President Obama’s forceful pledge to “respond to the threat of climate change” during his second inaugural address Monday was both specific and somewhat surprising. Also bold and welcome.
Policy & Government
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The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a trucking industry challenge to rules that Los Angeles adopted five years ago designed to curb truck emissions at the nation’s busiest port. The question centers on whether cities and states have authority to limit pollution from trucks moving long-haul cargo.
Global climate change was not on the agenda this week at the World Future Energy Summit but it nevertheless emerged as a prominent topic of concern.
There seems top be some evidence to suggest that as the storm tide swept over the East Coast last Fall, it lifted the tide of public opinion in its wake. As scientists warn of a global warming tipping point driven by positive feedback loops such as the declining albedo effect of ice turning to water or the liberation of methane gas from thawing permafrost, are we finally reaching, in the aftermath of yet another temperature record-breaking year, featuring another deadly storm, a tipping point of public opinion?
The DOE and NREL are joining with research teams from academia and industry to develop breakthrough Li-ion battery and electric drive vehicle (EDV) technology
SPECIAL SERIES: The Rise Of The Sharing Economy
Skeo’s Walkable Watershed plan for the Bellemeade community in Richmond, Virginia shows how the sharing economy has the potential to dovetail with neighborhood revitalization, public health and environmental protection goals.
Senior executives at the two international organizations put out a video saying they will strive to work together more effectively and act as a single multilateral organization to address global challenges at the local level.
A rural electrification program in Nicaragua highlights the cross-cutting advantages and benefits adding a microfinance element contributes to improving their viability and sustainability.
The UK Green Deal allows people that live homes that are hard to heat to make improvements that are then paid for in installments over the next twenty years. These installments are added to their energy bill, which will have been reduced by the home improvements. In other words, you should never pay more than you save. Will it catch on?
Arguing that any climate change initiatives need to be for the long haul, MIT Technology Review’s editors urge the Obama Administration to tackle the issue.
Publicly traded companies like Google and Starbucks are fiduciarily beholden to their shareholders to maximize profits and minimize losses. Companies that fail to take advantage of tax loopholes made available by governmental tax codes are remiss in their financial duties and are subject to commensurate legal repercussions. If governments hope to raise additional revenue from corporations operating within their borders, they will have to alter their tax codes accordingly.
IBM’s new B2B Marketplace provides EV drivers in the European Union with a simple, unified electric vehicle charging and payment infrastructure. So, when can we expect something like it in the U.S.A.?