EPA files legal brief on endangerment finding

EPA filed its legal brief this afternoon with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit defending its December 2009 decision that CO2 emissions threaten public welfare. Here is the EPA’s summary of its argument: Continue reading EPA files legal brief on endangerment finding

Swiss catch Italy cheating on Kyoto?

Switzerland says that Italy is emitting 10-20 times more of the “potent” greenhouse gas trifluoromethane (HFC-23) than the Italians officially report. The Swiss observe, “International agreements such as the Kyoto Protocol to reduce greenhouse gases (GHG) basically have one snag: it is almost impossible to independently verify whether participating countries abide by the agreement.”

New urban air pollution problem: Dog poop

Bacteria from dog fecal material may constitute the dominant source of airborne bacteria in Cleveland’s and Detroit’s wintertime air, says a new University of Colorado Boulder study. Continue reading New urban air pollution problem: Dog poop