Good morning! (We didn’t say that too loudly, in case you’re still suffering from a New Year’s hangover.) Here’s what we’re finding in the green blogosphere this morning:
- Joel Makower is pessimistic that businesses can ever achieve true sustainability–that is, without an economic meltdown to prod them.
- But is corporate carbon neutrality impossible, anyway? That’s what a new report from The Wall Street Journal about Dell Computer’s struggles to reduce its carbon emissions suggests.
- Meanwhile, Whole Foods and Apple lack holistic climate change strategies and emissions targets for their companies, argues Mindy S. Lubber of Ceres, a sustainability non-profit. (But the report praises Dell’s efforts toward sustainability.)
- Insurance companies are now calling for governments to deal with climate change – citing the increasing costs of extreme weather and its consequences. (Hat tip: Green Inc.)
- Speaking of climate change, 2008 was (a) the coldest year of the century, (b) warmer than all but two years in the 20th century, or (c) the 10th warmest year on record. All of those, says Bright Green Blog.
- Did the absence of jet traffic in the days after September 11, 2001 cause the average daily temperature range over the continental United States to increase?
- Richard Black says 2009 will be the Year of the Gorilla – and whales, and satellites, and Charles Darwin. Oh, and there’s that little meeting in Copenhagen in November…
- Real Climate’s 2008 Year in Review is especially entertaining.
- Hank Green at EcoGeek names the 7 greentech stories of 2008 that will change everything–including why T. Boone Pickens is now more important than Al Gore.
- Finally, are we all sick of “green” yet? Lake Superior State University says “green” was the most overused word in 2008 and recommends banning it in 2009. (Hey — we really are green. And we’re not changing our name.)
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