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Published Monday, December 21, 2009

President Barack Obama certainly is walking the walk when it comes to weatherizing America’s homes.

Five billion dollars was included in the economic stimulus legislation for the Weatherization Assistance Program, the federal program started in 1976 to help low-income families.

And more recently the president has proposed a “cash for caulkers” incentive program for homeowners modeled on the successful “cash for clunkers” autos program earlier this year.

Published Friday, December 18, 2009

A key component of a prospective climate deal coming into Copenhagen has been the targets for cuts in greenhouse gas emissions.

Targets would help put a “price” on carbon emissions that could then be bought and sold under a cap and trade scheme. 

Published Friday, December 18, 2009

Dear EarthTalk: I've been following reports about President Obama's stimulus package and what it may mean for creating green jobs. Beyond that, are there programs in place to help businesses switch to greener raw materials and/or to green up operations overall? -- Diane, via e-mail

Published Monday, December 14, 2009

Germany is still at the top of the class when it comes to solar power, according to a new report by nonprofit Global Green USA.

The group graded 16 countries plus the state of California in terms of how much solar power they added in installations and what kind of policies they have for future development.

Published Tuesday, September 1, 2009

September 1, 2009The Oregon Green Expo's first annual event was a huge success on many levels. It was history in the making – the largest and most extensive effort to date to bring "green and sustainable" businesses and educators together in one location in Southern Oregon.

Held over the 4th of July weekend, The Oregon Green Expo was a great way for hundreds of people to celebrate the move towards "energy independence" and developing a more independent, self sufficient region.

Published Monday, August 10, 2009

President Obama and the rest of the Group of 8 leaders decreed last month that the planet's average temperature shall not rise more than 2 degrees Fahrenheit above today's level. But what if Mother Earth didn't get the memo? How do we stay cool in the future? Two options:

Plan A. Keep talking about the weather. This has been the preferred approach for the past two decades in Western Europe, where leaders like to promise one another that they will keep the globe cool by drastically reducing carbon emissions. Then, when their countries' emissions keep rising anyway, they convene to make new promises and swear that they really, really mean it this time.

Published Saturday, August 8, 2009

Ki (kee): The life force and energy of the earth.

Ki is on a mission. A mission tom ake a difference in the world by influencing people's perceptions of sustainable living, themselves and the planet. Ki engages today's luxury consumers and early adopters through a premium lifestyle experience that inspires them to opt for sustainable choices, influence change and ultimately, make a difference.

The Ki is unlike any event on the planet. It is not a trade show, expo or festival. It is the experience of our sustainable future, today. Through a diverse range of immerse activities, Ki guests will experience the style, quality, luxury and performance of the finest, authentic sustainable products and concepts firsthand, as well as share in the stories of today's eco-pioneers.

Published Wednesday, July 29, 2009

By switching to B5 biodiesel in June, the City of Ashland became Southern Oregon's largest municipal fleet running on domestic biodiesel blends. By replacing 5% of their 38,000-gallon annual diesel usage with a domestic biodegradable fuel, they save 30,000 pounds of greenhouse gasses from Rogue Valley skies. In a year, that's like taking 3 of their cars off the road, or importing 45 less barrels of foreign oil. (

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