• Up in the Air

    Fire Safety, Politics and the Environment

    • Copenhagen Hampers Climate Bill
    • December 24, 2009

    By Bill Polits

     

    You had to be sitting under a rock the past two weeks not to know that the UNFCCC’s Copenhagen conference was an embarrassing failure for everyone concerned with climate change and the regulation of greenhouse gases world-wide – so ...

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    • Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
    • November 26, 2009

    By Bill Polits

     

    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was established in 1988 by two arms of the United Nations: the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). One of the main activities of the IPCC is to publish reports related to the ...

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    • No Climate Deal will be Cut in Copenhagen
    • November 17, 2009

    By Bill Polits

     

    At a hastily arranged sideshow to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Singapore last Sunday morning, world leaders announced that there does not remain enough time before the Copenhagen global climate conference next month to craft a substantial international agreement on ...

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    • No Climate Bill in 2009
    • November 13, 2009

    By Bill Polits

     

    Despite the unusual push by Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works chairman Barbara Boxer to push the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act (S. 1733) out of committee against a Republican boycott of the proceedings, the word on the street is that the climate bill wil ...

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    • UNFCCC
    • November 05, 2009

    By Bill Polits

     

    With the current flurry of climate change activity from the legislative branch to the international stage, I thought it might be a good idea to step back a bit and look at the role of the main international body governing climate change mitigation strategies, the United Nations Frame ...

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    • Congress May Give HFCs a Pass
    • October 27, 2009

    By Bill Polits

     

    The “Chairman’s Mark” of S. 1733, the senate’s climate and energy bill, entitled the “Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act” was published on Friday, Oct. 23, and is the most recent version of this bill. The Senate Committee on Environment and P ...

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    • Don't Blow-Off Halon!
    • October 20, 2009

    By Bill Polits

     

    A lot of end-users have written-off halon as a viable choice for their current fire suppression needs. Rumors circulate, saying that halon is toxic, that halon has been outlawed. Then people have questions: is halon available? Does it take away the oxygen in the room? And for every q ...

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    • Companies Resign from US Chamber over Climate Stance
    • October 12, 2009

    By Bill Polits

    On October 5th, Apple became the latest in a string of large firms to withdraw from the United States Chamber of Commerce over the Chamber’s stance on climate policy. Since late September, three large utilities – Pacific Gas & Electric, PNM Resources and Excelon have resi ...

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    • EPA Rules to Regulate Carbon
    • October 07, 2009

    By Bill Polits

    Last week the Obama administration announced that it is moving forward to allow the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate the greenhouse gas emissions of the country’s largest ...

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    • Carbon Cap has Floppy Fit
    • October 01, 2009

    By Bill Polits
    As reported in the Wall Street Journal, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a coalition of 10 northeastern states who have banded together to implement their own regional, mandatory cap-and-trade regime is holding its fifth greenhouse gas emissions auction today. Recent reports indicate that as ...

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    • History of Fire Suppression and the Environment
    • September 30, 2009

    By Bill Polits


    This thumbnail sketch of the history of the role of fire suppression agents and the environment will go a long way to orienting you toward the impact of current national and international regulations.

    The 1930's saw a rise in activity to develop CFCs and other haloalkanes for use ...

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    • Senate Cinches Down on Carbon Cap
    • September 29, 2009

    By Bill Polits
    The wait is over - the United States Senate has produced a bill as an answer to the House's Waxman-Markey bill: the Energy Jobs and American Power Act (S. 1733). Like the House bill, greenhouse gases are mandated to be reduced to 83% of 2005 levels by 2050, but the near term target for the year 2020 ...

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