Environmental News Wrap: Are Climate Negotiations Working, Where Has All the Oil Gone, and more...
GlobalWarmingisReal contributor Anders Hellum-Alexander wraps-up the climate and environmental news headlines for the past week:
- The New York Times wonders if the United Nations’s climate change negotiations are a lost cause. They certainly aren’t accomplishing anything, so why not look for alternative structures to negotiate global commitments to reducing carbon emissions.
- October 10th, 2010 was a day of global climate activism instigated bill Bill McKibben at 350.org. The Guardian reports.
- Hungary had a leak of toxic sludge, much like the incident in Tennessee not too long ago where thousands of tons of coal ash flooded homes and streets, and another one is imminent. These “accidents” will continue as long as we uphold an economy of toxic products and byproducts.
- New York City launched a successful campaign against trans-fats in restaurants and is now launching an attack on sugary soda. Being fat is one of the worst things you can do for the environment and sometimes it takes government intervention to solve problems that stem from personal lifestyle decisions.
- Scientific organizations and the American government are trying to answer a seemingly simple question: Where did the oil go 6 months after the BP, Gulf of Mexico spill?
- The Organic label is imperfect, and here is an article that helps you navigate the world of organic eggs.
- This is a great satirical article from Grist about the priorities of American consumers and how we are doomed because of them (us).
- Technology Review comments on Proposition 23 in California, that would undo HB32, which mandates that the State of California reduces its carbon emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. I am a California voter and I will be voting NO on Prop 23!!!
- Scientific American, which is covered in Shell Ads, published an article about how Exxon Mobile and Shell are acknowledging the environmental difficulties that lie ahead and are seriously considering the many fuel alternatives to petroleum. What a bunch of baloney. Scientific American gets a big thumbs down from me after selling out to Shell. Exxon Mobile and Shell will ride the petroleum boat until every last drop is extracted at a profit.
- New York Times provides a great commentary on the modern Natural Gas global industry. Natural Gas is being touted as a great alternative to petroleum. While it is a little less environmentally destructive than petroleum it is an industry that is only supposed to last for 10-30 years, after that it is supposed to give way to more environmental energy sources.