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CO2 Cubes: Visualize a Tonne of Change

By Ted Nelson
June 18, 2009
File under: Education, Environmental Policy, Global Initiatives


In the US the average person emits a metric ton of CO2 every two weeks. For the developed world as a whole it takes an average of one month. In the developing world, three months.

Ever wonder how big a metric ton of carbon dioxide really is? It’s a measurement thrown around in green circles and even mainstream media all the time, but a rather intangible concept. You can’t see a metric ton of CO2 emissions the same way you can a clear-cut forest.

With the Copenhagen convention to be held this coming December, the UN and an organization called Millennium Art are attempting to help us visualize a metric ton of CO2 with their project CO2 Cubes: Visualize a Tonne of Change. …read more of CO2 Cubes: Visualize a Tonne of Change here

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China’s Green Revolution

By Ted Nelson
June 15, 2009
File under: Economy, Environmental Concerns, Global Initiatives


China’s economic emergence has been the big story in the world economy since the fall of the Soviet Union. While China’s development has brought a lot of good, it has taken an often under-reported toll on the environment.

It’s now becoming popular to say that if China’s not on board in Copenhagen, the rest of the world’s emissions reductions and environmental sustainability pledges will mean nothing.

You’ve probably heard that China is the largest polluter of greenhouse gases (GHGs) at about 7.5 gigatons per year, which makes some sense since 1/5 of the world’s population lives within its borders. …read more of China’s Green Revolution here

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First Latino to Supreme Court

By Ted Nelson
May 28, 2009
File under: Cabinet, Obama


Barack Obama named his nominee to replace Justice David Souter on the United States Supreme Court today: Sonia Sotomayor, a U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judge in New York.

Sotomayor was appointed to the Federal District Court of Manhattan by the first President Bush and then promoted to the Court of Appeals by Clinton, leading Obama to praise her as a non-partisan nominee.

She studied at Princeton before attending Yale Law school. She is a first generation American who grew up in the Bronx, the daughter of a factory worker: seemingly the embodiment of the American Dream.

If appointed she will be the first Latino ever to serve on the nation’s highest court, and the one of two woman on the current Court. …read more of First Latino to Supreme Court here

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Negative Pop. Growth

By Tracy Crawford
May 21, 2009
File under: Environmental Concerns


Americans seem to have a fascination with parents of multiples these days.

We have TV shows about people with 18 kids going on 19 (or is it 20 now), parents with eight kids and those with 10 kids. We’re still seeing news coverage about the octomom.

It seems we can’t get enough.

All of these multiples, in large part, stem from the growing number of people using fertility drugs in order to conceive and have kids. These drugs can cause pregnancies of multiples.

Unfortunately, not many people think about how human population growth can have a disastrous impact on our planet. …read more of Negative Pop. Growth here

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Navy Leads Way on Sustainability

By Ted Nelson
May 18, 2009
File under: Carbon Emission Reduction, Environmental Policy


This week I had the privilege of visiting the Navy’s Sustainability Interior Showroom (SIS) in San Diego. This showroom is part of Admiral Len Hering’s effort to green the Navy’s act in the Southwest, for which he is the commanding officer.

The showroom was constructed and decorated by GSA certified contractors and suppliers, all of whom meet strict environmental criteria. Suzanne Smith, Navy Environmental Sustainability Coordinator, spoke about staying away from toxic materials, bringing in natural light, reusing materials (the construction was zero waste), LED lighting, a functional and motivational workspace, and a host of other green features that went into the SIS.

The showroom is meant to provide an example for Navy construction, remodeling, and interior decorating projects, many of which will be seeking LEED status in the future.

I never particularly thought of the Armed Services as a beacon of green (at least outside of camouflage), but hearing Admiral Hering and Suzanne Smith speak really woke me up to the sustainability efforts of the Navy. …read more of Navy Leads Way on Sustainability here

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