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 ...

Sincere climate pledge or 'sleight of hand'?

| Jun 8, 2015

Sincere climate pledge or 'sleight of hand'?

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Last week, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet announced Japan would reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 26 percent by 2030, based on 2013 levels. The plan will be presented to delegates at a United Nations conference on climate change in Paris this December. The ...

Japan fails to present new emissions target for 2020

Jun 5, 2015

Japan fails to present new emissions target for 2020

Japan failed to present a revised version of its greenhouse gas emissions reduction target for 2020 at international climate negotiations Thursday in Bonn, Germany. The negotiations are aimed at narrowing differences over a new international climate deal to be reached later this year at ...