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New bill stops climate-improving technology – N.R.D.C.

The director of climate programs at the non-profit organization Natural Resources Defense Council stressed that a new bill will stop climate-improving technology such as carbon capture and storage. According to Director of Climate Programs David Hawkins, the most recent House passage of Rep. Whitfield’s bill, H.R. 3826, last week is blocking the Environmental Protection Agency from adopting sensi...

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U.S. E.P.A. sets emission standards for cars and fuel

The United States Environmental Protection Agency has set emission standards for cars and gasoline which are expected to significantly reduce harmful pollution while improving the efficiency of cars and trucks. Under the new emission standards, pollutants from emissions will be significantly cut: smog-forming volatile organic compounds and nitrogen oxides will be cut by 80 percent; and fuel vapor emissions will be signi...

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New Zealand collects 200,000 TVs under its recycling program

The government of New Zealand has collected over 200,000 televisions for recycling. The televisions were collected under the government’s TV TakeBack program which aims to divert old, used and broken TVs from landfills. The announcement of the landmark number of TVs collected was made by Environment Minister Amy Adams. “The collection of 200,000 televisions represents a significant...

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President Obama has “all the information” to reject Keystone XL pipeline – N.R.D.C.

International environmental advocacy group Natural Resources Defense Council has once again reiterated that the Keystone XL pipeline project must be rejected by United States President Obama, saying that the president has “all the information he needs to reject” it. According to N.R.D.C. International Program Director Susan Casey-Lefkowitz, the State Department itself has now admitted that the...

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E.U. aims to bring emissions down by 40 percent, renewables up by 27 percent

The European Union will reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent below the 1990 level by 2030. The European Commission has set out their 20130 framework on climate and energy change with ambitious goals for both greenhouse gas emissions as well as renewable energy use. “In spite of all those arguing that nothing ambitious would come out of the Commission, we did it. A 40...

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Hong Kong’s environment secretary reiterates need for landfill extension

Hong Kong Secretary for the Environment KS Wong reiterated the call for a landfill extension in the region, saying that the need is urgent. The environment secretary noted that the Hong Kong government will be resubmitting its extension proposal to the Legislative Council in the first quarter of this year. Back in July 2013, the Hong Kong government pushed for a funding proposal for...

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Beijing banning construction, expansion of high-polluting industrial projects

The local legislature of Beijing is banning the construction of high-polluting projects such as oil refining, cement, steel and thermal power plants in a drastic attempt to address city’s worsening air pollution problem. Through an approved policy document, the city of Beijing will ban the construction of new projects in these high-polluting industries. They are also banning the expansion of any of existing...

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Hong Kong increases glass bottle recycling with new collection points

Hong Kong’s Environmental Protection Department has expanded its glass bottle recycling network by increasing the number of glass bottle collection points throughout the region. The increase in the number of glass bottle collection points was done last November 2013 to encourage public participation in green living as well as to turn waste glass bottles into a useful resource. In total, in the...

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U.S. wind farm program extended, threatens eagles

A new rule from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service has raised concerns for the safety of bald and golden eagles that live in wind farm areas. The Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, includes a provision for a permitting program that will be applicable to developers of renewable energy projects and other activities that may “take”- injure, kill or disturb” bald and golden eagles. Though this, the F.W.S. au...

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U.S. senators introduce Renewable Electricity Standard bill

Two United States senators introduced a bill that will reduce pollution, save consumers’ money, and create hundreds of thousands of jobs. Senators Tom Udall and Mark Udall introduced a bill to establish a national Renewable Electricity Standard that would not only expand the generation of renewable energy, but would also create jobs. The bill introduced mandates utilities to generate 25 percent...

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