10 Feb '12, 9pm

@drgrist's latest: A new way of measuring carbon emissions that doesn’t let rich people cheat

@drgrist's latest: A new way of measuring carbon emissions that doesn’t let rich people cheat

The Seattle area is pioneering a new way to track CO2 emissions -- and it's more exciting than it sounds! (Photo by James Arnott) As long as the U.S. federal government remains a basket case on climate change, most progress is going to take place at the sub-national level, in states and cities. It’s difficult to find a state or metro area of any size that does not have plans (or at least aspirations) to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. That’s true in “red” parts of the country as well as “blue.” What has become clear over the last few years, however, is that cities, in particular, do not necessarily have the tools they need to do the job. In part that’s because they’re subject to forces governed at the state or federal level. But it’s also because the task is new enough that many tools just haven’t yet been invented. One of the biggest gaps is also one of the simplest:...

Full article: http://grist.org/climate-change/a-new-way-of-measuring-ca...

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