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WASHINGTON (MAY 12, 2016)— The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finalized the first-ever federal standards for methane emissions from new and modified sources in the oil and natural gas sectors. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas pollutant, with up to 34 times more global warming potential than carbon dioxide, and it accounts for roughly one-quarter of human-made global warming. Methane valued at more than $1 billion escapes from oil and natural gas extraction processes in the U.S.

Earlier today the United States and Canada released a joint statement outlining a variety of ways both countries are taking action on climate change and advancing low-carbon energy. One of the most significant developments is that the United States is starting a process to develop rules that will limit methane emissions from existing oil and natural gas infrastructure for the first time.

Following is a statement from Sam Adams, US Climate Director, World Resources Institute:

This week, Berta Cáceres was tragically murdered in her home in Honduras. Cáceres was an internationally recognized champion of the environment and indigenous people’s rights, including a winner of the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize Award. Cáceres was widely recognized for her defense of indigenous peoples’ land and protector of her beloved Rio Blanco in Honduras.

PARIS (December 12, 2015)— Today in Paris, nearly 200 UN delegates united around a global agreement to address climate change, the Paris Agreement. The agreement will bring all countries together into a common framework to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions.

Following are statements by Andrew Steer and Jennifer Morgan.

Dr. Andrew Steer, President & CEO, World Resources Institute, said:

PARIS (December 3, 2015) – At the Paris climate conference (COP21), building efficiency took center stage with the launch of the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction.

Supported by a new $2 million grant from the Global Environment Facility (GEF), World Resources Institute (WRI) will leverage and expand its work with city and subnational governments to advance building efficiency policies and actions. The GEF funding to WRI and its partners will help scale up the Building Efficiency Accelerator, which was launched in 2014. These efforts will be coordinated by WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, which aims to create more livable and sustainable cities around the world.


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