Since 2005, the city of Kyoto in Japan has been encouraging people to leave their cars behind and opt to get around by train and on foot. So far, the "mobility management" strategy has been a success, according to Japan for Sustainability. Through the Smart Car Use Project, the Kyoto prefectural government "promotes more effective commuter behavior through communicating with local residents and providing them with public transport options."
Just yesterday, July 1st, Al Gore authored an opinion editorial which was published in the New York Times. I have copied a few choice portions from the editorial, and will have a few comments after the break, if you care to read them. All of the following are quotes attributed to Gore from his editorial:
A new European Environment Agency (EEA) report has been published that identifies transport as a major stumbling block for the European Union in trying to reach its Kyoto climate change targets. The report, 'Transport and Environment: on the way to a new common transport policy', calls for policy changes to address the massive increase in transport usage over the last twenty years. Passenger transport volumes have grown 20 percent in the EU between 1990 and 2003, and air transport volumes have v
Australian Federal Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane has stated that converting existing energy supplies to clean and renewable sources will inevitably cost households up to 40 percent more on their power bill. He is concerned that few consumers are aware of the spikes in their power bills that will occur over the next ten years due to the cost of green technologies and lowering greenhouse gas emissions. A large part of this electricity cost increase will be due to coal-fired powered stations out
The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) is working with the Gold Standard to eliminate irregularities from the voluntary carbon-offsetting marketplace. Kyoto Protocol compliance introduced a regulated Certified Emissions Reduction (CER) marketplace where carbon credits generated from renewable energy generation and energy efficient projects could be bought, sold and traded by organisations aiming to keep their activities carbon neutral. The Verified Emissions Reductions (V
The European Commission is trying to force EU member states to move more quickly to meet their requirements under the Kyoto Protocol. The first phase of their CO2 reductions runs from 2005 to 2008, and the new requirements cover the phase two period up through 2012. Member states requested CO2 emission levels 7 percent above what the EC ultimately decided on. In fact the allowances are 7 percent below the actual emission levels from 2005.
An Associated Press analysis finds that most of the world's big industrialized nations aren't having an easy time reducing greenhouse gas emissions as part of their commitment to the Kyoto pact. Basically, says writer Karl Ritter, Europe is veering off course, Japan is way off the mark and Canada has thrown in the towel.
While we generally hear about global warming and climate change from scientists, people involved in the financial world should also consider it a major economic issue facing all U.S. companies, according to an article by the Vermont State Treasurer. While the U.S. government declined to ratify the Kyoto Protocol, many U.S. companies have already responded to some of the challenges climate change is posing. Many global companies based in the U.S. have to join in carbon-reduction efforts to comply