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Tuesday July 3rd 2012

‘Climate’ Archives

The State Of Play In Rio: Draft Agreement Sparks ‘Alarm And Concern’

The State Of Play In Rio: Draft Agreement Sparks ‘Alarm And Concern’

What will history say about Brazil's job hosting the Rio+20 summit? Photo: Stephen Lacey World leaders are set to convene at the Rio+20 Earth Summit tomorrow to begin high-level negotiations on a global sustainability framework. But if the reaction from civil society groups to the draft text is any indication, the negotiations will be all [...]

BREAKING: Obama Would Veto Pro-Mercury Pollution Resolution

The White House has threatened Congress with a possible veto if S.J. Res. 37 is presented to President Obama. Today, the Executive Office of the President released a statement disapproving of Sen. Inhofe’s (R-OK) bill that would prevent the EPA from limiting mercury and other air toxins from power plants. If S.J. Res. 37 is enacted, the Clean [...]

Mann Handled: A Decade Ago, Conservatives Attacked a Scientist—And Created a Leader

Mann Handled: A Decade Ago, Conservatives Attacked a Scientist—And Created a Leader

This is a review of The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches From the Front Lines by Michael Mann. by Chris Mooney, via Desmogblog I first became familiar with the name Michael Mann in the year 2003. I was working on what would become my book The Republican War on Science, and had learned of two related events: The controversy over the [...]

Sex Is Better With Energy Efficiency

Sex Is Better With Energy Efficiency

by KC Golden, via Grip on Climate Something  must be done about the abysmal marketing of energy efficiency.  Never has such a big energy story received so little love. In the pie-throwing contest that passes for energy dialogue in our political culture, Solyndra gets the ink, while the biggest story by far goes unreported.   [...]

More Protective Soot Standard Will Save Lives, Protect Fragile Environments

More Protective Soot Standard Will Save Lives, Protect Fragile Environments

by Sam Edmondson, Jeff Billington, and Mary Havel WASHINGTON – June 15 – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finally proposed updated clean air standards that will prevent thousands of premature deaths and take steps toward clearing hazy air. The EPA’s proposal comes in response to legal action filed on behalf of [...]

Inhofe’s Irrational Attack On Clean Air

Inhofe’s Irrational Attack On Clean Air

by Jackie Weidman Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe just announced that the Senate will vote next Wednesday on his resolution (SJR 37) to stop the Environmental Protection Agency’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standard. Inhofe’s fevered push for this resolution is no surprise, considering that he’s received $688,417 in contributions from electric [...]

The Beauty Of Industrial Energy Efficiency

Industry is about producing more, more, more. And that means sucking up more and more energy. But it doesn’t have to be that way. If industrial development is viewed through an efficiency lens, America could grow its industrial strength while using substantially less energy. As part of its Reinventing Fire series, the Rocky Mountain [...]

Methane game upgrade

Walter Anthony et al (2012) have made a major contribution to the picture of methane emissions from thawing Arctic regions. Not a game-changer exactly, but definitely a graphics upgrade, bringing the game to life in stunningly higher resolution (/joke). Katey Walter Anthony draws upon her previous field findings that methane emissions from the [...]

As House Lawmakers Push Massive Increase In Fossil Fuel Drilling, They Slash 13 Key Clean Energy Programs

As House Lawmakers Push Massive Increase In Fossil Fuel Drilling, They Slash 13 Key Clean Energy Programs

The GOP’s mantra on energy is “we shouldn’t pick winners and losers.” But all one needs to do is look at Republican legislative priorities to see how hollow that slogan is. A series of bills currently being considered in Congress make it very clear that House Republicans are attempting to stack the deck in favor of the [...]

Standing Firm On Clean Energy In The Political ‘Silly Season’

Standing Firm On Clean Energy In The Political ‘Silly Season’

by Clint Wilder, via Clean Edge To those of us in the industry, clean-tech deployment in the U.S. is still a long way from what it could or should be. But as was seen in last week’s release of Clean Edge’s 2012 State Clean Energy Index, there are plenty of signs of positive momentum, especially in light of how far the industry has come from [...]

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