Climate & Energy

Climate & Energy

Part 2: Draft Negotiating Text Proposed for Copenhagen Agreement

As I discussed in my previous post, the draft negotiating texts for the Copenhagen agreement are now out. With the release of these texts the world now begins the serious work to get an agreement in Copenhagen — marking them …

Climate & Energy

Nicholas Stern’s heresy: conceding the West’s climate burden

Nick Stern is a relatively recent recruit to the battle against climate change, but he has rapidly become one of its most formidable champions. A former Chief Economist at the World Bank and top official at the British Treasury, Baron …

Business & Technology

Advice for the Chinese manufacturer who just bought Hummer

Tough enough to drive over the Great Wall?GM.comI can’t say as I know exactly what’s going through the minds of the top executives at Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machinery Company Ltd. who have reportedly just purchased the Hummer brand from …

Climate & Energy

Think of the children, or think of your ski trip: Two ways to tell the climate story

Forty-five million people go hungry or undernourished because of droughts and disasters wrought by climate change, according to a recent report by the Global Humanitarian Forum. Climate change leads to 300,000 deaths a year, the organization concludes, a toll that …

Climate & Energy

Must-see TV on ABC tonight — “Earth 2100: Is this the Final Century of our Civilization?

Tonight at 9 pm on ABC, “Bob Woodruff explores what might be the worst case scenario for civilization.” Hurray for the mainstream media exploring the worst-case scenario aka Hell and High Water! I am very interested in your thoughts on …

Climate & Energy

Cheerleading for Waxman-Markey — not!

Gimme a ‘B’ … B!  Gimme a ‘minus’ … Minus!  What’s that spell? My friend A. Siegel wrote on his blog last week (and republished on DailyKos and Grist): Joe Romm, who has been cheer-leading Waxman-Markey recently (despite much on-the-record …

Climate & Energy

Memo to Washington Post: Editorial page editor Fred Hiatt just recycled a right-wing WSJ op-ed

Fred Hiatt keeps delivering self-inflicted body blows to the dwindling reputation of the Washington Post editorial page. His latest punch to the Post’s kidney (or is that groin?): Running a misstatement-filled piece trashing the House climate bill by one-time Reagan …

Climate & Energy

We’ve got no choice but nukes and carbon-capture tech, says Jeffrey Sachs

Economist Jeffrey Sachs said carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) technology and nuclear energy will be necessary to avoid catastrophic climate change, comments made as part of a presentation at the Asia Society in New York Monday night. Jeffrey SachsFile photo …

Climate & Energy

Climate change is sexist

This is the second dispatch by Population Action International from global climate change talks in Bonn, Germany.  Read the first. A Bangladeshi woman searches for drinking water after a cyclone.Photo: Abir Abdullah/OxfamOne of the under-reported issues about climate change is …