RP Siegel

RP Siegel, author and inventor, shines a powerful light on numerous environmental and technological topics. His work has appeared in Triple Pundit, GreenBiz, Justmeans, CSRWire, Sustainable Brands, PolicyInnovations, Social Earth, 3BL Media, ThomasNet, Huffington Post, Strategy+Business, Mechanical Engineering, and engineering.com among others . He is the co-author, with Roger Saillant, of Vapor Trails, an adventure novel that shows climate change from a human perspective. RP is a professional engineer - a prolific inventor with 52 patents and President of Rain Mountain LLC a an independent product development group. RP recently returned from Abu Dhabi where he traveled as the winner of the 2015 Sustainability Week blogging competition.Contact: bobolink52@gmail.com

David Koch speaks at the 2015 Defending the American Dream Summit, sponsored by the climate-denial group Americans for Propserity, on August 21, in Columbus, Ohio.

David Koch Leaves Museum Board Amidst Controversy

Last week, David Koch resigned from the board of the American Museum of Natural History after 23 years. Environmental groups have been clamoring for his departure for years due to his anti-science stance on climate change. Should they declare victory, or is this all part of a Koch Industries rebranding scheme?

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TransCanada Shows How the TPP Will Threaten Climate

TransCanada’s lawsuit against the U.S. government — which utilize a dispute mechanism in NAFTA — could be a sign of what’s to come if the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) moves ahead as planned.

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Carbon Monitoring Will Play a Crucial Role in the Quest to Curb Warming

A recent report on EU energy governance, produced by the British House of Lords, says that “EU-wide binding 2030 renewables targets will not be delivered unless it is backed-up by a monitoring and enforcement mechanism that acts as a guarantor for the agreement.” So, how are we to go about measuring carbon emissions?

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry takes his seat for a plenary session of the COP21 climate change conference.

COP21: Grand Success or Major Disappointment?

Bill McKibben, co-founder of 350.org said, “This didn’t save the planet, but it may have saved the chance of saving the planet.” Climate crusader James Hansen, who was among the first to sound the alarm, was less pleased with the level of compromise, calling the outcome a “fraud.” So, how should we feel about the COP21 outcome? Is it enough?

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Alberta Declares Ambitious Climate Plan in Time for Paris

The election of the New Democratic Party’s candidate, Rachel Notley, in Alberta, Canada, was declared by BBC News to be a “political earthquake. Not wasting any time, she unveiled a new climate action plan at the end of November, just days before the Paris climate summit.

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Deep Decarbonization Study Reveals Multiple Pathways to Carbon Goal

Dr. Dan Lashof, chief operating officer of NextGen Climate America, one of the sponsors of the research, said: “This is by far the most rigorous and detailed study of what it will take to achieve a transition to clean energy in the United States.”

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GE Ecomagination Celebrates 10th Year, Launches Impact Partnership

I can remember when GE first came out with the Ecomagination initiative back in 2005. At the time it was considered a bold, and even somewhat risky, move to double up on its investment in clean tech and make it a strategic imperative for the company. CEO Jeffrey Immelt said there were two reasons for taking … Continued

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Novo Nordisk CEO Unseats Bezos, Tops HBR 100

Last week, Harvard Business Review (HBR) issued its 2015 list of the world’s top CEOs. This year, for the first time, HBR inserted additional criteria on environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance. It was enough, in some cases, to reshuffle the deck quite a bit. Of particular note was the fact that Jeff Bezos of Amazon fell spectacularly from the No. 1 spot last year, all the way down to No. 87. Taking No. 1 was a very deserving Lars Rebien Sørensen of Novo Nordisk.

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Climate Leadership Index Selects Best Performing Companies

Now you can look at companies through an objective lens that compares their climate impact relative to others in their same line of business. Companies at the top of that list are not only behaving responsibly, but are also consistently outperforming their peers when it comes to financial returns.