Tag Archives: economy

Four New Year Wishes for Voters Angry About the Economy

Call me a Pollyanna, but I can’t help but see a hopeful irony in the voter revolt of 2016. Even as the electorate rightly growled about the lack of good jobs, fair trade rules, income inequality, and other measures of economic fairness, economic seeds were germinating across the globe that could go a long way … Continue Reading ››

Argentina’s Renewables Reboot: The Good, the Not-So-Good, and the Unknown

There’s a palpable feeling of excitement and renewed vigor whenever Argentina’s economy is discussed nowadays. What does this mean for the country’s renewable energy sector? Argentina is entering a new phase of political and economic reform. Recently elected President Mario Macri’s moves to court international investor and business communities have struck the right notes, and Argentina-related … Continue Reading ››

Society or Sustainability: Must Europe Make a Choice?

In the world of public policy, welfare and climate belong to separate spheres of interest. Yet there are many reasons why they should more often be considered in tandem. In Europe, the welfare state is a comprehensive mix of government policies and legal frameworks in social policy, education, health, and housing. While there are considerable differences … Continue Reading ››

Confronting Hidden Threats to Sustainability (Part 1): Economic Boundaries

What questions are being overlooked or underappreciated when we talk about the world of tomorrow? This is the first of three exclusive sneak peeks into our newest State of the World publication, scheduled for official release April 13, 2015. Join us for the launch symposium in Washington, DC or … Continue Reading ››

People, Planet, Profit: The Rise of Triple-Bottom-Line Businesses

cover_2014SoWColleen Cordes' State of the World 2014 chapter, "The Rise of Triple-Bottom-Line Businesses," explores the role of ethical capitalism in the quest for sustainable economies.
Entrepreneurs are beginning to challenge business as usual, infusing ethics into the notoriously ruthless corporate world. In State of the World 2014, contributing author … Continue Reading ››

No Jobs on a Dead Planet: Trade Unions Join the Transition to a Greener Economy

cover_2014SoWJudith Gouverneur and Nina Netzer 's State of the World 2014 chapter, "Take the Wheel and Steer! Trade Unions and the Just Transition," explores the employment challenges and opportunities of a transition to a sustainable economy.
Can the need to protect the environment be reconciled with the desire to … Continue Reading ››

Global Energy and Carbon Intensity Continue to Decline

This post is an overview of the Vital Signs Online report available for purchase. Click here for a preview of the full report.
Global energy intensity, defined as worldwide total energy consumption divided by gross world product, decreased 0.19 percent in 2013. Although this may not seem impressive, considering that … Continue Reading ››

Greenhouse Gas Increases Are Leading to a Faster Rate of Global Warming

This post is an overview of the Vital Signs Online report available for purchase. Click here for a preview of the full report by guest contributor Joel Stronberg.
According to the most recent estimates, 2014 emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), the main contributor to global climate change, are projected to be 2.5 percent higher … Continue Reading ››

Rise and Shine: Haiti’s Bright Energy Future

This article was originally printed in Haiti Libre,  a Haitian news outlet that aims to catalyze  the debate of ideas, promote the expression of critical thinking, and initiate a participatory process. There is hardly a place on Earth where the advantages of domestic renewable power are as evident as in Haiti. Today, the country’s electricity system relies … Continue Reading ››