Leaders of a business and even a non-profit can hit a snag, perhaps even flop, but then recover, unfazed by the fact they followed the wrong strategy. Politicians, however, often feel they cannot make that choice—one wrong decision and they or their party could be tossed out the next election cycle. Therefore, politicians are often risk adverse, as Byron Kennard, Executive Director of the Center for Small Business and Environment, mused in a recent article.
Category: Policy & Government
Marine toxicologist Riki Ott has been tracking a significant outbreak of medical problems among people who have been in contact with the Gulf water. Residents and visitor have reported that they have “developed a rash or peeling palms from swimming, wading, handling oiled material or dead animals without gloves and shucking crabs from recently re-opened Gulf fisheries.” Some have even reported symptoms after swimming in their outdoor pools after a rain.
By: Dinesh Thirupuvanam When most people see that a product or package is marked “biodegradable” they think that they can toss the product on the side of a road or into a landfill and it’s going to breakdown in a reasonably short period of time. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Today, the term biodegegradable … Continued
Next week, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will announce the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, a public-private partnership that will improve the quality of lives, boost economic opportunity, and combat climate change. The subject which this Alliance will tackle may appear simple, but it has a huge affect on the health and well-being of millions. A more efficient cooking stove design can go a long way towards saving time, reducing emissions, and cutting fuel waste.
A joint study that the Union of Concerned Scientists and Iowa State University conducted reveals some disturbing trends. Of the 1700 employees at the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) who answered the 44-page survey, many state that public officials and business interests too often interfere with the food safety process.
A German military think tank has drafted a report that discusses the impact that peak oil could have on the world’s economy. The report, which is still in the draft stage and contains mostly opinions from the scientific community, has an ominous tone.
Every once in a while a website comes along that is so cool, slick, informative and so fun that it demands attention. It is so full of awesome that you Tweet it and Retweet it, Facebook it, chat about it then spend an inordinate number of hours playing on it. My friends, I have found … Continued
Thanks to a ballot initiative waged by a group called the California Jobs Initiative, California voters will decide in November whether to move forward with implementation of the state’s landmark emissions reduction law, the Global Warming Solutions Act (AB32), even though it was signed into law in 2006. But if the initiative, Proposition 23, fails, the … Continued
It is gratifying to see two major institutions, US EPA and General Electric forming an agreement to work together in search of improvements at the intersection energy and water. The two have signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with a goal of producing the cleanest water using the least amount of energy.
On my way into work this morning, I was listening to an NPR interview with Retired Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen. He was speaking with NPR’s Steve Inskeep about the lessons he’s taken from overseeing the government’s response to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Allen was also involved in Hurricane’s Katrina and … Continued
Last week, at the Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo the State of Hawaii announced that it has signed an agreement with Nissan North America to promote the rapid deployment of electric vehicles throughout its island territory, through a combination of purchase incentives and support for the installation of charging stations.
A new website launched this month by the United Nations, FastStartFinance.org, is designed to track climate change funding commitments from industrialized countries. The move is an attempt to make sure that developed economies will deliver on their plans to provide seed funds to help poorer nations battle climate change, as the next round of climate … Continued
The Yes on 23 Committee, a.k.a. the California Jobs Initiative, a.k.a. the November ballot initiative Proposition 23 which would suspend AB32, California’s climate change law, became $2 million richer yesterday. The funding came through $1 million donation from Flint Hills Resources, a subsidiary of Koch Industries, and another $1 million by another oil refiner, Tesoro, reports … Continued
Bjørn Lomborg may not be a household name around here, but that’s through no fault of his. In November 2001, this Danish environmental author and economics professor was selected “Global Leader for Tomorrow” by the World Economic Forum. Lomborg was selected as one of TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2004. He was particularly outspoken on the subject of global warming whose importance he felt was being overstated. However, Lomborg has a new book entitled Smart Solutions to Climate Change: Comparing Costs and Benefits in which he proposes an aggressive $100 billion annual fund specifically targeting global warming solutions.
(Also reported on by RP Siegel here) The economist and author Bjorn Lomborg has been called the Danish doubter and compared to Adolf Hitler because of his failure to add the human element into his analysis of the climate crisis. In his books The Skeptical Environmentalist and Cool It: The Skeptical Environmentalist’s Guide to Global … Continued