greenhouse gas emissions

Auto, Electricity Sectors Collaborate on Plug-in Hybrids

Article: Auto, Electricity Sectors Collaborate on Plug-in Hybrids

SAN JOSE, California, July 22, 2008 (ENS) – General Motors and 34 utilities have agreed to collaborate with the Electric Power Research Institute on research and development to facilitate integration of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles into the power grid. Plug-in hybrids can average nearly 100 miles per gallon using a combination of electricity and gasoline.…

OECD: Biofuels Ineffective at Curbing Global Warming

Article: OECD: Biofuels Ineffective at Curbing Global Warming

PARIS, France, July 17, 2008 (ENS) – Government financial support of biofuel production in the world’s wealthiest countries is costly, has a limited impact on reducing greenhouse gases and improving energy security, and raises world crop prices, finds a new study of policies to promote greater production and use of biofuels in OECD countries. The…

Florida Governor Talks Climate With Prince of Wales

Article: Florida Governor Talks Climate With Prince of Wales

LONDON, UK, July 16, 2008 (ENS) – Florida Governor Charlie Crist today met with the Prince of Wales to discuss strategies for addressing global climate change, particularly reducing the impacts of deforestation. They met at Clarence House in London. Governor Crist also met with the Duke of York, Prince Andrew. “I am deeply grateful to…

U.S. EPA Chills Progress Towards Regulating Greenhouse Gases

Article: U.S. EPA Chills Progress Towards Regulating Greenhouse Gases

WASHINGTON, DC, July 11, 2008 (ENS) – The Bush administration today asked for public comment on a long list of options for controlling greenhouse gas emissions under existing federal law, but emphasized that it has no intention of pursuing any of them. The announcement confirms that the Bush administration will not move to regulate greenhouse…

Poll: Floridians Concerned About Global Warming Dangers

Article: Poll: Floridians Concerned About Global Warming Dangers

MIAMI, Florida, July 10, 2008 (ENS) – A new public opinion poll of Floridians finds that most are convinced that global warming is happening now and that more should be done by key leaders to help Florida deal with climate change. Sixty-five percent of those surveyed believe that global warming is already having or will…

White House Stifled Evidence of Climate Change Health Risks

Article: White House Stifled Evidence of Climate Change Health Risks

WASHINGTON, DC, July 8, 2008 (ENS) – Officials in the White House and Vice President Dick Cheney’s office pressured federal health and environmental officials to edit congressional testimony to downplay the public health impacts of climate change, according to a former senior official with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Senior Senate Democrats contend the allegations…

Pennsylvania Assembly Passes First Global Warming Law

Article: Pennsylvania Assembly Passes First Global Warming Law

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, July 3, 2008 (ENS) – Global warming legislation will be enacted for the first time in Pennsylvania when Governor Ed Rendell signs the Pennsylvania Climate Change Act as he is expected to do. The measure was overwhelmingly approved today by both houses of the Pennsylvania General Assembly. A coal-rich state, Pennsylvania emits one…

Visiting Kyoto, UN Chief Urges New Climate Deal by 2009

Article: Visiting Kyoto, UN Chief Urges New Climate Deal by 2009

KYOTO, Japan, June 30, 2008 (ENS) – The world must galvanize its will and reach a new agreement on measures to fight climate change by the end of 2009, said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Sunday in the Japanese city where the Kyoto Protocol was finalized. The secretary-general arrived in Japan on Saturday, kicking off a…

Automakers Make No Headway Against California Clean Car Law

Article: Automakers Make No Headway Against California Clean Car Law

SACRAMENTO, California, June 29, 2008 (ENS) – A federal judge has denied the latest attempt by automobile manufacturers to invalidate the California law that regulates greenhouse gas emissions from cars. Often called the California Clean Car Law, or the Pavley law because it was introduced by then Assemblywoman Fran Pavley, the measure was enacted on…

Green Power, Cleaner Cars, Carbon Trading in California's Future

Article: Green Power, Cleaner Cars, Carbon Trading in California's Future

SACRAMENTO, California, June 29, 2008 (ENS) – By the year 2020, California utilities will produce a third of their energy from renewable sources such as wind, solar and geothermal, under a draft plan to address climate change released Thursday by the California Air Resources Board. Overall, the Climate Change Draft Scoping Plan aims to reduce…

U.S. Mayors Resolve to Avoid Burning Tar Sands Oil

Article: U.S. Mayors Resolve to Avoid Burning Tar Sands Oil

MIAMI, Florida, June 28, 2008 (ENS) – The U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting in Miami this week adopted a resolution aimed at avoiding the use of high carbon fuels such as tar sands, liquid coal, and oil shale. The resolution encourages fuel analyses that include emissions from production, not just from burning the fuel. The…

Greener Aviation Alliance Debuts at Florida Climate Summit

Article: Greener Aviation Alliance Debuts at Florida Climate Summit

MIAMI, Florida, June 27, 2008 (ENS) – A nonprofit, public-private partnership to turn U.S. aviation a brighter shade of green was introduced Thursday in Miami as the apex of the Florida Governor Charlie Crist’s climate change summit. During the closing ceremonies of the 2008 Serve to Preserve Florida Summit on Global Climate Change, the governor…

Australia Embarks on Greenhouse Gas Reporting System

Article: Australia Embarks on Greenhouse Gas Reporting System

CANBERRA, Australia, June 26, 2008 (ENS) – As of July 1, Australian businesses emitting large amounts of greenhouse gases will be required to monitor and measure the emissions ahead of reporting them to the government by October 2009. Senator Penny Wong, minister for climate change and water, said the requirements are part of Australia’s new…

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…

Britain Invests Hundreds of Millions to Encourage Cycling

Article: Britain Invests Hundreds of Millions to Encourage Cycling

LONDON, UK, June 23, 2008 (ENS) – Persuading people to climb out of their cars and onto bicycles is a key part of the British government’s plan to meet its commitment to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions responsible for climate change. To further this effort, British Transport Secretary Ruth Kelly has named Bristol as the…

U.S. Senate Abandons Global Warming Bill

Article: U.S. Senate Abandons Global Warming Bill

By J.R. Pegg WASHINGTON, DC, June 6, 2008 (ENS) – The U.S. Senate’s much anticipated tangle with a landmark bill that would have required the nation to make deep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions responsible for global warming came to an unceremonious end Friday, as proponents failed to muster enough votes to formally consider the…

Connecticut Honors Community Actions to Fight Climate Change

Article: Connecticut Honors Community Actions to Fight Climate Change

HARTFORD, Connecticut, May 30, 2008 (ENS) – Governor M. Jodi Rell has recognized seven individuals and organizations with awards from the Governor’s Steering Committee on Climate Change. Governor Rell said, “Connecticut has been a leader in addressing climate change by putting strong programs in place to reduce dangerous greenhouse gas emissions across all sectors of…

World Leaders Commit to Conserve Diversity of Life on Earth

Article: World Leaders Commit to Conserve Diversity of Life on Earth

BONN, Germany, May 29, 2008 (ENS) – Heads of state and 87 ministers from around the world have reinforced their commitment to “substantially reduce” the global loss of biodiversity within two years. The European Commission is committed to stopping the loss of biodiversity in Europe by 2010. Gathered at the ministerial segment of the World…

G8 Environment Ministers Agree on 2050 Climate Goal

Article: G8 Environment Ministers Agree on 2050 Climate Goal

KOBE, Japan, May 27, 2008 (ENS) – Environment ministers from the Group of Eight industrialized nations concluded a three-day meeting in Kobe Monday with an agreement on the long-term goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2050. But the ministers failed to support specific emissions reduction targets for 2020, as recommended last year…

EPA Chief Silent on White House Involvement in Key Decisions

Article: EPA Chief Silent on White House Involvement in Key Decisions

By J.R. Pegg WASHINGTON, DC, May 21, 2008 (ENS) – The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency stonewalled Democratic lawmakers Tuesday, refusing to provide information about the role the White House played in recent agency decisions involving the regulation of greenhouse gases and the finalization of a new federal smog standard. The defiance of…

'American Idol' Finale Show Powered by Renewable Energy

Article: 'American Idol' Finale Show Powered by Renewable Energy

LOS ANGELES, California, May 21, 2008 (ENS) – For this season’s eco-friendly “American Idol” finale tonight, FOX Television has brought together partners to provide renewable energy for the theater and media areas. The partnerships will help FOX reduce “American Idol’s” impact on the climate and help the network reach its goal of becoming carbon neutral…

Tri-Generation Power Plant a First for New York

Article: Tri-Generation Power Plant a First for New York

NEW YORK, New York, May 15, 1008 (ENS) – New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg today flipped the switch to start the city’s first tri-generation power plant at Co-Op City in the Bronx, which is the result of a $65 million renovation. The plant will use less fuel, cut greenhouse gas emissions and pollutants by 40…

30 Years of Global Warming Has Altered the Planet

Article: 30 Years of Global Warming Has Altered the Planet

NEW YORK, New York, May 14, 2008 (ENS) – It may have been cold and wet where you lived this winter, but on a global scale, the warming climate is changing life on Earth, finds a new analysis of decades of scientific information not previously assembled. The data show that physical and biological systems across…

McCain Outlines His Plan to Confront Climate Change

Article: McCain Outlines His Plan to Confront Climate Change

PORTLAND, Oregon, May 12, 2008 (ENS) – Republican presidential nominee-in-waiting Senator John McCain of Arizona today offered his plan to combat global warming. Speaking at the Vestas wind turbine factory in Portland, McCain said what America needs is market-based cap and trade system to curb greenhouse gas emissions, mobilize innovative technologies, and strengthen the economy.…

Feds Fund Energy Generation from Ocean Waves, Tides

Article: Feds Fund Energy Generation from Ocean Waves, Tides

WASHINGTON, DC, May 5, 2008 (ENS) – Ocean waves, tides, and currents are a vast, untapped source of energy that the U.S. Department of Energy wants to harness to meet Americans’ growing energy demand while at the same time reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Today, the Energy Department announced up to $7.5 million in federal funding…