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Hong Kong’s policy on environment-friendly commercial vehicles to tighten

Hong Kong’s policy on environment-friendly commercial vehicles to tighten

Hong Kong’s Environmental Protection Department will be tightening its qualifyin...

Philippines’ new wind farms add 303 MW to country’s power supply

Philippines’ new wind farms add 303 MW to country’s power supply

Two new wind farms in the Philippines have added 303 megawatts of clean energy t...

Geneva talks require “business unusual” approach – W.W.F.

Geneva talks require “business unusual” approach – W.W.F.

A “business unusual” approach is needed in the Geneva Talks to successfully deli...

New battery uses old batteries for greener energy storage

New battery uses old batteries for greener energy storage

Energizer has developed the world’s first high-performance battery made with rec...

Global warming to bring more devastating weather patterns

Global warming to bring more devastating weather patterns

The United Nations World Meteorological Organization confirmed that global warmi...

Jamaica to get 36.3 MW wind farm by 2016

Jamaica to get 36.3 MW wind farm by 2016

A 36.3 megawatt wind farm in Jamaica has received $62.7 million in funding from ...

A.D.B. provides Thailand with $85 million to develop wind power plant

A.D.B. provides Thailand with $85 million to develop wind power plant

The Asian Development Bank will be providing a company in Thailand loans to deve...

Business

Georgia taking leadership role in developing solar power

Georgia taking leadership role in developing solar power

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

The state of Georgia is emerging as a leader among the 50 states in promoting and implementing the use of solar energy, in part because of both busine...

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Technology

Penn State develops CPV system for rooftops

Penn State develops CPV system for rooftops

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Researchers at Penn State have developed a concentrating photovoltaic system that is small enough and light enough to be mounted on a building’s roof....

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Politics

New draft text for climate agreement in Geneva reached

New draft text for climate agreement in Geneva reached

Monday, 16 February 2015

A new climate change draft text has been reached during the one-week United Nations-facilitated Geneva talks, leading to a binding treaty that is expe...

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Living Green

Wall-to-floor eco-friendly interior design

Wall-to-floor eco-friendly interior design

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

The materials you surround yourself with—from flooring and window coverings to furniture and accessories—have a great impact on the health of your hom...

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Renewables

Vestas supplies Poland, U.K. with turbines

Vestas supplies Poland, U.K. with turbines

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Wind turbine manufacturer Vestas has announced that they have secured orders this week for two projects in Poland and the United Kingdom. The orders c...

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Low-Carbon

PG&E plans ambitious E.V. charger roll-out in California

PG&E plans ambitious E.V. charger roll-out in California

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

An estimated 25,000 electric vehicle chargers could be deployed in California by Pacific Gas and Electric Company. PG&E is seeking permission from Cal...

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Opinion

Unsustainable urban life: What's next?

Unsustainable urban life: What's next?

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Nutrition plays a critical role in everyone’s chance at a better future. Hunger, said Benjamin Franklin once, is the best pickle. Some say “pickle”...

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Climate skepticism rises as economies fall – UConn study

As people start to feel the burden of an economic crunch, they're more likely to become skeptical of climate change.

According to Lyle Scruggs, an associate professor of political science at the University of Connecticut, the recent Great Recession has resulted in an American public that is skeptical about climate change, a shift in opinion related to concerns over the economy.

"Many people believe that part of the solution to climate change is suppression of economic activity," pointed out Mr. Scruggs. When confronted with a desire to boost the economy, he continues, people seem to convince themselves that climate change might not be happening.

Mr. Scruggs and University of Connecticut political science graduate student Salil Benegal studied information drawn from a number of national and international public opinion surveys dating to the late 1980's to draw a correlation between people's economic worries and their belief in climate change.

They found significant drops in public climate change beliefs in the late 2000's.

One study cited was a 2008 Gallup poll where between 60 and 65 percent of people agreed with statements of the opinion that global warming is imminent, not exaggerated, and that the theory is agreed upon by scientists.

By 2010, the poll showed that only 50 percent now agreed with the same statements.

The authors found a strong relationship between jobs and people's prioritization of climate change. When unemployment was at 4.5 percent, 60 percent of those surveyed said climate change had already begun happening. When unemployment reached 10 percent, that number dropped to 50 percent.

The researchers speculate that cognitive dissonance, which arises when people experience conflicting thoughts and behaviors, could explain the pattern. As many see economic growth to be in conflict with economic growth, admitting climate change is real but should be ignored in favor of economic growth would lead to an internal philosophical clash.

According to Mr. Scruggs, with the economy bouncing back and the unemployment rate shrinking, it would be possible to see an increase in belief in global warming.



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