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One Hundred Months - 0 views

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    A monthly blog about the effects of climate change.
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RealClimate - 0 views

  • Start here Filed under: IPCC FAQ Climate Science — group @ 4:43 PM - () () We've often been asked to provide a one stop link for resources that people can use to get up to speed on the issue of climate change, and so here is a first cut. Unlike our other postings, we'll amend this as we discover or are pointed to new resources. Different people have different needs and so we will group resources according to the level people start at. For complete beginners:
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    As the site says Climate science from climate scientists. This page has links for complete beginners.
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Article: About WiserEarth - WiserEarth - 0 views

  • "There is nothing like WiserEarth. Its' community directory, made by us and for us, has over 100,000 organizations working for just and lasting change." Jon Ramer, USA
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    Founded by Paul Hawken WiserEarth http://www.wiserearth.org connects individuals and organizations working on social justice and environmental issues.
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    WiserEarth helps the global movement of people and organizations working toward social justice, indigenous rights, and environmental stewardship connect, collaborate, share knowledge, and build alliances.
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Journal of Ecology and the Natural Environment - 0 views

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    It is the vision of Academic Journals to publish research articles in all areas of human study without financial restriction to readers using the open access model of publication. We strongly believe that the open access model will spur research across the world especially as researchers gain unrestricted access to high quality research articles
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Feinstein's desert protection plan - Los Angeles Times - 0 views

  • Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) has done a lot of admirable work protecting California's wild desert lands from development, but her latest plans for the Mojave threaten to split the state's environmental community and could stall clean- energy projects whose construction should be among the nation's highest priorities.
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    Even with those efforts we support we still have to make hard choices and it is not as easy when struggling against the giant oild companies.
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    Feinstein is working on legislation that would designate hundreds of thousands of acres of desert land as a national monument, which would put them off-limits for solar and wind energy projects. That could result in a green- versus-green confrontation, pitting those who want to protect the desert ecosystem against those who believe renewable-energy projects are a vital part of the struggle to avert catastrophic climate change.
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Spam Attack on this list - 21 views

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    I am in complete agreement with Energy Net. The content of what is being submitted is not even close to being relevant.


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    > Eco! You need to warn or remove rockurbody from the group! He's destroying the quality of the content here!
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    I have just report Amit kothiyal who posted 20 ad spams out of the 21 posts in the latest daily update. Exclusion from the group would also make sense. There a numerous avenues to advertise without imposing oneself. Shout out advertisement is dumb enough on the web, but to force an insertion is just plain rude.

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    > I am in complete agreement with Energy Net. The content of what is being submitted is not even close to being relevant.
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    > > Eco! You need to warn or remove rockurbody from the group! He's destroying the quality of the content here!
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MIT World » : Global and Regional Climate Change: Underlying Science and Emer... - 0 views

  • The most recent UN report on climate change predicts that greenhouse gases already in circulation have committed the planet to a warming of 2.5 degrees. “No matter what we do today to reduce emissions, the planet will still heat up,” says Ramanathan. But, through a quirk that Ramanathan has spent 10 years uncovering, the planet actually manifests only ¼ of the warming it should based on these climate models. Air pollution, specifically brown clouds from burning biomass, Ramanathan has learned, act as a global warming mask, reducing sunlight on the ground. “On the one hand, it has protected us, but also prevented us from seeing the full blast of the greenhouse effect,” he says. “One of the dumbest things we can do is to reduce sunlight,” because it reduces ocean evaporation, which cuts down on rainfall, and shifts weather systems everywhere, shrinking harvests and glaciers.
  • We are left with “Faustian bargains,” says Ramanathan. If we cut airborne pollutants such as sulfur, the mask will drop, temperatures rise rapidly, and climate tipping elements come into play. Curing one ill causes another. Any plan for “dismantling the experiment we have done with blankets, mirrors and dust must be done as carefully as dismantling a nuclear device.”
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Iceland Banana Republic of Europe - Energy Probe - Nuclear Power, Utility Reform - 0 views

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    Raises questions regarding food miles. The question is what is the net benefit of growing bananas in Iceland as opposed to Chili. Reason Magazine chooses Chile, the right choice in many instances but not sure necessarily here.
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Business & Human Rights : The Gates of Hell - Jungle takes a look at the lesser known s... - 0 views

  • My task is to translate, photograph, film and get permission to accompany the Brasilian government's Mobile Group on a rescue mission to release men, women and children being forced to work in sub-human conditions...[by] unscrupulous land owners...since 1995, 30,000 slaves have been freed. Sandy and I were given permission to follow a group in Boca do Inferno...a sugar-cane plantation near to Cuiabá (MT)...home to Usina Itamarati, the largest sugar refinery in the country, owned by...Olacyr de Moraes...Slave labour is mainly found on the borders of the deforested Amazon Jungle. This type of work force [is] used...by major landowners and businesses that aim to cut down on production costs...Cattle breeding and the production of soya, cotton and sugarcane are the...biggest culprits...As soon as the workers arrive at the ranch, they're already in debt...Workers spend two, three months, sometimes up to a year, and never earn a penny...500,000 people working on the cane fields...spend hours out in the blazing sun to produce ethanol and sugar...[T]he government's 2nd Plan to Eradicate Slave Labour...aims to...increase the government's "black list" of establishments involved in slave labour, punishing these organizations by preventing them from drawing up new financial contracts with a range of Brasilian state-run banks.
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California issues plan to slash greenhouse gas emissions - Los Angeles Times - 0 views

  • California's climate blueprint would slash the state's emissions about 15% below today's level at a time when a consensus of scientists say that global warming is shrinking the state's water supplies, intensifying wildfires, and stressing plant and animal populations.
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    California issues plan to slash greenhouse gas emissions Over the next 12 years, new regulations would seek to turn the climate change clock back to 1990 levels. More efficient electricity use, less traffic and cleaner cars are goals.
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BOE Eco-tects: Planting the Seeds for Growth.. - 0 views

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    An alliance of Architects, Engineers and Educators providing Sustainable Design, Green Building and LEED Consulting services. Our clients include Architects, Developers, Contractors, Cities, and others who share the goal of a sustainable built environment.
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A Reporter at Large: Big Foot: newyorker.com - 0 views

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    A very good article providing possible market based solutions to the climate crisis. Introduced by Tyler Cowen of Marginal Revolution.
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FAQ: The Obama Energy Plan « Earth2Tech - 0 views

  • Now that the Democratic Party has a presumptive nominee, it’s time to take a closer look at Sen. Barack Obama’s energy plan and how he intends to use the office of the president to accelerate our transition to a greener economy. We profiled Sen. John McCain’s energy plan earlier, and since energy will almost certainly not get as much debate time as Iraq, health care or the economy, we encourage you to compare McCain’s and Obama’s plans and comment below. (The Wall Street Journal has an interesting article on the comparison this morning.)
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    Provides information on where both McCain and Obama stand on energy issues.
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    An update on the bio-fuels question Barack Obama has, as have many of us, changed his view on bio-fuels according to this Wired Magazine article
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MIT World » : Implementing Sustainability Strategies - 0 views

  • “Environment is not a special, short-term project, not a fad or flavor of the month,” says Balta. IBM pursues opportunities in and out of the company, including “making brown green:” reducing waste in its business and industrial processes around the world; designing intelligent networks to improve the efficiency of electrical utility operations; developing systems for mitigating traffic congestion in cities; launching a Big Green innovation business unit; and creating an Eco Patent Commons, enabling users the free and unrestricted use of IBM technologies that help solve environmental challenges.
  • “We’re trying to find the sweet spot between social, economic and environmental areas that define sustainability, because at the end of the day if any one of those three legs of the stool aren’t available then the model itself falls down.” says Mark Buckley.
  • British Telecom is tackling three interdependent areas, says Kevin Moss: sustainable economic growth, climate change and creating a more inclusive society.
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    ABOUT THE PANEL DISCUSSION: Companies sometimes regard sustainability as "metaphoric low-hanging fruit," says moderator Peter Senge, and reach for a few easy targets to achieve cosmetic improvements. His three panelists describe how their corporations are attempting to embrace sustainability as more than just another high-profile, low-impact initiative that "goes right into an overloaded bucket."
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    We can't afford to think of business as the enemy. Businesses in many cases are realizing the importance of sustainability more quickly than the public sector which too often defines its view by outdated political philosophies. This video provides a great deal to think about.
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YouTube - Facing the Future:Critical Thinking on Global Sustainability - 0 views

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Philip Greenspun's Weblog » Cost of converting entire U.S. to electric cars? ... - 0 views

  • How much would it cost to convert the entire U.S. fleet of passenger cars, which collectively burn 40 percent of the oil that we use, to electric cars? Let’s look at some numbers:
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    From a Russian Stumbler at http://www.improvetheweb.com/ . Seems like people across the globe have a stake in this. Some of the comments raise interesting economic questions.
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TED | Talks | Majora Carter: Greening the ghetto (video) - 0 views

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    Why you should listen to her: Majora Carter is a visionary voice in city planning who views urban renewal through an environmental lens. The South Bronx native draws a direct connection between ecological, economic and social degradation. Hence her motto:
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Make Green Pay Video, Part 1 - CNBC.com - 0 views

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    Make Green Pay Video, Part 1
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Change the Incentive Structure | Cosmic Variance - 0 views

  • Change the Incentive Structure    Sean at 11:46 am, December 13th, 2007 Via Climate 411, through the intermediaries of Matthew Yglesias and Bradford Plumer, here’s a dramatic example of the government driving innovation — the number of patents granted for sulfur-dioxide control technologies per year, with major air-quality legislation marked.
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