Legislative & Regulatory Update

EPA Proposes New Standards for Landfills, Hopes to Reduce Methane Emissions

Regulatory news - ENN - July 2, 2014 - 9:49am
As part of the President's Climate Action Plan – Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing updates to its air standards for new municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills. These updates would require certain landfills to capture additional landfill gas, which would reduce emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, and help further reduce pollution that harms public health.

EPA Proposes New Standards for Landfills, Hopes to Reduce Methane Emissions

Climate Change News - ENN - July 2, 2014 - 9:49am
As part of the President's Climate Action Plan – Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing updates to its air standards for new municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills. These updates would require certain landfills to capture additional landfill gas, which would reduce emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, and help further reduce pollution that harms public health.

New research reveals causes and warning signs of rare tsunami earthquakes

Tsunami earthquakes happen at relatively shallow depths in the ocean and are small in terms of their magnitude. However, they create very large tsunamis, with some earthquakes that only measure 5.6 on the Richter scale generating waves that reach up to ten metres when they hit the shore. A global network of seismometers enables researchers to detect even the smallest earthquakes. However, the challenge has been to determine which small magnitude events are likely to cause large tsunamis.

The link between oceanic currents and climate

Climate Change News - ENN - June 29, 2014 - 9:19am
For decades, climate scientists have tried to explain why ice-age cycles became longer and more intense about 900,000 years ago, switching from 41,000-year cycles to 100,000-year cycles. In a new study in the journal Science, researchers found that the deep ocean currents that move heat around the globe stalled or even stopped, possibly due to expanding ice cover in the north. The slowing currents increased carbon dioxide storage in the ocean, leaving less in the atmosphere, which kept temperatures cold and kicked the climate system into a new phase of colder but less frequent ice ages, they hypothesize.

Endangered Species Act may be significantly weakened by new policy

Regulatory news - ENN - June 28, 2014 - 8:52am
The Center for Biological Diversity will file a legal challenge to an Obama administration policy, finalized today, that severely limits when a species qualifies for protection under the Endangered Species Act - a change that ignores both broad legal precedent and congressional intent. Under the Act a species qualifies for protection when it is "in danger of extinction in all or a significant of portion of its range." Both Congress and the courts have explained that the "significant portion of range" provision is vital for important conservation because it allows federal wildlife agencies to protect species before they are at risk of going extinct globally. But the newly finalized policy sharply restricts the use of this part of the Act, defining "significant" to mean that only when the loss of a part of a species' range threatens the survival of the whole species would wildlife agencies protect that species under the Act.

EPA Proposes Approval of New Climate-Friendly Refrigerants

Climate Change News - ENN - June 27, 2014 - 4:56pm
In support of President Obama's Climate Action Plan, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to increase the options for refrigerants in the United States that offer better climate protection without harming the ozone layer. This is the agency's first action that addresses refrigerants under the Climate Action Plan, which calls on EPA's Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) Program to identify and approve additional climate-friendly chemicals.

New Video Showcases Growing Number of Processes to Unlock the Value of Non-Recycled Used Plastics

Energy - June 27, 2014 - 6:58am
The video, “Beyond Recycling: Recovering the Energy in Non-Recycled Plastics,” illustrates and explains processes for recycling plastics and converting those plastics that can’t be economically recycled.

Choosing the Right Path: How Air Travel Affects Climate Change

Climate Change News - ENN - June 26, 2014 - 11:40am
It has been well documented that one negative of air travel – besides the food – is the emission of CO2 from jet engines. But what about contrails? Dr. Emma Irvine, Professor Keith Shine, and Professor Sir Brian Hoskins, at the Department of Meteorology at the University of Reading have linked contrails to global climate change in a study published in IOP Publishing’s journal Environmental Research Letters. According to their report, contrails may have a greater radiative forcing (the capacity for an agent to enact climate change via warming) than CO2.

Solar Power Meets Half of Germany's Energy Demand

Regulatory news - ENN - June 26, 2014 - 11:00am
A core facet of Chancellor Merkel's historic "Energiewende" clean energy transition, Germany has led the world in driving adoption of solar energy technology and systems. Although it is now pulling back hard on incentives, the market momentum created by its precedent-setting solar energy feed-in tariff (FiT) persists.

Solar Power Meets Half of Germany's Energy Demand

A core facet of Chancellor Merkel's historic "Energiewende" clean energy transition, Germany has led the world in driving adoption of solar energy technology and systems. Although it is now pulling back hard on incentives, the market momentum created by its precedent-setting solar energy feed-in tariff (FiT) persists.

Solar Power Meets Half of Germany's Energy Demand

Climate Change News - ENN - June 26, 2014 - 11:00am
A core facet of Chancellor Merkel's historic "Energiewende" clean energy transition, Germany has led the world in driving adoption of solar energy technology and systems. Although it is now pulling back hard on incentives, the market momentum created by its precedent-setting solar energy feed-in tariff (FiT) persists.

MIT study unearths neanderthal diet

The popular conception of the Neanderthal as a club-wielding carnivore is, well, rather primitive, according to a new study conducted at MIT. Instead, our prehistoric cousin may have had a more varied diet that, while heavy on meat, also included plant tissues, such as tubers and nuts.

Getting a better handle on CO2, NASA will help!

Climate Change News - ENN - June 26, 2014 - 7:17am
From all the news about how anthropogenic emissions of CO2 are increasing tremendously (remember the hockey stick graph?) you would think that these emissions are causing all the atmospheric increases of CO2. And, our use of fossil fuels is increasing exponentially, with more than half of all fossil fuels ever used by humans being consumed in the last 20 years. However, in comparison with the amount of carbon that enters the atmosphere from natural sources, our fossil fuel emissions are modest. "Carbon dioxide generated by human activities amounts to only a few percent of the total yearly atmospheric uptake or loss of carbon dioxide from plant life and geochemical processes on land and in the ocean," said Gregg Marland, a professor in the Geology Department of Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina. "This may not seem like much, but humans have essentially tipped the balance."

Climate Change Isn't Man-Made? Prove It For $10,000

Climate Change News - ENN - June 25, 2014 - 11:08am
Naysayers, you’re on. If you’re convinced that climate change isn’t man-made, a physicist in Texas wants to hear from you. Bring your virtual chalk, polish up your math, hone your argument and prove your point. Your time won’t be misspent: If you can irrefutably prove your hypothesis, he’ll pay you $10,000.

Bio-fuel from Whisky distilling in Scotland

Climate Change News - ENN - June 25, 2014 - 9:00am
Edinburgh-based biofuel company Celtic Renewables has signed an agreement with Europe’s foremost biotechnology pilot facility to undergo next-stage testing of its process to turn whisky by-products into biofuel that can power current vehicles. The partnership, which will allow the company to develop its technology at Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant (BBEPP) in Ghent, has been made possible by second round funding worth €1.5million, including more than €1million from the UK Government, to help meet its ambition of growing a new €125 million-a-year industry in the UK.

Cloud Forests and Biodiversity

Climate Change News - ENN - June 25, 2014 - 9:00am
Tropical cloud forests are situated in mountains and are characterized by the frequent presence of low-level clouds. Scientists have always regarded them as having high biodiversity, but a study published recently in mongabay.com's open access journal, Tropical Conservation Science adds a new dimension: it found cloud forests contain a significant and surprising array of tree and bromeliad species, even when they are relatively small.

ACC Urges Passage of House Bill to Expand Access to Domestic Energy Supplies

Energy - June 24, 2014 - 5:33pm
As part of an all-of-the-above national energy policy, this bill can help diversify the U.S. energy mix and support the manufacturing revival now underway.

ACC Urges Senate Passage of Ordeal Act

Energy - June 24, 2014 - 4:38pm
Legislation would give EPA more time to review and revise air quality standards.

ACC Urges Senate Passage of Ordeal Act

Shale Gas - June 24, 2014 - 4:38pm
Legislation would give EPA more time to review and revise air quality standards.

ACC Urges Senate Passage of Ordeal Act

Environmental Regulations - June 24, 2014 - 4:38pm
Legislation would give EPA more time to review and revise air quality standards.

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