December 2009


The Copenhagen Consensus

Dec21 2009 // By: RESCUE GREEN // Categories: Sustainability, International Green Movement No Comments

After two years of pre-negotiations and two weeks of international discussions in Copenhagen, hope turned into disappointment. What resulted was an accord between the US, China, Brazil, India, South Africa, France, Germany, and the EU over the scientific case for global warming and the goal of capping temperature increases at 2°C. Leaders agreed that cutting emissions would provide the most effective strategy at reaching this goal – but not at the expense of development and economic prosperity. Additionally, the accord calls upon developed nations to provide annual payments of $30 billion, rising to $100 billion in funds to less developed nations by 2020 – however there are no guidelines as to who the provider and beneficiary of these funds will be.

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Stalemate or Success in Copenhagen?

Dec14 2009 // By: RESCUE GREEN // Categories: Sustainability, International Green Movement No Comments

Last week the Environmental Protection Agency declared an “endangerment finding” concerning greenhouse gases produced by vehicles and power plants. The findings were clear: human-induced emissions leading to climate change, is a danger to public health. The announcement was part of a Supreme Court decision, in 2007, to have the Agency review scientific data of greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act. This would allow the EPA regulation power over emissions that affect human health, under the current legislation, without having to go through Congress.

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Tis the Season for Energy Efficiency

Dec01 2009 // By: RESCUE GREEN // Categories: Sustainability, Green Building No Comments

Tis the season for higher energy bills. As homeowners labor away hanging holiday lights and displays, the spirit of the holiday season is felt by all–that is if you don’t have to foot the electricity bill. Fortunately, saving on costs doesn’t mean cutting tradition. Hanging LED lights are a great energy efficient alternative, they use 90% less energy, last up to 100,000 hours, and are energy star approved. But what if you were hosting an international climate change summit at your home? The LED lighting strategy might not be enough to promote reducing global emissions and curbing climate change.

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