What’s the biggest dirty energy source of all?

October 5, 2012 | 4:00 pm | , Solutions Analyst

There are several manmade sources of the carbon pollution that’s warming our climate, from deforestation to animal agriculture. But let’s clear up one thing right away: Dirty Energy, the pollution from fossil fuels, is the single the biggest contributor to climate change. And the biggest Dirty Energy source is coal.


Of Johannesburg, Britney Spears and climate change

August 3, 2012 | 2:15 pm | , Solutions Analyst

I was in Johannesburg, South Africa last week for a climate change meeting. Even though the meeting was about global solutions to carbon pollution, I couldn’t help wondering what local changes were in store for Johannesburg as a result of climate change.


U.S. storms and heatwaves: a reminder that nature is powerful and we’re no match

July 10, 2012 | 5:34 pm | , Solutions Analyst

As severe weather events start taking a higher toll in the coming decades due to climate change, do you think we should bet on coping well, or should we face the sobering reality and do what we can to prevent and reduce carbon pollution so we don’t make matters worse to begin with?

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Who were the real leaders in Rio?

June 27, 2012 | 2:48 pm | , Solutions Analyst

A few days ago, the United Nations Earth Summit 2012 concluded in Rio, 20 years after the first summit in 1992. The UN officially billed this conference as the one that would deliver to us a clear road map to the future we want. Now that the conference has wrapped up, the consensus seems to be that political leaders from around the world failed to move nations in the right direction. But that’s not the whole story.

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Oyster-lovers beware … this delicacy could become a rarity

April 20, 2012 | 11:03 am | , Solutions Analyst

As an ardent foodie, I was concerned to see the results of a new study last week. The study warns that oyster production may decline due to rising carbon dioxide levels. Researchers found that higher levels of carbon dioxide in ocean water made the water more acidic and reduced the ability of oyster larvae to develop shells. This impaired the ability of oysters to grow at a normal pace, and led to a decline in yield.