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Lake Tahoe: A Victim of Climate Change?

U.S. Leaders Raise the Bar on GHG Emissions Cuts

There has been a flurry of activity regarding efforts to address climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions this week and month. Pres. Obama is zeroing in on achieving UN climate treaty emissions cuts as he makes his way to the annual G20 summit in China, while U.S. state and Canadian provincial leaders took actions to further reduce carbon emissions and boost renewable energy use.

Is cloud computing as efficient and less carbon intensive as some claim?

How Environmentally Sustainable is Cloud Computing and Storage?

Cloud computing and storage is a fast growing industry that is helping to drive our economy forward, but is it a revolutionary sustainability game changer or a sad example of greenwash. The defining feature of the cloud is the fact that instead of relying on local servers, it uses a network of remote servers hosted on the Internet to store,…

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US Greenhouse Gas Emissions Have Fallen Nearly 7 Percent Below 2005 Levels

US GHG emissions fell 1.6% in 2011 and are down 6.9% since 2005, according to the EPA’s 2013 Greenhouse Gas Inventory. The longer term trend is still upward, however, with total US GHG emissions having increased an average 0.4% per annum since 1990.

Companies begin to see sustainability efforts as key to their bottom line

New CDP Report Points to the Growth of Corporate Sustainability

The CDP Global 500 Climate Change Report 2012 indicates that there has been an increase in corporate sustainability around the world. The CDP assesses corporate risks and opportunities on behalf of 655 institutional investors with $78 trillion in assets. The CDP harnesses the power of market forces to collect information from companies about their GHG emissions, water usage and other environmental impacts. The CDP…

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Broadband Report Highlights ICT’s Role in Low-Carbon Economy Transformation

A new Broadband Commission report illustrates “the kind of transformative solutions” information and telecommunications (ICT) and broadband technology can provide to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change.

Clear-cutting Indonesian rainforest for a palm oil plantation

The Biofuels Pipedream

First generation biofuels have been widely criticized, but even second, third and fourth generation biofuels have uncertain technical, economic and environmental viability. A full assessment of the environmental costs of biofuels reveals that the vast majority do not make sense. For biofuels to be a truly feasible alternative to oil, life cycle analysis must take into account not only CO2,…

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The Durban Platform emerges in post-conference sessions

Last Minute Save at COP17: Durban Delegates Set Path to 2020 Emissions Reduction Treaty, Green Climate Fund

It took three days of non-stop negotiating but UN climate change treaty delegates in Durban in the end managed to agree on the 3 major issues on the agenda. While there’s no shortage of criticism, the last-minute deal does pave the way for a legally binding UN emissions reduction treaty to go into effect in 2020, as well as setting up funding mechanisms and organizational structure for the Copenhagen Green Climate Fund.