Air/Climate

U.S. EPA Proposes Stricter Smog Standards

U.S. EPA Proposes Stricter Smog Standards

  WASHINGTON, DC, November 27, 2014 (ENS) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to tighten air quality standards governing ground-level ozone, or smog, to within a range of 65 to 70 parts per billion (ppb) to better...

 

EU Court Rules British Government Must Limit Diesel Exhaust

EU Court Rules British Government Must Limit Diesel Exhaust

  LUXEMBOURG, November 20, 2014 (ENS) – The United Kingdom must clean up illegal levels of air pollution “as soon as possible,” the European Court of Justice ruled Wednesday, in its first decision on the European Union’s...

 

Obama Pledges US$3 Billion to New Green Climate Fund

Obama Pledges US$3 Billion to New Green Climate Fund

  WASHINGTON, DC, November 17, 2014 (ENS) – The United States will contribute up to US$3 billion to the Green Climate Fund to help developing countries respond to climate change, and Japan will give up to US$1.5 billion, the leaders...

 

China, U.S. Back Global Climate Deal, Vow to Slash Emissions

China, U.S. Back Global Climate Deal, Vow to Slash Emissions

  BEIJING, China, November 12, 2014 (ENS) – The leaders of the world’s two biggest greenhouse gas emitting nations – China and the United States – today jointly pledged ambitious actions to limit climate change “for...

 

France Prepares to Lead the World in Low-Carbon Sustainablity

France Prepares to Lead the World in Low-Carbon Sustainablity

  PARIS, France, October 13, 2014 (ENS) – This past weekend Région Ile-de-France hosted the first World Summit of Regions for Climate on October 10 and 11 in Paris at the Palais d’Iena. The Summit was organized in partnership with...

 

Huge U.S. Methane ‘Hot Spot’ Detected From Space

Huge U.S. Methane ‘Hot Spot’ Detected From Space

  PASADENA, California, October 10, 2014 (ENS) – Just one location in the U.S. Southwest is responsible for producing the largest concentration of the greenhouse gas methane seen over the United States – more than triple the...

 

Human CO2 Emissions Blocking California’s Normal Rainfall

Human CO2 Emissions Blocking California’s Normal Rainfall

  STANFORD, California, October 6, 2014 (ENS) – The ‘Ridiculously Resilient Ridge’ formed by human-caused climate change has left California crippled by a withering record drought while diverting life-giving rainstorms...

 

Monsoon Rains Decline as Humans Pollute the Atmosphere

Monsoon Rains Decline as Humans Pollute the Atmosphere

  EDINBURGH, Scotland, October 3, 2014 (ENS) – Emissions produced by human activities have caused annual monsoon rainfall to decline over the past 50 years, new research has found. In the second half of the 20th century, the levels...

 

Obama, Modi Join Forces to Defeat Climate Change

Obama, Modi Join Forces to Defeat Climate Change

  WASHINGTON, DC, September 30, 2014 (ENS) – India’s new Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his first state visit to the White House, today agreed to  partner with President Barack Obama in building an effective response to the...

 

UN Climate Summit Delivers Commitments to Action

UN Climate Summit Delivers Commitments to Action

  NEW YORK, New York, September 23, 2014 (ENS) – New actions to immediately tackle climate change were announced today by government, business, finance and civil society leaders at the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Summit in New...

 

Bonn to Istanbul to New York: World Mayors Unite to Save Climate

Bonn to Istanbul to New York: World Mayors Unite to Save Climate

  NEW YORK, New York, September 23, 2014 (ENS) – To combat climate change, a global Compact of Mayors from cities across the world was launched today at the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Summit today at UN Headquarters. Cities...

 

World Bank Backs Carbon Pricing, Convenes Leadership Coalition

World Bank Backs Carbon Pricing, Convenes Leadership Coalition

  WASHINGTON, DC, September 22, 2014 (ENS) – China, the world’s biggest greenhouse gas emitter, is planning to put a price on carbon emissions to control climate change – along with many others. China joins a list of 73...

 

310,000 Join Historic March for Climate Action

310,000 Join Historic March for Climate Action

  NEW YORK, New York, September 21, 2014 (ENS) – The People’s Climate March Sunday drew an estimated 310,000 people to fill New York City streets with calls to world leaders for meaningful, immediate action to stop raising Earth’s...

 

Prosperity, Cooler Climate Can Coexist: Global Commission

Prosperity, Cooler Climate Can Coexist: Global Commission

  NEW YORK, New York, September 17, 2014 (ENS) – Lower carbon emissions and strong economic growth are both possible due to structural and technological changes in the world economy, finds a new report by a commission of global leaders...

 

Poor European Air Quality Linked to Poor Adult Lung Health

Poor European Air Quality Linked to Poor Adult Lung Health

  MUNICH, Germany, September 9, 2014 (ENS) – Children who suffer poor lung health from breathing polluted air are not alone – so do adults. In the first study of its kind, published Saturday, researchers from across Europe evaluated...

 

Air Toxics Cleared for U.S. Urban Dwellers

Air Toxics Cleared for U.S. Urban Dwellers

  WASHINGTON, DC, August 22, 2014 (ENS) – The air over U.S. metropolitan areas has improved during the 24 years since Congress passed the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990, finds a new report from the U.S. Environmental Protection...

 

Climate Change Threatens South Asian Economy, Bank Warns

Climate Change Threatens South Asian Economy, Bank Warns

  MANILA, Philippines, August 20, 2014 (ENS) – Climate change will slash up to nine percent off the South Asian economy every year by the end of this century if the world continues on its current fossil-fuel intensive path, the Asian...

 

Massive Peoples’ Climate March Planned for UN Opening

Massive Peoples’ Climate March Planned for UN Opening

  WASHINGTON, DC, August 6, 2014 (ENS) – Hundreds of thousands of activists plan to head for New York City on September 21 to take part in the People’s Climate March ahead of the United Nations Climate Summit. They hope it will...

 

Beijing Bans Coal-Burning to Clear the Air

Beijing Bans Coal-Burning to Clear the Air

  BEIJING, China, August 6, 2014 (ENS) – China’s capital city of Beijing will ban coal sales and the burning of coal in its six main districts by the end of 2020 to cut air pollution, local officials said on Monday. The Beijing...

 

California, Mexico to Collaborate on Climate, Firefighting

California, Mexico to Collaborate on Climate, Firefighting

  MEXICO CITY, Mexico, July 28, 2014 (ENS) – The governments of Mexico and California today agreed to work together to battle climate change and on joint fire emergency response along the 136-mile (220 km) border they share. On the...