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Climate Change Now the Main Driver of Natural Disasters

Climate Change Now the Main Driver of Natural Disasters

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, December 2, 2008 (ENS) – Ministers from more than 40 Asia-Pacific countries gathered in Kuala Lumpur today seeking ways to reduce the social and financial impact of natural disasters in the region – many of them linked to the rising global temperature. The ministers are developing regional cooperation systems for disaster preparedness…

Clean Energy Can Fuel Economic Revival, Green Groups Tell Obama

Clean Energy Can Fuel Economic Revival, Green Groups Tell Obama

WASHINGTON, DC, November 28, 2008 (ENS) – President-elect Barack Obama can revive the U.S. economy – and aggressively combat climate change – by investing in clean energy technologies and strengthening environmental protections, the leaders of major U.S. environmental groups advise. The recommendation is a central part of a lengthy wish list of policies sent to…

Western Governors Ask Obama for National Green Energy Plan

Western Governors Ask Obama for National Green Energy Plan

WASHINGTON, DC, November 28, 2008 (ENS) – In a letter to President-elect Barack Obama, the Western governors are urging swift action in adopting and implementing a national energy plan that would transform the country’s energy infrastructure and economy while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The group of 19 governors from both political parties are calling for…

Global Carbon Dioxide Hit Record Levels in 2007

Global Carbon Dioxide Hit Record Levels in 2007

GENEVA, Switzerland, November 26, 2008 (ENS) – Climate-heating greenhouse gases continue to increase in the atmosphere, and last year, global concentrations of carbon dioxide again reached the highest levels ever recorded, according to an annual report released Tuesday by the World Meteorological Organization. Greenhouse gases trap the Sun’s radiation within the Earth’s atmosphere causing it…

Asia-Pacific Leaders Vow to Combat Climate Change, Food Scarcity

Asia-Pacific Leaders Vow to Combat Climate Change, Food Scarcity

LIMA, Peru, November 24, 2008 (ENS) – Leaders of the Asia-Pacific countries expressed their willingness to work together to “confront the challenge of climate change,” which they agreed “will be crucial to the wellbeing of future generations.” At the close of their annual meeting Sunday in Lima, the heads of state and government belonging to…

UN: Industrial Countries' Greenhouse Gases Rose 2000-2006

UN: Industrial Countries' Greenhouse Gases Rose 2000-2006

BONN, Germany, November 18, 2008 (ENS) – Climate change talks set for the Polish city of Poznan from 1 to 12 December come half-way through a two-year negotiating process to forge an international climate change deal in Copenhagen, Denmark next year. Talks are supposed to result in a replacement for the limited Kyoto Protocol with…

Governor Schwarzenegger Convenes Governors' Global Climate Summit

Governor Schwarzenegger Convenes Governors' Global Climate Summit

LOS ANGELES, California, November 18, 2008 (ENS) – In Los Angeles today, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger welcomed hundreds of attendees from more than 50 states, provinces and countries to the Governors’ Global Climate Summit. At the end of their two-day meeting, participants are expected to sign a declaration outlining their plans for turning climate goals into…

High Environmental Hopes Riding on Obama's Green Promises

High Environmental Hopes Riding on Obama's Green Promises

WASHINGTON, DC, November 5, 2008 (ENS) – Congratulations to President-elect Barack Obama and his team with messages of hope and pledges of support rolled in today from environmental and sustainable business groups across the political spectrum. The Sierra Club said in a statement, “If the Obama administration is as smartly, deliberately, and thoughtfully run as…

New Energy Efficient Televisions in Stores Saturday

New Energy Efficient Televisions in Stores Saturday

WASHINGTON, DC, October 30, 2008 (ENS) – Televisions meeting the federal government’s new, more comprehensive energy efficiency specification will be available in stores nationwide, starting on Saturday. TVs that meet the new Energy Star specification will be up to 30 percent more energy efficient than conventional models. “EPA encourages consumers to look for the Energy…

Solar Powers Staples Center Events, Green Cuisine Factory

Solar Powers Staples Center Events, Green Cuisine Factory

LOS ANGELES, California, October 28, 2008 (ENS) – The famous sports and entertainment venues at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles are about to go solar in a push to advance sustainable energy practices. Highlighting companies and facilities that are going green, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today installed the last of 1,727 solar panels on…

Houston Retrofits City Buildings to Save Energy, Protect Climate

Houston Retrofits City Buildings to Save Energy, Protect Climate

HOUSTON, Texas, October 24, 2008 (ENS) – Houston is about to become the first U.S. city to retrofit municipal buildings to reduce energy and water consumption as part of the Clinton Climate Initiative. The energy efficiency improvements are projected to save enough electricity annually to create millions of dollars in savings and lower greenhouse gas…

U.S. Could Derive 20 Percent of Transport Fuel From Waste

U.S. Could Derive 20 Percent of Transport Fuel From Waste

WEST LAFAYETTE, Indiana, October 15, 2008 (ENS) – Researchers at Purdue University are proposing a new “flexible” approach to producing alternative fuels, hydrogen and electricity from municipal solid wastes, agricultural wastes, forest residues and sewage sludge. They say the new approach could supply up to 20 percent of transportation fuels in the United States annually.…

World Habitat Day Message: Harmonious, Greener Urbanization

World Habitat Day Message: Harmonious, Greener Urbanization

NEW YORK, New York, October 6, 2008 (ENS) – By the end of this year, more than half of the world’s population will live in urban areas for the first time in human history, and it is no coincidence that climate change is now at the forefront of international debate, the top United Nations habitat…

Western States, Provinces Set Climate Emissions Trading Program

Western States, Provinces Set Climate Emissions Trading Program

SACRAMENTO, California, September 23, 2008 (ENS) – The Western Climate Initiative governments today announced the design of their new regional market-based cap-and-trade program. The emissions trading program is intended to reduce climate-changing greenhouse gas emissions by 15 percent below 2005 levels by 2020. The program recommendations met with support from environmental groups and criticism from…

Chicago Sets Goals for a Cooler City

Chicago Sets Goals for a Cooler City

CHICAGO, Illinois, September 19, 2008 (ENS) – Mayor Richard Daley has set Chicago on a cooler path by outlining strategies to reduce the city’s greenhouse gas emissions and avert climate change. The Chicago Climate Action Plan introduced Thursday would cut greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent of 1990 levels by 2020 by retrofitting commercial and…

Reports: California Climate Law Will Aid Economy, Health

Reports: California Climate Law Will Aid Economy, Health

SACRAMENTO, California, September 19, 2008 (ENS) – A first in the country, California’s climate change law, AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, will provide net benefits to the state’s economy and also to public health, according to reports issued Thursday by the state agency charged with implementing the law. The California Air…

Stockton Agrees to Halt Sprawl, Cut Greenhouse Gases

Stockton Agrees to Halt Sprawl, Cut Greenhouse Gases

STOCKTON, California, September 17, 2008 (ENS) – The central California city of Stockton has agreed to identify and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by encouraging downtown growth instead of allowing development to sprawl. The city will cut down on emissions by constructing thousands of new residential units within its current city limits, putting a rapid transit…

U.S. and Canada Collaborate on Arctic Sea Bed Mapping

U.S. and Canada Collaborate on Arctic Sea Bed Mapping

DAKAR, Senegal, September 4, 2008 (ENS) – To help Africa obtain its fair share of climate emissions reduction projects under the Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism and satisfy a growing interest in a carbon market on the continent, the International Emissions Trading Association on Wednesday launched the first all Africa Carbon Forum at Le Meridien…

Democrats' Green Platform Plank, Obama's Green VP Pick

Democrats' Green Platform Plank, Obama's Green VP Pick

DENVER, Colorado, August 25, 2008 (ENS) – At the opening of the Democratic National Convention today, the Democratic Party adopted a new platform that incorporates the energy plan put forward by Senator Barack Obama of Illinois, the presumptive presidential nominee. The plan would implement an economy-wide cap-and-trade program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent…

'Sneaky' Bush Attack on Endangered Species Angers Conservationists

'Sneaky' Bush Attack on Endangered Species Angers Conservationists

WASHINGTON, DC, August 21, 2008 (ENS) – Saying the Bush administration’s most recent Endangered Species Act rulemaking is “anti-democratic,” 104 conservation and scientific organizations today submitted a letter to Cabinet officials calling for increased transparency and opportunities for public participation. The new rule published in the Federal Register last week would change the way the…

U.S.-Mexico Border Governors Strategize to Green Their Economies

U.S.-Mexico Border Governors Strategize to Green Their Economies

HOLLYWOOD, California, August 14, 2008 (ENS) – At the opening of the annual U.S.-Mexico Border Governors Conference Thursday at Universal Studios in Hollywood, host California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said he felt right at home. “I actually started my movie career right here at Universal Studios,” he told his nine fellow governors. “It was Universal Studios…

21 U.S. Cities to Measure and Report Carbon Emissions

21 U.S. Cities to Measure and Report Carbon Emissions

OAKLAND, California, August 11, 2008 (ENS) – Some of the largest U.S. cities will report their greenhouse gas emissions for the first time in a program that will demonstrate to companies, investors and the general public how cities are dealing with the risks and opportunities climate change presents. Twenty-one cities were announced today, with at…

Texas Biofuels Waiver Request Shot Down

Texas Biofuels Waiver Request Shot Down

WASHINGTON DC, August 7, 2008 (ENS) – The Bush administration today denied a request by Texas to cut the U.S. biofuels mandate in half, rejecting the claim that the massive increase in corn-based ethanol is causing economic harm to the state’s livestock industry and raising food prices. Few stakeholders were surprised by the decision, but…

States, Enviros Warn EPA Over Ship, Aircraft Emissions

States, Enviros Warn EPA Over Ship, Aircraft Emissions

WASHINGTON, DC, August 3, 2008 (ENS) – Formal letters warning of impending lawsuits over the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s failure to address greenhouse gas emissions from ocean-going ships and aircraft have been filed by four state attorneys general, three state agencies, New York City and a coalition of conservation groups. The conservation groups’ notice of…

Avoiding Deforestation to Limit Climate Change 'Cheap and Practical'

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…