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Climate change: UN parties complete inventory of pledges

PARIS (AFP) – Developing countries have submitted their plans for tackling greenhouse-gas emissions under the UN flag, completing a double inventory decided in Mexico in December, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change said on Monday. The listing of voluntary, “nationally appropriate” actions follows an inventory of emissions reduction targets…

Over 2,000 rally against nuclear plants in Taiwan

TAIPEI – Around 2,000 anti-nuclear protesters demonstrated in Taiwan on Sunday, demanding an immediate halt to the construction of an atomic power plant. The march comes amid a crisis in Japan after a huge quake on March 11 unleashed a tsunami which crippled an atomic plant 250 kilometres (155 miles)…

US lawmakers urge go slow on nuclear energy

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The unfolding nuclear disaster in Japan at reactors damaged by a massive earthquake and tsunami has led some lawmakers to call for putting the “brakes” on US nuclear development. “I’ve been a big supporter of nuclear power because it’s domestic — it’s ours and it’s clean,” Senator…

GOP aims to slash $1.6 billion in EPA funding

WASHINGTON – House Republicans on the appropriations committee released a plan Thursday that would eliminate $1.6 billion from the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget. The news, as first noted by Kate Sheppard of Mother Jones, is part of a broader GOP assault on the EPA as the Obama administration seeks to…

Caught: Soon-to-be ‘moderate’ GOP energy chairman now suggests no link between carbon dioxide, global warming

Fred Upton, the Michigan Republican set to take over the House Energy and Commerce Committee, lashed out at a proposal to ameliorate global warming at a panel in January — and appears to now deny the basic premise of climate change. What’s been little-noticed, however, is that Upton actually questioned…

Obama drops plan to limit global warming gases

Battle over global warming now turns to EPA as Obama says he will pursue other solutions Environmental groups and industry seem headed for another battle over regulation of greenhouse gases, as President Barack Obama said he will look for ways to control global warming pollution other than Congress placing a…

GOP to investigate ‘scientific fraud’ of global warming: report

Fresh off a dramatic victory in which it retook the House leadership, the Republican Party intends to hold major hearings probing the supposed “scientific fraud” behind global warming. The Atlantic’s Marc Ambinder related the news in a little-noticed article Wednesday morning. The effort is a likely attempt to out-step the…

UN official: Farming methods drive global hunger

The United Nations top official on the right to food has called for wholesale changes in farming methods to safeguard the environment and ensure everyone has enough to eat. Olivier De Schutter, the UN special rapporteur on the right to food, said in a statement to mark World Food Day…

Calif. anti-climate campaign got virtually all its money from three oil companies

With major contributions from the oil industry, supporters of a ballot initiative to suspend California’s landmark greenhouse gas emissions law reported a fundraising tally Tuesday of more than $5.2 million in the past three months. The numbers disclosed by the Yes on 23 campaign revealed the continued backing of three…

Obama plan would see vehicle emissions cut by half over next 20 years

President Barack Obama on Friday mandated a new national policy on cutting greenhouse gas emissions and increasing fuel efficiency for pollution-spewing trucks. Obama signed a memorandum which also expanded his effort to make cars more environmentally friendly, and stipulated new efforts to develop advanced vehicles, including electric cars, the White…

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