Political Climate
Apr 26, 2007
Industry caught in carbon ‘smokescreen’

Companies and individuals rushing to go green have been spending millions on “carbon credit” projects that yield few if any environmental benefits. A Financial Times investigation has uncovered widespread failings in the new markets for greenhouse gases, suggesting some organisations are paying for emissions reductions that do not take place. Others are meanwhile making big profits from carbon trading for very small expenditure and in some cases for clean-ups that they would have made anyway. See full story here

Apr 25, 2007
Daily Show Slams Green Celebs

This video from the Daily Show is too funny not to post. Lewis Black looks at Earth Day programming in this episode of Back in Black. He takes a stab at Matt Damon’s junk mail tip, as well as Oprah’s green show in general. He finishes it all up with a special slam to MTV’s Pimp My Ride, biodiesel edition. “So there you have it, advice on saving the planet Earth from a bunch of people who couldn’t even save Planet Hollywood.” See video here

Apr 24, 2007
Canada Joins Anti-Kyoto Block

This week’s announcement by the Canadian government—that it may join a U.S.-led coalition focused on voluntary emissions cuts—could be part of a global shift away from Kyoto’s binding targets.

In a somewhat surprising development, Canada, a long-time supporter of the Kyoto Protocol, announced that it may want to join the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate (AP6), a six-nation coalition focusing on voluntary emission-reduction steps and technology transfers. Many environmentalists oppose AP6 out of a fear that it may undermine political support for the legally binding Kyoto treaty.  Read full story here

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