Comments on: Save the planet, and win a T-shirt? Global environmental challenges Wed, 16 Nov 2016 08:14:55 +0000 hourly 1 By: Sophie Steward Wed, 04 Mar 2009 19:36:02 +0000 what you could do is turn off all the power for most electrical items, except fridges freezers and ovens, for a full 24 hrs

By: Nathan Thu, 26 Feb 2009 22:21:08 +0000 To the guy above me, are you suggesting being American isn’t compatible with not being selfish and ignorant? Sounds like it to me, the rest of the world is making an effort, don’t go against us out of some misplaced ideas of nationalist superiority. Oh and Mike Zelechowski, prayer? Seriously? Environmental degradation is a human problem, we have to fix it as humans, not try to leave it up to some ‘god’. It’s a social problem and we just need everybody on the bandwagon.

By: me Tue, 17 Feb 2009 17:46:58 +0000 Vivian your killing me we are so not in dander of losing our planet. Our economy is failing you have to have energy to have a economy.Shutting down our current energy sources is just stupid We are not going to nor will we ever have a solution better than nucluar power generation backed by clean coal. The windmill idea will never sustaian needed power demand especially if the failing electric car idea ever takes off, can you say regrid everywhere, or have you thought of where are they going to dispose of the millions of giant “toxic” batteries and capacitors that go bad. Carbon emmisions are not the cause of globel warming , besides the planet has been cooling. All we have to do is just live don’t pollute the enviroment best you can because we can affect or enviroment but the climate that is fallacy. ps; I don’t use mass transit never will if that is your thing have at it for me I drive a pick up always have always will “I am a free born AMERICAN”
Love it or leave it kid!!!!!!!!!

By: j Mon, 16 Feb 2009 19:04:46 +0000 Wind and solar energy will be too unreliable to effectively power the world. The sun does set and the winds do stop not to mention the power grid is not ready for it. However if we switch to nuclear power we will have safe and reliable power with ZERO greenhouse emissions. There is more fuel for the nuclear breeder reactor then there is lead on the planet so we can not run out of fuel in the foreseeable future.

For those who are afraid of the radiation from a nuclear power plant. The amount of radiation given of from the plant is less then .3% of what a person receives from watching TV. Or it is .08% of the natural amount you receive from the air you breath. The power plants are made to survive being hit by a Boeing-777.

The amount of nuclear material needed to power New York City could fit in a 3x6x3foot box, compare this to the thousands of tons of coal that is needed.

By: vivian Fri, 13 Feb 2009 20:15:25 +0000 Unlimited growth is called cancer. We have to balance freedom with responsibility. Replant coastal forests in both Europe and California. Solar collectors over every parking lot and on every roof and get rid of the @#@# gas engine. Wind turbines on every powerline. We have the technology, we need to use it before everything crashes and we lose it. Mass transit. Stop flying, because it spreads disease and is wasteful. Give jobs to people to sort the trash, install the solar, and plant the trees. Rebuild paradise and see the sacred in all living things.

We have got to stop looking for quick fixes and ways to profit. We have to change the picture completely. We have the technology, we just need to implement it.

By: Ming Fri, 13 Feb 2009 01:09:24 +0000 Technology and industry obviously take too long and we need something simple and effective right now, and viable to everyone: CUTTING the MEAT consumption! It can almost immediately stop methane and nitrous oxide emissions — both are much stronger than CO2 — and save the massive amount of energy we use to store and transport meat. That could add up to reducing 80% of global warming, and save the lives of a lot of species including ourselves.

By: Roz Thu, 12 Feb 2009 17:38:25 +0000 Keep it simple. > Though it would be tempting to offer a
“comprehensive energy plan,” favor certain sectors and
technologies, introduce goals other than climate protection
and create new institutions, the simpler the better—both
now and in the long run. Policies such as low carbon fuel
standards, biofuel mandates, and renewable portfolio
standards significantly raise costs by dictating how the
cap must be met. They can also introduce unintended
consequences such as deforestation and higher food prices.
Giving free allowances for certain kinds of reductions (such
as carbon capture and storage) or preferred sectors also
raises costs by distorting investment away from least-cost
solutions and forgoing revenue recycling. The key goal
must be to create a clean, clear price signal with minimal
Create incentives to sustain the program. > Firms will
only invest in new technologies if they think the price
on greenhouse gas emissions will endure and grow, so
strong long-run incentives to keep the program intact are
important. A variety of mechanisms could be used, ranging
from creating multiple-year emissions allowances to
auctioning allowances that won’t be valid until future years.
In either case, creating future emissions rights that can be
traded (but not used) today will create a constituency of
permit owners with a strong financial interest in continued
climate protection, and could bring in extra revenue early
on to fund research.

By: Melissa Bruneau Wed, 11 Feb 2009 23:22:09 +0000 I support the Sea in a Bottle, thank you Juli and Sea Harbor clam juice! The bottle is recyclable and no matter how far the seas encroach upon our civilization we can keep diggin’ up those clams to squeeze. What a great gift that will be to the hundreds of thousands of folks who will be moving their homes to the summits of Appalachia, Adirondack, Rocky and Sierra Nevada!

By: Laura Hubbard Wed, 11 Feb 2009 16:52:37 +0000 @ Alister:

I guess I got excited because it got to 50 Fahrenheit today and I forgot how much I hate to be cold! :)

By: Alister Doyle Wed, 11 Feb 2009 12:51:09 +0000 Great health spinoffs from the go-naked idea, Laura…but it will take a bit of getting used to –it’s minus 10 Celsius (14 Fahrenheit) where i am here in Oslo today!