Global Warming and Climate Change News

Mercury regs ruling emboldens Clean Power Plan critics, but few changes seen for utilities.
Wednesday July 01st 2015, 10:00 AM

U.S. EPA critics heralded a Supreme Court decision yesterday that the agency should have considered the compliance costs of its mercury standards for coal plants, saying the ruling is proof that states should refuse to comply with the agency's Clean Power Plan until legal challenges play out. [News Source]

US leaves the markets out in the fight against carbon emissions.
Wednesday July 01st 2015, 10:00 AM

Many Republicans have been hoping to block any environmental program. What they achieved, however, was to direct the nation’s efforts to combat climate change in a much more expensive direction. [News Source]

NSW government extends CSG buyback plan with ‘multiple’ parties interested.
Wednesday July 01st 2015, 10:00 AM

The Baird government has extended its plan to buy back exploration licences for coal seam gas, prompting calls for AGL to ditch its permit for the Sydney region. [News Source]

Canadian climate change initiatives bolster case for Keystone XL: TransCanada.
Wednesday July 01st 2015, 10:00 AM

TransCanada says recent Canadian climate change announcements should bolster the case in Washington for building its long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline. [News Source]

China pledges to halt growth of carbon emissions in climate plan.
Wednesday July 01st 2015, 10:00 AM

China, the world’s top greenhouse gas emitter, pledged to wean its economy off fossil fuels and reach “the earliest possible peak” in emissions. [News Source]

A college in Maine that tackles climate change, one class at a time.
Wednesday July 01st 2015, 10:00 AM

As universities and other institutions grapple with ways to fight climate change the College of the Atlantic is nudging its students to reach outside the school’s boundaries and start changing the real world. [News Source]

Julie Bishop plays down significance of China’s 60 percent carbon reduction pledge.
Wednesday July 01st 2015, 10:00 AM

Australia’s foreign minister, Julie Bishop, has played down the significance of China unveiling its post-2020 emissions reduction target, saying Beijing’s position has been known “for some time”. [News Source]

US walrus protections hit Shell’s Arctic drilling plan.
Wednesday July 01st 2015, 10:00 AM

The Obama administration dealt a setback to Royal Dutch Shell's Arctic oil exploration plans on Tuesday, saying established walrus and polar bear protections prevent the company from drilling with two rigs simultaneously at close range, as it had planned., Established walrus and polar bear protections will prevent Shell from drilling with two rigs simultaneously at close range, as it had planned. [News Source]

Global warming: China intensifies carbon reduction and reaffirms 2030 emissions target.
Wednesday July 01st 2015, 10:00 AM

China, the world's biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, has submitted a new carbon intensity reduction target to the United Nations while reaffirming its goal to curb carbon emissions by 2030, or "even earlier". [News Source]

The secret weapon in fight against climate change.
Wednesday July 01st 2015, 10:00 AM

What if we could slow climate change with a few good inventions? That’s the promise of “geoengineering,” often described as plan B if all the politics and protests fail to spur a response to global warming. [News Source]

Brazil announces massive reforestation and renewable energy plan with US.
Wednesday July 01st 2015, 10:00 AM

Barack Obama and Dilma Rousseff put climate change at the top of their agenda at their bilateral meeting on Tuesday, with the US and Brazil agreeing to obtain up to 20% of their electricity from renewable power by 2030. [News Source]