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Clean Power Plan: Reasonable, Achievable State Targets for Cutting Power Plant Pollution

August 5, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Clean Power Plan

The historic Clean Power Plan finalized this week to limit carbon pollution from power plants allows each state to design its own cost-effective pathway toward a cleaner electricity system that will protect our health and help safeguard future generations from the worst impacts of climate change.[read more]

Reducing the Costs of Decarbonising Winter Heating Needs to Be a Priority

May 19, 2015 by Adam Whitmore

Winter and Clean Energy Needs

Large scale electrification of winter heating looks to be essential if the United Kingdom’s legally binding 2050 emissions reduction target is to be met, with other approaches likely playing a lesser role. However, electrification of winter heating poses severe challenges.[read more]

Mexico Announces Ambitious Emission Reduction Target in Lead up to Paris

April 3, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Recently, Mexico announced an ambitious new commitment to peak its greenhouse emissions in 2026 and reduce them by 22% by 2030. With this announcement, Mexico becomes the first developing country and emerging economy to act on the Lima Call for Climate Action.[read more]

Dizzying Renewable Energy Price Declines Can Help States Meet Ambitious Carbon Targets Under The EPA's Clean Power Plan

December 12, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Thanks especially to the plummeting costs of solar and wind power, states can cost-effectively cut much more carbon than the EPA originally proposed this June. Wind and solar costs are now 46 percent lower than the EPA estimated in its draft proposal this summer.[read more]

China To Cap Coal Use By 2020 To Meet Game-Changing Climate, Air Pollution Targets

November 28, 2014 by Joseph Romm

China Caps Coal

China announced it would cap coal use by 2020. The Chinese State Council said the peak would be 4.2 billion tonnes, a one-sixth increase over current consumption. This is a reversal of Chinese energy policy, which for two decades has been centered around building a coal plant or more a week.[read more]

City Efficiency Efforts Could Help States Achieve Carbon Targets

June 16, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

The carbon pollution standard announced last week by the Environmental Protection Agency casts a bright light on the important role that many cities and other urban areas are already playing in the complicated fight against climate change.[read more]