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How Does China's Climate Pledge Stack Up?

Barbara A. Finamore | Posted 07.02.2015 | Green
Barbara A. Finamore

Li Junfeng of China's National Development and Reform Commission has provided a helpful comparison of China's climate pledge and that of leading developed countries. He concludes that China is making significant contributions comparable to that of developed countries, based on a number of indicators we'll discuss below.

America's Zero Emissions Imperative

Tom Weis | Posted 07.02.2015 | Green
Tom Weis

To be clear, we are not suggesting ending the use of fossil fuels tomorrow. Decarbonizing our industries, homes, transportation, power generation and food production will take time. But we must make this transition as quickly as humanly possible.

Countdown for Climate Action: Are 10 Days Enough?

Lorena Aguilar | Posted 06.30.2015 | Green
Lorena Aguilar

There are five months remaining until COP21; however, there are less than 10 days of negotiations left until the Paris meeting -- only two more meetings of negotiators, one in August and one in October. This is not very much time at all to finalize the conditions of the framework and have all parties agree to implementation.

Climate Change This Week: $1 Rooftop Solar for Nonprofits, the Ocean Carbon Punch, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 06.29.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Amazonian Wildlife: a treasure trove of biodiversity. Source mostly

U.S. Must Take the Lead on Pope Francis' Call on Climate Change

Sen. Ed Markey | Posted 06.25.2015 | Green
Sen. Ed Markey

The United States has the technological imperative to lead on clean energy. We have the economic imperative to engage in job creation that is good for all of creation. We have the moral responsibility to protect our planet for future generations. And with the pope's encyclical, science and technology truly can be the answer to our prayers.

The Arctic Is Speaking Truths About Climate Change. Is Anyone Listening?

Robin Bronen | Posted 06.24.2015 | Green
Robin Bronen

The Arctic is screaming. Can you hear her in the floods of Houston, the drought in California and the epic snowfall in Boston this past winter? Our collective failure to limit greenhouse gas emissions has pushed atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide to levels not seen for millions of years.

Victory For Environmentalists In Landmark Dutch Climate Change Case

AP | MIKE CORDER | Posted 06.25.2015 | World

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- In a sweeping victory for Dutch environmental activists that could have global repercussions, a court ordered the gover...

Climate Change This Week: The Climate Pope, Hot Babes, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 06.22.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded.

Carbon Diary of a Reluctant Traveler

Daniel Rutherford | Posted 06.16.2015 | Green
Daniel Rutherford

Last year I flew 77,000 miles on 30 flights over 9 work trips, releasing an additional 11 tons of CO2. This means that flying for work quadrupled my emissions last year.

Climate Change This Week: The Melting Ice Connection, Sharing Solar, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 06.15.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. "Yoda" Bat Is Threatened from climate change and climate changing activities like ...

Why the United States Should Lead in Reducing Aviation Emissions

Daniel Rutherford | Posted 06.15.2015 | Green
Daniel Rutherford

It's good to see the U.S. finally starting to take this issue seriously. With luck, EPA's actions will also translate into the US taking a proactive, positive role in international negotiations to develop a global deal to control aviation emissions by late 2016.

How the Transition to Renewable Energy Could Come

Steven Cohen | Posted 06.15.2015 | Green
Steven Cohen

While I do not believe that a carbon tax is practical or feasible and do not believe it is the "solution" to the problem of global warming, I do believe the transition to renewable energy is practical, feasible and necessary.

5 Policy Issues that Show Why Jeb Bush Will Lose the Latino Vote

Latino Decisions | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics
Latino Decisions

Bush's misplaced reputation for moderation is belied by his actual policy record. And few if any analysts have stopped to consider how Bush's specific policy issues line up with Latino support for key policy issues.

Climate Change This Week: Solar-Plus Storage Push, Water and Energy Collide, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 06.08.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Which is more important to Americans - water, or hydro-power?

Voluntary Buyers Spend Nearly $4.5 Billion on Offsets Over Last Decade

Forest Trends | Posted 06.04.2015 | Green
Forest Trends

The voluntary carbon markets have served as the testing ground for compliance programs all over the world, even moving forward when efforts to implement mandatory cap-and-trade programs stalled. This has led to the voluntary markets having an influence that extends well beyond the nearly 1 billion offsets transacted over the last decade.

The Business Case for Low Carbon Growth

Paul Polman | Posted 06.01.2015 | Green
Paul Polman

Earlier this month some two thousand business leaders, representing over six million companies, convened in Paris at the Business and Climate Summit.

Climate Change This Week: Nerd Power, Deadly Heat Waves, Biblical Deluges, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 06.08.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Americans' Exposure To Heat Extremes Could Rise 6-Fold By 2050 - exposing vastly more Americans to dangerous heat waves due to a combination of rising temperatures and rapid population growth in the South and West, a new study warns.

Climate Change This Week: Bi-Polar Problems, Solar Breakthrough and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 05.27.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter and a little more crowded.

Climate Action: Together, We Will

Pierre-André de Chalendar | Posted 05.20.2015 | Green
Pierre-André de Chalendar

It's now increasingly clear that business must be pivotal in bridging what the world's leading climate scientists tell us is necessary to limit global warming to +2°C and what action national governments are pledging to take.

Ceres Calls on Corporate America to Fight Climate Change

John J. Berger | Posted 05.20.2015 | Green
John J. Berger

In a world of rampant climate destabilization and skyrocketing global carbon emissions, Ceres actively encourages its members to reap the economic benefits of reducing their greenhouse gas emissions through greater energy efficiency and renewables.

Climate Change This Week: CO2 Passes 400 ppm, President Can Act, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 05.18.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. @@ Global Warming Carbon Dioxide Levels Tick Past 400 ppm Reversing CO2 ...

Climate Change This Week: Cloudy Problems, Solar Charity and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 05.12.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded.

Are We All (Elon Musk Excepted) Confused?

Carl Pope | Posted 05.07.2015 | Green
Carl Pope

Last week was startling -- but confusing -- on the energy/water nexus innovation front.

The Conservative Case for a Carbon Tax: Q&A With Jerry Taylor

Mark Tercek | Posted 05.07.2015 | Green
Mark Tercek

In my view, Jerry Taylor is one of the smartest thinkers on U.S. climate and energy policy. I encourage you to read his recent report, published by the Niskanen Center, making the conservative case for a carbon tax.

Climate Change This Week: Earth Shaking News, Groundwater Disappearing, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 05.04.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. @@ Global Warming in 60 Seconds - a good summary of the main facts, done in 1950s...