Breaking from a decades-old tradition of avoiding criticism of US government policies, Shell's US boss Gretchen Watkins called on the US Environmental Protection Agency to tighten rules to plug methane leaks, a potent greenhouse gas. "It is a big part of the climate problem and frankly we can do more," Ms Watkins said in an interview. "We don't usually tell governments how to do their job but we're ready to break with that and say, 'Actually, we want to tell you how to do your job.'" She urged the EPA "to put in a regulatory framework that will both regulate existing methane emissions but also future methane emissions." The Trump administration in September proposed weakening requirements for repairing leaks of the greenhouse gas in drilling operations in a step to roll back an Obama-era policy intended to combat climate change. Meanwhile, Mr Trump has repeated the false claim climate change is not real and the science demonstrating the crisis is "fake". He appeared to be tweeting a … [Read more...] about Oil giant urges Trump to curb gas emissions over climate fear
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PUBLISHED: 09:32 08 February 2019 Ross Bentley and Emily Beament Think tank Transport for Quality of Life says large scale changes to transport are needed Pictures: PAUL GEATER Archant The proposal comes as figures show transport was the biggest contributor to the UK’s carbon pollution problem in 2017. Transport now accounts for more than a quarter of UK greenhouse gas emissionsBus travel should become free to help people out of their cars and drive down greenhouse gas emissions, environmental campaigners have urged.According to data from the Business Department (Beis), transport emissions - excluding international flights and shipping - have fallen just 2% since 1990 and now account for more than a quarter (27%) of the total greenhouse gas output of 460 million tonnes - a bigger share than energy supplies, businesses, homes or agriculture. Suffolk County Council says it is “actively developing policies to promote greener travel options” … [Read more...] about Is free bus travel the answer to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution?
opinion The Editorial Board USA TODAY Published 7:10 PM EST Jan 10, 2019 For a pollutant that threatens the future of the planet, carbon dioxide does a Madison Avenue-worthy job of image management. It's colorless, odorless and tasteless. But it wraps around the globe like a heat-trapping blanket. Last year, more of it was dumped into the air by U.S. energy consumption than in any of the previous eight years, according to research estimates. If CO2 smelled like rotten eggs and gave the atmosphere a sickening green hue, it's a safe bet that this gas — which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2007 can be regulated by the federal government — would get a lot more attention. President Donald Trump, who repeatedly claims a desire for clean air, might actually do something about it. "I'm an environmentalist. I want crystal-clean water. I want crystal-clean air," he told a Las Vegas rally last September. OPPOSING VIEW: Carbon prices are like unicorns and … [Read more...] about Greenhouse gas emissions are blowing the wrong way for America
0 Have your say Greenhouse gas emissions by Scottish industry are at a ten-year-low, according to new figures. A report by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) indicates a change in the pollutants emitted by Scottish regulated businesses as the country moves to become more sustainable and resource efficient.The analysis was published in the 2017 Scottish Pollutant Release Inventory (SPRI), which is a database of annual mass releases of specified pollutants to air, water and land from SEPA regulated industrial sites.Since 1993, owners or operators of facilities that have met the SPRI reporting requirements have reported on an annual basis.Data from SPRI is used to fulfil the reporting requirements of the European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (E-PRTR).It also provides information about off-site transfers of waste from industry sites.There has been an increase in the number of sites included in the data, with 1,237 reporting sites in 2017, … [Read more...] about Greenhouse gas emissions by Scottish industry at 10-year low
US President Donald Trump's administration on Tuesday announced its plan to weaken regulation of US coal plants, marking the most significant rollback yet in the environmental legacy of former president Barack Obama. The Environmental Protection Agency's new Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule allows states the flexibility to set their own standards for performance at existing coal-fired power plants, rather than follow a single federal standard. The EPA says it is designed to replace Obama's 2015 Clean Power Plan which aimed to cut greenhouse gas emissions from power plants by shifting electricity away from coal in favor of natural gas, wind and solar. Environmental advocates blasted the new rule, saying it will boost emissions from power plants, which emit about 28 percent of US greenhouse gases, and worsen global warming. "The plan calls for only modest efficiency improvements at individual power plants, which will barely make a dent in cutting heat-trapping emissions from the … [Read more...] about US announces plan to relax regulations on coal plants