Category Archives: Policy

Where the Action Is: Climate Goes Local; Cities, Local Governments Confront Global Challenge

The world’s metropolises, with more than half the world population, could hold key to global climate progress. Humans have officially made their home in the concrete jungle. Ours is the first generation in which most of the world’s population lives [...]

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In Post-BP Gulf Oil Leak Climate

Deepwater Oil Drilling: Not That New, But Not That Much Known Either?

Until BP’s Deepwater Horizon explosion in April and continuing oil spill crisis in the Gulf of Mexico, many in the news media covered deepwater oil exploration with a sort of awe. The practice, after all, is relatively new — most projects [...]

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Massaging the Climate Message: New Political Conditions Bring Shifting Strategies

Future historians may regard recent weeks as a momentary breathing spell in the political trajectory of the climate issue. In the courts, preliminary rulings are awaited on a spate of legal challenges to the Environmental Protection Agency’s finding that greenhouse [...]

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Rocks & Rolls & Twists & Turns

The rocks and rolls of the climate change policy debate have taken mind-warping twists and turns in recent months. Stop there. Note that the reference is to climate change policy and not to science. The latter, notwithstanding doubters’ continuing insistence [...]

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Transparency ‘Makes Democracy Work’; Low-Carbon Investments Expert Backs Index

Americans since 1896 have tracked the economy’s health with the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Now, a climate policy expert working for an investment firm thinks it is time for a climate change average. It would be based on a wide [...]

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Beyond the Catch-All Rhetoric: Making Sense of Clean/Dirty ‘Clean Coal’

The effort to decarbonize the atmosphere in coming decades basically comes down to two grim challenges: drastically reduce carbon emissions, or drastically reduce energy consumption. Given that the world’s population is expected to increase by a few billion more people [...]

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Confronting the Terawatts Challenge

Energy Conservation, Gas Prices Fueling Public Interests … But Challenges Persist

The public has cooled in its concern over climate change, recent surveys and polls show. But a strong interest in alternative energy continues, and Americans are keen on improving energy efficiency and saving on gasoline. As with other issues, the [...]

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