carbon dioxide emissions

U.S. Power Plant Carbon Emissions Zoom in 2007

Article: U.S. Power Plant Carbon Emissions Zoom in 2007

WASHINGTON, DC, March 18, 2008 (ENS) – The biggest single year increase in greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. power plants in nine years occurred in 2007, finds a new analysis by the nonprofit, nonpartisan Environmental Integrity Project. The finding of a 2.9 percent rise in carbon dioxide emissions over 2006 is based on an analysis…

Kansans Rallied to Resist Coal-Burning Power Plants

Article: Kansans Rallied to Resist Coal-Burning Power Plants

TOPEKA, Kansas, March 12, 2008 (ENS) – A coalition of groups and individuals gathered at the Kansas State Capitol Tuesday to show support for Governor Kathleen Sebelius’ expected veto of an energy bill that would permit two coal-fired power plants to be built in western Kansas. The bill last week passed both the state House…

China and Australia to Install Clean Coal Plant in Beijing

Article: China and Australia to Install Clean Coal Plant in Beijing

BEIJING, China, March 8, 2008 (ENS) – Two coal producing nations – Australia and China – signed a formal agreement for research and testing of clean coal technology Thursday in Beijing. The agreement, between the Australian government research organization CSIRO and China’s Thermal Power Research Institute, TPRI, will see TPRI install, commission and operate a…

Wal-Mart to Audit Energy Efficiency of State Capitols

Article: Wal-Mart to Audit Energy Efficiency of State Capitols

WASHINGTON, DC, February 25, 2008 (ENS) – As part of their focus this year on clean energy, the nation’s governors Saturday announced a partnership between the National Governors Association and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. that is intended to reduce the overall energy consumption of state capitol complexes. Under the Greening the Capitols [www.nga.org] partnership, a team…

Texas Tops in Greenhouse Gas Reduced by Efficient Buildings

Article: Texas Tops in Greenhouse Gas Reduced by Efficient Buildings

DALLAS, Texas, February 15, 2008 (ENS) – Schools, courthouses, residences, hotels, markets – a total of 356 top performing Texas buildings earned an Energy Star for energy efficiency in 2007. This was enough for Texas to lead all other states in the most greenhouse gas reductions from Energy Star buildings, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,…

Kansas Government Renews Call for Greenhouse Gas Reductions

Article: Kansas Government Renews Call for Greenhouse Gas Reductions

TOPEKA, Kansas, February 13, 2008 (ENS) – Kansas Department of Health and Environment Secretary Rod Bremby today repeated his call to industry and stakeholders to engage in discussions to establish goals for voluntary reductions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions in Kansas. ”Despite repeated invitations, no one has contacted us to begin the…

Dallas, Houston Make Top 25 Green Power Buyers List

Article: Dallas, Houston Make Top 25 Green Power Buyers List

DALLAS, Texas, January 30, 2008 (ENS) – Wind power has propelled the cities of Dallas and Houston onto the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Top 25 list of green power purchasers for the first time. Dallas took the No. 9 spot by buying 40 percent of its power from wind sources. Houston has the No.…

Europe to Trade More Greenhouse Gases, Use More Biofuels

Article: Europe to Trade More Greenhouse Gases, Use More Biofuels

BRUSSELS, Belgium, January 24, 2008 (ENS) – The European Commission has released a set of proposals to expand the current greenhouse gas Emission Trading System to combat global warming and promote renewable energy in the period beyond 2012, when the present trading period ends. At a news conference introducing the proposals Wednesday, Environment Commissioner Stavros…

Safeway Converts U.S. Trucking Fleet to Biodiesel

Article: Safeway Converts U.S. Trucking Fleet to Biodiesel

PLEASANTON, California, January 21, 2008 (ENS) – Safeway Inc. announced Friday that it has converted its entire U.S. truck fleet to cleaner-burning biodiesel fuel. The company will use B20, a blend of 20 percent biodiesel and 80 percent diesel, in its fleet of more than 1,000 trucks. Biodiesel is made from renewable resources such as…

Miami Hosts World's First Carbon Neutral Fishing Contest

Article: Miami Hosts World's First Carbon Neutral Fishing Contest

MIAMI, Florida, January 16, 2008 (ENS) – The world’s first carbon neutral fishing tournament was held over the weekend at the Miami Beach Marina. Twenty-three boats competed in the event, with the winning team catching and releasing 10 fish to take top honors in the Sailfish Tournament. The tournament completed its pledge to balance its…

Each Degree of Global Warming Linked to 20,000 Deaths a Year

Article: Each Degree of Global Warming Linked to 20,000 Deaths a Year

STANFORD, California, January 3, 2007 (ENS) – For each increase of one degree Celsius in the global temperature caused by carbon dioxide emissions, the resulting air pollution would lead annually to about 1,000 additional deaths and many more cases of respiratory illness and asthma across the United States, finds new Stanford University research released today.…

Pennsylvania Invests $20 Million in Community Recycling

Article: Pennsylvania Invests $20 Million in Community Recycling

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, December 24, 2007 (ENS) – Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell says the state will spend $20 million to support new and expanded recycling programs benefiting 10 million people in 134 communities across the state. Counties, cities and townships will purchase recycling containers, establish a drop-off recycling programs, yard waste collection and composting, and augment…

Air Force Switches on Largest Solar Power Plant

Article: Air Force Switches on Largest Solar Power Plant

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nevada, December 26, 2007 (ENS) – North America’s largest solar photovoltaic system is now up and generating power at Nellis Air Force Base in the sunny desert of southern Nevada. The $100 million solar power plant at Nellis will supply about 25 percent of the total power used at the base,…

Global Warming Could Kill World's Coral Reefs in 50 Years

Article: Global Warming Could Kill World's Coral Reefs in 50 Years

ST. LUCIA, Queensland, Australia, December 21, 2007 (ENS) – Seventeen eminent marine scientists warn that world leaders face a race against time in preparing coral reefs, and the coastal communities dependent upon them for the “inevitable impact” of rising levels of carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere. Their new study shows that levels of carbon…

Unplugging Your Cars from Conventional Fuels

Article: Unplugging Your Cars from Conventional Fuels

Earlier this week, we mentioned [www.sundance.tv] plug-in hybrids as a way to greener transportation, and they’re a good goal for the short term. Ultimately, though, to achieve truly green transportation, we need to get off of fossil fuels and in to a renewable option. Biofuels [www.sundance.tv] are one possibility; battery-powered electric cars [www.sundance.tv] are another,…

Introduction to the GREEN

Article: Introduction to the GREEN

With the first episode of “Big Ideas for a Small Planet” mere hours away, we wanted to take a peek at some of the ideas you’ll be watching tomorrow night at 9pm on the Sundance Channel. That is, if you haven’t downloaded the free sneak peek from iTunes yet [click.linksynergy.com], and if you haven’t, you’d…

Carbon Week: Calculating Your Carbon Footprint

Article: Carbon Week: Calculating Your Carbon Footprint

During the past year or 18 months, the subject of global warming has experienced a meteoric rise to the top of the list of worldwide environmental concerns; from Al Gore’s Oscar-winning documentary, An Inconvenient Truth [www.climatecrisis.net], to the cover story in Time magazine this week, it’s hard to turn around without hearing something about it.…

Think Global, Eat Local

Article: Think Global, Eat Local

With the arrival of spring comes the increased opportunity for many of us to feast on food grown locally; for TreeHuggers, that’s generally within 150 miles or so. When it comes to being an environmentally-aware person and good TreeHugger, eating local is near the top of the list; we mentioned it on this blog before…

Change a Bulb, Change the World

Article: Change a Bulb, Change the World

Ed. note: Twice a week, we’ll run a ‘Best of TreeHugger’ post, featuring a rundown of the best ideas, stories, products and people that TreeHugger has covered in the past. One of the quickest, easiest changes you can make to help the planet and your home be a little greener is as simple as changing…

Biodiesel

Article: Biodiesel

Transportation is one of the most popular, posted-on, talked-about topics at TreeHugger, and with good reason. We all have to get around, and it’s something that most of us do multiple times every day: to and from work, school, the store; shuttling kids; meeting friends…the list goes on. While there are multiple ways to accomplish…