November 2011

Good COP, Bad COP - Durban and the Future of a Climate Change Treaty

November 26, 2011 08:39
by J. Wylie Donald
Durban, South Africa.  Home to the Shark Tank (where Kwazulu-Natal's rugby team, the Sharks, plays), extensive beaches and South Africa's busiest port.  But not home to a new treaty to address climate change.  COP-17 gets underway on Monday and the delegates haven't even met yet; some might think we are being somewhat premature.  We think not.  There is an election here next year.  Europe is mired in a sovereign debt crisis.  China and India will not derail the...

Carbon Emissions | Climate Change | Regulation

Plugging in Electric Vehicles May Raise IQs

November 12, 2011 00:22
by J. Wylie Donald
It's not Gone with the Wind or Harry Potter, but an article just published in the public health journal, Health Affairs, is worth picking up, if only to start you thinking.  In Six Climate Change–Related Events In The United States Accounted For About $14 Billion In Lost Lives And Health Costs, the authors (two senior scientists at the NRDC, two professors and a law student) grapple with the health costs of climate-change related events.   In the authors' words:  "...

Climate Change Effects | Sustainability

Renewable Fuels Take Off - Algae Arrives and Certiorari Denied

November 8, 2011 11:41
by J. Wylie Donald
Yesterday was a good day for renewable fuels enthusiasts and not because someone figured out how to make ethanol cocktails from pond scum.  In Houston American renewable fuel use literally took off on its maiden flight and in Washington the Supreme Court denied certiorari in a suit brought by the oil industry challenging the USEPA's regulations promulgating a revised renewable fuels standard. In National Petrochemical Refiners Association and the American Petroleum Institute v. EPA, the pl...

Green Marketing | Greenhouse Gases | Regulation | Renewable Energy | Sustainability

Cap and Trade - California Leads the Way

November 1, 2011 23:39
by J. Wylie Donald
Subchapter 10 Climate Change, Article 5, Sections 95800 to 96023, Title 17, California Code of Regulations, to read as follows: Article 5: CALIFORNIA CAP ON GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS AND MARKET-BASED COMPLIANCE MECHANISMS Note: All text is new. "All text is new."  And so it is and so begins a new chapter in California's odyssey into the regulation of greenhouse gas emissions, which began over 5 years ago with the passage of AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006.  Under th...

Carbon Emissions | Regulation


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