Category Archives: Climate change

The Death of Cars: The private automobile is running out of gas

Cars suck. Over the past century, automobiles established themselves as the default mode of transportation across the industrialized world and became the gotta-have item that proves developing countries have arrived. Cars have bent to their needs everything from patterns of … Continue reading

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Amsterdam on the Willamette: I got yer bike infrastructure right here …

I recently spent a couple of days in Portland, Oregon, a city I’ve known peripherally for years as a Seattle resident. I’ve always sort of seen Portland as Seattle’s younger, slightly hipper brother to the south, with better beer but … Continue reading

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How to Piss Off the Canadians

America’s neighbors to the north are famously nice. Canada is well-known as a society of civil, polite and well-mannered folks who have universal health care and whose military is better known as peace-keepers than war-makers. It takes some doing to … Continue reading

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Flights of Fancy: Including US Airlines in EU Carbon Trading System Triggers Fears of Air-mageddon

Suddenly, it seems, airlines around the world – including in the US – have just woken up to the fact that they’ll soon have to take part in Europe’s carbon emissions trading scheme. And they’re freaking out. I don’t really … Continue reading

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How Green Was My Palm Oil: New EU Standards for Sustainable Biofuels Rekindle Debate

A Lufthansa flight last week marked the first time an airline has used biofuels on a standard commercial flight. The airline says the mixture of regular jet fuel and biofuel (made from jatropha and camelina plants and animal fats) will … Continue reading

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On the Ground in Cancun: Global Warming’s Evil Twin

The focus of attention at the U.N. climate summit in Cancun, Mexico is global warming caused by too much carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. But there’s another impact of high carbon levels that poses a whole different set of problems: … Continue reading

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On the Ground in Cancun: Youth Activists Throw Down the Gauntlet

Nearly 200 countries are represented at the U.N. climate summit this week in Cancun, Mexico. There are also caucuses speaking up for the interests of women, indigenous people, and others whose voices often haven’t been heard. Today I spent some … Continue reading

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The Day After Tomorrow: The Midterms and Climate Change

The much-hyped midterm elections in the US have come and gone. And as the smoke clears, there’s good news and bad news on the climate. OK. Actually, it’s almost all bad news … (continue reading …)

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The Road to Cancun, Part 4: An American in Brussels

There are times and places where being an American can make you the center of attention, and not always in a fun way. When your country does things that the rest of the world sees as selfish, short-sighted, ignorant, arrogant … Continue reading

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The Road to Cancun, Part 3: There’s Something About Connie

The EU’s top climate official is the Mick Jagger of eurocrats. Connie Hedegaard has a reputation for being whip smart, politically savvy and intensely passionate about the need to move forward on dealing with climate change. And when the Danish … Continue reading

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