Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Obama and McCain: Key Senate Votes from 2005 through 2008

Here is the Senate voting record on energy for the presidential candidate:

Renewable Energy Tax Breaks

April 10, 2008 -- The U.S. Senate passes -- by a vote of 88-8 -- an amendment to extend expiring tax breaks for renewable energy and energy efficiency for a year at a cost of $6 billion, which would not be offset.

McCain: Did not vote
Obama: Did not vote

Energy Policy Overhaul

December 13, 2007 -- The U.S. Senate refuses -- by a vote of 59-40 -- to limit debate on bill that would overhaul federal energy programs and would include a $21.8 billion package of tax incentives that would be offset in part by eliminating or reducing $13 billion in subsidies for major oil and gas companies.

McCain: Did not vote
Obama: Yea

Drilling in Alaska's Artic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR)

December 21, 2005 -- The U.S. Senate rejects -- by a vote of 56-44 -- a motion to limit debate on fiscal 2006 Defense spending bill that would open Alaska�s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas exploration.

McCain: Yea
Obama: Nay

Energy Policy Overhaul

July 29, 2005 -- The Energy Policy Act of 2005 is passed 74-26 by the U.S. Senate. The act is intended to help U.S. consumers, via tax credits, buy energy-efficient vehicles and appliances.

McCain: Nay
Obama: Yea

(Sources: CQ Weekly; U.S. Senate Legislation Database)

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Solar Planes, Superefficient Gliders and the Electric Car

Paul MacCready, aircraft designer, looks at a planet on which humans have utterly dominated nature, and talks about what we all can do to preserve nature's balance. His contribution: solar planes, superefficient gliders and the electric car.

Watch this recent TED TALK: "Nature vs. humans, and what we can do about it"...

Monday, October 20, 2008

UNEP: Atlas of our Changing Environment

The UNEP: Atlas of our Changing Environment has partnered with several federal agencies to facilitate the flow of developing country data to the North American scientific community. Atlas of Our Changing Environment on Google Maps

Through illustrations, satellite images, ground photographs (powered by Google Maps), this interactive media depicts and describes humanity's past and present impact on the environment. The primary focus is on environmental status and trends over the last 30 years, in terms of both physical and human geography. This online atlas allows for visualizing change over time from human impacts on the planet.

Its mission is "To provide the world community with improved access to meaningful environmental data and information, and to help increase the capacity of governments to use environmental information for decision making and action planning for sustainable human development."

See One Planet Many People to download pdf files from the Atlas, as well as Powerpoint presentations and posters. See sample poster of San Francisco.

UNEP uses Google Earth to Put You in the Cockpit --Take a Five Second Flight to Top Environmental Hot Spots. Don't miss this virtual tour.

2008 Library Acquisitions to Support IGSS

500 The best American science and nature writing 2007 /edited by Richard Preston.

621.45 W835 Developing wind power projects : theory and practice /Tore Wizelius.

621.042 Earth, the sequel : the race to reinvent energy and stop global warming / Fred Krupp and Miriam Horn.

363.7 B794 Earth under fire : how global warming is changing the world / Gary Braasch.

630 E12 The Earthscan reader in sustainable agriculture /edited by Jules Pretty.

333.7 N163 Energy alternatives / by Andrea C. Nakaya.

333.72 E61 Environment : an interdisciplinary anthology /ed.Glenn Adelson.

363.7 M158 Fight global warming now : the handbook for taking action in your community / Bill McKibben and the Step It Up Team.

551.6 Fixing climate : what past climate changes reveal about the current threat--and how to counter it /Wallace S. Broecker and Robert Kunzig.

333.72 F721 Forging environmentalism : justice, livelihood, and contested environments / Joanne Bauer, ed.

630.973 H758 From the farm to the table : what all Americans need to know about agriculture / Gary Holthaus.

333.79 E92 Fueling our future : an introduction to sustainable energy / Robert L. Evans.
337 S675
Fugitive denim : a moving story of people and pants in the borderless world of global trade / Rachel Louise Snyder.

697.78 G137 Gaiam Real Goods solar living sourcebook : your complete guide to renewable energy technologies and sustainable living / John Schaeffer.

363.728 Garbage and recycling / Mitchell Young, book editor.

628.4 R892 Garbage land : on the secret trail of trash /Elizabeth Royte.

333.72 The geography of hope : a tour of the world we need /Chris Turner.

172 P746 Global ethics : seminal essays / Thomas Pogge, Keith Horton.

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Global resources / Clare Hanrahan, book editor.

363.7 B525 Global warming and climate change / by Emma Carlson Berne.

690.83 S314 The home energy diet : how to save money by making your house energy-smart / Paul Scheckel.

363.7 F911 Hot, flat, and crowded : why we need a green revolution-- and how it can renew America / Thomas L. Friedman.

551.6 W179 The hot topic : what we can do about global warming Gabrielle Walker and Sir David King.

613 P771 In defense of food: an eater's manifesto / Michael Pollan.

363.7 N669 The little green handbook : seven trends shaping the future of our planet / Ron Nielsen.

523.2 C797 Lives of the planets : a natural history of the solar system / Richard Corfield.

304.2 N278 Native Americans and the environment : perspectives on the ecological Indian/ Michael E. Harkin and David Rich Lewis (eds).

333.72 F519 The new environmental regulation / Daniel J. Fiorino.

658.827 K64n No space, no choice, no jobs, no logo / Naomi Klein.

333.73 D476
The origins of modern environmental thought
/ J. Edward de Steiguer.

615.9 S399 Poisoned nation : pollution, greed, and the rise of deadly epidemics / Loretta Schwartz-Nobel.

303.49 Z21 The post-American world / Fareed Zakaria.

333.72 W452 Preserving the nation : the conservation and environmental movements, 1870-2000 /
Thomas R.Wellock.

576.82 Q1 The reluctant Mr. Darwin : an intimate portrait of Charles Darwin and the making of his theory of evolution / David Quammen.

636.0832 A545 Rescued : saving animals from disaster : life-changing stories and practical suggestions/ Allen.

577 F236 Saving nature's legacy : origins of the idea of biological diversity / Timothy J. Farnham.

333.95 S559 Should drilling be permitted in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge?/David M. Haugen (ed.)

333.72 E26 The sustainability revolution : portrait of a paradigm shift / Andres R. Edwards.

305.40973 Visible women : new essays on American activism /

303.49 V836w Vital signs 2007-2008 : The trends that are shaping our future / Worldwatch Institute.

576.8 N935 Terra: Our 100-year-old Ecosystem and the Threats That Now Put it at Risk/Michael Novacek.

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