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EPA Excludes Carbon Dioxide Waste Streams from RCRA - A (Very Small) Step Forward for CCS
Posted on 30 Jan 2014 by J. Wylie Donald

By J. Wylie Donald The Congress may be dysfunctional but the administrative agencies are still moving the ball. A case in point is last month's Christmas present from EPA to the carbon capture and storage community. On December 17 EPA issued... Read More

EPA Proposes First Carbon Emissions Limits for Power Plants
Posted on 11 Jun 2014 by Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

On June 2, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced its Clean Power Plan, which would impose the first federal limits on carbon-dioxide (CO 2 ) emissions from power plants in the United States.[1] The proposed rules, which the EPA published... Read More

Can addressing air pollution decrease global warming? You betcha
Posted on 14 Apr 2013 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

Prior posts have noted the adverse health impacts from small particles, often referred to generally as PM10 and/or PM2.5. Prior posts have also noted the adverse impact of soot on global warming, which because it is black and absorbs heat warms up the... Read More

Area from Massachusetts to North Carolina Faces Accelerating Sea Level Increase
Posted on 25 Jun 2012 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

Climate change has, on average, raised the surface of the world's oceans in recent decades by melting glaciers and causing seawater to expand as it warms. But the rise has not been uniform, just like the increase in ocean temperature. As noted in... Read More

Data from crop trials demonstrates threat climate change poses to crops
Posted on 27 Mar 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

Serendipity has helped more than a few scientists with insights and discoveries. Researchers were chatting, and realized that data from work one of them was focused upon various crop trials spread across southern and eastern Africa, if correlated with... Read More

DOE Identifies Possible Carbon Sequestration Storage Sites
Posted on 3 May 2012 by Steven M. Siros

By Steven M. Siros, Partner, Jenner & Block On May 1, 2012, the Department of Energy released the North American Storage Atlas that maps the potential carbon dioxide storage capacity in North America. According to the Atlas , there is at least... Read More

Because some ships may be less carbon intensive than others, customers can influence emissions
Posted on 16 Dec 2010 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

"If the shipping industry were a country, it would be the sixth-biggest industrial carbon emitter in the world. Whereas big countries have plans for cutting emissions, shipping does not. The UN climate talks in Cancún are unlikely to change... Read More

Some aircraft designers think outside the box to improve efficiency
Posted on 24 Mar 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

Concern has been expressed in recent years over the contribution of aircraft to GHG emissions. Some airlines have gotten favorable publicity for experimenting with bio-derived fuels. But, what if aircraft were to target reducing fuel consumption by half... Read More

COP15 will not change climate change reporting requirements for companies
Posted on 28 Apr 2010 by Colleen Theron

By Colleen Theron, Environmental solicitor and consultant. Despite the inconclusive outcome of COP15 and the significant issues facing countries in the coming year to implement a legally binding agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), a... Read More

Movement of corals around Japan provides evidence of global warming
Posted on 27 Jan 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

Prior posts have noted that in terms of ascertaining evidence of global warming, it may be worthwhile to assess the numerous studies of various potential indicators (e.g., migration patterns, drought, relocation of biota). Add another indicator. A... Read More

Trees damaged by bark beetles slow their uptake of CO2 for up to a century
Posted on 20 Apr 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

As noted in prior posts, bark beetles damage large forest areas, often killing or causing the death of 50% to 80% of mature trees. As these trees decompose, they release CO2, adding to the atmospheric burden of GHG's. New research has identified additional... Read More

Legal Group Urges Court to Dismiss “Climate Change” Suit
Posted on 1 Aug 2011 by William Perry Pendley

By William Perry Pendley, President and Chief Operating Officer of Mountain States Legal Foundation July 29, 2011 - DENVER, CO. A Colorado nonprofit, public-interest legal foundation today urged a Colorado state court to dismiss a lawsuit filed... Read More