• Up in the Air

    Fire Safety, Politics and the Environment

    • Rejected! Australian Senate Votes Down CO2 Tax Repeal
    • March 25, 2014

    Passed in July, 2012, Australia's carbon tax has faced a strong backlash, led by current Prime Minister, Tony Abbott. But a recent effort to have the tax repealed has been voted down in the Senate. Opposition Labor and Green sen ...

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    • Replacements for Ozone Depleters are Atmospheric Heaters
    • November 24, 2011

    By Bill Polits

     

    When ozone depleting substances such as halons and other CFCs were banned by the Montreal Protocol, replacements known as HFCs eventually stepped in to fill the gap in refrigeration, fire protection, and other uses.

     

    The problem with HFCs is that although they d ...

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    • Australia's Carbon Tax Now Law
    • November 10, 2011

    By Bill Polits

     

    Australia's carbon tax is now law and will take effect in the summer of 2012 with a price of $US23.50 per ton of CO2 emissions.

     

    Time will tell what the fate of the law will be. This

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    • Rate of Global Warming Emissions Heating Up
    • November 07, 2011

    By Bill Polits

     

    A new report by the International Energy Administration says that 2010 emissions of CO2 - the most prevalent global warming gas - took a huge jump. The increase is the biggest leap on record and is alarmingly from a climate change perspective.

     

    View the report < ...

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    • Questions Regarding Australias Carbon Tax
    • October 18, 2011

    By Bill Polits

     

    Austrailia's carbon tax is facing questions posed in this blog post in the New ...

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    • International Climate Panel Strengthens Review Process
    • May 17, 2011

    By Bill Polits

     

    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) announced on Friday at the 33rd Plenary Session in Abu Dhabi that it will formally adopt new rules designed to increase the validity of its findings in preparation its upcoming 5th Climate Assessment due out in September, 2014.

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    • Definitive Signs of Ozone Hole Recovery
    • May 16, 2011

    By Bill Polits

     

    "The hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica is starting to heal, say researchers in Australia." So writes James Mitchell Crow in "Nature News", the onlin ...

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    • ASTM D7673 Standard for Halon 1211 Now Published
    • December 16, 2010

    By Bill Polits

     

    After nearly a year of work, the ASTM subcommittee for fire extinguishing agents (D 26.09) has published a brand-new standard for Halon 1211 - the streaming fire extinguishing agent used to charge portable fire extinguishers for certain critical-use applications, such as aircraft.

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    • Greenhouse Gas Reporting
    • December 13, 2010

    By Bill Polits

     

    We know this is “old news” but we thought we should double-check in case you missed it the first time…

     

    On October 30, 2009 the EPA issued a rule on reporting for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the US. If you import or export fluorocarbon f ...

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    • McConnell Says No Cap-and-Trade
    • November 08, 2010

    By Bill Polits

     

    In a Wall Stree Journal video interview, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) says that with the recent gains by repblicans in the US Legislature, there may be a way to move forward on energy and climate in cooperation with President Obama and the Democrats.

     

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    • California's Prop 23 Against the Ropes
    • October 25, 2010

    By Bill Polits

     

    According to the latest polling data, Prop. 23 (California's ballot initiative that would severely curtail the state's landmark law regulating greenhouse gas emissions) is unlikely to pass by an 11 point spread.

     

    The

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    • Waxman Solicits Aid of US Chamber for Climate, Energy
    • October 22, 2010

    By Bill Polits

     

    Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) has asked the US Chamber of Commerce to work together with lawmakers to create energy and climate legislation that has a chance of becoming law.

     

    In an

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