WASHINGTON, April 17 (Reuters) – India’s surprise decision
to agree to phase-down the use of a potent greenhouse gas after
years of opposition is a “significant step” toward global action
to address climate change, the U.S. State Department’s climate
change envoy said Friday.
India on Thursday proposed an amendment to the United
Nations’ Montreal Protocol, which calls on countries to phase
out their use of HFCs, gases used in refrigerators, air
conditioners and insulating foams that are a highly potent form
of greenhouse gas emissions.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The fact that a severed transmission line in Maryland could cut power to much of the nation’s capital became the latest warning sign that the country’s aging electrical grid can’t meet modern demands.
Tuesday’s widespread power outage came just weeks before the Department of Energy (DOE)is expected to release recommendations for modernizing the country’s electricity infrastructure. The department recently spearheaded a 15-month review that examined the country’s energy transmission, storage, and distribution infrastructure.
WASHINGTON, April 8 (Reuters) – Former New York Mayor
Michael Bloomberg’s charity has injected another $30 million
into an environmental campaign to halve the number of U.S.
coal-fired power plants by 2017, it said on Wednesday.
The donation by Bloomberg Philanthropies to the Sierra
Club’s “Beyond Coal” campaign adds to a $50 million pledge it
made in 2011. The campaign has contributed to the closure of 187
coal plants to date.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Environmental activist and billionaire Tom Steyer served notice on Monday that he will use his wealth to try to bring climate change into the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, vowing to target Republican hopefuls who deny the connection between burning fossil fuels and rising global temperatures.
Steyer’s NextGen Climate political action committee launched what it calls the Hot Seat campaign aimed at calling out Republican candidates for taking money from the billionaire Koch brothers. The group will target Senator Rand Paul, who is expected to launch his presidential campaign on Tuesday.
WASHINGTON/OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada declined a U.S. invitation last week to jointly announce climate policy cooperation with Mexico, with Ottawa saying it has not yet finalized its own domestic strategy, sources from both countries familiar with the discussions said on Thursday.
On March 24, three days before the United States and Mexico announced they would partner on a high-level bilateral clean energy and climate policy task force, U.S. officials approached Canadian counterparts asking them to join the effort, three sources said.
WASHINGTON, March 31 (Reuters) – The Obama administration’s
plan for U.N. climate change talks encountered swift opposition
after its release Tuesday, with Republican leaders warning other
countries to “proceed with caution” in negotiations with
Washington because any deal could be later undone.
The White House is seeking to enshrine its pledge in a
global climate agreement to be negotiated Nov. 30 to Dec. 11 in
Paris. It calls for cutting greenhouse gas
emissions by close to 28 percent from 2005 levels within a
decade, using a host of existing laws and executive actions
targeting power plants, vehicles, oil and gas production and
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Tuesday published plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions up to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025, part of a strategy to generate momentum for a global agreement later this year on combating climate change.
The formal submission to the United Nations fleshes out domestic measures to be taken and the White House said the U.S. target “will roughly double the pace of carbon pollution reduction in the United States.”
WASHINGTON, March 27 (Reuters) – Mexico on Friday said it
will cap its greenhouse gas emissions by 2026, becoming one of
the first countries to formally submit its national climate plan
to the United Nations ahead of a climate summit in Paris in
Mexico’s Foreign and Environment Ministries presented the
national climate submission in Mexico City, unveiling a strategy
to begin reducing emissions by 2026, leading to a 22 percent
reduction in greenhouse gases below business-as-usual levels by
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Mexico on Friday said it will cap its greenhouse gas emissions by 2026, becoming one of the first countries to formally submit its national climate plan the United Nations ahead of a key climate summit in Paris in December.
Mexico’s Foreign and Environment Ministries presented the national climate submission in Mexico City, unveiling a strategy to begin reducing emissions by 2026, leading to a 22 percent reduction in greenhouse gases below business-as-usual levels by 2030.
MEXICO CITY/ WASHINGTON, March 25 (Reuters) – Mexican state
oil firm Pemex expects imminent approval from the U.S. Commerce
Department to allow it to swap up to 100,000 barrels of heavy
crude for a similar amount of lighter U.S. oil, what could be
the latest milestone toward loosening the four-decades old ban
on exporting U.S. oil.
“Our expectation is that it happens soon,” Jose Manuel
Carrera, CEO of Pemex’s commercial arm P.M.I. Comercio
Internacional, said in an interview Friday. “I would like to see
the approval tomorrow, or I would have liked to see it
yesterday, but the truth is that this is a permit that the
United States unilaterally approves.”