Five Links

5 04 2010

The Independent – on the secret of Stockholm, winner of the first ever Green capital award from the EU.

Commodity Online – EU emissions decreased by 11% in 2009. As the major European economies begin to move into positive growth one wonders how long this can last.

Edie – on the UK government’s plans to tackle climate change “in house”.

The Jakarta Post – details how Muslim communities worldwide will be uniting against global warming later this week.

earth2tech – on the iPad’s green apps.

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(Easter) Sunday Seven

4 04 2010

ABC’s Clive Hamilton on the report by the Science and Technology Committee in the British House of Commons into ‘climategate’. Hamilton concludes that there was:

[N]o conspiracy, no collusion, no manipulation of data, no corruption of the peer-review process, no scandal; just an understandable reluctance to hand over data to dishonest people with a history of misrepresenting it.

Squibs don’t get much damper than “Climategate”. The most worrying aspect of the drama was the way in which most of the media ditched any attempt at assessing the claims and became caught up in the frenzy, when a couple of hours spent reading the emails and talking to one of two of those involved would have made the conclusions of the House of Commons inquiry entirely predictable.

New York Times – victory for clean water campaigners in NY state.

Treehugger – on the new cooperation between Beijing and the White House over clean energy.

Huffington Post – How Green is Apple’s iPad?

The Times – on the Tories and “eco-caviar”.

The Observer – on why despite selling to Unilever in 2000, Ben and Jerry are still fair trade poster boys.

Fast Company – on McDonald’s and the great April Fools Day joke. This story, as some in the media like to say, ‘has legs’.