G-20 countries join US and China to support phasing down HFCs under Montreal Protocol
US and China agree to launch formal negotiations on HFC phase down under Montreal Protocol
Climate optimism resurrected today
September 10, 2013 01:03 PM - Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development
St Petersburg 6 Sept 2013 – Today President Obama negotiated two separate agreements, one with the G-20 and one with China, to phase down the super greenhouse gasses called hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). The G-20 Leaders Declaration announced support for initiatives that are complementary to efforts under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, including using the expertise and institutions of the Montreal Protocol to phase down the production and consumption of HFCs, while retaining HFCs within the scope of the UNFCCC and its Kyoto Protocol for accounting and reporting of emissions.
US and China Agree to Launch Formal Negotiations to Reduce
Super Greenhouse Gas Under Montreal Protocol
September 10, 2013 12:34 PM - Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development
Agreement to phase down HFCs provides biggest, fast mitigation available in near-term Builds confidence for strong UN climate treaty in 2015
Obama gains allies for de-funding coal plants, expanding cuts in short-lived pollutants
September 5, 2013 04:10 PM - Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development
Focus on heads of government critical for fast, near-term mitigation in Arctic, elsewhere Leader focus also critical for success with UN climate treaty in 2015 treaty
Montreal Protocol Endorsed for Fast Climate Mitigation
September 3, 2013 02:55 PM - Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development
World’s most effective environmental treaty asked to do more for climate Goal is phasing down HFCs, benefits equivalent to 100 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide
Navy Releases Final Environmental Impact Statements for At-Sea Training and Testing Activities
August 30, 2013 01:04 PM - Chief of Naval Operations Energy and Environmental Readiness Division Public Affairs
WASHINGTON (NNS) – Today the U.S. Navy publicly released the Final Environmental Impact Statements/Overseas Environmental Impact Statements (EIS/OEISs) for planned training and testing activities in the waters off the Atlantic Coast and the Gulf of Mexico, Southern California and Hawaii.
Two Central Texas Salamanders Receive Endangered Species Act Protections
August 20, 2013 10:04 AM - Center for Biological Diversity
AUSTIN, Texas— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on August 19 protected two Texas salamanders under the Endangered Species Act and designated 4,451 acres as critical habitat for the rare amphibians. The decision to protect the Jollyville Plateau salamander and Austin blind salamander was spurred by a landmark settlement with the Center for Biological Diversity in 2011 that is expediting federal protection decisions for 757 imperiled species across the country.
NWRI RELEASES TWO REPORTS ON ASSESSING
RECYCLED WATER CRITERIA FOR STATE OF CALIFORNIA
August 19, 2013 05:42 PM - NATIONAL WATER RESEARCH INSTITUTE
FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. – The National Water Research Institute (NWRI) has released two reports that evaluate different aspects of recycled water criteria for the State of California. One report provides conclusions as to whether recycled water used to irrigate food crops in California is sufficiently protective of public health, while the second report evaluates the suitability of a potential analytical technique to assess water quality during the recycled water treatment process.
TWO NEW HARPY EAGLE NESTS FOUND IN MAYA MOUNTAINS OF BELIZE
Discovery still represents most-northerly known breeding
pair in the Americas
August 19, 2013 08:12 AM - BFREE/ Ya'axche Conservation Trust
TOLEDO DISTRICT, Belize – Scientists and local community members recently discovered two new Harpy Eagle nests in the Maya Mountains of southern Belize. The new nests in Belize are approximately 15km from one another; the first, located in Columbia River Forest Reserve, was discovered by a resident of a nearby village in July 2012.
Two Florida Butterflies Proposed for Endangered Species Act Protection, 17,546 Acres of Protected Habitat
August 15, 2013 11:50 AM - Center for Biological Diversity
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— Following an agreement with the Center for Biological Diversity to speed decisions on protection of 757 imperiled species across the country, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed August 14 to protect two butterflies in south Florida under the Endangered Species Act, along with 17,546 acres of critical habitat. The Florida leafwing is a beautiful butterfly that looks like a dead leaf when at rest. Bartram’s scrub-hairstreak is a medium-sized gray butterfly with delicate dashes of white and rust. Both butterflies have lost a significant amount of their habitat due to development, also now facing the serious and compounding threats of climate change.
Forest Service Again Jeopardizing Major Forest Restoration Project in Arizona
August 13, 2013 11:30 AM - Center for Biological Diversity
SILVER CITY, N.M.— The U.S. Forest Service is again jeopardizing a major forest-restoration project that would thin 300,000 acres of northern Arizona’s national forests.