Growing Enthusiasm for Reducing Short-Lived Climate Pollutant for Fast Climate Mitigation
Ministers meet in Doha on margins of UN climate talks
December 6, 2012 03:24 PM - Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development
Washington, DC – 25 Ministers met today in a high-level assembly in a small room on the side of the UNFCCC negotiations in Doha, and along with representatives from UNEP the World Bank, and several NGOs, pledged to increase their scale of action to reduce short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs).
Capacity Development Key to Stopping Illegal Trade in Hazardous and Electronic Waste
December 5, 2012 12:03 PM - INECE
Washington, D.C. – Building capacity among environmental and customs officials for detecting illegal transboundary shipments of hazardous and electronic wastes was the focus of the Second International Hazardous Waste Inspection Project. 11 countries participated in the Project, which was convened by the International Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement (INECE) Seaport Environmental Security Network (SESN).
Industrial carbon management research gets $3.75 M boost
November 29, 2012 10:54 AM - Carbon Management Canada
CALGARY, CANADA -- Carbon Management Canada (CMC), a national research network specializing in the development of carbon management technology and insights for industrial scale solutions, has awarded a total of $3.75 million to eight new research projects.
Children's Environmental Health & Environmental Justice Champion
Honored for Overcoming a Medical Challenge, and then Giving Back.
November 27, 2012 03:11 PM - California Safe Schools
LOS ANGELES, CA- WebMD Health Heroes awards celebrate extraordinary Americans who met a health challenge and gave back to others in an inspiring way. The 2012 WebMD Health Heroes include Robina Suwol and the organization she founded in 1998, California Safe Schools.
Permafrost Thawing to Cause Additional Global Warming
Dangerous feedback loop as existing warming accelerates permafrost thawing
November 27, 2012 12:52 PM - Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development
Washington, DC –Should permafrost thawing accelerate as expected, resulting carbon dioxide and methane emissions will significantly amplify global warming, according to a report published today by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) titled Policy Implications of Warming Permafrost. Permafrost is ground that stays frozen for at least two years in a row and occurs in about a quarter of the land surface in the Northern Hemisphere; it contains twice the amount of carbon as the atmosphere (1,700 billion tonnes of carbon stored as frozen organic matter).
Navy, DoD, Developer Announce Wind Farm Agreement to Preserve Training Mission in South Texas
By Kenneth Hess, Chief of Naval Operations Energy and Environmental Readiness Division Public Affairs
November 27, 2012 11:13 AM - Department of the Navy
NAVAL AIR STATION (NAS) KINGSVILLE, Texas (NNS) – Today, officials from the Department of Defense (DoD), the Department of the Navy (Navy), E.ON Climate & Renewables North America, LLC (ECRNA), and Petronila Wind Farm, LLC, owned by ECRNA (Petronila Wind), announced a memorandum of agreement (MOA) to allow the developer to build and operate new wind turbines in Nueces County, Texas while working to protect the Navy’s ability to continue its training mission at NAS Kingsville and NAS Corpus Christi.
Alarming Growth of Climate Emissions Says UNEP,
But No Reason to Write Off 2°C Target Yet
November 21, 2012 01:38 PM - Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development
Washington, DC – Global greenhouse gas emissions are moving in the wrong direction to meet the global goal of stabilizing temperatures at or below 2°C by the end of the century, according to the third edition of UNEP’s Emissions Gap Report developed by 55 scientists from 22 countries. According to the report released today, if all countries stick to the voluntary pledges they have already made, by 2020 greenhouse gas emissions will be at least 8 billion tons higher per year than the maximum allowed to meet the 2°C target.
A 4°C World Will Be Devastating But Can Be Avoided
November 19, 2012 02:07 PM - Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development
Washington, DC – Without further action to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions the world could be as much as 4°C warmer by 2060, threatening the world with devastating food shortages, extreme weather and sea-level rise, according to the World Bank in a new report published today on climate change titled Turn Down the Heat: Why a 4°C Warmer World Must be Avoided. This is the first climate report published under the new World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, signaling a new more aggressive focus on climate change.
The Community Environmental Center EcoHouse Arrives at Williamsburg, Brooklyn's, Southside
November 19, 2012 10:48 AM - Community Environmental Center
Councilmember Diana Reyna and others celebrate the arrival of the Community Environmental Center EcoHouse, a free, mobile, 21st Century environmental classroom, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn’s Southside
Led by Low-lying Island States, "Discussion Group" Formed on HFC Phase-down Under Montreal Protocol
Islands get further support from climate vulnerable African countries
"No Need to Reinvent the Wheel"
November 16, 2012 12:04 PM - Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development
Geneva – Working in the shadow of the global climate negotiations, which resume later this month, the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Stratospheric Ozone Layer held their annual meeting in Geneva this week, wrapping up today. First among their concerns has been how to control HFCs, factory-made super greenhouse gases that the Protocol has inadvertently encouraged companies to start using as substitutes for the chemicals the Protocol is phasing out, to the great detriment of the climate.