Environment Forum

from The Great Debate UK:

Managing catastrophic risks and climate change

March 18, 2010

Graciela Chichilnisky-Graciela Chichilnisky is the Architect of the Carbon Market of the Kyoto Protocol and the author of 'Saving Kyoto', New Holland Publishers, UK, 2009.  Chichilnisky is a Professor of Mathematics and Economics at Columbia University in New York, Director of Columbia Consortium for Risk Management and Managing Director of Global Thermostat Inc. The opinions expressed are her own.-

Hot water for Chile’s slums, courtesy of the sun

March 15, 2010

A boy in Chile


By Helen Hughes — Special to GlobalPost

SANTIAGO, Chile — Jacquelin Marin has no running hot water at home. For a while, she had no real home at all. But soon she’ll have both, with the sun heating water for her showers.

Too few women in U.N. climate jobs? Ban names 19-man panel

March 12, 2010

banA women’s group is criticising the United Nations for appointing only men to a 19-strong panel of experts to work out how to raise billions of dollars to fight climate change.

Can the U.S. compete with China in the green economy?

March 11, 2010


Fred Krupp is president of the Environmental Defense Fund. The views expressed are his own.

Arctic leaking methane: but since when?

March 8, 2010

ARCTICScientists studying remote Arctic seas north of Siberia have found  high levels of the powerful greenhouse gas methane, in some places bubbling up from the seabed. 

from The Great Debate:

Obama, politics and nuclear waste

March 5, 2010


-Bernd Debusmann is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own-

The project involved more than 2,500 scientists. It cost $ 10.5 billion between 1983 and 2009 and it included one of the most bizarre scientific tasks of all time: evaluate whether nuclear waste stored deep inside a Nevada desert mountain would be safe a million years into the future.

Flood drowns Taipei in cinematic wake-up call

March 5, 2010

American sci-fi blockbuster The Day After Tomorrow warned global audiences about climate change as it showed New York smothered by ice as temperatures plunged worldwide.  But the 2004 movie evidently made little impact on growth-crazy Asia, which has gone ahead spewing pollutants without imagining risks that they might disrupt the climate.

Senator Graham shouts “Play Ball!”

March 3, 2010


Asher Miller is executive director of think tank Post Carbon Institute. Any opinion expressed here is his own.

Top 5 greenest cities in the world

March 1, 2010


This article by Beth Hodgson originally appeared in GlobalPost.

Over the last few months, we’ve seen serious discussions taking place globally as countries and cities pledge to go green.

Caveat investor: Wind may let you down

February 26, 2010


John Laforet is president of Wind Concerns Ontario, a coalition of 42 grassroots organizations aiming to curtail development of wind farms in the central Canadian province of Ontario.  He is also running for municipal public office.