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G-20 Vague On Environmental Sustainability

By Ted Nelson
September 28, 2009
File under: Alternative Energy, Carbon Emission Reduction, Clean Energy, Economy, Global Initiatives


The Group of 20 (G-20) meeting in Pittsburgh has yielded promise on the environmental sustainability front… but not quantifiable, time-specific progress.

Developing nations–including the member states of the African Union–and international leaders–including former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan–have been vocal about what they want from December’s international climate change meeting in Copenhagen: a well defined plan for how developed countries will help support environmentally sustainable development in the developing world.

The G-20, a club for the heads of state of powerful  countries, acknowledged that they want to take action on this issue. They did not, however, define how much action they want to take. …read more of G-20 Vague On Environmental Sustainability here

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Politicking with our Future

By Ted Nelson
June 30, 2009
File under: Alternative Energy, Carbon Emission Reduction, Economy, Environmental Concerns, Environmental Policy, Legislation


A long awaited climate bill made it through the House on Friday June 26th and is awaiting a vote in the Senate.

While it’s significant that one house of congress has finally passed a bill to curb greenhouse gases (GHGs), the vote was far too close for comfort: 219 to 212. There is no certainty that the bill will pass the Senate.

There are some beefs with the specifics on the bill and not its intent to curb GHGs (such as a Bush-like approach to clean coal), but the vast majority of the opposition is based on an argument that cap-and-trade will hurt the economy.

This reasoning, however, is faulty: if no changes are made nature is set to do far more damage to our economy than 1,000 climate bills possibly could. …read more of Politicking with our Future here

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Recovery for Clean Cities

By Tracy Crawford
April 30, 2009
File under: Alternative Energy, Carbon Emission Reduction, Environmental Concerns


This past Earth Day Vice President Biden announced $300 million of the Recovery Funds Act to be applied to the Clean Cities Program – a program that brings sustainable vehicles and their infrastructure to cities across the country. “…We’re going put Recovery Act dollars to work deploying cleaner, greener vehicles in cities and towns across the nation that will cut costs, reduce pollution and create the jobs that will drive our economic recovery,” said Vice President Biden.

These programs are expected to bolster the country’s infrastructure, reduce our dependence on oil – foreign and domestic – and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions that are a great cause of global warming.

In addition, these new programs will help boost the economy and bring job growth in local economies and the country as a whole. …read more of Recovery for Clean Cities here

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Celebrating Earth Day Locally

By Tracy Crawford
April 21, 2009
File under: Alternative Energy, Conservation Standards, Environmental Concerns, Environmental Policy, Uncategorized


There are an abundance of events in my local town of Madison, Wi to celebrate Earth Day throughout this week and coming weekend. As with previous Earth Day events in town, Madisonians show a lot of interest in these events.

Many events are focused on environmental awareness with activities at area nature preserves and conservation sites. The UW Arboretum will feature a luncheon lecture on Native American rock and cave art in Wisconsin. The Arboretum will also host nature and wildflower walks for Earth Day.

Friends of the Lakeshore Marsh will feature a meeting on the Class of 1918 Marsh that is centered on area birds, insects, plants, and plankton and will discuss effects of watershed land use on the marsh. …read more of Celebrating Earth Day Locally here

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The Silent (Light Green) Majority

By Ted Nelson
March 1, 2009
File under: Alternative Energy, Environmental Policy, Global Initiatives


Market research has consistently found that most Americans–as many as 87%–are concerned about the environment, global warming… generally support the concept of environmentally sustainable development.

But the same research finds that a lot of those people aren’t turning that concern into action: only about 25% of all consumers report having purchased green products other than organic food or energy efficient lighting.

We hear a lot of noise from the 13% who are completely unconcerned about environmental destruction and the 25% who are actively trying to incorporate environmental sustainability into their lives, but what about those other 62%? …read more of The Silent (Light Green) Majority here

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