Tuesday July 10th 2012

‘Environment’ Archives

Redefining Security for the 21st Century

Redefining Security for the 21st Century

One of our legacies from the last century, which was dominated by two world wars and the cold war, is a sense of security that is defined almost exclusively in military terms. It so dominates Washington thinking that the U.S. foreign affairs budget of $701 billion in 2009 consisted of $661 billion for military purposes and $40 billion for foreign [...]

Two Views of Our Future

Two Views of Our Future

No previous civilization has survived the ongoing destruction of its natural supports. Nor will ours. Yet economists look at the future through a different lens. Relying heavily on economic data to measure progress, they see the near 10-fold growth in the world economy since 1950 and the associated gains in living standards as the crowning [...]

WANTED! Green policy clarity

WANTED! Green policy clarity

Earlier this month saw the publication of a damning report which highlighted the need for clearness and simplicity in UK government policy to give companies more confidence when investing in Green technologies, particularly in the electricity market. The report from the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), a UK based think-tank, shows that [...]

Explosives found at nuclear power plant in Sweden – security levels increased

Explosives found at nuclear power plant in Sweden – security levels increased

Yesterday explosives were found at the Ringhals nuclear power plant in Sweden. In response to this, the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority increased security levels to “yellow”, which is the second level of a three-point scale, at all Swedish nuclear power plants. The explosives were found on a large truck that was about to enter the inner [...]

Campaign to end fossil fuel subsidies tops Twitter ahead of Rio+20

Campaign to end fossil fuel subsidies tops Twitter ahead of Rio+20

And so the 24-hour Twitterstorm against fossil fuel subsidies is over. And with an amazing rate of 3+ tweets per second, the storm certainly didn’t go unnoticed. The campaign which was launched yesterday by 350.org, Avaaz, Greenpeace, and other environmental organizations called on people to flood the popular social network site Twitter, using [...]

Massive Twitterstorm demanding an end to fossil fuel subsidies underway

Massive Twitterstorm demanding an end to fossil fuel subsidies underway

A 24-hour “storm” against fossil fuel subsidies was launched today by 350.org, Avaaz, Greenpeace, and other environmental organizations on the popular social network site Twitter. The event is expected to involve hundreds of thousands of people from around the world who will join forces in demanding an end to subsidies to the fossil fuel [...]

5 of the World’s Greenest Car Manufacturers

5 of the World’s Greenest Car Manufacturers

Plus: how companies can monitor online perceptions of the green credentials of their products The Nissan Leaf: photo by Tom Rafferty Which company is currently winning the race to fill our highways and byways with clean green cars? Car manufacturers are attempting to clean up their act (and clean up the market) when it comes to being seen as [...]

Canada’s conservative government is gutting environment protection

Canada’s conservative government is gutting environment protection

Although Canada’s Conservative Party won only 40% of the popular vote in the last election, it captured an absolute majority of the seats in the House of Commons. This gives Prime Minister Stephen Harper the ability to pass any legislation he wishes – the opposition parties don’t have enough votes to stop him, and no member of the ruling [...]

Bio Mimicry: How Solar Technologies are Copying Nature

Bio Mimicry: How Solar Technologies are Copying Nature

You might think that solar energy is a relatively recent human invention; however, some form of solar energy has existed on earth for as long as microbes, plants and animals have existed. Without our sun, life as we know it on earth could not exist; life is completely dependent on solar energy. Current technological innovations that allow the use [...]

Fukushima Meltdown Hastens Decline of Nuclear Power

Fukushima Meltdown Hastens Decline of Nuclear Power

On May 5, 2012, Japan shut down its Tomari 3 nuclear reactor on the northern island of Hokkaido for inspection, marking the first time in over 40 years that the country had not a single nuclear power plant generating electricity. The March 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and subsequent Fukushima Daiichi nuclear meltdown shattered public confidence in [...]

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