President Obama unveils ambitious climate plan

Earlier this month President Obama has announced his country’s strongest move to date on climate change. As IFLScience and many other reported : ” The finalized Clean Power Plan aims to cut carbon emissions from power plants by 32% from 2005 levels by 2030. “

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China and USA unveil drastic actions on climate

USA-China-collaboration-climate-changeAs Al Gore pointed out on Twitter, both the United States of America and the People’s Republic of China unveiled huge efforts to curb greenhouse gases emissions on the same week, or rather on two consecutive days.

About the US, Climate Progress has this to say : ” On Monday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced new regulations to curb carbon dioxide emissions from America’s existing power plants. “

The Climate Progress article continues, stating that it is ” the most significant step taken by any U.S. president to address climate change.No less !

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Cars waste 85 percent of the energy used

This is not news as we have seen it in Sustainable energy – without the hot air but some facts need reminders. The internal combustion engine – like incandescent light bulbs – is extremely inefficient. To GOOD :

If you had to invent an efficient way to move (…), you could hardly do worse than the modern automobile. After more than a century of refinement, (a car) wastes 85 percent of the energy in the fuel we put into it.

Hence the importance of developing alternatives. And from electric vehicles – cars, trucks and scooters – to biking, walking or simple public transportation, it is not as we lacked options.

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EPA to regulate greenhouse gases emissions

EPAWe had reason to be optimistic on the Copenhagen Climate Conference as the United States unveiled on the first day a plan that will allow its Environmental Protection Agency to act on greenhouse gases emissions.

Among the gases that will be regulated are carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons and sulfur hexafluoride. As you can see, this is a pretty exhaustive list.

This is very good news but now remains the question of how deep the EPA will cut greenhouse gases emissions and in what time…

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America is going forward on climate change

America is the world’s second largest greenhouse gases emitter and thus needs to act. It seems it is the case as the local Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) may cut emissions from the energy and industry sectors as early as 2011. This is good news as 70 percent of US emissions come from them. Additionally, the … Read more

Greenhouse gases recognized as pollutants

Greenhouse gases emissionsThis made the headlines last Friday as the US Environmental Protection Agency declared that greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide and methane are now considered as pollutants in the country.

This represent a dramatic paradigm shift for the second most emitting greenhouses gases country. It also brings a lot of hope concerning a massive and fast climate change mitigation campaign there.

Indeed if these gases are regarded as pollutants, all US administrations will have to limit these emissions as well as the whole country. A bright prospect.

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US agency blocks construction of coal-fired plant

The United States’ Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a ruling that may well bring an end to the constructions of coal-fired plants in the country.

As the Bush Presidency is ending, this institution is finally getting more serious on limiting carbon dioxide emissions of the world’s largest emitter.

The construction and use of alternative energy sources – renewables and nuclear – will become more easier and faster.

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