October 2, 2015

Obama Administration Tightens Ozone Standards

Environmental regulators announced on Thursday stricter limits for a key air pollutant that causes urban smog, lowering the ozone limit from 75 to 70 pars per billion. In response, both industry trade groups and environmentalists have criticized the rule.

October 1, 2015

Wyoming Judge Halts Federal Fracking Rules

A Wyoming judge ordered an injunction on Wednesday against new regulations for hydraulic fracturing on federal land.

"At this point, the Court does not believe Congress has granted or delegated to the [Bureau of Land Management] authority to regulate fracking," wrote Judge Scott Skavdahl of the U.S. District Court of Wyoming in his 53-page opinion.

EPA Announces Rule to Curb Power Plant Pollution

Environmental regulators proposed Wednesday new rules to curb power plant pollution levels.

The rule, called the Steam Electric Power Generating Effluent Guidelines, could keep 1.4 billion pounds of toxic metals and other pollutants out of waterways annually, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

September 30, 2015

France, U.K. Increase Their Climate Aid Pledges

Both France and United Kingdom stepped up their contributions of climate change aid this week. French President François Hollande committed to increasing the country's climate change finance from $3.3 billion to $5.62 billion annually by 2020; meanwhile, U.K. leaders vowed to dedicate 50 percent more of the country's foreign aid budget to climate change.

September 29, 2015

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September 25, 2015

What Will It Take for China to Pull Off a National Cap-and-Trade Scheme?

In order for China to successfully launch its planned cap-and-trade scheme in 2017, the country must build up a substantial market that plays a key role in curbing emissions, experts say.

"There's also risks if we don't manage this well. The collapse of the carbon price may actually shut down the market," said Wang Tao, a scholar at the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy in Beijing.

Oil Companies Join New Climate Advice Group

A new commission aimed to advise governments on how to change their energy markets without damaging the environment is launching next Tuesday. Top officials from the oil giants Shell and Statoil are among the commission participants.

Exxon Promotes Arctic Drilling

An Exxon Mobil official urged American oil companies to explore for oil in the Arctic during a panel debate at the University of Houston on Thursday.

"If the U.S. stands in the background, Russia will move forward, and things won't be as good as they could be if the U.S. had a seat at the table in the Arctic," said Jed, Hamilton, senior Arctic consultant at Exxon.

September 24, 2015

On First Day of U.S. Visit, Pope Francis Focuses Heavily on Climate

During the first day of Pope Francis' visit to the U.S., he split his focus between three main topics: climate change, immigration and inequality. "Accepting the urgency, it seems clear to me also that climate change is a problem which can no longer be left to a future generation," said Francis.

Q&A: Pres. Obama Opens Up on Climate Change

While visiting Alaska to talk climate change, President Obama has an extended interview on the topic with Rolling Stone.

"I believe that when we get to Paris at the end of this year, we're now in a position for the first time to have all countries recognize their responsibilities to tackle the problem, and to have a meaningful set of targets as well as the financing required to help poor countries adapt," said Obama. "And if we're able to do that by the end of this year—and I'm cautiously optimistic—then we will at least have put together the framework, the architecture to move in concert over the next decade in a serious way."

Clinton Shares New Details About Her Broader Energy Agenda

A day after denouncing the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton went on to outline her broader energy platform, posting details on both her campaign website and in an article on Medium. Some of Clinton's goals including modernizing energy infrastructure, strengthening national pipeline safety regulations, and increasing energy partnerships with Mexico and Canada.

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