GlobalWarmingisReal contributor Anders Hellum-Alexander wraps-up the climate and environmental news headlines for the past week:
- These are two of the most important environmental victories of 2010 (in my opinion):
- California just adopted a new Green Building Code that applies to the construction of all new buildings. This code will be the precedent for other states and maybe someday, the federal government.
- Proposition 23 in California would have overridden a current California State mandate of reducing carbon emissions 25% by 2020. It was funded by out-of-state Oil interests and was defeated by the Californian electorate on November 2nd.
- Geo-engineering (the intentional manipulation of the natural environment) was recently just an idea, it is now a growing science concerned with our response to climate change. If we cannot prevent Earth from heating, can we throw chemicals in the sky and oceans to compensate for our other pollutants?
- The Economist ponders the complete mixing of our physical and internet life. By going digital could we make our way of life sustainable?
- Technology Review presents their list of The Top 50 Most Innovate Companies, The Top 35 Innovators Under the Age of 35 and The Top 10 Emerging Technologies.
- The New York Times presents a scare piece on urban drinking water contamination. It’s a good reminder though, that even in the USA we all don’t have safe drinking water.
- More on water contamination from the New York Times; there is a coral reef in the Gulf of Mexico that could have been killed by the BP oil spill, but research is incomplete.
- Newly unveiled documents show that Halliburton knew that their work on the oil platform that caused the BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill was shoddy. Time is showing that this oil spill was caused by all parties involved.