Earth Day Network Blog Updates
The Embassy of Finland, prominently located on Massachusetts Avenue NW in Washington, DC, deserves huge environmental kudos for achieving LEED Platinum certification, the first embassy in the U.S. to attain this significant goal.Read More
Washington, DC – The five year fight against Keystone XL continues today as the Senate voted in a crushing 62 to 36 majority in favor of the pipeline.Read More
When upgrading your electronics—from cellphones to iPods— selling them back to your retailer could save you hundreds on your new device. And who doesn’t like “free” money?
Devices can be sent through mail—or you can take them into the store yourself. Many retailers offer gift cards or store discount that you can then use towards your new device. Trading in last year’s products also helps reduce e-waste by keeping toxic chemicals from being released.Read More
A Step Forward
This past November, leaders from the United States and China teamed up to announce a major step in the effort to cut down greenhouse gas emissions. As the two greatest emitters of GHGs, it was high time for these countries to begin earnestly tackling climate change. China in particular has begun to show some much needed progress in cutting emissions and creating a more sustainable economic framework.Read More
During President Obama’s visit to India next week, India is likely to ask for additional support with their renewable energy program. A joint statement is expected to be released by the two countries ahead of the climate talks in Paris later this year.
This step towards a renewable energy program builds on the India-US Joint Statement between Prime Minister Modi and President Obama in 2014 in which they “agreed to a new and enhanced strategic partnership on energy security, clean energy, and climate change.”Read More
Bill Nye is best known for his quirky educational videos that show young students that science is fun. Yet no matter how much kids love Bill Nye, they don’t follow him into the sciences. Proficiency in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) subjects in the United States is low and high school students do not go on to study STEM in college. According to the U.S. Department of Education, STEM related careers will increase 14 percent between 2010 and 2020, accounting for millions of positions available for students.Read More
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama called for more forceful efforts to combat climate change during his State of the Union address on Tuesday. Obama said the United States will double the rate in which the U.S. cuts carbon emissions alongside China, which, for the first time, also committed to limit their emissions.Read More
Our Economic Climate
This morning Al Gore and Pharrell Williams kicked off the 45th annual World Economic Forum meeting in Davos with a rousing panel on the need for environmental action.
For the next few days business leaders, officials, and public figures from around the world will come together to discuss the latest developments in the global community. This year, to reflect to a more balanced and modern outlook, the World Economic Forum announced a shift of focus for their 2015 platform:Read More
This week could be an important week, at least symbolically, for America’s commitment to tackling issues related to climate change.Read More