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America’s Climate Plan Falls Short of its Promises

America’s Climate Plan Falls Short of its Promises

The federal government will need to ramp up its fight against climate pollution if it wants to keep a key promise under a United Nations pact, new research from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory shows. The U.S. pledged during United Nations meetings in France last year to reduce its greenhouse gas pollution by a little more than a quarter … Read More

100 Countries Push to Phase Out HFCs

100 Countries Push to Phase Out HFCs

A loose coalition of more than 100 countries, including the U.S. and European nations, is pushing for an early phase-out of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), a powerful greenhouse gas that if left unchecked is set to add a potentially disastrous 0.5°C to global temperatures by the end of the century. At a meeting in New York on Thursday, world leaders ca… Read More

UN Climate Pact Moves Closer to Taking Effect

UN Climate Pact Moves Closer to Taking Effect

A slew of documents filed by national representatives on Wednesday thrust the new UN climate treaty closer to taking effect — a “hairbreadth” away, as Maldives foreign minister Mohamed Asim put it in a statement. But it’s not quite there yet. During meetings in France in December, nearly 200 countries agreed to take steps to fight global warming u… Read More

Climate Central’s ‘Pulp Fiction’ Wins National Award

Climate Central’s ‘Pulp Fiction’ Wins National Award

Pulp Fiction, a three-part series, explained how the harvesting of trees in the U.S. to be burned in power plants and considered renewable energy in Europe, is threatening to warm the planet faster than burning coal.… Read More

UN Expects 20 Nations to Join Paris Pact Next Week

UN Expects 20 Nations to Join Paris Pact Next Week

At least 20 countries have indicated they will join the Paris climate change agreement at a United Nations event on Sept. 21, adding to the 27 that have already done so and raising hopes the deal will enter into force by the end of 2016, U.N. officials said. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited states to deposit their instruments of… Read More

CO2, Climate Change Seen As Waste Disposal Challenge

CO2, Climate Change Seen As Waste Disposal Challenge

When it comes to carbon dioxide, what goes up doesn’t come down. It stays in the atmosphere for thousands of years after plumes of pollution have been released from tailpipes and power plants, trapping heat and warming the planet. That’s why some scientists are increasingly looking at global warming as a waste disposal problem. They say that think… Read More

Obama Administration Unveils Vision for Offshore Wind

Obama Administration Unveils Vision for Offshore Wind

The federal government on Friday unveiled its vision for wind farms off of nearly every U.S. coastline by 2050, in an effort to generate 86 gigawatts of electricity from offshore wind — enough zero-carbon power for more than 23 million homes. The National Offshore Wind Strategy, part of the Obama administration’s Climate Action Plan, calls for … Read More

Here’s What China, U.S. Just Committed to on Climate

Here’s What China, U.S. Just Committed to on Climate

The leaders of the U.S. and China committed their nations to the fight against global warming on Saturday when they handed arcane but momentous documents to the United Nation’s top official. The documents stated that the U.S. and China are ready to join a new global warming pact, putting it on course to potentially become international law before … Read More

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