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From Paris to Marrakesh: The Winding Road to a Global Agreement

There are some fundamental steps companies should undertake to reduce risks and enhance opportunities under the current global carbon policy. In this article, we will explore the current state of climate change policy and recommend steps to comply and, more importantly, create competitive advantage. From pledges to actions The 21st … Read more »

The Thirst for Natural Gas Means More Infrastructure, and More Protests

The Thirst for Natural Gas Means More Infrastructure, and More Protests

The national thirst for natural gas requires more infrastructure — pipelines, storage and processing facilities. A new study, in fact, says that both the United States and Canada will require annual investments of about $26 billion a year over 15 years to meet its energy needs. Like all infrastructure projects, … Read more »

Earth Day Planted Seeds for Action on Climate. Is a Carbon Tax a Good Idea?

During the Earth Day festivities, President Obama once again reiterated the United States’ commitment to reducing carbon emissions. But he went beyond his initial pledges of cutting such emissions by 28 percent by 2025 from 2005 levels and to 80 percent by 2050 from the same baseline. How to achieve … Read more »

Green Purchasing Next Step in Green Cleaning

Typically, when people hear about the professional cleaning industry adopting green and sustainable initiatives, they think the industry is selecting and using green-certified cleaning solutions, tools, and equipment. While this is true, it is actually only one part of the “greening” of the professional cleaning industry—at least as it applies … Read more »

30 Years After Chernobyl, Where Does Nuclear Energy Stand?

30 Years After Chernobyl, Where Does Nuclear Energy Stand?

Exactly 30 years ago, Chernobyl happened. The damage done in the Ukraine that day was unimaginable. And the damage done to the nuclear sector also seemed insurmountable. This area of the world will long suffer. But nuclear energy is coming back. Despite the uncertain political and economic environments, most of … Read more »

Workplace Safety Law Reforms Would Reach From the Trenches to the Highest Corporate Offices

Workplace safety has always been atop the labor movement’s agenda. It is now becoming a priority for candidates seeking federal office, including the presidency. The high-profile prosecution of Don Blankenship is responsible for the renewed concerns, although it remains unlikely for now that labor laws will change. At issue here … Read more »

Seven Simple Ways to Start Saving Water

With Earth Day here, many organizations are planning to promote sustainable practices today, on April 22. Wondering where to start? Consider how much water your operations might be wasting through easy-to-fix leaks and inefficient fixtures. Building owners and corporations can save significant resources and lower operational costs by reducing water … Read more »

Insurance Industry Could be Global Warming’s Toughest Foe

Earth to the Earthly: Global temperatures are rising and threatening both commerce and the ecology — a message that climate scientists want to convey on this Earth Day 2016. And they have an uncommon but strong ally: the insurance industry, which doesn’t want to get stuck with the bill.  Uncommon … Read more »

Presidential Candidates and Climate Change: What Energy Pros Can Expect

Presidential Candidates and Climate Change: What Energy Pros Can Expect

If New York is a precursor of things to come, then it may be that Democrat Hillary Clinton will be competing against Republican Donald Trump for the office of US presidency. Lots of differences between the two but one of the starkest is that of climate change and whether human-kind … Read more »

Swedish Company Vattenfall Selling Coal Plants to Czech-Based EPH

The Swedish energy company Vattenfall is selling four coal plants that it owns in Germany to a Czech-based energy provider, EPH that already has a German presence. Sweden says that the sale is to comply with global greenhouse gas emission standards, although there seems to be confusion as to how … Read more »

Exxon Saga Over Climate Change Deepens and Called Political By Critics

Exxon Saga Over Climate Change Deepens and Called Political By Critics

Several state attorneys general have worked in tandem with advisors to investigate ExxonMobil Corp. for allegedly covering up what it had known about climate change as far as as the 1970s. Those concerted efforts are drawing criticism from free-enterprise groups, which are  calling the moves politically motivated. About 17 attorneys … Read more »

Renewable Portfolio Standards are Responsible for Much of the Green Growth

Renewable Portfolio Standards are Responsible for Much of the Green Growth

There’s nothing like a government incentive to grow green energy. And that’s why the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is saying that renewable portfolio standards enacted by at least half the states is responsible for 60 percent of non-hydro renewable sources. Those green standards vary by state but generally require utilities … Read more »