Category: Policy & Government
By Amadou M. Cissé I am sure by now that most of you have heard about if not already seen the video that went viral on YouTube entitled Kony 2012, a documentary asking to put an end to the abhorrent activities to the International Criminal Court’s most wanted criminal, Joseph Kony. A Ugandan national, Kony … Continued
The “drill, baby, drill” chant may not be heard as often as it was a few years ago, but the sentiment is still very much alive in Washington. However, data shows that the key to unlocking our nation’s energy security isn’t increased domestic production, but rather decreased domestic consumption.
The global wind energy industry registered a strong quarter of investment activity in terms of venture capital (VC) funding, mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and project finance in the first three months of 2012.
What exactly is a fuel cell? You can think of it as a battery that you add fuel to, in order to keep it going. The fuel, which is always combined with oxygen (or air) to produce electricity, can be as simple as hydrogen. This is the cleanest energy source we know of, since the only byproduct is distilled water.
Reducing the environmental impacts of UN Peacekeeping operations not only benefits the environment, but saves money, according to a report by the UN Environment Program (UNEP).
“The world’s energy system is being pushed to breaking point. Energy-related CO2 emissions are at historic highs, and under current policies, we estimate that energy use and CO2 emissions would increase by a third by 2020, and almost double by 2050. Many clean energy technologies are available but they are not being deployed quickly enough to avert potentially disastrous consequences.”
This morning a petition with over 75,000 signatures that urges the end of political campaign contributions will be delivered at Bank of America’s annual shareholder meeting in Charlotte, NC.
London’s traffic is legendary and so is its traffic management system. From early 2003, the city of London started charging a fee, which is currently £10, or $16.19 to motorists who want to drive through the city center. This was called a congestion charge and it was used to improve the city’s transit system and anybody who … Continued
In case you haven’t noticed (which would be almost impossible with all the email, blog and listeserv overload), the world is frantically preparing for the latest effort to make development sustainable, globally. UN officials, governments, NGOs, businesses and others are headed to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, aka Rio+20) in Rio de … Continued
Is cheap natural gas really all that cheap? The risks associated with fracking have begun to raise questions, and when it comes to our domestic fossil fuel supply, relatively low retail prices mask a heavier load that includes taxpayer subsidies, profound impacts on public health and the environment, and a negative effect on some local … Continued
Last week, President Obama laid out an ambitious plan to channel scientific innovation into economic growth, called the National Bioeconomy Blueprint. The Blueprint is heavily focused on “green” chemistry, and that’s good news for companies, investors, and workers that are involved in biofuels, bioplastics and other products based on sustainable alternatives to petroleum. However, that … Continued
Coal ports in the Northwest threaten the regions work to reduce pollution and embrace clean energy. In a long-awaited move, the EPA has called in the Army Corps of Engineers to review plans for West Coast coal ports. Finally, alarmed environmentalists and frightened local residents are getting help from the Federal government.