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EPA Approves Five Low-GWP Refrigerant Alternatives

With significantly lower GWPs than refrigerants currently in use, the approval of ethane, isobutane, propane, R441A and HFC-32 as refrigerants in a range of refrigeration and air-conditioning applications is expected to reduce the risks of climate change as well as depletion of the ozone layer.

Smog continues as the principal threat to air quality. The Los Angeles Skyline approaching LAX

EarthTalk: Threats to Air Quality

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: What are some of the more dangerous threats to our air quality and what can be done to eliminate them so we can all breathe more easily?                        — Melanie Smith, Pomfret, CT The main threats to local air quality…

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Challenge to EPA’s Proposed Power Plant CO2 Limits Unlikely to Derail Climate Change Action

The Supreme Court agreed to hear arguments on just one question: whether the EPA’ can regulate power plant CO2 emissions based on a 2007 mobile source ruling? Win or lose, the ruling is unlikely to derail efforts to reduce fossil fuel emissions or mitigate and adapt to climate change.

Enviro News Wrap: Young U.S. Voters Want Climate Action; Fossil Energy Divestment Takes Hold; Utilities vs. Rooftop Solar…

GlobalWarmingisReal contributor Anders Hellum-Alexander wraps-up and comments on the climate and environmental news headlines for the past week: Young people in America know that global warming is real; as long as we can get them to vote we will never have another President that opposes a healthy environment. And, when did having a healthy environment become just a Democrat thing? Nixon…

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In the face of the serious challenges, there are environmental success stories the show the possibilities of progress

Environmental Success Stories: Mercury, SLCPs and Many More

The overwhelming number of environmental calamities we face overshadows environmental success stories and this undermines efforts to build support for ecological action. People concerned about the state of the environment understandably spend a lot of time talking about unresolved issues. Sadly, there is much to talk about, from soaring temperatures and extreme weather, to rising oceans and climbing levels of…

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President Obama has an opportunity in his second term to offer real leadership for a new energy economy

Time for President Obama to Lead on Energy

President Obama can use his executive powers to circumvent the political deadlock in Congress and embolden the nation’s commitment to battling climate change. Instead of an “all the above” approach that ramps up fossil fuel production, we need responsible, science based energy policy. There is no future to a national energy strategy that features the unholy trinity of hydraulic fracturing…

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The reelection of Barack Obama gives the world a fighting chance to step back from the precipice of runaway climate chaos

What Obama’s Victory Means for the Earth

We narrowly dodged a bullet in the 2012 presidential election. Americans were presented with the choice between Mitt Romney’s fossil fuel reliant 19th century view of energy and Barack Obama’s cleaner 21st century low carbon vision. Even more significant than the Obama victory is the fact that Romney was denied the world’s most powerful office. The election of Romney would…

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