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Japanese government urged to reconsider its ”disappointing” proposals to cut GHG emissions and adopt a more “ambitious” stance

Japanese government urged to reconsider its ”disappointing” proposals to cut GHG emissions and adopt a more “ambitious” stance

Samuel Lovett writes on The Independent website about the lack of ambition in Japan’s latest targets that remain unchanged from first commitments made five years ago under Paris Agreement.   Japan’s latest climate change plans criticised as ‘feeble’ and ‘shameful’ Japan’s new proposals for fighting climate change have been described as “feeble” and “shameful”, after … Continue reading

The Trump administration rolled back Obama-era fuel efficiency standards for automobiles this week, creating regulatory confusion for the auto industry

The Trump administration rolled back Obama-era fuel efficiency standards for automobiles this week, creating regulatory confusion for the auto industry

Alyssa Danigelis, writing on the Environment + Energy Leader website, discusses  the confusion that has been created by the Trump administration rolling back on the previous planned approach to improve fuel efficiency standards for automobiles. Now the annual improvement is significantly lower than previously planned. But there are still clashes with the new federal standards … Continue reading

Scientists discovered a strain of bacteria that can degrade the harmful compounds in polyurethane products — a positive step toward reducing the amount of plastic pollution in the environment

Scientists discovered a strain of bacteria that can degrade the harmful compounds in polyurethane products — a positive step toward reducing the amount of plastic pollution in the environment

Scottie Andrew writes on the CNN website about a new synthetic chemical compound that can degrade the harmful compounds in polyurethane products. Hopefully industry won’t take this to mean they can produce more plastic   Plastic-eating bacteria could be small step toward tackling world’s pollution crisis Plastic products made with polyurethane, a synthetic chemical compound, … Continue reading

The time window for halving global emissions has narrowed: in 2010, the world thought it had 30 years to halve global GHG emissions; today, we know that this must happen in ten years

The time window for halving global emissions has narrowed: in 2010, the world thought it had 30 years to halve global GHG emissions; today, we know that this must happen in ten years

At the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, countries set goals that require halving carbon emissions by 2030. In a new piece in Nature, Professor Harald Winkler, from the University of Cape Town (and a friend of EiD), as part of an international team, delivers the bad news that the emissions gap – … Continue reading