Environment Forum

Clean energy conference shows efficiency means savings

By Eileen Claussen
April 12, 2010

USA-ECONOMY/

-Eileen Claussen is President of the Pew Center on Global Climate Change. The views expressed are her own.-

from The Great Debate:

States see pushback against carbon trading

April 12, 2010

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-- John Kemp is a Reuters market analyst. The views expressed are his own --

Efforts to implement cap-and-trade programs at state level are faltering, just as policymakers in Washington are struggling to generate enough support to put in place a comprehensive national system.

Grass-fed beef packs a punch to environment

April 8, 2010

USA

First it was slow. Then local, then organic. Now it is firmly grass-fed.

As a rare geophysicist studying diet’s environmental consequences, I am asked daily by my colleagues – a bit bemused by my new field yet quantitatively astute and environmentally concerned – about the latest claim made about impacts of food production on the physical environment.

Burning tires is most definitely renewable

By Rich Trzupek
April 8, 2010

GM/

– Rich Trzupek is a chemist and principal consultant at Mostardi Platt Environmental. He also writes for bigjournalism.com and frontpagemag.com on science, the environment and politics. The views expressed here are his own. –

Tire incineration is not renewable energy

By Brian Schwartz and Cindy Parker
April 7, 2010

USA-CITIES/SHRINKING

– Brian Schwartz and Cindy Parker are both physicians and faculty in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland. They are also both Fellows of the Post Carbon Institute. The opinions expressed are solely their own. –

from Tales from the Trail:

U.S. reveals nuclear target: oceans

April 6, 2010

ARMS MISSILE

The new U.S.  nuclear weapons doctrine released on Tuesday had stern warnings for Iran and North Korea, with Secretary of Defense Robert Gates explaining that it left "all options on the table" for dealing with atomic renegades despite its broader goal of restricting the U.S. use of its nuclear stockpile.

Why subsidize the surfeit of wind turbines?

March 29, 2010

WINDMILL FARM SUNRISE

With an oversupply of wind turbines, why are governments subsidizing new manufacturing plants?

from The Great Debate UK:

Bringing a new perspective to World Water Day

By Jules van der Lier
March 22, 2010

van lier- Dr. Ir. Jules B. van Lier is a professor at Delft University. The opinions expressed are his own. -

from Summit Notebook:

Economic security or environmental destruction?

March 19, 2010

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The Oil Sands, the world's second-largest proven reserves after Saudi Arabia, hold out the promise of energy security for the United States and economic security for Canada. But environmentalists fear the destructive, energy intensive process of extracting the oil will carry direct consequences for the planet. Despite the doubts, new oil sands projects are again springing up after the financial crisis halted development. How will oil companies balance the quest for more oil with environmental concerns? Mar. 22-23 we'll put those questions to the oil companies, environmental groups and government officals at the first Reuters Canadian Oil Sands Summit in Calgary.

from The Great Debate UK:

Managing catastrophic risks and climate change

By Graciela Chichilnisky
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.-