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2010-02-25 14:22:00

WASHINGTON, Feb. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Lisa Jackson, administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, will speak at a luncheon at the National Press Club on March 8 about the strides the EPA made in 2009 and offer a glimpse at the agency's priorities for 2010. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080917/NPCLOGO ) In her first year atop the agency, Jackson ruled that greenhouse gases endanger public welfare, announced the Obama administration's clean cars...

2010-02-25 10:27:00

WASHINGTON, Feb. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Lisa Jackson, administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, will speak at a luncheon at the National Press Club about the strides the EPA made in 2009 and offer a glimpse at the agency's priorities for 2010. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080917/NPCLOGO) In her first year atop the agency, Jackson ruled that greenhouse gases endanger public welfare, announced the Obama administration's clean cars program and laid...

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2010-02-17 12:55:00

Landmark legislation to cut carbon emissions suffered a huge blow after three major U.S. companies said they were leaving a coalition that pushes for action on climate change, AFP reported. Oil groups ConocoPhillips and BP America, and equipment maker Caterpillar Inc., said they backed efforts for a green economy but felt that proposed laws were unfair to them. The companies said they would not renew membership in the U.S. Climate Action Partnership (USCAP), a coalition of business leaders...

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2010-02-09 06:30:00

The Obama administration announced Monday that plans are underway for a new office to take on climate change, hoping to help businesses map out ways to make the U.S. a more eco-friendly economy. A new website, www.climate.gov, was up Monday to pool government resources on climate change for business, scholars and the general public, reported AFP. According to Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, the new Climate Service would give businesses an edge on matters like wind power by providing data on...

2010-02-03 08:00:00

SEATTLE, Feb. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Planners in the Intermountain West must focus on the economic savings of mitigating and adapting to climate change as they tailor federal and state efforts to suit local and regional needs, according to a new report published by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. Planning for Climate Change in the West, by Rebecca Carter and Susan Culp, acknowledges the critical role of local planners in confronting challenges posed by climate change. It also...

2010-01-21 05:00:00

WASHINGTON, Jan. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 80 leading CEOs from U.S. businesses, including Exelon, Virgin America, NRG Energy, eBay and PG&E, sent a letter to President Obama and members of Congress today calling on them to move quickly to enact comprehensive climate and energy legislation that will create jobs and enhance U.S. competitiveness. Saying that the U.S. is "falling behind" in the global clean energy race, the letter calls for forceful leadership to achieve legislation...

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2010-01-18 17:03:58

The chances of passing meaningful legislation dealing with the issue of global climate change are slim amid the current U.S. economic downturn and looming midterm congressional elections, experts say. Last month's U.N. climate change summit in Denmark concluded with a final, non-binding agreement to limit warming to 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit (two degrees Celsius).  But the agreement has been widely criticized for its failure to require nations to implement firm reductions in greenhouse...

2009-12-18 15:13:00

Recommendations Could Reduce Greenhouse Emissions by Nearly a Third HARRISBURG, Pa., Dec. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania could slash greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2020 by following the recommendations contained in the Climate Change Action Plan presented to Governor Edward G. Rendell today. In combination with other state and federal environmental initiatives, the 52 recommendations could reduce emissions by more than 40 percent. "The recommendations in the plan...

2009-12-16 13:00:00

COPENHAGEN, Dec. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard has been appointed Chair of the World Mayors Council on Climate Change. Mr. Ebrard succeeds Barbel Dieckmann, former Mayor of Bonn, Germany. The World Mayors Council on Climate Change is an alliance of municipal leaders committed to climate protection, biodiversity and sustainable development. There are currently more than 30 members of the Council, representing a vast network of local governments working to reduce...

2009-12-14 08:00:00

SAN FRANCISCO and RUKINGA, Kenya, Dec. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Today in the midst of the debate on climate change in Copenhagen, Wildlife Works Carbon LLC announced that their Kasigau Corridor REDD (Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) Project in Kenya has just been awarded the first GOLD level validation in Africa, under the Climate Community and Biodiversity (CCB) Alliance's REDD Standard. In addition they have entered into a contract with a major South African bank,...