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GHG Emissions Fell 10% From 2005 to 2012

Greenhouse gas emissions fell nearly 10 percent from 2005 to 2012, according to the latest national emissions inventory released by the EPA. Reuters reports that emissions dropped 3.4 percent from 2012 to 2011, mostly due decreased energy consumption and the switch from coal to natural gas for power generation. The … Read more »

Climate Change ‘Major Investment Risk,’ Figueres Says

Climate change poses a major long-term threat to institutional investments, and such funds must shift their portfolios from fossil fuels towards clean energy, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change executive secretary Christiana Figueres told an investors’ conference at the United Nations. Figueres said the private sector must play a key … Read more »

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Climate Treaty Deal Closer After UN Talks

After two weeks of talks, delegates hammered out a deal Friday that lays the groundwork for a universal legally binding treaty to be adopted by 2015 that will cut greenhouse gas emissions globally. Delegates representing more than 195 parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the parent treaty … Read more »

UN Agrees REDD Rules – But No Climate Deal

Delegates at the UN climate talks in Warsaw have managed to agree on one thing, at least. Negotiators agreed that developing nations will only receive funding under the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) program when the governments can prove that they have reduced emissions without hurting biological diversity … Read more »

Tailpipe Pollution Standards Could Cut Emissions 80%

Extending the vehicle emissions and fuel-quality standards already in place in the largest global vehicle markets would reduce near-term climate impacts through reductions in black carbon and other short-lived climate pollutants by the equivalent of 710 million metric tons of CO2 annually, according to a report by the International Council … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Keystone Study, Ethanol Decision, Chemical Threats

The heavy bitumen crude that the Keystone XL pipeline would carry is no more likely to cause pipeline leaks than other crude oils, according to a National Research Council report released yesterday, Reuters says. The finding is a major boost for the pipeline’s backers. In his widely anticipated climate speech … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Airlines in ETS, BP Felony Charges, Black Elk

President Obama has signed into law a bill that excludes US airlines from European carbon emissions taxes in the EU ETS. The US airline industry argued that the rules – which the EU put on hold earlier this month – were unfair because they would have been applied to the … Read more »

Unilever, Shell, Swiss Re, Skanska Back Carbon Pricing

More than 100 international corporations including food and consumer products company Unilever, energy giants Royal Dutch Shell and Statoil, re-insurer Swiss Re and construction company Skanska have called on policymakers to develop a clear, transparent and unambiguous global carbon price to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The joint statement, coordinated by … Read more »