Policy

Politics. Policy. Vested Interests. Regulations. Conflict.

 

A warming planet presents unprecedented challenges, along with opportunities for change. Along with change comes new investment and market solution opportunities that some powerful vested economic interests seek to block. At the same time, the demand for progress in implementing social, environmental, economic and clean energy solutions has never been greater. Perhaps at no other time in modern history have companies and investors faced a level of political risk and regulatory change as in the early 21st century.
Globetrans works at the intersection of business, investment and advocacy communities to address sustainability risks such as climate change in order to build a more sustainable global economy.

 

For companies, investors, regulators, and policy makers the opportunity for change is now and Globetrans serves to navigate the unchartered waters of policy and change politics.

As air quality plummets on the Australian east coast as a result of devastating bush fires, residents of cities clogged with smog share their coping strategiesThe east coast of Australia is in the grip of a bushfire and air pollution crisis. But plummeting air quality levels are a regular occurrence in cities in India, Latin America and China. Here, residents and experts from Delhi, Beijing and Mexico City explain how they survive the smog. Related: The big smoke: how bushfires cast a pall over the Australian summer Stay indoors, lock all the windowsThe only thing to do is ignore it...
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Photographer Judah Passow has documented those were affected by the Bhopal disaster 35 years ago, which killed an estimated 25,000 people ad has left more than 150,000 suffering from chronic medical conditionsJudah Passow has waived his fee for this work. Contributions to the Bhopal Medical Appeal can be made at www.bhopal.org Continue reading...
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Save the Children urges people taking part in its charity event to source sweaters through clothes swaps and vintage shopsSave the Children is calling on people to hold clothes swaps and scour vintage shops rather than buy new Christmas jumpers, after research found that 95% of the novelty items for sale contained plastic.The appeal for consumer “sustainability” comes ahead of the charity’s annual Christmas jumper day on Friday, when it encourages supporters to buy and wear festive pullovers. Research by the environmental charity Hubbub estimates that 12m jumpers will be bought this year, triggering huge amounts of plastic...
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There’s nothing like going to sleep with the taste of ash in your throat to give you an actual, physiological understanding of real fearHere’s the dismal new routine of life in inner-city Sydney. I get up around 7am, sniffing the air. Sometimes even through closed windows you can smell how bad it is, but today it’s hard to tell. I pad through the quiet house to peer out of the glass kitchen door at the sky: it’s cloudless, a fine pale yellow. Some days the light is deep orange, a colour so striking that only a few weeks ago I’d...
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Campaigners say regulations are overlooking the health impacts of these tiny toxic materialsMore than 30 of Europe’s air pollution and health experts have teamed up with clean air campaigners to highlight a pollutant that is being overlooked in environmental regulations.The health impacts of air pollution have been linked to the mass of particles in the air around the world, but by only weighing them we miss the tiny, ultrafine particles, less than 100 nanometres across. They have little mass but are very numerous. Continue reading...
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Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna has confirmed that the free ride for Canada's climate-polluting industries will legally come to an end.
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The president’s court picks could help his climate legacy endure long after Trump leaves office.
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A study published this month in the peer-reviewed Academy of Management Journal found that several big companies that had announced ambitious sustainability goals retreated when profits decreased or top executives changed.
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It’s not about massive sacrifices, says Carl Pope. It’s about multiple opportunities. Pope is talking, of course, about climate change.
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The Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol would cut HFCs, potent greenhouse gases widely used in air conditioners and refrigerators.
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Elly Pepper, Legislative Advocate, Washington, DC: Last year, California became the third state in the country to pass legislation (Assembly Bill 96) restricting its ivory market, which is one of the three largest in the country. Unfortunately, an entity called the Ivory Education Institute is trying...
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Daniel Rosenberg, Senior Attorney, Washington DC: The House and Senate are in the midst of working to reconcile their two bills to amend the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). There are some provisions that are only in the Senate bill or the House bill, with no...
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Walton Shepherd, Staff Attorney, Washington, D.C.: While the federal Clean Power Plan is on hold, Virginia has an opportunity to build on the progress it already has made in reducing energy waste, lowering electric bills, cutting harmful pollution, and boosting the state's economy. That is the...
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Dylan Sullivan, Staff Scientist, San Francisco: Nevada can show the nation how the carbon dioxide (CO2) emission limits in the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan (CPP) can be achieved, simply by being more efficient with the power it already produces. Although the CPP is stalled...
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Mark Szybist, Senior Program Advocate, Energy and Transportation, Washington, D.C.: An unusual coalition of businesses and efficiency-minded groups, including NRDC, has written to Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf urging him to take steps to ramp up efficiency investments to cut pollution and continue to plan for implementation of the Clean Power...
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On today's BradCast, breaking news on President Obama's final Keystone XL pipeline decision and more fallout following the completely unverified results of Tuesday's Gubernatorial election in Kentucky. On Keystone: Obama finally rejects TransCanada's application to build the controversial tar sands pipeline from Alberta down to the Gulf of Mexico. Our producer and green news expert Desi Doyen joins us to help separate fact from fiction on the long-awaited decision, and to offer long-overdue kudos to those citizens who organized, activated, advocated and otherwise successfully took on the most powerful interests in the history of civilization to block the project in the...
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We all use credentials (and more generally, reputation) as what I call a "first stage filter", a quick way of doing triage on the cacophony of different voices competing for our collective attention. Credentialism is at best a very quick-and-dirty method of evaluating a speaker, and elsewhere I've argued that things like this are useful and absolutely necessary, and yet they should also "leak", we should be on the lookout for cases where exceptions deserve to be made. Let's see how Credentialism works in various cases, beginning with the anti-nuclear power activist Amory Lovins and moving on from there.
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It's not often enough in politics that we witness an unequivocal good. This is an unequivocal good. President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry are responsible for this unequivocal good. During the extended and at times corrupt process, President Obama sometimes was criticized for not making the quick decision that was so obvious. Even as he rejected Republican attempts to force his hand, he focused on process. Even as the traditional media horrendously misreported the entire story, he allowed the process to play out. There was a process, and he allowed it to play out. Waiting was frustrating, but the process...
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The New York Times recently featured an op-ed by former Energy Department Undersecretary for Science and former Chief Scientist for BP, Steven Koonin. In it, Koonin makes some well-known points about climate science, mentioning that emissions remain in the atmosphere for a while after they're released and that emissions reductions get less effective as CO2 concentrations increase in the atmosphere. It's worth noting, though, that the experts at And Then There’s Physics take issue with the more technical aspects of Koonin's science, as well as the thrust of his argument. After making these basic points, Koonin then makes a swift jump...
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President Barack Obama is scheduled to deliver a statement with Secretary of State John Kerry and Vice President Joe Biden at 11:45 a.m. Washington time. -- Bloomberg A livestream of the President's statement. Breaking: Obama administration will reject Keystone XL pipeline https://t.co/... — Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) November 6, 2015 Just out: WASHINGTON—The Obama administration will reject the Keystone XL pipeline, according to people familiar with the decision, capping a politically charged review of the oil project that lasted more than seven years and escalated into a broader debate on energy, climate change and the economy. President Barack Obama is expected to cite...
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In advance of the UN Climate Summit in New York City next week, UCS announces its support for divestment from fossil fuels.
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Sixty percent of Americans now live in regions where electric vehicles (EVs) produce fewer heat-trapping global warming emissions per mile than the most efficient hybrids, according to an updated analysis from the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). Three years ago, that number was just 45 percent.
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California Governor Edmund G. Brown approved sweeping oversight of groundwater resources today, in an unprecedented step for the state, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).
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Dunkin’ Brands announced new commitments for sourcing deforestation-free palm oil, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).
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Rocky Mountain forests are under an unprecedented assault from wildfires, tree-killing insects, and heat-and drought-related stress, according to a report released today by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) and the Rocky Mountain Climate Organization (RMCO).
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