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  •   Samantha Weaver // Mar 12th 2011 at 7:38 pm

    “A House subcommittee voted on Thursday to strip the Environmental Protection Agency of its power to regulate greenhouse gases, chipping away at a central pillar of the Obama administration’s evolving climate and energy strategy.”

  •   Samantha Weaver // Mar 29th 2011 at 5:24 pm

    “China invested $54 billion in clean energy projects in 2010, Germany invested $41 billion, and the U.S. invested $34 billion, according to the Pew report, “Who’s Winning the Clean Energy Race?” A key reason that the U.S. slipped from second place in 2009 to third place in 2010 is that China and Germany have comprehensive policies that encourage renewable energy development, such as renewable portfolio standards requiring that a certain portion of electricity generation come from renewable sources, Pew said.”

  •   Samantha Weaver // Mar 30th 2011 at 4:28 pm

    Today: “Senate to vote on stopping emissions rules”

  •   Samantha Weaver // Apr 4th 2011 at 2:00 pm

    Grist article from the Stockholm Environment Institute’s Frank Ackerman!

    “Think Energy Efficiency isn’t Working? Think Again”

  •   Samantha Weaver // Apr 4th 2011 at 10:53 pm

    “The Truth, Still Inconvenient”
    Paul Krugman, NYT, April 3

    “So the joke begins like this: An economist, a lawyer and a professor of marketing walk into a room. What’s the punch line? They were three of the five “expert witnesses” Republicans called for last week’s Congressional hearing on climate science.

    But the joke actually ended up being on the Republicans, when one of the two actual scientists they invited to testify went off script.

    Prof. Richard Muller of Berkeley, a physicist who has gotten into the climate skeptic game, has been leading the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature project, an effort partially financed by none other than the Koch foundation. And climate deniers — who claim that researchers at NASA and other groups analyzing climate trends have massaged and distorted the data — had been hoping that the Berkeley project would conclude that global warming is a myth.

    Instead, however, Professor Muller reported that his group’s preliminary results find a global warming trend ‘very similar to that reported by the prior groups.'”

  •   Samantha Weaver // Apr 15th 2011 at 4:46 pm

    Should a ‘green’ state ship coal to China?

    “…[F]rom the perspective of global warming, it doesn’t matter whether Washington uses less coal if China and Korea use more of it. Greenhouse gas emissions anywhere contribute to global warming everywhere. So, if Washington is serious about fighting global warming, should it ship coal to Asia?

    State officials in Washington aren’t willing to ban the practice. Still, the coal export debate in Washington represents a hard test of how far a state should extend its environmental principles into global commerce — and a test of whether states can take meaningful action against global warming without national or international help.”

  •   Samantha Weaver // Apr 16th 2011 at 6:27 pm

    Boston (CBS) – Experts say the threat of a rising sea level is very real to downtown Boston’s buildings and future development. Some business owners are already preparing for trouble.

    Lisa Van Der Pool of the Boston Business Journal reports this poses a threat to Boston real estate that could cost millions.

    The key is that not only is the threat real, but it’s really growing. Because of several different factors, like melting glaciers and climate change, the sea level is expected to rise gradually in the coming decades, putting buildings on Boston’s waterfront at severe risk of being flooded.

    The forecast calls for the sea level to rise 2.5-feet to 5-feet between the next 40 to 90 years. The worst fear is that the sea level will rise and a severe storm will hit, and not only downtown Boston will flood, but surrounding areas like Cambridge will flood too.

    Boston businesses are taking this very seriously and paying attention to it. The Boston Harbor Association had a meeting about the rising sea level in November.

    A recent report from the World Wildlife Fund found that rising sea levels could put $463 billion in Boston assets at risk by 2050. A new development, a $3 billion Seaport Square project on Boston’s waterfront, is expected to have protections against severe flooding, and according to the BRA it’s the first time that such a large project is putting in such protections.

    Obviously it’s going to be building owners and developers who are really concerned about this type of thing, but some environmental experts are worried that because the average time to own a large building in downtown Boston is less than 10 years, that some owners might not be willing to invest in protection against current buildings.

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