T-ESCOs: Applying Traditional Energy Financing Strategies to Public Transport

At the December 2015 climate talks in Paris, it was noted that, in the absence of significant changes, the transportation sector is on track to become the fastest growing industrial contributor to global greenhouse gas emissions. However, the transportation sector continues to face serious challenges in curbing emissions. Although effective strategies for reducing transportation emissions … Continue Reading ››

In Renewable Energy Deployment, Keep the Project Front and Center

My experience working on renewable energy issues in Latin America and the Caribbean since the mid-1990s has provided me a unique vantage point from which to review and comment on trends affecting the industry. In my career, I have gained insights from both the development and financing sides of projects, from the perspective of project … Continue Reading ››

The Yardfarmers Trailer!

What happens when you take six young Americans and move them back in with their parents to farm their parents’ yards or neighborhood greenspace? Do these young yardfarmers grow sustainable food, new local economic opportunities for their communities, and a heightened level of family togetherness? Or do they do … Continue Reading ››

Carbon Trading: A Hidden Threat to Soil Carbon Sequestration?

If something has a price tag, people consider its perceived monetary value. But what if, by measuring the value of our planet’s natural systems using dollar amounts alone, we are minimizing their true worth? And what if our focus on solving global problems with money is taking all of us, especially poorer countries, down the … Continue Reading ››

Polarized Politics or Climate Conflict? Why Branding Matters for the Malheur Occupation, Post-Paris

What does an armed occupation of a federally owned wetland in Harney County, Oregon, have in common with the recently concluded Paris climate talks? More than you might think. A closer look at the circumstances points toward common ground between angry ranchers and the freshly mobilized climate change adaptation regime. Capturing headlines and dividing opinion, the … Continue Reading ››

A Word on Our Sponsor: Shared Values on Family Planning, Population, and Environment

Over the coming weeks, the Family Planning and Environmental Sustainability Assessment (FPESA) project will be providing advance peeks at peer-reviewed scientific papers from the last decade that offer evidence on the link between family planning and environmental sustainability. We’ll include brief annotations, hyperlinks to the papers or their abstracts, and summaries of our … Continue Reading ››

Sustainable Development Goals: Will the World Stick to Its New Year’s Resolutions?

As those of us who struggle to keep our resolutions know, following through on a New Year’s commitment isn’t easy. This year, however, the world has big plans. Last September, at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit 2015, 193 countries signed on to tackle 17 goals and meet 169 targets “to free … Continue Reading ››

“Convince Them to Say It”: Environmental Researchers and the Touchy Topics of Family Planning and Population

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As a young and promising marine biologist, Camilo Mora led a team of 55 scientists assessing the rapid decline of fish on the world’s coral reefs. It was a global enterprise with broad implications. Hundreds of millions of people rely on reef fish for their primary source of animal protein.

The Emissions Gap

Despite 23 years of negotiations since the 1992 Rio Earth Summit, global greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise. But last week, in an impressive display of international unity, delegates from 195 countries agreed to a climate deal to keep global warming to “well below” 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels by 2100. The Continue Reading ››

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