Massachusetts subject to suit for taking insufficient action to meet GHG reduction goals

Massachusetts attorneys from the Conservation Law Foundation are arguing that the state has fallen behind because regulators have failed to mandate annual limits on specific emissions, which they say the law required to be set in 2012. They also blame the Baker and Patrick administrations for focusing more on extending natural gas pipelines than on promoting offshore wind and solar …

Biggest disaster since BP: California methane leak has released the equivalent of burning 700 million gallons of gas so far

A methane leak in Southern California could be the worst environmental disaster since the BP oil spill, Gizmodo reports. The leak was discovered outside Los Angeles in late October, at a natural gas storage site owned by Southern California Gas Co. It has been bleeding methane at a rate of up to 110,000 pounds per hour for the past two months. That much methane in …

The daily high-water mark in the Miami area has been racing up at the rate of almost an inch a year, nearly 10 times the rate of average global sea-level ris

Elizabeth Kolbert wrote about visiting Miami Beach in a recent issue of The New Yorker. What she saw there was frightening: city streets that regularly flood with the high tide, with residents marooned on stoops and porches watching their trash cans bob in the street. “For the past several years,” Kolbert wrote, “the daily high-water mark in the Miami area has been racing …

China will close 1000 existing coal mines this year and not approve any new mines for at least 3 years, reducing total coal production by 70 million tons

China says it will not approve any new coal mines for the next three years. The country’s National Energy Administration (NEA) says more than 1,000 existing mines will also be closed over the coming year, reducing total coal production by 70 million tons. The Great Wall of China at Badaling, 80 km from Beijing: The pollution hangs heavy. Photo credit: Robysan at the …