Monday, February 21st, 2011
President Barack Obama’s chief science advisor, Professor John Holdren has stated that it is unlikely that congress will pass a bill that will put a tax on carbon emissions.
Speaking at a meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Holdren admitted that President Obama would have to focus his efforts on improving energy efficiency, increasing (more…)
Friday, February 18th, 2011
Attacks on climate change regulations, thawing permafrost in National Parks, and attempts to cut funding for climate research. Climate change has had some bad news this month. There’s at least one (sort of) bright spot, though: the state of US greenhouse gas emissions. Yesterday, the Environmental Protection Agency (more…)
Thursday, February 17th, 2011
Coal production costs the U.S. up to $500 billion each year in hidden health, economic, and environmental impacts, according to a new study by Harvard researchers.
Researchers at the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School found that the public health costs in (more…)
Tuesday, February 15th, 2011
Some companies are taking action to address climate change in spite of international gridlock. Bombardier is one of those companies, having received accolades in Canada for it’s commitment to sustainable business practices to taking innovative engineering approaches to getting employees involved. (more…)
Monday, February 7th, 2011
The recommendations of Bill McKibben and Ross Gelbspan, among others, attracted me to Sajed Kamal’s book The Renewable Revolution, and its subtitle was an additional enticement: How we can Fight Climate Change, Prevent Energy Wars, Revitalise the Economy and Transition to a Sustainable Future. (more…)
Friday, February 4th, 2011
A report released yesterday by international conservation group World Wildlife Fund (WWF) said the world could be powered with renewable energy by 2050.
The Energy Report compiled by the NGO took two years to prepare and takes a global view of the issue and also includes (more…)
Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011
Late in January, cyberthieves stole about 30 million euros’ worth of carbon allowances from several national registries of the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). As a result, EU carbon offset trading, “a cornerstone of the European Union’s policy to combat climate change,” according to the ETS site, has been shut down for over a week. (more…)
Sunday, January 30th, 2011
Have you ever wondered exactly how scientists track climate change and the warming of the world at a global level? Estimating the overall surface temperature of the Earth isn’t easy when you have to account for seasonal variations across six continents and four oceans. It requires compiling data from satellites positioned high up in the atmosphere and from (more…)
Sunday, January 30th, 2011
In this week’s State of the Union address, President Obama once again made it clear that one of his top priorities is ensuring U.S. global leadership in the emerging industries of clean energy and energy efficiency.
Clean energy not only represents one of the greatest economic opportunities of the 21st century, it is also critical to our nation's (more…)
Thursday, January 27th, 2011
Where are the most Buicks in the world sold? Not in the US but China. This year, sales of American-based General Motors (GM) cars in China outpaced that same consumption in the US. This development has ramifications for the auto industry and international climate policy.
USA Today reports that in 2010, Chinese (more…)