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French Court Strikes Down Carbon Tax

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Council says "Non, merci" to tax on emissions.

Living Light by David Benjamin and Soo-in Yang (aka “The Living“) is a permanent outdoor pavilion in the heart of Seoul with a dynamic skin that glows and blinks in response to both data about air quality and public interest in the environment. The skin of the pavilion is a giant map of Seoul with the 27 neighborhood (gu) boundaries redrawn based on existing air quality sensors of the Korean......read more

British Columbia's Forward-Thinking Carbon Tax

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Canadian province adopts progressive approach to taxing carbon emissions

On Sunday, the best climate policy in the world got even better: British Columbia’s carbon tax — a tax on the carbon content of all fossil fuels burned in the province — increased from $25 to $30 per metric ton of carbon dioxide, making it more expensive to pollute. This was good news not only for the environment but for nearly everyone who pays taxes in British Columbia,......read more

Alternatives for Obama's Climate Change Program

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There's more to climate action than emissions regulations, author Amy Larkin argues

To we green-minded types, President Obama's emphatic inaugural address statements on climate change were welcomed with open ears. Looking ahead, most analysts predict that the EPA will flex its regulatory muscle to stem emissions, and others see the distinct possibility of Obama using executive power to install a cap-and-trade system for power plants. In a new HuffPo article, Amy Larkin, author......read more

The Case for a Carbon Tax

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A carbon fee is the least invasive and most efficient way to reduce emissions, economist argues

Every day, we make lifestyle and consumer decisions that affect how much carbon is emitted into the atmosphere. Where we live, how we get around, and what we eat are but a few of them. These decisions, while personal, have global impact. Economists refer to the public effects of personal decisions as "externalities." How we as a society encourage people to make the right decisions (in this case,......read more

To Save the Planet, Save the Seas

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Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation.

For the many disappointments of the recent climate talks in Copenhagen, there was at least one clear positive outcome, and that was the progress made on a program called Reducing Emissions From Deforestation and Forest Degradation. Under this program, key elements of which were agreed on at Copenhagen, developing countries would be compensated for preserving forests, peat soils, swamps and fields......read more

Carbon-Eating Algae Tested in Germany

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Scientists hope to turn coal plant CO2 emissions into clean air.

Algae is being studied globally for its potential in various commercial and environmental applications, from biofuels to animal feed to industrial grease. In Senftenberg, Germany, the "Green Mission" project is studying the organism for a new, different purpose. Scientists from European energy giant Vattenfall are looking to algae as a way to reduce emissions at Germany's abundant......read more

SHFT Sampler 3-18-11

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Greenland's shrinking, Brooklyn's getting bike sharing, Rush Limbaugh is still an asshole, and more.

Plant Plastic: Drinking soda is bad for you, yes, but petroleum-based plastic bottles bad for everyone. In 2012, Pepsi will drop the world's first fossil fuel-free plastic bottle, made from 100% plant-based materials like switch grass, pine bark and corn husks. Bike Share, Yo: Inhabitat reports that Brooklyn will join Washington D.C., Boston, Denver, and Minneapolis as the first cities in the......read more

Natural Gas Won't Solve Global Climate Woes

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It may burn cleaner than coal, but natural gas may be worse for the climate, says study

Advocates of natural gas development like to tout the fuel's environmental benefits. They argue that it burns cleaner than coal, with significantly fewer emissions. Which is true. But according to new research, switching from coal to natural gas won't do much to curb cimate change. Why? Methane leaks. Methane leaks from pipelines and wellheads are a reality of natural gas production.......read more

After Sandy: Break the Silence

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In the wake of one of the worst natural disasters in American history, it's time to face the reality of climate change

Every four years presidential candidates tell the American people that that election is a turning point for the country. This year they might have actually been right. To be sure, there are always differences between candidates. On a range of issues, from health care to tax reform, voters this year faced a real choice about two different approaches to governing. But the other turning point in......read more

Emissions Fall in US Northeast

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Greenhouse gas emissions dropped for the third straight year within regional cap-and-trade program

For the third consecutive year, greenhouse gas emissions fell in the nine Northeastern states participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or RGGI (pronounced "Reggie"), a market-based cap-and-trade program. Carbon emissions in the states dropped six percent between 2012 and 2013, from 92 million to 86 million tons. States in the RGGI program turned to lower emitting electricity......read more

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