The Chamber of Commerce is dead wrong on climate change, and dead wrong on cap-and-trade legislation.
If we don't take our responsibility to transcend the climate-deniers and the self-interest of politicians seriously, we will push our planet beyond a tipping point from which we can't recover.
It could be a long time before we achieve consensus on global climate strategy. In the meantime, there are "no regrets" strategies we can implement to improve our lives and our future prospects.
The speed of climate change and the rate at which feedback mechanisms approach or exceed tipping points are of growing international military concern, especially in countries facing critical resource depletion now or in the near future.
The year 2009 could have been a decisive one for U.S.-China relations. But coming out of this year of expectations, concrete results are hard to find.
Multilateral negotiations broke down in Copenhagen: future climate change talks should take a note from Silicon Valley, where tools to innovate and bypass obstacles were developed by small groups of people in kitchens and garages.
The execution of Akmal Shaikh was another use of indirect aggression, showing the West that China doesn't care what it thinks and will do what it wants.
With a rare optimistic bent, here are my top 10 reasons for positive thinking on climate change in 2010.
There is about 40 times more clean energy available than we need for the present world consumption. All that energy can be captured with technology that already exists!
The Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth could do for our planet what the Universal Declaration of Human Rights has done to integrate human decency into countries' legal systems around the globe.
At the Brandenburg gate, which once sat in "no-man's land" between East and West Berlin, I wondered if, 20 years from now, abandoned coal power plants will be nothing more than museums.
Humanity will return to organic agriculture because it is the only farming system that can supply the world with sufficient quantities of healthy food in the emerging era of global warming, erratic weather, declining fossil fuels, and water scarcity.
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.
Informed, committed nations working together should be able to tap into people's common goal to stave off the effects of climate change, but the leaders at Copenhagen neglected some simple rules for creating such cooperation.
This is the 11th international negotiation I've attended. For the first time every major emitting country came to the table with commitments to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.
Projects like the Fresh Air Center are the success of a failed UN summit because of the social relationships established and the well-rooted online infrastructure and knowledge base created.