UN Climate Summit: What To Expect and Why it Matters

 

On September 23, world leaders from government, business, finance and civil society will gather in New York City—at the invitation of the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon—to attend the UN Climate Summit 2014. The aim of the Summit is to secure widespread commitment to increasing action on climate change and to build ambition among key country […]

CLIMATE CHANGE: How Do You Sell Florida Keys Real Estate That May Soon Be Underwater?

 
CLIMATE CHANGE: How Do You Sell Florida Keys Real Estate That May Soon Be Underwater?

Back in the summer of 2009, there was a big meeting up in Marathon about climate change and its implications for the Florida Keys. Officials of the Nature Conservancy and others, quoting reports from international panels of scientists, predicted that by 2100, the Keys will have lost about 59,000 acres of real estate valued at […]

Risky Business Report Finds Businesses and Infrastructure in U.S. and Florida Face Significant Economic Risks From Climate Change

 
Risky Business Report Finds Businesses and Infrastructure in U.S. and Florida Face Significant Economic Risks From Climate Change

First-Ever Risk Analysis Quantifies Potential for Widespread Economic Disruptions The American economy will face significant and widespread disruptions from climate change unless U.S. businesses and policymakers take immediate action to reduce climate risk, according to a new report released today. The report, “Risky Business: The Economic Risks of Climate Change in the United States,” analyzes […]

Climate Action Transparency Key To Trustworthiness

 
Climate Action Transparency Key To Trustworthiness

New carbonn Cities Climate Registry (cCCR) report reveals that global voluntary reporting of local climate action triggers trustworthiness, access to finance and citizen engagement. Four hundred twenty-two [422] local and subnational governments from 44 countries serving 12% of the world’s urban population are on track to trustworthiness, according to the carbonn Cities Climate Registry (cCCR) […]

Reversing Climate Change Achievable by Farming Organically / Regenerative Organic Agriculture Can Reverse Global Greenhouse Effect

 
Reversing Climate Change Achievable by Farming Organically / Regenerative Organic Agriculture Can Reverse Global Greenhouse Effect

Kutztown, PA – Rodale Institute recently announced the launch of a global campaign to generate public awareness of soil’s ability to reverse climate change, but only when the health of the soil is maintained through organic regenerative agriculture. The campaign will call for the restructuring of our global food system with the goal of reversing […]

The Dumbshine State

 
The Dumbshine State

A rally last week in Tallahassee was staged to encourage solar energy development in Florida. Fortunately it became political because otherwise the mainstream media might not have covered it. Organizers used the event to accuse Gov. Rick Scott of blocking solar energy initiatives in the state at the behest of the big power companies. Because […]

CLIMATE CHANGE: IS THE SKY FALLING?

 
CLIMATE CHANGE: IS THE SKY FALLING?

Last week, the United States Senate held an all-nighter to call attention to the threat of climate change. You don’t have to convince me that the climate is changing. I watch the National Geographic and Discovery channels a lot and I have learned that climate change is natural. It’s been going on for millions of […]

Debate About Yard Waste Incineration Flares Up

 
Debate About Yard Waste Incineration Flares Up

“No, no, no this is a terrible idea!” Laura Haight, New York Public Interest Research Group For reasons that remain as cloudy as the smoke from a wood fire, Monroe County seems determined to pursue a plan to incinerate yard waste. At the same time, the commissioners may be ignoring a comparably priced plan to […]

Next Steps on Climate Change: Infrastructure Adaptation

 

Monroe County Commissioners will soon make some bell weather decisions that signal their approach to climate change. The County has joined compacts, attended conferences, hired sustainability coordinators, established committees, and developed plans which embark on the “process.” Eventually, the process moves from planning to action. Action includes mitigation (reducing the causes of climate change) and […]

GREEN Reactor: Keystone Cops and Flops

 
GREEN Reactor: Keystone Cops and Flops

When people of my age were kids, our 3 or 4 channels of TV would fill afternoon and weekend slots with old movie shorts like The Three Stooges and Laurel & Hardy.  Typically they’d include “silent” shorts featuring the Keystone Cops – a gang of incompetent policemen who’d pursue criminals or attempt to do public […]

GREEN Reactor: Legacy of Sally’s Rides

 
GREEN Reactor: Legacy of Sally’s Rides

Anyone who’s followed my various Key West columns or pages knows I started my career working on the Space Shuttle program at Kennedy Space Center. My LPS (Launch Processing System) code aided in Shuttle checkout and launches, and I was fortunate enough to be able to watch up-close and personal the launches of the first dozen […]