George W. Bush Library Gets a “Climate Hero Award” for Achieving LEED Platinum Status

September 24, 2013 by  
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In an ironic turn of events, the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum received a “Climate Hero Award” from California Senator Barbara Boxer on Monday. While the architects who designed facility certainly worked hard to achieve the highest standards in energy conservation, the same cannot be said for the former president’s policy decisions while in office. Read the rest of George W. Bush Library Gets a “Climate Hero Award” for Achieving LEED Platinum Status Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Climate Change , climate hero award , Dallas , George W. Bush , george w. bush presidential library and museum , global warming , huffington post , interactive timeline , kyoto protocol , Leed Platinum certification , national archives and records administration , nrdc , senator barbara boxer , texas , vice president cheney        

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Kyoto Protocol Extended to 2020 at Doha Climate Change Conference

December 10, 2012 by  
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At the very last minute, 200 nations agreed to extend the Kyoto Protocol to 2020 while a successor to the legally binding agreement on curbing greenhouse gas emissions is re-worded by 2015. While many attendants of the UN climate talks in Doha believed the meeting to be a colossal failure , the addition of a Loss and Damage clause calling for developed nations to stockpile up to $10 billion per year up to 2020 is seen by some as a watershed moment for climate talks. Read the rest of Kyoto Protocol Extended to 2020 at Doha Climate Change Conference Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Climate Change , COP18 , Doha , emissions cuts , environmental news , global warming , greenhouse gases , hot air , kyoto protocol , loss and damage mechanism , qatar

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COP18 Ends in Colossal Failure

December 7, 2012 by  
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The 18th Conference of the Parties or COP18 ends today in colossal failure. Not only have the negotiations failed to produce any meaningful emissions cuts , but ‘Hot Air’ permits that allow countries like Poland and Russia to maintain their heavy industries may even result in more emissions . Talks have stalled for a host of reasons, though most developing nations blame rich countries like the United States , Canada and Japan for refusing to sign an interim successor agreement to the Kyoto Protocol that would bind them to emissions reductions. Finance continues to be a contentious issue. At the COP15 meetings in Copenhagen, rich nations agreed to building a $100 billion annual fund by 2020 that would help developing nations cope with the effects of escalating climate change. The EU has offered interim funding but the US has failed to commit, citing the global economic crisis as justification. The Loss and Damage mechanism would require rich nations responsible for the highest emissions to compensate the countries that are most vulnerable, but the BBC reports that nobody wants to agree to any terms because of admission of guilt such a move would imply. Meanwhile, Qatar has come under fire for its soft leadership. Instead of compelling other Arab countries to reach a meaningful agreement to slash emissions, the emirate agreed to build an Institute for Climate Studies. The president of the conference, Abdullah bin Hamad al-Attiyah, told BBC News that he didn’t have luck creating a joint Arab position on the issue. “I want us to move together on climate change but I can’t get consensus on this.” Another UN climate meeting comes to a close without any substantial consensus as scientists issue increasingly grave warnings about the state of the earth. In short, COP18 was a colossal #FAIL. Via BBC News Lead image via Penny.Yi.Wang , flickr, Blacked out Lower Manhattan by Iwan Baan

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Global CO2 Levels Reach Record High at 34 Billion Tons Last Year With China Taking the Lead

November 13, 2012 by  
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According to a report by the international Renewable Energy Industry Institute based in Germany, the total levels of global greenhouse gas emissions reached a record high last year at 34 billion tons. China led the pack with 8.9 billion tons, outpacing the United States at 6 billion tons. Nations around the world have pumped 800 million more tons of CO2 into the atmosphere than in 2010 and show no signs of slowing. Read the rest of Global CO2 Levels Reach Record High at 34 Billion Tons Last Year With China Taking the Lead Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: BP , china , CO2 , Doha , germany , India , Japan , kyoto protocol , norbert allnoch , qatar , renewable energy industry institute , russia , un framework convention on climate change , unfcc , united states

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Ruby House: A Modern Passive House in the Historic Avenues District of Salt Lake City

November 13, 2012 by  
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Bonn Climate Change Conference Fails to Make Any Progress Due to Lack of Political Will

May 30, 2012 by  
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The climate change conference in Bonn was supposed to see the creation of a work-plan that would result in a new global climate treaty by 2020. Instead, the talks ended with disappointment, no progress being made, and there are concerns that politics are getting in the way. More disturbingly, it is reported that decisions made during the Durban talks last year are now being undermined. Read the rest of Bonn Climate Change Conference Fails to Make Any Progress Due to Lack of Political Will Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2020 treaty , 2020 work plan , bonn climate conference , bonn kyoto agreement , Climate Change , climate change conference , durban climate conference , Greenpeace , kyoto protocol , qatar climate conference

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Rick Perry Slams UK Program to Educate Texas Climate Skeptics

April 4, 2012 by  
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Texas Governor Rick Perry has attacked the United Kingdom’s Foreign Office for its contribution to an initiative that tried to “educate” Texas politicians on climate change. Two state senators from Texas in 2009 were flown to the UK, where they received a briefing from government officials and climate change scientists. Additional money was spent on a conference in Austin that focused on climate change and featured a video of Prince Charles making an appeal to Texas lawmakers, expenditures that Perry was none too happy about. Read the rest of Rick Perry Slams UK Program to Educate Texas Climate Skeptics Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Climate Change , cop15 , Environmental Defense Fund , kyoto protocol , Rick Perry , texas , Tory Fraser , UK Foreign Office , united kingdom

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Can Scientists Combat Climate Change by Bioengineering the Human Body?

March 13, 2012 by  
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Climate talks have stalled, and many countries view geoengineering — like cloud whitening or constructing a space-based sun shade — to be too risky. Could the genetic engineering of the human body to make people smaller and more energy-efficient, for example, be a last-ditch effort to combat climate change? That’s just one of the controversial ideas floated by authors S. Matthew Liao, Anders Sandberg, and Rebecca Roache in a new paper that’s set to be published in the journal Ethics, Policy and the Environment . Read the rest of Can Scientists Combat Climate Change by Bioengineering the Human Body? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bioengineering , carbon footprint , Climate Change , CO2 , DNA , genetic engineering , geoengineering , global warming , kyoto protocol , livestock , Meat , Newborn Baby , S. Matthew Liao , science , Technology , vegan , vegetarian , vegetarianism

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What the COP17 Negotiators Must Accomplish in Durban

November 29, 2011 by  
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From emerging good news about on-the-ground implementation to deciding the fate of the Kyoto Protocol, participants in the current U.N. Climate Summit have their work cut out for them, even though expectations and hope for progress are as low as can be.

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COP17: Business and Government Must Work Together to Make Policy

November 28, 2011 by  
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Although business leaders are clamoring for a strong policy on climate action, there are only low expectations for success at the UN’s annual climate summit. Do the two groups even understand each other enough to start a productive dialogue?

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