December 23, 2011 | 9:23 PM
Looking Back on 2011Although there is still much work to do, we have made progress. Over the course of the past year we have seen the pendulum begin to swing back toward broad support for climate solutions.
December 23, 2011 | 10:18 AM
This holiday season, choose people over thingsStill trying to find that perfect gift for the impossible-to-shop-for relative/friend/mailman in your life, but nothing seems right? I always tell myself that I'll buy more "green" gifts every year, but no matter how environmentally responsible, it's still "stuff."
December 22, 2011 | 10:23 AM
Green design, "Desi-style"GRIHA is quickly challenging some myths, such as the notion that a green building costs more. In fact, GRIHA buildings have had little or no cost differential, and some have even had lower construction costs. For the few projects that have had a small initial cost increase of up to 5%, the additional money is recovered almost immediately from energy and water savings that continue over the building's lifetime.
December 20, 2011 | 9:12 AM
"Less cold" doesn't mean "never cold"A massive snowstorm is walloping parts of the southwestern and central U.S. this week. Cue the deniers, who are busily typing "So much for 'global warming'!'" on as many websites as possible.
December 19, 2011 | 4:01 PM
4 ways the military is saving energyAfter nine long years, the war in Iraq is finally drawing to a close. As the last U.S. troops, we've learned a lot of lessons -- and one of them is how important it is to reduce our dependence on oil and other fossil fuels.
December 16, 2011 | 1:57 PM
From the pews: Facing the reality of climate changeKatharine Hayhoe is an evangelical Christian climate scientist who, when asked whether she "believes" in climate change, answers "no." Don't get Hayhoe wrong: She's convinced that climate change is happening and that humans are causing it, like the vast majority of other climate scientists. She just doesn't like talking about something like climate science in terms of "belief."
December 14, 2011 | 9:11 AM
Clean Energy Reality: Reducing Pollution, Saving LivesThere are many reasons to support a transition to clean energy, but for the military, one reason is particularly urgent: Clean energy saves lives.
December 13, 2011 | 8:03 PM
After Durban: Closer to solutions, but a long road ahead[caption id="attachment_5705" align="alignright" width="160" caption="© 2007 Flickr/Álvaro Canivell CC BY-NC-SA 2.0"][/caption] In the early hours of Sunday, climate change negotiators from 195 countries brokered a deal that brought the world one step closer to coordinated international action to solve the climate crisis. Here's the breakthrough they achieved: We finally have the promise that all countries, not just developed nations, will play an active role in the fight against global warming through a single international treaty. Member countries of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) spent two weeks in Durban, South Africa, negotiating how nations should address climate change; specifically, who should reduce carbon pollution, by how much, and how fast. At times, it seemed like the positions of different countries were so irreconcilable that the talks would collapse. The European Union, several developing countries, and less developed countries (including African nations and small island states that are at the most risk from climate change) wanted the Kyoto Protocol (the UNFCCC's only legally binding agreement now in effect) to be extended beyond its current expiration date of December 31, 2012. However, other nations like the U.S., Canada, Russia, Australia and Japan objected on the grounds that the Kyoto Protocol does not require any action from rapidly growing economies like India or China -- the latter of which is the world's biggest emitter of carbon pollution. Eventually, negotiators were able to produce a compromise: the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action. Under this deal:
- The EU agreed to be bound by a second period of obligations under the Kyoto Protocol (which will now have an extended life from 2013 to 2020).