Can Michelle Obama Help Reduce Soda Consumption?

Americans love soda, or pop, as it is called in some parts of the country. The love affair is one that is helping produce overweight and obese children, as a recent study by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research (CHPR) and the California Center for Public Health Advocacy (CCPHA) points out. Perhaps there is … Continued

Is Monsanto Unstoppable?

The French documentary, The World According to Monsanto (Le Monde du Monsanto), calls the agrichemical company, Monsanto, “one of the most controversial companies in the industrial age.” The reason Monsanto is so controversial can best be explained by listing the products it has created: Roundup, genetically engineered seeds, Agent Orange, bovine growth hormone, and polychlorinated … Continued


Highlights From “Unfinished Business” Report on Energy and Climate

At a press briefing this morning, the Business Roundtable, an association of CEOs from leading U.S. companies, discussed key points from their just-released report entitled Unfinished Business: The Missing Elements of a Sustainable Energy and Climate Policy (pdf). Building on the organization’s previous reports, More Diverse, More Domestic, More Efficient (pdf) and The Balancing Act … Continued


Would the Real Chamber of Commerce Please Stand Up?

Since it was founded in 1912, the US Chamber of Commerce has stood for a bunch of white-haired men in seersucker suits smiling benignly as they lead American commerce into the future. But in the last month, this patriotic institution — as American as Mom, apple pie, and campaign contributions — has found itself increasingly … Continued

Shock and Awe: EPA Halts Largest Mountaintop Coal Mine

The Environmental Protection Agency is serious: It really is taking on Big Coal in a big way. Following up on word last month that it would delay action on 79 mountaintop coal mining projects (EPA Takes on the Coal Industry), the agency on Friday moved to halt the Clean Water Act permit for the nation’s … Continued

Why A Movement Is Needed To Mitigate Climate Change

“This is the fall when humanity will make some very critical decisions; both in Copenhagen and in the House and Senate,” said Dr. Eban Goodstein, the moderator of the Bard Center for Environmental Policy’s bi-weekly National Climate Seminar. Two weeks ago, Bill McKibben was the featured speaker. The environmentalist, journalist and author began his talk … Continued

Maldives Underwater Meeting Catches Media Attention

Few people appear better positioned for Blog Action Day 2009 than Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed – and it’s been a busy year since he took office. Faced with growing threats of sea level rise, President Nasheed has made some bold claims since his election last November. From his statement earlier this year that his government … Continued

Suppressed Bush White House Climate Change Doc Finally Released

In honor of this year’s Blog Action Day theme — climate change — Triple Pundit would like to offer the following pundification: “Presidents come and go, but the science remains the same.” A 2007 EPA report on global warming, suppressed by the Bush administration, was finally released under the Freedom of Information Act on Tuesday. … Continued

U.S. Energy Secretary Orders Burying of Coal-Produced CO2 – What Are the Implications?

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced Monday that a technology for burying coal-produced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions must be ready for deployment by 2017, Reuters reports. This is good news for the environment (given the fact that coal accounts for 40 percent of the world’s carbon emissions) and, hopefully, for the world’s climate change rate … Continued

Are We Closer To Passing Climate Change Legislation?

Today is Blog Action Day and the theme is climate change. The Congress has yet to pass climate change legislation. The biggest obstacles to passing legislation that would reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are the Republicans in Congress who are largely opposed to mandatory caps on emissions. It may be possible, however, to pass the … Continued

HVAC Industry Proposes Regional Efficiency Standards

A group of U.S. HVAC (heating, venting and air conditioning) manufacturers signed a deal Tuesday designed to improve regional efficiency standards and building codes throughout the country. The proposed standards are also aimed at balancing the desire for greater state and regional flexibility with the need for a uniform HVAC marketplace, and stabilizing the HVAC … Continued


Scaling Back En Route to Copenhagen

About 53 days until COP15, and the word compromise is surfacing more and more in discussions around reaching an agreement in December. There is also worry that the U.S. will not have passed any sort of significant climate bill by then, thus hampering their ability to make any real CO2 emissions pledge. In a joint … Continued

Blue Source, Goldman in “Largest Publicly Announced” Carbon Offset Deal

Carbon offset developer Blue Source announced the completion of the “largest publicly announced U.S. offset deal” (his description, reportedly): a $12 million carbon transaction between Blue Source and Goldman Sachs Group. The deal reportedly met Climate Action Reserve (CAR) and Voluntary Carbon Standard quality standards. It also included credits from North Carolina’s Alligator River Forestry … Continued

Obama’s Nobel Prize – What Effect Could it Have on the Copenhagen Conference?

Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize score could have numerous implications – including potential benefits for the UN Climate Conference in Copenhagen (scheduled for December 7th through 18th). According to a Reuters report, some analysts believe the award could push Obama to attend the Conference, in part because officials will hand over the prize in nearby Oslo … Continued