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New Australian Carbon Tax Offers Comprehensive Model for All

Last Sunday the Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, announced a new a plan to tax carbon emissions from the country’s 500 worst polluters. Starting next year, these companies will pay for each ton of carbon dioxide emitted, first through a fixed carbon tax and from 2015 via a carbon trading scheme. This plan came to … Continued

Southern California Edison’s Journey Towards the Smart Grid

The smart grid is getting more and more attention these days.  With all this talk, a few questions lingers in the mind.  What exactly is the smart grid?  When will we actually get the smart grid in place?  How smart can the grid really be? Recently, Southern California Edison (SCE) held a smart grid roundtable … Continued

Fare Trade: Lifetime Bus Pass for Your Car

For some a lifetime trolley-bus pass might sound like the third-place prize in a contest where $1 million goes to the first-place winner. Or maybe the wrong choice of doors in a Let’s Make a Deal episode. For urban dwellers it might be the economic incentive that gets unnecessary and polluting cars off of crowded … Continued

The Insurance Industry Can’t Afford to Have Their Heads in the Sand on Climate Change

…they only need to look as far as their own checkbooks to see that something very disruptive and damaging is happening. In 2005, in the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma, damages reached 173 billion worldwide. Here in the US, damages from catastrophic losses cost the insurance industry $62 billion that year, up by 50% from the 1990’s. Back in the 50’s that number was only $4 billion. The number of reported natural disasters has been climbing steadily from around 70 in 1975, climbing into the two hundred range in the 80’s, to an average of around 400 over the past decade. The awakening of insurance executives to the fact that “something is happening here…” seems to be beginning with the re-insurance firms, those that insure the insurance companies that insure us.

British PM Announces That All Ministers Have to Fly Coach

One of the perks of working as a high level civil servant is getting to fly first class and stay in fancy hotels. However British Prime Minister, David Cameron has different ideas. It is a well known fact that flying first class comes with a steeper carbon footprint. Last year the British Foreign Office had … Continued

Is the “Light Bulb Ban” a Communist Plot?

If you’ve been paying attention to right wing media lately, then you’re well aware that a sinister communist plot is close to unravelling in Washington today. A supposed “ban” on incandescent light bulbs in the US is up for repeal – led by representative Joe Barton (R-TX). Voting may take place as soon as tonight. … Continued

Corporate Giants Add One Million Vehicles to National Clean Fleets Partnership

In a clear case of high bar-setting, earlier this year the U.S. Department of Energy kicked off its National Clean Fleets Partnership with a select group of official partners: AT&T, FedEx, PepsiCo, UPS and Verizon. The program aims to reduce diesel and gasoline pollution from fleet vehicles, and with these global A-listers on board others … Continued

Tea Party Opposes ICLEI and Sustainable Development in Cities

Today, ICLEI has more than 1200 local government members from 70 countries representing nearly 600 million people around the globe.  Members of ICLEI are committed to sustainable local development.

With such a mission, it’s not a huge surprise that the organization has come under fire from the Tea Party.

Introduction of the Safe Cosmetics Act Means that the Beauty Industry Must Shape Up

The policies for ingredient use in cosmetics have not been updated since 1938. Now with the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011 the House of Representatives  may give the FDA authority to keep personal-care products free of chemicals linked to cancer, birth defects, neurological disorders, and other ailments. Cosmetic companies are required to fully disclose the ingredients used in their formulations according … Continued

Building Bicycle Infrastructure Creates Jobs, Studies Find

While the economy remains in the doldrums and job growth continues to stutter, the bicycle industry, at least, seems to have recovered from the woes of the recession. The National Bicycle Dealers Association details that in 2010, bicycle sales were up 15% over the previous year, bolstering the industry to $6 billion in annual sales. … Continued

How Shareholders are Battling Excessive Executive Compensation

Shareholders for the past year have been able to engage in the conversation of executive pay through a resolution placed on proxy statements of all companies due to the recently implemented Dodd-Frank bill. Allowing owners of publicly traded companies to vote on such an important matter would seem to shift things in a positive direction. Right? Wrong.

Global Ranking of Top 10 Resilient Cities

By Boyd Cohen, Ph.D., CO2 IMPACT and Co-Author, Climate Capitalism Resilient cities, those that are working to transition towards a low-carbon economy while also preparing to avert the worst of climate change, are gaining interest and attention from policy makers, city councils and others worldwide. In fact, today, leaders from the public and private sector, … Continued

Is the US Right To Seek Airline Exemption From European Carbon Law?

Business Green reports that US Airlines, American Airlines, Continental and United, along with their trade association, the Air Transport Association (ATA), will file a legal challenge to a European law requiring all airlines flying into and out of the EU to pay a charge per tonne of CO2 emitted. The US government opposes the law. … Continued