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A Little Automotive Fun – Plus Some Serious Business

A Little Automotive Fun – Plus Some Serious Business

I touched on hydrogen vehicles in my post from April 30. I noted a comparison in the “NY Times” of several approaches. Here’s a video. Well, I was at the Tribeca Film Festival’s concluding street fair on Saturday and GM had some vehicles on display. I talked a bit with Raj Choudhury, a project manager […]

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Urban Planning as a (Powerful) Tool Against Climate Change

Since billions of people live in cities, with more coming every day, the infrastructure needed to support them needs building, rebuilding and rehabilitation, expansion and enhancement. There's power generation and transmission, the delivery of drinking water and the treatment of waste water, housing and parks, schools and hospitals, transportation, and commercial and industrial development. All […]

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"Mitigation of Climate Change"

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), as I write, is finalizing its report, "Mitigation of Climate Change." (You can watch the webcast of the press conference from Bangkok when it goes online on Friday, and read the summary for policymakers and the speech from the IPCC's head.) There will be a ton of news […]

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Children and Climate Change

See my colleague Cassandra Clifford's recent two articles on Children and Climate Change.  These, along with the rest of her material, are hard hitting. Start here. 

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Some Notes on Renewable Energy

I talked about the depth and the intensity of the activity on renewable energy these days in my post from April 5. Here are some notes from recent news stories and elsewhere that highlight this theme. PepsiCo , "PepsiCo makes big renewable energy buy" reads the headline from BusinessWeek. "The company's three-year purchase is made […]

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Carbon Expo

Carbon Expo

I talked about the carbon market, and others, in the post from April 19 aptly named Markets.  There's a pretty big event coming up next week in Cologne:  Carbon Expo. This is billed as a "Global Carbon Market Fair and Conference."  It runs from May 2 to 4.  One of the keynote speakers is the […]

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"Hot Politics" tonight on Frontline

Not having seen this program, I am making no judgements.  However, I have found Frontline to be consistently informative and to the highest journalistic standards. ************  “FRONTLINE and the Center for Investigative Reporting go behind the scenes to explore how bi-partisan political and economic forces prevented the U.S. government from confronting what may be one […]

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Mike Bloomberg's Earth Day

Mike Bloomberg is a billionaire (see Forbes) and the mayor of the biggest city in the United States. He's in his second term of office , NYC has a term limit of two for municipal office , and he's come out with a very bold, far-reaching plan, PLANYC, for "A Greener, Greater New York." He […]

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That Was The Week That Was*

There were a number of developments this past week worth noting. Here’s a rundown: U.N. Security Council – On Tuesday, Britain, holding the rotating presidency of the Security Council, brought the issue of climate change forward. (See this from “The International Herald Tribune” and this from the BBC.) The U.K.’s Foreign Secretary, Margaret Beckett, for five […]

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Markets

I went to a hugely informative event yesterday. It focused on the "carbon markets" and was organized by the non-profit Ecosystem Marketplace. The symposium was also geared as a promotional event for their new book:  Voluntary Carbon Markets: A Business Guide to What They Are and How They Work.  What's a carbon market you ask? […]

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"Step It Up 2007"

"Step It Up 2007"

A series of events took place yesterday all over the United States to indicate people’s concern about climate change. The Step It Up website said: “In all 50 states, at more than 1400 iconic places across the nation, we have united around a common call to action: “Step It Up Congress: Cut Carbon 80% by 2050.’” […]

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If You Don't Like Al Gore, Then

… what about these people? California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) from a speech yesterday at the Council on Foreign Relations , “I can tell you, mainstream scientists are convinced, mainstream CEOs are convinced, and if you look at the surveys, mainstream Americans are convinced, that global warming and climate change is real, and that we […]

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Presidential Candidates

Does climate change matter as an issue for the presidential campaigns?  See this from New Hampshire, giving a resounding yes to the question. "An overwhelming 96% of Democrats and 82% of Republicans favor taking action now to reduce greenhouse gas emissions." I referred to the Carbon Coalition in my post "Smorgasbord" below. They are zeroed […]

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Central Asia & Climate Change: Overview

I want to send you to my colleague Bonnie Boyd's terrific article on climate change in Central Asia. Bonnie is the FPA's blogger on Central Asia and has got some really interesting posts going up. 

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"Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability"

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued its second report of the year yesterday in Brussels. (I referenced this in "Headlines" below on April 3.) The IPCC Report is titled "Climate Change 2007: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability" , that's a mouthful. Go to the IPCC website for all the material relevant to this including the […]

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