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A Riotous Affair

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Police and protestors clash in Copenhagen.

In Copenhagen's suburbs yesterday, police fired pepper spray and beat protestors with batons outside a climate conference meeting venue. The violence marked a low point for a climate change summit that's had plenty of low points. The demonstators, who have been active during most of the negotiations, are demanding "climate justice" which means, presumably, firm steps taken......read more

Ars Natura: Top 7 Climate Stamps

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Karl Burkart rates his favorite designs from last year's climate stamp collection.

Mostly missed in the U.S. press but last year (even I just discovered it) was this innovative campaign led by the government postal services of Finland and Chile calling attention to the need to ‘Preserve the Polar Regions and Glaciers.’ Over 30 more countries joined in and some of them produced some spectacular collectible stamp sheets. Here are my 7 favorites: 7. AlandThe tiny cluster of......read more

Global Carbon Emissions Down in 2009

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Economic recession blamed for decline.

Last year, global carbon dioxide emissions fell slightly, as economic production in industrial countries sputtered under the weight of a recession. The Earth Policy Institute research shows that emissions in the United States fell nearly ten percent from 2007-2009 due to a sharp decline in oil and coal demand. However, emissions continued to rise in populous developing countries. In China -- the......read more

Western Climate Initiative

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As the federal climate bill dies, a regional alliance steps up for emissions controls.

With a federal climate change bill apparently dead, it seems logical that more progressive pockets of the continent can pursue their own regional climate change strategies. The Western Climate Initiative is doing just that. On Tuesday, California, New Mexico, and three Canadian provinces announced a plan to commence a regional cap and trade system by 2012. According to California Governor Arnold......read more

Home Energy Score

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The Department of Energy unveils its new home energy ratings tool.

Cars have miles-per-gallon ratings, neighborhoods have walkability rankings, and people have carbon footprint calculators. What's up with homes then? Why isn't there be a comparable, affordable way to size up your home's energy performance? Well, now there is. The Department of Energy just released a program called the Home Energy Score that shows the energy efficency of a home on......read more

350 Earth

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A look at 350.org's planet-scale art project for the climate.

As we approach the second round of the UN climate talks, Bill McKibben and 350.org are putting on what may be the world's biggest art exhibition, ever. With many works viewable from space, the campaign urges world leaders to reduce acceptable carbon emissions from 388 t0 350 parts per million — scientists' safe target for stabilizing CO2 levels in the atmosphere. So far, pledges made......read more

Finding Common Ground in Cancun

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For climate consensus, look beyond carbon.

COP16 kicks off in Cancun, Mexico today, and expectations are low. It seems like not that long ago that the Copenhagen talks failed in such spectacular fashion. We can still taste the defeat. Tastes bad. Despite the dreary outlook, there is potential that something good can come from the meetings. But any chance at success will require that leaders shift their approach. In a recent NYT op-ed......read more

World Bank to Finance Carbon Markets

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Global insitution announces funding for cap-and-trade systems in developing countries.

The World Bank wants to help set up cap-and-trade carbon markets in the developing world. On Wednesday, Robert B. Zoellick, the World Bank president, announced the creation of a multi-million dollar fund that aims "to create trading mechanisms to stimulate clean energy projects and to slow the destruction of tropical forests." Tropical deforestation is one of the major sources of......read more

China Issues Environment Warning

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Environment minister calls for checks on development.

"The depletion, deterioration, and exhaustion of resources and the worsening ecological environment have become bottlenecks and grave impediments to the nation's economic and social development."If you were to guess which country's environment minister made that statement, China probably wouldn't be your first guess. The U.S., maybe. Possibly Germany, or South Korea. But not China. Yep,......read more

Michael Hall's 'Climate' Series Documents Global Warming

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Photo project captures a climate in flux.

Originally inspired by Tim Flannery's book "The Weather Makers," New Zealand-born, Sydney-based photographer Michael Hall embarked on an ambitious personal project: to capture and reveal the causes and effects of global climate change.  Like his forefather Edward Burtynsky, Hall lures in the viewer with epic, eye-popping images that make us consider our own role in the......read more

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