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Global Deal Reached to Limit Hydrofluorocarbons, Potent Greenhouse Gases – October 18, 2016

Agreement on HFCs could bring ‘largest temperature reduction ever achieved by single agreement’

A global deal to limit the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in the battle to combat climate change is a “monumental step forward”, John Kerry, the US secretary of state, has said.

photo of air conditioning units in Hong KongPhoto by Niall Kennedy/a>Air conditioning units mounted on a Hong Kong building. HFC use has soared in the past decade as  rapidly growing countries have widely adopted air conditioning in their homes, offices, and cars.

The agreement, announced on Saturday morning after all-night negotiations in Kigali, Rwanda, caps and reduces the use of HFCs — a key contributor to greenhouse gases… more

by: The Guardian

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Is Using Less Water the Secret to Cutting Our Greenhouse Gas Emissions? – October 12, 2016

California, which uses 20 percent of its electricity in supplying water, just passed a law to collect emissions data from water utilities

When most of us think of slowing global warming, we think of reducing car exhaust and power plant emissions — limiting activities that involve combusting fossil fuels. But we rarely draw the connection between the production of energy and another important resource: water.

photo of California IrrigationPhoto by TimhallA new California law establishes a greehouse gas emissions registry for water utilities, shifting the state's climate change focus from fossil fuels to water.

Yet in California, 20 percent of the state’s electricity and 30 percent of the natural gas that isn’t used by power plants goes to the water… more

by: The Guardian

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‘Trump’s Promises Are Empty:’ Energy Experts Lay Waste to His Proposals – September 29, 2016

From making coal great again to ‘cancelling’ the Paris accord, industry analysts say Trump's ideas are farfetched

Donald Trump’s energy agenda — which includes pledges of “complete energy independence,” making coal great again and ditching the Paris climate deal — is drawing bipartisan fire from industry analysts, former members of Congress, and even one coal mogul.

All of them, to varying degrees, fault the billionaire’s basic premises and call his promises farfetched and at times contradictory.

caimanPhoto by Gage Skidmore Republican presidential candidate Donald trump has referred to climate change as a hoax.

They say the Republican presidential candidate uses faulty math to tout his vision of America’s energy independence, fails to understand energy economics in his pledge to revive the… more

by: The Guardian

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Pesticide Manufacturers’ Own Tests Reveal Serious Harm to Honeybees – September 22, 2016

Bayer and Syngenta criticized for secrecy after unpublished research linked high doses of their products to damage to bee colonies

Unpublished field trials by pesticide manufacturers show their products cause serious harm to honeybees at high levels, leading to calls from senior scientists for the companies to end the secrecy which cloaks much of their research.

The research, conducted by Syngenta and Bayer on their neonicotinoid insecticides, were submitted to the US Environmental Protection Agency and obtained by Greenpeace after a freedom of information request.

Honeybeephoto by Keith McDuffeeThe newly revealed studies show Syngenta’s thiamethoxam and Bayer’s clothianidin seriously harmed colonies at high doses.

Neonicotinoids are the world’s most widely used insecticides and there is clear scientific evidence that they harm bees… more

by: The Guardian

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Chromium-6: ‘Erin Brockovich’ Chemical Threatens Two-Thirds of Americans – September 20, 2016

New report finds 200 million people exposed to toxic drinking water

In the 2000 biographical film about a legal clerk who brings a major utility company to its knees for poisoning residents of Hinkley, California, Erin Brockovich ended on a Hollywood high note with a $333m settlement from PG&E. But chromium-6 contamination of America’s drinking water is an ongoing battle the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is losing.

two kids drinking from a water fountainPhoto by Katherine JohnsonIn their analysis of the EPA’s own data collected for the first nationwide test of chromium-6 contamination in US drinking water, the Environmental Working Group report found that 12,000 Americans are at risk of getting cancer.

Nearly… more

by: The Guardian

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