Air/Climate

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...

 

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...

 

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,...