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Member of the UAE Delegation to Rio+20 Chats about Outcomes

An important producer of natural gas and oil, the UAE has become known in the last decade for its growing efforts to fight climate change and advance the use of clean energy. So it’s not that surprising to find out that the UAE is going to represented in the upcoming Rio+20 Summit by a delegation of more than 100 members, aiming to both learn and provide its own lessons to the rest of the world.


Majority of Americans Agree: Protecting the Environment Creates Jobs

The majority of Americans (58 percent) think that protecting the environment improves economic growth and creates new jobs, according to a recently released poll from Yale University’s and George Mason University’s climate change communication program.

Who Are the Winners and Losers From the New Tariff on Chinese Solar Panels?

On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) announced the imposition of antidumping tariffs of more than 31 percent on solar panels from China. The preliminary ruling, if affirmed by the DOC this fall, is expected to have significant implications on the solar industry, creating presumably both winners and losers. Yet, although it might be too early to evaluate the impact of the new ruling, we have a feeling there’s a good chance no one will benefit from this tariff. Is it possible?


Shareholder Resolutions Flourish at JP Morgan Meeting

As an advocate of shareholder activism, I seldom see more than one or two shareholder proposals on proxy statements. However, yesterday’s JP Morgan shareholder meeting contained 7 shareholder proposals and had me smiling like a kid in a candy store. Now this is what shareholder advocacy is supposed to look like. Considering the bank’s recent lost bet of $2 billion in derivative trading, this is an opportune time to perhaps take a brief look at what small and big shareholders were advocating for at one of the world’s largest banks:

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Germany Close to Slashing Solar Subsidies

The German government is close to slashing subsidies for solar energy by 20 to 40 percent despite solar’s success in reaching up to 25 gw in capacity.

Justice and Democracy In Social Media – KONY

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

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“Drill, Baby, Drill” Will Not Decrease Gas Prices

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.

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Fuel Cell Energy: Pros and Cons

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.