Australia may or may not be at the bottom of the world, but it does seem to be close to the cutting edge when it comes to thinking about sustainability. Back in January, I ran a piece about the big island’s zero carbon plan showing how they could convert 100% of their economy to renewables … Continued
Category: Policy & Government
The DOE’s SunShot Initiative is a collaboration between the agency, universities, research laboratories, and the American solar power industry. Should this program’s goals succeed, by the end of this decade the United States may regain its dominant position in the global solar market.
Umair Haque asks that his new book The New Capitalist Manifesto: Building a Disruptively Better Business be evaluated– as a “toolkit,” a “lens,” a “handbook” and it’s basically successful. We evaluated the book as a manifesto, however, and it’s less believable. The premise of the book is this: capitalism as a system has run away … Continued
It’s entirely possible that short sea shipping, long touted as an economically viable and environmentally sound option for transporting domestic cargo and products, is not all it’s cracked up to be, according to a Friends of the Earth report. Short sea shipping is the regional transport—on lakes, bays, rivers, canals and coastlines—of freight by ship … Continued
By Boyd Cohen, Ph.D. CO2 IMPACT As an American living in Canada I have been watching U.S. policy on clean energy from across the border for the past decade. As an entrepreneur in the carbon market space, I also have a vested interest in seeing U.S. Federal policy advance with respect to promoting a low … Continued
U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon announced the creation of the Global Compact LEAD on January 28, 2011 at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. A total of 54 companies are members, including Intel, Nestle, Coca-Cola, Siemens, Royal Dutch Shell, Tata Steel, Total and Unilever. Participating companies are also part of the UN Global Compact, … Continued
Last week President Obama touched on sustainability themes during the State of the Union address. He called for ending federal oil subsidies and shifting that money over to clean energy. Sounds great for sustainability, right? Not quite. To quote the President, “I’m asking Congress to eliminate the billions in taxpayer dollars we currently give to … Continued
The following is part of the Crowds of Ratings series by our friends at CSRHub (a 3p sponsor) – offering free sustainability and corporate social responsibility ratings on over 5,000 of the world’s largest publicly traded companies. 3p readers get 40% off CSRHub’s professional subscriptions with promo code “TP40“. By Bahar Gidwani In theory, governments … Continued
The Redditch Council wants to warm its Abbey Stadium sports center, including its swimming pool, heat from its neighboring crematorium. By the transfer of heat from the crematorium’s incinerators to a system that would warm the sports and leisure facility, the town estimates that it could not only conserve energy, but save about UK£14,000 (about US$23,000).
By Brian F. Keane I’ve spent much of the last decade marketing clean energy and energy efficiency to the American people. And I’m worried that we’re about to blow it. Let me explain. A little over 30 years ago, then-President Jimmy Carter held a press conference on the roof of the White House. The subject: … Continued
The Water Advocacy Coalition (WAC) appears to be an environmental group whose goal is to protect the nation’s waterways. The group’s website, protectmywater.org contains a banner that reads “Protect the Clean Water Act,” and a photo slide show of streams and mountain lakes. The group’s bio on its Facebook and Twitter (@ProtectCWA) account states, “Our … Continued
A 12-year battle with Big Coal over the future of one of the largest West Virginia mountaintop removal coal mines was resolved this week when the Environmental Protection Agency “vetoed” Spruce Mine No. 1. Since 1998, the Sierra Club along with Coal River Mountain Watch, WV Highlands Conservancy, the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, Public Justice … Continued
By Dan Lashof, Director of NRDC’s climate center (Originally published on NRDC’s Switchboard Blog. Since taking control of the House of Representatives last week, key Committee Chairmen have used heated rhetoric to justify their efforts to block EPA from updating Clean Air Act safeguards with new standards to reduce emissions of life-threatening pollution from power … Continued
While many clean energy advocates and investors around the world laud German innovation and watch China’s surge in the development of technologies such as solar and wind energy, Korea has continued its commitment to boosting its clean energy sector.
Under the Bush Administration, greenhouse gases were not considered pollutants. The question was settled in a Supreme Court case in 2007, and whether you agree or not, it is settled law. Now the EPA is enforcing the law. And many denounce this move as a “power grab.”