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Obama Preserves San Gabriel Mountains in LA’s Backyard

Frances Beinecke, President of NRDC, New York City America grew richer in natural heritage today. President Obama is declaring Los Angeles’ San Gabriel Mountains a national monument, ensuring this beautiful landscape will remain wild for generations to come. Now the 17 million people living in Greater Los Angeles—and the many who visit every year—will always be able to leave behind the crush of urban life and experience the natural wonder of the San Gabriels. They will be rewarded with quiet stillness and breathtaking views. This landscape is home to mature forests, and dramatic waterfalls. Visitors can spot bighorn sheep, spotted owls, and other rare species. And history buffs can learn about the Old Spanish National Historic Trail, Native American… Read More

President Obama Goes to Walmart

By Elizabeth Sturcken I never really expected to be sitting in a Walmart in Mountain View, CA listening to President Obama speak about environmental commitments, but I am excited for the momentum he is generating, particularly in the private sector, to support the EPA announcement on carbon limits on June 2nd. So why Walmart? The President is making a point. Walmart gets about 25 percent of its global electricity from renewables. In the United States over all, only about 2 percent of power comes from solar sources. In 2005, Walmart set a goal to be supplied 100 percent by renewable energy. To date Walmart has 335 renewable energy projects underway or in development across their global portfolio. Having the… Read More

Hundreds of Thousands Support Standards to Ensure a Healthy Low-Carbon Future

By Mandy Warner This is a fact that always stuns people: There are currently no national limits whatsoever on carbon pollution from U.S. power plants, the single largest source of this pollution in the country. But last year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a proposal that could change that fact for future power plants. EPA’s proposal would set America’s first-ever national carbon pollution standards for future power plants – a major victory in the fight against climate change. The Carbon Pollution Standards for New Power Plants are an absolutely necessary, common sense step toward limiting the pollution emitted through our country’s power generation. These standards will help protect our children from harmful smog, curb respiratory problems, and shield our… Read More

Santa Threatens To Cancel Christmas With A Creepy Global Warming Video Aimed At Kids

By Kimberly Paxton Daily Sheeple Watch out, kiddies! Due to your horrible personal emissions of greenhouse gases, CHRISTMAS ITSELF may have to be cancelled. Santa Claus himself has presented the terrible news. A rather alarming-looking, dirty Santa Claus is filmed in a dark room, uttered the words in such a grim, funereal tone that you almost expect to see the muzzle of a terrorist’s gun pointed at his head from the edge of your screen, forcing him to make the shocking claims. Dear children, regrettably, I bring bad tidings. For some time now, melting ice here at the North Pole has made our operations and our day-to-day life intolerable and impossible. And there may be no alternative but to cancel… Read More

India Green News: Singh and Obama shake hands to cooperate on climate change policy and HFC-phasedown

Kristina Johnson, Program Assistant, Food and Agriculture, India Initiative, Urban, San Francisco September 26th-October 2nd India Green News is a selection of news highlights about environmental and energy issues in India Climate Change India-US announce joint working group on climate change Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and US President Barack Obama have announced formation of a joint working group to enhance bilateral cooperation on addressing global issue of climate change. The announcement to establish India-US Climate Change Working Group came through a joint statement issued after Obama-Singh meeting at the Oval Office yesterday. (Business Standard, 9/28/2013) Indo-US joint statement to cut use of chemical refrigerants opens door for talks NEW DELHI: India’s agreement with the US to work together to… Read More

How BuzzFeed May Teach You a Thing or Two About President Obama’s Climate Action Plan

Kelly Henderson, Climate Center Program Assistant, Washington, D.C. If you are under the age of 40 (give or take), you may occasionally visit an entertainment website called Buzzfeed to help alleviate some your daily stressers and give you a good five minute laugh at something that is likely completely irrelevant to the workload sitting on your desk. Simply put, Buzzfeed is a short feed of popular photos or media clips that explain something in a visually captivating way. They oftentimes allow for an escape from daily work pains or just provide the opportunity for a good, short laugh. Need some examples? Sadly, I can relate to “26 Truths About Growing Up Without Cable,” and “Obama Asks The Hill To… Read More

India Green News: India considers talks with US on HFC phase out but resists piecemeal UN deal

Grace Gill, Program Assistant, CMI/India/Climate Center, New York September 19-25, 2013 India Green News is a selection of news highlights about environmental and energy issues in India Climate Change Monsoon rainfall dipped 5% over last 50 years PUNE: The sea surface temperature in the Indian Ocean has undergone a steady warming at the rate of about 0.5 degree C to 1 degree C during the last 50 years, researchers at the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM) have found in a recent study. During this period, the monsoon rainfall over India declined by about 5% (decrease of about 3-4 cm), the researchers have found. A prominent decrease has been seen over the Western Ghats region, especially over Kerala and… Read More