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EPA Revisits Bush-Era Denial of California Tailpipe Emissions Waiver

Article: EPA Revisits Bush-Era Denial of California Tailpipe Emissions Waiver

WASHINGTON, DC, February 6, 2009 (ENS) – In accordance with President Barack Obama’s order in January, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will reconsider its decision denying California permission to set standards controlling greenhouse gases from motor vehicles. The waiver request was made by California on December 21, 2005, to allow the state the right to…

Poll: Thousands of Scientists Affirm Human-Caused Global Warming

Article: Poll: Thousands of Scientists Affirm Human-Caused Global Warming

CHICAGO, Illinois, January 20, 2009 (ENS) – While the bitter cold of President Barack Obama’s Inauguration Day in Washington may seem to contradict the idea that global warming continues, a new survey reveals consensus among scientists about the reality of climate change and its likely cause. The survey of 3,146 earth scientists from around the…

State of the World 2009: Time to Cool the Planet Running Out

Article: State of the World 2009: Time to Cool the Planet Running Out

WASHINGTON, DC, January 13, 2009 (ENS) – Ending the emission of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide by 2050 will be necessary to avoid “catastrophic disruption to the world’s climate,” according to the Worldwatch Institute in its 26th annual assessment, “State of the World 2009: Into a Warming World,” released today. Yet, the independent research organization…

Climate Protesters Occupy Britain's Stansted Airport

Article: Climate Protesters Occupy Britain's Stansted Airport

LONDON, UK, December 8, 2008 (ENS) – Protesters from the climate action group Plane Stupid this morning shut down Britain’s third largest airport by cutting through the perimeter fence and camping on the runway, surrounding themselves with fortified security fencing. The protest at Stansted Airport just north of London began at 3:15 this morning while…

Climate Hopes and Fears at Poznan

Article: Climate Hopes and Fears at Poznan

POZNAN, Poland, December 5, 2008 (ENS) – For the first time, a solar-powered car has traveled around the world, arriving at the UN climate conference in Poznan Thursday with the United Nations’ top climate official Yvo de Boer onboard for the last few meters to mark the historic moment. The solar taxi pulls up in…

Climate Change Could Ruin Florida's $5.5 Billion Reef Economy

Article: Climate Change Could Ruin Florida's $5.5 Billion Reef Economy

SARASOTA, Florida, December 3, 2008 (ENS) – A new analysis of economic activity generated by Florida’s coral reefs finds that some 70,000 jobs and more than $5.5 billion in business in the state could disappear if climate change destroys the reefs. “A business-as-usual approach to climate change could mean a lot less business for Florida,”…

Military Experts Enlisted to Dispose of Ozone-Damaging Chemicals

Article: Military Experts Enlisted to Dispose of Ozone-Damaging Chemicals

DOHA, Qatar, November 20, 2008 (ENS) – Military experts from Australia, the Netherlands and the United States will help save the ozone layer and fight global warming under a unique partnership between the United Nations, national governments and the armed services. Spearheaded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Defense, the…

Gore Warns of Sub-Prime Carbon Catastrophe

Article: Gore Warns of Sub-Prime Carbon Catastrophe

NEW YORK, New York, September 27, 2008 (ENS) – “I believe we’ve reached the stage where it is time for civil disobedience to prevent the construction [applause] of new coal plants that do not have carbon capture and sequestration,” Al Gore declared at the opening session of the Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting this week…

White Roofs Can Cool Homes, Businesses and the Planet

Article: White Roofs Can Cool Homes, Businesses and the Planet

SACRAMENTO, California, September 23, 2008 (ENS) – California scientists have devised a formula to calculate how much of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide can be offset by increasing the reflectivity of urban surfaces like rooftops. They say that by making roofs reflective, homeowners will save money on cooling and white roofs installed on a global…

European Climate Poll Shows 61 Percent Have Acted

Article: European Climate Poll Shows 61 Percent Have Acted

BRUSSELS, Belgium, September 16, 2008 (ENS) – After poverty, climate change is the most serious problem Europe faces according to a Eurobarometer survey presented in the European Parliament on September 11. The poll found that 61 percent of respondents have taken some personal action to cut emissions of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide. A quarter…

Slashing Coal Emissions Alone May Avert Climate Threat

Article: Slashing Coal Emissions Alone May Avert Climate Threat

NEW YORK, New York, September 12, 2008 (ENS) – An ongoing rise in atmospheric levels of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide emitted by burning fossil fuels might be kept below harmful levels if emissions from coal are phased out within the next few decades, says Dr. James Hansen, director of the NASA Goddard Institute for…

Honolulu Declaration Offers Ways to Curb Ocean Acidification

Article: Honolulu Declaration Offers Ways to Curb Ocean Acidification

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii, August 27, 2008 (ENS) – As the oceans absorb increasing amounts of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide, they are becoming increasingly acid, weakening the world’s coral reefs. Today, top marine scientists and The Nature Conservancy offered a plan to combat ocean acidification that includes limits on fossil fuel emissions, reduction of stress on…

California Energy Supply Vulnerable to Future Heat Waves

Article: California Energy Supply Vulnerable to Future Heat Waves

BERKELEY, California, August 6, 2008 (ENS) – In the near future, large California cities can expect more frequent heat waves because of climate change, warn scientists at universities in California and Texas. This could mean increased electricity demand to run air conditioners in the densely populated state, raising the risk of power shortages during heat…

Product Carbon Labeling Takes Shape in South Korea

Article: Product Carbon Labeling Takes Shape in South Korea

SEOUL, South Korea, July 28, 2008 (ENS) – The South Korean government has decided that selected products will carry labels in the marketplace to show the size of their carbon footprints. During the testing phase, just 10 products will get carbon labels, but if the program is successful, it will be used more widely. The…

DR Congo Announces World's Largest Protected Wetland

Article: DR Congo Announces World's Largest Protected Wetland

KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo, July 24, 2008 (ENS) – The Ngiri-Tumba-Maindombe area in the Democratic Republic of Congo has become the world’s largest Wetland of International Importance, officially recognized by the Ramsar Convention, a treaty protecting designated wetlands. A ceremony to announce the recognition of Ngiri-Tumba-Maindombe as a Ramsar wetland is set for today…

Avoiding Deforestation to Limit Climate Change 'Cheap and Practical'

Article: Avoiding Deforestation to Limit Climate Change 'Cheap and Practical'

COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 23, 2008 (ENS) – Wealthy nations could help reduce greenhouse gas emissions globally by paying landowners in developing nations not to clear forested land for agriculture, finds a new study by a research team from Austria, Brazil and the United States. The research attaches estimated dollar amounts to each metric ton of…

New Jersey Carbon Cap and Trade Plan Called 'Timid'

Article: New Jersey Carbon Cap and Trade Plan Called 'Timid'

TRENTON, New Jersey, July 17, 2008 (ENS) – A newly proposed cap-and-trade program to reduce emissions of the heat-trapping greenhouse gas carbon dioxide, CO2, in New Jersey may do little to combat global warming, charges Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, PEER, a nonprofit association of government workers. The trading program proposed by the administration of…

Georgia Judge Yanks Coal Power Permit on Climate Concerns

Article: Georgia Judge Yanks Coal Power Permit on Climate Concerns

ATLANTA, Georgia, June 30, 2008 (ENS) – A Fulton County Superior Court judge today issued a decision that blocks construction of the first coal-burning power plant proposed in Georgia in more than 20 years. The judge ruled that the new plant must limit its emissions of the heat-trapping gas carbon dioxide. This is the first…

Marlins-Rays Game First in Southeast to Go Green

Article: Marlins-Rays Game First in Southeast to Go Green

MIAMI, Florida, June 24, 2008 (ENS) – The first carbon-neutral Major League Baseball game in the Southeast is taking place tonight between the Florida Marlins and the Tampa Bay Rays in Miami. The Florida Marlins offset greenhouse gas emissions created by fans attending the game as well as stadium operations. The carbon-neutral games takes place…

New York Governor Encourages Unique Clean Coal Plant

Article: New York Governor Encourages Unique Clean Coal Plant

ALBANY, New York, June 12, 2008 (ENS) – New York Governor David Paterson Tuesday announced that the state would offer up to $6 million in financial support for construction of a coal-fired power demonstration plant in Jamestown that will be the first of its kind in the world. The Jamestown coal plant would burn coal…

A Carbon-Neutral World Focus of World Environment Day 2008

Article: A Carbon-Neutral World Focus of World Environment Day 2008

WELLINGTON, New Zealand, June 5, 2008 (ENS) – New Zealand, one of the first countries to pledge a carbon-neutral future, is the main host of today’s celebration of World Environment Day 2008. The theme this year, “Kick the CO2 Habit,” is meant to inspire and encourage actions to eliminate the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide, CO2,…

Billion Tree Campaign Flowers Into Seven Billion Tree Campaign

Article: Billion Tree Campaign Flowers Into Seven Billion Tree Campaign

NAIROBI, Kenya, May 14, 2008 (ENS) – The UN’s campaign to plant one billion trees has been so successful that it was expanded Tuesday to become a Seven Billion Tree Campaign. In just 18 months, the original Billion Tree Campaign has inspired the planting of two billion trees, double its original target. The effort is…

Mile-Long Petition Opposes Dominion Coal Plant in Virginia

Article: Mile-Long Petition Opposes Dominion Coal Plant in Virginia

RICHMOND, Virginia, May 9, 2008 (ENS) – Dominion Power proposes building a coal-fired power plant in Wise County, Virginia, but many Virginians oppose the facility because of the climate-warming greenhouse gases it would produce. So many Virginians want to block the power plant that their 42,400 signatures fill rolls of paper a mile long displayed…

Suppressed Aviation Report Forecasts 'Massive Environmental Damage'

Article: Suppressed Aviation Report Forecasts 'Massive Environmental Damage'

LONDON, UK, May 7, 2008 (ENS) – Climate change emissions by the airline industry, airport noise, and local air pollution are all trending sharply upwards, according to a suppressed report based on information contained in U.S., European and UK government databases maintained by regulatory agencies. The technical report was submitted to the 7th US/Europe Air…

U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Lower in 2006

Article: U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Lower in 2006

WASHINGTON, DC, April 15, 2008 (ENS) – Overall, U.S. greenhouse gas emissions were 1.1 percent lower during 2006 than the previous year, according to the latest annual report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, released today. Emitted by the burning of the fossil fuels coal, oil and gas for power, manufacturing and transportation, greenhouse gases…