New solar energy installations will grow faster this year than previously expected, according to Mercom Capital, which will make 2015 another strong year for the global solar market. Releasing an update to its 2015 solar market report, Mercom predicts new installations will reach 57.4 gigawatts worldwide in 2015.
Policy & Government
A catch all category for government, politics and initiatives to influence either.
The Chinese government announced a plan for the country’s first national park system earlier this month. It’s modeled after the U.S. system, first established in 1872, but will it be enough to conserve the country’s natural landscapes?
A group of 16 cities from around the world will be participating in a 24-hour climate hackathon on June 18, which they are calling a Climathon.
Pope Francis has been a trailblazer in many ways. Now he has rocked the world yet again, weighing in with a papal encyclical on the question of climate change. Mother Jones obtained a leaked copy.
Climate negotiations are boring, involve mostly bureaucrats, and often ignore or forget about important, on-the-ground issues. Organizers of the POC21 innovation camp aim to change that by prototyping open-source change and involving the greater community ahead of the Paris Climate Talks.
California Gov. Jerry Brown recently issued a 25 percent water-use reduction mandate. One group that’s not concerned: corporate property owners. Many corporations and commercial property investors are already leaders in water conservation measures for office, industrial and other commercial facilities. However, if the rules become even stricter, conserving even more water could present a challenge.
Speaking this month at an OPEC’s 167th meeting in Vienna, Shell’s Ben van Beurden said traditional energy sources should integrate and work together with clean technologies to provide sustainable and economically-sensible power for the future.
The EPA intends to update the Clean Air Act, which was first introduced in 1963, to include jurisdiction limiting the emissions from airplane engines.
Puerto Rico’s debt is now well above $70 billion, which is roughly 70 percent of the island’s GDP. That is not an insignificant amount of debt. Put yourself in the shoes of the Puerto Rican government. How would you pay that off?
Traditionally, for-profit corporations have one mandate — to maximize shareholder value. Several jurisdictions in the United States have recognized the market for a new type of for-profit corporation, the benefit corporation, which has a triple bottom line: profit, people, and the planet. It’s time for Canada to do the same, these two lawyers argue.
Any employee benefit, whether it’s paid time off to deal with an illness or following childbirth, equal pay, or childcare, ultimately results in the same thing: happier, more productive employees.
The EPA’s five-year project analyzed the impact of hydraulic fracturing on the water supply for human consumption. The study was mostly a compilation of data drawn from different scientific databases — more than 950 sources in all.
With the 2016 election approaching, spending records are poised to be shattered once again by the prospective Democratic and Republican nominees. A recent poll issued by the New York Times found that Americans of both major parties agree that measures should be taken to restrict the influence of wealthy donors in such important races.
Results in realizing the U.N. Millennium Development environmental sustainability goal have been uneven and data gathering and reporting lacking in many countries, Toronto-based IISD highlights. In its last year, key MDG-7 constistuent goals and targets have by and large not been reached.