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Social media to the home energy rescue

You may remember earlier this summer when Google, Microsoft, and Cisco all dissolved their home energy management offerings. While those were hardly the only options in the market (there are several VC-backed companies that provide similar services), the big-name players made a quite a splash in the media blogosphere. But now it seems that Facebook will be stepping in, and… read more →

News announcement from TerraPass

Just in time for the creation of California’s regulatory cap-and-trade market, TerraPass and Bank of America Merrill Lynch announced a partnership last week which marks an important milestone for TerraPass. Under our partnership, TerraPass will source and deliver verified farm-based carbon offsets over the next 9 years which Bank of America Merrill Lynch has the option to purchase. Unlike offset… read more →

Finally, a breath of fresh air for California cap-and-trade

If all goes according to plan, something rather amazing will happen this Thursday. The California Air Resources Board is set to consider, and probably adopt in final form, a market-based greenhouse gas emission control regulation. I wish this weren’t such an accomplishment. I wish I were not amazed. After all, market-based environmental controls have been in place in California since… read more →

Sign the petition for renewable energy!

One of the ways the White House encourages public participation in government is through online petitions. A recent petition caught our attention, and we'd like to encourage everyone to take a look and sign-on if you agree! The petition is to extend a program aimed at companies which invest in new renewable energy projects. For many years, the federal government… read more →

Telling it like it is… but differently

A study (.pdf) published in Climatic Change this summer didn’t seem to catch much attention from the climate blogging community (some exceptions here and here but certainly nowhere near the excitement of this week’s “Atlasgate”). Titled “Personality type differences between Ph.D. climate researchers and the general public: implications for effective communication,” the study at first seems to state the obvious:… read more →

What do climate deniers and the Olympics have in common?

  • September 14, 2011
  • Politics
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For one thing, they seem to have their science wrong (or at the very least, need to hire a better publicist). A couple of weeks ago, Bloomberg reported that the London 2012 Organizing Committee (LOCOG) is “dropping” its carbon offset scheme, which it had formally pledged as part of its bid to host the 2012 Olympics. I don’t know that… read more →

Climate Reality Project launches tonight

Founder of the project, former Vice-President Gore, remarked earlier this year: It’s urgent to rendezvous with reality in order to take the appropriate steps to save the future of civilization as we know it. Tune in tonight (and throughout tomorrow) to The Climate Reality Project, where 24 speakers, one from each time zone, will showcase the effects of climate change… read more →

Don’t scrap your food scraps!

We’ve written posts before about how cooking in large quantities can help you save energy. This time, we’ve decided to look into what to do with leftover food scraps. From infused vodka (see, greening doesn’t have to be a fun killer!) to bath soaks, reuse anything from peels to meat scraps to make economical and environmentally conscience use of any… read more →

Dear Reader: your input needed on recycling!

We asked for readers to raise topics that they’ve been struggling with, and this week, the focus is on recycling, particularly on improving recycling programs in certain states. Footprint reader Katie wrote: >I'm in Pennsylvania and I want to read some discussion about ideas to fire people up about taking the time to recycle -- and for companies and hotels… read more →

The transparency of plastics

  • August 17, 2011
  • Politics
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I was going to take a break from the plastics talk, since I just blogged about Styrofoam, but it seems like other plastics have surfaced in the news this week. The Plastic Disclosure Project (PDP) is expected to officially launch this September. Modeled after the Carbon Disclosure Project, the PDP is an effort supported by a group of investors, who… read more →
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