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Tallying the True Costs of Fossil Fuels

Monday, the New York Times reported that a National Academy of Sciences study tallied the cost of burning fossil fuels and found that it was running the county about $120 billion dollars each year. That price tag is based almost entirely on health care costs and thousands of premature deaths from...

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Tags: Carbon, Climate, Climate change, Consumption, Economy, Energy, Environment, Global warming, Health, Policy
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McKibben Reminds Us that We Have Yet to Come to Terms with Our Limits

In A Timely Reminder of the Real Limits to Growth, a recent opinion piece in Yale Environment 360, Bill McKibben reminds us that it's been 37 years since publication of the book, Limits to Growth, which warned, "If the present growth trends in world population, industrialization, pollution, food ...

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Tags: Carbon, Climate change, Consumption, Economy, Environment, Global warming, Policy
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G20 Leaders Signal an End to Free Ride for Fossil Fuels

On one or two occasions, friends of mine have complained about renewable energies because they have to be subsidized to survive. (Yeah, I know. Fun party conversation.) My response is always to point out that we've been subsidizing fossil fuel production for decades. I never go into any details, ...

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Tags: Carbon, Climate, Climate change, Consumption, Economy, Environment, Global warming, Policy
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As Lovely as a Synthetic Tree? Geoengineering Might Capture Much of Our C02

It is a rare bit of news that offers a positive development on the global warming front. And an even rarer article that can explain carbon dioxide capture in layperson's terms. The NYT Green Inc. blog talked with Columbia geophysicist Klaus Lackner about just what these synthetic trees are, anywa...

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Tags: Carbon, Climate, Ecosystem, Global warming, Science, Technology, Trees
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Climate Change in the US: Transportation, Global Warming, and Gratitude

Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States - Full report(pdf) Transportation section (pdf) While in the long term any plan for carbon control hinges upon better public transportation networks, in the short term the many Americans reliant upon cars may find road conditions becoming more ...

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Tags: Carbon, Climate, Global warming, Train, Transit
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Trip to the Community Forklift

This weekend I set out to purchase some wood for a compost bin that I wanted to build for my house. My initial plan included a trip to home depot for some newly furnished wood, but a friend of mine suggested I take a trip to Maryland to check out a non-profit called the Community Forklift. It’s a...

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Tags: Building, Carbon, Construction, Environment, Housing, Materials, Salvage, Trees, Wood
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Board Member Juliet Schor Weighs in On NYT Debate: Food and Environment

New Dream Board Member Juliet Schor was published in the New York Times as part of Room for Debate: Toilet Paper and Other Moral Choices. She discussed an issue integral to our Cater to the Earth Campaign: the relationship between food choices and environmental impacts. Compared to producing veg...

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Tags: Carbon, Diet, Emissons, Greenhouse, Lifestyle, Meat, Vegetarian
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Urban Gardening: New York, Cuba, and Beekeepers

After the recent post Everybody Here With Us Chickens - The Urban Chicken Coop comes news from Civil Eats of urban beekeepers. Although bees are kept legally in cities like Chicago and San Francisco, in NYC beekeepers theoretically not only have to brave the occasional sting, but fear a law enfor...

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Tags: Carbon, Cuba, Farm, Industry, New york, Urban
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The Cutting-Edge Answer to Carbon Sequestration: Dumping?

Dumping corn stalks, wheat straw and other crop residues into the deep ocean, where cold and lack of oxygen would keep them from decomposing, would in effect sequester atmospheric CO2 on a time scale of millennia. It sounds suspiciously simple, but apparently it is possible to take the carbon ab...

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Tags: Carbon, Climate, Ocean, Waste
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Rocks that Eat Carbon

As a political science student I’m a junkie for all the latest global happenings. I spend much of my free time scouring through news outlets such as the Economist and BBC. On a recent binge I stumbled across an article from the Economist that discusses a recent discovery that may be a key t...

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Tags: Carbon
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