Jul 3, 2015

Rising number of local governments set targets to cut emissions

Twenty local governments, representing areas producing 5 percent of global climate-changing emissions, have committed to targets to cut those emissions, with the majority also setting goals for renewable energy, a platform uniting them said on Thursday. The Compact of States and Regions, launched last ...

Jun 29, 2015

China's UN climate pledges 'expected': state media

China is expected to unveil its long-awaited national pledges to reduce carbon emissions beyond 2020, a state-run newspaper said Monday, as Chinese Premier Li Keqiang visits Belgium and France ahead of a Paris climate summit. The world’s number one emitter has yet to put ...

Jun 19, 2015

Last month was the hottest May in modern history

Last month marked the hottest May in modern history, continuing a troubling trend of rising global temperatures, U.S. government scientists said Thursday. “This was the warmest May on record,” said Derek Arndt, chief of the monitoring branch at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ...

Jun 18, 2015

Pope to blame profiteers for killing the planet

Pope Francis will call Thursday on the world’s leaders to pull together to fight global warming, publishing his hotly anticipated thesis on the environment that slams profiteers and slaves to progress. Released six months ahead of a key climate change meeting in Paris, Francis’s ...

Pope eyes worldwide audience for environment directive

Jun 15, 2015

Pope eyes worldwide audience for environment directive

Pope Francis is looking for a global audience for his upcoming encyclical on the environment, saying Sunday that it is meant for everyone, not just Catholics. Francis engaged in some self-promotion during his weekly blessing, alerting the thousands of people in St. Peter’s Square ...

Jun 12, 2015

Environment minister says coal plant approval is problematic

The need to cut greenhouse gas emissions and the lack of a strategy for this makes it hard to approve a new coal-fired power plant planned by a venture between Osaka Gas Co. and Electric Power Development Co., Environment Minister Yoshio Mochizuki said Friday. ...

Obama administration targeting airliner emissions

Jun 11, 2015

Obama administration targeting airliner emissions

The Obama administration proposed Wednesday to regulate aircraft emissions in much the same way as power plants, saying they are a threat to human health because they contain pollutants that help cause global warming. Using its authority under The Clean Air Act, the Environmental ...

From fossil fuels to epidemics: What the G-7 decided

Jun 10, 2015

From fossil fuels to epidemics: What the G-7 decided

German Chancellor Angela Merkel went into the Group of Seven summit in the Bavarian Alps with a broad agenda, but combating climate change was a top priority. At the two-day meeting of the leaders of Germany, Britain, Canada, France, Italy, Japan and the U.S., ...

Jun 10, 2015

Climate peril stirring in permafrost, experts tell U.N.

Scientists on Tuesday called for action to defuse a time bomb of Arctic greenhouse gas trapped in thawing permafrost as negotiators at U.N. talks grappled over a climate rescue pact. About 1,500 billion tons of heat-trapping carbon-based gas are estimated to be locked in ...