This year, the UN is launching a new public web site that records the carbon footprint of just about every UN agency. The first step in solving a problem is figuring out its true scope and being transparent about it.
In British Columbia, there's a strong appetite for sustainability. While others still gripe about the Kyoto Protocol targets as if they are unreachable, UBC met them in five years ahead of schedule, in 2007.
The idea that the nations of the world would cede sovereignty over their economies to permit a global greenhouse gas cap-and-trade policy was misguided fantasy that is hopefully now laid to rest. So how do we move forward?
Here we are, 17 years after the signing of the UN framework convention on climate change, a year after Obama's election, and days away from Copenhagen, still without a global strategy to avoid a climate catastrophe.