Why Cancun is the Place to Be… for Energy Innovation

By: Michel Gelobter A year ago, the world was hopeful that a global agreement would come out of the COP15 sessions in Copenhagen. With the United States joining the UN climate negotiations for the first time in almost a decade, all the players were at the table. Unfortunately, legislative gridlock ensued in the US and … Continued


Clearing the Air at Cancun Climate Summit

As COP-16 begins in Cancun, Mexico, world leaders need to understand that global warming isn’t only about carbon dioxide. In a world that is stepping close to a steep and dangerous precipice, doing more to reduce non-CO2 climate change contributors such as methane, black carbon soot, tropospheric ozone, and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) might help head global … Continued


Clean Dev Mechanism Reauthorizes HFC-23 Credits. Is There A Market?

We have reported several times on the UN Clean Development Mechanism (CDM)’s HFC-23 crisis, and now the CDM Executive Board has decided, essentially, that the crisis was a false alarm. Back in June, CDM Watch, a monitoring group, alleged that up to one-third of all the carbon emission reduction credits issued by the CDM may … Continued

Stern Warning: US Could Be Faced With Global Boycott Because of Carbon

Last Friday, Lord Nicholas Stern, the author of the British government’s 2006 report on climate change economics, warned that many countries might boycott US goods if they were deemed to be responsible for too much carbon emissions. This is clearly an opening shot across the bow of the newly elected and clearly climate disinterested US government, in advance of the forthcoming UN climate summit that will be starting today in Cancun. This year’s UN conference will provide an opportunity for industrialized countries to discuss future commitments under the Kyoto protocol.


The Limits of Ethical Consumption

Anne McCaig, CEO of Cafedirect, said in an interview by the Guardian that ethical consumption has its limits. “At the end of the day, ethical consumption can only drive so much,” McCaig said. “Businesses are good at picking the low-hanging fruit, like energy efficiency: anything that cuts costs. But the Government has to put the … Continued


Video Interview: Sharon Nunes of IBM’s Smart City Strategy and Solutions

Managing our planet’s limited resources is vital for realizing a sustainable future.  Many large scale human systems that interact with our planet need major improvements and measurement is the first step towards improvement.  This interview with Sharon Nunes of IBM, profiles IBM’s Smarter Planet initiative.  Nunes is the VP of IBM’s Smart City Strategy and … Continued


Chicago Climate Exchange to Cease Operations

The Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX), the U.S.’s only emissions credit exchange, will close shop by year’s end, citing a lack of legislative interest. While voluntary, the exchange was legally binding, and counted among its members Dupont, Motorola and IBM. The exchange suffered a blow when it became clear no meaningful climate legislation would make it … Continued

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Sustainable Haiti: Rebuilding for the Long Haul

The Sustainable Haiti Coalition is a platform of collaboration that coordinates resources for a suite of sustainable solutions. I spoke with co-founder Douglas Cohen, on the phone. He told me that, “ethical leadership and triple bottom line values are the criteria for participation.” They are helping to facilitate the work of Haitian Diaspora members engaged in providing resources for sustainable ventures.


Al Gore Says Ethanol Subsidies Are a Mistake

U.S. ethanol subsidies totaled $7.7 billion last year. On December 31, those subsidies will expire. Al Gore, while speaking at a green business conference in Athens on Monday sponsored by Marfin Popular Bank, said those subsidies are “a mistake.” Gore said that the “energy conversion ratios are at best very small.” Gore declared, “It is … Continued


Florida Voters Reject Land Use Planning Amendment

By: Lauren Suerth On November 2nd Florida residents overwhelmingly voted down an amendment to the State’s Constitution that would have given them the final say in all municipal land use decisions.  Amendment 4, which was defeated 67% to 33%, would have granted Floridians the right to vote on major development projects in their community by … Continued


11,000 and Counting: Feed-In Tariffs Prove Enormously Popular in UK

If the UK is anything to go by, feed-in tariffs (PDF) are an idea whose time has come. In just six months, Ofgem, the British regulating authority, has had more than 11,000 generators registering for feed-in tariffs, proving that small-scale renewable power is being installed at a phenomenal rate. If you do the math, these … Continued

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UK Minister Gives Glimpse of Big Society Bank

The UK’s Minister for Civil Society, Nick Hurd, MP, gave a preview of the government’s plans for funding its Big Society bank at the Good Deals 2010 conference this week. “We want to make it easier… for people who can see a way things can be done better,” said Hurd. He added, “The prize is … Continued


Canada’s Climate Change Accountability Act Killed By Conservative Senate

At each of the last three climate summits, Canada has been deemed the world’s Colossal Fossil — the country that has done more to sabotage an international climate agreement than any other. After events yesterday, it’s almost a foregone conclusion that Canada will retain its title in 2010 at COP-16, and the world will pay … Continued


Eliminating Fossil Fuel Subsidies Trumps Cap and Trade

This past Sunday morning, I spoke at a charity brunch in Virginia. The brunch was actually part of a benefit to raise money for a local youth organization that’s working to build an organic garden and greenhouse for low-income families. It wasn’t a big event… No local politicians or big media names. Mostly it was … Continued


Video Interview: Why You Should Care About Feed in Tariffs

Government policies and subsidies play an important role in incubating and popularizing renewable energy technologies such as solar and wind.   This video interview with Ted Ko of the FIT Coalition profiles the nonprofit’s work in advocating for renewable energy policies in the US.  FIT, short for Feed-In-Tariff, is a government policy and subsidy plan with … Continued