GreenWave Charts Path from Commercial Fishing to Aquatic Agriculture, Starter Packages and Guaranteed Purchase of Products for 5 years

For the full article on GreenWave, which was selected from a pool of 400 entries representing work being done in 136 countries for a $100,000 award, see: http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2015/oct/22/greenwave-ocean-farming-bren-smith-fuller-challenge-sustainability-climate-change Prior to starting GreenWave, Smith worked a variety of commercial fishing jobs “all over the globe”, including long lining for McDonald’s in the Bering Sea and “sliming” in Alaska canneries. In his …

Juneau Considers Shift to 100% Clean Transportation, Makes Steps

Following is an excerpt from RMI’s E-Lab Accelerator.  Read the full article at http://blog.rmi.org/blog_2015_10_20_driving_the_rain_electrifying_transportation_in_juneau_alaska Juneau—Alaska’s tiny capital with a population of 32,000—sits at the base of the Juneau Icefield, and the Mendenhall glacier. “The Glacier,” as it is known there, is an icon that draws hundreds of thousands of tourists from around the world. Unfortunately, it is melting at an alarming …

We are living in a nation in which the top one-tenth of 1 percent owns almost as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent. We are living in a world in which the top 1 percent owns almost as much wealth as the bottom 99 percent.

In a Comedy Central interview with Naomi Klein and Bernie Sanders on the Pope’s visit, Sanders said:  “We are living in a nation in which the top one-tenth of 1 percent owns almost as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent. We are living in a world in which the top 1 percent owns almost as much wealth as the …

Actual indicators of modernization and societal trust in government are participation, transparency and efficiency of public administration

When I was a kid growing up in Brazil, all governments in Latin America were right-wing military dictatorships. Today they are all center-left wing democracies—seemingly representing extraordinary progress. However, socio-economic indicators and trust in government have hardly improved. In the most advanced democracies, discussion on whether a Government is right-wing or left-wing has become outdated.  Instead, the actual indicators of …

Will Washington be the first US state to have a carbon tax?

Re-posted from the Christian Science Monitor Yoram Bauman is the world’s only “stand-up economist.” He makes his living poking fun at his own profession. But he’s dead serious about fighting climate change, and he’s the intellectual force behind a climate-related initiative that seems likely to appear on Washington state’s November 2016 ballot, an initiative that would implement the first carbon tax in …

Creating a Practical Sequence of Climate Policies

Re-posting most of David Roberts’ brilliance from his recent article on Vox. Debates over policy often proceed in a kind of vacuum, ignoring the political forces that shape the trajectory and character of policymaking. A new analysis in Science tries to counter this tendency in the area of climate policy, urging analysts to strategically consider the political effects of various policy …

86% of cities see an economic opportunity in climate change, many switching to 100% renewables

While countries have dragged their feet for years on meaningful climate action, many cities around the world have forged ahead with sustainability efforts. In July, about 60 mayors pledged to fight climate change at a two-day conference hosted by Pope Francis. Several cities have even made impressive strides to ditch fossil fuels in favor of renewables. Two recent reports have confirmed that …