Monthly Archives: June 2012

U.S. Appeals Court Upholds EPA Greenhouse Gas Emission Rules

From ThinkProgress.0rg, by Daniel J. Weiss and Jackie Weidman

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit today unanimously ruled in favor of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) legal authority to limit industrial carbon pollution under the Clean Air Act to protect Americans’ health.

Carol M. Browner, former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator, and Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress said:

“The Court’s decision should put an end, once and for all, to any questions about the EPA’s legal authority to protect us from industrial carbon pollution through the Clean Air Act. This decision is a devastating blow to those who challenge the overwhelming scientific evidence of climate change and deny its impact on public health and welfare.”

Read more:  U.S. Appeals Court Upholds EPA Greenhouse Gas Emission Rules – Thinkprogress.org

US northeast coast is hotspot for rising sea levels

Nature: International Weekly Journal of Science ( June 24, 2012) reports:

Research from the US Geological Survey (USGS) shows that sea levels are rising much faster between North Carolina and Massachusetts than anywhere else in the world. The news comes less than two weeks after North Carolina’s Senate passed a bill banning state agencies from reporting predictions of increasing rates of sea-level rise.

Asbury Sallenger, an oceanographer at the USGS in St Petersburg, Florida, and his colleagues published their report today in Nature Climate Change1. They analysed tide-gauge records from around North America from between 1950 and 2009, and found that the rates of sea-level rise along the northern half of the eastern seaboard — from Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, to Boston, Massachusetts — are increasing three to four times faster than rates of sea-level rise globally.

Read more: US northeast coast is hotspot for rising sea levels – Nature.com

Bottle Bill “Not Dead Yet”

The Salem Gazette (June 21, 2012) reports:

Supporters of an expansion to the Bottle Bill, Massachusett’s 30-year-old recycling deposit law, pledged to keep the pressure on Beacon Hill after the bill was killed for the 13th year in a row.

“We’re working with members of the Sierra Club and MassPIRG, who are leaders in these sorts of fights, to encourage legislators to fight for this expansion,” said Pat Gozemba, co-chair of the Salem Alliance for the Environment. “People have been bringing this bill to the state house for 13 years, and if we need to we’ll bring it for a 14th as well.”

Read more: Bottle Bill proponents pledge to fight on – Salem, Massachusetts – Salem Gazette