March 3, 2015 - The 21st century is creating a whole new area of expertise and a business opportunity for organizations both private and public focused on mitigating and combating climate change. Here is a brief overview of a few of these. If you know of others please let me know and I will endeavour to write about the work they are doing in this most important field.
February 3, 2015 - On Indiegogo's crowdfunding site entrepreneurs abound all hoping that the latest gadget or application they create will get the attention of first adopters. Many fail but every once in awhile people's imaginations are captured by future Edisons.
January 17, 2015 - One of my readers sent me a link to a CNN news item about a ship design that incorporates an airfoil. Called the Vindskip (tm), which translates to windship, the entire structure acts like a sail.
December 1, 2014 - As reported yesterday in The Financial Times, the former Governor of the Bank of Canada, Mark Carney, and now in that same role for the
In a recent issue of Globe and Mail, Canada's purported national newspaper, Janet McFarland wrote a piece on ethical investment describing the Montreal Carbon Pledge and the commitment being made by global funds to report the carbon pollution within their portfolios. Portfolio screening focused on environmental issues is a relatively new practice for fund managers. Carbon represents just one in a number of the risks being assessed. Water, land use, pollution, and waste are also measured against portfolios and policy decision making.
In order to try and help understand how marijuana legalization might be done more safely and effectively, look to alcohol regulation policies in Alabama, Pennsylvania, and Utah.
Countries seem to be getting together to develop free trade zones and global trade agreements. This trade liberalization over the last few decades is considered to be a "good thing" overall. World trade has increased to levels 32 times greater than in 1950. In parallel while international trade has risen so has atmospheric carbon with CO2 concentrations rising from 310 parts per million (ppm) to today's 396 ppm. Is there a correlation? Do carbon emissions rise when international trade increases?
Today, many voice long-familiar concerns about technological unemployment, where computers, robots, and machines are automating our jobs out of existence. In fact, some have gone so far as to call this the “robot jobs Armageddon.” So is this time truly different? Here are six overarching shifts in the world that are causing many to say, “Yes, this time may really be different!”