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  • Super Pollutants API’s “Environmental Partnership:” Years Behind the Curve on Methane from the Oil and Gas Industry

    This week, the American Petroleum Institute (API) launched its “Environmental Partnership” with 26 oil and gas companies to target reductions of methane pollution from three different sources.

    December 6, 2017
  • Super Pollutants Canada Takes a Big Step Forward on Cutting Methane Pollution

    On May 25, Catherine McKenna, the Minister for Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) announced the next phase of Canada’s efforts to address the needless waste of natural gas by cutting methane pollution from the country’s oil and gas sector.

    May 25, 2017
  • Policy The Stage is Set for the Obama Administration’s Last Act on Climate

    For over seven years, the Obama Administration has pushed forward a series of policies to cut greenhouse gases from the biggest industrial sources in the U.S.  President Obama first issued a Climate Action Plan, and established a series of targets for the US to meet: 17% below 2005 levels by 2020, and 26-28% below 2005

    February 1, 2016
  • Super Pollutants First Aliso Canyon, Then the Rest of the Oil and Gas System

    On October 23, 2015 a massive natural gas leak was detected and subsequently demonstrated by infrared camera at the Aliso Canyon underground gas storage facility near the Porter Ranch section of Los Angeles, California.  Over 2,000 residents have been relocated away from the leak and schools in the area have been closed as well. The […]

    January 16, 2016
  • Super Pollutants Time to Lead: With the U.S. Taking the Helm of the Arctic Council, It’s Time to Take the Lead on Reducing Methane and Black Carbon

    Last week, in Iqaluit, Canada, the Chairmanship of the Arctic Council passed from Canada to the U.S., and Secretary of State John Kerry, the new Chairman of the Council, was on hand to set the stage for the U.S.’s leadership term. At the meeting, Secretary Kerry reaffirmed the US’s recent announcement that climate change will […]

    May 8, 2015
  • Super Pollutants The Last Climate Frontier: Arctic Council Leadership on Methane and Black Carbon Must Start at Home

    Warming from climate change in the Arctic is happening twice as fast as at lower latitudes, and the Arctic is now “ground-zero” in the struggle against climate change. Arctic and near-Arctic emissions of short-lived climate forcing pollutants, including methane and black carbon, have a disproportionate impact on increasing Arctic temperatures and melting. Methane and black […]

    October 22, 2014
  • Super Pollutants Flaring in Focus: A Close Look at Natural Gas Flaring in North Dakota

    A considerable amount of attention has recently been directed at the high rate of flaring in US oil and gas fields, specifically the Bakken formation in North Dakota. Local residents, state government, and Federal officials have voiced concerns over the volume of flaring, as recent data (from 2013) shows that industry flared 32% of all […]

    June 26, 2014
  • Super Pollutants Regulation Is Needed: Making “Best” Practices Standard Practice

    The recent release of the Administration’s comprehensive strategy for reducing methane emissions raises the question of how best to reduce methane emissions, especially from the oil and gas sector. Can voluntary programs really lead to the methane reductions we need, or are mandatory regulatory programs necessary? While voluntary programs can identify important technologies and practices […]

    April 15, 2014