Though the Olympics are supposed to instill feelings of hope, unity, and awe, the ongoing 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Russia have been overshadowed by many negative issues. Some of these problems have been widely publicized, i.e. the human rights controversies, especially those involving the LGBT community, also the killing of stray dogs, the poor construction of accommodations, and other safety issues like possible terrorist threats.
“How inappropriate to call this planet Earth when it is quite clearly Ocean.” – Arthur C. Clarke
The Evil Twin
With his $40 million dollar project to develop 10 community microgrids in areas with approximately 40,000 residents in 2014, Governor Cuomo has solidified a brighter future for energy in New York State.
A UN Report: An Important First Step to Helping Corporations Understand their Role in Climate Change
On November 14, the United Nations Global Compact released their “Guide for Responsible Corporate Engagement in Climate Change Policy.” In a nod to the role corporations play in climate change measures, UN Executive Director, George Kell, acknowledged, “engagement by the private sector that is collaborative, serious and solutions-oriented is vital, and can help ensure widespread support for sustainability, climate action.”
It has long been the duty of officers and directors of corporations to act in the interests of the shareholders. However, the age of transparency and instant communication has begun to drive corporations to revaluate their value propositions.
There are a few complaints that exist when it comes to renewable energy sources and solar in particular, including its intermittency, but one of the greatest hurdles is the costs associated with it.
We’ve all seen those commercials lately, showcasing a friendly farmer named Keith enjoying his land while vocalizing his support for natural gas production (all with a heartwarming tune playing in the background). These advertisements, paid for by America’s Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA), point to this idea that farms are struggling, especially those that are small and family owned. For some, ANGA pushes natural gas as a
The International Panel on Climate Change (“IPCC”) defines carbon leakage as the “the increase in CO2 emissions outside the countries taking domestic mitigation action divided by the reduction in the emissions of these countries.” In other words, carbon leakage is the percentage of increase in foreign emissions caused by domestic efforts to reduce emissions.
For years the debate in international climate circles has been that the developed countries are asking developing countries to not do what they did, pollute in the name of progress. A subsection of that debate is that developed countries have far better green technologies but are not sharing because of fear of intellectual property rights being violated. This causes a strange conflict since the developed countries are in essence protecting their green technologies from those who could profit from them the most.