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    Bill Gates talking about zero (and we don't mean binary)
    It isn’t very often that you hear a man of science talking about miracles. But miracles are exactly what Bill Gates prescribes for the big changes needed in our climate future. Lending a different voice to the movement to combat climate change, Gates addresses the need for big energy alterations in order to address worldwide problems resulting from global warming. His goal: getting emissions down to zero.

    California approves stringent pollution curbs
    Newly adopted cap and trade regulations in California will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 15 percent below 2012 levels by 2020. Winning in an encouraging 9-to-1 vote, the program will work to cut emissions statewide, with plans to trade carbon credits with other such as New Mexico and British Columbia. The program will put the state ahead of the rest of the country in terms of greenhouse gas regulations.

    The few. The proud. The green.
    Renewable energy for the U.S. Navy and Marines Corps may be a matter of life and death. It has been found that for every 24 fuel convoys the U.S. military runs in Afghanistan, they lose one person to injury or death. Finding more energy-efficient ways to run the U.S. bases in Afghanistan are some of many sustainable changes; amphibious assault ships run by a hybrid gas turbine and fighter jets powered by 50-50 jet and mustard seed fuels are now a reality. As Friedman points out in this column, working to break our oil addiction because of a war partly driven by it would be an interesting twist of fate.

    Some other news
    Fox News boss ordered staffers to cast doubt on climate change science
    Fox News’ Bill Sammon issued a memo after the network’s White House correspondent, Wendell Goler, announced that the United Nations' World Meteorological Organization found that the decade of 2000-2009 was "on track to be the warmest on record." The memo, sent to Fox News staff, dictated that any statements about climate change be followed by notifications that “such theories are based upon data that critics have called into question.

    Cancun: What fell short and what it could mean for the world's poor
    What fell short:

    The United Nations Climate Change Conference in December concluded with a lower level of success than anticipated. Allowing countries to make voluntary pledges to cut emissions is a cause for concern for many who say that levels of commitment will be much lower than necessary.

    What it could mean for the world's poor:

    A lack of cooperation between developed and developing countries during the December talks could take its toll on the world’s poor. An increase in weather extremes could mean greater loss for those living in developing nations; a 2007 International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report shows that a greater frequency of drought and flooding could be a  result of climate change.

    Greenhouse gases reach record levels
    A November report from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) tells us that greenhouse gas levels are at their highest level since pre-industrial times. Also, an increasing concern is methane release from permafrost and wetlands.

    Fun stuff
    Save the earth without leaving your couch
    What does one do after they adventure across the North Pole? The obvious answer: create a video game. David de Rothschild, a British explorer who trekked the North Pole to raise awareness of the melting pole, has developed a video game where kids can actually save the planet from global warming. Called Adventure Ecology, the game encourages players to battle pollution, stop deforestation, and take down villains like Global Warming, Agent Waste, and Professor Ignorance, among others. Kids are encouraged to come up with their own solutions to these problems, all the while learning about the issues.

    Report: Global warming issue from 2 or 3 years ago may still be a problem
    A new report from the Onion has the world talking about a surprising revelation: global warming is actually still happening!

    Other Events
    IT Energy Savings for Non-Techies
    A free webinar from Energy Star will help your organization save energy from computer usage. Robert Huang teaches this hour and a half long session in language that even those of us who non versed in the world of IT can understand. 

    • Thursday, January 13 at 12:00 p.m.
    • Register at Energy Star

    Climate Change Advisory Committee Meeting
    The climate change Advisory Committee (CCAC) works to plan and implement climate change issues in the commonwealth. They address climate change issues according to four categories: natural resources, public health and safety, infrastructure, and tourism and outdoor recreation.

    Interested in seeing a community wind farm in your area?  
    Here's your chance to find out how! Windustry will host a two-day conference entitled “Community Wind across America” to put information in your hands. Get information on funding and starting a community wind project. Anyone interested in a wind project is welcome to attend.

    • Tuesday, February 8 at 7:30 a.m. through Wednesday, February 9 at 5:00 p.m.
    • Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel, 215 Innovation Blvd, State College
    • More information  and register to attend

    2011 Good Jobs, Green Jobs National Conference
    Now in its fourth year, this premier event will highlight successful state and local initiatives; emerging and growing green sectors; efforts to create a Green Infrastructure Model through smart transportation and urban development; successful work development programs; model partnerships between government, the private sector and local interests - all while demonstrating the breadth of the coalition working to build a green economy and to create the good jobs that come along with it.


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