The past few days have seen a flurry of articles about environmental issues at The New York Times.
There was coverage of the European Union’s commitment last Friday to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20% from 1990 levels by the year 2020. This is an increase over the 8% reduction most of the EU members had committed to under the Kyoto protocol, and if the US and other nations to follow suit, the EU will commit to a 30% reduction. This accord included a requirement for 20% of Europe’s energy to be derived from renewable resources by 2020. Britain has pushed their commitment even farther, drafting a law requiring a 60% reduction of emissions by 2050.
Saturday’s Times had a cover story featuring the Google commuter bus service in the Bay Area. Just one of the many services Google offers its employees, the buses run on biodiesel, and covers a total of 230 miles in routes.
The Sunday Real Estate section featured a story about the controversy surrounding moving the Urban Development Boundary in Miami-Dade county. On one side are environmentalists, hoping to keep the existing boundary that has helped rein in urban sprawl around Miami, while on the other side, farmers are hoping to take advantage of high real estate values to improve their conditions. As a firm, we often deal with building density issues that are at the heart of this debate, so it should be an interesting story to watch.
Another Real Estate section article hit a bit closer to home. Will global warming lead to real estate disaster in New York City? Thankfully, my home and our New York office fall safely outside the areas in danger during a hurricane, but there is some prime real estate that could be affected.
On the same topic, the Tuesday Science section included a story addressing some scientists’ frustrations with the liberties Al Gore took with the scientific facts in “An Inconvenient Truth“. Will we really see more strong hurricanes here on the East Coast? Seems like only time will tell.
Back to the West Coast, an article today covered Silicon Valley’s clean tech boom. New startups are forming up and down the BayArea developing alternative energy technologies. We can’t wait to see the results of some of the ventures and use them in future products.
And can the incandescent light bulb be eliminated? I just picked up some more compact fluorescent light bulbs this weekend, but I would love to seem them come in a larger variety of shapes – they just don’t fit in some of the light fixtures I have at home. With more legislation banning incandescent bulbs, there will hopefully be a technology push on creating more alternatives.
Posted by: Dahlia T.