Friday, June 15, 2012

June 15 News: EPA Plans To Announce New Fine Particle Standards

June 15 News: EPA Plans To Announce New Fine Particle Standards: A round-up of the top climate and energy news. The Environmental Protection Agency plans to announce a proposal Friday to tighten the nation’s soot standards, a move that could help deliver major health benefits by the end of the decade but force some oil refiners, manufacturers and other operations to invest in pollution-abatement upgrades. [Washington Post] A new world disorder is increasingly evident at the Rio+20 conference as traditional blocs of international alliances break and reform, making an overarching deal “extremely difficult”, the chief negotiator of the host nation warned on Wednesday. [Guardian] A new high resolution computer model reveals that over the next 4 decades, rising ocean acidity will likely have profound impacts on waters off the West Coast of the United States. [ScienceNOW] A New York State Supreme Court justice has dismissed a lawsuit that sought to end New York’s participation in the multIstate carbon trading system known as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or RGGI. [New York Times] The Union of Concerned Scientists has revised a report accusing major US companies of distorting the public conversation about climate change, saying it made a mistake counting donations from General Electric to think tanks. [Guardian] A new innovation has the U.S. clean-energy business buzzing, one with big political risks and potentially bigger economic and environmental rewards. It isn’t a wind turbine, or a solar panel, or an electric car. It’s Chinese cash. [Wall Street Journal] The geopolitics of the new Arctic entered the mainstream on August 2nd 2007. [The Economist]

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