California takes big step in limiting greenhouse gases

Read the full story at Planet Ark. California is set to unveil a new weapon in its fight against global climate change on Wednesday when it holds its first sale of carbon emissions permits - a landmark experiment that it hopes will serve as a model for other U.S. states and the federal government. The …

NREL launches new alternative transportation web tools; planning, maps, data

Read the full post from Green Car Congress. The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has launched a new tool and redesigned DOE’s Alternative Fuels Data Center Web site to help fleet managers, municipalities and consumers choose from a variety of alternative fuels and energy efficiency strategies for reducing petroleum use, …

Word Diffusion and Climate Science

PLoS One (November 2012, v7  n11 p e47966) / by R. Alexander Bentley, Philip Garnett, Michael J. O’Brien and William A. Brock http://www.plosone.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0047966 As public and political debates often demonstrate, a substantial disjoint can exist between the findings of science and the impact it has on the public. Using climate-change science as a case example, …

Climate Change and Existing Law: A Survey of Legal Issues Past, Present, and Future

Download the document. This report surveys existing law for legal issues that have arisen, or may arise in the future, on account of climate change and government responses thereto. At the threshold of many climate-change-related lawsuits are two barriers—whether the plaintiff has standing to sue and whether the claim being made presents a political question. …

Local Officials Help Bicyclists Peddle Their Cause

Read the full story in Roll Call. Cyclists and pedestrians were among the biggest losers in the recently enacted highway law, which reduced funding for bicycle paths and walking trails and softened a requirement that states spend a portion of their federal aid on transportation “enhancements.” Now, advocates for commuters who ride their bikes or …