Professors Dora Costa and Matthew Kahn studied the “nudge” efforts of a California utility. The company sent customers within a certain district customized energy reports that listed their information on gas and electric use, a comparison of their home’s consumption to that of their neighbors’, and some energy saving tips.
Category: Policy & Government
You’re maybe feeling a little saturated on oil spill news, but the sad fact is, you’ll have to get used to it. And despite the hopeful news that work being done right now may just stop the hemorrhage, the 182 million gallons, or so, of oil that is already in the Gulf isn’t going to disappear, … Continued
Venerable British insurer Lloyd’s, known for insuring Keith Richard’s fingers and America Ferrara’s smile, has released a white paper (PDF) warning of a looming energy crunch and the significant risks to companies unprepared for it. Lead authors Antony Froggatt and Glada Lahn only touch on the controversial concept of “peak oil” in their report, which was written in … Continued
New York City is accelerating a public service announcement campaign that is letting its 8 million residents know that drinking its tap water is perfectly safe. New York’s Environmental Protection Commissioner, Cas Holloway, brings up an important point: if tap water is so bad for you, then why is all right in the city’s pizza, bagels, Italian ice, piroshkies, and other foods for which the Big Apple is famous?
By: Fred Pearce A green myth is on the march. It wants to blame the world’s over-breeding poor people for the planet’s peril. It stinks. And on World Population Day, I encourage fellow environmentalists not to be seduced. The actor Jeremy Irons has announced that he plans to make an Al-Gore style movie about the … Continued
The UFW has started a campaign, “Take Our Jobs,” aimed at those who complain that undocumented workers are taking Americans’ jobs. Visit the site, and you have an opportunity to enter your name, email, and zip code.
Well, it’s about time. Recent news of environmental devastation has board members and executive committees of large companies nervously adding annual cash incentives based on their sustainability performance. Receiving bonuses strictly related to quarterly profits may become a thing of the past as the corporate image of BP and its sustainability measures have reaked havoc on their stock price.
In fact, numerous reports including the recently published The 21st Century Corporation: The Ceres Roadmap to Sustainability put out by Ceres, a Boston based network of institutional investors, show that increased attention by upper level management members is forcing companies to chan
Leslie Back I have to thank Al Gore for the inspiration for this post. His ideas, discussed here, are worth repeating. They are not new ideas, but rather old when you consider the quickening pace of our society and our environmental crisis, but we did not seem to hear the comments the first time ‘round. … Continued
By Leslie Back As I write, the world population is just a smidge (smidge being the technical term) under 7 billion. This large and ever-increasing figure is one of the most critical points of discussion in ecological conversations. We are hard pressed to find enough clean water, food, and simple space for our growing brood. … Continued
A small casino town in Colorado is cracking the whip when it comes to “pedaling.” Black Hawk, population 100, recently outlawed a popular activity for “health and safety” reasons. And believe it or not, the crackdown isn’t on gambling, drinking or smoking. It’s bicycling… the reason – casinos complain that cyclists get in the way … Continued
No one should be surprised that the G8 Summit in Toronto came and went with almost no mention of global warming. After all, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is the rotating G8 President this year, and his government has been named the world’s Colossal Fossil at each of the last three climate summits. The message … Continued
The dark side of trying to jump start renewable energy in a cash-poor economy is playing out with reports that Spain is under heavy pressure to reverse or tone down plans to reduce its special ‘feed-in tariffs’ (FiTs) for photovoltaic energy operators. The reductions are intended to staunch some heavy and unanticipated monetary bleeding caused … Continued
A consortium of North American and European activists have demanded sweeping changes to the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) after charging that up to one-third of all CERs ever sold may have been illegitimate. The groups are demanding an investigation to determine whether a number of coolant firms have manipulated the marketplace since 2005 by deliberately … Continued
Everyone remembers the network and cable news brouhaha when the CEOs of the Big Three automakers each flew to Washington, DC on corporate jets at a total cost of $45,000 to plead with Congress for a bailout. The CEOs’ journey was recently retraced by two employees of Brammo, the electric motorcycle firm based in Ashland, … Continued
IKEA is phasing out a toxic flame retardant from its furniture. The substance was chlorinated tris, a carcinogen that was once in children’s pajamas until studies shown that it could be absorbed by skin