Category: Economy

Surge in Renewables Remakes California’s Energy Landscape

Originally Published by Yale Environment 360Thanks to favorable geography, innovative government policies, and businesses that see the benefits of clean energy investments, California is closing in on its goal of generating a third of its electricity from renewables by 2020. Topic: Energy, Technology

Cuba’s Environmental Concerns Grow With Prospect of U.S. Presence

Originally Published by NYT > EnvironmentSome fear development and tourism would result in the destroyed forests, polluted rivers and damaged coral reefs faced by some of Cuba’s neighbors. Topic: Policy

Vermont Law School: The Ethical Dimensions of Energy Policy

The human use of energy has profound moral and ethical implications, raising issues that can only be answered by considering notions of justice. Earthzine science writer Osha Gray Davidson blogs about these crucial issues while on a fellowship at the Vermont Law School.

China at Crossroads: Balancing The Economy and Environment

Originally Published by Yale Environment – After three decades of unbridled economic growth and mounting ecological problems, China and its new leadership face a key challenge: cleaning up the dirty air, polluted water, and tainted food supplies that are fueling widespread discontent among the country’s burgeoning middle class.

World is on brink of ‘carbon bubble’

Originally Published by The Guardian – Gore and partner David Blood call on companies to ‘do their fiduciary duty’ and identify carbon risks in their portfolios.

One-Third of World’s Food Goes to Waste

Originally Published by Environment News Science — One-third of all the world’s food is wasted every year at enormous economic and environmental cost, finds a United Nations report released Wednesday.

China must manage the conflict between coal and water

Originally Published by The Guardian — New coal-fired power plants in water-stressed regions could threaten water security for China’s farms and communities.

Investors in agriculture ignore environmental risks at their peril

Investors in agriculture ignore environmental risks at their peril Originally published by The Guardian – A new report on the environmental risks faced by agriculture spells out risk factors for investors and food companies.

Australia’s ‘unpopular’ carbon price isn’t to blame for Labor’s poor polling

Originally Published by The Guardian – Claims that Julia Gillard’s unpopularity were linked to her introduction of carbon pricing in 2012 don’t stack up. Topic: Energy

Tigers gobble up 49 percent of India’s wildlife conservation funds, more imperiled species get nothing

Originally Published by MongaBay – The Bengal tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) is currently listed as Endangered by the IUCN Red List; however India is also home to 132 species currently considered Critically Endangered, the highest rating before extinction. Topic: Biodiversity