reducing greenhouse gas emissions

Lawsuit Forces U.S. Financing Agencies to Account for Climate

Lawsuit Forces U.S. Financing Agencies to Account for Climate

SAN FRANCISCO, California, February 7, 2009 (ENS) – Environmental groups and cities won a settlement Friday in a precedent-setting lawsuit that sought to force two U.S. government agencies to address the global warming effects of their overseas financing activities. After more than six years of litigation, the first case of its kind established important legal…

EPA Nominee Jackson Promises Science Will Trump Politics

EPA Nominee Jackson Promises Science Will Trump Politics

WASHINGTON, DC, January 14, 2009 (ENS) – Scientific integrity and the rule of law will be the “two core values” guiding decisions by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under the incoming Obama administration, the president elect’s nominee to head the agency vowed today at her confirmation hearing. The promises of nominee Lisa Jackson were met…

New Jersey Seeks Public Input on Plan to Cut Greenhouse Gases

New Jersey Seeks Public Input on Plan to Cut Greenhouse Gases

TRENTON, New Jersey, December 18, 2008 (ENS) – New Jersey environmental officials have released a proposal to reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions. Department of Environmental Protection Acting Commissioner Mark Mauriello has invited the public to comment on the recommendations outlined in a draft report published on the state’s Global Warming website. “While this plan…

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…

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…

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.-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…

G8 Environment Ministers Agree on 2050 Climate Goal

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…

Feds Fund Energy Generation from Ocean Waves, Tides

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…

Black Carbon Pollution a Major Factor in Global Warming

Black Carbon Pollution a Major Factor in Global Warming

SAN DIEGO, California, March 23, 2008 (ENS) – Black carbon, particulate matter in the air produced by diesel exhaust, biomass burning, and cooking with solid fuels, has a warming effect in the atmosphere three to four times greater than existing estimates, according to scientists in an upcoming review article in the journal “Nature Geoscience.” Atmospheric…

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…

California Leads the Charge to Reduce Greenhouse Gases

California Leads the Charge to Reduce Greenhouse Gases

The increasing concern about global warming has put pressure on all states to change their habits, though taking the first initiative can be difficult. California is taking that step forward by passing a bill that will require immediate efforts in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Environmentally conscious goals have been made official in California. By 2020,…

EU Environment Commissioner 'Not Impressed' with George Bush

EU Environment Commissioner 'Not Impressed' with George Bush

Stavros Dimas, the European Union Environment Commissioner released the following statement to the press regarding the U.S. and the recent plea made by George Bush that 15 major countries meet and talk about goals to prevent climate change: “The declaration by President Bush basically restates the U.S. classic line on climate change — no mandatory…