January 20, 2016

Pennsylvania to Crack Down on Energy Industry's Methane Emissions

Pennsylvania is rolling out a four-part plan to reduce methane leaks and emissions from natural gas wells and pipelines, Gov. Tom Wolf announced on Wednesday.

"These regulations will improve our air, address the urgent crisis of climate change and help businesses reclaim product that is now wasted," Mr. Wolf said. "The best companies understand the business case for reducing methane leaks. Methane that doesn't leak into the atmosphere can be used for energy production."

January 19, 2016

Here's How Much Man-Made Heat Is Collecting in the Oceans

A new study shows that more than 90 percent of the heat trapped by greenhouse gas pollution since the 1970s has ended up in the oceans.

"The heat's going in at the surface, so it's getting down pretty deep," Glen Gawarkiewicz, a Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution scientist who was not involved with the study, said to Climate Central.

January 15, 2016

January 14, 2016

2015 Was Hottest Year on Record—By Far, Early Data Shows

2015 was far and away the hottest year on record, say scientists at the Berkeley Earth group on Wednesday. Based on their analysis, this group concludes the Earth's temperature in 2015 was clearly more than 1 degree Celsius above the 1850-1900 average for the first time in recorded history.

NY Gov. Cuomo Wants to Phase Out Coal Plants by 2020

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced his goal of phasing out the state's coal-fired power plants by 2020 during his state of the state address on Wednesday.

"We will help the few remaining coal plants transition but we must clean our air and protect our health and that must be our first priority," he said.

January 13, 2016

New U.K. Climate Plan Promised By Year's End

The United Kingdom's updated plan to tackle greenhouse gas emissions will be completed by "the end of the year," Amber Rudd, U.K.'s energy and climate change secretary, said at meeting with business leaders yesterday. A report released at the end of 2015 revealed the country was behind on various environmental targets, including the reduction of carbon emissions.

January 12, 2016

Major Oil, Gas Companies Still Silent on Paris Climate Deal

Major oil and gas companies worldwide are still figure out how to respond to the climate agreement reached in Paris last December.

"Paris is really a framework for additional policies to reduce emissions," Alan Jeffers, spokesman for Exxon Mobil Corp., said to E&E publishing. Asked if the Paris deal changes the company's business, which has been using an internal carbon price in long-term calculations, Jeffers replied, "I don't think so."

B.C. Rejects Kinder Morgan's Proposed Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion

The British Government recently rejected the $6.8 billion Trans Mountain pipeline expansion proposed by energy company Kinder Morgan Canada.

"Had Trans Mountain provided sufficient information … to enable the province to conclude that it would have world-class marine and terrestrial spill prevention and response capacity, then the province would have been in a position to support …the issuance of a certificate for the project," province officials wrote in their final submission to the National Energy Board review. "However, this is not the case."

Here's How Icebergs Are Slowing Down Global Warming

Massive icebergs from Antarctic are playing a surprising role in helping slow down global warming by melting and chilling the Southern Ocean, according to a new study in the journal Nature Geoscience.

"We were very surprised to find that the impact can extend up to 1,000 kilometers," from the icebergs, said study author Grant Bigg, a scientist at the University of Sheffield.

January 11, 2016

The Search for a Greener Airplane

The commercial aviation industry makes up about 2 percent of the annual carbon dioxide emissions tied to human activity and yet the sector was left out of the recent Paris climate accord. Still, researchers and industry members alike say much progress is already being made to bring to market low-carbon aircrafts.

January 8, 2016

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