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On Beyond Kyoto: Leaders Shape the Copenhagen Protocol
By Andy Mannle | Tuesday, 01 July 2008

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In 2009, leaders from around the world will gather in Denmark to craft a Copenhagen Protocol to replace the 1997 Kyoto Protocol.

But science and business leaders are already there, discussing the technologies and market strategies needed to ensure sustainability for future generations.

“The central challenge of the 21st century will be to replace the vast fossil-fuel infrastructure with a new economy based on low-carbon technologies,” says UC Berkeley professor Dan Kammen.

“The issue on the table is the need to finance clean energy research programs and to build markets where low-carbon technologies are rewarded.”

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Green Collar Jobs on the Rise?
By Alison Loomis | Saturday, 14 June 2008

 

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The Bureau of Labor’s latest employment summary indicates a 5 percent surge in May’s unemployment rates, which according to the Labor Department, is the largest monthly spike in more than two decades.

Although the economy has lost 49,000 jobs for a fifth month of decline, a new report (pdf) by the Political Economy Research Institute illustrates that strong climate policy would directly protect over 14 million American jobs.  It would also greatly stimulate green investment, driving further green job creation.

As the nation struggles with an economy in recession, rising unemployment rates, and record-high oil prices, could “green collar jobs” in America’s growing clean energy sector spur the transition to a green economy?

 

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Sustainable Investing a “Massive Opportunity” say Experts
By Andy Mannle | Tuesday, 27 May 2008

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With an avalanche of interest in clean energy and businesses of all sizes exploring ways to go green, sustainability represents “a massive opportunity for investment right now,” says Brett Conrad, managing partner of Longboard Capital Advisors.

At the recent GreenWest Expo, Conrad and other financial experts held a panel on “Investing in Sustainability,” offering advice on the current state of the market, and tips for getting involved. 

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