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Fossil fuel subsidies hinder transition to green economy

Fossil fuel subsidies play a major role in hindering the transition to an inclusive green economy, according to experts. Fossil fuel subsidies hamper the transition to an inclusive green economy due to its contribution to fiscal instability and undermining governments’ efforts to combat serious economic and environmental challenges, such as climate change. The statement was made during the...

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More time needed for a decision on Keystone XL Pipeline

The United States Department of State will be extending its decision-making period on the submission of their views on the proposed Keystone Pipeline project. According to the State Department, agencies will need additional time based on the uncertainty created by the on-going litigation in the Nebraska Supreme Court which could ultimately affect the pipeline route in that state. The time will also be used to review and consider...

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Climate change is happening, affecting all areas of the globe – I.P.C.C.

The effect of climate change is already being felt worldwide, according the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The I.P.C.C. has the second part of their fifth assessment report detailing the impacts of climate change to date, the future risks from a changing climate, and the opportunities for effective action to reduce risks. The report, titled “Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaption, and...

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Millions of tons of carbon pollution can be eliminated – N.R.D.C. analysis

A new analysis from the Natural Resources Defense Council finds that hundreds of millions of tons of carbon pollution can be eliminated on an annual basis in 2020. The N.R.D.C. has released an updated analysis of its 2012 plan which contains the environmental action group’s proposal on how to cut carbon pollution from America’s power plants. It examines solutions that rely on energy efficiency,...

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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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