Friday, September 6th, 2013
Scientists and government officials are questioning the way the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, widely considered the definitive authority on global climate risk, handles its major reports.
The panel typically issues “blockbuster” reports every five to seven years; the next is set to be (more…)
Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013
The continual news out of India about legal rulings breaking or invalidating pharmaceutical patents has become too much for the cleantech industry to ignore.
I’m not equating or conflating green technologies and pharmaceuticals (though some do, disingenously in my view), I’m just being realistic. The legal and policy (more…)
Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013
An alternative to Google? And one that’s green?
Ecosia is based in Berlin and aims to turn green niche products into a mass phenomenon by providing users with green information when entering search terms.
According to the start-up, Ecosia gives users the chance to help the environment for free without (more…)
Wednesday, August 28th, 2013
Those who think that federal subsidies for renewable energy are an unacceptable extravagance will be pleased to know that, by 2025, they will no longer be necessary, according to this report by the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
Of course, this will create a certain irony: the (more…)
Tuesday, August 27th, 2013
The increasing acidification of the world’s oceans caused by rising concentrations of atmospheric carbon dioxide not only poses a threat to marine creatures, but also could lead to an intensification of planetary warming, according to a new study.
A team of U.S., British, and German researchers (more…)
Thursday, August 22nd, 2013
According to the Global Footprint Network and WWF’s Living Planet Report, yesterday was Earth Overshoot Day. That means the seven billion people on Earth have consumed the globe’s renewable resources for the year. In other words for the next 133 days humanity will be accumulating ecological debt by overdrawing on our collective resources. (more…)
Wednesday, August 21st, 2013
Tobacco packaging warning messages have recently been required on cigarettes and other tobacco products in many countries worldwide in an effort to enhance the public’s awareness of the harmful effects of smoking.
In a similar fashion, a Canadian campaign is calling for all gasoline pumps to have warning labels on (more…)
Tuesday, August 20th, 2013
In the previous posts in this series, we have described the relationship between Brand Finance’s Brand Strength Index and CSRHub’s sustainability rating. The overall correlation between these large sets of data is strong—and it has been growing stronger. We will now look at how each of the twelve individual components in CSRHub’s metric (more…)
Monday, August 19th, 2013
Carbon dioxide is a heavy hitter when it comes to global climate change. But there are some other big players that contribute to rising temperatures as well including soot and methane. While some scientists have argued to cut these emissions, a new study suggests that targeting these emissions may make much less of an impact than previously thought. (more…)
Wednesday, August 14th, 2013
Diesel and gasoline emissions have become some of the leading concerns regarding greenhouse gases and global climate change. While diesel engines are more efficient than gasoline-powered engines, they have serious emissions problems. A breakthrough in diesel combustion technology may soon lead to cleaner diesel engines. (more…)