Climate Mitigation

Cutting emissions would save big bucks

Altamont Wind FarmA new study put out by Economists for Equity and the Environment puts the external costs of a ton of carbon at nearly $900 — 42 times larger than the government's working estimate.

If Australia can put a price on carbon, can the U.S.?

ImageWhile Americans — particularly those outside California — are by now probably used to having other countries lead the way in terms of the climate, it's nonetheless a surpirse that Australia, of all places, became the first nation in the world to enact a carbon tax this weekend. After all, Australia's political situation is an awful lot like our own.

When cooking kills: Reducing soot pollution from cookstoves

ImageFor the first time, a pilot project in rural India has demonstrated that soot from household cooking fires seriously contributes to atmospheric pollution.

Bill Gallegos responds to California's delay of cap-and-trade as a result of his group's lawsuit

CHC wroteChevron's Richmond refinery in February about a challenge to California's cap-and-trade law that came not from Big Oil, but from the environmental justice group Communities for a Better Environment. Yesterday, the state Air Resources Board announced that it would delay its proposed cap and trade program until the issues raised in the lawsuit — specifically, that alternatives to cap and trade weren't fully vetted. Gallegos took a moment to give us his reaction to what appeared to be a David victory over Goliath.

WHO launches Health in the Green Economy series

On June 14, 2011, at a satellite meeting of the annual Global Health Council conference in Washington, D.C., the World Health Organization (WHO) launched an exciting new series on the health co-benefits arising from climate change mitigation strategies. The event was titled, “Health in the Green Economy: Leveraging Big Gains for Chronic Disease Prevention", and was co-sponsored by WHO Geneva, along with the Washington, D.C. office of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).

Empowering women is good for the planet

ImageSpeaking this week at the Games for Change Festival, Al Gore said that when you empower women with not only education, but also access to contraception, women can choose how many children to have and when to have them. Child survival rates improve, family sizes decrease and population growth slows. 

UNICEF dives into climate debate

boy sleeping surrounded by waterIn its newly released 2011 State of the World's Children report, UNICEF positions climate change as the single greatest threat to youth worldwide, and in another report, the international body says that climate-related disasters threaten the success of the Millennium Development Goals that are core of the international humanitarian agenda.

Is green building bad for your health?

LEED buildingFox News is reporting that a new study suggests that green building standards are bad for your health. But the real story is a bit more complicated. In a study commissioned by the EPA, the Institutes of Medicine analyzed the effects climate change may have on people inside, where they spend most of their time.

Mississippi floods make the case for public health preparedness

ImageApril was a cruel month in the United States — and the pain has continued into May. A record-breaking spate of 600 tornadoes ravaged much of the Midwest and South, killing 250 people and sending scores of thousands to emergency shelters. The same storms that fueled the twisters contributed to near-record floods along the Mississippi and feeder rivers.

Aussies debate whether climate change or carbon tax is deadlier

ImageDown Under, they’re having a debate over whether addressing climate change will benefit, or rather jeopardize, human health. 

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