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October 31, 2006

Reactions to The Stern Report

The sting of climate change is "in the tail", but reactions have been immediate. Any surprises?

October 30, 2006

Will Offsets Save Us?

Here's one experience about grappling with greenhouse gas reductions by grappling with British Petroleum There's no silver bullet

"The Sting Is In The Tail"

THe U.K.'s Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change is a must read. Good news - there's still time to avoid the worst. But time is short. Roll up your sleeves

When I'm Sixty-Four

Stunning cuts in funds for the research and development of energy efficient and non-fossil fuel technologies will mean that our grandchildren won't live in a climate-safe world. Read on.

October 27, 2006

Apollo Aims at Urban America

Here's how cities can be models for high performance development and engines for creating good jobs. Follow Apollo

October 25, 2006

Trade Some Carbon to Save a Rainforest

It's no slam dunk, but here's an idea from the World Bank to reduce global CO2 by using emissions credits to save rainforests. Click here

Is Global Warming a Public Nuisansce?

Many of us worry about global warming, here's what some lawyers are trying to do about it. Carpe diem

October 24, 2006

This Is Not Good News

The World Wildlife Fund warns that our global consumption levels will require two planets to satisfy our appetites by 2050. Hungry for more?

October 19, 2006

"Inaction is No Longer An Option"

Nearly all the major US corporations polled in a recent study, published by the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, believe that federal greenhouse gas standards are immiment. What should they do about it? Find out here

How Green Is Your Ballot Box?

Here's the 2006 version of a perennial debate among environmentalists, do green issues makes it onto voters' short lists? And the answer is...

October 18, 2006

Countdown for NYC's Green Building Law

Mayor Bloomberg signed Local Law 86, the green building law, in October 2005. It gave City goverment a generous fifteen months, until January 1, 2007, to promulgate the technical rules that will get the ball rolling. But promulgating rules is itself governed by another law called called the City Administrative Procedures Act, or CAPA.

CAPA specifies detailed rule-making timeframes, including 30 days between the publication date of draft rules to the date of a mandatory public hearing and another 30 days beween the publication of final rules until the date they go into effect. That's 60 days -- without counting a single day for the City to reflect on the comments it received at public hearings.

Now, the City cannot meet the January 1 rule-making deadline. Since Rome wasn't built in a day, it's a safe bet that building a greener New York will also take some time, but that's no reason just to fiddle.

October 17, 2006

Building Better Mousetraps Isn't Enough

Congressional testimony given by the Pew Center on Climate Change makes this point, "Technologies that sit on the shelf are not useful. Deployment depends on private companies deciding to use these new technologies rather than their old, more carbon-intensive technologies. Without a mandatory GHG constraint, private companies do not have sufficient incentives to do so." Read more.

October 13, 2006

Mayors in Motion

How do 45 mayors representing 10 million Americans in 28 states shift from talking to acting on climate change? Read ICLEI's Annual Report.