Gov/Politics

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

British Plan to Eradicate Bovine TB Backs Off Badger Cull

British Plan to Eradicate Bovine TB Backs Off Badger Cull

  LONDON, UK, April 4, 2014 (ENS) – A comprehensive strategy to eradicate bovine tuberculosis in England by 2038 was released Thursday by Environment Secretary Owen Paterson. Paterson’s strategy abandons previous plans to extend...

 

Loss of Crimea Changes Ukraine’s Energy Picture: Robert Bensh

Loss of Crimea Changes Ukraine’s Energy Picture: Robert Bensh

  KIEV, Ukraine, March 21, 2014 – Energy and energy security expert Robert Bensh explains how Russia’s takeover of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula will shape the oil and gas industry in an exclusive interview with James Stafford...

 

Obama Backs Off Expensive, Risky MOX Nuclear Fuel Facility

Obama Backs Off Expensive, Risky MOX Nuclear Fuel Facility

  WASHINGTON, DC, March 7, 2014 (ENS) – President Barack Obama’s budget request for Fiscal Year 2015 withdraws federal funding for a long-delayed project to turn weapons-grade plutonium into fuel for nuclear reactors. The Mixed...

 

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...

 

State Dept. Review Clears Keystone XL Environmental Contractor

State Dept. Review Clears Keystone XL Environmental Contractor

  WASHINGTON, DC, February 27, 2014 (ENS) – The State Department Office of Inspector General has cleared the contractor that prepared the most recent environmental review of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline of allegations that the...

 

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...

 

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...

 

Enviros Criticize Obama’s State of the Union Address

Enviros Criticize Obama’s State of the Union Address

  WASHINGTON, DC, January 28, 2014 (ENS) – From the first words of his State of the Union Address tonight, President Barack Obama focused on jobs and economic growth. Even his support for cleaner sources of energy to combat climate...

 

UK Floods Persist, Cameron Blames Climate Change

UK Floods Persist, Cameron Blames Climate Change

  LONDON, UK, January 9, 2014 (ENS) – The River Thames continues to rise in response to recent heavy rainfall, and communities in the south of England should be prepared for further flooding this week from groundwater and rivers,...

 

EPA Senior Official Jailed for 32 Months After Fake Spy Scam

EPA Senior Official Jailed for 32 Months After Fake Spy Scam

  WASHINGTON, DC, December 19, 2013 (ENS) – John C. Beale, a former employee of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, was sentenced to 32 months in prison on Wednesday after he admitted perpetrating multiple frauds under the guise...

 

Asian Judges Create Network on Environment

Asian Judges Create Network on Environment

MANILA, Philippines, December 12, 2013 (ENS) – An Asian Judges Network on Environment has been formally launched in Manila, marking a new stage of cooperation among justices charged with enforcing environmental laws and helping to preserve...

 

Washington Voters Nix GMO Labels; Colorado Cities Ban Fracking

Washington Voters Nix GMO Labels; Colorado Cities Ban Fracking

  OLYMPIA, Washington, November 6, 2013 (ENS) – The ballot measure to require labeling of genetically modified foods in Washington State, Initiative 522, was defeated Tuesday by a record spending campaign by America’s food manufacturing...

 

Obama Creates Interagency Council and Task Force on Climate

Obama Creates Interagency Council and Task Force on Climate

  WASHINGTON, DC, November 1, 2013 (ENS) – To prepare the United States for the impacts of climate change already being felt across the country, President Barack Obama today established an interagency Council on Climate Preparedness...

 

Poll: EPA Shutdown Opposed, Speaker Boehner Out of Sync

Poll: EPA Shutdown Opposed, Speaker Boehner Out of Sync

  WASHINGTON, DC, October 17, 2013 (ENS) – In a public opinion poll released today, almost two-thirds of Americans said they opposed the near shutdown of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency during the 16 day-long government shutdown...

 

Supreme Court to Rule on EPA’s Right to Regulate Greenhouse Gases

Supreme Court to Rule on EPA’s Right to Regulate Greenhouse Gases

  WASHINGTON, DC, October 16, 2013 (ENS) – The U.S. Supreme Court said Tuesday that it will review an appeals court ruling that unanimously upheld the Environmental Protection Agency’s right to regulate greenhouse gases emitted...