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Southwest Airlines Markets Green to What End?

Jonathan A. Schein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jonathan A. Schein

Southwest Airlines just announced that it will present a "green plane" at its annual media day. What does "green plane" mean to the air carrier?

A U.S. Commitment to Developing Nations: The Key to Unlocking Copenhagen

Frances Beinecke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Frances Beinecke

The US is the only nation that has yet to signal its commitment to medium-term financing for developing nations. This is what developing nations are waiting to hear.

Eco Etiquette: Is Recycling Bad For The Environment?

Jennifer Grayson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jennifer Grayson

I have been hearing reports that recycling is bad. That the costs of shipping, mostly the carbon emissions from them, counteract any benefit from recy...

Will the Copenhagen Climate Talks Connect Two 150-Year-Old Dots?

Cary Fowler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Cary Fowler

Edwin Drake drilled the first commercial oil well in 1859. The Age of Oil was born. The same year, the science of global warming was born.

Obama Puts Government On Greenhouse-Gas Diet

AP | DINA CAPPIELLO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is putting the federal government on a greenhouse-gas diet. In an executive order signed Monday, Obama dire...

Why President Obama's Copenhagen Efforts Matter

Michael Meehan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Michael Meehan

The US capitalizes on markets, and COP15 is a moment where it must seize the opportunity with climate change. But COP15 also represents an economic risk if we don't act because there are serious contenders abroad.

Obama on His Own

Dan Becker and James Gerstenzang | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Dan Becker and James Gerstenzang

Using his executive authority, President Barack Obama can instruct power plants to slash emissions and order new efficiency standards to cut the energy used by consumer and commercial appliances.

Sorting Blinks From Winks In The Copenhagen End Game

Nick Mabey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Nick Mabey

The world is close to an ambitious climate change deal; what is missing is the trust needed to reach a legal conclusion. Trust will be built through plain speaking not hints, spin and clever tactics.

The Chamber of Commerce and Climate Change

Joe Keefe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Joe Keefe

The Chamber of Commerce is dead wrong on climate change, and dead wrong on cap-and-trade legislation.

Copenhagen Goals Scaled Back: World Leaders Put Off Climate Change Treaty

TIME | Bryan Walsh Sunday, Nov. 15, 2009 | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Confirming doubts that had been growing for months, the world leaders in attendance at APEC -- along with Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen -...

Why Carbon Caps are Good for U.S. Competitiveness and the Economy

Scott Daniels | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Scott Daniels

The U.S. doesn't just need jobs. It needs a new basis for competitiveness and growth in global markets. Carbon management isn't the opposite of growth, but a the perfect platform on which to achieve it.

Addressing Global Warming: Can We Adapt? Should We Try?

Mary Ellen Harte and John Harte | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte and John Harte

How to confront future rising sea levels, droughts, intense heat waves, and other catastrophes stemming from continued global warming? We can try to mitigate, we can simply suffer, and we can try to adapt.

Fur Real: An Ethical Question for Vegan Fashion

Faran Krentcil | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Faran Krentcil

My black winter coat is fur -- Mongolian lamb with Russian mink, if you want to be precise. But is a vintage fur more ethically sound than a vegan 'fast fashion' ensemble?

Why U.S. Buildings Are Leaking a Mixture of Money and Carbon (& What Congress Can Do About It)

Emma Stewart, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Emma Stewart, Ph.D.

Congress is on the right track in setting higher standards for buildings' energy performance. With the right policy mechanisms, we can have far fewer leaks, and a lot more money in our pockets.

Greenways Can Achieve Most of 2020 US Climate Goal

Dennis Markatos | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Dennis Markatos

We need to foster more respect between drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians. And we need to improve cycling and walking infrastructure, which will cut greenhouse gases and result in public health benefits.

Green LEAF, Shocking VOLT -- GM Doesn't Get It, Again

Jonathan A. Schein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jonathan A. Schein

The Nissan LEAF is bringing the next generation of low- and zero-emission vehicles to market. The Chevy VOLT still runs on gasoline, and goes less than half the distance of a fully charged LEAF.

Rich Countries Ignore Irony in the 'Danish Text'

Richard Hall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Richard Hall

Time is running out for world leaders to agree on a deal to reduce carbon emissions sufficiently to prevent catastrophic climate change. The conference in Copenhagen is being described as the last chance.

A Lot of Bogus: The Story of Offsets

Patrick McCully | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Patrick McCully

if anyone does want a more comprehensive analysis of offsets (without having to read a small forest's worth of reports) I strongly recommend "Carbonomics," a recent episode of Dan Rather Reports.

Cap And Trade Should Go The Way Of The DoDo Before We Do

Daphne Wysham | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Daphne Wysham

Carbon offsets are attractive to polluters because they're cheaper than cuts. But they'll open up a new market in carbon, open to gaming, corruption, and the creation of a "carbon bubble."

Warming's Impacts Sped Up, Worsened Since Kyoto

AP | SETH BORENSTEIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON — Since the 1997 international accord to fight global warming, climate change has worsened and accelerated – beyond some of the...

Letter from Taiwan: 100 Million Manufacturing Employees Next Door

Gilbert B. Kaplan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Gilbert B. Kaplan

It probably will not take 50 years for China to take over Taiwan, and China would probably not put up with the situation for that long.

Al Gore Explains How Call For Climate Change Action Is Similar To Civil Rights Movement (Video)

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

The push for government action on climate change is like the US civil rights movement, according to former Vice President Al Gore. Both causes depende...

Call in the HERO @ #COP15

Alexia Parks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Alexia Parks

All hope is not lost in Copenhagen. The rudderless ship needs some direction though. Who better to provide that than leader of the free world?

Protesters Hold Massive Rallies Against Emissions, Climate Change

New York Times | ANDREW C. REVKIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Campaigners against global warming have drawn on an arsenal of visually startling tactics over the years, from posing nude on a Swiss glacier to scali...

Copenhagen, Methane Emissions, and the Arctic

Armond Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Armond Cohen

Reducing methane emissions could bring quick results, because its warming lasts only 10 years, while CO2 warming already in place will continue for centuries.