greenhouse gases http://nhpr.org en Greenwashing The New York City Skyline http://nhpr.org/post/greenwashing-new-york-city-skyline <p>Some big players turned out for the Bank of America tower ribbon cutting ceremony in 2010. Al Gore was there. His investment management company is a tenant of the 55-story building advertised as the most sustainable building in the country. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was there too. Along with developer Douglas Durst, whose company got almost $950,000 in incentives from a state agency for the structure’s innovative, energy saving design. The B.O.A. tower received a platinum <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed/certification" target="_blank">LEED rating</a> – the highest score for building energy and efficiency.</p><p>New York-based journalist <strong>Sam Roudman </strong>found data published last fall by the city showing that the B.O.A. tower uses more energy and produces more greenhouse gases than some of the city’s historic buildings. The discrepancy between green ideals and reality raises new questions for more than fifty-thousand LEED certified buildings in the U.S.. Sam’s article “<a href="http://www.newrepublic.com/article/113942/bank-america-tower-and-leed-ratings-racket#" target="_blank">Bank of America’s Toxic Tower</a>” is in the <em>New Republic</em>.</p><p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 15:14:04 +0000 Virginia Prescott 32549 at http://nhpr.org Greenwashing The New York City Skyline Arctic Methane Belch Could Prove Costly http://nhpr.org/post/arctic-methane-belch-could-prove-costly <p>Methane is 25 times more potent a greenhouse gas than carbon – and scientists have discovered there is a potentially disastrous amount of methane trapped under relatively thin ice in the east Siberian arctic shelf. New research measures the global impact the gas could have on global warming… and it’s not very optimistic.&nbsp; <strong>Fred Pearce </strong>is <a href="http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn23923-huge-methane-belch-in-arctic-could-cost-60-trillion.html#.Uf-lJG34L5M" target="_blank">environmental consultant</a> for <em>New Scientist</em>.</p><p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 15:12:52 +0000 Virginia Prescott 32550 at http://nhpr.org Arctic Methane Belch Could Prove Costly Energy Efficiency Programs Hang in the Political Balance http://nhpr.org/post/energy-efficiency-programs-hang-political-balance <p>Republican are working at finding common language on a bill that would weaken or repeal the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or RGGI.&nbsp;They will have to agree on a version that will get enough votes to overcome a governor&rsquo;s veto. Mon, 21 May 2012 09:30:00 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 5182 at http://nhpr.org Energy Efficiency Programs Hang in the Political Balance EPA Releases Data of Top Greenhouse Gas Emitters in NH http://nhpr.org/post/epa-releases-data-top-greenhouse-gas-emitters-nh <p>The Environmental Protection Agency has released its 2010 data of the biggest greenhouse gas emitters in the state.</p><div><p>Power plants are at the top of the list.</p><p>The EPA collected data from nine different industries that emit greenhouse gases including power plants, pulp and paper mills, landfills and other industrial sources.</p><p>All told, they produced five-point nine million metric tons of greenhouse gases in New Hampshire.</p><p>About 40-percent of that comes from just one power plant, Merrimack Station in Bow.</p><p>It burns coal.</p> Wed, 11 Jan 2012 20:36:25 +0000 Amy Quinton 1364 at http://nhpr.org EPA Releases Data of Top Greenhouse Gas Emitters in NH