After hearing day in and day out in the news about the (still ongoing) BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico as containment attempts continue to fail, one begins to get mad at the lousy regulators and the Big Oil companies (especially BP) and look for ways to show their outrage. Change2’s Lee Stewart has started to weigh the costs and benefits of boycotting BP (see his thoughts on this here
) and many have… Continue
Added by Paige Andrews on June 5, 2010 at 4:14am —
Chaos has broken out both inside and outside of the Bella Center as access restrictions have gone into effect at the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen and negotiations have been delayed due to protests by developing nations.
The Bella Center has the capacity to hold 15,000 participants, yet the UN has officially registered forty thousand participants. The poor planning has caused considerable disorder, infuriating those who flew great distances to attend (and… Continue
Added by Paige Andrews on December 17, 2009 at 8:53pm —
December 7th marked the start of two weeks of climate meetings, high level discussions and side events in Copenhagen for the Fifteenth Conference of Parties (COP15), also called the UN Climate Change Conference. This date also marked the start of fifteen-hour days of coffee, typing, running to events, typing, the occasional meal, typing, and more coffee inside an enormous conference center for yours truly.
With over fifteen thousand delegates, NGOs, observer organizations,… Continue
Added by Paige Andrews on December 10, 2009 at 8:17pm —
Once upon a time there existed a group of nations who gathered together in a land called Copenhagen to sign a treaty that would protect their collective kingdoms from the evils of climate change and ensure the livelihoods of their people for years to come. Despite years of obstacles and reasons to believe otherwise, the agreement was signed in the nick of time and they lived happily ever after. The End.
Do you buy this? Me neither.
While this story may seem unbelievable in… Continue
Added by Paige Andrews on November 20, 2009 at 9:37am —
In my last post
, I discussed the news coming out of the climate talks in Bangkok that developing countries have been in an uproar over the fear that the United States and the EU are trying to kill the Kyoto protocol. This December in Copenhagen, the UN aims to achieve an agreement on an international framework which will take effect once the Kyoto Protocol expires in 2012.… Continue
Added by Paige Andrews on October 30, 2009 at 2:30am —
C.P.R. may be needed to revive climate talks and the Kyoto Protocol following two weeks of negotiations in Bangkok. The U.N. climate talks in the Thai capital have resulted in very little save an intensified fear and distrust between rich and poor countries.
Fear rose as several developing countries, including China, Brazil and India, accused the United States and the European Union of trying to kill the Kyoto Protocol. Such accusations come following a public showdown this week… Continue
Added by Paige Andrews on October 11, 2009 at 12:29pm —
With less than 80 days remaining until government officials and national delegates convene in Copenhagen to agree on a framework that will replace the Kyoto Protocol, target expectations and hopes for a framework that will satisfy both developing and developed countries have begun to ebb.
Since gaining the EU’s rotating Presidency in July, Sweden has been outlining the position that the EU will take on the negotiations in Copenhagen this upcoming December. While initially optimistic,… Continue
Added by Paige Andrews on September 22, 2009 at 8:52am —
There are only a few months left until leaders of the international community convene in Copenhagen to agree upon a replacement for the Kyoto Protocol. Prime Minister Rudd has already declared that Australia will not go to the convention empty-handed. So far, Australia’s climate change legislation has faced some hurdles with its CPRS bill. However, with the recent approval of the renewable energy target, there is hope that Rudd will be able to keep his promise.
Following the defeat… Continue
Added by Paige Andrews on August 26, 2009 at 7:00am —
Addressing the 40th annual Pacific Islands Forum held in Cairns this past Wednesday, Prime Minister Rudd offered his commitment to helping the small island nations take measures to adapt to rising sea levels caused by climate change.
Leaders of the seven smallest Pacific island nations said
that deep emission cuts are essential in order to protect the nations from the severe affects of rising… Continue
Added by Paige Andrews on August 8, 2009 at 9:00am —
The U.S. super-giant Wal-Mart last week announced plans to develop a worldwide sustainable product index that will record the ecological impact of every product the retailer carries. The sustainability of a product’s history will then be translated onto a label which the customer can see as they make their purchasing decisions. This sustainability index would be the first of its kind utilized at such a large scale and the retailer hopes that the index will become a new international retail… Continue
Added by Paige Andrews on July 25, 2009 at 6:58am —
Al Gore, former U.S. Vice President and climate change campaigner, was in Melbourne on Monday for the launch of the new think tank Safe Climate Australia and to help train 300 people from 19 nations to address and encourage their leaders on the issue of climate change. Gore’s visit also coincides with Australia’s first ever Youth Climate Summit which hopes to mobilize a new generation of climate change activists. Speaking before a group of 1,000 Australian business leaders, Gore praised the… Continue
Added by Paige Andrews on July 15, 2009 at 12:56am —
Environmental leaders from the Group of Eight (G-8) countries met this week in L’Aquila, Italy to discuss issues such as the economy and climate change. Members of the Major Economies Forum (MEF) on Energy and Climate were in attendance, consisting of the G8, G5, EU, Australia, Indonesia, Denmark and the Republic of Korea and accounting for nearly four-fifths of the world production of greenhouses gases. In a communiqué distributed on Thursday, the countries formally embraced limits to the rise… Continue
Added by Paige Andrews on July 11, 2009 at 2:19pm —
Late last week, Prime Minister Rudd, Treasurer Wayne Swan and Penny Wong, the Minister for Climate Change and Water, announced the release of draft regulations of Australia’s Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS). This release marks the first of several disclosures as Australia’s emissions trading scheme continues to take shape. According to a press release
from the Australian Labor Party, these drafts outline the EITE… Continue
Added by Paige Andrews on June 26, 2009 at 1:30am —
Over the past two weeks, delegates from 183 countries convened in Bonn, Germany to create negotiating texts under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) for consideration in Copenhagen this December. In focus at Bonn was the enhancement of international climate change cooperation, particularly as it relates to the expiration of the Kyoto Protocol in 2012. In all, over 4,600 participants were in attendance, consisting of government delegates, intergovernmental and… Continue
Added by Paige Andrews on June 18, 2009 at 8:12am —
U.S. President Barack Obama announced
a new national fuel efficiency policy last week that will including stricter federal emission and mileage standards for automobiles. This new policy covers model years 2012-2016, with 2016 requiring an average fuel efficiency standard of 35.5 mpg (or 15km/litre). This will force… Continue
Added by Paige Andrews on June 1, 2009 at 5:17am —
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson testified last Tuesday before the members of the Environment and Public Works Committee regarding the proposed EPA FY 2010 Budget request. This discussion concentrated on how the budget request of $10.5 billion (USD), proposed by President Barack Obama, is designed to both contribute to the U.S economic recovery while also addressing today’s environmental challenges.
The FY… Continue
Added by Paige Andrews on May 19, 2009 at 9:30am —
According to a recent Gallup Poll
, an increasing number of Americans believe that the threat of global warming is exaggerated. In the 2009 poll, Gallup surveyed 1012 adults by fixed and mobile phone. The results found that forty-one percent of Americans doubted the severity of global warming as reported by the mainstream media. In addition, the environmental poll found… Continue
Added by Paige Andrews on May 14, 2009 at 9:58am —
Under the Bush administration, greenhouse-gas emission legislation was considered excessive regulation that could prove harmful to U.S. businesses. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, under Bush, denied a request under the Clean Air Act to establish tail-pipe emission standards – claiming that such regulations were not within their authority. In Massachusetts v. EPA in 2007, the U.S. Supreme Court scolded the Bush EPA for providing what seemed a… Continue
Added by Paige Andrews on April 30, 2009 at 10:00am —