Archives for January, 2011

Comments Off on The Power of Partnerships: Working to Build an Inclusive Green Economy

The headlines from the State of the Union said, “Clean Energy.” What I heard was: “we need to do this together.” President Obama laid out an ambitious agenda to spur innovation and remain competitive globally. But he also used that agenda to send an important message in a fractured political time: The time for division…

In his State of the Union address, President Obama declared that we’re going to solve our energy problems by “out-innovating” the rest of the world. But there’s a key question we’ve got to figure out:  who’s going to be doing all this innovating? The President made it clear what he thought the answer should be,…

When Chinese president Hu Jintao visited the United States this month, many issues made headlines, but one that didn’t is nonetheless important: clean energy cooperation, competition, or both. This issue is a litmus test for the two superpowers’ ability to build a partnership based on mutual needs and opportunities. The outcome will affect our global economic, environmental…

The RAND Corporation releases a critical report on the state of alternative energy investment in the armed forces. Military commanders, however, remain committed to reducing fossil fuel usage fleetwide.

Comments Off on Our environment is full of clouds and the clock is ticking

Are people who write about climate change and environmental issues destined to become doomsayers? This question returned to my mind while I was reading the World Meteorological Organization’s review of 2010 significant weather and climate events. I was looking for a broader context to comment on the major weather-related tragedy on record that happened in…

Comments Off on Join us for a Climate and Energy-focused SOTU Live Chat

Join us and the climate and energy community for a live chat around the President’s State of the Union speech. We will also be curating the best of the climate and energy tweets — join on twitter by using the hashtag #ecosotu.

To those with more than a casual interest in politics, “Silly Season” is a common term used to indicate the time running up to an election when the logic of Capitol Hill, such as it is, gets crazier than usual. Votes are scheduled or canceled depending on how much they would help or hurt the…

Comments Off on Can a Universal Standard of Ethics Govern Science?

The most recent attempt to establish universal standards for ethical issues in global science was developed as part of the 2nd World Conference on Research Integrity, held 21-24 July 2010, in Singapore. The “Singapore Statement on Research Integrity” seeks to set forth a set of principles and accompanying responsibilities to guide ethics in science on…

There are many different stakeholders who view Appalachian coal supply from entirely different perspectives. Producers fear increased costs and production impediments arising from an expanding regulatory structure, including an increasing difficulty in obtaining the necessary permits to enable production. Conservationists fear the environmental damage that would result from any retreat from a strict regulatory structure.…

Somebody didn’t get the memo. Wind and other low-carbon technologies have taken their hits of late from the Wall Street Journal’s editorial page and its ilk. (Examples here, here, here, and here.) But one piece in particular caught my eye with the headline: “Electric Cars May Accelerate Global Warming.” It Started at Forbes.com … ……