States have employed a host of energy-saving programs, green-purchase requirements, building efficiency standards and financial incentive arrangements to meet those goals. So how are they doing in meeting targets they have set for themselves?
Washington (AFP) – Four former heads of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency who served under Republican presidents urged lawmakers Wednesday to stop bickering over whether climate change is real and start finding solutions. Global warming is an increasingly polarizing issue in American politics, with most Republicans questioning the science behind it and most Democrats calling […]
By Neela Banerjee, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will unveil a rule Monday intended to confront climate change by cutting carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, the nation’s greatest source of the heat-trapping gas. Obama plans to bypass Congress and use his authority under the Clean Air Act to achieve greenhouse gas […]
By Sean Cockerham, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is about to unveil the centerpiece of his agenda to fight climate change, a much anticipated rule to slash the emissions of planet-warming gases from power plants. The president will call for major reductions, according to sources familiar with the planning, with each state given […]
By Mary MacVean, Los Angeles Times The increased concentration of carbon dioxide that comes with climate change could mean some basic food plants will carry lower concentrations of iron and zinc — and deficiencies of those nutrients are already a “substantial global public health problem,” scientists reported Wednesday. The scientists studied grains and legumes grown at […]
By Michael Doyle, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court seemed split down the middle Monday, and occasionally lost in the fog, as the justices confronted a challenge to the Obama administration’s greenhouse gas regulations. Conservatives, including the court’s frequent swing vote, Justice Anthony Kennedy, periodically shared the skepticism of Texas Solicitor General Jonathan […]