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Links for September 22nd through September 28th

by Mel Starrs on September 29, 2010

in News

These are my links for September 22nd through September 28th:

  • Climate Committee tells government to simplify CRC – 24 Sep 2010 – BusinessGreen.com – “Although a capped scheme could potentially cut overall emissions by 30 per cent by 2017 relative to 2008 levels, the committee warned that there is too much uncertainty over the extent to which firms will cut their emissions. It explained that, as a result, there was a risk that demand for allowances could be lower than anticipated, resulting in reduced trading prices and limited financial incentives for firms to invest in energy efficiency.”
  • Reindeer « fingers and toes – “I’ve also recently been re-examining my views on vegetarianism. The whole issue is so much more complex than it appeared to my thirteen-year-old self. There are parts of the world where it is impossible to be vegetarian – vegetables just don’t necessarily exist. I recently read about the paradoxical Inuit diet – which consists mainly of seal meat, is high in fat and protein, and contains no vegetables, yet the Inuit are among the healthiest people in the world. Am I ethically opposed to the way they eat? No, I don’t think I am”
  • Localism vs globalism: two world views collide –
    Green Living, Environment – The Independent
    – “That word stuff caused the interpreter a momentary hesitation, but Mr Ainsworth was already saying: “The people who live in the poorest parts of the world don’t talk about poverty. They live with it. The notion of poverty is for the affluent to worry about, and rightly so. But people who live in real poverty, whether in the deprived cities or rural areas of the developed West or in the developing world, talk about prosperity. They want economic growth because it is a natural thing to want. They want more stuff.” “
  • Becoming a Ska rating assessor – “Launched in November 2009, Ska rating is the new environmental assessment toolkit for the fit-out sector, worth some 11% of total UK construction spend.
    The system incorporates a free online tool and guidance which anyone can use informally to self-assess a fit-out. There’s also an optional certification element where clients ask an assessor accredited by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) to rate their project as bronze, silver or gold.
    Because the scheme is specific to individual fit-out projects, it’s unrelated to how environmentally friendly or not the base building is. All aspects of fit-out, such as furniture for example, are covered in far more detail than they had been previously.”
  • Interview: Susan Roaf – agitating for a major shake up for architects – Sue Roaf championing architectural engineering: “We get young students coming into universities dying to build green buildings but they aren’t given the skills to do it in the current courses. The challenge now is to change direction and for the schools of architecture to allow these brilliant young architects to create buildings that work for the 21st century. That will require professional institutions to be brave and stop ratifying courses that are producing students who are nothing more than glorified graphic designers.”
  • Off the Shelf – ‘Green Gone Wrong’ – Can Capitalism Save the Planet? – Review – NYTimes.com – I’m a bit late to this one, and it’s US focused, but added to book wishlist: “Like many books that depict a crisis, “Green Gone Wrong” falls short when it comes to offering solutions.It would have been better had Ms. Rogers delved more deeply into another of her suggestions: instead of buying green, we simply need to buy less stuff. She seems reluctant to push this too hard because it’s a truly radical idea that flies in the face of capitalism — green or not.”
  • Climate change enlightenment was fun while it lasted. But now it’s dead | George Monbiot | Comment is free | The Guardian – George in a particularly gloomy mood: “Even so, none of them are real. Missing from the proposed cuts are the net greenhouse gas emissions we have outsourced to other countries and now import in the form of manufactured goods. Were these included in the UK’s accounts, alongside the aviation, shipping and tourism gases excluded from official figures, Britain’s emissions would rise by 48%. Rather than cutting our contribution to global warming by 19% since 1990, as the government boasts, we have increased it by about 29%. It’s the same story in most developed nations. Our apparent success results entirely from failures elsewhere.”