A US green investment bank for all: Democratized finance for a just transition

The Next System Project proposes the creation of a democratized US Green Investment Bank (GIB) https://thenextsystem.org/green-investment-bank Thomas Marois and Ali Rıza Güngen, more September 20, 2019 MONEY & BANKINGENVIRONMENT & ENERGY In ways unimaginable just a few years ago, public banking and its potential for catalyzing a transition to a green and just future have been catapulted to the center of political and …

30% more local businesses than previously and a significant increase in the numbers of people making journeys on foot or cycling with Barcelona superblocks + lives saved

By Stephen Burgen in The Guardian 10 Sept 2019 Barcelona could save hundreds of lives and cut air pollution by a quarter if it fully implements its radical superblocks scheme to reduce traffic, a new report claims. A study carried out by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health calculates that the city could prevent 667 premature deaths every year if it created all 503 …

Here’s What Could Go Wrong with the Circular Economy—and How to Keep it on Track

Kevin Moss, WRI.org – August 28, 2019 Print The circular economy—one that breaks the link between economic growth and use of limited resources and also cuts waste from the system—is on the minds of corporate sustainability professionals, governments and researchers. We are all excited about its potential to increase economic prosperity, derive more value from products and reduce emissions. But in the rush to realize …

U.S. Seen as Climate Risk With Two-Thirds of New Oil and Gas

By Alex Nussbaum, Bloomberg, August 20, 2019  ‘Staggering’ forecast makes U.S. climate risk: Global Witness  Surge would be 40 times new Russian output, 20 times Saudi The U.S. will account for for almost two-thirds of the world’s new oil and natural gas output in the decade ahead, making it a critical obstacle to stopping climate pollution, a London-based advocacy group says. …

Advancing Social Equity in Solar Requires Real Data and Honest Conversations

Workplace demographic studies are critical for the solar industry if it wants to reflect the communities it serves, the author writes. By ERICA MACKIE, founder and CEO of Grid Alternatives, JULY 26, 2019 “You can’t change what you can’t see.” 0 The results from The Solar Foundation and the Solar Energy Industries Association’s second U.S. Solar Industry Diversity Study, released this …

Why cities suing over climate change want the fight in state court, not federal

InsideClimate News | Nicholas Kusnetz, July 26, 2019. Why cities suing over climate change want the fight in state court, not federal. A wave of lawsuits brought by local and state governments that are trying to hold oil companies accountable for climate change got a boost when federal judges in Rhode Island and Maryland sent two of the cases back …

Advertising results: most people believe that recycling is the greenest and most

Our lives have been co-opted by the Convenience Industrial Complex By Lloyd Alterl July 25, 2019 Nobody ever lost money making things easier or more convenient, and our planet is paying the price. After the Second World War, the aluminum industry had a problem; there were all these dams built to make electricity and all these aluminum refineries that used …

Redesigning Business for a Democratic Economy

By Marjorie Kelly July 17, 2019 We find ourselves in a moment of breakdown—but also a moment of unprecedented opportunity. Even as widespread faith in the workings of our economy is falling apart, unsung innovations are quietly arising. Entrepreneurs, business executives, investors, and community leaders are choosing to ‘get in front of this problem,’ showing how we can move beyond an …