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The coming US presidential election without a doubt has implications for economic and environmental policy throughout the world, especially regarding the numerous hazards and risks induced by climate change. Yet the term ‘climate change’ itself appears absent from both candidates’ vocabularies as it has not been mentioned in the presidential debates nor very much in their campaigns. Why is this? The Commission on Presidential Debates which organises the debates is not exactly open about choosing the topics, which it does behind closed doors. The way in which the debates themselves are funded through the commission also appears dubious, accepting sponsorship from the world’s largest brewing company in the world Anheuser-Busch (InBev) who has been involved in the debates since 1992. Read the rest of this entry »
Anyone reading this likely knows (or should know) that reducing global CO2 emissions can start at the household level. There are a number of useful guides out there for monitoring emissions of households. For the US, the Cool Climate Network based at UC Berkeley is definitely worth a look. Here’s the average carbon footprint they came up with for a typical US household based on five different kinds of energy consumption: