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  • NYC Council Passes Climate Protection Act

    December 3, 8:09 AM by Eric Kane in Corporate Responsibility

    Last week, in an unusual display of unity, the New York City Council unanimously passed the Climate Protection Act. The legislation, which mandates a 30% reduction in citywide greenhouse emissions by the year 2030, puts the force of law behind Mayor

  • The New Yorker on the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

    November 26, 8:16 AM by Eric Kane in Natural Sciences

    Earlier this month, The New Yorker published an article about the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and its founder, Paul Watson. The article, Neptune’s Navy, describes the origins of Sea Shepherd, its

  • EU to Regulate Emissions From Airlines

    November 15, 4:45 PM by Eric Kane in Aviation

    As airlines and airplane manufacturers continue to concentrate on increasing capacity, the European Union (EU) took an important step in regulating greenhouse gas emissions from the civil aviation sector. Earlier this week, the European Parliament

  • Bloomberg's Traffic Plan Gets State and Federal Support

    June 8, 12:13 PM by Eric Kane in Cars

    In April, we wrote about Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s proposal to bring congestion pricing to New York City. The plan would require drivers to pay an $8-a-day fee to drive below 86th street in Manhattan between 6am and 6pm on weekdays. Although it

  • Pineapples and Photovoltaics

    June 7, 8:01 AM by Eric Kane in Solar Technology

    In 1922, James Dole, the president of Hawaiian Pineapple Company (later the Dole Food Company), bought the entire island of Lanai. The sixth largest Hawaiian island was subsequently developed into the world’s largest pineapple plantation. Lanai has

  • A Sea of Yellow to Turn Green

    May 23, 7:10 AM by Eric Kane in Cars

    On yesterday's "Today" show, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced a five-year plan to 'green' New York City's yellow cab fleet. Although the fleet will retain its emblematic yellow color, the ubiquitous Ford Crown Victoria will be replaced

  • 'Renewable Energy Chopper' Up for Grabs in Iowa

    May 21, 9:30 AM by Eric Kane in Renewable Energy

    In an effort to promote Iowa’s role in renewable energy, the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation has launched a campaign called ‘Join the Ride Iowa’ . The campaign will tour the state throughout the summer and will support renewable energy resources such as

  • Solar Boat Arrives in NYC

    May 10, 8:23 AM by Eric Kane in Cars

    Earlier this week, the Swiss made solar boat, Sun21, reached New York, the final destination on the first-ever sun powered transatlantic journey. Sun21 sailed 13,000 kilometers from Chipiona in Spain to the island of Martinique and along the East Coast

  • New York Moves Closer to Renewable Future

    April 26, 7:59 AM by Eric Kane in Renewable Energy

    In the wake of Mayor Bloomberg’s Earth Day policy speech, New York State has made an important move towards sustainability. According to the New York Energy Research and Development Authority and the New York State Public Service Commission, 21

  • Is Deforestation the Solution to Climate Change?

    April 19, 8:49 AM by Eric Kane in Clean Technology

    Since global warming entered the global lexicon, the scientific community has concluded that deforestation is one the primary causes of climate change. Subsequently, significant efforts to reduce or reverse warming trends have focused on reforestation

  • NYC's Catskill Water Supply to Remain Unfiltered

    April 16, 8:39 AM by Eric Kane in Clean Water

    It may come as a surprise to readers, that New York City’s water supply is unfiltered. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency announced last week that it would extend the city’s current exemption from filtration requirements at least until 2017.

  • NYC's First-Ever Greenhouse Gas Inventory

    April 11, 8:18 AM by Eric Kane in Corporate Responsibility

    Yesterday, Mayor Bloomberg released the first comprehensive inventory of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in New York City’s history. The inventory will serve as the benchmark for reducing the City’s GHG emissions by 30% between now and 2030, a target

  • New Hampshire Moves Closer to Renewable Energy Standard

    April 9, 7:48 AM by Eric Kane in Economics

    Currently, New Hampshire is the only state in the northeastern United States that has not passed some form of renewable portfolio standards legislation. However, that may change soon. Last week, the New Hampshire House voted decisively in favor of a

  • Supreme Court Delivers Landmark Ruling On Greenhouse Gases

    April 4, 7:48 AM by Eric Kane in Corporate Responsibility

    On Monday, the Supreme Court delivered one of the most important environmental decisions in the court’s history. The case in question, Massachusetts v. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), challenged the agency’s failure to regulate vehicle emissions

  • 'Environmentalism: Biggest Threat to Freedom'

    March 30, 8:03 AM by Eric Kane in Economics

    Czech President, Vaclav Klaus, recently offered a warning that environmentalism and measures to curb climate change are a threat to human freedom. When I read these and other similar statements, my initial thought was to write a scathing assessment of

  • IBM Commits to Greenhouse Gas Reductions

    March 26, 7:48 AM by Eric Kane in Economics

    Last week, IBM announced that it would reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 7% from 2005 levels by the year 2012. The commitment was made as part of the company’s participation in the Environmental Protection Agency’s ‘Climate Leaders’ program. To

  • In Hot Water Over Climate, Bush Cuts Funding for Geothermal Power

    March 16, 8:43 AM by Eric Kane in Renewable Energy

    As concern over climate change continues to mount, the Bush administration has announced plans to eliminate federal support for geothermal power. Citing the belief that geothermal is a mature technology, the Department of Energy has decided not to

  • El Hijo del Santo Wrestles Enemies of the Sea

    March 12, 8:22 AM by Eric Kane in Culture

    Mexican professional wrestler, El Hijo del Santo, recently announced plans to support WiLDCOAST, a U.S.-based environmental organization. The organization’s current campaigns include: stopping sea turtle consumption in Mexico, defending protected areas

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