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London’s Traffic Woes in Lead to the Olympics

While in London last week, I was surprised that there was no tangible excitement in the lead up to the Olympic Games. In fact, London residents described the international games with dread. I heard a few well-chosen comments about how traffic in the upcoming weeks would be “utter chaos.” Most of these complaints seem to be coming … Continued

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Where the Jobs Are: How to Reach Full Employment in the U.S. by 2015

A closer look at the historical data highlights a bright spot in the employment landscape of the United States. Businesses and organizations that are solving society’s problems and making a positive impact on the world are the consistent engines of positive job growth.

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Denmark Will Be 100% Renewable By Mid-Century

Denmark’s Energy Strategy 2050 contains initiatives aimed at reducing fossil fuel consumption 33% by 2020 and to achieve complete independence from fossil fuels by 2050. And unlike the US plan to achieve 80% renewables in electric generation, the Danish plan also includes the heating of buildings as well.

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Wind Power: Pros and Cons

When we think of wind power, we generally think of those large high tech towers with slowly spinning blades that have sprung recently up on hilltops in many areas of the country. But the fact is, wind is one of the oldest sources of power used by man. According to a recent report posted by the DOE’s National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL), renewables can contribute 80% of American electricity by the year 2050. Much of it will be provided by wind power.

Nearly seven in ten of the 1,603 sustainability experts surveyed identify ‘lack of political will’ to be the most significant barrier to progress on sustainable development.

Rio+20’s Legacy: Filling the Leadership Vacuum

The very fact that 50,000 people from across the world came together here for the Rio+20 Earth Summit because they are united in a belief that we can and must make accelerated progress towards sustainable development is significant.

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Rio+20 Round-up: Bay2Rio+20 Delegation’s First Thoughts

The Bay2Rio+20 crew launched the Innovation Bus in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday as a means to engage with conference attendees in the areas of policy, design, entrepreneurship and urban planning looking to create a recipe for innovation in sustainable urban development.

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5 Reasons Why the U.K.’s New Mandatory Carbon Reporting Can Be a Game Changer

The UK Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg announced in Rio that as of April 2013 all companies listed on the main London Stock Exchange (LSE) will be required to report their greenhouse gas emissions. The directive will apply to about 1,600 listed companies and might be extended to all large companies in the U.K. after it will be reviewed in 2015. First of its kind, the new reporting requirement is representing everything we hoped to see in Rio – straightforward policy with a clear timetable and vision that levels the playing field for companies. Together with the decision to make shareholders votes on executive-pay structures binding, it puts the U.K. in the forefront of sustainability regulation. Moreover, it has the potential to become a real game changer. Here are five reasons why:

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How Starbucks and Staples Could Bring Keystone to Its Knees

Starbucks and Staples have joined the agribusiness giant J.R. Simplot to give a boost to the Obama Administration’s Better Buildings Challenge, and in a way that could spell trouble for the notorious Keystone XL Pipeline. The Better Buildings Challenge is designed to shine a spotlight on corporate leaders in energy efficiency and resource conservation, both … Continued

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Bay2Rio+20 Connects Bay Area (and the World) with Rio+20 Attendees

By Gregory Delaune This post is part of the on-going events news, related to the Bay2Rio+20 delegation team’s on-the-ground coverage from Rio+20. It addresses the on-line international charrette/workshop, which will take place at the San Francisco Bay Area Hub and at Hub Culture in Rio de Janeiro on June 23rd.  To follow along, click here. … Continued

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Texas Climate & Carbon Exchange Opens for Global Trading

I know, this almost sounds like a punch line to a bad joke, or perhaps an oxymoron. Many people tend to think of Texans as backward-looking, conservative, entrenched in the status quo and not at all interested in talking about climate change, except maybe to argue that it doesn’t exist. But there are two things that Texans understand, perhaps better than most of us and those are: energy and money. And, to a certain extent, in Texas, these issues seem to rise above ideological boundaries.

How Business Can Respond to Rio+ 20

By Robert Girling, Ph.D. Professor of Business Strategy, Sonoma State University The world is waiting to see just how business responds to Rio+20. Will the fledgling efforts of business leaders such as Interface’s late CEO Ray Anderson who led efforts to redesign products and the way we do business hold sway? The fact is that … Continued

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Dispatch from Rio: Great(er) Expectations

I’ve been in Rio de Janeiro for six days now for the Rio+20 Earth Summit, and something struck me this morning as I entered the last official day of business-focused meetings: We have not asked enough of governments.

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The Rio+20 Final Draft Document Draws Heavy Criticism

The Guardian reported that the final draft of the Rio+20 document has been released just a few hours before world leaders fly into Brazil. Although there are 283 separate sections of the document which I spent some time going over, it offers precious little in terms of finding active solutions to the various problems it “recognizes, “acknowledges” … Continued

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Japan Takes A Huge Leap Into Solar

There is good news for the solar industry this week. It comes at a good time, after several bankruptcies this Spring, expiration of certain US tax credits and a reduction in Germany’s feed-in tariff program. The unexpectedly good news comes from Japan. Industry Minister Yukio Edano announced a new price structure for electricity that pays a premium for solar generated power that is roughly triple the price of conventional electricity. This is essentially a feed-in tariff (FIT) similarly to the one that drove Germany to become the world’s solar leader with roughly 25 gigawatts (GW) or half the world’s total solar capacity.