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Just a Reminder

In the past few months, climate change has lost some attention.

Many distractions have caused the issue to be overlooked (ie. the healthcare debate).  While healthcare has stolen climate change’s limelight, it is important to remind ourselves that these issues cannot be the “flavor of the week,” but are ongoing challenges that need continued attention and support in order to create real actions. 

What’s Happening On The Fifth Floor?

Millions of people come and go from New York’s iconic Empire State Building every year. 

The 102 floors bristle with keyboard-clicking, ballpoint-wielding, paper-shredding cubicle dwellers, none of which would appear out of place in an episode of “The Office”. But something very different is happening on the fifth floor – – a magical workplace that may soon transform the entire skyline of a big city near you.

The Myth of Battery Cars

As the world beats a path to Copenhagen for the December 2009 UN meeting to craft a new deal on climate change solutions, one of the biggest challenges remains our addiction to oil.  About 40% of global greenhouse gases come from oil, when you include exploration, development, refining, transportation, and combusting it. 

Nori’s Eco Salon

A few months ago, I was running some errands in my neighborhood and saw a sign for Nori’s Eco Salon. I made a note to Google search as soon as I got home. Much to my surprise and satisfaction, turns out I live five minutes away from “LA’s first full service green Hair Salon.” What a treat! I poked around the website, and was rather impressed with the story.

Small Changes/Big Impact

Not too long ago, I left my career in hotel management and found myself working for an environmental non-profit organization.  I have to admit that the reason I wound up there had less to do with my passion for the environment than my need for a steady gig to support myself. However, when I read the job posting working as the executive assistant to an environmental “power player,” I thought that perhaps I might benefit from exposing myself to a little green culture. Boy, did I have a lot to absorb!

Agree to Disagree

Each week I compile a newsletter of carbon and climate related articles. As I sift through articles about cap and trade, energy efficiency, renewable energy, etc., I always find myself drawn to the reader comments that follow the article. 

Cash for Clunker Buildings

As the US, Germany, and other nations pay people to scrap their polluting cars, what other clunkers are in the marketplace that might respond to an incentive?  How about buildings?  Consumers, businesses, and governments spend billions to fight air pollution. 

Cash for the Real Clunkers

The feds launched the “cash for clunkers” program recently that pays you to scrap your old polluting car if you buy a fuel-efficient one.  This is a great idea that can be applied elsewhere to clean the environment and stimulate economic growth. But just how far could this idea go?

What Causes Us to Take Action?

This last weekend, I rented Arctic Tale, a film produced by National Geographic, because I was in the mood for something fun and light (and I couldn’t resist the picture of the adorable polar bear cub on the front). Little did I know I was in for a depressing ride. In fact, I don’t think I’ve cried that hard in a long time.
 

Obama – the Secret Weapon Against Climate Change

Ten days after being elected, then President-elect Obama put a stake in the ground on climate change – – he announced at the Governors’ Global Climate Summit in Los Angeles that the US would adopt the world-leading policies of California for the United States. Reduce greenhouse gases (GHGs) 80% by 2050 and, to make a substantial down-payment, cut them to 1990 levels by 2020. Of course the EU has agreed to deeper cuts in the near term (but they got started sooner), but no nation had committed to such a dramatic cut as California – – and now the U.S.