Fish Habitat Partnerships.

Here’s how to use “How’s My Waterway”:• SEARCH: Go to and allow GPS technology to identify the nearest streams, rivers or lakes or enter a zip code or city name.

• REVIEW: Instantly receive a list of waterways within five miles of the search location. Each waterway is identified as unpolluted, polluted or unas­sessed. A map option offers the user a view of the search area with the results color-coded by assessment status.

• DISCOVER: Once a specific lake, river or stream is selected, the How’s My Waterway app and website provides information on the type of pollution reported for that waterway and what has been done by EPA and the states to reduce it. Additional reports and technical information is available for many waterways.Read simple descriptions of each type of water pollutant, including pollutant type, likely sources and potential health risks.

• EXPLORE: Related links page connects users to popular water information on beaches, drinking water and fish and wildlife habitat based on a user’s search criteria.

EPA will also host a free webinar for the public on the new features of How’s My Waterway on April 23 from 1 to 3 p.m. EDT. More information on the webinar:


NASA Ames Research Center News and Features Update

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NASA Completes LADEE Mission with Planned Impact on Moon’s Surface
04/17/2014 08:00 PM EDT

Ground controllers at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., have confirmed that NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft impacted the surface of the moon, as planned, between 9:30 and 10:22 p.m. PDT Thursday, April 17.

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Act On Climate: Become a Climate Citizen Scientist for Earth Day 2014

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Act On Climate: Become a Climate Citizen Scientist for Earth Day 2014
04/18/2014 09:13 AM EDT

By Rebecca French Did you know that everyone can participate in climate change research? Public participation in scientific research—“citizen science”—has a long and proven track record. And you and your family can join in on the fun! Using data from a 114-year-old citizen science project, the Christmas Bird Count, EPA scientists have identified an important […]

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NEWSLETTER 18.04.2014

Antje Findeklee Liebe Leserinnen und Leser,

die Frage: “Wie entstand die Welt?” ist vielleicht so alt wie der Mensch selbst. In jedem Fall suchten auch Forscher des Mittelalters eine Antwort darauf. Erstaunliche moderne Konzepte vertrat dabei Robert Grosseteste, dessen Werke ein Team aus Naturwissenschaftlern und Historikern unter die Lupe genommen haben: “Die Physik der Kristallsphären”

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European Space Agency Flickr Update

Modern city
17-04-2014 11:11 AM CEST

europeanspaceagency posted a photo:

Modern city

This image of a city at night was taken by an astronaut on the International Space Station at 21:03 GMT on 10 February 2012. The city is so far unidentified, can you help?

The picture was taken over Kazakhstan and the place is obviously a modern city. The straight, orderly lines of streetlights are signs of 20th century building rather than the gradual, organic growth seen in older cities.

If you know which city this is write it down in the comments. The first correct and confirmed answer wins a small prize.

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