US offers $557k in funding for sustainable student projects

They will use the money to develop innovative technologies to solve environmental and public health challenges

California leads states in suing Trump over car emissions rollback

They accuse the government of failing to follow its own regulations and of violating the Clean Air Act

US withdraws clean air policy for major pollution sources

The US is rolling back clean air legislation for the classification of major sources of pollution. Under the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new rules, sources of hazardous air pollutants previously classed as “major sources” – such as power plants – may be reclassified as “area” sources if they lowered their emissions. The Clean Air Act […]

Ireland faces huge costs as emissions surge

Greenhouse gas emissions have significantly increased in Ireland, making achievement of Ireland’s long term decarbonisation goals “ever more difficult”. That’s according to the Irish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which revealed the nation saw a 3.5% increase last year. Emissions in the energy sector rose by 6.1%, transport emissions by 3.7% and agriculture emissions by 2.7%. […]

Scott Pruitt’s EPA outlines energy reforms

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has said there are multiple ways to protect the environment and safeguard public health while pursuing economic growth and energy independence. In a new report, Administrator Scott Pruitt identifies a number of key initiatives to advance these goals and reduce “unnecessary regulatory burdens” on the development and use of […]

US proposes to repeal Clean Power Plan

The US Government is proposing to repeal the Barack Obama-era Clean Power Plan (CPP) aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. Scott Pruitt, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to scrap the Plan yesterday. The CPP requires states to meet specific emission reduction standards based on their […]

US fuel standard rollbacks open for consultation

Donald Trump and Scott Pruitt, Chief of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), have begun the process of weakening fuel standards for cars and light trucks in the US. The Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) rules are regulations intended to improve the average fuel economy of these popular types of vehicle and were originally introduced in […]

US court blocks Trump’s rollback of methane rules

A US appeals court has rebuked the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for suspending methane emissions regulations while it reviewed the rule. Earlier this year, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said he would delay the deadline by 90 days for oil and gas companies to follow the new rule so the agency could reconsider the measure. A […]

‘War on coal is over’, says US environment agency head

The head of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) met with coal state lawmakers this week, reassuring them the “war on coal is over”. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt also highlighted the changes made by the department since President Donald Trump took office as he spoke to members of the Congressional Coal Caucus. That includes calling […]

Is Trump rolling back car pollution standards?

Donald Trump has ordered a review of tougher vehicle fuel efficiency standards in the US. The Department of Transport (DOT) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will revisit the Obama administration’s rule to increase fuel economy to the equivalent of 54.5 miles per gallon for cars and light duty trucks. That was expected to reduce […]