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An economy that puts climate first

Marc Lefkowitz  |  09/11/12 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Climate, Healthy diet

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There’s a moment in the documentary film “Force of Nature” when Dr. David Suzuki, a leader in Canada’s environment movement, asserts that “we have become a force of nature like no other in 3.6 million years.” “Climate change is but one of the problems we have created,” says Suzuki whose formative moments include an epiphany of science’s role in the environment...more

Is the planet doomed or is there a glimmer of hope?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  07/25/12 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Climate

How do we make sense of the wildly disparate news-solving climate change is way harder that we thought! We have new hope coming from the building industry!-laid on us this week? First, Bill McKibben writing for Rolling Stone summed up the carbon end game using three numbers. It's the best explanation we've seen about the political difficulty of reducing carbon emissions. In...more

Cleveland to hire climate action plan consultant; plus, highlights from Cleveland Heights green zoning

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/10/12 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Climate

· After nudging from GCBL to set aside the silver bullet solution and draw a clear roadmap, the City of Cleveland's Department of Public Utilities and Office of Sustainability are soliciting proposals from qualified firms interested in providing preparation of a Climate Action Plan for the City of Cleveland. Proposals submitted in response to the RFP must be received on...more

Energy and carbon reducing frameworks for government

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/20/12 @ 12:00pm  |  Posted in Clean energy, Climate

Cuyahoga County Council's Environment & Sustainability Committee introduced legislation in March, 2012 that would establish an energy reduction goal for county buildings, and support the local, clean energy market. If approved, the county will sign on to the U.S. Department of Energy's Better Building Challenge, and make all municipal buildings and facilities 20% more energy efficient by 2020. Presumably, the county...more

Why is climate change such a challenging issue? Why Steven Chu thinks Cleveland cannot cede the clean energy battle to China

Marc Lefkowitz  |  01/19/12 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Climate

Why is climate change such a challenging issue to tackle? What happens when you introduce a philosophical approach to the problem? GreenCityBlueLake Institute and the Natural History Museum did-with Case ethics professor, Jeremy Bendik-Keymer, at the Ethics of Climate Change presentation back in December. Climate change is an intergenerational concern, he said, and the thorniness of that raises a new question...more

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