greenhouse gases

Greenhouse Gas Cuts Easy on American Wallets: Analysis

Greenhouse Gas Cuts Easy on American Wallets: Analysis

WASHINGTON, DC, April 22, 2008 (ENS) – The overall cost of capping greenhouse gases for the average American family will amount to less than one percent of household budgets over the next two decades, finds a new analysis released Monday by the nonprofit Environmental Defense Fund. The anticipated cost to the U.S. economy of reducing…

Illinois Promotes Light Bulb Switch for Earth Day

Illinois Promotes Light Bulb Switch for Earth Day

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois, April 15, 2008 (ENS) – To lighten the planet’s load of greenhouse gases in observance of Earth Day, Illinois EPA Director Doug Scott is encouraging state residents to switch from traditional incandescent light bulbs to compact fluorescent bulbs, or CFLs. “Next week marks the 38th celebration of Earth Day, which gives us a…

U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Lower in 2006

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…

Climate Registry Issues Greenhouse Gas Reporting Standard

Climate Registry Issues Greenhouse Gas Reporting Standard

ALBANY, New York, April 6, 2008 (ENS) – A new reporting standard to help track the emissions of greenhouse gases in North America was announced Wednesday by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Pete Grannis. The Climate Registry, a nonprofit partnership of which New York is a board member, released its General Reporting…

12 New Solar America Cities Earn $200,000 Grants

12 New Solar America Cities Earn $200,000 Grants

DENVER, Colorado, March 31, 2008 (ENS) – Twelve cities have been selected to become Solar America Cities that will receive federal grant funding and technical help to install solar technologies. Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman announced Friday that the federal government will make available up to $2.4 million to the 12 cities, which he says were…

EPA Chief Reluctant to Regulate Greenhouse Gases

EPA Chief Reluctant to Regulate Greenhouse Gases

WASHINGTON, DC, March 28, 2008 (ENS) – The public will have an opportunity to comment before the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency takes any action to regulate the greenhouse gases responsible for climate change, EPA chief Stephen Johnson told members of Congress in a letter on Thursday. Johnson said he will solicit public input through an…

Merchandise Mart First to Retrofit Under Clinton Climate Initiative

Merchandise Mart First to Retrofit Under Clinton Climate Initiative

CHICAGO, Illinois, March 25, 2008 (ENS) – Chicago’s Merchandise Mart, the largest commercial building in the world, has signed the first project development agreement in the United States under the Clinton Climate Initiative. Under the agreement to retrofit the huge building with energy-saving technologies announced today, TAC Energy Solutions will reduce the amount of energy…

Date Set for First Climate Emissions Allowances Auction

Date Set for First Climate Emissions Allowances Auction

ALBANY, New York, March 24, 2008 (ENS) – Ten Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states working together to reduce greenhouse gases from power plants will hold the first auction of carbon dioxide emissions allowances in the nation for a mandatory emissions reduction program on September 10, 2008. The 10 states are participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas…

Kansas Governor Rejects Two Coal-Fired Power Plants

Kansas Governor Rejects Two Coal-Fired Power Plants

TOPEKA, Kansas, March 21, 2008 (ENS) – Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius today vetoed legislation that would have overturned a decision of her administration to deny an permit application to build two new coal-fired power plants because of the greenhouse gases they would have produced. The measure passed without a veto-proof majority of state legislators. Last…

Alice Springs Becomes Australia's Newest Solar City

Alice Springs Becomes Australia's Newest Solar City

ALICE SPRINGS, Northern Territory, Australia, March 10, 2008 (ENS) – Australian Environment Minister Peter Garrett today launched the $37 million Alice Springs Solar City, which will help the local community save energy, save money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As part of the launch Garrett joined Northern Territory Chief Minister Paul Henderson to open the…

Kansans Rallied to Resist Coal-Burning Power Plants

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…

Connecticut Governor Promotes Green Collar Job Training

Connecticut Governor Promotes Green Collar Job Training

MANCHESTER, Connecticut, March 11, 2008 (ENS) – Visiting a technical high school, Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell said today that a “green collar” job training program she has proposed for the state’s technical schools will prepare Connecticut’s students for future opportunities in environmental and energy conservation careers. “Experts say there is the potential for hundreds…

Feds Halt Financing for New Rural Coal Plants

Feds Halt Financing for New Rural Coal Plants

WASHINGTON, DC, March 5, 2008 (ENS) – The federal government is suspending its loan program for new coal plants in rural communities. The Rural Utility Service announced today that due in part to uncertainty over litigation, it will not fund new coal plants in 2008 and 2009. A branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture,…

Bush: America Must 'Get Off Oil'

Bush: America Must 'Get Off Oil'

WASHINGTON, DC, March 5, 2008 (ENS) – “This conference will seem unbelievably outdated within a decade,” President George W. Bush today told participants at WIREC 2008, the third global ministerial-level conference on renewable energy, taking place at the Washington Convention Center. “People will marvel about how far technology has helped change our habits and change…

U.S. Scientists Head to Antarctica for Climate Research

U.S. Scientists Head to Antarctica for Climate Research

WASHINGTON, DC, February 21, 2008 (ENS) – More than 30 scientists will embark on a research cruise this month to the Southern Ocean, which surrounds Antarctica. There they will combat cold and wind to study how gases that impact climate change move between the atmosphere and the ocean under high winds and seas. The Southern…

Homebuilders Reach for High Performance Green Standards

Homebuilders Reach for High Performance Green Standards

ORLANDO, Florida, February 20, 2008 (ENS) – All homebuilders are invited to participate in the U.S. Energy Department’s Builders Challenge, a voluntary national energy savings effort to build 220,000 high performance, energy efficient homes by 2012. Energy Department Secretary Samuel Bodman announced the Challenge Thursday at the International Builders Show in Orlando, Florida where 92,000…

California Cities, Counties Invited to Low-Carbon Workshops

California Cities, Counties Invited to Low-Carbon Workshops

SACRAMENTO, California, February 20, 2008 (ENS) – California’s cities and counties must take action now to combat global warming by limiting emissions of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide, says California Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. In 534 letters mailed statewide Tuesday, Brown invited mayors, local planning directors, and county supervisors to attend workshops…

First Galapagos Wind Turbines to Halve Diesel Imports

First Galapagos Wind Turbines to Halve Diesel Imports

QUITO, Ecuador, February 20, 2008 (ENS) – To celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Galapagos’ Islands discovery, Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa Monday launched a program to end the use of fossil fuels on the Galapagos by 2015. The initiative is led by the San Cristobal Wind Project, which erected three wind turbines near the town…

Climate Scientist James Hansen Honored for Speaking Truth to Power

Climate Scientist James Hansen Honored for Speaking Truth to Power

BOSTON, Massachusetts, February 17, 2008 (ENS) – James Hansen, a federal government scientist who has spoken out about human influence on the global climate despite political pressure to alter his message, is the recipient of the 2007 Award for Scientific Freedom and Responsibility given by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, AAAS. The…

Vehicle Emissions Fight Just Beginning, Auto Dealers Say

Vehicle Emissions Fight Just Beginning, Auto Dealers Say

SAN FRANCISCO, California, February 11, 2008 (ENS) – The fight over fuel economy and vehicle tailpipe emissions is just beginning and America’s franchised new car and truck dealers are at the center of it, the head of the National Automobile Dealers Association said today. “This is no time for us to relax,” said incoming NADA…

Cleaner Ethylene Production Technique Prevents Climate Emissions

Cleaner Ethylene Production Technique Prevents Climate Emissions

ARGONNE, Illinois, February 6, 2008 (ENS) – A new method of making one of the world’s most commonly produced organic compounds, ethylene, is going to prevent millions of metric tons’ worth of greenhouse gas emissions, according to federal government scientists. The technology created by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory is…

Container Ports Ease Away from Polluting Diesel Fuel

Container Ports Ease Away from Polluting Diesel Fuel

BOULDER, Colorado, February 6, 2008 (ENS) – Air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping are bad and getting worse, finds a new study of U.S. ports. Yet, cleaner fuel programs to counteract the pollution problem are progressing now at several of the ports under study, particularly in California. Oceangoing container ships make more…

Florida Stakeholders to Advise Energy and Climate Change Team

Florida Stakeholders to Advise Energy and Climate Change Team

TALLAHASSEE, Florida, February 2, 2008 (ENS) – A team charged with developing a plan to achieve targets for statewide greenhouse gas reductions for Florida convened Friday to begin developing Phase Two of the plan with the help of stakeholders arrayed in six technical work groups. The Phase One report and recommendations were delivered to Governor…

States Petition EPA to Control Climate Gases from Nonroad Engines

States Petition EPA to Control Climate Gases from Nonroad Engines

SACRAMENTO, California, January 28, 2008 (ENS) – California Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. will host a news conference Tuesday announcing a petition to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency asking the agency to adopt greenhouse gas emissions standards for nonroad vehicles, engines and equipment. Other states, government agencies, and national environmental organizations that are joining…

States Seek Fraud Protection for Carbon Offset Market

States Seek Fraud Protection for Carbon Offset Market

WASHINGTON, DC, January 25, 2008 (ENS) – Citing the potential “to manipulate the system,” California Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. today recommended that the Federal Trade Commission sharpen its guidelines for businesses that sell carbon emission offset credits. Activities such as driving cars and running power plants produce greenhouse gas emissions which trap heat…