Air/Climate

Climate Change the Earth Day Target for Obama, U.S. Officials

Climate Change the Earth Day Target for Obama, U.S. Officials

  WASHINGTON, DC, April 22, 2014 (ENS) – An Earth Day Proclamation from President Barack Obama today contains a “dire” warning of the potent consequences of climate change and a pledge to protect Americans and all humankind...

 

IPCC: CO2 Emissions Soar, Yet Paths to Avoid Calamity Open

IPCC: CO2 Emissions Soar, Yet Paths to Avoid Calamity Open

  BERLIN, Germany, April 13, 2014 (ENS) - Global greenhouse gas emissions grew more quickly between 2000 and 2010 than in any of the three previous decades, reaching record levels despite a growing number of policies to reduce climate...

 

Keystone XL Pipeline Fight Heats Up as Decision Nears

Keystone XL Pipeline Fight Heats Up as Decision Nears

  WASHINGTON, DC, April 11, 2014 (ENS) – Two large national public health groups today wrote to Secretary of State John Kerry, joining a request for an in-depth human health study on the Keystone XL  pipeline before the President...

 

IPCC: Global Warming Impacts May Be ‘Irreversible’

IPCC: Global Warming Impacts May Be ‘Irreversible’

  YOKOHAMA, Japan, March 31, 2014 (ENS) – The effects of climate change are “already occurring on all continents and across the oceans,” yet the world is “ill-prepared for risks from a changing climate,” concludes...

 

IPCC Report: Climate Risks Grow As Earth’s Temperature Rises

IPCC Report: Climate Risks Grow As Earth’s Temperature Rises

  YOKOHAMA, Japan, March 28, 2014 (ENS) – Fast-rising sea levels, declining fisheries, more air pollution and an ice-free Arctic summer are projected by scientists and government representatives from around the world meeting now in...

 

Dirty Air Kills 7 Million People a Year: World Health Org

Dirty Air Kills 7 Million People a Year: World Health Org

  GENEVA, Switzerland, March 25, 2014 (ENS) – Breathing polluted air claimed the lives of some seven million people in 2012, the World Health Organization reports in new estimates released today, confirming that air pollution is now...

 

Air Pollution Data Used to Manage Traffic Flows

Air Pollution Data Used to Manage Traffic Flows

  LEICESTER, UK, March 25, 2014 (ENS) – Phasing traffic lights according to air pollution rates at the scale of a European city district could soon become a reality. But first, the complexity of air pollution models must be mastered. Poor...

 

ExxonMobil Agrees to Report Carbon Stranded Asset Risk

ExxonMobil Agrees to Report Carbon Stranded Asset Risk

  NEW YORK, New York, March 24, 2014 (ENS) – In response to a shareholder resolution, ExxonMobil, the largest U.S. energy company, for the first time has agreed to publish a Carbon Asset Risk report on the company website. The report...

 

Obama Opens Vast Climate Data Resources to Public Use

Obama Opens Vast Climate Data Resources to Public Use

  WASHINGTON, DC, March 20, 2014 (ENS) – The White House, federal agencies and private partners Wednesday unveiled the Climate Data Initiative, a project that gives local leaders across the country information to plan for the impacts...

 

Smoggy Paris Tries Odd-Even License Plate Strategy

Smoggy Paris Tries Odd-Even License Plate Strategy

  PARIS, France, March 18, 2014 (ENS) – In response to the thick blanket of smog that settled over Paris last week, Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault limited city traffic on Monday to drivers with odd numbered license plates. On Tuesday,...

 

U.S. Senators Pull a Climate Change All-Nighter

U.S. Senators Pull a Climate Change All-Nighter

  WASHINGTON, DC, March 10, 2014 (ENS) – From Monday evening, all night long until 9 am Tuesday morning, senators from the newly formed Senate Climate Action Task Force are holding the Senate floor to urge action on climate change. Nearly...

 

Four New Ozone-Destroying Gases Found in Atmosphere

Four New Ozone-Destroying Gases Found in Atmosphere

  NORWICH, England, UK, March 10, 2014 (ENS) – Four new gases have been detected in the atmosphere – all resulting from human activities and all contributing to destruction of the ozone layer. Research by scientists at the University...

 

Climate Figures Large in Obama’s FY 2015 Budget

Climate Figures Large in Obama’s FY 2015 Budget

  WASHINGTON, DC, March 4, 2014 (ENS) – President Obama today released a $3.9 trillion budget plan for Fiscal Year 2015 with many green features, including funds for his Climate Action Plan and a new Climate Resiliency Fund. President...

 

U.S. EPA Tightens Fuel Sulfur and Vehicle Emission Standards

U.S. EPA Tightens Fuel Sulfur and Vehicle Emission Standards

  WASHINGTON, DC, March 3, 2014 (ENS) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today finalized a rule intended to reduce air pollution from passenger cars and trucks by lowering the allowable sulfur content of gasoline and setting...

 

Obama Warns Canada, Mexico on Climate Impacts of Keystone XL

Obama Warns Canada, Mexico on Climate Impacts of Keystone XL

  TOLUCA, Mexico, February 20, 2014 (ENS) – Without revealing any decision, President Barack Obama Wednesday made his strongest statement to date on the potential environmental impact of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. The...

 

California Lawmakers Offer $687 Million Drought Relief Bill

California Lawmakers Offer $687 Million Drought Relief Bill

  SACRAMENTO, California, February 20, 2014 (ENS) – With California suffering its worst water shortage crisis in modern history, state elected officials Wednesday announced new legislation that would provide $687.4 million to help...

 

Obama, Hollande Cooperate on 2015 Global Climate Change Pact

Obama, Hollande Cooperate on 2015 Global Climate Change Pact

  WASHINGTON, DC, February 11, 2014 (ENS) – The leaders of France and the United States today agreed to expand their work to curb climate change in advance of the United Nations climate summit next year in Paris, where the world is...

 

World Bank Head Calls for Carbon Pricing to Rescue Climate

World Bank Head Calls for Carbon Pricing to Rescue Climate

  DAVOS, Switzerland, January 27, 2014 (ENS) – At the World Economic Forum in Davos, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim called for a price on carbon, requiring companies to disclose their climate risk exposure, and greater investment...

 

NASA to Launch Five Earth Science Missions to Space in 2014

NASA to Launch Five Earth Science Missions to Space in 2014

  WASHINGTON, DC, January 23, 2014 (ENS) – Five NASA Earth science missions will fly into space this year, with two of them headed for the International Space Station. NASA says the new missions will open more technically advanced...

 

Global Temperature Rise Persists Despite U.S. Cold Snap

Global Temperature Rise Persists Despite U.S. Cold Snap

  NEW YORK, New York, January 21, 2014 (ENS) – The year 2013 tied with 2009 and 2006 for the seventh warmest year since recordkeeping began in 1880, continuing a long-term trend of rising global temperatures, NASA scientists said...