July 5, 2018

July 3, 2018

China’s Carbon Emissions May Have Already Peaked

China's carbon emissions decreased from 2014 to 2016 and may have already peaked because of fundamental changes China made in its economy to move away from fossil fuels, according to new research published in the journal Nature Geoscience. 

Poland's New Surveillance Law Ahead of Climate Talks Worries Environmental Advocates

United Nations agencies and advocacy groups are raising concerns about a law passed by Poland's parliament that establishes rules for this year's climate conference. Among other things, it allows Polish authorities to collect and use personal data of people it determines could pose "a threat to public safety and order" and bans spontaneous protests in Katowice, the host city of the talks.

July 2, 2018

FERC Decision Targets State Support for Clean Energy

Federal energy regulators voted 3-2 on an order involving power grid operator PJM that could end up hurting renewable energy sources that are supported through state initiatives. Commissioner Richard Glick, who dissented, tweeted that it puts the commission "on the wrong side of history in the fight against climate change."

Methane Leaks Hurt Natural Gas Industry’s Push to Seem Climate-Friendly

Reports of methane leaks from natural gas production are undermining the gas industry's argument that its fuel is a climate-friendly alternative to coal. Concerns about methane leaks are rising as researchers get a better understanding of the scope of the leaks. Read more from ICN on how new data on leaks raises questions about natural gas a bridge to cleaner energy.

Ethanol Dispute May Hurt Pruitt More Than His Ethics Scandals

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is caught in the middle of a dispute between oil refiners and the ethanol industry. The EPA granted a request by small fuel refineries to not have to follow a standard that requires using renewable fuels such as ethanol. When this angered ethanol advocates, the agency responded by saying that larger refiners needed to make up the difference by using more ethanol, which led to a new round of complaints.

Rain and Runoff Leads to Pause in Mountain Valley Construction

Mountain Valley Pipeline has temporarily suspended construction of its natural gas pipeline in Virginia following heavy rain that led to severe runoff and dozens of complaints. State officials have yet to issue any notices of violations, however, a step that has been taken at least four times by officials in West Virginia. 

June 29, 2018

Gas Pipeline Industry Wants Government Help Beating Back Opposition

With opposition from states, environmental groups and property owners tying up some pipeline projects, natural gas industry officials want government to step in and clear the way. "Fifteen years ago nobody cared that much about pipelines, today pipelines are under siege," said Enbridge CEO Al Monaco.

New International Standards for Tracking Airline Emissions Approved

The UN's International Civil Aviation Organization is approving standards for measuring how much airlines need to reduce the growth of their greenhouse gas emissions. Environmentalists call it a significant step but are wary of allowing airlines to buy credits to offset emissions and about a change that could slow use of biofuels. Climate Home has details on the credits issue.

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