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ENVIRONMENTAL NEWS (Most Recent first)
Renewable Energy What’s So Bad About Big? By MATTHEW L. WALD New York Times March 7, 2007 “SMALL is beautiful,” wrote the economist E. F. Schumacher almost 35 years ago. In most areas of the economy, he reasoned, production had become too big and too centralized. But he might have been wrong about the subject he knew most about: energy. When it comes to alternative ways of generating power, big may be better.
Global warming A new tree line Apr 12th 2007 From The Economist print edition A climate model suggests that chopping down the Earth's trees would help fight global warming
Tax on Carbon Emissions Gains Support Industry and Experts Promote It as Alternative to Help Curb Greenhouse Gases By Juliet Eilperin and Steven Mufson Washington Post Staff Writers Sunday, April 1, 2007; A05 As lawmakers on Capitol Hill push for a cap-and-trade system to rein in the nation's greenhouse gas emissions, an unlikely alternative has emerged from an ideologically diverse group of economists and industry leaders: a carbon tax.
Economix Earth’s Climate Needs the Help of Incentives By DAVID LEONHARDT New York Times March 28, 2007 Washington The politicians who deny that global warming is a problem used to be the biggest obstacle to a solution. They’re not anymore. They have lost the argument.
Winds of change
Mar 9th 2007
The EU unveils bold plans
to tackle global warming
Driven into a Corner To clean the air, California can steer old cars and new cars in better directions
By Lloyd Dixon, Steven Garber, and Isaac Porche Rand Review Fall 2002.
Climate change What price carbon? Mar 15th 2007 From The Economist print edition Britain and the EU have learnt from some green-policy mistakes, but not from others
Renewable Energy What’s So Bad About Big? By MATTHEW L. WALD New York Times March 7, 2007 “SMALL is beautiful,” wrote the economist E. F. Schumacher almost 35 years ago. In most areas of the economy, he reasoned, production had become too big and too centralized. But he might have been wrong about the subject he knew most about: energy.
Plan B for global warming? Mar 8th 2007 From The Economist print edition Environment: “Geo-engineering” is the direct use of technology to counteract climate change. The idea is highly controversial
Economix A Battle Over the Costs of Global Warming By DAVID LEONHARDT New York Times February 21, 2007 New Haven Last week, Sir Nicholas Stern, a top adviser to the British government, came to the United States to talk about climate change. In October, a commission he led released a 700-page report calling for “urgent action” against global warming to prevent economic damage that could rival that of the world wars and the Great Depression. Given its source and its tone, the Stern Review has nudged people to talk more seriously about climate change. In the minds of a lot of American economists, however, the review is a badly flawed piece of work. These economists don’t doubt that earth is getting hotter, that human activity is the cause and that the results could be bad. But they think that Sir Nicholas may have exaggerated the likely speed of warming, among other things, and overstated the case for big, quick action.
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Cleaner Coal Is Attracting Some Doubts By MATTHEW L. WALD New York Times February 21, 2007 WASHINGTON, Feb. 20 — Within the next few years, power companies are planning to build about 150 coal plants to meet growing electricity demands. Despite expectations that global warming rules are coming, almost none of the plants will be built to capture the thousands of tons of carbon dioxide that burning coal spews into the atmosphere.
The Energy Crisis Guilt-Free Pollution. Or Is It? By JAMES KANTER New York Times February 20, 2007 PARIS, Feb. 19 — Two years ago, Sami Grover, an environmentally minded Englishman, vowed to take his last trip by airplane. Then a summer romance in North Carolina turned into a long-distance love affair — and then into months of busy trans-Atlantic travel.
Producers The New Math of Alternative Energy Does going green finally make economic sense? By REBECCA SMITH Wall Street Journal February 12, 2007 Page R1 The numbers are starting to look promising.
Climate change Heating up Feb 8th 2007 From The Economist print edition A gloomy UN-backed report is published
On the Climate Change Beat, Doubt Gives Way to Certainty By WILLIAM K. STEVENS Essay New York Times February 6, 2007
The greening of America
25th 2007 From The Economist print edition
How America is likely to take
over leadership of the fight against climate change; and how it can get it right
Waking up and catching up
25th 2007 | AUSTIN, CHICAGO, LOS ANGELES AND WASHINGTON, DC From The Economist
Belatedly, and for
many reasons, America is embracing environmentalism
NEW CONSENSUS In Climate Controversy, Industry Cedes Ground Support Grows for Caps On CO2 Emissions; Big Oil Battles Detroit By JEFFREY BALL Wall Street Journal January 23, 2007; Page A1 The global-warming debate is shifting from science to economics.
From Fall 2004
Landscape Design: To Preserve Forests, Supporters SuggestCutting Some TreesUsing Local Wood, Harvested By 'Sustainable' Methods, Will Help Planet, They Say Biggest Rebound in 1,000 Years By JAMES P. STERBA Staff Reporter of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL May 5, 2005; Page A1
Energy Bills Are Set for Debate on House Floor By JOHN J. FIALKA Staff Reporter of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL April 14, 2005; Page A2 Three House committees put the finishing touches on bills that will be combined and debated on the House floor next week to produce a comprehensive package aimed at increasing production and bringing down the cost of energy in the U.S. Driven by Republican majorities on all three panels, the House measures contain at least three hot-button issues that could face stronger opposition in the Senate, including a partial liability waiver for the gasoline additive methyl tertiary butyl ether and a relaxation of interstate air-pollution standards.
Huggers Finally Branch Out
Robert Gottlieb and Janice Mazurek April 10, 2005 Los Angeles
Times. Some environmentalists are ready to pronounce their movement dead.
As evidence they point to the relentless confidence with which President Bush
and Republican majorities in Congress attack long-standing environmental goals,
such as protecting the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from oil drillers.
In truth, though, the environmental movement's vitality depends on how we define
the movement. This is more than a linguistic exercise.
Car Makers Reach Canadian Accord To Cut Emissions Pact Comes as Companies Fight California on the Same Issue By JEFFREY BALL Staff Reporter of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL April 5, 2005; Page B2 In a move with potential political repercussions in the U.S., auto makers have agreed to reduce global-warming emissions from the cars and trucks they sell in Canada, the companies and the Canadian government are scheduled to announce today.
Ford to Study How Steps to Curb Global Warming Might Affect It By JEFFREY BALL Staff Reporter of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL March 31, 2005; Page D7 Ford Motor Co., in the latest move by a big U.S. company to talk up the issue of global warming, is expected to announce today that it will produce a report on how the environmental issue could affect its global business.
How will future historians explain it? How will they possibly explain why President George W. Bush decided to ignore the energy crisis staring us in the face and chose instead to spend all his electoral capital on a futile effort to undo the New Deal, by partially privatizing Social Security? We are, quite simply, witnessing one of the greatest examples of misplaced priorities in the history of the U.S. presidency.
CONCORD, N.H. - Ron Lacroix has been fishing the waters of southeast New Hampshire - Mendums Pond, Swains Lake, Bow Lake, Spruce Pond - for a little less than half a century. He has made endless meals of fresh-caught black crappie, bass, and smelts and has been the host of endless fish fries. So he was not pleased to find that his fishing grounds and fish contain high levels of mercury, a neurotoxin. These lakes are nestled in one of the country's best-documented mercury "hot spots," places with high concentration levels that experts believe probably come from the emissions of local power plants or other facilities, like incinerators.
Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Mar 17th 2005 |
SEATTLE From The Economist
a-drilling we will go
Senate Links Alaska Drilling Plan to Budget By DAVID ROGERS and RUSSELL GOLD Staff Reporters of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL March 17, 2005; Page A2 The Senate, after years of resistance by environmentalists, endorsed a White House-backed plan to authorize oil exploration in a portion of Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Power Plants Wary of Loading Up On New Antipollution Equipment By JOHN J. FIALKA Staff Reporter of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL March 16, 2005; Page A4 WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration's new regulations to curb power-plant pollution from sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and mercury emissions will create a $50 billion market for antipollution equipment over the next two decades, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
Environmental Defense: http://www.environmentaldefense.org/home.cfm
National Resources Defense Council: http://www.nrdc.org/media/pressreleases/050315.asp
for Conference on the World's Newest Trading Commodity: Pollution
March 01, 2005
— By Arthur Max, Associated Press
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands — With trade booming and prices up, it's no wonder
traders are anxious to talk about the world's latest commodity: pollution
Greening Bush Mar 3rd 2005 The Economist An unusual, but sensible, suggestion for the homecoming president
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Lower IQ levels linked to mercury exposure in the womb costs the United States $8.7 billion a year in lost earnings potential, according to a study released Monday by researchers at a New York hospital.
Benefits of Cutting Emissions By Michael Northrop Washington Post Monday, February 28, 2005; Page A17
Even as the Kyoto climate protocol becomes a binding international treaty, an astonishing number of otherwise savvy policymakers continue to think that incentives and programs to cut greenhouse gas emissions will cost too much, hamper competition and stifle economic growth. While such reasoning has kept the United States from mounting any serious response to global warming, others have not waited for political leadership to point the way. In fact, businesses and several governments have moved ahead, often aggressively, to constrain carbon dioxide releases, mostly by using energy more efficiently. In doing so, they are reaping enhanced profitability and robust growth.
Rocky Flats Tread warily, you deer-watchers Feb 24th 2005 | DENVER From The Economist Turning nuclear sites into wildlife refuges isn't that easy
Feb 24th 2005 |
WASHINGTON, DC From The Economist
evidence that global warming is man-made
Perchlorate Level in Human Milk Exceeds Regulator's 'Safe Dose' By PETER WALDMAN Staff Reporter of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL February 23, 2005; Page D5
Highlights the problem the EPA faces in setting the correct safety standard.
Senators Warm Up to Emissions Curbs Key Republicans Ease Opposition As Suspected Climate Change Causes Damage in Alaska By JOHN J. FIALKA Staff Reporter of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL February 22, 2005; Page A4
Global Warring In Climate Debate, The 'Hockey Stick' Leads to a Face-Off Nonscientist Assails a Graph Environmentalists Use, And He Gets a Hearing: Defenders Call Attack Political By ANTONIO REGALADO Staff Reporter of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL February 14, 2005; Page A1
Snubbing Kyoto: Our Monumental Shame
As the world celebrates the global
warming pact's debut, Bush continues to pander to the energy industry.
Laurie David. Laurie David is a trustee of the Natural Resources Defense
Council and co-founder of the Detroit Project, a not-for-profit campaign that
pressures automakers to produce fuel-efficient cars. February
11, 2005 LA Times
Carbon Emissions Trading is New Weapon to Battle Global Warming February 10, 2005 — By Brad Foss, Associated Press
Wind farms Breezy Feb 3rd 2005 From The Economist print edition Plans for wind farms multiply faster than evidence that they work
Land-use change Animal, farm Feb 3rd 2005 | PARIS From The Economist print edition New data are finally revealing global patterns of habitat loss
Burial Plan: Deep in the Sahara, BP Tries to Put Dent In Global Warming. Energy Giant, Partners Stuff CO2 a Mile Underground, But Will It Stay There? Too Much Carbon for Perrier By JEFFREY BALL Staff Reporter of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL February 4, 2005; Page A1
Climate change and politics Hotting up Feb 3rd 2005 From The Economist The debate over global warming is getting rancorous
Jan 27th 2005
From The Economist print edition
How to model
the climate on the cheap
Threat With an Edge.
Lumber firm says environmental
safeguards are at risk if it can't cut more trees.
Tim Reiterman Los Angeles Times Staff Writer January 25, 2005
Report: Global warming near critical point: Drought, crop failure among consequences possible The Associated Press Jan. 24, 2005
than you thought
Jan 20th 2005
From The Economist print edition
Genetically modified sugar beet is good for the environment
Wave’s Environmental Toll: Salt Water, Oil Poison a Lake And Threaten Rice Harvest; Rainforests Are Safe -- For Now By ERIC BELLMAN in Lake Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka, and TIMOTHY MAPES in Banda Aceh, Indonesia Staff Reporters of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL January 17, 2005 Asia's killer tsunami
Genetically modified arboriculture: Down in the forest, something stirs Jan 6th 2005 From The Economist print edition GM trees are on their way
Economic Effects of Tsunamis and Other Catastrophes:
Economic Effects of Tsunamis and Other Catastrophes- Gary Becker
A Reaction to Posner's Discussion From their blog, January 5, 2005
The Tsunami and the Economics of Catastrophic Risk by Richard Posner (http://www.becker-posner-blog.com/archives/2005/01/the_tsunami_and.html) From the Posner-Becker blog, January 5, 2005
Cheers, and Concern, for New Climate Pact By LARRY ROHTER and ANDREW C. REVKIN December 13, 2004 New York Times
Alaska and oil One state's free lunch Dec 9th 2004 From The Economist print edition For Alaska, as for Arabia, oil wealth is not all good Oil drilling in the National Petroleum Reserve near Prudhoe Bay and the controversial Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Energy policy and the environment Heating up at last? Dec 9th 2004 | NEW YORK From The Economist print edition The Bush administration may yet oversee a proper debate about energy policy - Companion article to the one above
Automakers Sue to Block Emissions Law in California By DANNY HAKIM December 8, 2004 New York Times
Inhofe Sees Clear Sailing for Clear Skies: Republican Senator Expects Party's Gains To Help Bush's Update of Clean Air Act By JOHN J. FIALKA Staff Reporter of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL November 26, 2004; Page A4
Climate change: A canary in the coal mine Nov 11th 2004 From The Economist print edition The Arctic seems to be getting warmer. So what?
Protocol Comes Alive, So Do Pollution-Permit Markets:
Funds Handling Trades For Emissions Credits Grow
As Russia Signs Agreement. By JEFFREY BALL, Staff Reporter of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL November 8, 2004; Page A2 The market for hot air is suddenly heating up.
Non-financial reporting: Wood for the trees Nov 4th 2004 From The Economist print edition Are company reports on their social and environmental impact any use?
Climate Control: As Planet Heats Up, Scientists Plot New Technologies Appetite for Oil, Coal Drives Search for 'Painless Cure' To Global-Warming Issue Storing Carbon Inside a Rock By ANTONIO REGALADO and JEFFREY BALL Staff Reporters of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL October 22, 2004; Page A1
Oct 7th 2004 |
NEW YORK From The Economist print edition
companies may not lose out to their American rivals under the Kyoto treaty on
Sep 30th 2004
From The Economist Global Agenda
government has approved the Kyoto protocol. Once approved by the country’s
parliament too, the global climate-change treaty will come into effect. But what
effect will it have?
BOOK REVIEW The fishing industry Heading for the final fillet Sep 30th 2004 From The Economist print edition A bleak outlook for fish stocks
Global warming and insurance: Awful weather we're having Sep 30th 2004 From The Economist print edition Why climate change could mean higher insurance premiums
California, Russia Take Steps To Combat Global Warming: Sacramento Adopts Rules On Related Auto Emissions As Moscow Moves on Kyoto. By JEFFREY BALL and GUY CHAZAN Staff Reporters of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL September 27, 2004; Page A2
Carbon emissions trading: A green future Sep 9th 2004 From The Economist print edition The creation of a new exchange - European Climate Exchange (ECX)
Coal fired electricity: The future is clean Sep 2nd 2004 From The Economist print edition Coal is costly, but coming back into favour—and cleaner
China’s environment: A great wall of waste Aug 19th 2004 | BEIJING, GUANGZHOU, HONG KONG, SHANGBA, SHANGHAI AND TAIHE From The Economist print edition China is slowly starting to tackle its huge pollution problems