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Invest in greening existing cities to make real ecological, social, economic impact
Published 8 April 2008 by The Guardian (UK) (original article)

Centre for Cities director Dermot Finch argues: If the [UK] government focused its energies on creating denser, more carbon-friendly eco-quarters in existing cities, the economic benefits over the long term would outweigh the initial costs. It's the magic formula of higher density, good public transport links, and easy access to jobs that profits both city residents and the wider economy.

Finding local solutions for the world's oil crisis
Published 2 April 2008 by The Kilkenny People (original article)

If Kilkenny is to free itself from oil dependency, it will have to come up with local solutions rather than relying on the Irish government or the EU. And the best results will come if the initiative is taken by residents and businesses rather than just the local authorities.

Oil production constraints to cause "huge recession"
Published 20 February 2008 by Global Public Media (original article)

The world will have to suffer a deep economic downturn before serious attempts are made to kick the oil habit, according to Robin West, chairman of PFC Energy, the Washington-based oil consultancy. Summary of a recent interview with award-winning investigative journalist David Strahan.

Florida’s growth machine runs out of gas in suburbia
Published 22 January 2008 by Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers (Florida) (original article)

Florida's suburban housing boom was fueled by low gas prices, and now those developments are hard-hit. While it's a little late for elected officials to put the brakes on far-flung projects that resemble ghost towns, local governments must start insisting on more sensible, less energy-consumptive models. These include mixed-use enclaves that combine work and home inside urban service boundaries, along with well-situated local transit grids that wean residents off single-occupant cars.

The high costs of doing nothing
Published by ClimateProgress.org (original article)

The costs of taking action on climate change may be a sticking point for some people. But doing nothing is a much riskier economic proposition; it could lead to economically-damaging outcomes including higher utility costs, greater risk of natural disasters, damaged infrastructure, and lower agricultural yields. "The truth is that spending money now to mitigate and adapt to climate change is an investment. Spending money later to cope with public health emergencies, drought, crop damage and natural disasters is a waste."

Oregon clean power mandates will stimulate industry in 2008
Published by Daily Journal of Commerce - Oregon (original article)

Oregon's renewable energy mandates and tax credits are stimulating lots of activity in related industries, with even greater growth expected in the next year. "We’re already seeing a huge increase in investments in renewable energy," said state Rep. Jackie Dingfelder (D-Portland), who worked to pass the state renewable energy standard. "Between renewable energy and the biofuels bill, we’re seeing lots of new jobs."

Book: The Long Emergency: Surviving the Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-First Century
Published by Atlantic Monthly Press (original article)

This touchstone book by James Howard Kunstler (author of The Geography of Nowhere)offers a vivid and uncomfortable vision of a post-oil future. As a result of artificially cheap fossil-fuel energy we have developed global models of industry, commerce, food production, and finance that are now threatened with collapse. Building on his previous work analyzing American suburban (i.e., energy-intensive) lifestyles, Kunstler sketches potential outcomes that may result from our current dysfunctional economic and cultural patterns.

Carbon Forum America
February 26, 2008 - Feb 27 2008
Published (original article)

The upcoming months will shape the future of the North American Carbon Emission market and legislation. Issues such as policy, market place and technology will be formulated and created. CFA is the first US industry event which combines a Trade Fair with a Conference. Organized by the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) and Koelnmesse.

Report/Paper: Community Jobs in the Green Economy
Published 1 November 2007 by The Apollo Alliance (original article)

The emerging green economy holds great promise for America’s cities, and especially for our low-income, heavily minority urban communities. Every aspect of clean energy development, from manufacturing to construction to operating and maintenance, can create good jobs, clean up the air and water, and save saving consumers money on their energy bills. This report is designed as a framework for states, cities and neighborhoods to attain that promise.

Post-Carbon Cities and the Future of Growth
Published 11 November 2007 by The Wild Green Yonder (original article)

Oil shortages are a lot less simple than having to turn down the A/C and line up to refill the gas tank. For one thing, models predict that once production starts slipping, it’ll slip fast – far faster than it’ll take to replace our needs with wind, solar or even nuclear. And in the last five decades, we’ve become dependent on petroleum in countless ways, and seemingly insignificant disruptions in supply can have far-reaching repercussions.



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