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Obama speech on U.S. climate measures could come Tuesday: sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama is likely to roll out a number of measures on climate policy, potentially including a strategy to limit greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants, in a speech on Tuesday, sources familiar with the plans told Reuters. The potential move on power utilities, which…

Global warming: Not reversible, but stoppable

Let’s start with two skill-testing questions: 1. If we stop greenhouse gas emissions, won’t the climate naturally go back to the way it was before? 2. Isn’t there “warming in the pipeline” that will continue to heat up the planet no matter what we do? The correct……

French vineyard to turn carbon dioxide emissions into toothpaste

As vineyards around the world face the threat of increasing greenhouse gas emissions and climate change, one vineyard in France has planned to do its part to reduce its carbon footprint. The business plan makes perfect sense and is one that should be financially and environmentally sustainable. Chateau…  …

Study: Greener cars could slash carbon emissions 80 percent by 2050

Greener cars that use alternative fuels could help the United States slash its greenhouse gas emissions from everyday driving a full 80 percent by 2050, according to a scientific study out Monday. That could lead to a more than 10 percent cut in overall US pollution into the atmosphere, with…

Urban air pollution could kill 3.6 million people a year by 2050

Fiona Harvey, guardian.co.uk Urban air pollution is set to become the biggest environmental cause of premature death in the coming decades, overtaking even such mass killers as poor sanitation and a lack of clean drinking water, according to a new report. Both developed and developing countries will be hit, and…

Canada’s Kyoto withdrawal under fire from China

Canada’s historic decision to withdraw from the Kyoto protocolprovoked heavy criticism from China on Tuesday, with Beijing saying the move went against international efforts to combatclimate change. Canada on Monday became the first country to declare it was formally exiting the pact, a reversal that will save it billions of dollars…

Durban climate deal slammed as timid, ineffective

By Nina Chestney and Jon Herskovitz DURBAN (Reuters) – Countries from around the globe agreed on Sunday to forge a new deal forcing all the biggest polluters for the first time to limit greenhouse gas emissions, but critics said the plan was too timid to slow global warming. A package…

TransCanada backs new route for stalled U.S. pipeline

MONTREAL — Pipeline operator TransCanada Corp. said it would back the rerouting of a controversial US-Canada oil pipeline, after the Obama administration delayed its final decision on the project. The company said it supported legislation in the US state of Nebraska that would ensure the Keystone XL pipeline does not…

Expect a tough round of climate talks in Durban: S.Africa

The UN climate negotiations in South Africa will be “tough”, with the big question focusing on the future of the Kyoto Protocol, the foreign minister said Friday after preparatory talks. “It is going to be a tough COP (Conference of Parties) because it is a COP that can’t avoid the…

Climate change poses immediate threat to health: experts

LONDON — Climate change poses an immediate and serious threat to global health and stability, as floods and droughts destroy people’s homes and food supplies and increase mass migration, experts warned Monday. In a statement issued at a meeting in London, they urged tougher action to reduce climate change including…

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