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Electric Vehicle Audi A3 e-tron Pilot Program announced in Four US Cities

Audi A3 e-tron - Audi

(Best Syndication News) - A new Audi A3 e-tron pilot program will be launched in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., and Denver markets. The announcement was made by Audi at the TED2012 conference that is going on in Long Beach, California this week.

The automaker will be investigating real world driving scenarios using the A3 e-tron electric vehicles. By driving in urban environments they can measure how well the e-tron technology functions. Audi engineering teams in the US and in Germany will analyze the yearlong pilot program.

The US Postal Service is going Green and Saving Money

Go Green Forever postage stamp - USPS

(Best Syndication News) - The US Postal Service (USPS) has been struggling with making ends meet. One way that the USPS has been saving money is by going green. The government agency estimates it has saved over $34 million and also created $24 million in revenue by reducing petroleum fuel, consumables, water and energy usage. They also have reduced the amount of solid waste that was sent to landfills.

To further promote their environmental message, they have created the “Go Green Forever” stamps that offer the reduce, reuse and recycle messages.

Nationwide, the USPS has 400 lean green teams that have the motto “leaner, greener, faster, smarter” message. These teams were tasked with the job of finding ways to put into action low or no-cost sustainable practices at their facilities by 2015.

Two HUD Grant Programs offer $95 Million in Funding Opportunities

House Money - BSN

(Best Syndication News) - The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced the availability of $95 million in funds for two grant programs aimed at helping people who receive HUD rental assistance. One grant helps finance job training and education to help them get better paying jobs. The other grant program is designed to help keep senior citizens or disabled people in their home.

The grant programs are called the Housing Choice Voucher Family Self-Sufficiency Program (HCV-FSS) and the Resident Opportunities and Self Sufficiency Program-Service Coordinator (ROSS-SC).

Housing Choice Voucher Family Self-Sufficiency Program (HCV-FSS) has a deadline to apply by April 24, 2012. This grant program has allocated $60 million for funding education and job training to help Section 8 renters an opportunity to increase their income.

Summers in US are hitting Extreme Temperature More Often

Sun and thermometer - BSN

(Best Syndication News) - Extreme temperatures are occuring more often than before, according to research at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

The lead researcher, Phil Duffy, and his colleagues analyzed summer temperature history data dating back to 1950 in the lower 48 contiguous states. They found that the extreme temperatures have occurred more often in the latter years. Based on this data, the researchers created a climate model projecting potential temperatures through 2064.

Duffy suggests that increasing greenhouse gas concentrations may be the cause of the increased extreme summer temperatures. “It is extremely unlikely that the observed increase has happened through chance alone,” Duffy said.

6.0 Magnitude Earthquake shakes off the Shores of Oregon

Earthquake map - USGS.gov

(Best Syndication) An earthquake with a 6.0 magnitude rating shook approximately 150 miles off the shore of Coos Bay, Oregon this February 14, 2012 at 7:31 pm PT. The US Geological Survey reported that the earthquake was located at 43.536°N, 127.381°W with the depth of the epicenter at 6.2 miles.

The nearest city to the earthquake was 159 miles away from Coos Bay Oregon. The second closest city was Newport, Oregon. There was a trickle of reports coming in to the USGS responding if they felt it and if there was any damage. The NOAA government agency reported that they do not expect a tsunami from this event.

On Monday, a sizable 5.6 earthquake shook in Northern California at a 5.6 magnitude. The earthquake was in a rural area near the border of Oregon. This earthquake was located 31 miles northeast of Eureka, California.

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