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Fracking cultural wars go on and on . . .

Celebrities join forces for new rendering of Sean Lennon’s Don’t Frack My Mother in effort to stop hydraulic fracturing in New York

An eclectic group of celebrities including Yoko Ono, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Susan Sarandon have joined forces in a music video calling for New York state to ban hydraulic fracturing.

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Can We Link Emissions Trading Programs To Advance Climate Policy?

Despite some modest steps forward, the UN Climate Change Conference in Doha was a reminder of the slow-paced nature of international negotiations. Annual conferences like these aim to achieve international agreement on reducing the man-made emissions causing climate change, but 20 years after the launch of the U.N. climate process, global emissions continue to rise.

Progress is being made at the domestic level, however, and in many cases, the policy of choice is emissions trading. One of the major challenges going forward is linking these emerging trading systems to achieve the efficiencies of an integrated global greenhouse gas market. The European Union and Australia have announced plans to link their trading systems, and California and Quebec are working toward linking theirs.
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Is Retrofitting Better For the Environment?

Is Retrofitting Better For the Environment? | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

A study shows that new buildings, no matter how “green”, will take up to 80 years to overcome their negative impact on climate change and energy savings.


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New Energy Department Report Finds Lower Environmental Impact for Energy Efficient Lighting

New Energy Department Report Finds Lower Environmental Impact for Energy Efficient Lighting | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
As the market transitions from incandescent sources to energy-saving light sources that save consumers and business money, LEDs and CFLs are expected to achieve substantial reductions in environmental impacts–on the ...
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Jared Diamond’s Talk on “Collapse”

Jared Diamond’s Talk on “Collapse” | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

Diamond has conducted numerous detailed examinations of civilizations that have met their doom and concludes a few things, notably that there is no single cause common to them all. “Anyone who tells you that they’ve identified a uniform factor for societies’ collapsing is an idiot,” he states bluntly.

There are, however, five themes that persist through all his investigations. I won’t give away the punch-line, nor will I provide my opinion as to how near or far the U.S. in the 21st Century is from breakdown; I’ll let you judge that for yourself from the content of the talk.

OK, I’ll give you a hint. The first one is people’s destroying their environment, i.e., inadvertently destroying the resource base on which they depend. The second is climate change; over the period of the past few thousand years on which Diamond has focused, societies’ local climate has gotten colder, hotter, wetter, drier, etc. Think about those first two for a moment: Is there any sense in which we’ve wrenched ourselves into a corner here?

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Is Mass Transit Bad for the Environment?

Is Mass Transit Bad for the Environment? | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
It is not clear that moving around large and largely empty vehicles is much of an improvement over moving around smaller ones. In fact, it may be worse. According to the Department of Energy’s Transportation Energy Data Book, in 2010 transporting each passenger one mile by car required 3447 BTUs of energy. Transporting each passenger a mile by bus required 4118 BTUs, surprisingly making bus transit less green by this metric. Rail transit admittedly fares better, at 2520 BTUs per passenger mile, but even this is not the kind of slam-dunk advantage over the auto that transit advocates might hope for.
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Understanding the impact of renewables on the marine environment

Understanding the impact of renewables on the marine environment | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

As Europe moves ever closer to its renewable energy targets, increasing attention is being placed on wave and tidal energy as a source of renewable energy. Indeed, wave energy is an abundant renewable resource, and is starting to be exploited by several European countries. What is especially attractive about sea waves is their high energy density, which is estimated to be amongst the highest renewable energy sources. While we may know about the benefits, little is known in general of the impact that they have on the marine environment.

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Amory Lovins: A 50-year plan for energy

In this intimate talk filmed at TED's offices, energy theorist Amory Lovins lays out the steps we must take to end the world's dependence on oil (before we run out). Some changes are already happening -- like lighter-weight cars and smarter trucks -- but some require a bigger vision.
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