Monthly Archives: May 2019

How Venture Capital Investors Are Changing the Clean Energy Landscape
By admin May 30, 2019

At its inception, venture capital (VC) investing was huge in clean tech, pledging billions of dollars to eventually produce a wave of startups between 2006-2008. However, VC investment in clean technologies plummeted in 2012, after investors took a number of losses from bad bets, as well as dealing with fallouts from the 2008 financial crash.

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Human Activity Driving Mass Extinction
By admin May 22, 2019

Pollution, global climate change, and growing income inequalities are major problems in the world. There is another issue that needs greater attention: extinction. Saving our planet is necessary for the present and future generations. We have a great responsibility to correct the negative environmental impact to slow the rate of extinction. According to the Intergovernmental

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PUERTO RICO/HURRICANE MARIA: LESSONS IN POST-DISASTER RECOVERY
By admin May 15, 2019

As a former United Nations official specializing in Humanitarian Response and Complex Emergencies, I had the opportunity to work in some highly challenging post-conflict environments such as Liberia, war-zones such as Somalia and post-disaster environments such as Southeast Asia after the 2004 Tsunami. However, assessing the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico is particularly

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Smart Islands: Blueprints for the Future?
By admin May 14, 2019

In 2017, the Institute for Environmental Analytics (IEA) announced that they would be undertaking a new project using environmental data to create an energy planning tool aimed at islands increasing renewable energy use. The Renewable Energy Space Analytics Tool (RE-SAT) is now in partnership with the Government of Seychelles, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

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Knowledge Sharing for Sustainable Development in the Asia Pacific Region
By admin May 13, 2019

As a region, Asian Pacific countries are coming together to evaluate their progress in achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. From 27-29 March 2019 more than 850 participants from governments, inter-governmental organizations, United Nations bodies, and civil society organizations convened for the Asia Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development in Bangkok, Thailand. This 6th forum

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The Role of Cybersecurity in an Increasingly Privatized Energy Sector
By admin May 7, 2019

The US Department of Energy has named energy sector preparedness a key area in both cyber and energy security, as there is increased need for information sharing in our digital age. However, with this comes an element of risk, which must be addressed through situational awareness and thorough risk analyses. There are a number of

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Reducing Global Poverty through Financial Inclusion
By admin May 6, 2019

  The World Bank Group has two primary goals to achieve by 2030. One is ending extreme poverty by decreasing the percentage of people living on less than $1.90 a day to no more than 3 percent, and the other is promoting shared prosperity by fostering the income growth of the bottom 40 percent in

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What is Your Fashion Footprint?
By admin May 1, 2019

  Everyone that wears clothes participates in the fashion industry. The process of sourcing materials making clothes, shipping orders across the globe, wearing the clothes and disposing of them is a trillion-dollar industry. We can all do more to become aware of how our clothes are made, how often we wear the items in our

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