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Nov 26, 2015 One concept will dominate the Paris climate talks, and it has nothing to do with the climate

QUOTE: concept is “differentiation.” But we all call it fairness. Developed countries have benefitted from emitting unlimited carbon until quite recently, reaping the economic rewards. Now, countries like India want to lift millions out of poverty. Why shouldn’t they be allowed to emit as much as their predecessors on the path to prosperity?

Nov 16, 2013 Growing Clamor About Inequities of Climate Crisis

QUOTE: From the time a scientific consensus emerged that human activity was changing the climate, it has been understood that the nations that contributed least to the problem would be hurt the most. Now, even as the possible consequences of climate change have surged — from the typhoons that have raked the Philippines and India this year to the droughts in Africa, to rising sea levels that threaten to submerge entire island nations — no consensus has emerged over how to rectify what many call “climate injustice.”

New York Times
Nov 15, 2013 Japan Backs Off From Emissions Targets, Citing Fukushima Disaster

QUOTE: Japan took a major step back on Friday from earlier pledges to slash its greenhouse gas emissions, saying a shutdown of its nuclear power plants in the wake of the Fukushima disaster had made previous targets unattainable. The announcement cast a shadow over international talks underway in Warsaw aimed at fashioning a new global pact to address the threats of a changing climate.

New York Times
Jun 07, 2011 The Earth Is Full

QUOTE: Gilding cites the work of the Global Footprint Network, an alliance of scientists, which calculates how many “planet Earths” we need to sustain our current growth rates. G.F.N. measures how much land and water area we need to produce the resources we consume and absorb our waste, using prevailing technology. On the whole, says G.F.N., we are currently growing at a rate that is using up the Earth’s resources far faster than they can be sustainably replenished, so we are eating into the future.

New York Times
Mar 10, 2011 House Panel Votes to Strip E.P.A. of Power to Regulate Greenhouse Gases

QUOTE: A House subcommittee voted on Thursday to strip the Environmental Protection Agency of its power to regulate greenhouse gases, chipping away at a central pillar of the Obama administration’s evolving climate and energy strategy... Republicans and their industry allies accuse the administration of levying taxes on traditional energy sources through costly environmental regulations, threatening the economic recovery and driving jobs overseas.

New York Times
Jan 31, 2011 Europe's Carbon Emissions Trading -- Growing Pains or Wholesale Theft?

QUOTE: this month's mass theft of E.U. allowances (EUAs) from some national registries has gotten the broader carbon trading community very much up in arms. Many are blasting some nation members of the European Commission for not taking the threat seriously...

New York Times
Dec 23, 2010 E.P.A. Says It Will Press on With Greenhouse Gas Regulation

QUOTE: ...Ms. McCarthy emphasized that the E.P.A. was not imposing a “cap-and-trade” system, a system that sets a ceiling on greenhouse gas pollution while allowing companies to trade permits, at a price that the market determines. Approved last year in a House bill, cap-and-trade legislation died in the Senate this year. Later, opponents called it “cap and tax,” and it became a rallying cry for some midterm election candidates who were opposed to the expansion of government authority over industry and the economy.

New York Times
Dec 11, 2010 Climate Talks End With Modest Deal on Emissions

QUOTE: The package known as the Cancún Agreements gives the more than 190 countries participating in the conference another year to decide whether to extend the frayed Kyoto Protocol, the 1997 agreement that requires most wealthy nations to trim their emissions while providing assistance to developing countries to pursue a cleaner energy future.

New York Times
May 09, 2010 U-Va. urged to fight subpoena of climate scientist's documents

QUOTE: Academics from across the country are rallying against a subpoena issued by Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II seeking documents related to the work of a former University of Virginia climate scientist, even as the university says it is preparing to comply with Cuccinelli's request.

Washington Post
Mar 02, 2010 Scientists Taking Steps to Defend Work on Climate

QUOTE: For months, climate scientists have taken a vicious beating in the media and on the Internet, accused of hiding data, covering up errors and suppressing alternate views...Tentatively and grudgingly, they are beginning to engage their critics, admit mistakes, open up their data and reshape the way they conduct their work.

New York Times
Nov 20, 2009 Hacked E-Mail Is New Fodder for Climate Dispute

QUOTE: Hundreds of private e-mail messages and documents hacked from a computer server at a British university are causing a stir among global warming skeptics, who say they show that climate scientists conspired to overstate the case for a human influence on climate change.

New York Times
Sep 15, 2009 When It Comes to Pollution, Less (Kids) May Be More (Green)

QUOTE: new study performed by the London School of Economics suggests that, to fight climate change, governments should focus on another pollutant: us. As in babies. New people.

Washington Post
Aug 18, 2009 You Say “Solution,” I Say “Pollution:” Ocean Fertilization is a Fishy Solution to a Whale of a Problem

QUOTE: There are many compelling scientific arguments both for and against geoengineering via ocean fertilization... But even if our best science indicates that ocean fertilization will succeed, there are clear ethical reasons to rule it out...

Science Progress
Aug 12, 2009 As water and power dry up in India, the people revolt: Hundreds of times a week across the nation, frustrated residents block roads and demand resources. But there's simply not enough to go around.

QUOTE: Pramit Pal Chaudhuri, senior editor with the Hindustan Times and an Asia Society senior fellow, said scenes like this [protests against power and water shortages] are played out every day in India and do little to resolve the basic problem: There simply aren't enough resources to go around, particularly during times of natural calamity.

Los Angeles Times
Aug 01, 2009 Nepal's Environmental Issues Could Risk the Land's Beauty

QUOTE: a decade of civil war, rampant corruption and lack of consistent environmental policies has turned the serenely beautiful Kathmandu Valley into a harshly polluted one, too... Even all those nature-loving travelers and climbers are a problem: Everest's summit is littered with soda cans, tent poles, food containers and other trash the trekkers have left behind.

Washington Post
Jul 21, 2009 Climate Conundrum: How to Get India to Play Ball

QUOTE: Jairam Ramesh, the Indian Environment and Forestry Minister, had other ideas. With Clinton standing by, Ramesh told reporters that India was in no position to reduce its rising levels of carbon-dioxide emissions, and that the West — which had polluted with impunity for decades — was in no position to dictate reductions to developing poor countries.

Time Magazine
Jun 25, 2009 A new (under) class of travellers: Migration and climate change

QUOTE: The scale of the likely population shift [due to climate change] raises big questions. Will climate-change migrants be recognised?

Jun 19, 2009 Living on Canada's Oil: Must we really choose between energy security and a climate disaster?

QUOTE: No matter how useful the [Canadian] oil sands might be to our energy supplies, tapping into them remains the most controversial petroleum project on Earth.

Apr 23, 2009 Industry Ignored Its Scientists on Climate

QUOTE: For more than a decade the Global Climate Coalition, a group representing industries with profits tied to fossil fuels, led an aggressive lobbying and public relations campaign against the idea that emissions of heat-trapping gases could lead to global warming.... even as the coalition worked to sway opinion, its own scientific and technical experts were advising that the science backing the role of greenhouse gases in global warming could not be refuted.

New York Times
Mar 01, 2009 Is the Press Misreporting the Environment Story? ( Going Green)

QUOTE: that complexity [of global climate change] poses a unique challenge for the media, one that in its increasingly decimated state it may be ill-equipped to meet

Time Magazine
Dec 04, 2008 Green Inc.: Paying Poor Countries to Save Trees

QUOTE: Scientists and environmentalists want mechanisms to reward the developing world for saving its forests incorporated into any such treaty....furious response from groups that say that the developing world has a right to boost its economic development through forestry.

New York Times
Nov 08, 2008 Bush’s seven deadly environmental sins: How Bush made a mockery of the nation’s environmental laws and values -- and what Obama must do to get us back on track.

QUOTE: It hardly bears repeating that George W. Bush's record on the environment makes his own father look like Teddy Roosevelt by comparison. By taking environmental policymaking away from scientists, and turning it over to industry cronies, Bush has made a mockery of the nation's environmental laws and values.

Jun 01, 2008 Warm-up for a global-warming law: Congress to begin work on a bill the next president would be willing to sign.

QUOTE: The top presidential nominees in both parties back a cap-and-trade system to limit US emissions of greenhouse gases. President Bush opposes it, and the White House is expected to detail objections to the 494-page Senate bill on Monday.

Christian Science Monitor
Jan 09, 2008 F.T.C. Asks if Carbon-Offset Money Is Well Spent

QUOTE: As more companies use offset programs to create an environmental halo over their products, the [Federal Trade Commission] said it was growing increasingly concerned that some green marketing assertions were not substantiated.

New York Times
Oct 08, 2007 Nuclear Power Primed for Comeback: Demand, Subsidies Spur U.S. Utilities

QUOTE: Many environmental groups, torn between concern about climate and long-standing antipathy toward nuclear power, are seizing on the cost issue. "We're not an anti-nuclear group," says Jeremy Symons, executive director of the global warming program at the National Wildlife Federation. "But it doesn't make sense for the government to be investing in nuclear when the money could be put into renewables and energy efficiency."

Washington Post
Sep 18, 2007 Suit Blaming Automakers Over Gases Is Dismissed

QUOTE: The courts do not have the authority or the expertise to decide injury lawsuits concerning global warming, a federal judge in San Francisco ruled yesterday in dismissing a suit brought by the State of California against six car companies....The suit claimed that the emissions were a public nuisance and sought billions of dollars in damages.

New York Times
Aug 24, 2007 As an energy-saver, the clothesline makes a comeback: A 'Right to Dry' movement is growing, with some states introducing legislation to override clothesline bans.

QUOTE: a national clothesline – or "Right to Dry" – movement escalates. In fact, Vermont is the latest state to introduce a bill that would override clothesline bans, which are often instituted by community associations loath to air laundry even when it's clean.

Christian Science Monitor
Aug 15, 2007 NASA Revisions Create a Stir in The Blogosphere

QUOTE: NASA has slightly revised its record of average annual temperatures in the United States since 2000 -- modifications that researchers say are insignificant but that some conservative commentators and bloggers have seized upon to assert that global warming has been hyped as a problem.

Washington Post
Jul 26, 2007 A dark side to the ethanol boom? A backlash to fuel made from corn is emerging among environmentalists, economists, and antipoverty activists.

QUOTE: [One] downside to corn that land which until recently was growing crops for food is now growing crops for fuel .... [But] part of the problem is that in some countries – the US among them – biofuels are heavily subsidized by the federal government.

Christian Science Monitor
Jul 15, 2007 Climate Change Debate Hinges On Economics: Lawmakers Doubt Voters Would Fund Big Carbon Cuts

QUOTE: Energy and climate experts say the world already possesses the technological know-how for trimming greenhouse gas emissions...[but] Because of the enormous cost of addressing global warming, the energy legislation considered by Congress so far will make barely a dent in the problem.

Washington Post
Jul 09, 2007 How Green Was Live Earth, Anyway? The environment was the message at the Live Earth concert in New Jersey. But how eco-friendly was the show?

QUOTE: all of the activity was supposed to be in service of building global awareness of climate change and what to do about it. Just how Green was Live Earth, really?

May 06, 2007 Having large families ‘is an eco-crime’

QUOTE: Having large families should be frowned upon as an environmental misdemeanour in the same way as frequent long-haul flights, driving a 4x4 car and failing to reuse plastic bags, according to a report to be published tomorrow by a green think tank.

Sunday Times/The Times (UK)
Apr 21, 2007 Invisible but all too real: the illegal roads speeding the destruction of the rain forest: Despite a crackdown, illicit logging is on the rise in lawless areas of the Amazon

QUOTE: Illegal roads, or viscinais - often built by illegal loggers looking to cash in on the world's largest rainforest - represent one of the biggest challenges to the Brazilian government in its fight against deforestation. It is estimated that there are more than 105,000 miles of viscinais in the Amazon region - illegal dirt tracks that meander through indigenous territories, government land and ecological reserves and which pave the way for the continued destruction of the world's largest rainforest.

Guardian Unlimited
Feb 02, 2007 Scientists offered cash to dispute climate study

QUOTE: Scientists and economists have been offered $10,000 each....Letters sent by the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), an ExxonMobil-funded thinktank with close links to the Bush administration, offered the payments for articles that emphasise the shortcomings of a report from the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Guardian Unlimited
Jan 31, 2007 Failing Report Card: Survey finds largest U.S. companies doing “poor job” disclosing climate change risks.

QUOTE: ...the environmental network group Ceres and the socially responsible mutual fund company Calvert released a report harshly critical of climate change disclosure at most top-tier companies.

CRO Magazine
Dec 21, 2006 Outsize Profits, and Questions, in Effort to Cut Warming Gases

QUOTE: Cleaning up this factory will require an incinerator that costs $5 million... Yet the foreign companies will pay roughly $500 million for the incinerator....With so much money flowing to a few particularly lucrative cleanup deals, the danger is that they will distract attention from the broader effort to curb global warming gases, and that the lure of quick profit will encourage short-term fixes at the expense of fundamental, long-run solutions...

New York Times
Nov 29, 2006 Benchwarming: The Supreme Court melts down over greenhouse gasses.

QUOTE: In 1998, during Clinton's presidency, the Environmental Protection Agency determined that the CAA gave it the authority to regulate carbon dioxide. In 1999, environmentalist groups petitioned the agency to regulate CO2 emissions from new cars and trucks, because they contribute to global warming. But in 2003, now under the Bush administration, the EPA denied this request....Massachusetts and 11 other states, plus three cities and a host of environmental and health organizations, filed suit challenging this decision.

Nov 15, 2006 Annan Faults ‘Frightening Lack of Leadership’ for Global Warming

QUOTE: "Secretary General Kofi Annan on Wednesday put the blame for global warming on “a frightening lack of leadership,” saying the poorest people in the world, who do not even create much pollution, bear the brunt of rising temperatures."

New York Times
Nov 07, 2006 China to Pass U.S. in 2009 in Emissions

QUOTE: "as a developing country, China is exempt from the Kyoto Protocol’s requirements for reductions in emissions of global warming gases....the unexpected speed with which China is emerging as the biggest contributor to global warming. Still, China has resisted limits on its own emissions and those of other developing countries."

New York Times
Jan 08, 2006 In Kenya, 'Why Does This Keep Happening?': Return of Drought and Threat of Starvation Renew Calls for Sustainable Development

QUOTE: Enough food is grown in Kenya to feed all of its population of 33 million, but many citizens, especially the country's poor subsistence farmers, cannot afford it.

Washington Post
Jul 19, 2005 Corn Dog: The ethanol subsidy is worse than you can imagine

QUOTE: But the ethanol boosters are ignoring some unpleasant facts: Ethanol won't significantly reduce our oil imports... most important (and most astonishing), it may take more energy to produce a gallon of ethanol than it actually contains.

Nov 25, 2004 Arctic Countries Agree on Perils of Climate Change but Not Solution

QUOTE: The United States and the seven other countries with Arctic territory jointly expressed concern yesterday about profound changes in the Arctic climate and said they would consider new scientific findings concluding that heat-trapping emissions were the main cause.

New York Times
Nov 12, 2004 Accord Set on Efficiency for Cooling

QUOTE: The combatants in a fight over how much electricity an air-conditioner should use have reached a truce that could eventually lead to savings for building owners.

New York Times
Aug 16, 2004 'Data Quality' Law Is Nemesis Of Regulation

QUOTE: The Data Quality just two sentences directing the OMB to ensure that all information disseminated by the federal government is reliable...interpretation of those two sentences could tip the balance in regulatory disputes that weigh the interests of consumers and businesses.

Washington Post
Apr 25, 2004 NASA Curbs Comments on Ice Age Disaster Movie

QUOTE: The initial efforts by NASA headquarters to limit comments [about "The Day After Tomorrow”--Ed.] angered some government researchers. "It's just another attempt to play down anything that might lead to the conclusion that something must be done" about global warming, one federal climate scientist said.

New York Times
Dec 24, 2002 2 Western Cities Join Suit to Fight Global Warming

QUOTE: ...Oakland, Calif., and Boulder, Colo., have voted to join Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace in a lawsuit charging two federal agencies with failing to conduct environmental reviews before financing projects that the cities say contribute to global warming.

New York Times
Aug 18, 2002 As the Earth Warms, Will Companies Pay?

QUOTE: With their confidence shaken in corporate bookkeeping and the market's omniscience, investors are starting to look for other possible "off balance sheet" land mines, including the hidden risks that could be associated with global climate change.

New York Times
Apr 26, 2002 Bad Air Days

QUOTE: ...the administration's "clean skies" initiative is pie in the sky: no legislation has been introduced, and there doesn't seem to be any urgency. Meanwhile, the administration is moving rapidly to scuttle new source review...

New York Times
Oct 22, 2001 Practical Idealism

QUOTE: Realists hold that foreign policy is about relations between nation states, not about the political, economic or human-rights conditions within particular countries. Meddling in other nations' internal affairs only invites conflict....How useful is Rice's recommended focus now? The United States is at war not with a great power but with a transnational network.

Washington Post
Sep 01, 2001 The Treaty Ripper

QUOTE: One powerful nation has decided to buck the trend, to hold itself out of all of these treaties and in fact to work for their defeat...the United States of America, the most dangerous rogue state....

Ethical Spectacle