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Top 5 U.S. green-power users avoid CO2 = 785,000 households

chart by GN4N staff - for data sources see below
chart by GN4N staff – for data sources see below

More than 1,300 large U.S. electricity users, including 78 Fortune 500 companies, belong to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Green Power Partnership. Partners pledge to use, at a minimum, green power for a specified percentage of their electricity use. For members using the most electricity, program requirements mean that at least 3 million kWh of the electricity that they use each year be green power. Continue reading Top 5 U.S. green-power users avoid CO2 = 785,000 households

California air pollutants decreased 35 to 47 percent. So did childhood lung problems.

chart courtesy of NEJM, read story for explanation
chart courtesy of NEJM, read story for explanation

Southern California’s air quality improved from the mid 90s to 2010 and during that period so did the lungs of the region’s children. The four-year average of NO2 and PM2.5 air pollution in five Southern California cities decreased 35 percent and 47 percent respectively from 1994 to 2010. During the corresponding period, the percentage of 11 to 15 year olds living in those cities that had worse than normal lung function also decreased significantly. Continue reading California air pollutants decreased 35 to 47 percent. So did childhood lung problems.

Renewables doubled – Coal decreased

photo courtesy of Wikipedia
photo courtesy of Wikipedia

A gradual shift away from coal-generated electricity in the U.S. has resulted in a drop in power-plant COpollution. April COpower-plant emissions were nearly back to 1988 levels. Between April 1988 and April 2015 coal use for power generation decreased 17 percent, while the use of renewable sources, like solar, wind, and hydro, increased by more than 100 percent. Burning coal is considered to be the dirtiest method, in terms of CO2 emissions, currently being used on a large scale to generate electricity.
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Evangelicals support Climate Action Plan & CPP

photo courtesy of Greensboro Daily Photo
photo courtesy of Greensboro Daily Photo

Evangelical Christian leaders from around the U.S.  expressed their support for the U.S. Climate Action Plan. In an open letter to President Barack Obama and also sent to Republican and Democratic leaders of the House and Senate, the more than 170 member group states, “We see overcoming the climate challenge as one of the great moral opportunities of our time  . . . That is why we write to offer our support and encouragement for your efforts to overcome the climate challenge.” Continue reading Evangelicals support Climate Action Plan & CPP

China air pollution down 16% for first half of 2015

china air pollutionAccording to a July 22 post by Greenpeace East Asia, China’s average PM2.5 air pollution for the first half of 2015 is 16% better than it was for the same period in 2014. That doesn’t mean that China’s air quality is good now, it’s still terrible – five times the World Health Organization’s recommended safe levels. However it seems to be a step in the right direction. Continue reading China air pollution down 16% for first half of 2015