Posts by: adam

State of climate science

Via Clean Break, John Holdren, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, offers some useful thoughts on the recent controversy surrounding the emails stolen from the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia. Holdren touches on the current state of climate science, the significance of the emails, and the nature of the scientific process.… read more →

Holiday cheer: miracle family tours U.S. on bike built for five

Via Streetsblog, I stumbled across the story of the Pedouins, a family of five on a 7,000-mile bike trip from Kentucky to Alaska on a custom-built tandem. Pedouin is a mash-up of pedal + bedouin, I believe, an appropriate moniker for this family of cycling nomads. In addition to mom and dad, the Pedouins consist of Robin, Jasmine, and Cheyenne… read more →

Dutch cabinet approves mileage tax

The Dutch cabinet has approved a plan for a GPS-based driving tax, to be set at an average of $0.07 per mile in 2012, rising over time. Motorists will be charged more for driving on heavily congested roads or at peak times. The proposal still requires parliamentary approval. When I've written about mileage taxes in the past, I've been reliably… read more →

What’s that you say? Kyoto is working?

At Worldchanging, Eric de Place takes a look at the success of the European cap-and-trade system in reducing emissions: > The EU's cap-and-trade program was, indeed, highly imperfect. It relied on inaccurate estimates of emissions, it distributed too many carbon permits, and it distributed permits in a way that conferred windfall profits on polluters. But here's the kicker: it *still*… read more →

Outcrazy the crazy

More Thanksgiving lazyblogging. First up, Al Gore on Saturday Night Live, promising to outcrazy the crazy: The main problem with this clip is that it's not particularly funny. Not hugely unfunny, but nothing too spectacular. This one from 30 Rock is better: Al Gore pulls this stuff off surprisingly well. More green-themed 30 Rock clips here. read more →

Fertility rates and climate change

Population, my least favorite topic, is back in the news as the focus of a recent United Nations report that examines the links between gender and climate change. Amid calls for significantly more research into the topic, the report once again points out that improved access to reproductive health services and better economic opportunities for women could have a massive… read more →

Brother Entropy

Because I'm pretty sure no one actually reads anything on this web site over Thanksgiving, I'm outsourcing today's effort to the ever-funny Dinosaur Comics, today delivering a timely message about man's relationship to the natural world. Click through for the whole thing. read more →

Kyoto works

It seems like it should be bigger news that the Kyoto Protocol is working: > According to new data from the European Environment Agency (EEA), all of the EU-15 members except Austria are now on track to exceed their Kyoto obligations. In fact, the group as a whole will likely slash emissions more than 13 percent below 1990 levels by… read more →

Bike-sharing hits rough spot in Paris

I more or less ignored some of the early reports of trouble with the Velib bike-sharing program in Paris, because they seemed thinly reported. But the recent Times article paints a troubling picture: > With 80 percent of the initial 20,600 bicycles stolen or damaged, the program’s organizers have had to hire several hundred people just to fix them. And… read more →

Smart grid round-up

Lotsa smart grid news these days: Barack Obama announced $3.4 billion in stimulus funding for smart grid projects. A good chunk of that goes to smart meter deployment and demand response programs. Another huge chunk goes to grid modernization. $3.4 billion isn't that much in the scheme of things, but cash-for-clunkers haters can feel good that real money is being… read more →
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