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  • News & Media Clean Air Task Force Welcomes Revised 2030 EU Climate Strategy

    BRUSSELS, September 17, 2020 — Today, the European Commission released a revised 2030 Climate Target Plan that calls for increased ambition in cutting greenhouse gas emissions 55% below 1990 levels, with actions necessary in all sectors. CATF welcomes the European Commission’s increased ambition on climate and the efforts to accelerate emission reductions in the near term. The Plan states: “The EU needs to raise its ambitions for this decade now and avoid leaving a heavier workload for future

    September 17, 2020
  • Super Pollutants Essential Actions for EU Methane Strategy

    Clean Air Task Force recently submitted comments on the European Commission’s methane roadmap and outlined the key elements that must be included in the upcoming methane strategy in order to mitigate methane emissions from the oil and gas sector. The EU methane roadmap sets the stage for the subsequent methane strategy, and the implementing policies and measures, […]

    August 7, 2020
  • Super Pollutants Europe Must Lead on Methane, Both Domestically and Internationally

    Europe has long been one of the great lions of climate change advocacy. But in the halls of power throughout Europe there’s been a major blind spot: methane.  Thankfully, that is changing. The European Union has set an ambitious goal for carbon neutrality, and Europeans have started to  recognize that this goal can’t be met […]

    April 3, 2020
  • Super Pollutants Putting out the Fire

    How Nigeria has quietly cut flaring by 70%, and is now moving to cut methane emissions from the oil and gas sector.

    September 9, 2019
  • Super Pollutants Methane’s Moment: A Global Alliance for Deep Reductions in Methane Pollution from the Oil and Gas Sector

    Until about two years ago, the oil and gas methane pollution corner of the climate world was fairly quiet.  CATF had been working on methane and other super pollutants like black carbon since the first scientific recognition of the dangers of short-lived climate pollutants (aka super pollutants) back in the early 2000s.  But in 2016, […]

    June 17, 2019
  • Super Pollutants The American Opportunity: How the Americas Are Kick-Starting Climate Action

    Mexico, California, Colorado, Canada, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Ohio, Utah, British Columbia, Wyoming. What do all of these places have in common?

    May 13, 2019
  • Super Pollutants Where There’s A will: There’s an Opportunity for a Big Step Forward on Climate

    We often say at Clean Air Task Force that we are a small organization that punches above its weight.  To do this, we constantly fine-tune the focus of our work on global warming, to ensure that we concentrate our efforts on the solutions that will make the most difference, and in the places where they […]

    April 5, 2019
  • News & Media Photos from B.C.’s Leaking Methane Gas Wells Confirm Need for Stronger Regulations

    EARTHWORKS, PEMBINA INSTITUTE, CLEAN AIR TASK FORCE AND DAVID SUZUKI FOUNDATION VANCOUVER — Images taken with high-tech equipment of leaking methane pollution from gas wells in Montney Basin in northeast British Columbia show the need for stronger regulations for the oil and gas industry.  B.C. plans to finalize methane regulations in 2019. In December, the […]

    December 19, 2018