Last year, the U.S. increased oil consumption by two percent, surpassing the increase in China for the first time in more than a decade according to a new IEA report. How does this increase square with peak car, peak VMT, and peak oil consumption?
The admission is the first from a Chinese official that puts a human cost on the country's huge air pollution problem, largely stemming from coal-burning power plants. But Shanghai had good news this week too. Rain brought blue skies and clean air.
In this commentary from the UN climate talks in Copenhagen, <em>Worldchanging</em>'s Alex Steffen looks beyond the quick fixes and geoengineering and notes that making cities more sustainable will help fight climate change.