The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative reduces GHG, grows the economy and promotes renewable energy

How RGGI is Growing Renewable Energy and Reducing GHGs

A new report demonstrates that emissions markets can increase renewable energy, decrease greenhouse gases (GHGs) and grow the economy. The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) is the first U.S. market-based regulatory program designed to reduce GHGs. RGGI is a cooperative effort among the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont to cap…

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Black Carbon Emissions: The Effect on Global Warming

New research indicates that reducing diesel engine emissions could have a big impact on global warming.

The lopsided story of energy subsidies in the United States

Energy Subsidies: Oil versus Renewables

In a world that must reduce its dependency on fossil fuels, replacing oil subsidies with renewable energy subsidies makes sense. Although this is undeniably difficult, it would produce both environmental and economic benefits. Putting an end to oil subsidies would free public money that could be used to promote clean energy and make renewables more competitive. Although renewable energy is destined to increase it…

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Hopes were high that international negotiators in Copenhagen last December would hammer out a strong agreement to once and for all take the climate beast by the horns and begin to reign in carbon emissions worldwide. But a new binding formal agreement was not to be

EarthTalk: Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the U.S. – Can Obama Get Anything Done?

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: What’s the latest in regard to putting limits on greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S.? Is there any hope that Obama can get something done?            — Bradley Johnson, Helena, MT Our best hope to date was 2009’s American Clean Energy…

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Putting a price on carbon remains a vital tool for dealing with the climate crisis

CO2 Increasing “Super Exponentially” – A Call for “Evidence-Based Decision Making”

A research paper called Evidence for super-exponentially accelerating atmospheric carbon dioxide growth (pdf) recently published  in the Cornell University Library shows – in great mathematical detail – that atmospheric carbon is increasing “super exponentially” and that human civilization currently consumes planetary resources at the rate of 1.5 earths every year. “This means,” says the report in its introduction, “it now takes the Earth…

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A majority of Americans don't agree with GOP attacks on the EPA

Overwhelming Majority Of Americans Support Clean Air, Tough EPA Standards

Most Americans Support the EPA A new bipartisan survey from the Public Policy Poll (PPP) released yesterday shows overwhelming support for updated clean air standards and CO2 mitigation, showing just how out or step the rank and file Congressional GOP is with their constituents. Most Americans – 69 percent – support updated EPA standards for air pollution – only 16…

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Environmental News Wrap: COP16, Climate Skeptics No More, Emissions Down in 2009, and more…

GlobalWarmingisReal contributor Anders Hellum-Alexander wraps-up the climate and environmental news headlines for the past week: The United Nations Climate Negotiations in Cancun, Mexico have begun. Read about how the US (and the UK) media is covering it: The Christian Science Monitor asks “What Can Be Accomplished?” & “Did Global Warming Talks Accomplish Anything?” The Guardian wonders if these Climate Change…

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