Climate Change: July 2009 Archives

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A little article in this week's Wall Street Journal caught my eye: General Motors auto sales in China this year might surpass those of the company's sales in the United States.

GM's US sales in first half 2009 were 954,356 units, compared to 814,442 units in China. In all of 2008 GM sold 1.1 million vehicles in China, so it looks like they are on pace to far exceed that number with 20% growth there forecast.

Note that the world is on pace to doubling the number of cars on the road by 2020, when 2 billion cars and trucks will grace our planet's roadways.

These new figures demonstrate that even with more fuel-efficient cars, the supply of oil of other natural resources will be under demand and environmental pressures that far exceed our ability to supply and use gasoline in way that our economy and global climate can tolerate. 

 

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    Warren Karlenzig
Warren
Warren Karlenzig, Common Current founder and president, has worked with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (lead co-author United Nations Shanghai Manual: A Guide to Sustainable Urban Development in the 21st Century, 2011); United Nations Center for Regional Development (training of mayors from 13 Asian nations on city sustainable economic development and technology); provinces of Guizhou and Guangdong, China (urban sustainability master planning and green city standards); the United States White House and Environmental Protection Agency (Eco-Industrial Park planning and Industrial Ecology primer); the nation of South Korea ("New Cities Green Metrics"); The European Union ("Green and Connected Cities Initiative"); the State of California ("Comprehensive Recycling Communities" and "Sustainable Community Plans"); major cities; and the world's largest corporations developing policy, strategy, financing and critical operational capacities for 20 years.

Present and recent clients include the Guangzhou Planning Agency; the Global Forum on Human Settlements; the Shanghai 2010 World Expo Bureau; the US Department of State; the Asian Institute for Energy, Environment and Sustainability; the David and Lucile Packard Foundation; the non-governmental organization Ecocity Builders; a major mixed-use real estate development corporation; an educational sustainability non-profit; and global corporations. Read more here.

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