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The sustainability success stories of Climate Week NYC 2020

On Monday (21 September), hundreds of representatives from policy, business, science, academia, thought leadership and the third sector were meant to be descending on New York City for the ninth Climate Week. In light of Covid-19, the event was moved online. But this didn't stop corporates from making a string of new commitments, policymakers for setting

One Small Thing You Can Do To Save The Planet: Switch To Green Energy

Thinking about the climate emergency and sustainability can be overwhelming. The problem is so huge, the stakes are so high and the solutions can seem so complex, it is much easier to just not think about it. Deciding how to tackle the problem and improve the sustainability performance of a business can be even more difficult for

The most effective clean energy policy gets the least love

Back in the 1990s and 2000s, when Democrats had more power in state governments, 29 states (and DC) passed some form of renewable portfolio standard (RPS), a policy that requires a state’s utilities to get a certain percentage of their power from renewable sources by a certain year. Standards range from California’s wildly ambitious 50-percent-by-2030 to Ohio’s modest12.5-percent-by-2026, and everywhere in

Wind and solar power are saving Americans an astounding amount of money

Wind and solar power are subsidized by just about every major country in the world, either directly or indirectly through tax breaks, mandates, and regulations. The main rationale for these subsidies is that wind and solar produce, to use the economic term of art, “positive externalities” — benefits to society that are not captured in

Clean-Energy Jobs Surpass Oil Drilling for First Time in U.S.

The number of U.S. jobs in solar energy overtook those in oil and natural gas extraction for the first time last year, helping drive a global surge in employment in the clean-energy business as fossil-fuel companies faltered. Employment in the U.S. solar business grew 12 times faster than overall job creation, the International Renewable Energy