Environment Forum

The Green Gauge: Sinar Mas under fire

July 19, 2010

An aerial view is seen of a cleared forest area under development for palm oil plantations in Kapuas Hulu district of Indonesia's West Kalimantan province

Indonesia’s Sinar Mas came under heavy fire last week from non-government organization Greenpeace as a report named and shamed some of its biggest clients for their role in the destruction of rainforest and peatlands.

“The other oil disaster”

July 15, 2010

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Forget the BP oil spill for a moment. An international PR war is heating up this week between environmentalists and the oil industry over an entirely different sore spot: The Alberta oil sands in northern Canada.

Power utilities want less of your business

July 15, 2010

Tarya Seagraves-Quee loads laundry into the washing machine at a laundromat in Cambridge, Massachusetts July 8, 2009.    REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Avoid mopping your floor, laundry and washing your dishes during the day and save energy in the process – that’s what power utilities in the U.S. are telling customers this summer.

Are Americans bullying BP?

July 8, 2010

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With all the comparisons to the Exxon Valdez spill of 1989, there’s at least one arena where BP appears to be head and shoulders above its oil-spill predecessor — suffering public mockery.

BP, oil and seabirds — Baltic Sea ducks had worse luck

July 8, 2010

gannetBP’s vast and spreading oil disaster is killing ever more birds and other wildlife in the Gulf of Mexico — but one of the worst spills for birds was a harmless-sounding 5 tonnes of oil in the Baltic Sea in 1976.

from The Great Debate UK:

Oliver Lowenstein on making Cyclestations work

July 2, 2010

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There's nothing new or unusual about the idea of using bicycles to replace cars to help combat the effects of climate change on the environment. Neither is there anything new or unusual about it taking so long to put the concept into practice.

from The Great Debate UK:

Heather Rogers on fixing “Green Gone Wrong”

June 30, 2010

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How can human production be transformed and harnessed to save the planet? Can the market economy really help solve the environmental crisis?

Showcase, don’t shun, economics of climate at G20

By Dr. David Suzuki
June 25, 2010

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– Dr. David Suzuki is a Canadian scientist, broadcaster, author, and co-founder of the David Suzuki Foundation.  Any views expressed here are his own. –

from The Great Debate:

Smart grid skepticism derails Baltimore plan

June 23, 2010

Maryland Public Service Commission highlighted the political resistance smart-metering advocates must overcome when it shot down proposals for compulsory smart metering submitted by Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE).

The Green Gauge: Chevron slides on oil spill news

June 22, 2010

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The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico strikes close to home for Chevron as it faces a $27 billion lawsuit brought on by the indigenous people in the Amazon region of Ecuador for water pollution, and a fresh Chevron oil spill in Utah, a bi-weekly analysis of companies in the news by ASSET4 data providers shows.