Business

As our climate changes, so do the economics behind addressing it. Learn how businesses are responding to the sustainability challenge and discuss how we can incentivise companies to “go green.”

2 days 38 min ago

Like many many other people, I subscribe to Amazon prime for its convenience and speed. Nothing like clicking a button and having a widget appear at your doorstep in two days. At the same time, I worry about the additional carbon footprint of shipping a package to my house. Now that Amazon has bought Whole Foods, they will soon have warehouses for groceries - I might be able to order food from my desk and have it be delivered within an hour. Is that a good thing or a bad thing?

3 days 23 hours ago

Often lost in the conversation about responding to the Trump administration's backing out the Paris Accords is where "markets" fit.  As several posts on ClimateX have made clear, bottom-line-oriented investors - whether in red or blue states - are diving headlong into renewables.  A recent Green Biz article "The growth of corporate clean energy in 6 charts" shows how 

1 week 3 days ago

In the U.S. and abroad, there's much talk about the likely impacts of President Trump's dismantling environmental regulations and his decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement. And all the same, there's also recognition that some forms of climate progress may have tipped toward self-perpetuation. The sunset of coal power and rise of low-cost renewable energy, especially wind and solar, follow the hard logic of market economics moreso than political platforms and moral persuasion.

1 week 3 days ago

Government tax credits and potentially "green" requirements for public works is all well and good, but the real driver here is venture capital. I have espoused for decades that the number one action government can make is to provide "transitional capital" to those existing companies wishing  to tool up and create cutting edge product while phasing out their old business line. So much of our university level science research capacity is funneled into military funded projects rather than technology breakthroughs for the private sector.

1 week 3 days ago

We learned today that the US has pulled out of the G7 climate pledge, which isn't surprising after Trump's announcement. While the easy thing is to read this announcement as yet another example of Republican climate denial, it might be more useful and perhaps even more alarming as yet another example of the US trying to remake the world order by fiat.