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

By Stephen Lacey

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

  1. Mike Roddy says:

    We’re getting particulates, ozone, and other pollutants from China, which has weak regulations and sells us merchandise with a competitive advantage. Their container ships use bunker diesel, too.

    WTO and international corporations have always opposed enforceable global environmental standards. This has to change, if only in the form of tariffs that reflect pollution. It would make American steel competitive again, for example, and help revitalize the Midwest.

  2. fj says:

    Every person working on transportation with any future must be obsessed with net zero mobility

    http://www.streetsblog.org/2012/06/14/my-msnbc-biking-story-chris-hayes/#comment-558516803

    @streetsblogNYC

  3. John Hollenberg says:

    What extreme weather???

    Dallas hailstorms pack up to $2 billion wallop

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/47836374/ns/weather/#.T9vWgsXNmJU

  4. Paul Magnus says:

    What is missing in the ‘debate’ on GW… this is an emergency, its a crisis. And our rhetoric and actions should reflect this.

    Bill highlights this point in this outstanding interview….

    http://onpoint.wbur.org/2012/06/15/bill-mckibben

  5. Paul Magnus says:

    So were going to survive the next 1C ?

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