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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

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

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

Do those opposing climate action even know where the high ground is?

I think it's fair to say that a measure of how morally bankrupt your position is on an issue is related to how much you have to lie to rally public support for your position. (No, I'm not talking about that other issue currently dominating the news. I'm talking about climate change legislation.) ...

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Tags: Climate change, Energy, Environment, Global warming, Policy

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

GMs Last Defender of Business as Usual

As I have mentioned to many, I have spent a little bit of time since we launched the GM Virtual Stockholders Meeting http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/pages/GM-Virtual-Stockholders-Meeting/129954779615?ref=ts on General Motors own fan page on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/generalmo...

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Tags: Cars, Global warming, Gm stakeholders

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

Green Intentions: Dylan Thomas and the Faces of Nature

Two faces of the sun, by Le Corbusier Last week I wrote about the poetry of the green movement, and today we're going to have a little more poetry. In fact, don't be surprised if you see poetry, thought-provoking quotations, and other posts from the heart in this space in coming weeks. After all...

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Tags: Carbon, Dylan, Global warming, Intention, Nature, Poetry

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

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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