The Carbon Chasm
Wed, 26 Aug 2009 18:25:52 GMT
In 2007 the IPCC stated that developed economies must reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 80-95% by 2050 in order to avoid dangerous climate change. This report utilises the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) dataset to analyse how the world’s largest companies currently set emissions reduction targets and whether planned reductions are sufficient to combat long term climate change. It also draws evidence from 12 in depth interviews with Global 1003 companies to show what motivates senior management in setting GHG reduction targets. This work was conducted in conjunction with BT (British Telecommunications plc), which has ignited a debate around science led targets with its proposed Climate Stabilisation Intensity target (CSI) methodology.
Zero Energy Home in San Francisco
Tue, 25 Aug 2009 14:01:18 GMT
Homes of the future will go beyond including green design elements, low VOC paints, and solar systems. Homes of the future will be carbon neutral, generate all their own power, some of their own food and have integrated systems to increase energy efficiency, reduce water consumption and minimize waste. Plans for the first Zero Energy House in San Francisco are underway, and this house will be a model of efficiency and green design to other homes in the area.
Be Spartan Green
Thu, 13 Aug 2009 18:28:05 GMT
Michigan State University’s sustainability web site includes videos, project descriptions, and suggestions for how students can be more environmentally aware.
Psychology and Global Climate Change: Addressing a Multi-faceted Phenomenon and Set of Challenges
Thu, 13 Aug 2009 18:16:31 GMT
The primary aim of this report is to engage members of the psychology community (teachers, researchers, those in practice, and students) in the issue of climate change. To this end, this American Psychological Association (APA) task force report describes the contributions of psychological research to an understanding of psychological dimensions of global climate change, provides research recommendations, and proposes policies for APA to assist psychologists’ engagement with this issue.
Green Building and Development as a Public Good
Wed, 12 Aug 2009 17:52:36 GMT
Governments in Canada are attempting to respond to the challenge of global warming and to the expectation Canadians hold for a healthy economy and enhanced quality of life. Actions include energy conservation, the introduction of a carbon tax (British Columbia) and the possibility of carbon cap and trade legislation (or agreements among some provinces). An area of increasing attention is how we develop communities and build and use residential and commercial buildings. In Green Building and Development as a Public Good, Mike Buzzelli argues that green building and development faces a classic policy paradox: we collectively agree that improvements are needed in the built environment but we are caught in a whirlwind of information and debate about how to move forward. We are motivated to “be green” but challenged by implementation. [PDF, 10 p.]
Climate Change Data Portal
Wed, 12 Aug 2009 17:33:45 GMT
The WB Climate Change Portal is intended to provide quick and readily accessible climate and climate-related data to policy makers and development practitioners. The site also includes a mapping visualization tool (webGIS) that displays key climate variables and climate-related data.
Real Transportation Solutions for Green House Gas Emissions
Thu, 30 Jul 2009 13:47:42 GMT
This website, launched by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, highlights strategies to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from transportation. Includes best practices, state examples, research findings, and links to other climate change information sites.