Technology, sustainability, engineering, energy, renewables, poverty, water, food. Studied English Lit.and Engineering at university level. Inventor. Winner 2015 Sustainability Blog Prize Abu Dhabi
Surveying the Path to Carbon Negative
We are at the very beginning of the most challenging leg of the climate journey; many companies have yet to commit to zeroing out their emissions. Still, a few at the cutting edge are responding to the call for a higher bar to be set and are staking their reputations on achieving it.
In order to head off the worst consequences of climate change, it's too late to simply keep reducing or even eliminating carbon emissions. While absolutely essential, that is no longer enough. Even if we could el...
The Next Economy Shoppers Play a Huge Role in the Climate Battle
Two innovative new offerings provide forward-thinking companies an engaging way to not only compensate for their product emissions, but to engage with their customers around climate action in a new way.
Our economic system is fraught with externalities. The production of goods and services comes at the expense of the natural environment and to communities, yet they are not taken into account in today’s marketplace.
The climate crisis has helped make people aware of this discrepancy. Today, mo...
Voluntary Carbon Markets Have Matured — Here’s What’s Next for Corporate Action
Carbon markets connect the growing demand from companies and consumers committing to net zero, with the small but growing supply of removal and avoidance solutions. Carbon credits make the most of tangible solutions that are possible and available now.
2020 was a year that will be remembered most for the challenges and losses it brought to so many of us. However, the COVID-19 pandemic put a spotlight on climate action and created momentum that may well set 2021 up to be the real tipping point...
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The Next Economy / Carbon markets connect the growing demand from companies and consumers committing to net zero, with the small but growing supply of removal and ...
Two Innovative Approaches to Ocean Activism Arrive When They Are Much Needed
“Even if you never have the chance to see or touch the ocean, the ocean touches you with every breath you take, every drop of water you drink, every bite you consume,” Sylvia Earle, marine biologist and author, said in her book The World is Blue: How Our Fate and the Ocean’s Are One. But why have we treated the ocean so badly?
Pesticide and fertilizer runoff, oil spills, overfishing, and the ever-growing ocean garbage patches and associated microplastics, all threaten marine life survival—a p...
The Pros and Cons of Carbon Offsetting
Elias Calderon Monge had an idea that could help Costa Rica achieve its ambitious goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2021. He would leverage wind to provide much-needed power to COOPESANTOS, the electric co-op he managed in a remote agricultural region that lacked a reliable grid.
The idea was big, and so was the challenge. The type of wind power project Monge envisioned was nearly nonexistent in Costa Rica. The cooperative lacked financial resources and technical expertise. They’d need to pu...
Less than 10% of all plastic trash ever produced has been recycled. Is this the breakthrough we’ve been waiting for?
Yet, because it’s so much lighter than the steel and glass it has replaced in vehicles and elsewhere, plastic has massively reduced fossil fuel emissions. And in the midst of a global pandemic, the need to securely protect food and personal items with impermeable packaging is essential.
Like it or not, plastic is going to be with us for a while. Can we learn to get along?
Conventional recycling, in which waste plastic is collected, sorted, cleaned, shredded, and then melted down and pelletize...
How Will the Coronavirus Pandemic Change the World?
What businesses can provide the goods and services that customers have come to expect and enjoy without the risk of becoming ill?
The coronavirus pandemic has changed the world like no other event in history, bringing an enormous swath of human activity to a halt. With people shuttered in their homes on lockdown for months, only a small number of businesses are operating as they did before. Many have closed completely, while the rest have modified their operations to fit the circumstances. Wh...
Regenerative products just might save the planet – and the economy
A discussion of how a new generation of products and manufacturing processes that can actually improve the environment is potentially transformative.
Manufacturing Goes Carbon Negative
A look a variety of companies that are utilizing captured carbon dioxide as a raw material to manufacture products that effectively sequester the carbon and help reduce atmospheric carbon levels.
How technology and nature can work together to feed a growing population
While people might argue for days about an exact definition of sustainability, it's pretty clear that any society that cannot feed itself is not a sustainable one. What's also clear is that the current methods and systems being used to feed us are not only ineffectively getting sufficient food to everyone, they also are rapidly degrading the very resources required to produce healthy food.
During a GreenBiz 20 panel about feeding the earth’s growing population, Larry Kopald, founder and manag...
Nature: the one partner every company should work with
One of the most powerful tools in the fight against climate change is a "secret technology" that has surrounded us for the past 3.5 billion years.
So says Peter Ellis, forest carbon scientist for The Nature Conservancy (TNC). He is, of course, talking about photosynthesis, the process that pulls carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air and turns it into plant matter. This concept is well-known to anyone who has been following the climate story. What is less well-known is that the contri...
Norway Is Opening for Business in Carbon Capture
Norway could be getting into the business of importing and sequestering CO2 as a service, thanks to a new undersea project for carbon capture and storage
Fog Harps Mimic Nature to Bring Safe Drinking Water to Arid Foggy Regions
Virginia Tech researchers created the fog harp—a device based on the way beetles and trees squeeze water out of the air.