The World Economic Forum has come and gone, leaving the Davos snow more than a little trampled. Now that 2,500+ of the world’s most powerful people have flown home in somewhat fewer (it seems) than 1,700 private jets, what more do we know about what’s coming in 2015?
Policy & Government
A catch all category for government, politics and initiatives to influence either.
Pollution is the leading cause of death in low- and middle-income countries, according to a report from the Global Alliance on Health and Pollution. In 2012, pollution – in the form of contaminated soil, water and both indoor and outdoor air – was responsible for 8.4 million deaths in developing countries — almost three times more deaths than those caused by malaria, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis combined.
Impact investing requires the commitment to measure, and report on positive social change. As the industry matures, here’s what we expect to see in 2015.
Gil Friend imagines the Palo Alto of 2030: climate positive, car-free and a vibrant laboratory for innovations that transformed the global landscape.
This week, the Center for the New Energy Economy released an overview of 2013-2014 state policies passed on renewable energy. The center is also giving the public access to legislation in real-time via an online database.
Add another one to the list: Yesterday Fortune 500 company Ecolab announced that its Minnesota offices will be going completely solar. It’s signed a deal with SunEdison to build the solar gardens needed to offset Ecolab’s energy usage. The deal is all in keeping with Minnesota’s solar energy legislation, which is designed to boost solar energy investment and production by 2020.
A Tea Party group in Florida called Conservatives for Energy Freedom is asking for a measure that would “encourage and promote local small-scale solar-generated electricity production and to enhance the availability of solar power to customers.”
A confluence of powerful trends shaped up in Germany in 2014. Renewable energy production rose, greenhouse gas emissions and power prices fell while the economy expanded, according to Agora Energiewende’s 2014 annual report.
From manufacturing to universities, schools, communities and government facilities, renewable energy is expected to continue its rapid rise, despite the recent sharp drop in world oil prices.
Within public policy schools, social entrepreneurship is a relatively new addition to curriculum. Traditionally society has considered solving social problems the domain of governments and philanthropy. But that’s beginning to change.
A group of Senators recently urged the U.S. Department of Energy to continue funding programs for the domestic distributed wind energy industry. What’s their argument, and why should we care?
The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) filed a lawsuit this week against the Environmental Protection Agency challenging the EPA’s decision to allow the pesticide tetrachlovinphos (TCVP) to be used in pet flea control products.