IN TODAY'S AUDIO REPORT: Climate slugfest in D.C. and Bangkok; Saving money by reducing emissions; How much weed killer is safe in your drinking water? ... PLUS: Lighting up the solar market and the National Mall ... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA': Canada's "most disgusting export"; NIMBYism and the future of "Clean" Coal; In Michigan, a yellow light for green jobs; Converting greasy, dirty wastewater into fuel; Chamber of Commerce to Apple: You Don’t Understand Our '21st Century Approach To Climate Change'; DDT deposit off Southern California will be capped ... PLUS: What is BPA, and do I really need a new water bottle?....
Info/links on those stories and all the ones we talked about on today's episode follow below...
- Climate Negotiations Slugfest Abroad:
- Mexico: U.S. is "stumbling block" in U.N. climate talks (Reuters)
- One Week in Bangkok Makes a Hard Cap Fumble (Huffington Post Green)
- People Fill the Streets for Climate Action in Bangkok (Huffington Post Green)
- The Copenhagen Wrangling, Explained (The New Republic)
- India hits out at attempt to cast Kyoto aside (Reuters)
- Poor hit back at rich over new carbon emission demands (Reuters)
- Climate Negotiations Slugfest at Home:
- Senate Dems Opening to Nuclear as Path to GOP Support for Climate Bill (Greenwire)
- Obama Aide Concedes Climate Law Must Wait (NY Times)
- Who Will Regulate U.S. Carbon Markets? (Green Inc.)
- Energy bill needs carbon cap: Obama aide (Reuters)
- Climate and Collective Action (Think Progress) [emphasis added]:
[B]y far the biggest problem with David Brooks’ proposal to “just raise the price on carbon and let everybody else figure out how to innovate our way toward a solution” is that our energy use is inextricably bound up with collective decision-making about infrastructure.
We also have regulatory issues limiting our ability to innovate. If we raise the price of carbon emissions, one thing that will happen is that we’ll see innovations around finding more efficient ways to heat buildings. One thing we already know is that multi-family structures are more efficient to heat than are detached houses (it’s a surface area to volume thing) but in many places it’s illegal to build a multi-family structure. So if what you want to do is leave this up to the market, you need to take active legislative steps, not just impose a price and say we’ll let the chips fall where they may.
- The Economics of Reducing Emissions:
- Can we still afford to save the planet? Yes: The economics of 350 (Grist)
- Climate Costs: Can The World Really Afford to Roll Back Carbon Emissions? (Wall St. Journal)
- New Report Details Costs of Cutting Greenhouse Gas Emissions (Washington Post)
- READ THE STUDY: “The Economics of 350” (pdf) from Economics for Equity and the Environment (Ecotrust)
- EPA To Re-Visit Safety of Chemical Weed-killer Atrazine:
- Regulators Plan to Study Risks of Atrazine (NY Times)
- Debating How Much Weed Killer Is Safe in Your Water Glass (NY Times)
- Lighting Up the Solar Market:
- Dow Unveils Solar Shingles (Green Inc.)
- Solar Power, Without All Those Panels (NY Times)
- Team California competes in national solar decathlon (KPCC)
- Solar Decathlon 2009 (US Dept. of Energy)
- Texas could save a lot of juice with net-zero energy homes (Dallas Morning News)
- WATCH: The 2009 Solar Decathlon Heats Up the Mall (Washington Post):
'GREEN NEWS EXTRA': More green news not covered in today's audio report...
- Behold! Canada's most disgusting export: Nothing like Alberta's's revolting oilsands to destroy your optimism (SF Gate)
- Making Dirty Oil a Little Less So?: Is it possible to reduce the carbon footprint of an oil sands operation? (Green Inc.)
- Cold Storage: NIMBYism and The Future of Clean Coal (Wall St. Journal)
- In Michigan, A Yellow Light For Green Jobs (NY Times)
- Tuna’s plight is a problem the world must solve: Too many boats and technology that is too good mean that nations must cooperate to preserve tuna and other fish stocks. (Christian Science Monitor)
- BioFuelBox Announces World's First Wastewater Fat-Oil-Grease-to Fuel Plant (EnergyBoom)
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce To Apple: You Don’t Understand Our ’21st Century Approach To Climate Change’ (Wonk Room)
- DDT deposit off Southern California will be capped (Washington Post)
- How Stuff Works: What's BPA, and do I really need a new water bottle? (How Stuff Works.com)