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G-20 Vague On Environmental Sustainability

By Ted Nelson
September 28, 2009
File under: Alternative Energy, Carbon Emission Reduction, Clean Energy, Economy, Global Initiatives


The Group of 20 (G-20) meeting in Pittsburgh has yielded promise on the environmental sustainability front… but not quantifiable, time-specific progress.

Developing nations–including the member states of the African Union–and international leaders–including former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan–have been vocal about what they want from December’s international climate change meeting in Copenhagen: a well defined plan for how developed countries will help support environmentally sustainable development in the developing world.

The G-20, a club for the heads of state of powerful  countries, acknowledged that they want to take action on this issue. They did not, however, define how much action they want to take. …read more of G-20 Vague On Environmental Sustainability here

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Blogging ACES Pt. 2 – Energy Efficiency

By Terrence Murray
July 29, 2009
File under: Clean Energy, Conservation Standards, Obama

Image Credit: maciekSz, Flickr CC

The American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES) is a massive piece of legislation that leaves no stone unturned. It has a cap and trade provision; it provides billions of dollars for the development of clean electricity by harnessing the power of wind and sun, and it also includes funding — to the tune of $90 billion –  to support an extensive energy efficiency program.

Ironically, while much attention has focused on the bill’s cap-and-trade provision, covered here, energy efficiency is the one provision in this ACES legislation that over the long-term could have the most impact in resolving the climate change issue.

Step 1: Reduce the Need for Energy

It’s true that building wind farms across the U.S. wind corridor or massive solar power plants in the western deserts sound like attractive propositions. However, they also generate their share of issues. …read more of Blogging ACES Pt. 2 – Energy Efficiency here

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Blogging ACES – Cap and Trade

By Terrence Murray
July 16, 2009
File under: Carbon Emission Reduction, Environmental Policy


In a close vote — 219-212 — the U.S. House of Representatives approved the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES). Many Democrats broke party rank and voted against the legislation.

The debate now moves to the Senate, where the fate of the bill remains uncertain.

If fully enacted into law, ACES, also known as the Waxman – Markey bill, after its co-authors — Representatives Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and Edward Markey (D-Mass.) — could impact every corner of the American economy by deploying billions of dollars to prop up clean energy solutions.

The electric grid would be modernized and funds would be provided to make homes and offices more energy efficient. ACES, a 1,200 page document, leaves no stone unturned.

For ecomii readers, I dove right into the bill, slimmed down its wonkish language to pull out its major provisions, explain how they work and most importantly, how they could impact us. …read more of Blogging ACES – Cap and Trade here

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Politicking with our Future

By Ted Nelson
June 30, 2009
File under: Alternative Energy, Carbon Emission Reduction, Economy, Environmental Concerns, Environmental Policy, Legislation


A long awaited climate bill made it through the House on Friday June 26th and is awaiting a vote in the Senate.

While it’s significant that one house of congress has finally passed a bill to curb greenhouse gases (GHGs), the vote was far too close for comfort: 219 to 212. There is no certainty that the bill will pass the Senate.

There are some beefs with the specifics on the bill and not its intent to curb GHGs (such as a Bush-like approach to clean coal), but the vast majority of the opposition is based on an argument that cap-and-trade will hurt the economy.

This reasoning, however, is faulty: if no changes are made nature is set to do far more damage to our economy than 1,000 climate bills possibly could. …read more of Politicking with our Future here

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Swine Flu Linked to Industrialized Animal Production

By Marie Oser
June 25, 2009
File under: Environmental Concerns


On June 11, 2009, the World Health Organization (WHO) raised the worldwide pandemic alert level to Phase 6 in response to the ongoing global spread of the novel influenza A (H1N1) virus.

A Phase 6 designation indicates that a global pandemic is underway.¹ The WHO designation of a pandemic alert Phase 6 reflects the fact that there are now ongoing community level outbreaks in multiple parts of world. The 1918 flu epidemic was the last major global pandemic and killed 20 to 50 million people.

Modern agriculture and industrialized animal production has had a dramatic impact on society, human health and the environment. …read more of Swine Flu Linked to Industrialized Animal Production here

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