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Cutting Mercury, Protecting Children

Lisa P. Jackson | Posted 02.20.2012 | Green
Lisa P. Jackson

We recently finalized the nation's first-ever Mercury and Air Toxics Standards for power plant emissions. Once MATS is fully implemented, it will prevent up to 11,000 premature deaths, 4,700 heart attacks, and 3,100 emergency room visits across the nation.

At Global Climate Talks, The U.S. and China Are Divided As Ever

Tom Zeller Jr. | Posted 02.06.2012 | Green
Tom Zeller Jr.

The somewhat deflating reality surrounding the global climate talks in Durban, South Africa -- now hurtling toward another arguably empty conclusion -- is that success or failure is heavily contingent on the whims of just two countries: China and the United States. The two nations, after all, produce far more climate-warming gases than their nearest competitors, and their mutual, steely-eyed refusal to budge from their bedrock negotiating positions tends to render even the most conciliatory gestures among lesser polluters both quaint and meaningless.

How To Stay Mercury-Free

Avital Andrews | Posted 02.04.2012 | Green
Avital Andrews

December 5 marks the beginning of the Sierra Club's Mercury Awareness Week. In anticipation of that, here are four ways to help you keep the toxic stuff out of your life.

For Detroit, Size Matters: Will Automakers Latch on to Loopholes and Undercut New Emissions Rules?

Dan Becker | Posted 01.28.2012 | Detroit
Dan Becker

The Obama administration has proposed rules that would determine how far 2025 cars go on a gallon of gas. Surprisingly, though, auto companies can dictate how successful the program will be. This presents Detroit with an unusual challenge.

A Burning Question: Should Waste-to-Energy Qualify as Renewable?

Robin Madel | Posted 10.18.2011 | New York
Robin Madel

When you think about renewable energy sources, what comes to mind? Solar panels or wind turbines, maybe even hydropower? You're probably not thinking about trash.

The Law of Unintended Consequences

Terry Tamminen | Posted 10.04.2011 | Green
Terry Tamminen

When the federal government abrogates its duties under the Clean Air Act or Clean Water Act, does that mean that impacted communities just go along with it?

5 Ideas for Biofuels That Will Change the Energy Conversation

Susanna Murley | Posted 09.12.2011 | Green
Susanna Murley

Some Girl Scouts say palm oil in their cookies are leading to deforestation. Cookies, schmookies, the real question is: should we could we put palm o...

California Should Lead Again on Emissions Standards

Dan Becker and James Gerstenzang | Posted 08.27.2011 | Green
Dan Becker and James Gerstenzang

By moving ahead with its own rules, California can bolster the administration's negotiating position with the auto industry. If it declines to send a clear signal now, it risks being hobbled for years by whatever weak action Washington chooses.

UN Climate Negotiations: EU Ramps Up Renewables and Addresses Aviation Emissions

Tina Gerhardt | Posted 08.09.2011 | Green
Tina Gerhardt

International aviation emissions grew by 66% between 1990 and 2005. They form one of the fastest growing sources of emissions. Yet they are currently excluded from the Kyoto Protocol.

A Beacon for a Green Future

Andy Atkins | Posted 07.24.2011 | Green
Andy Atkins

It's refreshing to see the UK step in and re-establish international leadership on climate change. The target to halve our emissions by 2025 is the most ambitious in the world.

The Climate Post: The World Has Passed Peak Oil, Says Top Economist

Mason Inman | Posted 07.06.2011 | Green
Mason Inman

The European Commission's director-general for transport and mobility policy warned if actions are delayed to reduce oil dependency, "we may be forced to drastically reduce all our mobility."

The Best Remedy for the Price of Gas

Dan Becker | Posted 06.19.2011 | Green
Dan Becker

The Obama administration can't do much to lower the price of a gallon of gas, but it is on the cusp of a crucial decision that could help consumers come out ahead because they would need less gas.

Sundance: Rage, Outrage, and a Vision

Larry Beinhart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Larry Beinhart

On every level, coal mining and burning coal for energy is destructive. Watch the film to be outraged. And to be inspired.

Weekly Mulch: With D.C. in GOP Hands, Environmentalists Must 'Fight Harder'

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
The Media Consortium

by Sarah Laskow, Media Consortium Blogger For the environmental community, this coming year offers a chance to regroup, rethink and regrow. Two year...

GOP Climate Change Deniers Running For House Energy Committee

Grist | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The House Energy Committee is seeing an intense leadership fight, as four different Republicans are vying to take over the influential post from Democ...

The Road Ahead: Steps Toward a Global Uprising

Ronnie Cummins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Ronnie Cummins

December 7, 2010, Cancún, Mexico - On a beautiful sunny morning, marching down the Avenida Tulúm, our five thousand strong brigade of climate change...

United Nations Environment Programme Launches Emissions Gap Report

Tina Gerhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Tina Gerhardt

Cancún, Mexico - Yesterday afternoon, United Nations Environment Programme released the Emissions Gap Report, which seeks to assess how we are doing ...

COP 16: Breakout Groups

Tina Gerhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Tina Gerhardt

As thousands of people marched on the COP-16 climate summit to condemn the false solutions and backroom deals being pushed in the negotiations, solidarity actions unfolded in over 100 cities around the world.

A Better Way to Cut Gas Consumption and Fight Global Warming

Dan Becker and James Gerstenzang | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Dan Becker and James Gerstenzang

The Environmental Protection Administration's report on gas mileage told us that the 2009 model cars and light trucks sold in the United States achiev...

Green News Report: November 9, 2010 (Audio)

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport. The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app!. IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Not-so-ba...

Green News Report: November 4, 2010 (Audio)

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport. The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app!. IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Let the p...

New Mexico May Adopt Cap-And-Trade Plan

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- New Mexico regulators are set to decide Tuesday whether to adopt a state proposal that would establish a cap-and-trade progr...

Green News Report: October 28, 2010 (Audio)

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport. The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app!. IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Congrats ...

Mapping the Money and PR Behind Prop 23

Ryan Van Lenning | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Ryan Van Lenning

At least 92% of contributions being pumped into Prop 23 are from energy companies that would be regulated by the energy and climate legislation they are trying to overturn.

Poison at the Tea Party

Dan Becker and James Gerstenzang | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dan Becker and James Gerstenzang

In their zeal to live free from outside interference, the tea parties are shooting at the wrong target. They would be right to be angry with an oil i...