Browsing the "policy" Tag

Northeast Cap & Trade Program Gets Continued Support/Membership of 3 States

May 25th, 2011 | by Important Media Cross-Post

I had been worried about two or three states pulling out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI, pronounced “Reggie”), the nation’s first cap and trade program for greenhouse gases, for awhile. It seemed 99.9% sure that New Hampshire would pull out after its House of Representatives voted to pull out of the initiative and its Senate had a clear Republican majority likely to do the same. Even if the Governor tried to veto such a decision, he could be overridden


UN Climate Change Panel to Adopt New Procedures, Quality Guidelines

May 15th, 2011 | by Michael Ricciardi

Members of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) meeting this past week in Abu Dhabi for their annual conference have announced the adoption of new procedures to address questions of conflicts of interest, data analysis errors and other policy procedures. The member report comes in the wake of the 2009 pseudo-scandal at the UK-based University of East Anglia's Climate Research Unit, and more recently, in response to recommendations submitted by the InterAcademy Council, an international group of representatives from top science academies.


Politics in the U.S. — the Referees Have Left the Building, Obama is Constantly Looking for Them

April 30th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan

I normally don't do this, but this is a stellar post on politics in the U.S. from David Roberts of Grist, and you need to read the full thing, so I'm reposting it in whole. This is the story today. This is where we are and why we are so screwed. There are solutions. They are clear and what we promote here regularly, but they are not what Obama and Democratic leadership are pursuing


Where and How? New Carbon Footprint Study Shows Location, Lifestyle Matter

April 17th, 2011 | by Michael Ricciardi

UC Berkeley Researchers Jones and Kammen, working at the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL) have conducted a landmark GHG emission analysis of U.S. households, and which also provides a tool for more effective consumer and governmental policy decision-making. The "tool" here is the "carbon calculator" made available for free on the Cool Climate Network website


March Madness in Congress

March 19th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan

You can't blame it on March or NCAA basketball, but our Congressional leaders are definitely mad, and they're showing it this month


'Devastating Climate Shock' Needed to Spur Climate Change Policy

August 23rd, 2010 | by Michael Ricciardi

In his alarm-ringing NY Times op-ed on Climate Change, professor Homer-Dixon* draws a comparison with the 2008 financial "meltdown" which finally led to new financial regulations, even though warnings of a housing bubble (and an emerging recession) were being made prior to the crisis. He advocates societies designing a contingency plan ('Plan Z' ) to deal with the immediate after-effects of one or more climate change disasters



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