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EPA Gets Started on Curbing Heat-Trapping Methane from Oil and Gas Operations

This post written with Meleah Geertsma and Vignesh GowrishankarThe Environmental Protection Agency recently took the first step promised under President Obama’s Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions, released last month.  EPA issued a set of...

Posted April 17, 2014    

White House Attacks Heat-Trapping Methane, Second Biggest Climate Pollutant

This post written with Vignesh Gowrishankar and Meleah GeertsmaThe White House recently released its long-awaited Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions. Promised in President Obama's Climate Action Plan last June, the methane strategy is a...

Posted April 3, 2014    

Carbon Copy II: Six Quick Impressions from Climate Change's Latest Day in the Supreme Court

Here are six quick reactions to the oral arguments presented recently in the Supreme Court’s latest case on climate change and the Clean Air Act, Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA.  (See my post from last Friday for more background.)No going...

Posted February 27, 2014    

EPA Tackles HFC Super Pollutants, Next Step in President Obama's Climate Action Plan

The Environmental Protection Agency has announced its plans to tackle the super-potent heat-trapping pollutants called hydrofluorcarbons (HFCs), an important step forward in carrying out President Obama’s Climate Action Plan.  Meeting with more...

Posted February 10, 2014    

Mixed Signals and Missed Opportunities as India Puts the Brakes on HFC Phase-Down Talks

After a summer of diplomatic progress at the level of presidents and prime ministers, expectations were high that countries would launch negotiations on phasing down the dangerous heat-trapping chemicals called hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) at meetings...

Posted October 31, 2013    

Supreme Court Rejects Challenges to Climate Science and EPA Carbon Pollution Standards

The Supreme Court recently rejected last-ditch efforts by industry and conservative states to block the EPA from setting standards to curb the carbon pollution that drives dangerous climate change.  The Court’s ruling clears the way for EPA to...

Posted October 17, 2013    

India and US Make Progress on HFC Super-Pollutants

The pace of action to phase down the super-potent heat-trapping chemicals called hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) quickened when U.S. President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced new joint steps towards controlling HFCs under...

Posted September 30, 2013    

EPA Launches Carbon Pollution Standards for New Power Plants

The Environmental Protection Agency has launched proposed standards to limit dangerous carbon pollution from new power plants.  This is the first big step to implement President Obama’s ambitious Climate Action Plan, announced in June. “...

Posted September 24, 2013    

US-China Breakthrough on Curbing Greenhouse Gases

President Obama and President Xi announced a breakthrough in bilateral cooperation on climate change, by agreeing to work together on a phase-down of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) – the super potent heat-trapping chemicals used in refrigeration, air...

Posted June 10, 2013    

CO2 Hits New High: Living In a League Where Batting 400 Is Not Good

Carbon dioxide concentrations have hit 400 parts per million for the first time in at least three million years, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced yesterday. That’s 40 percent more than the CO2 level in the air at...

Posted May 11, 2013    

European Commission Holds Firm, Rejects Daimler's Push to Block New Climate-Friendly Refrigerant

David Doniger, Policy Director, Climate and Clean Air Program, Washington, D.C.Good news today from Brussels, as the European Community holds firm and rejects last-minute pressure from by Daimler, maker of Mercedes-Benz, to block the introduction of...

Posted December 21, 2012    

Appeals Court Rejects Latest Attack on EPA Carbon Pollution Standards

The full U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington today rejected petitions from industry and state challengers to revisit a three-judge panel’s unanimous ruling last June, in Coalition for Responsible Regulation v. EPA, upholding the Environmental...

Posted December 21, 2012