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  • EPA proposes to find that GHGs endanger the public health

    On April 24, 2009, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a proposed rule that would make two findings regarding greenhouse gases (GHG) under Section 202(a) of the Clean Air Act (CAA). First, EPA would find that atmospheric concentrations of GHGs endanger public health and welfare within the meaning of CAA Section 202(a). EPA would find that the current and projected concentrations ...

  • EPA Finalizes Rule to Reduce Climate-Damaging HFCs

    Today, the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing a rule to prohibit certain uses of chemicals that significantly contribute to climate change in favor of safer, more climate-friendly alternatives. This action responds to President Obama's Climate Action Plan by reducing emissions of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), a class of potent greenhouse gases used in air-conditioning, ...

  • EPA honors awardees for preserving the ozone layer (HQ)

    Scientists, federal investigators, international government officials, and a pop music artist are among the recipients of the 2010 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Montreal Protocol Awards. Honorees are being announced today to commemorate the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer. "Recognizing these accomplishments is important to foster innovation and inspire ...

  • Keeping the Great White North White

    Should permafrost thawing accelerate as expected, resulting carbon dioxide and methane emissions will significantly amplify global warming, according to a report published by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) titled Policy Implications of Warming ...


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  • Cooling without climate warming: Parliament backs F-gas ban

    The use of climate-unfriendly fluorinated gases should be banned in new air-conditioning appliances and refrigerators by 2022-2025, under draft rules approved by the European Parliament on Wednesday. These rules had already been informally agreed with EU ministers. Overall, the use of potent hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) greenhouse gases is to be reduced by 79% by 2030. ...


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  • Reducing Black Carbon Key to Protecting Arctic

    Sea ice loss and permafrost melt are self-amplifying feedbacks causing further warming. Arctic Ministers urge 'urgent action' to avoid irreversible global impacts    Arctic Environment Ministers are calling for "urgent action" to reduce black carbon, methane, and HFCs in order to help protect the Arctic and reduce the risk of setting off self-amplifying feedback mechanisms that ...


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  • EPA Publishes 21st Annual U.S. Greenhouse Gas Inventory

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its 21st annual Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks (GHG Inventory), today, which presents a national-level overview of ...

  • New York Mandates Global Warming Stickers on Cars, Trucks

    ALBANY, New York, August 7, 2007 (ENS) - Governor Eliot Spitzer Friday signed legislation requiring that automobile manufacturers affix 'global warming index' stickers to new cars and passenger trucks beginning in the 2010 model year. The stickers will detail carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases emitted by operating the vehicle. New York is the second state in the nation, ...

  • UN Says Global Carbon Neutrality Should be Reached by Second Half of Century, Demonstrates Pathways to Stay Under 2°C Limit

    In order to limit global temperature rise to 2°C and head off the worst impacts of climate change, global carbon neutrality should be attained by mid-to-late century. This would also keep in check the maximum amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) that can be emitted into the atmosphere while staying within safe temperature limits beyond 2020, says a new report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). ...

  • Climate change: Limiting short-lived pollutants cannot buy time on CO2 mitigation

    Targeting emissions of non-CO2 gases and air pollutants with climate effects might produce smaller benefits for long-term climate change than previously estimated, according to a new integrated study of the potential of air pollution and carbon dioxide mitigation. High hopes have been placed on limiting emissions of so-called short-lived climate forcers (SLCF) such as methane and soot for ...

  • SUPER Act to Slow Global Climate Change

    Environmental Investigation Agency: Late last week, Representative Scott Peters (CA-52) introduced the Super Pollutant Emissions Reduction Act of 2013 (the "SUPER Act") as a first step to stopping emissions of short-lived climate pollutants, to slow down the rate of climate change. Short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs), including methane, black carbon, hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), and ...

  • Lead up to Cancun - what`s in store?

    As the UN's Framework Convention on Climate Change's 16th Conference of the Parties (COP16) Nov. 29 - Dec. 10 in Cancun nears, observers scrutinizing international action and inaction since COP15 are looking to predict how the event may unfold. COP15's hot button issues of maximum temperature rise and reduction targets remain largely unaddressed. The ...


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  • EPA Honors Dunwoody’s Sprouts Farmers Market for its Climate Protection Efforts

    Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) honored Sprouts Farmers Market of Dunwoody, Georgia, for its innovative climate-friendly refrigeration technology. Regional Administrator Heather McTeer Toney presented the store with a GreenChill Platinum-Level Store Certification, the highest honor under the GreenChill Partnership program, for its deployment of a transcritical CO2 ...

  • EPA Publishes National U.S. Greenhouse Gas Inventory

    (Washington, D.C.) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released the national greenhouse gas inventory, which finds that ...

  • Canada provides further backing for action on black carbon and clean air

    The contribution of $10 million is in addition to Canada's previous contribution of $3 million to the CCAC's Trust Fund and $7 million for projects that support the mitigation of short lived climate pollutants in developing countries. The government of Canada has agreed to contribute over $10 million towards the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants ...

  • How to turn State of the Union address commitments into real climate action

    President Obama made it abundantly clear during the State of the Union address last night that he will direct his Administration to take on climate change. The president reiterated the urgency for action, citing climate impacts we’re already seeing like record ...

  • Western climate initiative releases trading plan

    Stakeholders from California, six other Western states and four Canadian provinces met today in a Workshop to review a draft plan released last week for one of the world’s largest carbon-trading systems, a sweeping effort to cut greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming. The Western Climate Initiative (WCI), similar to the market-based ETS in Europe, focuses on ...


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  • Black carbon ranked number two climate pollutant by US EPA

    The US Environmental Protection Agency concluded in a report to Congress that targeted strategies to reduce black carbon "can be expected to provide climate benefits within the next several decades," based on black carbon's strong warming potential and its short atmospheric lifetime of days to weeks.   EPA concluded that black carbon was likely to be causing more warming than any climate ...


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  • Climate change - there are solutions

    Emissions spewing into the atmosphere now could easily lead to atmospheric CO2 concentrations of 1,000 parts per million by the year 2200, effectively pushing the world beyond the tipping point for irreversible climate impacts, according to a survey of 14 renowned climate scientists published last week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. According to Dr. Myles Allen, a climate ...


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  • European parliament calls for fast action on climate change

    The European Parliament is calling for fast action to reduce non-CO2 climate forcers including black carbon soot, hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), methane, and ground-level ozone, which together are responsible for nearly half of climate forcing. The Parliament's call for action came in a ...


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