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Glorious Food

I wrote last week about some of the ins and outs of food insecurity relative to climate change.  (Forgive me, not incidentally, for not writing so much or so often in recent weeks.  I’ve been finishing up a big …

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Changing Climate Driving Food Shortages

Changing Climate Driving Food Shortages


There was a very important bit of reporting in the NY Times yesterday:  A Warming Planet Struggles to Feed Itself.  Among the most important things it does is illustrate quite clearly how …

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Environmentalist to Commerce

Environmentalist to Commerce


It appears to me that President Obama has made another excellent choice for his administration for advancing the cause of clean tech and living up to the responsibility of fighting the climate crisis.  He has named John Bryson, a founder of the seminal …

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To Your Health

The PBS program, Need to Know, had an important segment recently on the implications for human health from climate change.  These are, unfortunately, many and various, and include disease vectors exacerbated by warming, allergies, health impacts from too much or too little water, and heat. 

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Labels

Labels


I was talking to a fellow sustainability geek the other day.  He was telling me about the new gadget, installed by his friendly, neighborhood electric utility, that very closely monitors his home energy use …

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Clean Tech Money

Clean Tech Money

There’s a great blog on many things tech, including clean tech, called GigaOm, if you don’t know it.  I dropped in for a comment the other day on the estimable Katie Fehrenbacher’s piece about the …

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Green Britain

Green Britain


How green are the Tories? was the question from The Independent a few years back.  “Vote Blue, Go Green” said the Conservative leader, David Cameron.  Now he’s …

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America's Climate Choices

America's Climate Choices


Action This Day” is what Winston Churchill demanded in his World War II memos.  That’s what the National Academies are calling for in their fifth and final report on America’s Climate Choices.  Their

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Nippon Nukes New Nukes

Nippon Nukes New Nukes


That’s how I imagine Variety would have headlined last week’s very big news that Japan’s prime minister, Naoto Kan, is abandoning any push for new nuclear power and will make a concerted effort to promote …

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Electric Trash Trucks

Here’s a nice quick hitter on electric trash trucks in Paris, the City of Love.  They’re quiet so you can run your collection routes at night thereby reducing traffic congestion considerably.  What’s not to love?

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80% Renewable – The Revolution in Energy

The Big Lie – or tired old axiom if you want to be polite – is that renewables can’t get the job done.  If you need to believe that, then you might as well believe that ignorance is strength.  As I noted …

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Energy Giants Getting Cleaner

Energy Giants Getting Cleaner


There have been a number of useful developments recently in which electric power utilities are showing that big-ticket programs are now and are going in the near future to make a difference.
TVA – The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has announced that they are …

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"The Big Grab" – The Tar Sands vs. The Rest of Canada

"The Big Grab" – The Tar Sands vs. The Rest of Canada


There is an important series well underway at the Vancouver Observer:  “The Big Grab.”  It’s about how the tar sands industry is forcing choices on Canadians that they would not otherwise have to make in …

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Who Are the Radicals?

Who Are the Radicals?

“The radicals are the people who are fundamentally altering the composition of the atmosphere.”  That’s the voice of Bill McKibben at this year’s annual Power Shift conference in Washington. Power Shift brought ten thousand young leaders to hear about how to …

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More Fracking Controversy, Continued

More Fracking Controversy, Continued

In the post below, I wrote about the recent and instantly controversial study from Cornell that calls into question the greenhouse gas advantage that natural gas was assumed to have over coal and oil.  This

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About the Author

Bill Hewitt
Bill Hewitt

Bill Hewitt has been an environmental activist and professional for nearly 25 years. He was deeply involved in the battle to curtail acid rain, and was also a Sierra Club leader in New York City. He spent 11 years in public affairs for the NY State Department of Environmental Conservation, and worked on environmental issues for two NYC mayoral campaigns and a presidential campaign. He is a writer and editor and is the principal of Hewitt Communications. He has an M.S. in international affairs, has taught political science at Pace University, and has graduate and continuing education classes on climate change, sustainability, and energy and the environment at The Center for Global Affairs at NYU. His book, "A Newer World - Politics, Money, Technology, and What’s Really Being Done to Solve the Climate Crisis," will be out from the University Press of New England in December.



Areas of Focus:
the policy, politics, science and economics of environmental protection, sustainability, energy and climate change

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