Pick one or the other: Climate Change or  Natural Gas Drilling. When, Neil Leary, Elizabeth Martin Perera and I met with James Warner, a legislative assistant to Arlen Specter, to discuss climate change, this was the answer. It’s not that the senate is against global climate change action; it’s that they represent such a diversity […]

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hoffmand on November 19th, 2009

As Grace, Luan and I discovered as we researched Flexibility Mechanisms, the number of Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects in Africa is dismally small when compared the number of projects in countries like China, India and Brazil. However, it seems like this trend may be changing. The UN just released a report that suggests the […]

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hoffmand on November 14th, 2009

Meet Rob Hopkins. In 1990, Rob was an artist, traveling in the Hunza Valley of Northern Pakistan. Now he’s an educator, a permaculture designer, a natural builder, and cofounder of the transition town movement. So what happened in that valley to turn a young artist into an internationally known educator and author? Well, Rob caught […]

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hoffmand on November 1st, 2009

On November 18th, China and India, the world’s fastest growing countries, both in population and GHG emissions, signed a five-year agreement of cooperate on climate change issues. In the grand schemes of things, this is very large, strategic move. The agreement strengthens the ties between these two countries before, during and after the Copenhagen negotiations. […]

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hoffmand on October 12th, 2009

The Union of Concerned Scientist asserts that in order to prevent “dangerous” climate change, we must stabilize the global concentration of atmospheric green house gasses at 450 parts per million (ppm). Stabilization at or below this level, would provide a 50% or “medium chance,” of avoiding a temperature rise of more than 2 degrees Celsius. […]

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