Kif Scheuer

Coal, coal, and more coal

Yesterday's critique of enviros' hopes for peak oil outcomes dovetails beautifully with this article from the NYT on what big coal is up to. The future for American energy users is playing out in coal-rich …

Funny vision of a hopeful future

RenewUS has posted a newscast from 2055. It's funny in the vein of Gore's SOTU on SNL.

Contribute to Universal Climate Skeptic Response Project

Over at WorldChanging they're pushing the "debate is over" notion we've been talking about (here and here) to another level -- compiling a "Universal Climate Skeptic Response Post" to act as catchall answer to those …

How to talk about global warming, by Bill C.

Reuters reports some talking points on global warming from former prez Clinton:

Update on Chinese eco-village project

In the April issue of Sustainable Industries, April Streeter gives an interesting update one the Huangbaiyu eco-village project green building guru William McDonough has been involved with. Sounds like things are tougher than expected. Instead …

New study: Nitrogen availability may constrain biomass accumulation in presence of increased CO2

An article in the April 13 issue of Nature, "Nitrogen limitations constrains sustainability of ecosystem response to CO2" (subscription required) reports on a six-year study of the role of nitrogen on biomass accumulation when CO2 …

Corporations going green: The fifth horseman or the winning horse?

David pointed out that a common thread in the recent Wal-Mart discussion was anger over dilution of the organic label by corporate finagling. Underlying the labeling issue, and a part of so many environmental discussions, …

Wal-mart’s organic bomb

Melanie Warner at the NYT reports today that Wal-Mart is about to dramatically increase its organic food offerings. In very understated fashion, she says, "Wal-Mart's interest is expected to change organic food production in substantial …

Move over HGTV, here comes GBTV

PBS is going to start airing a show called Building green in September. A green-building TV show sounds interesting, but also makes me nervous. Will it be more of the shallow consumerism that defines most …