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Monitoring Home Energy Use is Fashionable

Three recent Royal College of Art students have brought to market an extraordinarily fun and fashionable product called Watson. Watson, seen below, monitors your household energy usage in real time and reminds you how you're doing with a real cost figure, and more subtle shades of green red and blue light.

Google's Intractable Problem

Last week a Harvard physicist, Alex Wissner-Gross, made an important, rather frustrating, and ultimately quite sad finding; just two Google searches generate an estimated 5-10 grams of C02.

Warmer Can Mean Colder

<p>2008 was yet another record year for wacky weather and global warming was a significant catalyst. As the world's greatest polluter, it is sadly fitting that the United States should endure many of the greatest hardships from weather during the final month of 2008.

It's not about global warming

<p>As a cold snap envelops much of the country, I'm reminded of a big concern I have about the environmental movement precipitated by fears of global warming.</p>
<p>What if people get bored with the issue because nothing happens for decades?</p>

The Case for Higher U.S. Gas Taxes

<p><strong>I Hate Taxes</strong> <br /> <br /> I have to be honest. I don't like to pay taxes any more than anyone else does. I do not feel like a patriot when I write a check to the IRS.

African Nations Propose Growing Profits With Carbon Trading

At a meeting of 50 African nations held in Algeria in November, an agreement was reached that Africa should "speak with one voice" to pursue a larger influence in shaping the successor to the Kyoto Protocol, set to expire in 2012.    If these countries prevail, future carbon trading programs will resemble three-cornered stools, with Africa, previously left out of reaping most of the benefits of such programs, sitting pretty.

Setting The Record Straight on "Green"

<p style="text-align: justify;">We see it everywhere these days -- the call to "Go Green!"&nbsp; TV, radio, magazines, newspapers, books, and the Internet, the barrage of advice to green your home, your life and your business is inescapable.&nbsp; As a rather vocal environmentalist, entrepreneur and MBA, I

The Gift of Sustainability

<p><img src="http://www.carbonfund.org/site/uploads/Climate-tag2.jpg" border="0" alt="" hspace="10" vspace="5" align="right" />Now that the holiday shopping season is in full swing, let's pause to remember how much pollution and other damage to the environment often are caused by life in the industrialized world.

A Report Both Sombre & Sobering

<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="font-size: small; font-family: Times New Roman;">As organisations like JustMeans and 21 "Century Network try to create a more just and sustainable world by bringing companies and people together and encouraging public debate so as to encourage positive change, a soberin

Lesson in Practical Sustainability from the South Pacific

<p>International air traffic into Orlando International Airport has been on the rise in recent months because of the Open Skies accords negotiated between the United States government and European powers. If you have noticed flights to London&rsquo;s Heathrow airport from your city suddenly shifting to Gatwick, the cause is the same. Nevertheless, while transatlantic nonstop flights from Orlando have grown in frequency and variety, the aircraft have shrunk.<br /><br />It used to be that the Boeing 747 was the main aircraft of choice because of its payload and range.


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