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I prefer to fly

I changed my mind. I no longer want a plug-in hybrid car. Them's for punks. Now I want a solar/plug-in airplane. Video below the fold. Takeaway message: battery technology is the roadblock. That and rain.

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Ticket info and line-ups also announced

After much back-and-forth over D.C. locations for Al Gore's Live Earth Concerts on 7/7/07, organizers today announced the U.S. concert will be held at Giants Stadium in New Jersey. Tickets for the show will go on sale Monday, April 16, at 10 a.m. EDT. Locations were also announced for five of the other seven concerts to be held on the seven continents: UK: Wembley Stadium, London Brazil: Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro South Africa: The Cradle of Human Kind, Maropeng near Johannesburg Japan: Tokyo Dome, Tokyo Australia: Aussie Stadium, Moore Park, Sydney The China concert will be held in Shanghai, …

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Gingrich and Kerry face off on climate, except they don’t really face off all that much

John Kerry and Newt Gingrich squared off on climate change this morning. The result? Gingrich committed to the statement that something needs to be done and distanced himself from partisan brethren like Inhofe. He also dropped a line about a need for some "green conservatism." The transcript: KERRY: I'm excited to hear you talk about the urgency -- I really am. And given that -- albeit you still sort of have a different approach -- what would you say to Sen. Inhofe and to others in the Senate who are resisting even the science? What's your message to them here …

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Summarizin’

The summary for policymakers (PDF) of the report by the IPCC Second Working Group is out! A summary of the summary: Where does the information come from? The IPCC, WGI's 4AR on the Scientific Basis of climate change. 29,000 observational data series crossed with expected changes to physical and biological systems based on those observations, with 89% consistency between the two. Models, some of which account for non-anthropogenic sources of warming (solar and volcanic activity) and others that do not. The results show that, "models with combined natural and anthropogenic forcings simulate observed responses significantly better than models with natural …

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Political parties may be divided on the issue of climate, but Americans agree on solutions

On the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the Environmental Protection Agency has authority to regulate greenhouse gases as a pollutant (some called it a strong rebuke of the Bush administration's policies), George W. Bush saw fit to ramp up his language on the issue of global warming (hint: the new key word is "serious"): The decision (of) the Supreme Court we take very seriously. It's the new law of the land. I've taken this issue very seriously. I have said that it is a serious problem. I recognize that man is contributing to greenhouse gases. But, despite …

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Was It Something We Said?

Global warming and other woes cause rise of eco-anxiety The world already has ecotourism, eco-movies, and eco-purses -- in fact, more eco-trends than you can shake an eco-stick at. So it was only a matter of time before another trapping of modern life took the prefix: eco-anxiety. Seems people are flocking to, yes, eco-therapists to talk about the unpleasant feelings they get upon pondering things like global warming, food shortages, nuclear waste, and pesticides. (Then there's the one that keeps us up at night: does Cameron Diaz use toxic hair dye?) Melissa Pickett, one such therapist, says symptoms can include …

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An overview of environmental careers experiencing growth

"April is the cruelest month," T. S. Eliot wrote. Ha! What did he know? For environmental-job seekers in a host of fields, this April could almost be certified "cruelty free." In no particular order, here's a quick overview of green career areas experiencing growth right now: Wind Power and Solar Energy A 2007 report from Clean Edge predicts that wind-power revenues are expected to rise from $17.9 billion in 2006 to $60.8 billion in 2016. Solar-photovoltaic companies anticipate a similar steep increase from $15.6 billion last year to $69.3 billion nine years from now. Estimates from other analysts and associations …

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Fuel-efficient vehicles could save you several times over

A proposed new California law would take from the guzzlers and give to the sippers: Call it the Robin Hood approach to global warming. California drivers who buy new Hummers, Ford Expeditions, and other big vehicles that emit high levels of greenhouse gases would pay a fee of up to $2,500. And drivers who buy more fuel-efficient cars -- like the Toyota Prius or Ford Focus -- would receive rebates of up to $2,500, straight from the gas-guzzlers' pockets. Car dealers are opposed, natch. And expect drive-time talk radio to range from apoplectic to apocalyptic -- you know, both sides …

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Berkeley students vote on a new sustainability fund

Tomorrow through Friday, UC Berkeley students will vote "yay" or "nay" on TGIF (aka the Green Initiative Fund), a $5 increase in their per-semester fees that will be used to finance "initiatives on renewable energy, energy efficiency, resource conservation, and 'green' student internships." Last year, UC Santa Barbara (my school, fools) passed TGIF. Now Berkeley folks are playing catch up with this incredibly slick online campaign. Most compelling statistic: UC Berkeley uses as much electricity as Cambodia. Video below the fold.

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Roughnecks have it really rough

  It's harder to view oil and gas workers as disposable when their stories are told. And that's what Ray Ring does in the latest issue of High Country News. In a special report, Ring painstakingly documents the stories of oil and gas boom workers who have lost their lives and limbs in the past six years, all in the service of cheap energy. I won't quote much here, since the story simply must be read, but here's an small excerpt: Workers get crushed by rig collapses, they fall off the steel ledges and the maze of catwalks and ladders …

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