Avoiding more than 200 deaths`a year due to air pollution. Saving close to $2 billion a year in health spending. These are some of the “fringe benefits” Suffolk County, Massachusetts, could reap from the city of Boston’s ambitious plan to become carbon neutral by 2050, according to a research collaboration among NOAA, NASA, and the […]
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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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).
President Obama issued a threat today that he’ll veto the GOP’s latest attempt to muzzle the EPA’s regulation of CO2.
But this is just the latest in a string of such attempts, and probably won’t be the last
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 […]
[social_buttons] As I described in an earlier post, I was privileged to attend a DOE-sponsored scientific meeting last week about how the fast-moving science of “Genomics” is being applied to issues related to climate change. This was a meeting of scientists who are using state-of-the-art genetic technology, and in this post I’ll talk about how they are using […]
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 […]
Today is 350.org’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?
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.
By most accounts, the Obama administration’s “Cash for Clunkers” program is a resounding success.
They are everywhere. We can’t see them, but little by little they are destroying our way of life. But for the first time ever, they are being caught red-handed. They are greenhouse gases. And today Deutsche Bank unveiled the world’s first real-time carbon counter to measure these microscopic murderers.