Daily Sprout

EPA Finalizes Endangerment Finding: The EPA said today “that greenhouse gases (GHGs) threaten the public health and welfare of the American people. EPA also finds that GHG emissions from on-road vehicles contribute to that threat,” paving the way for the agency to regulate emissions rather than awaiting action from Congress.– EPA Press Release, Associated Press

Green Tech Patents Enter the Fast Lane: The Obama administration vowed today to streamline the patent review process for green technologies, starting with a pilot program meant to reduce the patent review time from 40 months to 12 months. The first 3,000 petitions that are filed will be considered on an expedited basis. — Greenwire via NYT

Tata Seeks to Tackle Low-Cost Water Treatment: Mumbai-based Tata Chemicals, a division of the Tata Group, said today it has launched a new, low-cost water purification device called the Tata Swach. Operating without running water or electricity, the device is meant to benefit rural India‚Äôs low-income population. — Cleantech Group

China Eyes Emission Cuts by 2040: China’s science and technology minister said in an interview today that the country’s greenhouse gas emissions will peak between 2030 and 2040, a comment that represents “the closest the world’s biggest emitter has come to setting a target for when its output of greenhouse gases will start to fall.” — The Guardian

Nissan LEAF to Hit SF Bay Area Next Year: As part of a collaboration with the Bay Area EV Corridor program, Nissan has committed to making its LEAF electric vehicle commercially available in the San Francisco Bay Area upon its debut in December 2010. — Press Release