Many environmental initiatives started out a simple compliance-based requirements, but as more companies go above and beyond what the law requires, there are ample benefits to tracking and reporting both kinds of projects together.
Since performing research for my book, Climate Capitalism (written with Hunter Lovins) a few years ago, I have become increasingly convinced that the smart grid has the potential to be one of the "holy grails" in the clean tech revolution.
Imagine that you lived in a world where the trajectory of personal consumer choice had approached its zenith. Information, sustenance, and shelter, even, could be chosen and adjusted by individuals and coordinated within the community for, if not optimum good, at least for minimum conflict. Most objects that you would come in contact with would be "smart:" adjusting functions to you, rather than the other way 'round. In your home, chairs would re-form to fit your spinal structure, room dividers to your spatial needs, building facades to your preferences for sun or shade, indoor or outdoor, enclosed or open, Queen Anne or Moderne.
Addressing rural poverty is a vital cause, yet the irony is that while President Dilma champions this new initiative to relieve poverty, proposed changes to Brazil’s forest code legislation are threatening the livelihoods of forest communities by legalizing millions of hectares of new forest destruction and granting amnesty for forest crimes.
The continuing quest for advanced biofuels based off of synthetic biology has made an important advance with researchers at the Joint BioENergy Institute (JBEI) -- based at the Lawrence Livermore Lab -- announcing that they have bio-engineered a...