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.

Group was disbanded by the EPA, but continued its work anyway, as Trump agencies roll back environment and health protections A group of scientist advisers dismissed by the Trump administration has concluded that national limits on fine particles of air pollution aren’t strong enough to protect people.The expert panel of epidemiologists and toxicologists was disbanded by the Environmental Protection Agency but decided to continue its work anyway. Continue reading...
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John Lewis Partnership also plans to reduce amount of glitter in products soldJohn Lewis and Waitrose are to stop selling Christmas crackers containing plastic toys and puzzles as part of a drive to reduce single-use plastics – but not until 2020.The retailers will announce on Monday that they would switch next year to crackers filled with toys and other items made from recyclable materials such as metal and paper, with the cardboard wrappers embossed rather than decorated with plastic glitter. Related: Scariest thing about Halloween is plastic waste, say charities Related: How worried should we be about microplastics?...
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Data reveals acute impact on people’s health and the strain it puts on emergency servicesScores of children and adults are being rushed to hospital for emergency treatment on days of high pollution in cities across England, figures show.Each year emergency services see more than 120 additional cardiac arrests, more than 230 additional strokes and nearly 200 more people with asthma requiring hospital treatment on days of high pollution compared with the average on days of lower pollution. Continue reading...
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Airline hails achievement after 19-hour New York-to-Sydney flight carrying 50 passengers and crewThey did the Macarena 10,972 metres above Las Vegas, dined on chilli- and lime-poached prawns and spicy “Jiangxi-style” cod and watched a fair few movies, including the Elton John biopic, Rocketman. Well, they had enough time: 19 hours and 16 minutes to be precise.Aviation history was made at 7.43am on Sunday when Qantas flight QF7879 touched down at Sydney airport, completing the world’s longest ever commercial flight. It had taken off from New York’s JFK airport at 9.27pm on Friday night. Along the way, it produced the equivalent...
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XR must realise its lack of diversity, middle-class image and glamorisation of arrest puts young black and brown people offSome Extinction Rebellion activists present climate warming as a disaster waiting to happen. But for my cousins in the global south, the dystopian future has already arrived. A staggering 12 million people in Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia are facing hunger caused by low rainfall. Deadly tropical diseases are spreading more easily as the climate warms, and 780,000 people a year are dying in Africa because of air pollution. But for many black inner-city teenagers like me, the climate change movement conjures...
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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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