The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today took important steps to strengthen safeguards intended to prevent toxic chemical disasters at thousands of industrial facilities across the country.
Ukrainian steel and iron firms need EU buyers more than ever. But a looming EU tax in 2026 will cost them millions if rapid changes aren’t made.
The effort will help reduce emissions at U.S. ports and was established by the Inflation Reduction Act.
Lena Pace will begin her new assignment overseeing Arches and Canyonlands national parks on April 7, the agency said.
[New Dawn] The new acting Executive Director of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Dr. Emmanuel Urey-Yarkpawolo has vowed to audit his predecessor Prof. Wilson Tarpeh and his administration.
Conservative majority appears unsympathetic to environmental agency’s ‘good neighbor’ rule for areas downwind of smog sources The supreme court’s conservative majority seemed skeptical on Wednesday as the Environmental Protection Agency sought to continue enforcing an anti-air-pollution rule in 11 states while separate legal challenges proceed around the country. The EPA’s “good neighbor” rule is intended to restrict smokestack emissions from power plants and other industrial sources that burden downwind areas with smog-causing pollution. Continue reading...
The EPA confirmed, however, that it also is weighing whether to allow US farmers to start using chlormequat.
Ohio, Indiana and West Virginia asked the justices to halt the “good neighbor” effort to cut emissions while they work to defeat the rules in lower courts.
The EPA proposed a stringent emissions requirement last year, drawing criticism from some of the world's most dominant automakers and raising concerns about the impact on workers in the sector.
[The Conversation Africa] Ghana has introduced an annual carbon levy on vehicles and industrial emissions. It's only the third African country to introduce an explicit carbon tax, after South Africa and Mauritius. The tax is intended to address harm associated with vehicle emissions. But it has prompted a pushback from various citizens, civic and consumer groups.
"Strengthening EPA discovery policies and procedures can promote efficient and effective criminal prosecution," said the report.
Agency’s draft report backs paraquat’s safety but lawsuit’s plaintiffs say EPA ignored evidence of Parkinson’s risk The US Environmental Protection Agency is doubling down on its controversial finding that a toxic herbicide is safe for use across millions of acres of American cropland, despite what public health advocates characterize as virtual “scientific proof” the product causes Parkinson’s disease. The agency in 2021 reapproved paraquat-based herbicides for use, but a coalition of agricultural and public health groups sued, charging that the EPA had ignored broad scientific consensus linking the substance to Parkinson’s. Continue reading...
Jackie Jacobson says the N.W.T. government's announcement this week that home heating fuel would be exempt from the carbon tax is welcome news — but the former MLA from Tuktoyaktuk says it's not enough to help his struggling community.
The stricter limit is “a game changer” that will “shape the world our children will inherit tomorrow,” EPA Administrator Michael Regan said.
Environmental Protection Agency sets lower limits on fine particle pollution, estimated to cause 85,000 to 225,000 deaths annually The Environmental Protection Agency has finalized long-awaited new limits on soot, the tiny air pollution particles emitted by sources as varied as power plants, factories, car exhaust and wildfires. “Today’s action is a critical step forward that will better protect workers, families and communities from the dangerous and costly impacts of fine particle pollution,” the EPA administrator, Michael Regan, told reporters on Tuesday. Continue reading...
The EPA Wednesday finalized a much stronger air quality standard on soot, the fine particle pollution dangerous to health.
Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, Volume 129, Issue 3, 16 February 2024.
The N.W.T. will follow the federal three-year exemption on carbon tax for home heating fuel. The exemption will begin on April 1.
N.W.T. MLAs will be back in the legislative assembly on Tuesday to begin their first full legislative session since last fall's election.
The U.S. EPA is planning to reject Southern California's plan to reduce smog, which called for the federal government to take more action.
Understanding the Paris Agreement's “Global Goal on Adaptation"
Thu, 02/01/2024 - 15:00
A staggering 3.6 billion people — nearly half of the global population — are currently highly vulnerable to climate change impacts, from droughts, floods and storms to heat stress and food insecurity. And this number will only continue to rise as long as global temperatures keep climbing.
While the world must act swiftly to curb greenhouse gas emissions and halt climate change, this alone won’t be enough to protect the people already feeling its impacts. There is also an urgent need to scale up climate adaptation efforts to safeguard vulnerable communities.
Yet, global progress on climate adaptation has been small-scale and slow to date, coming up...
On February 14, 2023 we announced our Rebuttal Update Project . This included an ask for feedback about the added "At a glance" section in the updated basic rebuttal versions. This weekly blog post series highlights this new section of one of the updated basic rebuttal versions and serves as a "bump" for our ask. This week features " The runaway greenhouse effect on Venus ". More will follow in the upcoming weeks. Please follow the Further Reading link at the bottom to read the full rebuttal and to join the discussion in the comment thread there.
At a glance
Earth: we take its existence for granted. But when one looks at its early evolution, from around 4.56 billion years ago, the fact that we are here at all starts to look miraculous.
Over billions of years, stars are...
“It’s not at all clear what will replace Chevron,” said Lisa Heinzerling, who served as a top EPA official during the Obama administration.
As the affordable housing crisis deepens in Utah and across the West, Sen. Mike Lee once again proposes looking to public lands. But how has that approach worked out in other states?
An EPA draft rule sheds light on how the agency plans to implement the nation's first federal tax on greenhouse gas emissions.
The EPA needs to significantly update the monitoring provisions in Clean Air Act.
The agency has a broad agenda it wants to fulfill this year. Can EPA get it done before the presidential election?
The Department of Interior on Tuesday announced what it called a "historic" investment of $138 million to help prevent wildfires and help areas affected by them.
The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has introduced stricter emission standards for flex-fuel vehicles in India. The new rules require vehicles that can use bi-fuel with flex-fuel options to undergo tests for both gas and particulate pollutants. Additionally, vehicles running on Hydrogen only need to be tested for nitrogen oxide. The notification from MoRTH also states that vehicles fuelled with biodiesel blends above 7 percent will be tested with respective blends.
The justices could delay the Biden administration’s “good neighbor” plan, which EPA says would threaten the lives of people living downwind of polluting power plants.
NPS morale challenges, a BLM conservation proposal, changes to oil and gas drilling on public lands, and a 20-year plan for tackling the West's drought are just some of the issues on the agenda during this election year.
The agency has signed a merchandise deal with clothing brand Lands' End and is encouraging staff to show "EPA pride."
Although the latest annual EPA report shows progress, green groups want to see stronger standards.
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From this week's government and NGO section, Flaws in EPA’s Monitoring and Verification of Carbon Capture Projects , Preet Bains, Environmental Integrity Project (pdf):
The author examined one central component of carbon capture and sequestration regulation in the U.S.: monitoring, reporting, and verification (MRV) plans required by the Environmental Protection Agency's Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program. These plans describe the monitoring strategies in place at each site to validate that the carbon dioxide is securely stored underground and is not leaking or migrating unexpectedly. If approved by EPA, the plans can also be used to qualify for tax subsidies. However, the 21 plans that the EPA approved...
The plan could foretell a further expansion of a legal brawl that has already forced the agency to freeze the "good neighbor" rule in more than half the states originally covered.
Plan, which aims to support domestic producers, will also apply to iron, ceramics and cement Business live – latest updates Imported raw materials such as steel and cement will incur a new carbon tax from 2027 under UK plans designed to support domestic producers and reduce emissions, but the government is facing criticism for not moving fast enough. The Treasury said the tax would help address the phenomenon of “carbon leakage”, in which UK manufacturers are undercut on price by foreign rivals whose governments do not impose levies on businesses that emit a lot of carbon. Continue reading...
The EPA said it will study vinyl chloride to determine whether it poses an “unreasonable risk to human health or the environment,″ a process that would take at least three years.
David Szymanski will oversee 65 national parks and a team of 5,300 employees in his new post.
We don’t talk enough about Al Gore, and today’s GOP needs to learn about him.
Dozens of legal challenges have blocked the regulation in 12 states.
The new premier of the Northwest Territories says that, ideally, the territory would receive a complete exemption from carbon taxation in Canada.
Sens. Murkowski and Sullivan are trying to reverse an EPA finding that the lead in fuel for small aircraft poses a danger to public health.
"We want to hear from communities scarred by pollution about what projects best address the public health and environmental harms they have endured," said EPA enforcement chief David Uhlmann.
A green trade row is spilling into the COP talks in Dubai, and Brazil has China’s support.
On February 14, 2023 we announced our Rebuttal Update Project . This included an ask for feedback about the added "At a glance" section in the updated basic rebuttal versions. This weekly blog post series highlights this new section of one of the updated basic rebuttal versions and serves as a "bump" for our ask. This week features " Has the greenhouse effect been falsified? ". More will follow in the upcoming weeks. Please follow the Further Reading link at the bottom to read the full rebuttal and to join the discussion in the comment thread there.
At a glance
Did you know that in the late 1700s, astronomers calculated the Earth-Sun distance to within 3% of the correct average value of 149.6 million kilometres? That was an incredible feat for the time, involving painstaking...
The EPA rule could trim 2 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.
The EPA rule, which would set first-ever limits at taconite plants for the heavy metal linked to brain damage, is undergoing White House review.
Strongest overhaul of rules in over three decades will cost billions as Biden administration moves to prevent public health crises Most US cities would have to replace lead water pipes within 10 years under strict new rules proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency as the Biden administration moves to reduce lead in drinking water and prevent public health crises like the ones in Flint, Michigan , and, earlier, in Washington DC. Millions of people consume drinking water from lead pipes and the agency said tighter standards would improve IQ scores in children and reduce high blood pressure and heart disease in adults. It is the strongest overhaul of lead rules in more than three decades, and will cost billions of dollars. Pulling it off will require overcoming enormous practical and...
It is 33 years now since the IPCC in its first report in 1990 concluded that it is “certain” that greenhouse gas emissions from human activities “will enhance the greenhouse effect, resulting on average in an additional warming of the Earth’s surface.” That has indeed happened as predicted, it has been confirmed by a zillion […]
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced final action on a state plan to improve wintertime air quality in Fairbanks and North Pole.
The 5th Circuit found that EPA overstepped in rejecting small refineries' "economic hardship" argument for sidestepping the biofuel blending mandate.
What Is the Paris Agreement’s Article 2.1(c) on Climate Finance, and Why Does it Matter? Key Questions, Answered
Wed, 11/22/2023 - 11:33
Recent studies indicate that the world will need $10 trillion annually between 2030 and 2050 to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. That’s a lot — but the world has the money.
As the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change ( IPCC ) explains, ”there is sufficient global capital to close the global investment gaps… but there are barriers to redirecting capital to climate action.” The challenge, then, is not necessarily raising additional finance for climate change mitigation and adaptation, but how to align all the world’s capital towards climate action.
Article 2.1(c) of the international Paris Agreement...
Both state regulators and EPA's inspector general have found flaws with the agency's management of emissions standards for new wood stoves.
What Happened? The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recently taken a significant step in safeguarding public health by proposing new regulations under our nation’s primary chemicals law, the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) that would protect people from exposure to trichloroethylene (TCE), a highly toxic chemical that causes serious health risks. The proposed rule would […]
The post EPA’s TCE Ban: A Vital Step for Public Health first appeared on EDF Health .
Efforts to grow seaweed are springing up in the Philippines and beyond, and they’re in line for Elon Musk’s $1m Milestone prize. However, plans for geoengineering the ocean to grow them have troubled some scientists A white metal platform on the surface of the Pacific Ocean faces another, smaller one some distance away. Sam Donohue stands on the big platform, Gorio Pepito on the small one. They press buttons, and a high-pitched whirring sets in. Pepito and Donohue release the buttons. The whirring stops. They communicate by walkie-talkie. Everything’s OK. A crab walks across the big platform: that’s their pet, Donohue says. They press the buttons again. Continue reading...
The Saskatchewan government introduced legislation to remove the federal carbon tax from SaskEnergy bills, aiming to save an average family $400 in 2024.
New Letter from Public Interest Groups Supports Protective EPA Particulate Pollution Limits for New Cars
Greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere hit new record highs in 2022, with no end in sight to the rising trend, the United Nations warned Wednesday.
The U.N. calculated the amount of greenhouse gases that would be released under the plans of 195 nations.
The Environmental Protection Agency Friday announced final adoption of a rule meant to better protect at-risk communities from chemical accidents, especially those near industry facilities with high accident rates.
A bill that will replace the N.W.T.’s carbon tax system with the federal government’s version passed a second reading at the Legislative Assembly — meaning it’ll now be reviewed at the committee level.
Kieron Testart, MLA for Range Lake, says it's not clear why the N.W.T. has its own carbon tax system in the first place when the territory's legislation mirrors the federal one.
The U.S. EPA orders Chiquita Canyon landfill to take immediate action to safeguard the public. Meanwhile, nearby residents have filed suit to close the facility.
What’s New Today, we are excited to introduce the Environmental Defense Fund’s (EDF) latest initiative—the Chemical Exposure Action Map. This tool is designed to spur the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to transform the assessment of risks posed by toxic chemicals in our communities. Our map focuses on multiple high-priority chemicals—making visible the urgent and long-overdue […]
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A decision against EPA could invite other emergency challenges against expensive federal rules, said one environmental lawyer.
Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who struck down an earlier EPA plan for cross-state pollution, played a leading role in Wednesday’s argument.
The Supreme Court considers whether to pause an EPA rule meant to reduce pollution that drifts across states. The Education Department canceled loans for nearly 153,000 borrowers on the SAVE plan.
Seven Alberta First Nations have banded together to seek answers as industry and government move on plans to store greenhouse gases near traditional lands.
February 15, 2024 2:43 PM Scientists will use cloud computing and storage to run an algorithm on satellite observations to track polluters.
The group invited about 30 experts to plan for a likely wave of new funding to study reflecting sun rays.
Statement on EPA and DOE announcement of funding for methane mitigation
Ruling, specific to three dicamba-based weedkillers, is major blow to Bayer, BASF and Syngenta Dealing a blow to three of the world’s biggest agrochemical companies, a US court this week banned three weedkillers widely used in American agriculture, finding that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) broke the law in allowing them to be on the market. The ruling is specific to three dicamba-based weedkillers manufactured by Bayer, BASF and Syngenta, which have been blamed for millions of acres of crop damage and harm to endangered species and natural areas across the midwest and south. Continue reading...
EPA Acts to Protect Millions of Americans from Soot Pollution
The U.S. EPA is tightening national standards for fine particulate matter — a health threat that has been linked to lung and heart disease.
The agency predicts the new rule, which will affect a broad swath of industries, can save thousands of lives.
The call from the major automaker — and some auto parts manufacturers — highlights a split in the truck industry over the stricter pollution standards.
The changes also include measures to reduce the supply of free allowances as the market, which has faced criticism for being too lenient, aims to do more to compel large emitters to cut emissions.
Judges weighed the legality of EPA ordering a company to stop making PFAS for barrels used for a host of consumer goods.
Deep south state escalates its fight against environmental protection with ‘rare’ use of public record laws Louisiana’s far-right government has quietly obtained hundreds of pages of communications between the Environmental Protection Agency and journalists, legal advocates and community groups focused on environmental justice. The rare use of public records law to target citizens is a new escalation in the state’s battle with the EPA over its examination of alleged civil rights violations in the heavily polluted region known as “Cancer Alley”. Louisiana sued the EPA on 19 December, alleging that the federal agency had failed to properly respond to the state’s sprawling Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA, request sent by former state attorney general Jeff Landry. Continue reading...
[New Republic] The Chief Technical Advisor (CTA) at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Benjamin S. Karmorh Jr. has categorical termed rubbish, unfounded and baseless his dismissal which was mentioned in a press release issued by the EPA's Media and Corporate Communications head.
The agency is seeking to add five states to the 23 covered by the original set of good neighbor regulations, which are facing a host of legal challenges.
In setback for the agency, the preliminary injunction faults "EPA and its overreaching mandates."
Temperatures have reached minus 20 degrees today in many places, including at Þingvellir and Reykir in Fnjóskadal, where minus 22 degrees Celcius have been recorded.
Exclusive: Greenlife Resource Recovery co-director says company is cooperating with environmental watchdog’s garden mulch investigation Follow our Australia news live blog for latest updates Get our morning and afternoon news emails , free app or daily news podcast The construction boss who runs the company that supplied garden mulch containing asbestos to Sydney’s Rozelle parklands says an explanation for the contamination will “come out in due course” as the environmental watchdog continues its investigation. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was on Monday analysing samples from in and around Rozelle parklands after testing found bonded asbestos in 13 locations in mulch provided by Greenlife Resource Recovery. Sign up for Guardian Australia’s free morning and...
The year 2023 is officially the hottest on record, edging close to the mark of 1.5 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels. But that doesn’t mean that the goals of the Paris climate accord are out of reach
Temperatures could continue to set records for years to come as the greenhouse effect is intensified by a robust El Niño releasing heat from the Pacific Ocean.
The year 2023 was the world’s hottest year on record, blowing past the mark set in 2016, according to Europe’s Copernicus climate agency. Global temperatures are on track to hit the Paris climate accord’s annual 1.5 degree warming threshold this month.
EPA says funds to be given to 280 school districts to ‘help secure a healthier future where our children can breathe cleaner air’ The US has announced nearly $1bn in grants to replace diesel-powered school buses with electric and lower-emitting vehicles. The Environmental Protection Agency will disburse funds to 280 school districts serving 7 million children across the country in an effort to curb harmful air pollution and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Continue reading...
The agency made several moves Friday to oversee President Biden's vision for clean energy projects, mining reforms and public lands.
EPA says it will prioritize the cancer-causing chemical for a risk evaluation. Advocates hope that will lead to a ban, but a complicated regulatory process awaits.
This story was originally published by Inside Climate News and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. The Environmental Protection Agency announced last week that vinyl chloride would be among five chemicals to begin the process for risk evaluation prioritization under the Toxic Substances Control Act, or TSCA, an early step toward potentially banning the chemical. The news […]
The U.S. EPA is now the lead agency tasked with containing a fire burning deep inside Chiquita Canyon landfill.
If we let greenhouse gases run amok, we will end up paying the price.
Earth could look like Venus due to the 'runaway greenhouse effect' - a dramatic escalation in temperatures, report scientists at the University of Geneva.
Karen McCormack says regulators at environmental agency are discouraged from speaking up about dangerous chemicals Federal regulators are discouraged from speaking up about potentially dangerous pesticides, according to a former agency official. Karen McCormack, a retired Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) scientist who spent 40 years with the agency, told Al Jazeera’s investigative show Fault Lines that she believed the EPA was not fulfilling its mission to protect the public from harmful chemicals. Continue reading...
The Environmental Protection Agency said it will review risks posed by a handful of chemicals, including vinyl chloride, which is used to make a variety of plastic products, including pipes, wire and packaging materials. The chemical is found in polyvinyl chloride plastic, better known as PVC.
Coalition alleges glyphosate, the most heavily applied herbicide in history, does not meet required safety standard set by federal law Citing new scientific research, a coalition of farm worker, public health and environmental advocates on Wednesday filed a legal petition with US regulators demanding they immediately suspend authorization for the controversial weed-killing chemical called glyphosate. The petition, filed with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), alleges that the chemical does not meet the required safety standard set by federal law and the EPA has “no valid assessment demonstrating otherwise”. Continue reading...
EPA Closes PFAS Loophole after UCS and Partners Sue
Tue, 12/12/2023 - 15:07
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Former VP Al Gore told Americans to listen and 'believe' it when Donald Trump refused to rule out acting like a 'dictator' on day one of his potential second term in the White House.
One Health activist, Kelly Dent, has been attending UNFCCC COPs since 2009, when it was held in Copenhagen. From there, it has been a 15-year-long journey to Dubai, but Dent is finally having a reason to feel good: for the first time, the majority of the countries have come together to formally declare their commitment […]
SaskPower spokesperson Joel Cherry said the reason behind the increase is that the carbon tax applies to all energy consumption, not just home heating.
EDF, Dozens of Groups Ask EPA to Limit Pollution from Hydrogen Production
Exclusive: Under current policies, Britain could fall short of internationally agreed goal of 68% cut in emissions by 2030 What is Cop28 and why does it matter? The UK government is likely to miss its targets under the Paris climate agreement by a wide margin, analysis shows, dealing a devastating blow to Britain’s standing on the international stage. Under current policies, the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions are likely to be 59% lower in 2030 than they were in 1990 – but the country’s internationally agreed target is for a 68% reduction by the end of this decade. The gap is likely to leave Britain in breach of these commitments. Continue reading...
NASA Administrator Bill Nelson, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael Regan, and other United States government leaders unveiled the U.S. Greenhouse Gas Center Monday during the 28th annual United Nations Climate Conference (COP28). “NASA data is essential to making the changes needed on the ground to protect our climate. The U.S. Greenhouse Gas Center […]
A Canadian human rights lawyer is trying a different approach to compel the world's biggest polluters to compel nations to drastically lower their emissions.
Canadian cattle farmers will argue at COP28 that meat belongs on people's plates because it's nutritious and because the industry is reducing greenhouse gases, a spokesperson said.
The motion Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre brought forward on Tuesday got NDP support, but it was defeated on Wednesday afternoon when the Bloc and Liberals voted against it.
[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -- The Pan African Climate Justice Alliance Liberia (PACJA-Liberia) alongside vibrant Liberian climate activists has launched the "Keep Your Promise" campaign, aimed at ensuring countries honor their commitments made under the Paris Agreements.
EPA researchers found about 16 percent of "forever chemicals" dumped into landfills each year leave as gas or leachate.
[Capital FM] Nairobi -- The Council of Governors has told off Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua on El Nino preparedness and mitigation, saying no funds have been sent to counties.
North Carolina residents push back against environmental agency bringing 4m lbs of ‘forever chemical’ waste to region The federal US government has paused the importation of millions of pounds of toxic PFAS “forever chemical” waste from the Netherlands following intense backlash from residents near a North Carolina facility that would receive the substances. Local media last month revealed the Environmental Protection Agency had quietly approved a permit for chemical manufacturer Chemours to import about 4m lbs of waste over the next year, sparking fears of further pollution in a region already thoroughly contaminated by the company’s operations. Continue reading...
Internal emails show pressure from industry lobbyists and politicians led Trump-era agency to change position on aldicarb The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is considering approving a pesticide for use on Florida oranges and grapefruits despite the fact that agency scientists have repeatedly found the chemical does not meet safety standards designed to protect children’s health, internal agency records show. EPA emails indicate how for years, agency scientists have wanted to deny new uses of aldicarb, but appear to have not done so because of persistent pressure from chemical industry lobbyists, politicians and political appointees. This story is co-published with the New Lede , a journalism project of the Environmental Working Group Continue reading...
The projected emissions drop — one of the largest of the last decade — is still not enough for the United States to meet its commitments under the Paris climate accord.
The agency's study dealt a blow to a project that has been pitched as a step toward advancing the co-management of public lands with Native American tribes.
November 16, 2023 9:56 PM A majority of Canadians want Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's signature carbon tax to be scrapped or waived for the next three years to make the levy consistent across the country, an opinion poll released on Thursday showed.
The broader battle illustrates how evolving legal tactics can stymie even Clean Air Act regulations previously seen as secure.
GENEVA - Greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere hit new record highs in 2022, with no end in sight to the rising trend, the United Nations warned Wednesday.
The rule signed by Administrator Michael Regan and posted online this week gives states 18 months to submit compliance plans to EPA, up from 15 months in the agency's proposal.