Archive for Environmental News

The End of Oil Trains?

10th Jul 14. 0 Comments

This week people from across North America and around the world are commemorating the one year anniversary of the Lac-Mégantic oil train disaster. There is growing concern about the dangers shipping oil by rail and increased public calls to reign-in oil trains. The environmental and emotional legacy of the Lac-Mégantic disaster On July 6, 2013, a [Continue Reading...]

Four British Columbia Professional Associations Issue Joint Statement on Climate Change

9th Jul 14. 0 Comments

Representing 9,000 foresters, biologists and planners, members of the Association of BC Forest Professionals, Association of Professional Biology, College of Applied Biology and Planning Institute of BC (PIBC) Representing 9,000 foresters, biologists and planners will integrate climate science throughout their memberships and call on government to support strong action on climate change mitigation and adaptation.

EPA Proposes New Climate-Friendly Refrigerants

1st Jul 14. 0 Comments

In accordance with Pres. Obama’s National Climate Change Action Plan, the EPA is proposing new refrigerants with lower global warming potential that also don’t harm the ozone layer.

First UN Environment Assembly Marks Environmental Coming of Age

24th Jun 14. 0 Comments

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) is taking on a higher profile in multilateral efforts to spur ecosystems-based approaches to governance and development. This includes broad-based, far reaching efforts to craft and implement climate change mitigation and adaptation plans.

Coal Ash Ponds: a Slurry of Problems Nationwide

18th Jun 14. 0 Comments

“Do you know what your coal ash pond is doing tonight?” EarthJustice, via the Freedom of Information Act, pressured the EPA back in 2012 to release the locations of hundreds of previously unknown coal ash dump sites. The latest tally puts the number at nearly 1,400 nationwide. Coal ash. It sounds benign – even perhaps [Continue Reading...]

$11.9 Trillion: Price Tag on Climate Change Coral Reef Impacts

17th Jun 14. 0 Comments

Small island developing states (SIDS) are being affected disproportionately by sea level rise and the effects of climate change. They’re calling for change, releasing two research studies and urging drastic changes to reduce fossil fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions.

UN Aims to Transform World Energy in 10 Years

10th Jun 14. 0 Comments

Proclaiming 2014-2024 the “International Decade of Sustainable Energy for All,” over 700 representatives gathered in NY for the inaugural SE4ALL Forum. Over the course of the three-day forum, SE4ALL members reported on progress and developments.