Climate & Energy

Climate & Energy

Scientists using consumers’ computing power to develop new solar cell

Researchers at IBM and Harvard University launched a project recently that aims to use a network of consumers’ home computers to run calculations that could lead to new, more efficient solar panels. “It’s a way for people that have computers …

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Anti-air-travel activists stage protest on U.K. airport runway

More than 50 environmental activists from anti-air-travel group Plane Stupid were arrested Monday in a protest at Stansted Airport in the United Kingdom, some 40 miles from downtown London. The activists broke into a restricted area where planes taxi between …

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‘The use of carbon offsets in a cap-and-trade system can undermine the system’s integrity’

Yet another damning analysis questions the value of rip-offsets and the Clean Development Mechanism. The Government Accountability Office — hardly a bastion of progressive eco-analysis — has written a devastating critique of rip-offsets, which concludes: Key lessons from the CDM …

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Review of Fields of Fuel

Back in July, I reviewed a documentary film called Fields of Fuel directed by Josh Tickell. That film recently returned to Seattle after being reedited and renamed, Fuel. I actually think this new iteration is worth seeing with the caveat …

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Youth advocate for equitable international response to climate change in Poznan

Friday morning, youth from the global north and the global south gathered to create a stunning visual for the incoming delegates, party leaders, and journalists: a display that said very clearly, “Equity Now: Our Future Lies in the Balance.” That …

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American Progress’ ‘Green Recovery’ plan

We are going to have a huge economic stimulus package soon after Obama becomes President. And a big piece of it is going to be aimed at energy efficiency and renewable energy, as the NYT reported today in “Proposal Ties …

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We can haz everee-thing!

Coal lobby billboard: "Clean coal means our next President won’t have to choose between a clean environment and our economy." EPA head Stephen Johnson: "Americans should not have to choose between clean coal or effective environmental protection; we can achieve …

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Carbon footprint reduction

The Onion: still funny.

Climate & Energy

CARB does not recognize the meaning of ‘maximum emission reductions’

The California Air Resources Board is finalizing its Scoping Plan for implementation of the state’s global warming law, AB 32, which could establish a precedent for federal legislation by the 111th Congress. Barbara Boxer recently announced plans for a cap-and-trade …