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Pa. would reduce carbon emissions by more than 30 percent under new EPA rule

Pennsylvania would be required to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about 32 percent over the next 15 years under new federal regulations announced on Monday. It is the first time the Environmental Protection Agency has proposed regulations specifically aimed at cutting carbon dioxide emissions generated by the nation’s power plants. And it is one of [...]

Billionaire enviro targeting Pa. governor’s race over climate change

Reuters reports billionaire Tom Steyer, an environmental activist and retired investor from California, has his eye – and his check book – on Pennsylvania’s gubernatorial race and other political contests. The issue he’s targeting: climate change. More from Reuters: NextGen Climate, Steyer’s political group, said Thursday it would back candidates in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Maine, New Hampshire [...]

Obama administration unveils plan to cut methane emissions

The White House unveiled a plan today to curb emissions of methane– a powerful greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. It’s released by livestock, landfills, and oil and gas production. Methane accounts for about 9 percent of the nation’s greenhouse gas pollution, but it is over 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide as [...]

Study finds methane emissions are higher than government estimates

Federal estimates significantly undercount the amount of methane emitted in the U.S. from leaking natural gas systems and other sources, according to a new study in the journal Science. Researchers reviewed more than 200 studies of methane emissions in the U.S. and Canada published over 20 years and concluded that emissions are probably about 50 [...]

Research flight to provide new estimates of Marcellus methane leaks

This summer, a research plane flew over three of the largest shale gas producing regions of the country, including the Marcellus Shale in Northeastern Pennsylvania, to measure methane emissions and calculate leak rates from the wells and pipelines below. Scientists from the University of Colorado Boulder and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are still studying [...]

Study finds U.S. underestimates climate-damaging methane emissions

The federal government may be way off when it comes to estimating how much methane is released into the atmosphere, according to a new study. The potent greenhouse gas is second only to carbon dioxide in terms of its significance for global climate change. The study questions whether the federal Environmental Protection Agency was right [...]

Obama issues executive order on climate change

President Obama signed an executive order Friday morning that claims it will deal with the impacts of extreme weather caused by climate change. The executive order does a few things: Creates a Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience to garner input from state and local governments on how to be prepared for heat waves, [...]

Carbon emissions from U.S. energy sector decline, global increase continues

Energy-related carbon emissions fell 3.8 percent last year, according to new data released by the federal Energy Information Administration. The Washington Post explains why the downward trend in the U.S. may not last: For one, carbon dioxide emissions for energy have already risen 2.6 percent (year over year) in the first half of 2013, according to preliminary [...]

On oil embargo’s 40th anniversary, has shale drilling changed the game?

Speaking to a ballroom packed with members of the natural gas industry at a conference in Philadelphia last month, Lt. Governor Jim Cawley recalled with disdain the days of waiting on gas lines to fill up cars, trucks, and lawn mowers. Some members of the audience nodded along, perhaps stirred by their own memories of 1973. [...]

DEP publishes climate report a year and a-half late, second report still overdue

A year and a-half after it was due, the state Department of Environmental Protection has published a legally-mandated report about how climate change will affect the state. The document was released online earlier this week with little fanfare– a press release wasn’t issued. A second climate report outlining ways to lower greenhouse gas emissions is [...]

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