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Superstorm Sandy’s Silver Lining

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November 14, 2012

At 5 AM on Thursday November 1st…, just days after Superstorm Sandy battered the east coast I boarded a plane from Portland, OR to Newark, NJ.  Originally, I was simply going east to visit my 93 year old grandmother; yet as I spoke to my family that morning  

categories: climate change, events, global warming, greenhouse gas emissions, natural disaster, risk, weather

Japan to phase out nuclear energy by 2040

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September 27, 2012

Following the earthquake and tsunami that forced the Japanese government to shut down all of Japan’s nuclear power plants last March, the country has significantly shifted its energy sources.  Today, just two of the country’s 50 nuclear reactors have recommenced operations.  Prior to the natural disaster, Japan depended on its…  

categories: environmental health, global warming, greenhouse gas emissions, regulations, renewable energy, risk

Stop the Frack Attack

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August 10, 2012

Across the United States, the development of natural gas via hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling currently occurs in 32 states.  As the development of shale gas has increased, so has the number of community groups united in an effort to end hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in their communities.  Last week, more…  

categories: environmental justice, global warming, greenhouse gas emissions, natural gas

A Business Call for a New Economy

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June 28, 2012

On June 12, the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) presented its Business Call for a New Economy… to a White House summit, the following day the letter was shared with Senators and their staff.    Founded in 2009, the ASBC is a coalition of businesses and business organizations committed to advancing  

categories: corporate governance, externalized costs, markets

Gulf Coast, 2 Years After Deepwater Horizon

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May 21, 2012

New Orleans, Louisiana is, hands down, my favorite U.S. city.  I have visited this city more times than I can count and I just returned from a week in the Big Easy.  The city is seemingly vibrant and rebuilding itself from the destruction of Katrina and the subsequent failure of…  

categories: environmental health, environmental justice, externalized costs

Landmark EPA Action on Carbon Dioxide Emissions

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April 10, 2012

For decades the United States was the world’s largest greenhouse gas emitter.  However, in 2007 China surpassed the United States and continues to hold the title of world’s largest emitter.   It was also in 2007 that China issued its National Climate Change legislation, which focuses on five key areas:  greenhouse…  

categories: energy, externalized costs, greenhouse gas emissions, regulations

The Great Disruption

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March 9, 2012

Last fall we had a great opportunity to host Paul Gilding in our office when he visited Portland to speak about his recent book.  Many of us had read The Great Disruption… over the summer and discussed his bold proclamation that “the climate crisis will bring on the end of  

categories: ecological limits

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