From Science and Environment

Posts on America’s work on and co-operation with the UK on climate change, renewable energy, nuclear energy, science, technology cooperation, space, aviation and medicine.

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Our Cities Our Climate

Matthew Thomas, Principal Energy and Climate Change Policy Officer, Greater London Authority “Cities are responsible for 70 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. And if we change the way we power our cities, then we will change the way we power our world and, in the process, we may well save it”. Secretary John F.…

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The Special Relationship can help us to save the planet

We need a lightbulb moment on climate change. I do not mean a sudden realisation that something must be done. President Obama is clear that the Paris summit already demonstrates a sense of urgency about the need to protect our planet. I mean instead we should draw our inspiration for action from our shared history,…

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Great British Beach Clean

U.S. Embassy London participated in the Great British Beach Clean, held from September 18-21 and organized by the Marine Conservation Society. So far, MCS reports that six tonnes of rubbish was surveyed and collected at 107 beaches. The Great British Beach Clean raises awareness about the effect pollution can have on beaches and marine wildlife.…

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U.S. Debuts New Methane Rules

Methane is sometimes the forgotten greenhouse gas, as people talk about carbon footprints and melting glaciers. Methane does contribute to global warming, and on August 18th a report showed an unexpected increase of 18% of U.S. methane emissions. We are acting, though. The same day the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed cutting methane emissions, in…

Staying Frosty on Climate Change

Obama and Kerry to Meet with Arctic Leaders at GLACIER Conference on Climate Change When it comes to seeing how climate change impacts the Arctic, the United States is at the frontline.  On August 31, President Obama will address the incredibly acronym’d GLACIER (Global Leadership in the Arctic: Cooperation, Innovation, Engagement, and Resilience) Conference in Alaska. Hosted by Secretary of State John Kerry and the U.S. Department of State, this conference will bring together the concerned eight Arctic nations and those, like the UK, interested in preserving the environment, as well as private sector representatives, and intergovernmental bodies to discuss…

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Obama’s “Clean Power Plan” the First of Its Kind

UPDATE- President Obama has announced his plan, giving more details on the specifics. By 2030, the plan will save the average American family $85/year on energy bills; it will save enough energy to power 30 million homes and will save consumers $155 billion. The plan also protects the health of American families. In 2030 it will prevent up…