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AM Inspiration: Summer Nights, Country and City Versions

The summer seemed to get off to a late start this year for many of us on the East Coast. All the rain and cool temperatures have finally given way to warm temperatures and warm nights. If you're trying to use less air conditioning this summer--or don't have it at all--there are a variety of strat...

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Tags: Air conditioning, Climate change, Energy efficient, Global warming, Season, Summer
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AM Inspiration: Villains Recast as Heroes - A Modern Aesop and Climate Change

Climate change: it's affecting flora and fauna, glaciers and hurricanes, but our fairy tales may also be turned upside-down in our warming world. Take the Aesop fable The Wind and the Sun about the two forces competing to see who could induce a traveler to take off his cloak. The Sun's victory wa...

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Tags: Aesop, Climate change, Fable, Fairy tale, Myth, Parable, Story, Sun, Wind power
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Wal-mart Launches Sustainability Index

Lot of chatter in the enviro press lately about Wal-mart's new Sustainability Index, and possible plans to establish a sustainability label for the products it sells, somewhat akin to nutrition labels currently on food packaging. Yes, you say, but it's Wal-mart. Time was, the two corporations m...

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Tags: Advertising, Climate change, Economy, Environment, Green, Marketing, Shopping
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Cost of going green

While reading the green science section of The Washington Post, I came across an article stating that on July 9th, public officials from around the world have agreed to attempt to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Despite this optimism, we must make sure that all nations follow through in doing w...

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Tags: Climate change
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Climate Change in the US Report: Part 2 Ecosystems, Home and Office

Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States - Full report(pdf) Ecosystems section (pdf) The next in our series of overviews from the Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States report is Ecosystems. One of the most interesting points is made in the introduction to the section: wh...

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Tags: Air conditioning, Climate change, Ecosystem, Energy efficiency, Environment, Global warming, Heat, Species, Summer
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Save the Date: October 24th = 350

It's not too early to begin planning what you'll be doing at the end of October. No, not your Halloween costume (though there are greener ways to do that, too). This October 24 is a unique opportunity to come together with all the other world citizens who are concerned about climate change. 350.o...

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Tags: 350.org, Action, Activist, Carbon, Climate change, Climate talks, Emissions, Global warming, October, Organize, Un
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Climate Change in the US Report: Part 1 Tips for a Cooler Society

Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States - Full report(pdf) Society section (pdf) The Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States report, released by the United States Global Change Research Program, is a down-to-earth vision of what our earth may look like in the very near fut...

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Tags: Air conditioning, Climate change, Cool, Driving, Environment, Heat
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Help 1Sky, Help the Environment: Call Congress

It may be the most important call you make this week. See the instructions from the 1Sky Blog: Most of us have probably never called our congressional representative's office before. We’ve attended rallies or sent e-mail, but a phone call is different. It’s difficult to know what to say, when to...

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Tags: Advocacy, Climate change, Government, Policy
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No Worries: We Can Solve Climate Change By Getting Richer

Most would agree that solving the climate crisis will require science--creative science and a lot of it. It seems like that science shouldn't be contrary to common sense, though. I've read and re-read John Tierney's Use Energy, Get Rich and Save the Planet in today's New York Times, and it's hard...

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Tags: Climate change, Developing, Economics, Economy, Wealth
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Language watch: Uncertainty about the environment

"Why the Word 'Uncertainty' Has Gotten Us into Climate Change Trouble" Via Treehugger: This quote from the Copenhagen Climate Congress made by John Ashton of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office: "Words mean different things: Uncertainty to a politician often means, 'Come back and tell me when...

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Tags: Certainty, Climate change, Language, Law, Policy, Probability, Treaty, Uncertainty
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