Carbon Counting Confusion

September 29, 2009

By David L. Levy
Carbon comes in many forms: depending on how the atoms are arranged, carbon can be a tough brilliant diamond, a rigid bucky-ball, a super-strong nanotube, soft graphite, or a lump of coal. These forms have very different properties and uses – diamonds are not the best fuel for generating electric power. [...]

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The Age of Wisdom?

September 22, 2009

by David L. Levy
The need to address climate change is going to transform entire industries, our infrastructure, and our lifestyles. But will this transformation be driven by wise policy, oil depletion, or a real climate crisis? Will it be a benign process that creates new jobs and technologies and leaves our societal structures intact, or [...]

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Measuring Corporate Carbon Performance

September 17, 2009

This is a guest contribution by Drs. Timo Busch and Volker Hoffman, Professors at ETH Zurich, Group for Sustainability and Technology. It’s based on their recent article Corporate Carbon Performance Indicators in the Journal of Industrial Ecology. It moves toward a clear and operational definition of carbon intensity, dependency, exposure, and risk.
The world faces twin [...]

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Training the “Green and White” Collar Workforce

September 12, 2009

by David L. Levy
Governor Deval Patrick of Massachusetts announced September 1st nearly $1 million in  grants for educational programs that will enhance training for the state’s burgeoning clean energy industry. This is good news for climate change, for Massachusetts, and particularly for me, because a group I’m leading at the University of Massachusetts, Boston was [...]

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Climate Strategy: Facing uncertainty and economic recession

September 10, 2009

This guest contribution is by Drs. Ans Kolk and Jonatan Pinkse, professors at the University of Amsterdam Business School, The Netherlands. Earlier this year, their book International Business and Global Climate Change was published by Routledge. Dr. Ans Kolk has focused on business strategy and climate strategy for a number of years, and we have [...]

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