"The U.S. has no plans to strengthen its 'highly aggressive but achievable' pledge to cut greenhouse gas emissions up to 28 percent over the next decade as it resumes negotiations that are to conclude with an international climate accord in 2015, the top U.S. climate negotiator said Dec. 1."
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- Source: Bloomberg BNA, 12/04/2014
"When Republicans take control of both houses of Congress next month, President Barack Obama will be hard-pressed to cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions dramatically — a promise he made to Americans and the world and a key to his legacy."
Parts of the Antarctic ice sheet are melting faster than anyone expected.Source: Wash Post, 12/04/2014
"Federal regulators have been too slow and lax when it comes to ensuring the safety of California's last operating nuclear plant, according to Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer, who clashed repeatedly with members of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission during a Senate committee hearing Wednesday."
"In a major bipartisan breakthrough, House and Senate lawmakers last night successfully attached a slew of public lands and energy bills to the defense authorization bill that Congress hopes to pass in the coming week."Source: E&E Daily, 12/04/2014
"A third-straight day of rains awaited California on Thursday, and the thirsty state will take it."
A new study overturns conventional ideas about wolf management and predation.Source: NY Times, 12/04/2014
Development plans threaten the rim of the Grand Canyon.Source: NY Times, 12/04/2014
"Singer Barbra Streisand took to Twitter Tuesday night to attack the Senate’s best-known climate change skeptic."Source: The Hill, 12/04/2014
"Plunging oil prices sparked a drop of almost 40 percent in new well permits issued across the United States in November, in a sudden pause in the growth of the U.S. shale oil and gas boom that started around 2007."Source: Reuters, 12/03/2014
"In the more than two decades since world leaders first got together to try to solve global warming, life on Earth has changed, not just the climate. It's gotten hotter, more polluted with heat-trapping gases, more crowded and just downright wilder."Source: AP, 12/03/2014
"The corporate lobbying network American Legislative Exchange Council, commonly known as Alec, is planning a new onslaught on a number of environmental protections next year when Republicans take control of Congress and a number of state legislatures."Source: Guardian, 12/03/2014
"The West's leading trade group for the oil industry has collaborated with, and in some cases funded, an array of groups to combat what it calls "aggressive anti-oil initiatives," according to a presentation obtained by climate activists and shared with the San Jose Mercury News."Source: San Jose Mercury News, 12/03/2014
"President Vladimir V. Putin said Monday that he would scrap Russia’s South Stream gas pipeline, a grandiose project that was once intended to establish the country’s dominance in southeastern Europe but instead fell victim to Russia’s increasingly toxic relationship with the West."Source: NY Times, 12/03/2014
"India plans to speed up environmental clearances and the modernization of the country’s railway network to meet its target of doubling coal production in the next five years, said the country’s coal secretary."Source: Wall St. Journal, 12/03/2014