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Climate Change

She’s Beautiful…

Here’s a great little short video, sent along by a student of mine from this summer. Thanks, Matt.

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UN Framework Convention – News from the Front

UN Framework Convention – News from the Front

We’ve been on vacation – and happily quite busy – thus have I been away from blogging.  A little bit relative to the trip itself and some thoughts regarding sustainability, renewables, etc. perhaps in a couple of days.  For now, here’s this on some of the recent talks under the auspices of the Framework Convention. […]

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EcoVillages in Senegal

EcoVillages in Senegal

Brilliant!  

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Do the Right Thing – Shale Gas Edition

Do the Right Thing – Shale Gas Edition

(Thanks to ProPublica for this graphic.) Thankfully, we are, slowly but certainly, entering a new ballgame on hydraulic fracturing.  Yes, we need the gas trapped in shale – in the medium term.  Long term:  renewables.  But, for now, as we transition to renewables, we’ve got to reduce the carbon footprint of the electric power, transportation […]

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The Earth Dream

The Earth Dream

We refer to the American dream.  You know how it goes:  house with a yard (with a blisteringly bright green lawn, swimming in fertilizers and pesticides), two cars in the garage, AC at a touch (freezing your brain, making you sick and drawing more and more power), that big plasma TV on which to watch the […]

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Gary Trudeau on the Roof Dilemma

Gary Trudeau on the Roof Dilemma

I’ve written about White Roofs, Green Roofs,  Solar Roofs and even Green Curtains.  They’re all good. But Gary Trudeau, in his unbeatable way, brings it all back home.

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Better CAFE

Better CAFE

CAFE – That stands for Corporate Average Fuel Economy.  What President Obama announced today was a much higher federal requirement, negotiated with the car companies, for more miles per gallon on average for cars sold in the United States.  As we know, Lower Gasoline Consumption = Lower GHG Output.  How much?  Billions of tons of […]

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Mike Bloomberg Going Beyond Coal

Mike Bloomberg Going Beyond Coal

Good on ya, Mike!  $50 million bucks really means something when it’s being put to good use to phase out coal-fired power plants.  As an old Sierra Club activist, I was very gratified to learn that you had written a stupendous check to support one of the most effective Sierra Club campaigns ever:  Beyond Coal. […]

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Climate Change = Security Threat

Climate Change = Security Threat

The UN Security Council met this week to consider whether or not climate change constituted a threat to international peace and security and, if so, what to do about it.  As Deutsche Welle puts it here, “What might appear self-evident to many took days of complicated discussions and negotiations…”  If droughts, heat waves, fires, ever-intensifying […]

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Murdoch Feels the Heat

Murdoch Feels the Heat

The Guardian and Nick Davies deserve the prize for breaking open the biggest story of the decade:  the extraordinary extent and maliciousness of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation violating not only British law but also the most basic elements of decency.  On July 4th, the Guardian fanned the nearly cold embers of what should have long-since […]

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Australians Price Carbon

Australians Price Carbon

The Australians have come a long way since 2007 when climate change was a big factor in the change of government from Tory to Labor. A few years later, in part because the new Labor PM, Kevin Rudd, wasn’t effecting legislation fast enough to put a price on carbon, he was replaced in his party […]

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Solar New York

The Big Apple should not have to wait any longer: It’s time to become a center of renewable energy. We’re not talking about big solar and wind arrays as we’re going to see in the Sahara – although that’s a good thing too – but rather about distributed generation: making power where you live and […]

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Al Gore Speaks (Some) Truth to Power

Al Gore Speaks (Some) Truth to Power

There’s been a fair bit of fur flying as a result of Al Gore’s recent article in Rolling Stone:  Climate of Denial.  Most of the controversy centers around the fact that Gore calls out President Obama for not doing enough on climate change – not using his “bully pulpit.”  More about that tack in a […]

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Nuclear Power – Safe Enough?

The AP has a blockbuster report out this morning:  US Nuke Regulators Weaken Safety Rules.  (NPR is featuring the story, as are hundreds of other news outlets.)  The opening sentence certainly gets your attention.  “Federal regulators have been working closely with the nuclear power industry to keep the nation’s aging reactors operating within safety standards […]

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Being Really Cool

Being Really Cool

Maybe, just maybe, one of the lessons learned from the economic crisis of the past few years is that folks in post-industrial societies need to live within their means better and more.  Credit card debt in the US has decreased by over $167 billion since its peak of $957.5 billion in 2008.  It stood at […]

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