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Environmental writer Tom Schueneman, a contributor to numerous environmental and sustainability-focused blogs and websites, publishes his flagship blog GlobalWarmingisReal as a resource of news, commentary, and information on climate change, energy, and sustainability. \

Climate change and sustainability are the issues of our generation. Meeting the challenge is a three-legged stool requiring action from individuals, business, and government. GlobalWarmingisReal addresses those three aspects of change (or lack thereof) through essays, research, and news reporting. Our aim is to help the concerned citizen understand the importance and urgency of the issues we face in the 21st century.

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Canadians Set Up First Solar Powered Community In North America
December 29, 2008 08:15 AM - , Global Warming is Real

A new Canadian neighborhood is North America's first solar-powered community. The community, named the Drake Landing Solar Community (DLSC) is located in the town of Okotoks, Alberta, and consists of 52 houses all powered by solar (what else?) energy. The system that links the community together is ingenious. It stores the summer months' excess energy underground for it to be put to use in the extremely cold winter months that Alberta is notorious for. A total of 800 solar panels located on garage roofs throughout the community generate 1.5 megawatts of thermal power during a typical summer day, the project's organizers say.

Low Carbon, Clean Energy, Growth, Jobs & Geothermal
December 10, 2008 09:49 AM - , Global Warming is Real

There's been much high end academic research and political debate about the relative costs and benefits of transitioning to low carbon societies and renewable energy sources in countries with industrially developed and developing economies alike. There's likely to be a lot more going forward, particularly as United Nations Conference of Parties to the Kyoto Protocol members continue their quest to hammer out a successor to the Kyoto Protocol by next December when they meet in Copenhagen, and as the Obama administration and the US Congress set their agenda for the first year of a new presidency.

Of Speculative Bubbles, the Crisis in Finance, Corn & Ethanol
November 26, 2008 09:38 AM - , Global Warming is Real

Alternative energy and clean technology businesses and investors are rightfully concerned that the credit crisis and the utter and complete failure of a growing number of the nation's largest, most prominent banks and investment funds will severly restrict their access to private working and long-term capital. Some even expect that with oil prices falling to, even below, $50 a barrel, that the stage is set for a repeat of a pattern seen following the ending of the OPEC embargo of 1979-80 and disinflation that followed, namely interest in, and resources devoted to developing a more sified, decentralized and cleaner energy system built around renewables fading into obscurity.

Antarctic Warming Shows "Human Fingerprints"
November 20, 2008 07:48 AM - , Global Warming is Real

The rapid ice melt and temperature rise in the Arctic region has been widely reported, with a record summer ice melt occurring last year in the Arctic ocean, and a near-record this year (the volume of sea ice, if not the extent, did reach a record low this year, with autumn temperatures in the Arctic 9 degrees Fahrenheit above normal).

UK Scientists Compare Official G8 Proposals To Combat Climate Change With Real Carbon Cycle Data
November 7, 2008 08:32 AM - , Global Warming is Real

A few UK scientists have done a smart thing; they’ve combined the proposals of G8 policymakers for combating climate change with actual data on the status of play in the carbon cycle. The resulting study (pdf) is interesting not only because of this highly useful approach but also because it focuses on atmospheric carbon dioxide and its impact on the environment in the far future.

Zero Carbon Building is The New Standard In England
October 24, 2008 10:07 AM - , Global Warming is Real

Zero carbon building is going to be the standard in the UK as of 2016. By that time all new buildings will have to be carbon neutral, the government decided awhile back. In the meantime, there’s a lot of activity going on in the housing sector to prepare for this rather close deadline.

Green Nanotechnology Is Ready To Come Of Age
October 13, 2008 10:41 AM - , Global Warming is Real

Alongside renewable energy, green tech is tipped to become employment sector number one in the next decades if you believe reports by major organizations covering green jobs. But my hunch is to keep a check of nano technology as well. Because green technology's tendency to thrive on clever solutions to reduce energy usage is all great but it boils down to a rather finite activity.

Renewable Energy: All Eyes Are on China While George Bush Lets USA Greentech Leadership Slip
August 6, 2008 11:47 AM - , Global Warming is Real

This Friday, The Climate Group, an international non-profit working for the advancement of a low-carbon economy, will release new research in a report called China’s Clean Revolution. It appears that China, as an emerging economic super-power, isn’t weighed down by business as usual and bellyaching from top-heavy, unimaginative, coddled industries constitutionally unwilling and unable to seize the day!

Big Oil Fattens Up at the Public Trough
August 5, 2008 10:42 AM - , Global Warming is Real

As Big Oil continue to rake in record profits - $123 billion in 2007 - the oil and gas industry is due to receive $32.9 billion in tax breaks, royalty relief, subsidies and other support from public coffers through 2013. Analyzing the issue in "Big Oil, Bigger Giveaways," released July 2008, Friends of the Earth analysts note that the figure could grow dramatically over the next 25 years if these are extended and if oil companies win a lawsuit through which they are seeking to avoid paying as much as $53 billion in offshore drilling royalty revenue.

Senate "Gang of Ten" Forges Compromise Energy Bill Before August Recess
August 4, 2008 08:46 AM - , Global Warming is Real

A bipartisan group of Senators calling themselves the “gang of 10” were finally able to package a compromise bill on Friday aimed at breaking the persistent deadlock in the Senate over energy issues. On one side are Republicans that have remained in lock-step with President Bush’s chiding Democratic opposition to lifting the ban on oil exploration and development offshore and in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR); while Democrats have resisted such measures, favoring instead that energy companies pursue oil development in areas for which they already hold federal leases, selling oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, and providing more incentives for renewable energy.

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