UN New Urban Agenda: President Markkula calls for binding targets

Green (Living) Review

A delegation of the CoR, led by President Markkula, took part on 16-17 March in Prague at the Habitat III Europe Regional Meeting, a preparatory session ahead of the Quito conference. " According to President Markkula: "EU regions and cities have developed a concrete experience of bottom-up innovation in crucial policy areas ranging from air quality to energy efficiency, from social inclusion to support for SMEs. Click here for more details on your national delegation.

Los Angeles Leads the Nation in Rooftop Solar

Sierra Club Compass

With the flip of a switch, Los Angeles officials today inaugurated the nation's largest rooftop solar Feed-in Tariff (FiT) program, enabling hundreds of building owners to create solar power plants on their rooftops and sell solar power to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) for distribution on the city's power grid. " LABC President Mary Leslie praised the Mayor's leadership and the coalition that joined the LABC in advocating for the program. "The

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Small Island Nation Leads Push for Biggest Climate Opportunity of 2010

Green (Living) Review

Phasing down these super greenhouse gases could lead to over 200 billion tonnes of CO2-equivalent in mitigation by 2050, according to calculations by Dr. Guus Velders of The Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency based on a paper published last year in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Mauritius , another island nation vulnerable to the near-term impacts of climate change, announced that it would officially co-sponsor FSM’s proposal.

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Inequality between rich and poor nations helps fuel a climate of mistrust and sabotages efforts to secure a climate deal

Green Blog

The 15th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15) in Copenhagen, which many have said was our last chance to take action against “ the greatest threat the world has ever faced ”, ended in a failure. At the major United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1992 more than 100 world leaders met to address the question of global climate change. At the end of the conference 187 nations signed the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) treaty.

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Over Polluted Qatar Hosts UN Climate Conference

Green Prophet

This month’s United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP18) will be hosted by Qatar, the tiny peninsula nation in the Persian Gulf that holds the world record for per capita CO2 emissions. increase in carbon dioxide (CO2). Qatar has held the emissions world record for two decades. Business & Politics Climate Energy carbon dioxide carbon emissions carbon footprint climate Doha nitrous oxide Qatar Qatar Climate Talks United Nations

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Will the Kyoto Protocol Survive Qatar 2012?

Green Prophet

Qatar has one of the highest per capita CO2 emission rates in the world , but it will host The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)’s climate change conference this year – shortly before the Kyoto protocol’ s first emission targets expire at the end of this year. One hundred and ninety one countries went on to ratify the agreement and committed themselves to various greenhouse gas emission targets. President George W.

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G8 Recognizes Need to Act on Super Greenhouse Gases, Considers More Aggressive Stance on CO2

Green (Living) Review

July 2009 – As the Group of Eight began discussions on targets for reducing climate emissions, talk was circulating of a possible commitment to limit warming to 2?C. The only way to meet these goals however, will be to pursue fast and big cuts in both CO2 emissions, which are causing half of the warming, and non-CO2 emissions which are causing the other half. C scenario to stabilize CO2 at 450 ppm. Washington, D.C.,

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David Brooks/Alexander Hamilton on COP21

Environmental Economics

A bunch of national leaders get together and make some resolutions to cut their carbon emissions over the next few decades. Unlike weight loss, the pain in reducing carbon emissions is individual but the good is only achieved collectively. And the EU Emissions Trading Program is a continuing experiment itself.   Hamilton steered me to an article by James Manzi and Peter Wehner in his favorite magazine, National Affairs.

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Climate Attitude Adjustment?

Sightline Daily

Photo Credit: VinothChandar via Compfight cc Today Yale and George Mason are releasing the third report from their latest national survey, Public Support for Climate and Energy Policies in April 2013. Well, for starters, big, fat majorities of voters want Congress and the President to get to work on American clean energy and climate solutions. A robust majority—61 percent—supports a carbon tax that would help pay down the national debt.

One Hundred-Day Countdown to WILD9

Green (Living) Review

WILD9’s central theme, Wilderness and Climate Change, underscores the critical role of wilderness as carbon sinks absorbing CO2 emissions, and as a key component of global strategy to mitigate and adapt to climate change. Mexican President Felipe Calderon’s commitment to the environment, eagerness to host the Congress, and his country’s rich biodiversity and ecologically significant land and marine scapes, drove the decision to hold WILD9 in Mexico,” said Vance G.

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The Massive Carbon Footprint of Email Spam (And it’s meaty!)

Eco Friendly Daily

To give another perspective, it is equivalent to the amount of greenhouse gas emissions from 3.1 It looked at the spam patterns across 11 nations – Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, India, Mexico, Spain, the United States and the United Kingdom. grams of CO2 emission across its processing cycle. Spam mail is probably the most wasteful expenditure of the communication age. So it sounded incongruous to hear about its ecological impact.

When the Tide Turned on Climate Change — And (Almost) No One Noticed

Conservancy Talk

This: Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli quietly announcing that China’s policy now is to “reach peak emissions” as soon as possible. And yes, it was Zhang, not President Xi Jinping. The diagram shows the annual increase in CO2 emissions in various countries. It should be noted that the per capita emissions in developed countries are still substantially higher than in China or India. © This is now national policy, and it couldn’t be bigger.

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New Science: Time to Step Away from the Ecological Footprint?

Nature Conservancy - Science

Kareiva and his coauthors argue that the most widely cited measure of global and national sustainability — the Ecological Footprint — has serious conceptual and scientific flaws that render it almost unusable for scientists, policymakers, resource managers and investors. But the PLoS Biology article attempts a wholesale dismantling of the EF approach, at least for global and national accounts. Its major points: • For nations, the EF confuses self-sufficiency with sustainability.

ENER-G launches Mexico's first landfill gas capture project to power manufacture of Nissan cars

Green (Living) Review

Project will help Mexico deliver on binding emissions reduction targets and renewable energy generation targets of its new Climate Change Act Manchester, UK, April 2012 : ENER-G Natural Power and its sister company Biogas Technology are generating clean electrical energy from biogas for use by Nissan at its manufacturing site in Aguascalientes. million investment by ENER-G will reduce carbon dioxide emissions at the landfill site by approximately 90,000 tons per year.

Runaway Warming Ahead, According to Ancient Climate Records

Green (Living) Review

They complement efforts to cut CO2 under any climate treaty. F) when concentrations of CO2 were at the levels that will be reached by 2100 under business-as-usual trends. Current emissions have warmed the Planet about 0.76?C. CO2, for example, is causing 50 to 60% of warming, while four other pollutants are causing the other 40 to 50%. Downstream emissions of HFCs are included in the Kyoto Protocol.) But cutting CO2 is not enough.

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Non-CO2 Pollutants Are Promising Target in Cancun, Could Delay Warming by Several Decades

Green (Living) Review

Ramanathan and Victor highlight the importance of aggressively reducing CO 2 emissions, but note that the road ahead will be long, difficult, and expensive, and that “in the meantime, a fast-action plan is needed.” For example, reducing emissions from open cooking and diesel vehicles could save many of the 1.9

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Oil and Gas Company Climate Commitments Are Encouraging—But They Need to Do More

Conservancy Talk

Shell’s ambitious “Sky” scenario outlines the potential for “net zero” CO2 emissions by 2070. And because methane is a far more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide, continued use of natural gas will also require that methane emissions in the production and transport of natural gas be tightly controlled. to end flaring and are adopting practices such as green completions that rein in methane emissions.

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Ozone Treaty Lauded for Climate Protection

Green (Living) Review

According to the 2010 UN Millennium Development Goals Report released last week, the Montreal Protocol’s regulation of ozone-depleting substances (ODSs) – also powerful greenhouse gases – “will have reduced greenhouse gas emissions by the equivalent of 135 gigatons of CO2. HFCs are the current replacements for ozone-depleting HCFCs and can pack hundreds to thousands more global warming potential than CO2.

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Achieve a State of Zen

Eco Friendly Daily

In November 2007, ZENN (Zero-Emission No-Noise) Motor Company, a Toronto based manufacturer of electric vehicles, was granted use of Transport Canada’s National Safety Mark, which means the vehicle was confirmed to meet or exceed all of Canada’s standards in its vehicle class. The National Safety Mark is a requirement for any vehicle sold in Canada and confirms that any vehicle bearing this mark meets or exceeds the standards set forth by Transport Canada.

Green Mountain Energy Company Donates $20,000 Solar Array to Habitat for Humanity Rice Centennial House

Green (Living) Review

The Centennial House is such an incredible gift to the Houston community and we’re proud to contribute to this effort,” said Helen Brauner, senior vice president, Marketing and Strategic Planning, Green Mountain Energy Company. “As million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions. Green Mountain Energy Company Green Mountain, the nation’s leading competitive retail provider of cleaner energy and carbon offset solutions, was founded in 1997 to “change the way power is made.”

Fish Get Stoned, Too | Mother Jones

Mother Jones

Without Top Predators, CO2 Emissions Skyrocket Sydney Brownstone Senior Editorial Fellow Sydney Brownstone is senior editorial fellow at Mother Jones. Beyond the blustering on Benghazi and the budget sequester, there are many serious issues facing the nation. Obama Administration Says President Can Use Lethal Force Against Americans on US Soil. Copyright ©2013 Mother Jones and the Foundation for National Progress. Skip to Navigation. Skip to Content.

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Denmark’s new government promises far reaching green policies

Green Blog

If they live up to the promises their political programs share we can expect some of the following from the next Danish government: Actual legislation on CO2 targets and reduction rate – CO2 emissions reduced by at least 40% by 2020. But Denmark is now back among the most ambitious of nations. And the first half of 2012 the new Danish government will hold Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

Don’t Just Complain, Blame, or Worry. Do Something: How You Can Take Action for a Sustainable Planet

Conservancy Talk

On November 21, 2017, President and CEO Mark Tercek gave the keynote speech at Lake Erie College’s annual Founders Day event in Painesville, Ohio. Under President Nixon we got the EPA, The Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act. The Act required tail pipe emissions to be reduced by 75% in just five years. And President Nixon signed it into law. Reducing emissions is critical to a more sustainable planet.

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21 Ways Faith Groups Are Combating Global Warming

The Green Changemakers

Congregations are saving thousands of dollars and preventing tons of CO2 emissions from entering into the atmosphere by developing energy-efficient church buildings. On Sunday, tens of thousands of American clergy linked their worship texts to creation care, many using the materials provided by the National Council of Churches Eco-Justice Working Group , “ Celebrating and Caring for God’s Creation.” National partnerships and advocacy Joining together across faith traditions.

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Urban Research Symposium 2009

The Green Changemakers

A policy agenda (pdf) ( presentation - pdf) Lucy Winchester, United Nations (ECLAC/UN), Chile; Raquel Szalachman Assessing patterns of vulnerability, adaptive capacity and resilience across urban centers (pdf) ( presentation - pdf) Patricia Romero Lankao, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Mexico; John L.

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Back to Basics in Transportation Planning

The Green Changemakers

I was part of a profession that for five decades viewed its mission as simply accommodating the demands of traffic, whether on local streets or on state and national highways. In the 1930s many American officials visited the German Autobahn network and returned with a sense of urgency that we must create a national system of high-speed highways. There was an overwhelming consensus in the 1950s among politicians that the Interstate Highway system was a matter of national interest.

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Naomi Klein: "Only mass social movements can save us"

Green Blog

Despite endless conferences, treaties and solemn promises, greenhouse gas emissions have risen 61% since 1990, and the rate of increase is accelerating. As Naomi Klein tells us in her new book, This Changes Everything, we are now experiencing an “early twenty-first century emissions explosion.” For 35 years they have claimed to be working to reduce carbon emissions. Thus about half of China’s carbon emissions are export-related.

Economies For Life

The Green Changemakers

In late 2001, the Social Ventures Network, an alliance of socially committed entrepreneurs, responded to this upsurge in civic innovation by launching a new nationwide initiative—the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies—to encourage, strengthen, and facilitate the interlinking of these initiatives with the aim of creating a cohesive national movement. by David Korten Enron. Accounting fraud. Mad cows. Wal-Mart. Monopoly. Political corruption. Disintegrating schools. Downsizing.

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Nuclear Power is NOT the Solution to Our Global Warming Woes

The Green Changemakers

The high costs of conventional fossil-fuelled plants would go even higher if their large carbon emissions had to be captured. Uncompetitive CO2 Displacement Nuclear plant operations emit almost no carbon—just a little to produce the fuel under current conditions 6. As Figure 2 shows, various options emit widely differing quantities of CO2 per delivered kilowatt-hour. kilograms of CO2 per kilowatt-hour 7. kilograms of CO2 for the same cost as displacing 0.9

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