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Weekly roundup 12/10/10: Sunset on COP16 (VIDEOS)

10
Dec
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The COP16 climate talks are coming to a close in Cancun, Mexico, and while we hoped countries could come together in solidarity in the face of climate disaster, (much like the Palestinian firefighters who recently came as some of the first respondents to an Israeli climate crisis) many nations - especially our own -- came up short.

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Headed into the Cancun endgame (VIDEO)

10
Dec
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It's the last official day of the climate talks in Cancun, though no one expects things to end today. Negotiators have been working into the wee hours of the night and will probably continue to do so tonight, with the potential for a final deal early on Saturday. Unfortunately, it is increasingly looking like whatever deal that may result will be reached not because of U.S.

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Our reaction to the U.S. role in Cancun

11
Dec
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1Sky Campaign Director Liz Butler just issued this statement in reaction to the Obama Administration's role in the climate change talks taking place in Cancun:

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Putting the 'Can' in Cancun (UPDATED) (PHOTOS)

13
Dec
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After a long and drawn-out two weeks in Cancun, hope prevailed over obstructionism at the eleventh hour as 193 nations -- including the U.S. -- came together to accept a climate agreement, restoring faith in a UN process badly battered by last year’s climate talks in Copenhagen.  

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Court protects Clean Air Act from big polluters

14
Dec
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Last Friday, the Clean Air Act triumphed in the District of Columbia court of appeals. An oil industry effort to block the EPA act that would regulate greenhouse gases was unanimously thrown out by a panel of three judges -- but will the decision last long enough to even take a victory lap?

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Policy Update 12/14/2010: The Cancun Agreements

14
Dec
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After two weeks of deliberations, delegates from around the world have come to a consensus on a series of accords called the "Cancun Agreements" that will set the stage for the next phase of international climate talks next year in in Durban, South Africa. Despite obstruction from the U.S., nations attending the conference came to a series of agreements that help move the world closer to the global deal that eluded last year’s summit in Copenhagen.

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The year in climate: Washington's missed opportunities

16
Dec
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As the year kicked off, climate change and clean energy advocates were teased with the prospects of another jobs bill centered on clean energy provisions and the Kerry-Graham-Lieberman climate bill. The jobs bill was rumored to include the HomeStar program, which would fund a massive energy efficiency retrofit program (the best bang for the buck in reducing emissions), while the climate bill was rumored to include a full carbon cap.

Nick Santos is a former 1Sky policy fellow and now works with The Environmental Consumer in California. The author's opinions do not necessarily reflect those of the 1Sky campaign.
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RootsCamp 2010 wrap-up: Organizing For the Win (VIDEO)

17
Dec
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1Sky was a proud sponsor of New Organizing Institute’s (NOI) RootsCamp that took place last weekend at George Washington University in Washington, DC. This marked the fifth anniversary of NOI’s RootsCamp "unconference", where organizers set the meeting agenda, share lessons learned, schmooze (I dislike the term “network”, but yeah, network), and drive the conversation about best practices in organizing.

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Weekly roundup 12/17/10: A brand new Skywriter!

17
Dec
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This week on the roundup we're looking at Fox News "reporting," some good news on emission cuts and some bad news for coal plants. But, first thing's first...

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1978 vs. 2010: What's changed, what hasn't (VIDEO)

20
Dec
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The other day I was watching a collection of old Schoolhouse Rock songs with my son. On came "Energy," which I probably hadn't seen in 30 years. This video (see embeded at the end of this post) was made in 1978, and I was surprised how timely it is today.

Andy Silber is a astrophysicist, engineer, project manager, husband, father, and energy activist living in Seattle. Visit Andy's blog on Sustainable West Seattle. The author's opinions do not necessarily reflect those of the 1Sky campaign.
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