Environment Forum

G8 leaders: still around to keep 2050 climate promises?

July 10, 2009

Last year, when G8 leaders agreed a “vision” of halving world greenhouse gases by 2050 at a summit in Tokyo, Japan, German Chancellor Angela Merkel looked around the table and wondered aloud if any of them would still be around to ensure the plan worked — or held to account if it didn’t.

Cashed in your clunker yet?

July 9, 2009

The 2003 Lincoln Aviator, Lincoln's first mid-size luxury sports utility vehicle (SUV) at the New York Auto Show, March 27, 2002.  REUTERS/Stringer

So, how much do you want for your Aviator?

Once-proud SUV owners are gaining green street cred cashing-in on President Obama’s $1 billion “Car Allowance Rebate” program giving car and truck buyers a $3,500 or $4,500 credit to swap their aging gas-guzzlers for new, more fuel efficient models.

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.