WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A multi-billion dollar fund set up by the United Nations to help poor countries tackle climate change on Friday approved its first eight projects, which will receive $168 million, a key step before a global climate summit starts on Nov. 30.
The Green Climate Fund (GCF) has $10.2 billion in pledges and is a key ingredient for a U.N. climate accord. The Paris summit runs from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11.
WASHINGTON, Nov 5 (Reuters) – There are now 15 projects in
operation worldwide that have captured 28 million tonnes of
carbon dioxide emissions from coal and industrial plants this
year, a technology that must be scaled-up to tackle climate
change, a report released Thursday said.
One new carbon capture and storage (CCS) project in Canada
and one in Saudi Arabia started operations this year, the report
from the Global CCS Institute said. It said the number of
projects worldwide is now double the number of projects that
were in operation in 2010. (Report: bit.ly/1GMhFEa)
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States formally denied a request on Wednesday to pause the review of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline, a decision expected to lead to the project’s rejection by the Obama administration.
TransCanada Corp’s request to the State Department for a delay was seen by many as an attempt to postpone the decision until after President Barack Obama left office and a new president more friendly to the plan took over in 2017.
WASHINGTON, Nov 4 (Reuters) – The United States has formally
denied a TransCanada Corp request to pause the U.S.
review of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline, a State
Department spokesman said on Wednesday.
TransCanada’s request for a delay was seen by many as an
attempt to avert a rejection from an increasingly
environmentally focused Democratic President Barack Obama and
postpone the decision until after the November 2016 presidential
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United Nations climate change chief said on Tuesday she was “delighted” by the Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal because the company will now hasten manufacturing of electric and hybrid cars, speeding a global shift away from fossil fuels.
Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, noted that Europe’s largest carmaker has said it will expand production of electric and hybrid cars and said that was a silver lining to its cheating on diesel emissions tests.
WASHINGTON/CALGARY (Reuters) – The Canadian company behind the proposed Keystone XL pipeline on Monday asked the U.S. government to suspend review of the $8 billion project that sparked a political war between environmentalists and the oil industry, a move that could put its fate in the hands of the next U.S. president.
TransCanada Corp’s (TRP.TO: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) move was seen by many as an attempt to avert a rejection from an increasingly environmentally focused President Barack Obama and postpone the decision until after the November 2016 presidential election.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. federal court that will weigh whether to block the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan will not make a decision until after United Nations climate change talks conclude in mid-December, according to a court order issued on Thursday.
The EPA’s Clean Power Plan is a key measure to help the United States meet the greenhouse gas reduction target it pledged ahead of the United Nations climate change summit in Paris that will run from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – West Virginia can keep its coal mining alive by building “next-generation” power plants co-fired by coal and natural gas, even as the state challenges federal carbon emission rules in court, the president of the mine workers’ union said Tuesday.
United Mine Workers of America President Cecil Roberts told a conference hosted by West Virginia’s governor the state should become the first to build new power plants that run on coal and natural gas, keeping coal-mining viable in a state hit by changing market conditions.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Nearly half of the U.S. Senate supports a resolution to challenge the Obama administration’s regulation cutting carbon emissions from power plants, the core of the United States’ broader climate change strategy, sponsors of the measure said on Tuesday.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, backed a resolution introduced on Monday night by Republican Senator Shelley Moore Capito and Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp disapproving of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan. Backers of the resolution said 49 senators in the 100-member chamber support it.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Twenty-three states said they filed a
petition with a U.S. appeals court on Friday to block the Obama
administration’s proposal to curb carbon dioxide emissions from
power plants, the centerpiece of its high-profile climate change
West Virginia, Texas, Florida and Ohio were among the states
challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power
Plan, saying it pushed the limits of the federal Clean Air Act.