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San Francisco Extends Producer Responsibility to Pharmaceuticals

By Susan Hopp There is a saying among keen, long-time observers of social and cultural change, “Everything starts in San Francisco!” In keeping with this sentiment, SF’s Board of Supervisors last week (12/14) set in motion a truly groundbreaking movement. The “Safe Drug Disposal Ordinance” passed the Board with a vote of 7 to 4. … Continued

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UK Energy Market Reform Too Good To Be True? Probably.

The UK’s Department for Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne announced the biggest energy reform “in decades” on Friday. The reform package includes: a carbon price floor “increasing the cost of fossil fuel based generation, and strengthening the carbon price for UK electricity generators.” two Feed in Tarrifs: standard and premium contracts under which … Continued

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Wave Energy Technology Signals New Approach to Renewable Sector: Systems Thinking

The governments’ signals to markets and businesses is clear from Cancun, ‘don’t wait for us, get greening on your own.’ In a market that’s still ‘risky’ and under-capitalized and receiving conflicting signals from the government, it’s important to look at the market with respect to systems thinking. This is the position of Aquamarine, a wave … Continued


California to Create the Nation’s First-of-its-Kind Carbon Market

“The King is dead! Long live the King!” I never really understood what that phrase meant – until now. Supporters of carbon markets witnessed the death of any potential for a climate bill in the US, at least until after the 2012 election. The Chicago Climate Exchange, a voluntary emissions exchange platform built as the … Continued

San Jose Bans Single Use Plastic Shopping Bags

The San Jose City Council banned single use plastic shopping bags and prohibited retailers from giving away paper bags this week in a 10 to one vote. The ban will take effect on January 1, 2012. In 2012, retailers will have to charge 10 cents for a paper bag, and 25 cents in 2013. San … Continued

A Bad Year in UK Clean Tech

This time last year Britain’s commitment to cleantech was inspired, the outlook optimistic. It didn’t matter that there wasn’t an effective agreement on climate change as government plans looked to be more than sufficient to provide for a low-carbon future Britain. But it’s not been a good year for cleantech in Britain, from the financial … Continued


Bolivian President Morales’ Stance on Capitalism too Simplistic

Boyd Cohen, Ph.D., CEO CO2 IMPACT “O muere el capitalismo, o muere la Madre Tierra,” Evo Morales proclaimed at the recent UN COP16 in Cancun, Mexico.  The position that either “capitalism dies, or mother earth dies,” is certainly shared by many around the globe. And with good reason.  It is hard to argue that capitalism … Continued

No Fracking Way part 2: New York Moratorium Signed

As reported last week, the state of New York was considering a ban on the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” for natural gas exploration. Over the weekend Governor David Patterson signed a seven month moratorium on the most potentially destructive methods of horizontal fracturing, although many climate hawks would have preferred a more … Continued

CanCun COP16 Dispatch #2

The following is our second dispatch from COP16 in Cancun by Sean Kidney. Kidney works for the Climate Bonds Initiative, a group seeking to finance major climate projects thorough bonds. Kidney has been kind enough to share his notes with us. He offers the following from the last few days of activity…. As the Cancun … Continued

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Why California Should Adopt a Global Warming Gas Emission Fee

By: David A. Bainbridge Failed states are growing in number–Somalia, the Congo, Afghanistan, Iceland, Greece, Ireland, and California? If California can’t eliminate its structural deficit and get expenditures and revenues to match, the future is likely to be very grim. Governor-elect Brown faces an enormous challenge – but brings a breadth of experience and wisdom … Continued


A Postcard from Cancun: The COP16 Update

The odds that the COP16 talks in Cancun this week will produce much in the way of meaningful international agreement aren’t very high. Nonetheless, I was happy to get a dispatch from Sean Kidney via Hunter Lovins yesterday. Kidney works for the Climate Bonds Initiative, a group seeking to finance major climate projects thorough bonds. … Continued


Renewable Energy Incentives Future in Danger

Political rancor seems likely to derail a vitally important piece of legislation affecting the renewable energy sector. The Investment Tax Credit (ITC) grant scheme was introduced as part of the 2009 U.S. stimulus package, and it was considered a key piece of legislation by the green sector because it supported the industry during an economic … Continued


Supreme Court Will Decide if States Can Sue to Curb Utilities’ Emissions

David Doniger, policy director in NRDC’s Climate Center (Originally published on NRDC’s Switchboard Blog. The Supreme Court will hear challenges by America’s biggest power companies to a landmark appeals court ruling in Connecticut v. American Electric Power that they can be sued to curb their emissions of carbon dioxide, the main cause of global warming. … Continued

Regulators Pull a Bait-and-Switch on Green Chemistry Initiative in California

By Renee Sharp, Environmental Working Group In September 2008, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger celebrated the signing of two bills (AB 1879 and SB 509) that, he said, would propel “California to the forefront of the nation and the world with the most comprehensive Green Chemistry program ever established.” Once they went into effect, he said, … Continued


Why Do Republicans Fear Cities So Much?

If you take some time to look at demographics, voting patterns, and electoral maps, it’s pretty clear that the red-blue divide is stark and falls along a fairly distinct pattern: cities, where people live and work side by side with people of multiple other races, personalities, and lifestyles tend to be dark blue. Suburbs, where … Continued