Tag Archives: policy

Hundreds of Cities Commit to Combating Emissions

Through bold climate commitments, 228 cities around the world are taking the lead on climate action.

Over 200 cities have set greenhouse gas reduction goals or targets. Action in these urban areas, which represent a combined population of 439 million people, could propel countries to meet their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs)—the national greenhouse gas reduction … Continue Reading ››

Greater Flexibility and Integrated Action Bring “Cautious Optimism” to Upcoming Paris Climate Talks

I recently participated in the Latin American Carbon Forum (LACF) in Santiago, Chile, speaking about how climate-enabling technology transfer is being articulated in small and medium-sized enterprises in Latin America. My experience at the event highlighted a trend in multi-party engagement that is broad and encouraging for the prospect of a positive outcome at … Continue Reading ››

Effortless Energy Economics: How Domestic Renewables can Energize the Caribbean (Part 1)

Never before has the opportunity to go green in the energy sector been as appealing and accessible as in the Caribbean. This four-part blog series documents the paradigm shift currently under way in the region, where the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Jamaica present moving case studies on the momentum that is building … Continue Reading ››

How Will Cuba’s Reopening Affect the Country’s Energy Future? PART II: Looking Ahead

For decades, Cuba has faced a severe energy crisis. Because longstanding trade embargoes have limited the inflow of cash from the West, the country’s response has centered mainly on reductions in energy use. Cuba has made great strides in improving energy efficiency and raising awareness about energy conservation (as described in my previous post). … Continue Reading ››

Digital Dilemma: Is the Internet Killing (or Saving) the Planet?

Worldwatch Institute’s State of the World 2014 explores the benefits and challenges that digital technologies offer for sustainability   Washington, D.C.cover_2014SoW—With resource-saving notions like “the paperless office” and “telecommuting,” the digital age holds great environmental promise. But have digital technologies really helped to improve global sustainability? In the Worldwatch … Continue Reading ››