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NYT: Rich-Poor Divide Still Stalls Climate Accord

Developing nations demanded that the US and other developed countries cut their carbon emissions by more than 70% by 2020, according to the New York Times' Dot Earth blog. Developed countries have a historical debt – a historical responsibility. The more they pay now they less they pay later -- ...

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Tags: Class, Developing, Global warming, Human rights, Policy, Poor, Resources, Rich
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WIC: Bringing Local Foods to WIC Customers in Los Angeles

The Ethicurean reports on a new WIC Local Foods Line which launched in Los Angeles County. Like other government subsidy programs, WIC, (the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children) supplements the diets of low-income women, infants and children at the expense of s...

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Tags: Benefits, Children, Governmnent, Policy
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NYPD Green: Teaching Respect for the Environment, One Summons at a Time

On the New York City streets, polluters are learning to fear green-uniformed environmental protection police. It would make a great addition to the number of crime procedural TV shows set in the city: watch the officers crack down on undersize trout! Watch them in a sting operation on a supermark...

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Tags: City, Europe, Law, New york, Policy, Recycling, Trash, Urban
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A Little Optimism May Help Us Go A Long Way

New Dream board member Liz Barratt-Brown had a great post in the NRDC Switchboard blog yesterday. In No Substitute for Optimism she takes us from the first Earth Days (and subsequent policy shifts) up through technological hubris and to the present day. Now, when we can--and should--know the diff...

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Tags: Board, Change, Hubris, Liz, Optimism, Policy
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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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Secretary of Agriculture: Less likely to use us-vs-them thinking?

How will our food policy change now that our New Secretary of Agriculture is someone with weight issues? Said Tom Vilsack about dealing with a weight problem since childhood: Food is a fairly significant aspect of my life. I have struggled mightily with food. With my weight. And I'm conscious of...

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Tags: Agriculture, Diet, Food, Obesity, Overweight, Policy
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Liz Barratt-Brown: A Turning Point in the Tar Sands

“Energy security must morph to climate security.” writes New Dream board member Liz Barratt-Brown in connection to the tar sands issue for NRDC’s Switchboard. At the end of the day the key point is this - our leaders can no longer hide behind the coattails of the oil companies operating in the t...

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Tags: Board, Canada, Coal, Energy, New dream, Policy, Tar sands
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Green Jobs, Greenwashing, and the Importance of a Green Semantics

Joel Makower from GreenBiz.com asks an important question: "'Green jobs' has become a rallying cry for activists and politicians alike. They're soon to arrive, and in big numbers -- right?" Everyone is waiting to unwrap the "stimulus package," hoping that inside they will find a financial soluti...

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Tags: Bailout, Green jobs, Language, Policy
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Should Not Recycling Correctly Become a Crime?

This via Everyday Trash. Living in Sweden, one gets used to recycling. “To not recycle” is one of the things you just don’t_do, should you want to be able to blend in with your average crowd of people. We take it very seriously. A few years ago, municipal authorities brought a 77-year old woman ...

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Tags: Community, Crime, Europe, Policy
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