Beyond Green Building: Morning Round-Up

Posted on: September 25th, 2007 by Patrice Frey

A Manifesto for a New Environmentalism – New Republic. Authors Ted Nordhaus & Michael Shellenberger argue that increasing investment in clean energy technology is the key to addressing global climate change, not reducing overall energy demand.

Wal-Mart To Push Suppliers On Energy Efficiency Reuters. Wal-Mart Stores Inc has formed a partnership with the Carbon Disclosure Project to look for ways for its suppliers to better manage their energy efficiency, as part of its environmental push, the company said on Monday.

World energy revolution needed for climate: U.S. –Reuter. U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Monday the world needs a revolution on energy that transcends oil, gas and coal to prevent problems from climate change.
"Ultimately, we must develop and bring to market new energy technologies that transcend the current system of fossil fuels, carbon emissions and economic activity. Put simply, the world needs a technological revolution," Rice told delegates at a special U.N. conference on climate change.

U.N. chief sees major commitment to climate change -- Reuters. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said a one-day high-level meeting on climate change on Monday was a turning point in the battle against global warming. “What I heard today is a major political commitment for a breakthrough in climate change in Bali," Ban said.

Gore urges U.N. to "overcome paralysis" on climate – Reuters. Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore bluntly told a U.N. conference on Monday that the planet would be better off if people cared more about global warming and less about O.J. Simpson and Paris Hilton

Deal Reached to Phase Out Greenhouse Gas – AP. Governments of almost 200 countries have agreed to speed the elimination of a major greenhouse gas that depletes ozone, U.N. and Canadian officials said Saturday, describing a deal they said was a significant step toward fighting global warming. The agreement reached Friday night will accelerate a treaty to freeze and phase out hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) which are used in home appliances, some refrigerators, hair sprays and air conditioners, said Nick Nuttall, spokesman for the United Nations Environment Program.

Dumpster Dive – The Digital Way – Chicago Tribune. Freecycling is all the rage.

US Telecommuters save 840 million gallons of gas per year – Environmental Leader. That’s enough to power 1 million households for a year.

Report recommends cutting urban sprawl – Pittsburgh Post Gazette. The report by the Urban Land Institute, Smart Growth America and other national and state organizations warns that total vehicle miles driven in the United States are on track to increase 59 percent by 2030, and the exhaust from all those vehicles driven all those millions of extra miles will overwhelm expected emissions reductions produced by more efficient, cleaner-running cars and trucks

Follow the Money: The (Slow) Rise of Green Financial Services – Joel Makower. We seem to be on the cusp of a cluster of green financial services -- everything from energy-efficiency mortgages to green consumer banks to climate-friendly credit cards. It's hardly approaching a tipping point, but financial services companies seem increasingly interested, almost eager, to cater to green-minded consumers and companies.

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