August 22, 2011
US Environmental Protection Agency
By September 30, 2011, the top emitters in the country- those responsible for 70% of emissions across 28 industrial sectors- will be required to submit their greenhouse gas data through the EPA’s online Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program. Industries and businesses will be able to use the data to help find new ways to decrease carbon pollution, increase efficiency, and save money.
August 18, 2011
New York Times
In the bay area, as well as the rest of the country, the green-job economy is not proving to be the job-creation engine that many politicians envisioned. Projections for job creation in the sector have consistently fallen short, frustrating proponents of the green economy.
Center for International Forestry Research
An article published in Forest Ecology and Management finds that tropical forests designated as strictly protected areas have annual deforestation rates much higher than those managed by local communities, challenging the idea that locking forests away is the best way to conserve them. “With billions of dollars being channeled into Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) – a climate change mechanism that pays developing countries to protect the world’s forests – the paper suggests that community-managed forests could be a more cost-efficient and effective solution to reducing deforestation and ensuring the sustainable use of forests while benefiting local livelihoods.” Download the paper from here.
Hotter weather and increased building in the Sierra Nevada region along the California-Nevada border are strongly associated with more intense fires and dramatically higher costs to fight the fires.