Category: Policy & Government
New York City May Michael Bloomberg cited the perils of climate change and the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy in his call for a $19.5 billion initiative that would include new coastal protections and zoning codes for the city as well as new standards for telecommunications and for providing fuel.
Technology is changing the way people respond to emergencies. When Hurricane Sandy resulted in dead and backed-up phone lines, people turned to social media to call for help, reassure the stranded and coordinate rescue. More than a thousand people even offered their homes for free to those in need using short-term lodging service Airbnb.
The U.S. Department of Justice, along with Arkansas, filed a joint lawsuit that could give ExxonMobil a slight slap on the wrist for the March pipeline spill of about 5,000 barrels of heavy Canadian crude oil in the Mayflower residential neighborhood.
Another item the Obama Administration doesn’t seem to be comfortable talking about: The updated social cost of carbon (SCC). Why? Because the new estimates can cause the Administration a serious headache when it comes to the upcoming decision on Keystone XL pipeline.
The aviation industry has endorsed an agreement to reduce carbon emissions, but environmentalists say the agreement is vague and lacks teeth.
Can Congress and federal agencies play a significant role in developing innovative solutions to the nation’s most intractable problems?
In an effort to encourage socially responsible companies, a bill before the Indian legislature would require companies to spend two percent of their net profits annually on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities.
Both the state and city of New York have been challenging a number of sharing economy companies and their disruptive models, including Airbnb, Uber, SideCar and RelayRides. So what’s going on here – is New York becoming an unfriendly territory for sharing economy innovations? And even more importantly, how will these legal battles impact the sharing economy and its efforts to go mainstream?
Businesses, particularly those already concerned about sustainability, can benefit enormously from the market opportunities that exist in the sustainable and equitable redevelopment of distressed communities. Businesses can also play a significant role in their economic and environmental renewal.
The post-2015 “Sustainable Development Goals” (SDGs) must break from failed convention by integrating environmental and social dimensions into the pursuit of economic development aims, acknowledging that our future economic health will critically depend on our planet’s ecological health. Yet as a whole, our accomplishments have fallen short of our ambitions — particularly on environmental concerns.
In another piece of good news for electric vehicle maker, Tesla Motors, the company announced on Wednesday, May 22, that it has paid off the remainder of its Department of Energy loan, nine years early. The sum of $451.8 million was wired to the DOE, repaying the full loan with interest.