• 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 But a recent effort to have the tax repealed has been voted down in the Senate.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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • Parties to Montreal Protocol to Weigh HFC Reduction
    • May 06, 2010

    By Bill Polits

     

    Efforts are afoot to amend the Montreal Protocol to limit the production of hydrofluorocarbons, which include the common clean agent fire suppresants HFC-227ea & HFC-236fa (or as the DuPont products are known - FM-200 & FE-36). Also known as

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    • Copenhagen Assessment by State Department
    • January 15, 2010

    By Bill Polits

     

    As reported by Tom Cortina, Executive Director of the Halon Alternatives Research Corporation (HARC), the US State Department held a briefing last week to discuss the results of December’s Copenhagen climate summit. The briefing was hosted by Jona ...

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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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    • HFC's to be Regulated Under Montreal Protocol?
    • September 26, 2009

    By Bill Polits
    While the big news that HB 2454, the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 calls for HFC's be reduced under a cap and trade scheme, Delaware Online reported that on April 29 the Obama administration was preparing to ask the 195 nations that ratified the Montreal Protocol to enact mandatory re ...

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