An independent journalist, researcher and writer, my work roams across the nexus where ecology, technology, political economy and sociology intersect and overlap. The lifelong quest for knowledge of the world and self -- not to mention gainful employment -- has led me near and far afield, from Europe, across the Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa and back home to the Americas. Twitter: @mightysparrow LinkedIn: andrew burger Google+: Andrew B Email: huginn.muggin@gmail.com

WWF_OCEAN_03

Grave Threats Face World’s Seventh Largest Economy

The economic value of the world’s oceans “rivals that of the world’s largest economies,” researchers from the World Wildlife Fund, Australia’s Global Change Institute and the Boston Consulting Group wrote in a report issued on Thursday. The ocean would rank seventh on a ranking of the world’s top 10 economies, yielding $2.5 trillion worth of goods and services annually. Unfortunately, ocean resources “are eroding rapidly,” according to the report.

Houghton College campus

New York State College’s ‘Field of Dreams’ Goes Solar

U.S. schools are taking great advantage of renewable energy market reforms and incentives. Coming online on April 17, a 2.5 megawatt solar field at Houghton College in western New York is expected to produce over 3 million kilowatt-hours of renewable electricity every year. And it will avoid over 2,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions per year in the process.

apple-forest

Apple Forges Historic Partnership on Forests

Apple is making waves in conservation and green energy as well as Internet and computing technology. On April 16, Apple and the Conservation Fund announced they are partnering to protect over 36,000 acres of working forestlands in Maine and North Carolina.

stem.batteryx519

Energy Storage Emerges as Key to Solar Growth

Recipients of Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s ‘Energy Pioneer’ awards, Greensmith and Stem are pioneering the use of intelligent energy storage systems in the U.S. Integrating diverse renewable and conventional energy generation and advanced energy storage systems, the companies are paving the way toward a smarter, cleaner and more cost-effective energy future.

Mercom logo

Residential and Commercial Solar Funds Raise Nearly $2 Billion in Q1

Investor confidence in the solar energy sector continues to grow. Highlighting a strong quarterly rebound in corporate solar sector finance in Q1’15, residential and commercial solar funds raised a record-high of nearly $2 billion during this year’s first quarter, according to Mercom Capital’s latest quarterly report.

Parrish_021207_0297.tif

REI’s Co-op Business Model Produces Record Results

Posting record financial results for 2014, REI’s co-op business model is also delivering more in the way of social and environmental dividends. Besides paying out $168 million in cash dividends, REI will invest around $8 million in nonprofit community projects that promote outdoor life.

Abengoa central-termosolar

Concentrated Solar Producer Abengoa Gets Serious about CSR

In addition to being added to the NASDAQ Clean Edge Green Energy Index, Abengoa has earned an IDB Infrastructure 360 Award for its Atacama 1 solar-storage project in Chile. Reporting on progress to date and the challenges it faces going forward, Abengoa management also sets out new targets for 2020 in its recently-released corporate social responsibility (CSR) report.

commodities subsidies deforestation ODI cvr

How Government Subsidies Drive Deforestation and Inequality

While contributing to agricultural and natural resource development and GDP, government subsidies are drivers of deforestation and marginalization of indigenous communities in environmentally critical tropical forests. Reports from ODI (Overseas Development Institute) and Forest Peoples Program offer details and insights.

officiels_cop20

U.S. Files Climate Commitment in Advance of Paris Talks

The U.S. joins well over 30 countries that have filed national commitments to combat climate change in advance of U.N. climate treaty negotiations to take place in Paris in December. Collectively, the parties that have submitted commitments to the UNFCCC account for nearly 60 percent of worldwide carbon emissions.

shams-1-aerial-650x366

‘Eye-Catching’ Gains in Renewable Energy Investment

The U.N. Environment Program’s 2015 report is chock full of facts and figures testifying to ongoing growth in global renewable energy investment. Following two years of lower totals, investors plowed over $270 billion into renewable energy in 2014, just 3 percent lower than the record high in 2010.

Marines-solar-training-300x200

DOE Helps Military Vets, Native Americans Go Solar

The Department of Energy is zooming in on U.S. military veterans and Native Americans as the Obama administration continues its effort to spur green job creation and deployment of solar energy.