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Do you believe? October 29, 2008

Filed under: Reports — Katie @ 4:03 am
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A recent study known as the American Climate Values Survey and published by ecoAmerica says that 18 percent of Americans strongly believe that climate change is real, human-caused and harmful.

According to the survey, published at the beginning of October, most people (73 percent) do believe in climate change, but don’t attribute the full impact to humans.  Interestingly enough, politics had the biggest impact on whether or not people are believers –  54% Republicans survey believe in climate change while 90% Democrats are believers. 

Bob Perkowitz, founder and chairman of ecoAmerica, says that people need to start relating to global warming as an American issue, and not merely a political issue, if we’re ever going to get around to finding plausible solutions. 

The survey found that another reason people are not that interested in finding answers as soon as possible is because too great an impact has been placed on solutions for the environment alone – very few perceive a personal benefit from the expense that it might take to invest in green technologies. 

ecoAmerica hopes that, based on the answers people provided, this survey will provide a framework on which to adjust the message of global warming and climate change that might make people pay more attention to it as one of the primary problems facing our world today.

You can view the ACVS survey results for yourself by clicking here and downloading the PDF.

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Living in debt September 24, 2008

Filed under: Reports — Katie @ 5:53 pm
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As of two minutes ago, the US national debt is $9,789,785,427,082.16.. try saying that number out loud.  Since the Bush administration took office, America’s had to get used to living in debt.  But according to the Global Footprint Network, yesterday marked a different kind of deficit spending.

September 23 marked Global Overshoot Day as “the day humanity has used all the resources nature will generate this day.”  This means from here on out, we’re eating into resources that the planet won’t be able replace before we need them again.  Currently, the earth is still in surplus mode so luckily, there are still fish available for us to catch in rivers and forests for us to cut down for building supplies.

However, the site says we now consume resources at a pace of 1.4 planets per year, which means Global Overshoot Day comes earlier each year.  It also means that who knows how many years from now, Global Overshoot Day will come and we’ll find that our planet’s surplus is gone.

This overshooting of our resources, says the site, is one of the roots to most other global problems – climate change, decreasing biodiversity, the increasing need for fish farms, rising food prices, etc.

September 23 is the 267th day of the year, which means we still have just under 100 days left to consume this year.  hmm.

 

Business benefits by lowering emissions September 23, 2008

Filed under: Reports — Katie @ 9:43 pm
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UK Carbon Trust published a study yesterday about the benefits mainstream sectors of the economy have to gain from lowering carbon emissions. 

Car manufacturers have the most to gain by harnessing hybrid technologies, but also have the most to lose should they not meet future emissions standards, the report says.  We’ve already seen that impact on Hummer sales in the United States as CEO Rick Wagoner announced the possibility of remodeling or discontinuation of Hummer models earlier this summer.  

The sooner businesses realize the money that can be saved by harnessing energy-saving technologies (not to mention the money to be made as people are beginning to make lifestyle changes in favor of lowering their impact), the better for everyone. 

Business standards may be readjusted next year at a United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Copenhagen next year.  In the meantime, hopefully they’ll take heed of this report and begin to make industrial changes on their own accord.