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Obama seeks to extend water rules

Obama seeks to extend water rules

Posted Thu, 05 May 2011 19:37:00 GMT by Laura Brown

Obama administration hopes to clarify 'vague'' Clean Water Act closing the door on majority of water pollution. In a move delighting environment groups, but drawing concern from agricultural lobbies, the new definition of the 1970s act could the increase the government's abilioty to protect streams, wetlands and other sensitge waterways from pollution.

Obama seeks to extend water rules

Halting biodiversity loss to protect European economies

Halting biodiversity loss to protect European economies

Posted Wed, 04 May 2011 10:03:00 GMT by Mario Balzan

The European Commission lays out 2020 biodiversity strategy to protect Europe's biodiversity. This follows the disappointing results obtained for the 2010 biodiversity plan and the new commitments made by the EU in Nagoya, Japan. The good news is that new strategy takes into account the services provided by nature, which often defy valuation and are increasingly threatened by competing claims on nature and its use.

Halting biodiversity loss to protect European economies

EPA boosts research into E-waste solution

EPA boosts research into E-waste solution

Posted Sun, 01 May 2011 14:00:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

The EPA is putting its weight behind a UN University led effort to get a grip on the issue of e-waste. The $2.5 million grant announced today should help the UNU's StEP program to achieve ambitious goals to research, monitor and improve the electronic waste processing chain.

EPA boosts research into E-waste solution

Australia puts on hold a revamp of environment laws

Australia puts on hold a revamp of environment laws

Posted Thu, 28 Apr 2011 18:37:01 GMT by Laura Brown

Environment Minister says reforms must wait two years before being considered. The current legislation in Australia protecting the environment is the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. Amongst other things it gives the government's environment minister powers to approve or reject industrial projects that might damage an endangered species or the environment.

Australia puts on hold a revamp of environment laws

Democratic / Republican voter schism over global warming deepens

Democratic / Republican voter schism over global warming deepens

Posted Wed, 20 Apr 2011 19:22:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

The way that US citizens vote is now a major factor in their belief in global warming - with a wide majority of Republicans not seeing climate change as 'here and now', compared to a tiny minority of Democrats who deny that global warming as already upon us. That's the conclusion of a study published in Sociological Quarterly. It shows that the split is widening, and is being driven by a more polarized political debate amongst political leaders, which has pulled the public along in its divisive wake.

Democratic / Republican voter schism over global warming deepens

'Radical' EU carbon tax is really taking baby-steps

'Radical' EU carbon tax is really taking baby-steps

Posted Fri, 15 Apr 2011 11:42:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

The EU put forward its long-planned carbon tax this week, a move that will change energy taxes so that they are based on carbon emissions. Loud complaints are already being heard from car-makers and driver-lobby groups. But the new rules won't initially raise fuel prices at all. And that is the real worry, as fuel use ultimately needs to reflect the real cost to the planet - which means, in the end, prices for the worst polluting fuels will have to rise.

'Radical' EU carbon tax is really taking baby-steps

EPA emissions powers avoid becoming US budget casualty

EPA emissions powers avoid becoming US budget casualty

Posted Tue, 12 Apr 2011 14:14:03 GMT by Martin Leggett

After a game of legislative ping-pong, that saw Congress and Senate on different sides of the role of the EPA in controlling greenhouse gases, the budget agreement on Friday laid to rest - for the moment - the danger that the EPA could lose its powers to help reduce emissions. The agreement on the federal budget avoided both a US governmental and a climate-change action shutdown - but the divisions remain.

EPA emissions powers avoid becoming US budget casualty

US House pushes back with 'empty gesture' EPA attack

US House pushes back with 'empty gesture' EPA attack

Posted Fri, 08 Apr 2011 16:03:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

The legislative see-saw swung against the EPA yesterday, as the House voted in a bill to curtail the EPA's powers to regulate greenhouse gases. But the bill will most likely serve as nothing more than an empty gesture, whilst Senate opinion, and the Presidential veto, stand firmly behind the EPA holding onto those powers.

US House pushes back with 'empty gesture' EPA attack

Senate vote stymies attempt to kill EPA's climate action powers

Senate vote stymies attempt to kill EPA's climate action powers

Posted Thu, 07 Apr 2011 18:22:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

The Senate voted down yesterday the McConnell measure to coral the EPA, and prevent it from tackling US-sourced greenhouse gas pollution. The vote, split evenly at 50-50, was ten short of the 60 majority needed. That left the EPA free to continue its attempts to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases from major emitters such as power plants and refineries.

Senate vote stymies attempt to kill EPA's climate action powers

EPA Releases New Energy Star Lighting Standards

EPA Releases New Energy Star Lighting Standards

Posted Thu, 07 Apr 2011 12:55:00 GMT by Kirsten E. Silven

New Energy Star Lighting Standards released by the EPA will improve efficiency by 40 percent and offer a wider range of high-quality lighting options for consumers. As of October of 2011, light fixtures will need to increase efficiency by 30 percent more than the fluorescent-based fixtures that currently qualify under the plan.

EPA Releases New Energy Star Lighting Standards

Promoting Government Transparency in Africa

Promoting Government Transparency in Africa

Posted Wed, 06 Apr 2011 14:37:00 GMT by Mario Balzan

A new project, aimed at promoting government transparency and people access to information through an environmental perspective, has been recently launched in Ghana, Uganda and South Africa. The project, entitled 'The Access to Information in Africa: Transparency Models and Lessons Learned' (ATI in Africa), is coordinated by the World Resources Institute (WRI).

Promoting Government Transparency in Africa

UN Climate talks begin in Bangkok

UN Climate talks begin in Bangkok

Posted Wed, 06 Apr 2011 06:04:00 GMT by Kirsten E. Silven

Issues surrounding the 1997 Kyoto Protocol remain key to moving ahead with climate change agreements in 2012 and beyond. Aimed at reducing the greenhouse gas emissions that are responsible for global warming, since 1997 the Kyoto Protocol has held most developed nations to a set of legally binding commitments that are due to expire in late 2012.

UN Climate talks begin in Bangkok

UN Climate Chief asks Governments to progress with agreed Cancun changes

UN Climate Chief asks Governments to progress with agreed Cancun changes

Posted Tue, 05 Apr 2011 07:04:00 GMT by Kirsten E. Silven

UN executive secretary Christiana Figueres discusses the importance of follow-through on agreed-upon measures by governments that attended the Cancun Climate Summit in late 2010. Last year during the talks in Cancun, leaders developed a time frame during which they agreed that they will launch new institutions, technology and funding that is designed to help developing nations handle the challenges of climate change.

UN Climate Chief asks Governments to progress with agreed Cancun changes

UK Government blames home users as greenhouse gases figures rise

UK Government blames home users as greenhouse gases figures rise

Posted Sat, 02 Apr 2011 15:04:00 GMT by Kieran Ball

Greenhouse gas emissions rise in the UK. While the figures from the transport sector were stable, the government was quick to highlight that the bulk of the increase came from the residential sector, despite the fact that just 17% of all CO2 emissions comes from the nation's homes.

UK Government blames home users as greenhouse gases figures rise

EU to ban petrol and diesel in cities by 2050, integrate rail travel

EU to ban petrol and diesel in cities by 2050, integrate rail travel

Posted Wed, 30 Mar 2011 11:37:00 GMT by Kieran Ball

EU unveils plans to make cities free from petrol and diesel driven cars by 2050. The European Commission has stated that petrol and diesel should be banned in all European cities in order to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, particularly imported oil, and tackle climate change.

EU to ban petrol and diesel in cities by 2050, integrate rail travel

The UK budget announcement - the beginning of 'the greenest government ever'?

The UK budget announcement - the beginning of 'the greenest government ever'?

Posted Wed, 23 Mar 2011 14:26:00 GMT by Nikki Bruce

How the budget announcement in the UK will affect green policies. The Chancellor, George Osborne, previously promised that he would become an ally to green efforts and the Prime Minister David Cameron has made claims that this will be the ''greenest government ever.''

The UK budget announcement - the beginning of 'the greenest government ever'?

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Mekong is almost a stagnant pond!

Posted Sun, 22 Feb 2015 18:21:01 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The Environment: Another Casualty of the International Drug Trade

Posted Sat, 14 Feb 2015 09:47:00 GMT by Daniel Faris

Fossil divestments trend is killing coal.

Posted Fri, 06 Feb 2015 09:55:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

Is it penguin or human? Important MPA Antarctic swim-bid.

Posted Tue, 03 Feb 2015 16:20:01 GMT by Paul Robinson

Wind reps. are full of hot air! (fossilised)

Posted Thu, 22 Jan 2015 20:47:07 GMT by Paul Robinson

J’aime la belle Paris, mais sacre bleu!

Posted Tue, 09 Dec 2014 17:14:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

International Day of Persons with Disabilities, 3rd December.

Posted Tue, 02 Dec 2014 18:55:00 GMT by JW Dowey

South American problems/climate change in Lima today

Posted Mon, 01 Dec 2014 11:15:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

The World Science Day for Peace and Development 10th November

Posted Sun, 09 Nov 2014 21:00:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

A future for the Aral Sea is hopefully assured.

Posted Tue, 04 Nov 2014 12:20:46 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Kenya Government secures Kshs.9 billion to tackle drought

Posted Sun, 24 Jul 2011 21:23:00 GMT by Peter Kahare

Protests in Chile against dam project

Posted Fri, 13 May 2011 13:25:00 GMT by Laura Brown

Forest squatters oppose resettlement committee

Posted Wed, 20 Jul 2011 15:37:00 GMT by Peter Kahare

Food for thought: World demand for food will increase

Posted Wed, 23 Nov 2011 08:56:57 GMT by Dave Collier

Climate turns nasty on the hill as Republicans prepare to block green agenda

Posted Wed, 09 Mar 2011 20:03:00 GMT by Laura Brown

Drought persists, as legislators differ on GM maize

Posted Wed, 20 Jul 2011 15:23:00 GMT by Peter Kahare

Bill McKibben the environmental campaigner

Posted Thu, 22 Sep 2011 16:33:00 GMT by Laura Brown

Controversial badger cull one step closer

Posted Tue, 19 Jul 2011 21:37:00 GMT by Ruth Hendry

Canada slashes green jobs

Posted Mon, 08 Aug 2011 19:29:00 GMT by Laura Brown

Obama weighs in to allay US radiation fears

Posted Fri, 18 Mar 2011 15:21:00 GMT by Laura Brown