COP-21 international climate agreement in Paris

December 2015 - The United States joins 195 other nations at COP-21 in Paris, resulting in a historic international climate action agreement to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions. PARIS – The world made history at approximately 7:25 p.m. Paris time on Saturday when 195 nations did something that had never been done before. They all agreed on something. The “something” is really something: a global commitment to confront global climate change after 21 years of diplomatic wrangling. In the plenary hall at a former airport in Paris, there were tears among the hundreds of delegates and support staff who worked for years toward this achievement, climaxing in more than two weeks of around the clock effort to reach that moment on Saturday. Among them were a tired Secretary of State John Kerry and an obviously delighted Al Gore, who has dedicated years of his life and has taken enormous abuse for his efforts to persuade the world that climate action threatens our survival. Read more here: The World Has Spoken in Paris

EPS finalizes HFC rule

The EPA finalizes its rule to reduce hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) emissions, a potent manmade greenhouse gas. The rule is projected to reduce HFC emissions by 54 to 64 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent by 2025.

President Obama’s Climate Action Plan – 2nd Anniversary Progress Report

June 2015 - via The White House Continuing to cut carbon pollution, protect American communities, and lead internationally. Read full report here: President Obama's Climate Action Plan - 2nd Anniversary Progress Report

Report on national security implications of climate change

May 2015 -The White House releases a report detailing the national security implications of climate change: The National Security Implications of a Changing Climate Overview:  The effects of climate change are already being felt across many parts of the world, increasingly posing new risks to America’s national security – both domestically and internationally. This document draws from some of the reports published by the Federal government addressing the national security implications of climate change. These analytical and strategic documents, including the Third National Climate Assessment, the White House’s 2015 National Security Strategy, the Department of Defense’s 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review, and the Department of Homeland Security’s 2014 Quadrennial Homeland Security Review, provide critical insight both in terms of the nature of the threat – and the way the Federal government is rising to the challenge. Read more: The National Security Implications of a Changing Climate