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45 Articles by Timothy B. Hurst

Concern for Environment and Climate Strongest in Asia, Emerging Economies

Concern for the environment and climate change is on the rise in emerging economies. And according to several new pieces of research, concern is particularly acute in Asia.  One might argue that the research, highlighted in a recent New York Times article, found evidence to back up the theory of ... keep reading

Written by Timothy B. Hurst in November 2010, about Air Quality, Climate Change, Economics, Industry & Business, Poverty & Development

International Ozone Treaty May Be Used for Climate Protection

An international accord designed to address the growing hole in the ozone layer may take on new significance in the effort to reduce the emissions of climate-warming greenhouse gases. The Montreal Protocol, which former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan referred to as "perhaps the single most successful international agreement to date ... keep reading

Written by Timothy B. Hurst in November 2010, about Air Quality, Climate Change, Politics & Government

World Bank Lends Record Amount for Renewable Energy... But also for Coal

The World Bank’s lending for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects increased by 300 percent between fiscal year 2007 and fiscal year 2010, to a record $3.4 billion.  But over that same period, lending to fossil fuel projects also jumped 430 percent.  Recent loans for coal-fired power plants ... keep reading

Written by Timothy B. Hurst in November 2010, about Clean Technologies, Climate Change, Coal & Oil, Economics, Emissions

2010 on Track to Be Warmest Year on Record

After what felt like one of the hottest summers in recent memory on the eastern half of the United States, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is now confirming that the period of June through August was, in fact, the second warmest on record, second only to the same period ... keep reading

Written by Timothy B. Hurst in September 2010, about Climate Change, Rivers, Lakes, and Oceans, Weather

Obama Proposes Billions for Rail Upgrades, Republicans Plan Obstruction

If you've ridden a train any time recently in the United States, you've probably noticed that the nation's passenger trains are, by and large, slow, loud and late. Sure, there are regional pockets of decency in the nation's rail infrastructure, but the country's only high-speed ... keep reading

Written by Timothy B. Hurst in September 2010, about Politics & Government, Transport

"New Wave" of Coal-Fired Power Plants in US Not a National Trend

In a recent piece that received attention from all kinds of media outlets, Matthew Brown of the AP reported that in the U.S., there is a major boom in the construction of new coal-fired power plants. According to Brown, 16 large coal-fired power plants have gone online since 2008 ... keep reading

Written by Timothy B. Hurst in August 2010, about Carbon Sequestration, Climate Change, Coal & Oil, Politics & Government

Price on Carbon Needed to Spur Developments in Clean Coal, U.S. Task Force Finds

A federal task force charged by President Obama in February to determine the viability of developing carbon capture and storage (CCS) released a report on Thursday concluding that CCS can play an important role in domestic greenhouse gas emissions reductions if the right mix of policy drivers and coordinated oversight ... keep reading

Written by Timothy B. Hurst in August 2010, about Clean Technologies, Climate Change, Coal & Oil, Education, Events, Finance & Money, Industry & Business, Politics & Government, Pollution, Smart Growth

Disproportional Impact: Spurring Global Change on a Boat Made from 12,5000 Plastic Soda Bottles

When a group of eight or nine people has the opportunity to set sail on a four-month expedition across the Pacific Ocean in a boat made out of old soda bottles, they certainly have their work cut out for them just doing the sailing part. But when that expedition’s ... keep reading

Written by Timothy B. Hurst in August 2010, about Action, Protest, & Activism, Art & Culture, Celebrities, Children and Families, Clean Technologies, Climate Change, Consumerism, Design, Environment & Wildlife, Events, Industry & Business, Lifestyle & Behavior, Media, Recycling, Rivers, Lakes, and Oceans, Travel (1 comment)

U.S. Passes Law to Encourage More Federal Telecommuting

With telecommuting programs on the rise amongst private firms as a way to cut costs, increase productivity, and reduce energy consumption, the U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill that would require federal agencies to develop plans to encourage more employees to work from home.   After previously stumbling ... keep reading

Written by Timothy B. Hurst in July 2010, about Children and Families, Design, Economics, Emissions, Energy Saving, Finance & Money, Industry & Business, Lifestyle & Behavior, Politics & Government

6 Things Getting in the Way of the Smart Grid, And Why We Shouldn't Worry

By 2030, global energy consumption will increase by 50 percent, the U.S. Energy Information Agency estimates. One way to meet this growing energy demand is to increase capacity by building new power plants. Another way is to use the electricity we currently have coursing through our grid more efficiently ... keep reading

Written by Timothy B. Hurst in July 2010, about Children and Families, Clean Technologies, Consumerism, Design, Energy Saving, Finance & Money, Industry & Business, Lifestyle & Behavior, Politics & Government, Solar

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