UNITED NATIONS (AP) — President Barack Obama glossed over some inconvenient truths Tuesday in his climate-change speech to the United Nations. For one, as the U.S. cleans up emissions at home, it's sending dirty fuel abroad to pollute the same sky.
As well, the U.S. is not cleaning up quite as aggressively as Obama implied in his remarks.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — President Barack Obama was the headliner at a marathon session of world leaders at the United Nations who promised to spend billions of dollars to take better care of the planet.
But none of the pledges made at Tuesday's one-day meeting -- the largest-ever gathering of world leaders to discuss climate -- was binding. And by the conclusion, the summit revealed the sharp differences that divide countries on matters such as deforestation, carbon pollution and methane leaks from oil and gas production.
President Barack Obama on Tuesday called on China to make an ambitious commitment to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions, but gave no indication how much further the U.S. would go in cutting its own output.
At the United Nations Climate Summit, speeches by Obama and Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli revealed the gulf between the two nations in reaching a post-2020 climate agreement the U.N. hopes to unveil by December of next year.
More research is beginning to appear that suggests ways in which the fight against climate change -- even including the imposition of a carbon tax -- could boost economic growth, The New York Times reports.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A record number of American crocodile hatchlings were counted in Everglades National Park this year, providing hope that restoration efforts are helping the once-endangered species, researchers said Tuesday.
University of Florida researcher Frank Mazzotti has been monitoring the crocodiles since 1978, a few years after the reptile received federal endangered species status.
NEW YORK (AP) — More than 30 countries set the first-ever deadline on Tuesday to end deforestation by 2030, but the feasibility of such a goal was eroded when a key player, Brazil, said it would not join.
The United States, Canada and the entire European Union signed on to a declaration to halve forest loss by 2020 and eliminate deforestation entirely by 2030.
"This is the family photo we have been looking for for decades," said Charles McNeill, a senior environmental policy adviser for the U.N. Development Program in an interview with the Associated Press. "The forest issue is where everyone comes together."
President Barack Obama told the United Nations on Tuesday that the U.S. will propose a post-2020 domestic greenhouse gas reduction target early next year, and said China and other major emitters must also take ambitious action to rein in climate change.
In a blunt, 13-minute speech at the U.N. Climate Change Summit, Obama said "alarm bells keep ringing, our citizens keep marching. We cannot pretend we do not hear them. We have to answer the call."
Just before the speech he met with Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli, Obama said, and pressed his view that China must take a leadership position with the U.S. in addressing climate change. "That's what big nations have to do," Obama added.
Obama gave no hint of the size of the next U.S. reduction target, but said it will be based on "our confidence in the ability of our technological entrepreneurs and scientific innovators."
National climate action pledges are due by next March to the U.N. to form the basis of a new post-2020 global climate agreement. The agreement is to be completed by the following December.
In a video recorded for release at the U.N. Climate Summit, Britain’s Prince Charles said the issue was the greatest challenge facing mankind, and there’s no time to delay in dealing with it, The Telegraph reports.
Energy market monitor Genscape has been tracking the tanker Polar Discovery, which could hold up to 784,000 barrels of crude, as it heads from Alaska to Yeosu, South Korea, FuelFix reports, having determined from a ConocoPhillips spokesman that the company has made a rare deal to sell a cargo of North Slope crude in Asia in the fourth quarter.
The partnership between Qatar and Exxon Mobil in plans to export liquefied natural gas from the Golden Pass terminal in Texas is part of the Gulf nation’s strategy to maintain its status as a major player in the industry globally into the future, The New York Times reports.
The vision for Virginia’s energy future, to be made public by Gov. Terry McAuliffe Wednesday, will review the costs and benefits to the state from the Environmental Protection Agency’s rule to limit carbon emissions from existing power plants, E&E reports.
Without a nuclear waste repository, the waste can’t safely be disposed of and therefore the Nuclear Regulatory Commission shouldn’t issue any more licenses or renewals for nuclear power plants, environmental groups said Monday, filing a notice with the NRC of their intent to sue over the issue, The Hill reports.
Because Environmental Protection Agency actions regarding the Pebble Mine haven’t been finalized yet, federal courts don’t have jurisdiction to hear complaints about the matter, Judge H. Russel Holland ruled Friday, tossing out a lawsuit filed by Northern Dynasty Ltd., The Hill reports.
The U.S. Supreme Court isn’t due to make any rulings on high profile environmental cases this term, although it could still decide to take up a review of the Environmental Protection Agency’s air standards for hazardous pollutants, and several cases involving other agencies have the potential to affect EPA’s rulemaking, E&E reports.
BrightSource Energy and Abengoa Solar said Friday they won’t be going ahead with the proposed Palen solar project, in part because construction wouldn’t be finished by the end of 2016 and so it wouldn’t be eligible for the expiring 30 percent investment tax credit, The Desert Sun reports.
Oil prices increased Monday as refinery maintenance shutdowns have begun pushing gasoline prices higher. U.S. benchmark crude for November delivery jumped $1.03 to settle at $94.57 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London Brent crude inched up 20 cents to $97.20, Reuters reports.
Russian oil company Rosneft and its CEO Igor Sechin have announced a major discovery of oil and gas in the Arctic’s Kara Sea, where it has been exploring with the help of partner Exxon Mobil despite Western sanctions imposed over the Ukraine crisis, Platts reports.