Climate Change Like You’ve Never Seen

A riveting photo essay of images depicting climate change was recently published online. The essay, produced by Magnum in Motion and commissioned by the United Nations Development Program, is based on information found in the latest UNDP report. What I like the most about this photo essay is the emphasis placed on promoting assistance to developing countries. … Continued

China Produces More Cars than the U.S.

It’s true: The latest figures from the U.S. Department of Transportation show that China surpassed the U.S. last year in the total number of cars produced. This is a radical shift from 1980, when the U.S. manufactured 56 times more vehicles than China. In 2008, China produced 9.5 million vehicles, while the U.S. produced 8.7 … Continued

EPA’s Gift to Maritime Industry: Stringent Emission Regs

Just in time for holiday gift-giving season the Environmental Protection Agency wrapped-up final regulations that slap stringent emission control standards on ocean vessels and marine diesel engines. And this is one gift the maritime industry can’t return or exchange. The EPA this week finalized a rule it proposed in July that sets stringent engine and … Continued


Drill Baby, Drill: Environmentalists Conflicted Over Natural Gas

Be careful what you wish for. Now that environmental concerns are getting attention at the highest levels, new fractures are opening up within the “movement” — if it can still be called that — over nuclear power, carbon trading, and now natural gas. When Robert F. Kennedy Jr. spoke this fall at Solar Power International, … Continued


U.S. Airlines Sue to Avoid EU Carbon Caps

American Airlines, Continental and United Airlines have joined with the Air Transport Association (ATA) in suing the U.K. over that country’s planned implementation of EU emissions trading schemes (ETS), according to Business Week. The airlines and ATA sued the U.K. Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change December 16th in British court, saying the … Continued

The Copenhagen Communique: An Entrepreneur’s Perspective

What does the Copenhagen Communique mean to an entrepreneur? Am I being too blunt to suggest the answer is “nothing?” Entrepreneurs are focused on their customers as the source of inspiration and profits. Laws passed by politicians receive entrepreneurial attention only when they impact their customers’ ability to buy or their cost of operations. The … Continued

Los Angeles: The New Electric Car Launchpad?

The unthinkable has happened. Los Angeles plans on resurrecting the city’s 400 abandoned electric vehicle charging stations that have been collecting dust for the past nine years, and to also add one hundred more, its mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa, announced early this month at the LA Auto Show. In addition, the city plans to offer incentives … Continued

New Study: How Soon Can We Expect Wide Benefits from Plug-In Hybrids?

With GM’s Volt and Toyota’s Plug-In Prius coming to the market within the next two years, how soon can we expect plug-in hybrids to deliver on their social and ecological benefits? A new study by the National Academy of Sciences projects significant fuel savings and emissions reductions by 2030. Is this soon enough? Some say … Continued


An Interview with Gordon Laird, Author of “The Price of a Bargain”

Gordon Laird’s new book, The Price of a Bargain: The Quest for Cheap and the Death of Globalization, looks at the global forces that have given rise to cheap goods. In the process, he identifies a series of instabilities that will very likely bring this phase of cheap consumer goods to a close, while also … Continued

If You’re Feeling the COP15 Burnout, This Is the Satire for You

Don’t get me wrong, I am watching as eagerly as the rest of you. I’m thrilled that COP15 has garnered as much media attention as it has. It’s amazing. I don’t think that the consciousness of the world has ever been so fixated on a single environmental issue in my lifetime. It’s everything that I … Continued


California Small Businesses A-OK Under AB32

The Union of Concerned Scientists released a report today (full disclosure- they pay my rent, which is why I got a jump on writing about this great report) outlining the impact of California’s groundbreaking global warming legislation on small businesses. The long and the short of it? No big changes! The impact to small businesses … Continued

Green Patents Jump to the Front of the Line Under New Government Program

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced this week that pending patent applications for certain “green” technologies will get an accelerated examination by the Office, with the goal of shaving off years from the time the patents are pending. The pilot program, effective immediately, is intended to spur the approval, and thus commercialization, … Continued


New Poll: U.S. Supports Cap & Trade, Would Pay Extra to Reduce CO2

A new poll released today (PDF) demonstrates that over 60 percent of Americans recognize that the earth is getting warmer mostly because of human activity such as burning fossil fuels. The poll, conducted by The McClatchy Company, the third-largest newspaper company in the United States, and Ipsos Public Affairs, found that a slight majority of … Continued

UN Climate Chief Comments on EPA Endangerment Finding

In concert with the opening of the COP15 climate talks here in Copenhagen, the EPA finalized their endangerment finding on Monday that specifies carbon emissions as a threat to human health and well being (see Bill DiBenedetto’s  detailed post from yesterday). At yesterday’s press briefing UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer was asked what influence the … Continued


Why the EPA’s Endangerment Finding Sets the Stage for Action

Showing a fine sense of message and timing, the United States entered the first day of the crucial climate change conference in Copenhagen armed with a potentially game-changing decision from the Environmental Protection Agency:  Greenhouse gases threaten public health and the environment and must be regulated. EPA’s announcement Monday sent a sharp signal to the … Continued