Browsing the "Greenhouse Gases" Tag

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European Commission calls for net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050

The European Commission announced on Wednesday that it had adopted a new long-term strategy that will aim to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 through investing in “realistic” technological solutions, empowering the citizenry, and aligning action in key areas such as industrial policy, finance, and research. By Joshua S Hill Cleantechnica Announced just days […]

November 30th

In response to IPCC climate change report, UK looks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to zero

To mark the launch of the UK’s first-ever Green GB & NI Week, the country’s Energy and Clean Growth Minister Claire Perry has written to the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) asking for advice on a range of questions, spurred by the publication of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C which […]

October 15th

Climate Action: Trump admin ordered no regulation on HFCs. New York pushes ahead anyway.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced this week that his administration will phase out the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), one of the most powerful climate pollutants on earth. By directing the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to promulgate regulations to remove HFCs from common use, Cuomo is contravening Trump administration federal mandates not to regulate […]

September 14th

Is Trump getting smarter on greenhouse gases? (Short answer: NO)

Last November, the Trump administration made a subtle but surprising announcement in that it supported the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, a global agreement to reduce certain types of greenhouse gases. At the Montreal Protocol’s 30th Anniversary meeting, nations of the world came together to discuss how to continue reducing chlorofluorocarbons, or CFC emissions, which have largely […]

February 6th

Supreme Court hears one more case on EPA and greenhouse gases

By Meteor Blades The U.S. Supreme Court heard extended oral arguments Monday morning on its third major Environmental Protection Agency greenhouse gas regulatory case in seven years. You can see the preliminary transcript here. Predictions of Court rulings based on questioning in oral arguments from the justices is always risky. But after winning the previous cases, the […]

February 24th

GOP Votes to Repeal Climate Science

Well, the House went ahead and did it today, voting 255-172 to strip the Environmental Protection Agency of any possible option for fighting climate change and global warming.

The Tea Party wing of the GOP (which is pretty much everyone at this point) argued that the science isn’t settled yet. They argued that the EPA went too far. They argued that it would kill jobs. They argued that it should be Congress that sets policy, not “unelected bureaucrats” (although it was the Supreme Court and a bunch of states that reminded the EPA during the Bush years that they had to enforce the Clean Air Act, which was pretty clear on the issue).

April 7th

EPA Moves Forward on Carbon Regulation – A Little

After months of delays and piles of legal filings, it looks like the Environmental Protection Agency will finally begin implementing rules to cut back our nation’s output of greenhouse gases. Cutting back on carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide and methane will not only help fight global warming and climate change – it’ll help increase efficiency, which […]

December 22nd

Is Sea Level Rise Really a Big Deal?

When last weekend’s Chilean earthquake sent people across the Pacific rim scrambling to deal with the risk of a tsunami, there was an added danger. It was a “King Tide” – the location of the sun and the moon meant their gravitational pull was at its maximum. That, combined with the warmth of the ocean water […]

March 3rd

Can We Really Get Back to 350 ppm?

Today is’s International Day of Climate Action, during which people around the world are trying to call attention to our need to bring the levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere back down to 350 parts-per-million (ppm). A noble cause, to be sure — but can we actually do it?

October 24th

Senate Fights For EPA’s CO2 Regulation Power

In the midst of a week when climate change finally stole back some of the spotlight that had been hogged by health care reform for months, the Senate fought off a potentially devastating attempt to emasculate the EPA and its recently won power to regulate greenhouse gases.

September 26th