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EPA proposes cutting carbon dioxide emissions from coal plants 30% by 2030

The Environmental Protection Agency proposed a regulation Monday that would cut carbon dioxide emissions from existing coal plants by up to to 30 percent by 2030 compared with 2005 levels, taking aim at one of the nation’s leading sources of greenhouse gases.
“This momentous development raises the bar for controlling carbon emissions in the United States,”
- Andrew Steer, president of the World Resources Institute

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To tackle pollution, China to drop pursuit of growth at all costs

via Planet Ark | Mon November 18, 2013
China will steer local governments away from the pursuit of economic growth at all costs and beef up their powers to punish polluters as part of a campaign to reverse the damage done by three decades of unchecked expansion.

City of Vancouver proclaims country’s first Meatless Monday

via CTV News | Wed June 12, 2013
Vancouver has become the first city in Canada to embrace 'Meatless Monday,' encouraging residents to forego meat for one day a week for the sake of the planet and their health.

China, world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gasses, will tax carbon

Story contains video Wed February 20, 2013
China’s Ministry of Finance has announced that the country will levy a tax on carbon emissions, reports Xinhua.

New wind power cheaper than coal or gas in Australia

Story contains video via MongaBay | Mon February 11, 2013
Electricity supplied from a new wind farm is cheaper than that from a new gas or coal-fired power plant in Australia, reports a new analysis published by Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

Tokelau islands shift to 100% solar energy

via BBC | Mon November 12, 2012
Tokelau has become the first territory able to meet all its electricity needs with solar power, officials say.

EU on track to exceed Kyoto emissions goal

via Terra Daily | Mon October 29, 2012
The European Union is on track to not only meet but exceed greenhouse gas reduction goals set by the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, an analysis indicated this week.

Victory for Forests: Disney Stands Up for Endangered Forests and Animals

via Huffington Post | Tue October 23, 2012
Today, Disney adds its significant voice to the growing chorus of companies demonstrating that there's no need to sacrifice endangered forests in Indonesia or elsewhere for the paper we use every day.

Energy from Solar Power now Cheaper than Fossil Fuels in 105 Countries

Story contains video via Triple Pundit | Sun September 30, 2012
Solar installations are rocketing worldwide as solar electricity becomes cheaper than electricity from fossil fuels – it’s already happened in 105 countries.

Tesla Unveils Solar Powered Charging Stations

via Triple Pundit | Sun September 30, 2012
Tesla Motors unveiled the first of its six Supercharger stations in six California locations (Folsom, Gilroy, Coalinga, Lebec, Barstow and Hawthorne).

Europe Now Creates Enough Solar Power to Fuel Austria

via Triple Pundit | Wed September 26, 2012
Europe now generates 52 gigawatts of solar energy, which is still only 2 percent of the continent’s total power output–but enough to fuel all of Austria according to various news sources.

Obama Hikes Fuel Efficiency to 54.5 MPG by 2025

via Hispanic Business | Wed August 29, 2012
The Obama administration on Tuesday introduced new rules to double fuel economy for cars and light-duty trucks by 2025, a move that the White House says will be comparable to cutting a dollar a gallon from the price of gasoline and that auto dealers warned would raise the cost of a new car.

Community-Owned Solar Power on the Rise in the U.S.

via Triple Pundit | Sat August 11, 2012
Conditions are right for growth in community-owned solar photovoltaic (PV) projects.

U.S. carbon emissions lowest since 1992

Story contains video via MongaBay | Mon August 06, 2012
A shift away from coal and reduced gasoline demand coupled with a mild winter led to an 8 percent drop in U.S. carbon dioxide emissions during the first quarter of 2012, reports the Energy Information Administration.

Scientists Develop Method to Reduce Farmers’ Use of Nitrogen Fertilizer

via Terra Daily | Mon July 23, 2012
Scientist at Michigan State University are putting the finishing touches on a program that would pay farmers to apply less nitrogen fertilizer in a way that doesn't jeopardize yields.

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