The Christian Science Monitor is reporting that increased concern about global warming in many of the so-called "red" states, which ushered George W. Bush into the White House, will make it tougher for conservative politicians at all levels of government not to favor stronger reductions in carbon dioxide emissions in future elections.
<B><U>Dear EarthTalk:</U> Do government "Energy Star" ratings for major appliances take into account their "cradle-to-grave" impacts, or are they just concerned with energy efficiency?</B>
<B><U>Dear EarthTalk:</U> What are "El Niño" and "La Niña" and what relationship do they have with global climate change?</B>
The power behind the White House throne, Vice President Dick Cheney, took a wholly unwanted turn in the spotlight when he accidentally shot an old friend, Republican bigwig Harry Whittington, during a stage-managed quail hunting party in south Texas.
Following a decision last week by the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) not to take an institutional stand on global warming, an independent group of 86 Evangelicals calling themselves the Evangelical Climate Initiative took matters into their own hands to urge Congress to pass legislation curbing emissions of carbon dioxide, which most scientists agree is contributing to climate change.
Based on a petition filed by the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD), an Arizona-based environmental group, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has embarked on a formal review to determine whether or not polar bears should be listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act due to their sea ice habitat melting as a result of global warming.
The cases against Florida Power and Light (FP&L) brought by two families whose sons have rare cancers were dismissed without trial in January, nearly three years since filing (see “The Nuke Next Door,” Currents, May/June 2004). U.S. District Judge James Cohn, a Bush appointee known for denying paper voting receipts in Florida and for giving […]
Dear EarthTalk: Can you explain the tax credits I might be entitled to if I buy a hybrid car? Also, is it true that single-rider hybrids can now use HOV lanes in recognition of their fuel efficiency?
Dear EarthTalk: Some people argue that recycling uses more energy than it saves, and thus it is not worth the effort. Is this true?
The news that Espitas, a restaurant in Dresden, Germany, has lines around the block for its maggot ice cream and maggot salad was no surprise to entomologist Marc Kenis from Switzerland’s CABI Bioscience, a nonprofit group that works on sustainable agriculture projects. Kenis has been sweating over ways to help keep caterpillars on the African menu, especially during the hungry months when food is scarce.
One of the world’s most prized ecological zones will soon become a showcase for renewable energy in remote locations. Early this year, crews are expected to break ground on a wind farm on San Cristobal, the largest of four inhabitable islands in the Galapagos Archipelago.
In 1998, Ted Smith and Bill Moomaw held a conference at Boston’s Tufts University to develop the idea of starting a regional organization to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the Northeast. Clean Air-Cool Planet emerged.