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Elvis Costello's New Economy vs. Big Oil's Old One

Clint Wilder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Clint Wilder

Prop. 23's principal backers, Texas-based oil companies Tesoro and Valero, claim that AB 32 is bad for business and job creation in California. Here's the question: bad for whose business?

Buildings Come to Life And The Challenge of Existing Ones

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

A living building supplies its own energy needs through geothermal and photovoltaic energy and is carbon neutral.


Edward Flattau | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Edward Flattau

If they don't get their heads out of the sand, ostrich-minded lawmakers railing against increased energy costs because of the imposition of climate change measures risk the enmity of future generations.

Climate Talks Tank, Global South Sinks Further

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Michelle Chen

Leading countries in the UN climate talks continue seeing emissions reduction as a political poker game, but politically disenfranchised communities know all too well that the house always wins.

A Ray of Light in China? EPA Administrator Attempts to Defuse Climate Standoff

Corbin Hiar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Corbin Hiar

The climate talks in Tianjin last week did very little to improve the prospects for a binding international treaty, which would reduce the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that are warming the globe.

A Win-Win Policy: Conserving Lands and Mitigating Climate Change in a Public-Private Partnership

Steven Apfelbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Steven Apfelbaum

A group of scientists, NGOs, and policy makers has been working on developing technical standards designed to allow soils to be put to work right now to sequester carbon.

Will Scientists' Calls For Climate Action Fall on Negotiators' Deaf Ears?

Corbin Hiar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Corbin Hiar

With only days remaining until diplomats are due to arrive in Tianjin for the final round of climate negotiations before the Cancun summit, scientists...

Happy Birthday Clean(er) Air: We Still Have a Long Way to Go

Van Jones | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Van Jones

Promoters of dirty air have been vilifying the Clean Air Act since it was just a notion in a congressional subcommittee, four decades ago. They carry on with the same fear-mongering today, peddling the same old falsehoods.

Ryan Grim

Reid Promises Vote On Blocking EPA From Addressing Climate Change | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will allow a vote on legislation to block the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gases for t...

The Clean Air Act Is in No Shape to Be Celebrated

David Schoenbrod | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Schoenbrod

On Sept. 14, Lisa Jackson will lead a celebration of the Clean Air Act's 40-year anniversary. It is appropriate to celebrate past successes, but in truth the Clean Air Act cannot handle today's pollution problems.

Planetary Watch: Is It a Good Microbe or a Bad Microbe?

Bill Chameides | Posted 11.18.2013 | Green
Bill Chameides

Could it be that we've been looking in the wrong places to solve our problems? Could it be that all our worries would be over if we only had some more microbes?

The Gulf Was Sick Before the Oil Spill, and How to Make it Well Again

Steven Apfelbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Steven Apfelbaum

The Gulf of Mexico is sick, but, in fact, it's been ill for a long time, and it needs a bigger fix. Now is the time to look, more broadly, at the health of our nation's natural resources.

Energy Companies Win Katrina Greenhouse-Gas Suit After Eight Federal Judges' Recusals | Mark Schleifstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

So many members of the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals have recused themselves from a rehearing of a lawsuit that charges energy companies with cont...

Hey, CEOs. Want Certainty? Cap Carbon

Bill Scher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bill Scher

If you want to argue that there is renewed uncertainty over environmental regulation, don't pin it on the president for proposing legislation to cap greenhouse gas emissions. Blame conservatives for blocking it.

After BP, Will We Have Learned Anything?

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

The good news is that the spill at the Deepwater Horizon oil well in the Gulf of Mexico has been plugged. Whether it will hold or not has yet to be seen, and what will ultimately be done with the well is also unknown.

Eco Etiquette: Is The Carbon Footprint Passe? 5 Global Warming Offenders to Know Now (PHOTOS)

Jennifer Grayson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jennifer Grayson

Send all your eco-inquiries to Jennifer Grayson at Questions may be edited for length and clarity. Somebody said to me that ...

Redesigning the International Approach to Climate Change

Robert J. Lempert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robert J. Lempert

Instead of a specific international plan for the energy revolution, we should have some nations race ahead and, once a majority has discovered a promising path, give them the tools to strongly encourage the rest to follow.

The Lugar Energy Plan: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

David Doniger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Doniger

Sen. Lugar is a realist who has long acknowledged the dangers of global warming, and who cares deeply about the U.S.'s leadership role in solving tough international problems. But his bill falls short

Eco Etiquette: How Green Are Solar Panels?

Jennifer Grayson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jennifer Grayson

Send all your eco-inquiries to Jennifer Grayson at Questions may be edited for length and clarity. It seems like a good thin...

Earth Day and the World's Cities

Marcelo Ebrard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Marcelo Ebrard

On this Earth Day, we should think how we can make a true impact in our daily lives. As Mexico City has shown, we don't have to sit and wait for world leaders to agree on how to care for our environment.

Earth Day - A Modest Proposal (with apologies to Jonathan Swift)

Andrew Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Andrew Shapiro

It's time to think about moving to Mars On this 40th Anniversary of Earth Day, there is good reason to celebrate the efforts of individuals, communi...

Green is Garbage

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

In recent published reports, the University of New Hampshire has found a new way to generate energy. The university's EcoLine project, four years in t...

Senate Measure To Strip The EPA Of Authority Fails

Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate has rejected a bid to stop the Obama administration from imposing regulations on greenhouse gases, giving a boost to Pre...

Al Gore Doubles His Carbon Footprint

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

In deciding to divorce, the Gores have doubled their carbon footprint by creating the need for two residences. Though they have purchased carbon offsets for their property, that's like buying oneself out of conscription during the Civil War.

Keep the Greenhouse Gas Blowout Preventer - Lose the "Dirty Air Act"

Bill Meadows | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bill Meadows

The disaster in the Gulf has shown that our country desperately needs a better energy path - it's time to wean ourselves off dirty fuels, not increase our dependence on them.