greenhouse gases

A Global Agreement on Reduction of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

February 5, 2016 by Henry Auer

Paris Agreement and Greenhouse Gases

2015 was the warmest year on record, using temperatures measured over the entire year on both land and ocean surfaces. The high temperatures averaged worldwide have produced large numbers of extreme weather events, especially heat waves, over the last five years.[read more]

Beirut's Garbage Crisis Mirrors Our Planet's Global Warming Crisis

September 3, 2015 by Henry Auer

Beirut and Global Warming

Just as Beirut’s current garbage crisis results in unconstrained buildup of garbage in its streets, so humanity’s continuing emission of carbon dioxide waste into the atmosphere results in unprecedented buildup of harmful greenhouse gases.[read more]

EPA Proposes New Power Plant Emissions Standards

June 8, 2014 by Tom Schueneman

EPA Plant Standards

In the 2007 case Massachusetts v. EPA, the Supreme Court ruled that the EPA had authority and obligation to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles. The decision also required the EPA to regulate these gasses unless it could provide a specific scientific basis for refusing such action.[read more]


ICAO Deal to (Eventually) Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Aviation a Good First Step

October 10, 2013 by Parth Vaishnav

Aviation Emissions Regulation

On October 4th, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) agreed that, by 2020, it would implement a market-based mechanism (MBM) aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions from international aviation.[read more]

Sea to Shining Sea: Which US States Use the Most Fossil Fuels?

emissions by state/EIA

A lot of the debate over energy and climate change has focused on changing how people live. But in a lot of ways, where someone lives is as important as how they live.[read more]

On Climate Change: U.S. Should Act to Reduce Short-Lived Pollutants

March 13, 2013 by Steve Seidel

greenhouse gas emissions

Reducing emissions of carbon dioxide is critical to long-term efforts. But curbing greenhouse gases with shorter atmospheric lifetimes will have significant near-term climate benefits.[read more]

Permafrost: Climate Change Time Bomb [Video]

March 3, 2013 by Tom Schueneman

Thawing permafrost

Recent research from a team of Russian scientists reports that a 1.5°C rise in global temperature is enough to melt permafrost in Siberia and throughout the Arctic.[read more]

A New Climate Coalition: The Good and the Problematic

March 20, 2012 by Robert Stowe

On February 16, 2012, U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and environment ministers from five other countries introduced the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants. The Coalition’s members are the governments of Bangladesh, Canada, Ghana, Mexico, Sweden, and the United States, with the United Nations...[read more]

EPA to start regulating GHG

May 14, 2010 by Doris de Guzman

So I finally finished my article about the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) plan to regulate under the Clean Air Act (CAA) greenhouse gas emissions from stationary sources. This is very timely given that agency published its final rule yesterday (and my deadline is this week). Here's a little bit of a snapshot of the GHG rule. EPA...[read more]

The coming climate panic?

January 1, 2010 by Joseph Romm

This decade will largely determine whether humanity gets on the path to a low-carbon economy fast enough to avert catastrophic climate change.  And the single biggest obstacle to action today is the same as it’s been for two decades — anti-science conservatives. As Revkin explained in 2008 piece about a major conference of...[read more]

Greenhouse Gases Continue to Rise Despite Economic Slump

June 7, 2009 by Tim Hurst

NOAA Methane and carbon dioxide, two of the most important and potent heat-trapping greenhouse gases increased last year, according to a preliminary analysis for NOAA’s annual greenhouse gas index, which tracks data from 60 sites around the world. The increase in the two gases came despite a downturn in the major economic indices....[read more]

CAFE Convergence

May 20, 2009 by Geoffrey Styles

I would be badly remiss if I didn't comment on yesterday's announcement by President Obama of a comprehensive framework for vehicle fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions. While I'm not sure I'd go quite as far as one Congressman, who compared it to solving the "energy and economic policy equivalent of a Rubik's Cube", this represents...[read more]

Antarctica and planning horizons

March 19, 2009 by Lou Grinzo

And then there are those articles I just don’t know how to interpret. A perfect example crossed my screen this morning, about new evidence that suggests Antarctic ice [is] close to melting tipping point-study: A large part of the ice covering West Antarctica could be lost if greenhouse gases in the atmosphere increase only slightly...[read more]

Carbon reduction, at what cost?

November 30, 2007 by Marc Gunther

McKinsey & Co. published a really interesting, if geeky, report today on what it will cost to curb greenhouse gases in the U.S. It’s dense and complicated and 83 pages long, and I have to be honest and say I haven’t had time to read it all carefully yet. But I have written about it! That’s how Internet journalism works. My first take...[read more]