Environment Forum

from UK News:

‘Green’ expert sees red over UK climate pledges

July 8, 2009

Professor Sir David King, the British government's former top scientific adviser, is no stranger to controversy.

The rich are different from you and me: they spew more carbon

July 7, 2009

Yachts do it. Limousines do it. Even air-conditioned mansions by the sea do it. The trappings of wealth tend to emit lots of climate-warming carbon dioxide. Which is sort of the idea behind a new strategy for sharing the burden of fighting climate change. Take a look at the Reuters story on this here.

“taking cars off the road”, or climate tokenism?

July 2, 2009

There’s no shortage of references these days in corporate and government reports to earnest, new steps to fight climate change. Often they promise to make carbon emissions cuts equivalent to taking millions of cars off the road…

Ex-GOP diplomacy machine talking green

July 1, 2009

Unfairly or not, any discussion of the Republican party’s environmental record by clean energy advocates often includes a mention of the White House solar panels ditched under Ronald Reagan. Green-minded members of the Grand Old Party, on the other hand, would rather point to the birth of the Environmental Protection Agency under Richard Nixon. Either way, in what’s clearly a sign of the times, renewables featured high on the minds of three former GOP secretaries of state who popped up at various energy conferences in the San Francisco Bay Area this past week (One can only assume the timing was a coincidence).

Google Green Energy Czar geeks out on solar thermal

June 10, 2009

Google Green Energy Czar (real title) Bill Weihl sat down with Reuters to talk about Renewable Energy Less Than Coal – the company’s plan to make affordable clean energy. Google started off trying to green up its own computer operations and then launched this save-the-world effort, which includes some investment in renewable energy startups and the work by a Google team.

Missing the solar show?

June 5, 2009

By now, the message that solar power will become a major source of electricity should have reached most parts of the world.

Human “Message from the North” to climate negotiators

June 2, 2009

If you want to send a message, the old Hollywood saying goes, call Western Union. But environmental activists chose a different medium to get through to climate change negotiators: they put their bodies on the line — in this case, the Alaskan tundra — to spell out “Save The Arctic” and sketch the outline of a caribou.

Polar bears and a cactus urge climate action in Bonn

June 1, 2009

 U.N. climate talks started in Bonn on Monday with demonstrators dressed as camels, birds, trees, a cactus and several polar bears urging delegates to do more to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

U.S. cities take lead on environmental action

May 7, 2009

“Green Cities,” a new report by a thinktank called Living Cities, examines how American cities have taken the lead on environmental issues in the absence of strong federal action. 

Chevron CEO sees smoke and mirrors in cap and trade

May 7, 2009

“If you liked credit derivatives swaps, you’re going to love cap-and-trade.”