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Greywater is Good Water

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A new report looks into the reuse potential of wastewater.

With freshwater reserves becoming more and more scarce, strategies that save and recycle water are becoming more and more important. Greywater systems, which reuse wastewater generated by sinks, baths, showers and clothes washers, are one such strategy. According to a new report published by the Pacific Institute, an Oakland, CA-based eco think tank, 50% of the water used inside U.S. homes can......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

Notes from COP16

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Climate talks see modest progress but beefs remain.

At the opening of second week of this year's plodding UN climate talks, a draft text released over the weekend is being met with cautious approval. The draft agreement, which covers long-term action against global warming, reconfirms a key aspect of the Copenhagen accord -- that "deep cuts" in industrial emissions are needed to keep warming in check at two degrees Celsius above......read more

Coal Case Heads to Supreme Court

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Top court agrees to hear landmark eco lawsuit.

In the absence of government action, citizens are turning to the courts to put controls on the emissions that cause climate change. The U.S. Supreme Court announced this week that it will hear a lawsuit that aims to hold coal-fired power plants accountable for contributing to climate change, a decision that has major implications for the public's right to fight corporate pollution. In the......read more

SHFT Sampler 12-31-10

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Weekly links: RIP Kodachrome, another Christo controversy, Heather Heron for Environment, and more.

Goodlifer debuted Heather Heron's second collaboration with Environment Furniture, featuring a nice little range of bags made from surplus military fabric. The collection is available here. Massachusetts will become the latest U.S. state to institute emissions regs, with a plan that's among the nation's most ambitious: slashing emissions by 25% below 1990 levels over the next......read more

Upton Flip Flops on Climate

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GOP Energy Chairman vows to block emissions regs. Great.

In an interview with Chris Wallace on Fox News, the incoming chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee said he will fight Obama's plan for the EPA to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. Republican Congressman Fred Upton told Wallace that the new GOP-led House won't "let this administration regulate what they've been unable to legislate."   On the one hand, we shouldn't be......read more

Carbon Nation

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A film that celebrates solutions and inspires action. SHFT friend Peter Byck's new film premieres in New York.

Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth introduced a lot of people to the problems presented by climate change. Now, Carbon Nation looks to open people's eyes to the possibilities of a low carbon economy. Directed by Peter Byck, the long awaited movie visits with a cast of creative characters -- including West Texas wind farmer Cliff Etheridge, green jobs innovator Van Jones, and Virgin CEO Richard......read more

The Problem with Natural Gas

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New research suggests that the footprint of natural gas development is worse than coal.

Natural gas is hailed by proponents as the crucial link between dirty fossil fuels and renewable power. But two new studies, to be published this week, suggest that natural gas development may be doing more to warm the planet than burning coal. The research reports, discussed in an NYT article by Tom Zeller Jr., say that newly developed techniques for tapping natural gas reserves — such as......read more

Chicago Preps for Climate Change

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The Windy City readies itself for a warmer future

With conservative skeptics in Congress thwarting national action on climate change, states and cities are making moves to address the issue.  The latest government to step up is the City of Chicago, whose Climate Action Plan acknowledges the reality of rising global temperatures — and readies the city for a warmer future.  In the first of a series of NYT articles on......read more

Gore Blasts Obama on Climate Change

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Ex-VP takes President Obama to task in the new issue of Rolling Stone

Al Gore is pissed. The former vice president and climate change crusader has taken aim at the Obama administration for failing to take "bold action" on climate change and energy policy. In a scathing 7,000 word essay in the new issue of Rolling Stone magazine, Gore calls out Obama for lacking the forceful leadership required to address a warming planet.  President Obama has never......read more

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