At the UN climate conference in Bali, delegations of scientists not only called for deep cut in greenhouse gas emissions, but also showed new ideas to tackle climatic change.

Also, hear all about a mechanical tree being proposed by a Columbia professor.

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According to the Gotham Gazette, New York City produces more than 7 billion pounds of garbage every year.

Play the Garbage Game and try to come up with a solution to the city’s garbage disposal problem.

I played The Gotham Gazette Garbage Game and sent 5,406,744 tons of refuse across 3,243,350 miles.

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Holy Bacteria, Batman!

November 10, 2007

A scene of the new Batman movie starring Christian Bale that called for the actor to jump into the waters off Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour was canceled after testing found “all sort of things, salmonella and tuberculosis” in the water, the Guardian reports.

The waters are so dirty that since colonial times, when residents of Hong Kong used to bathe in the harbour, the only people who take dips in it are a few political activists.

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Greenest States of America

November 4, 2007

Last month Forbes released a list of the most environmentally friendly states.

Vermont came in on top and West Virginia at the bottom.

New York came in at a respectable, but definiteley improvable, No. 9.

Forbes determined the ranking by comparing carbon dioxide emissions per capita, policies to promote energy efficiency and high air quality, buildings (on a per capita basis) that have received the U.S. Green Building Council’s benchmark certification and others.

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The New York Times has a new multimedia project which explores the many faces of China. The first part of the series, Shocking on Growth, shows us how the rapid economic growth of the country has resulted in an environmental crisis.

Facts mentioned in the piece:

  • In China, the number of deaths from pollution related diseases, such as cancer, comes second only to smoking.
  • Sixteen of the 25 most polluted cities in the world are in China. (Click here for a list of the 10 most polluted places in the world)
  • When you take into consideration the cost of environmental pollution, China’s economic growth is not was great as it appears.

The article is divided into four different parts: print, photo slide show, video, and an interactive map.

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Gore: Nobel Laureate

October 12, 2007

An Inconvenient Truth’s creator and former Vice-President Al Gore has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in Norway this morning, the AP reports.

He shares the prize with the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climatic Change for their efforts in bringing man-made climate change to the fore-front of national and international politics.

“I am deeply honored to receive the Nobel Peace Prize,” Gore said. “We face a true planetary emergency. The climate crisis is not a political issue, it is a moral and spiritual challenge to all of humanity.”

Below is a Reuters report about the Nobel Peace Prize nominations.

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The world without us

October 9, 2007

picture-2.pngAlan Weisman’s new book helps us envision a post-human world.

The World Without Us, the latest literary addition on the effects of climatic change, paints a gloomy picture for humans under global warming, but an almost poetic future for earth after our vanishing.

Click the picture to take a 15,000 year tour of Manhattan.

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