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Promises and Pitfalls

Posted in Climate change, Environmental Policies, US-China by ebalkan on May 7, 2009

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This article originally featured in China Dialogue.

Forging a new partnership between the United States and China can help address climate change, but only if regulatory and market shortcomings can be overcome.

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Bloomberg’s Ambitious Plan to Improve Energy Efficiency in NY Buildings

Posted in CO2 Emissions, Energy, Environmental Policies, Green Building & Construction by ebalkan on April 27, 2009

energy nyc buildings emissions consumption demand electricity thermal sector power transportNew York Mayor Bloomberg harnessed the green power of Earth Day to unveil a plan that would require NYC buildings – responsible for 80% of the city’s emissions – to undergo regular energy audits and retrofits, as needed, in order to become more energy efficient.

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Outsourcing Toxic Dumping, in the Name of the Environment?

evan071Does the Obama administration have the will to face the prospect that a low cost approach might be inimical to a low carbon strategy, and ensure careful planning and responsible oversight? Or will US officials, keen on building a strong bilateral partnership, overlook the consequences of a business-as-usual scenario in China, permitting environmental degradation as the means to ambitious political ends?

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