The Business of Free. Something to learn for climate change?

by Katie Whitefoot April 13, 2011
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“We could have saved [the Earth] but we were too damned cheap.”  -Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., A Man Without a Country.

Recently, I became aware of a Pew Research Center poll that found overwhelming support for requiring better fuel efficiency for vehicles (79%), funding for alternative energy (74%), and strong support for spending more on mass transit [...]

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High-Level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing (AGF) Report to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon

by jperron December 11, 2010
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The UN Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing (AGF) held a high-level side event at the The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties (COP) 16 on Wednesday, December 8th, 2010, to formally present the findings of their recent Report of the Secretary-General’s High Level Advisory Group on Climate Change [...]

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Breathing Underwater

by jperron December 11, 2010
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“The oceans that once gave us are now threatening to swallow us.”
-The President of Palau

The Opening Ceremony of the High-Level Segment of The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Wednesday spoke strongly to the urgent magnitude of problems faced by nations highly vulnerable to climate change-yet paradoxically, some of those least [...]

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Climate Action Network Canada Press Conference

by michlhw December 9, 2010
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I would like to highlight a positive facet of COPs, one that I feel is often under-appreciated: the permission of open press conferences provides an avenue for organizations to have a strong and (relatively more) legitimate voice, and for their issues to reach out to the larger global community.
This morning my fellow classmates and I [...]

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Putting the “can” in Cancun

by michlhw December 7, 2010
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Hola from Cancun!  The sun is shining the grass is green, and crunch time for the delegates, as we come towards the middle of the second week, is starting to set in.
This is my first time attending a COP, and optimistically, I want to say that it won’t be my last.  There is a real [...]

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Its Time to Move Beyond Sputnik Moments and Coors-Light Solutions

by Doug Glancy December 7, 2010
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Since the publication of Silent Spring in 1962, environmentalism, especially in the United States, has largely been driven by Sputnik moments and Coors-Light solutions: catalyzing events that drove a call for silver bullet solutions.
The events were emotional and tangible: a river on fire; a housing development built upon a toxic waste site; the explosion of [...]

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2010 a Top-Three Warmest Year

by Kevin Reed December 3, 2010
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A press release by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) yesterday, December 2nd, announced that 2010 will rank in the top three of the warmest years on record. The announcement was made as part of COP 16. The press release states that the average global surface temperature for 2010 (Jan to October) is estimated [...]

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UNEP on Ocean Acidification

by Kevin Reed December 2, 2010
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Today in Cancun the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) released a report titled “Environmental Consequences of Ocean Acidification: A Threat to Food Security.” The report investigates the impacts of increasing carbon dioxide emissions on the world’s oceans. As the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere rises, the amount of carbon dioxide that [...]

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IPCC Activites Update

by Kevin Reed December 2, 2010
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Yesterday, members of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), including Chairman Pachauri, gave an update on IPCC activities and the progress of AR5 to the attendees of COP 16.  The first part of the report, “Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis”, is due to be released in 2013.   Chairman Pachauri states that the [...]

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U.S. and India pave way for White Roofs, smarter appliances

by Miguel Sossa December 2, 2010
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The U.S. and India have teamed up through the University of California Berkeley-India Joint Leadership on Energy and the Environment (BIJLEE) to develop new energy-saving appliances, market strategies, and cost-effective energy reduction techniques. Of their various programs, I really found the white roof concept fascinating.
Per Jayant Sathaye, Co-Director of the  US-India Joint International Program with Berkeley [...]

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