Increasing carbon dioxide emissions and freshwater runoff challenge the ocean's ability to neutralize acidification -- an imbalance caused by absorption of the greenhouse gas from the air.
This is a pretty straightforward cap-and-trade proposal very similar to the one currently in place to control acid rain. In fact, there was a time when members of the GOP were the most enthusiastic advocates for cap-and-trade.
In the 1980s the GOP lead the charge in favor of the idea of using markets to control pollution. Moderate Republicans (of which there were a significant number) opted for dealing with environmental problems with economic tools that employ price signals to keep air and water clean.
Gas prices are broadcast on street corners throughout America, and are regularly featured on the evening news. They are a high-profile target for the public's anger, leading to "drill baby drill"-type campaigns, "gas tax holidays," and even extreme proposals to abolish state gas taxes.
The words in President Obama's State of the Union speech were often lofty, spinning through the air with the greatest of ease and emitting dog whistles as they flew.
Ironically, cap and trade legislation fell victim to exactly the same top-down, insular thinking that has carried us all into the maw of a global climate crisis.
For the green groups who spent the last term pursuing a failed insider strategy of compromises, the focus going forward should mobilizing the public. For President Obama, the task is to go beyond rhetoric and make the heroic choices for real change.
After months of negotiating, lawmakers reached an agreement to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff." Featured in the measure is an extension of a renewable electricity production tax credit for wind, geothermal and some biomass projects.
As lawmakers in Washington, D.C., debate the so-called fiscal cliff -- when U.S. federal tax increases and spending cuts are due to take effect at the end of 2012 -- new research in the journal Nature Climate Change says we are already at the edge of a climate cliff.
I'm referring to the CO2 cap-and-trade allowance auction held by the State of California. The fact that the auction ran smoothly and compliance entities and others put their money down is one important step in establishing the program's credibility.
California's cap-and-trade program incorporates the use of carbon offsets generated from the destruction of ozone depleting substances (ODS) to help the state meet its goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
She was going to comply with the law, simply because it was the law, but what about the law that comes by way of our birth? Something that drives us to preserve life?
On the eve of California's landmark, first ever cap-and-trade auction, voters in three Western states were asked some key questions: Should polluters be held financially accountable for their climate pollution emissions? And if so, how should the resulting funds be spent?
Invest in BP, Chevron? We don't think so, says investment firm MSCI Inc, reports Jason Plautz at InsideClimate News.
We all know about the fiscal cliff. Imagine there was an environmental cliff. If there was, here are three items that I think the EPA (and Congress) would need to move on.
In his first press conference since being re-elected, President Barack Obama acknowledged he'll focus on climate change in his second term.