Environment Forum

from India Insight:

Why let a debate determine the fate of GM foods?

February 11, 2010

Students hold a mock funeral procession against genetically modified brinjal crop in Chandigarh January 28, 2010. REUTERS/Ajay VermaThere's nothing Indians like better than a good debate.

So when Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh announced last month that he would hold public debates to decide the commercial fate of genetically modified brinjal (eggplant), there were hopes these would provide a chance for all stakeholders to be heard.

from Tales from the Trail:

Amidst the shivering in Washington, the case for global warming

February 10, 2010

WEATHER/OK, it's cold in Washington. It's really cold. And snowy. And blizzardy. It's hard to recall that long-ago moment -- what was it, six days ago? -- when you could go for a walk without cross-country skis and a flask of brandy. But just because it's winter doesn't mean global warming is a myth.

Making a consumer market for zero-emissions miles

February 9, 2010

bikeToday travelers can rack up frequent flyer miles and trade them in for upgrades, tickets and other amenities. 

SEC wants climate risks disclosed

February 9, 2010

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– Kathy Nieland is U.S. Sustainability and Climate Change leader for global accounting and advisory firm PricewaterhouseCoopers. She also serves on the independent, not-for-profit Carbon Disclosure Project. The views expressed are her own. –

Delivering coup-de-grace to cap and trade

February 9, 2010

kempJohn Kemp is a Reuters columnist. The views expressed are his own.

President Barack Obama read the last rites for national cap and trade in 2010 on Feb. 2, while senior Democrats in the House of Representatives prepared to put a stake through its heart to ensure the Environmental Protection Agency does not try to resurrect it unilaterally without congressional approval.

Walmart accused of hypocrisy in green initiatives

February 5, 2010

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Just last month, Walmart announced that it would be moving to eliminate non-biodegradable plastic bags from stores across the United States to reduce their collection in landfills. While they’ve demonstrated positive green initiatives, this week there’s been accusations of hypocrisy because they’ve been passing off a harmful, manufactured textile as sustainable.

Mount Everest of the seas

February 4, 2010

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David Rockefeller, Jr., a philanthropist, is sponsoring a year-long sailing trip around the Americas looking at environmental impacts on the oceans — from melting ice to fish farms. Here are his thoughts after stepping aboard the voyage for two weeks around Cape Horn.  The views expressed are his own.

from The Great Debate UK:

Time to invest in Europe’s bio-clean tech delta

February 4, 2010

Luuk- Luuk van der Wielen is at BE-Basic and Delft University of Technology; Roger Wyse is Managing Director, Burrill & Company, San Francisco. The opinions expressed are their own.-

from UK News:

Climate scientists seek to calm storm of doubt

February 4, 2010

INDIAIf the scientific evidence for manmade global warming is so compelling, why do so many people still have their doubts?

Chinese solar player Yingli looks to score at World Cup

February 4, 2010

worldcupChinese solar power companies have shone amid the downturn in the solar industry,  converting their low cost advantage into bigger market share and profits.