August 12, 2016 |
Each year in Philadelphia, an estimated 126 lives are cut short and 284 people are hospitalized due to excess air pollution, according to a report by the American Thoracic Society and New York University. The study attributed an additional 75 deaths in the Pennsylvania suburbs and 40 in Camden County to airborne contaminants. The first Health of the Air report, released Wednesday, examined air quality in hundreds of counties across the United States. It attributed more than 9,300 premature deaths nationwide to the two major pollutants in smog.
February 6, 2007 |
A recent United Nations report is the latest in a stream of compelling evidence prompting politicians of all stripes to publicly acknowledge the seriousness of global warming. It is time for Pennsylvania's elected officials to convert their political rhetoric into action on this issue. On Feb. 2, the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report predicting global temperature rises of up to 11.5 degrees Fahrenheit and sea-level rises of up to 23 inches by the end of the century.
June 28, 2013 |
President Obama's new initiative to combat climate change could help New Jersey achieve its aggressive goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, even as some of the state's programs to deal with the problem have been curtailed in recent years, according to environmentalists. In a major policy announcement Tuesday, the president outlined steps to require reductions in carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, to curb greenhouse gas emissions from heavy trucks, and to develop more energy-efficiency standards for appliances and buildings.
May 21, 2010
Clearing the air about greenhouse gases will be the focus of a public meeting on Thursday, the Chester County commissioners said in a news release. The meeting will include a presentation from the Chester County Greenhouse Gas Reduction Task Force. The 64-member group was formed in December 2007 to address climate change and recommend ways the county, municipalities, the private sector and individuals can continue to reduce greenhouse emissions, the release said. The meeting will be held in Courtroom One of the historic Courthouse, Market and High streets, West Chester, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Kathleen Brady Shea
July 26, 2011
Monday's "GreenSpace" column gave incorrect equivalents in English measure for a new report about eating and climate change. The report ranked foods according to greenhouse-gas emissions per kilogram of food - which is equal to 2.2 pounds. The Inquirer wants its news report to be fair and correct in every respect, and regrets when it is not. If you have a question or comment about news coverage, contact assistant managing editor David Sullivan (215-854-2357) at The Inquirer, Box 8263, Philadelphia 19101, or e-mail email@example.com .
October 25, 2011
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection on Tuesday announced $4.4 million in grants to develop infrastructure for natural gas and electric vehicles. The grants, funded by the state's annual utilities gross receipts tax, will encourage the use of alternatives fuels for fleets and transit systems. Waste Management Inc. will receive $400,000 to help pay for a compressed natural gas fueling station in Bristol borough that DEP says will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2,238 tons per year.
September 18, 2015 |
More than 100 faith leaders have launched a campaign, timed to Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia next week, urging Gov. Wolf to ban natural gas development. The clergy, joined by a coalition of anti-drilling groups called Pennsylvanians Against Fracking, say their call to Wolf was inspired by the pope's recent encyclical urging Catholics to take action against climate change. "Gov. Wolf, you have the opportunity and the obligation to act," the clergy said in a letter. "Shale gas development is not only putting us in an increasingly precarious position, it is also keeping us from making the necessary and urgent transition to clean, renewable energy.
October 2, 2015 |
Despite a call from coal producers to go slowly, Pennsylvania environmental regulators are steaming full speed ahead to comply with the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. "We view the Clean Power Plan as presenting some major opportunities for Pennsylvania," John Quigley, secretary of the state Department of Environmental Protection, said Wednesday at a "listening session" the DEP held in Philadelphia to gather public comment on its emissions-reduction strategy.
December 19, 2015 |
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission on Thursday approved a $127 million electric-rate increase for Peco Energy Co. The utility said monthly bills for its 1.6 million Philadelphia regional customers will go up by about 4 percent Jan. 1. The PUC unanimously approved a settlement reached among Peco, the PUC staff, and advocates for various customer classes. Peco had initially sought a $190 million increase. The hike, Peco's first in five years, would boost its annual distribution revenue 10.9 percent.
June 9, 2005
Challenged by British Prime Minister Tony Blair to help slow global warming, President Bush responded Tuesday that "my administration isn't waiting around to deal with the issue; we're acting. " He's not acting fast enough for scientists, states and industry. They want more than the weak voluntary measures and calls for more research that Bush has reluctantly offered up for four years. The scientific academies of 11 countries, including the United States, released a joint letter Tuesday calling on all nations to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, which contribute to global warming.