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2010 is quickly approaching and buying real cialis without prescription we can only hope that it holds even more innovations that will benefit the world we live in.  As we move forward, here's a look back at the stories you clicked on most during the past year.  From gadgets to urine fuel, these are the top ten.

10.  Power-Generating Shock Absorber is Surprisingly Strong A bumpy road could become an asset if these electricity-generating shock absorbers make it to our cars and trucks.

9.    Lithium Supply Fears are Total B.S. Don't let the media frenzy fool you:  why a lithium-crisis is not around the corner.

8.    World's First Floating Wind Turbine Switches On Floating wind turbines could be installed in deep water, keeping them out of coastal views and shipping lanes.

7.    New York State Agencies Switching from Bottled to Tap Another government entity realizes the environmental benefits of tap water over bottled water.

6.    Charge Your Gadgets While You Walk or Ride This Personal Energy Generator harvests the energy from your everyday movements to keep your gadgets running.


EcoGeek Q&A: Graciela Chichilnisky

Graciela Chichilnisky was extensively involved in the creation of the Kyoto Protocol, designing the global carbon market that became international law in 2005.  She has been a lead author of the IPCC and is a professor of economics and mathematical statistics at Columbia University.

She's written a book called Saving Kyoto:  An Insider's Guide to buy levitra now the Kyoto Protocol released just a few months ago.  She took the viagra dose time out from her busy schedule in Copenhagen to talk to me about the importance of link for you canadian levitra scam the Kyoto Protocol, the likely outcome of COP15 and the strong need for effective carbon sequestration technologies and emissions reductions NOW.

What do uk viagra prices you see as the greatest successes of the Kyoto Protocol?

The greatest success of the Kyoto Protocol was to introduce for the first time in history, hard emission limits - nation by nation - for the wealthy nations who are the main emitters -- and a carbon market to regulate them. Through the carbon market, over-emitters compensate under-emitters -  this makes clean energy profitable and dirty energy undesirable for the first time in history. It changes the prices of all goods and services in the world economy.

The developing nations are not part of the carbon market because they have no emission limits - but they have strong incentives and buying propecia participate in the carbon market structure through the cheap generic viagra without prescription Clean Development Mechanism that rewards with carbon credits those projects that are carried out in developing nations' soil and are funded by industrial nations -- to the extent that they can be certified as providing carbon emissions reductions.

The carbon market is now trading $120 billion per year, and the CDM has transferred $25 billion in clean projects in developing nations - representing a 20% reduction of EU's emissions.

A few weeks ago the reports were saying it was unlikely that anything meaningful would come out of Copenhagen, but now reports are starting to say the opposite.  What do you think the COP15 talks will realistically accomplish and what would be your dream scenario?

The situation is confusing since the various groups know what they oppose but not how to achieve what they want. I am counting on the introduction of a $200 billion/year fund underwritten by OECD nations but funded from private sources, to develop power plants in poor, developing nations that suck carbon from air. To achieve this we need to levitra australia no prescription accredit "carbon negative technologies" - [carbon sequestration], a process that was recently endorsed by Dr. Pachauri, lead of the IPCC -- and this is what I am working on here in Copenhagen.

The Indian government recently said it doesn't expect any financial help from developed nations in reducing its emissions.  What obligation do wealthier, developed nations have to poorer, developing ones in the fight against climate change?

The first thing developed nations must do is to move forward the Kyoto Protocol emissions reductions post 2012 - since Kyoto's obligations terminate in 2012. Wealthy nations emit over 60% of the global emissions even though they house less than 20% of humankind. The critical issue is to cut their emissions, seriously.


If You Could Ask the only best offers buying generic viagra World Leaders Attending COP15 One Question, What Would It Be?

I'm putting a call out for your most pressing climate change questions.  CNN is broadcasting another YouTube debate, this time on cialis for order climate change, live from the climate conference in Copenhagen.  CNN has asked all major environment blogs to submit a question to be asked of the leaders and activists taking part in the debate.

Post your questions in the comments and I'll come up with a question from the EcoGeek community based on your responses.  Please post your questions by this Friday, December 10.  The debate will stream live on and YouTube on December 15 and then on CNN International on December 16.  Here's a link with the details.

You can submit your own question too, if you'd like.  The deadline for that is December 14.

UPDATE: A representative from CNN has contacted me and clarified that they actually want ALL of your questions!  You can submit them at as either a text or video question.  Then you can cast votes for the questions you'd most like to see answered at the debate.  I will still submit a question or two on behalf of EcoGeek, but I strongly encourage all of you to submit your own questions.  You guys have posted such great ones here - let's make sure they're heard!


Is Renewable Energy the Biggest Threat to cod tramadol saturday Land Conservation?

renewableconservationI'm a conservationist. I was a conservationist before I was an EcoGeek. There is cialis no rx required very little land on recommended site levitra available in india earth left in a sem-natural state, and I believe that we should keep as much of that land as natural as possible forever. Unfortunately, that belief does sometimes collide with my belief that we need to increase renewable energy production as fast as possible. The Nature Conservancy estimates that renewable energy will occupy some 73,000 square miles of land by 2030, meaning that renewable energy could be the biggest threat to land conservation in America. The only thing that comes even close is real estate development.

Renewable energy has a leg up on real estate though, because renewable energy projects can be sourced on public lands fairly easily. And these public lands are the very lands that are the only untouched areas of America we have left.

And, of course, this discussion ranges beyond individual projects. A wind power project might be built in the middle of a corn field, but in order to get the power form the corn field to a big city, transmission lines have to be built, and often built through prime wildlife habitat. It's starting to seem like land conservation is the biggest threat to renewable energy as well as vice versa.

So where do we come down?

Well, there's good news and viagra label bad news. The good news is that the 40 year old NEPA process provides a structure for determining the environmental impact of a project on public lands, taking public comments on those projects, and determining whether the project should go forward. Despite some outcry, this process has served America surprisingly well over the last 40 years.

The bad news is that the NEPA process is not what you would call perfect. It can be an extremely long, drawn out process, and if there are significant concerns, it can be held up in court for years. Additionally, as the number of renewable energy projects increase, the staff working these environmental assessments (already strained) will start backlogging projects as we've already seen in many areas of the country.

Renewable energy and conservation both require vast areas of land to be effective, so they are always going to be somewhat at odds. There is no way to avoid this conflict or claim that one always needs to viagra in canada pfizer take precedence over the other. It's going to be frustrating to have to watch pristine land get developed, and renewable energy projects get cancelled, but through my experiences in the environmental field, I actually believe we're going to handle this fairly well. Let's hope I'm right.


Cleantech Now Tops Venture Investing

A new report from the Cleantech Group has some reassuring news.  Investments in cleantech startups have gone back up and cleantech is now the largest venture capital investment category!

Investments in the sector in North America, Europe, Israel, China and India totaled $1.59 billion across 134 deals in the third quarter of 2009, its second period of recovery after downturns in early 2009 and late 2008.

Government investments in green technology companies likely pushed the sector into the discount levitra top spot.  Tesla Motors, Solyndra and A123Systems were party to the largest deals in cleantech and they were all recipients of significant government funding.

Cleantech claimed 27 percent of visit web site buy fioricet all venture capital in the third quarter.  Solar took the largest share of that cash with $451 million, transportation (vehicles, biofuels and batteries) came in second with $383 million, and green buildings third with $110 million.

via Cleantech Group

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