Air/Climate

Europe’s ‘Dirty 30′ Power Plants Impair Climate Progress

Europe’s ‘Dirty 30′ Power Plants Impair Climate Progress

  BRUSSELS, Belgium, July 22, 2014 (ENS) – Carbon emissions from coal-burning power plants in the EU are undermining climate efforts, warns the latest “Europe’s Dirty 30″ report, released today by five large European...

 

Dirty Businesses Spread Pollution in Afghan Province

Dirty Businesses Spread Pollution in Afghan Province

By Hijratullah Ekhtyar JALALABAD, Nangarhar, Afghanistan, July 21, 2014 (ENS) – To escape the stifling summer weather of Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar province, Abdurrahman and his family sleep on their roof at night. But when...

 

Australia Repeals Price on Carbon, Climate Disaster Predicted

Australia Repeals Price on Carbon, Climate Disaster Predicted

  CANBERRA, Australia, July 17, 2014 (ENS) – Australia’s Senate has voted to repeal the price on emissions of the climate-warming gas carbon dioxide, a levy on the biggest polluters passed by the previous Labor government. The...

 

Tar Sands Protesters Confront Eastern Governors, Premiers

Tar Sands Protesters Confront Eastern Governors, Premiers

  BRETTON WOODS, New Hampshire, July 15, 2014 (ENS) – More than 100 people rallied Sunday outside the annual meeting of the Conference of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers in Bretton Woods to call on the region’s...

 

Group of 77 and China Agree to Fight Climate Change

Group of 77 and China Agree to Fight Climate Change

  SANTA CRUZ, Bolivia, June 16, 2014 (ENS) – “The fate of billions of poor people and the state of the planet depend on the success of our efforts,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told leaders of the Group of 77 and China...

 

Climate Risk to Island States Focus of World Environment Day

Climate Risk to Island States Focus of World Environment Day

  BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, June 5, 2014 (ENS) – Barbados, a small Caribbean island at the forefront of the fight against climate change, today hosted this year’s World Environment Day, leading United Nations-wide efforts to draw...

 

U.S. EPA Cuts Carbon Emissions From Existing Power Plants

U.S. EPA Cuts Carbon Emissions From Existing Power Plants

  WASHINGTON, DC, June 2, 2014 (ENS) – For the first time, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed to limit emissions of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide from existing power plants, the single largest source of carbon...

 

CO2 Levels Hit New High Across Northern Hemisphere

CO2 Levels Hit New High Across Northern Hemisphere

  GENEVA, Switzerland, May 28, 2014 (ENS) – For the first time, monthly concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere topped 400 parts per million in April throughout the Northern Hemisphere, the World Meteorological Organization...

 

Climate Change Is Destroying America’s Historic Treasures

Climate Change Is Destroying America’s Historic Treasures

  WASHINGTON, DC, May 27, 2014 (ENS) – Rising sea levels, relentless floods and rampaging wildfires are destroying landmark historic sites around the United States, warns the nonprofit Union of Concerned Scientists in a new report. The...

 

New EPA Rule Cracks Down on Oil Refinery Air Pollution

New EPA Rule Cracks Down on Oil Refinery Air Pollution

  WASHINGTON, DC, May 15, 2014 (ENS) – To protect neighborhoods located near oil refineries, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today proposed to update the air pollution standards for refineries – standards that environmental...

 

West Antarctic Glacier Collapse ‘Unstoppable’

West Antarctic Glacier Collapse ‘Unstoppable’

  IRVINE, California, May 13, 2014 (ENS) – A rapidly melting section of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet appears to be in irreversible decline, with nothing to stop the entire glacial basin from disappearing into the sea, according to...

 

Australia’s Abbott Government Dismantles Climate Safeguards

Australia’s Abbott Government Dismantles Climate Safeguards

  CANBERRA, Australia, May 12, 2014 (ENS) – Step by step, the Australian Coalition Government, headed by Liberal Prime Minister Tony Abbott, is tearing down the climate change mitigation and adaption measures put in place by the previous...

 

World’s Urban Air Quality Going From Bad to Worse

World’s Urban Air Quality Going From Bad to Worse

  GENEVA, Switzerland, May 12, 2014 (ENS) – Air quality in cities worldwide fails to meet World Health Organization guidelines for safe levels, putting millions at greater risk of respiratory disease, lung cancer and other serious,...

 

Thousands of Canadians Protest Pipelines, Tankers, Tar Sands

Thousands of Canadians Protest Pipelines, Tankers, Tar Sands

  VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Canada, May 11, 2014 (ENS) – A Vancouver beach was crowded Saturday with more than 1,000 demonstrators opposed to the Enbridge’s controversial C$6.5 billion Northern Gateway oil pipeline. Held at Sunset...

 

Obama Motivates 300+ Commitments to Solar, Energy Efficiency

Obama Motivates 300+ Commitments to Solar, Energy Efficiency

  MOUNTAIN VIEW, California, May 9, 2014 (ENS) – “Climate change is real and we have to act now,” said President Barack Obama today, announcing hundreds of commitments and executive actions to advance solar deployment...

 

Earth Could Warm 11 Degrees By 2100: U.S. Climate Assessment

Earth Could Warm 11 Degrees By 2100: U.S. Climate Assessment

  WASHINGTON, DC, May 6, 2014 (ENS) – By the year 2100, if greenhouse gas emissions stay on their current path, the global temperature could rise by more than 11 degrees Fahrenheit and sea levels could rise by up to four feet, affecting...

 

Climate Change Forecast to Worsen U.S. Ozone Pollution

Climate Change Forecast to Worsen U.S. Ozone Pollution

  BOULDER, Colorado, May 5, 2014 (ENS) – Americans across the country face a 70 percent increase in unhealthy summertime ozone levels by 2050, find scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder working with...

 

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Cross-State Air Pollution Rule

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Cross-State Air Pollution Rule

  WASHINGTON, DC, April 29, 2014 (ENS) – The U.S. Supreme Court today upheld the U.S. EPA’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, a clean air standard that requires 28 states in the East, Midwest, and South to cut emissions of pollutants...

 

Green Heart of Africa Turning Brown

Green Heart of Africa Turning Brown

  ALBANY, New York, April 24, 2014 (ENS) – Africa’s Congo rainforest, the second-largest tropical rainforest in the world, has lost its much greenness over the past decade, a new analysis of satellite data shows. The study demonstrates...

 

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...