Archives for December, 2011

Comments Off on Satellite Confirms Decline in U.S. Coal Pollution

There’s some rare good news on the energy pollution front, confirmed by groundbreaking new use of satellite imagery. Emissions of sulfur dioxide, the acid rain precursor that ravages respiratory health, have fallen in half since 2005 over what has been one of the most coal-heavy areas of the eastern United States, reported scientists using the…

Comments Off on Pleas, Hard Lines, and Accusations of Bad Faith Negotiations at Climate Talks

In Durban, South Africa, the latest round of United Nations climate negotiations opened with a plea from South Africa’s president, Jacob Zuma, for countries to look beyond national interests. So far, however, the talks have been marked by many of the same divisions that plagued earlier meets. A coalition of environmental groups—including the Natural Resources…

Can Global Emissions Really Be Reduced?

With delegates, energy/environment ministers, business representatives and NGO leaders now in Durban for COP17, attention again turns to the pressing issue of actually reducing global emissions. The current UNFCCC conference comes against the backdrop of two grim statistics of recent weeks — the record year-on-year (2009 to 2010) jump in global emissions just announced by…