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Vera Pardee
Vera Pardee is a senior attorney with the Center for Biological Diversity's Climate Law Institute.

Entries by Vera Pardee

Airlines' High-Flying Climate Pollution Threatens World's Poorest People

(1) Comments | Posted December 9, 2015 | 12:23 PM

They're enjoying record profits, plunging fuel costs and sky-high ticket prices. But all that is not enough for the airlines.

As the Paris climate summit enters its final days, the aviation industry is working overtime to get its skyrocketing carbon pollution exempted from the international...

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Airplane Pollution Abruptly Exempted from Paris Climate Agreement

(7) Comments | Posted October 29, 2015 | 3:48 PM

It's one of the world's fastest-growing sources of greenhouse gas pollution. If commercial aviation were considered a country, it would rank seventh after Germany in terms of carbon emissions.

So why has this sky-high source of planet-warming pollution suddenly and mysteriously vanished from the radar...

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Will Airlines Wreck Crucial Chance to Cut Global-Warming Gases?

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 4:22 PM

It's one of the fastest-growing sources of greenhouse gas pollution. And the airline industry's massive emissions of global-warming gases are completely unregulated.

But that might be about to change -- unless the airlines manage to sabotage the process at the tail end. Last week, after years of unreasonable delay,...

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America Must Lead Global Fight Against Aviation Carbon Pollution

(18) Comments | Posted May 7, 2013 | 4:39 PM

International aviation is on course for a rough landing in our warming world. Air travel is growing rapidly -- and so are aviation emissions, which are already responsible for 5 percent of the warming effect of global greenhouse gas emissions.

Despite this bleak picture, the International Civil Aviation...

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EPA Refuses to Curb Deadly Coal Mine Pollution

(4) Comments | Posted May 2, 2013 | 7:12 PM

Poisonous gases, smog-creating chemicals, climate-disrupting methane, and tiny particles that can worm their way into human lungs with deadly effect: Pollutants emitted by coal mining are some of the most dangerous substances fouling the air we breathe.

But don't count on the Environmental Protection Agency to protect you...

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Airlines' Billion-Dollar Bonanza Underscores Need for Real Climate Action

(7) Comments | Posted January 30, 2013 | 10:33 AM

For airline passengers, it was a modest surcharge added to tickets in the name of fighting climate change: $3 for a transatlantic flight, for example. But for airlines, it has turned into a massive windfall. Delta collected as much as $40 million. United about the same. The amount reaped by...

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Mr. President: Don't Flunk First Post-Election Climate Change Test

(19) Comments | Posted November 27, 2012 | 7:46 PM

Dear Mr. President, here's your first big chance. You understand the dangers of climate change. In Hurricane Sandy's wake, you rightly said that our children do not deserve to inherit an America threatened by the "destructive power of a warming planet."

And now, after your victory over an opponent who...

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Five Dirty Little Secrets Behind the U.S. New Vehicle Mileage Rules

(35) Comments | Posted August 30, 2012 | 6:16 PM

More fuel-efficient cars and trucks are critical to warding off the worst effects of climate change. So if you breathed a sigh of relief when you heard that the Obama administration finalized new gas mileage and carbon pollution standards for cars and trucks this week, you're not alone.

Average fuel...

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Bullying the EU on Global Warming...or Trying to

(78) Comments | Posted December 27, 2011 | 1:52 PM

It's been obvious for some time now that the Obama administration's promises to fight global warming are in mothballs. But it's still shocking to see Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attack the 27 European countries that are actually trying to do something about the greatest environmental challenge of our time.

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