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Entries from October 2007

Post Kyoto … Senator Kerry’s thoughts

October 29th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Today, Senator John Kerry gave a speech at the Council on Foreign Relations, “After Kyoto, Eyes on Bali: Global Climate Change and American Leadership”.  The talked focused on global climate change’s security challenges and provided thoughts as to paths forward at the Bali talks in December.

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Tags: carbon dioxide

Fight Global Warming with better Fire Fighting …

October 29th, 2007 · Comments Off on Fight Global Warming with better Fire Fighting …

No, I’m not talking about California’s wild fires, but there could be a case made for how better forest management could foster a healthier environment, including less combustibles ending up as CO2.  Instead, the imperative to figure out how to fight, to end underground coal fires. Stacey Feldman discusses this (The Truth About Coal Fires) over at […]

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Tags: carbon dioxide · China · coal

Toward A Better America: A Five Point Plan

October 29th, 2007 · 1 Comment

The Republic is at a critical crossroads – a point where Americans must understand and take action to ensure a future for ourselves, our children, and the unborn Americans of tomorrow.   Today, the nation is being driven down a path of fiscal failure, rotting of industrial strength, immoral and unethical governance, selling of our […]

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Tags: Energize America

Energizing America … Cities leading the way

October 29th, 2007 · 3 Comments

There are many rows to hoe to foster an Energy Smart culture, one that will enable us to create a Prosperous, Climate Friendly Society.  Being Energy Smart begins at Home, but individuals will not, cannot create this path toward a sensible future alone, we work, live, and prosper in communities. And, well, isn’t that what […]

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Tags: architecture · architecture2030 · building green · Energy · energy efficiency · solar

Kill a Vampire for Halloween …

October 28th, 2007 · 3 Comments

Vampires are among us. When you aren’t looking (or, when you are looking but not seeing), when you are sleeping, when you aren’t paying attention, Vampires are sucking up vital juices, threatening our very existence.   Thank you to TreeHugger for a video that we should send viral. A video to educate about the importance […]

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Tags: electricity · energy efficiency

Fans on the mind …

October 27th, 2007 · 2 Comments

Like Jessica, I’m “a green geek” and gadgets that help propel me (and, even better, the globe) toward an Energy Smart future excite me.  And, also like Jessica, I’m excited by a recent addition of a fan to my home. Bit by bit, I’m moving my home from 1950s to 21st century energy systems. That […]

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Tags: energy efficiency · Uncategorized

Mad world ….

October 26th, 2007 · Comments Off on Mad world ….

C02 emissions are growing at ever faster rates, in part, because the oceans are absorbing less CO2 and tropical forests are being devastated.  Ecosystems are shifting.  Fires are spreading. Droughts continue.  And, it is nearly November, the heat has yet to go on.  Have we already pulled the trigger? And, life is filled with advertisements […]

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Tags: emissions · Global Warming

“Cashing in on Green Energy”

October 25th, 2007 · Comments Off on “Cashing in on Green Energy”

The Union of Concerned Scientists has done a series of studies looking at the economic benefits of moving toward a greener economy.  In particular, they have examined the implications of a 15 percent renewable portfolio standard (RPS) by 2020, as included in HR3221, the House Energy Bill. Their October update, in summary: Consumer Savings $13 […]

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Tags: energy efficiency · renewable energy

Water, Fire, Global Warming … blending crises

October 25th, 2007 · Comments Off on Water, Fire, Global Warming … blending crises

Humanity faces serious challenges today and in the coming years.  Clearly, core to emerging from this century whole will be adequate and appropriate addressing of Peak Oil and Global Warming.  The reality is, however, that these mega-crises are intertwined with numerous other very serious challenges, such as ‘peak’ water and fires like those hitting California […]

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Tags: Global Warming

Forest Service Chief Warns of Global Warming Risks

October 25th, 2007 · 4 Comments

Just yesterday, in a speech to the Society of American Foresters U.S. Forest Service chief Gail Kimbell says the nation can expect more wildfires like the ones raging through Southern California as global climate change heats up the world’s forests. “Fires are burning hotter and bigger, becoming more damaging and dangerous to people and to […]

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Tags: Global Warming