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Archive : May 2012


May 28, 2012

The Week Ahead: U.S. Climate Assessment Drafts Due, U.N. Climate Technology Center on Agenda

Draft assessments of current and future climate change impacts on the United States are expected to be turned in by 30 teams of expert authors by June 1 to the National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee. The assessments will make up the next National Climate Assessment, which is due to Congress every four years under the Global Change Research Act of 1990. However, only two reports have been completed since the law passed--in 2000 and 2009.  

May 25, 2012

Senate, House Move to Limit Defense Department’s Alternative Fuel Usage As Republicans Criticize Green Military Efforts

Legislation in both chambers of Congress would limit the Department of Defense’s ability to buy alternative fuels, reflecting some congressional Republicans' criticism of Pentagon efforts to green the military.

May 21, 2012

PepsiCo and Wal-mart Partner with Nonprofits to Protect Amazon

PepsiCo and Wal-mart have entered into a partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development and several nonprofit groups to protect Brazil's Amazon rain forest and other ecosystems. ...

May 21, 2012

The Week Ahead: EPA to Hold Hearings on Carbon Dioxide Limits for Power Plants

The Environmental Protection Agency will hold two public hearings May 24 in Washington, D.C., and Chicago on Clean Air Act new source performance standards that would limit carbon dioxide...

May 16, 2012

Sun Block: Factoring Protection for the Earth Against Climate Change

Similar to the way a slather of sunscreen can help prevent sunburn, one of its ingredients—titanium oxide—could be injected into the stratosphere to help keep the Earth from overheating,...

May 15, 2012

Effort to Stall Light Bulb Standards Pits Tea Party Against Manufacturers

The Department of Energy would continue to be barred from enforcing new energy efficiency standards for incandescent light bulbs under a planned House amendment that pits bulb manufacturers against the tea party movement. The amendment, which Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas) has vowed to introduce to an upcoming appropriations bill, would prohibit funding to enforce standards that require the 100-watt light bulb, and eventually other bulbs, to be about 30 percent more efficient. Bulb manufacturers, who say they have spent millions of dollars retooling factories to comply with the standards, oppose measures such as Burgess's, saying they open the door for imports of cheaper, less efficient bulbs.

May 14, 2012

The Week Ahead: Senate to Take Up Clean Energy Standard, Climate Negotiators Meet in Bonn

In Congress, the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources will hold a hearing Thursday on the Clean Energy Standard Act of 2012 (S. 2146), which would promote a range of low- and zero-carbon electricity generation sources. The bill would require utilities to obtain 24 percent of electricity from "clean" sources starting in 2015, increasing 3 percent per year through 2035.

May 10, 2012

Companies Cut Emissions As Part of World Wildlife Fund Partnership

The Coca-Cola Co., Nike, and more than 30 other companies have cut carbon dioxide emissions by more than 100 million metric tons since 1999 under a partnership agreement with the World Wildlife Fund, according to a new report. The reductions are equal to double the current annual emissions of Switzerland.  

May 8, 2012

Electronics Makers, Others Reconsidering Value of Energy Star Program

Electronics manufacturers are threatening to drop out of Energy Star, saying recent changes have made participation in the federal government's voluntary energy efficiency labeling program too costly. Among the chief complaints is a requirement that companies seeking an Energy Star label have their products' energy usage tested in third-party labs. Previously, companies were allowed to conduct the tests themselves after signing an agreement "committing" that their products met Energy Star specifications.