Green Five

10 05 2010

Paul Krugman – on the differences between how the Bush and Obama administrations reacted to environmental catastrophe. He concludes with this defence of the role of government:

If there’s any silver lining to the disaster in the gulf, it is that it may serve as a wake-up call, a reminder that we need politicians who believe in good government, because there are some jobs only the government can do.

NyTimes – looks at the possibility of a revival of meaningful climate legislation in the US. Views from contributors to Grist, Clean Air Watch and others are considered. Well worth a read.

Left Foot Forward – on Nick Clegg the “kingmaker” and how the LibDems must honour commitments to reduce carbon pollution if they are handed a Climate portfolio in the new parliament.

Tree Hugger – offers a view from the States about the UK elections with a particular focus on Zac Goldsmith, the “blue environmentalist”.

Business Green – advocates installing wind turbines on high-rise urban developments.

View from the US

21 04 2010

The Huffington Post analyses the surge in support for the LibDems and “Cleggmania”.

Grist heralds the fact that all three major UK parties take the issue of climate change seriously.

NY Times examines the differences in policy/rhetoric between the “big three” on the environment.

Five from the Web

19 04 2010

Forty years ago this 22 April, Earth Day was first celebrated by 20 million Americans. Visit to see how you can get involved in 2010.

An article in Treehugger looks at the energy impact of Twittering. How much does each Tweet cost in carbon footprint terms?

According to the Times, one side effect of the Eyjafjallajokull Volcano has been that carbon emissions have been cut dramatically over the past five days.

The Telegraph reports how the LibDem leader, Nick Clegg, today commited £3bn for a green jobs revolution.

And finally, Mark Lynas vowes to practise what he preaches.

Libs ‘n’ Greens

14 04 2010

The polls are narrowing. Keep an eye on UK Polling Report to follow the trends and see what happens after the historic first ever leaders’ debate on Thursday.

Today it is the turn of the LibDems to launch their election manifesto. According to the Independent climate change will be at the heart of the LibDem manifesto with a “green theme” running through each chapter. Nick Clegg told the Indie:

Climate change is the greatest challenge facing this generation. The old establishment parties offer warm words but weak, compromised solutions. The Liberal Democrats are the only party putting the battle against climate change front and centre.”

And according to Andrew Grice, the Liberal Democrats call for a “carbon-neutral Britain by 2050 and a 40 per cent cut in emissions from 1990 levels by 2020. They want 40 per cent of Britain’s electricity to come from clean, sources by 2020.”

Meanwhile has the Green party as favourites to win the constituency of Brighton Pavilion. If you’re interested in the battle for Brighton then this short video from John Harris is worth watching. Over at Liberal Conspiracy, Green Party deputy leader Adrian Ramsay suggests a breakthrough could also be on the cards in the Norwich South constituency.

A Green Election?

7 04 2010

The UK Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, yesterday set a May 6th date for the General Election. Expect to see a lot more coverage of the respective party campaigns here at Greenopolis. For now, here are five election-themed links.

The Independent – on where the three main parties stand on the environment.

Guardian Environment Network – asks if we are set for the first UK Green Election.

Greenpeace UK – encourages the electorate to ask where candidates stand on climate change.

Telegraph – Geoffrey Lean on the climate consensus between Labour, Conservatives and LibDems.

New Media Age – on how the plethora of online election coverage will attract first-time voters to engage with the political process. We’ve heard all about the ‘grey’ vote in recent years so perhaps now the younger ‘green’ vote will receive some attention.