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U.S. Pledges Far-Reaching Climate Cooperation with China and Japan: the Possibility of Progress Beyond Formal UN Climate Talks

John Kerry made climate change a centerpiece of his first Asia tour as Secretary of State over the weekend, signing agreements with both Japan and China for cooperation in implementing practical measures for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The agreements with both nations stressed practical measures available for reducing greenhouse gases, largely ignoring the contentious United Nations process for hammering out an international…

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Comparison of California carbon emissions by sector from 2008-2011

Head Start Towards 2020: California Reduces CO2 Emissions for Third Year in a Row

California’s CO2 emissions fell in 2011 for the third straight year, putting the state in a good position for meeting its target of reducing carbon emissions to 1990 levels by 2020, according to the California Air Resources Board (CARP) and as mandated by California AB32 (the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006). Since businesses began reporting data in 2008, emissions have steadily…

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EarthTalk: What to Expect from the COP15 Climate Conference in Copenhagen

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine   Dear EarthTalk: What do organizers hope to accomplish at the upcoming (December 7-18, 2009) United Nations Climate Change Conference being held in Copenhagen? – F. Rojas, Oakland, CA The upcoming COP15 meeting in Denmark—so named because it is the 15th such…

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Physicists Urge Energy Efficiency as Top Priority

“The Opportunities are Huge and the Costs Are Small” A report released today by the American Physical Society urges the United States to prioritize energy efficiency in cars and buildings as a means of addressing the nation’s dependence on foreign oil and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The report from the 46,000 member organization characterizes the energy crisis as the worst in…

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