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China's War on Pollution Is Gaining Traction

Barbara A. Finamore | Posted 03.27.2015 | Green
Barbara A. Finamore

Beijing just announced that it will close the last of its four major coal-fired power plants in 2016, avoiding an estimated 30 million tons of carbon. This welcome step, carried out as part of China's national Air Pollution Action Plan, is the latest evidence that China is putting teeth into its pledges to tackle air pollution and cap its carbon emissions.

Hong Kong Once Again Leading the Way in the Fight to Control Shipping Emissions

Barbara A. Finamore | Posted 03.20.2015 | Green
Barbara A. Finamore

Hong Kong has just taken another giant step towards controlling marine emissions, the major source of its domestic air pollution. The Hong Kong Legislative Council has just approved a new rule mandating that Ocean-Going Vessels (OGVs) switch to clean fuel while at berth.

Big Oil Chicanery Threatens Cap and Trade

Carol Pierson Holding | Posted 03.17.2015 | Green
Carol Pierson Holding

The Seattle Times ran an article whose headline was so unsurprising I almost didn't read on: "Oil industry not buying Gov. Jay Inslee's cap-and-trade plan." No surprise right?

Global Climate Deal Shouldn't Harm Economic Growth, France Says

Reuters | Posted 02.06.2015 | Green

NEW DELHI, Feb 5 (Reuters) - A global deal to curb carbon emissions must recognize each country's right to develop, France's foreign minister said i...

There's More to the Oil Crash Than Meets the Eye

J. L. Morin | Posted 01.29.2015 | Green
J. L. Morin

As New York shakes off another dose of the climate change reality dealt by winter storm Juno, many are beginning to re-appreciate the forces of Nature and the power of public policy.

The World Can Live Better And Fight Climate Change, Report Says

Reuters | Posted 01.28.2015 | Green

By Megan Rowling BARCELONA, Jan 28 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The world can improve living standards for all while cutting climat...

A New Paradigm: Saving Our Way to Cleaner Air

Margo T. Oge | Posted 02.28.2015 | Green
Margo T. Oge

It turns out that the industry is right: fighting climate change will have serious impacts on the economy. What they didn't tell you is that the choice to fight global warming and air pollution is also our best chance to have cheaper gas, a more stable economy and greater energy security.

Baby Steps at 2014 Lima COP20

Zachary A. Bennett | Posted 02.17.2015 | Green
Zachary A. Bennett

After finishing 34 hours late, some people left the United Nations Climate Change Conference 2014 (COP20), held in Lima, Peru, with conclusions and others with confusion and dismay.

UN Climate Talks In Lima Reach Watered-Down Agreement

AP | KARL RITTER | Posted 02.12.2015 | Green

LIMA, Peru (AP) — A last-minute deal that salvaged U.N. climate talks from collapse early Sunday sends a signal the rich-poor divide that long held ...

Three Key Questions About China's Climate Commitments

Barbara A. Finamore | Posted 02.08.2015 | Green
Barbara A. Finamore

A number of questions have arisen about whether China is serious about meeting these targets, and how it will achieve them in the face of daunting challenges. Here are three reasons why we believe China is completely serious about tackling climate change and has the tools to do s.

Another Major Climate Breakthrough: China Will Cap Its Coal Consumption by 2020

Barbara A. Finamore | Posted 01.24.2015 | Green
Barbara A. Finamore

Putting a lid on coal is the single most important step China can take to reduce its CO2 emissions, and an ambitious yet achievable cap can help China peak its CO2 emissions even earlier than the 2030 date announced last week.

Racing to the Top With China

Michael Brune | Posted 01.12.2015 | Green
Michael Brune

Coming from the world's two largest economies and two biggest carbon emitters, the new targets set by President Obama and President Xi Jinping have put the international community on notice: It's time to put up or shut up.

A US-China Breakthrough for the Planet -- and New Economic Growth

Jim Yong Kim | Posted 01.12.2015 | World
Jim Yong Kim

The costs to cities, coastlines and crops, as well as to the health and livelihoods of thousands, are mounting. China and the United States show the necessary determination to build a future based on low emissions through clean energy and livable cities because it makes sense for the environment and economies.

UN Issues Extremely Dire Report On Climate Change

AP | KARL RITTER | Posted 01.02.2015 | Green

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Climate change is happening, it's almost entirely man's fault and limiting its impacts may require reducing greenhouse ga...

A New Flank in China's War on Pollution? Controlling Emissions From Ports and Shipping

Barbara A. Finamore | Posted 12.30.2014 | Green
Barbara A. Finamore

One container ship cruising along the coast of China emits as much diesel pollution as 500,000 new Chinese trucks in a single day.

Found in the Flood

Michael Brune | Posted 12.28.2014 | Green
Michael Brune

Although we can't prevent more powerful storms, we are far from powerless. We still have time to take action to limit the climate disruption that makes storms more severe. But let's be clear: That time is limited.

Global Climate Deal Shouldn't Be Legally Binding, Top State Dept. Official Says

Reuters | Posted 12.15.2014 | Green

By Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON, Oct 14 (Reuters) - The United States wants to broker a global agreement on climate change that would ...

The Climate March Will Break Records But Will It Encourage More Environmental Media Coverage?

Betsy Rosenberg | Posted 11.19.2014 | Green
Betsy Rosenberg

It's time to disrupt the media status quo on climate silence, connect the green weather dots and invite the rest of America to join the conversation.

Coal Plants Lock In 300 Billion Tons Of CO2 Emissions

Climate Central | Bobby Magill | Posted 08.28.2014 | Green

This story originally appeared on Climate Central. It seems straightforward to say that when you buy a new car by taking out a loan, you’re commi...

Global Trash Burning Far More Polluting Than Expected

AP | KATY DAIGLE | Posted 10.27.2014 | Green

NEW DELHI (AP) — Rampant trash-burning is throwing more pollution and toxic particles into the air than governments are reporting, according to a sc...

Stakeholders Clash Over EPA's Clean-Air Rules

AP | By DAN ELLIOTT and RAY HENRY | Posted 09.28.2014 | Green

DENVER (AP) — Hundreds of people across the country lined up Tuesday to tell the Environmental Protection Agency that its new rules for power-plant ...

Google Takes On Rogue Methane Emissions

Reuters | By Edward McAllister | Posted 09.15.2014 | Green

By Edward McAllister NEW YORK (Reuters) - Google Inc's Street View cars have captured the world's roads, highways and back alleys for ye...

Protecting Our Air Is Protecting Our Oceans

Dr. Cristián Samper | Posted 08.20.2014 | Green
Dr. Cristián Samper

Whether it be for actions taken by the EPA or the State Department, congratulations to the Obama Administration are due for leadership on both carbon emissions and marine conservation. Let these efforts be the first of many.

Some Of The Country's Dirtiest Power Plants May Be Exempt From Clean Power Plan

Climate Central | Bobby Magill | Posted 06.17.2014 | Green

This story originally appeared on Climate Central. The proposed Clean Power Plan, which aims to slash carbon emissions from existing electric power...

New EPA Rule for Dirty Power Plants Fuels Strange Debate

Keith Gaby | Posted 08.03.2014 | Green
Keith Gaby

The impacts of unlimited pollution are scary, as outlined in two recent scientific reports that outline the situation globally and in the United States. Kids will have more asthma attacks, storms will be more destructive, drought more severe, and lots of other dangerous problems.