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Green Chemistry and Clean Energy

In December, the University of Massachusetts, Boston (where I work) hosted three leading proponents of green chemistry for a panel discussion of the potential and challenges of the field. John Warner, widely considered the father of green chemistry...

Posted January 23, 2012    

Overcoming Hurdles to Clean Energy Commercialization

In the absence of a global framework for regulating emissions, the future of the planet largely rests on choices by private firms and investors regarding which technologies to pursue and commercialize. Despite the mounting evidence of severe...

Posted November 21, 2011    

Arguing with Rocks

Review of: Challenged by Carbon: The Oil Industry and Climate Change, by Bryan Lovell. Cambridge University Press (2009) This review was first published in International Affairs Volume 87, Issue 2,pages 467–520, March 2011 By David L. Levy You...

Posted April 18, 2011    

Fukushima’s Silver Lining

If the triple catastrophe in Japan has any silver lining, it’s the boost to non-nuclear renewables such as wind and solar energy. Japan faces immediate power shortages in the wake of the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdown, and as Geoffrey...

Posted March 22, 2011    

The Promise of Carbon Capitalism?

Review of Climate Capitalism: Global Warming and the Transformation of the Global Economy by Drs. Peter Newell and Matthew Paterson, Cambridge University Press (2010). Can capitalism effectively respond to climate change? This is the timely and...

Posted February 2, 2011    

Google’s Dan Reicher speaks at UMass-Boston

Dan Reicher, Google’s (former) Director of Climate Change & Energy Initiatives, spoke this week at UMass-Boston’s launch of its professional education programs in clean energy and sustainability. Dan Reicher, until last week Google’s Director...

Posted December 5, 2010    

US Lagging in Green Jobs

New Clean Edge  jobs report shows the Boston region is doing relatively well, but the U.S. is lagging in green jobs by Joshua Rinaldi and David Levy Joshua Rinaldi is a first year doctoral student in the McCormack School of Public Policy and...

Posted November 10, 2010    

The Green Skyscraper

This is a guest post by Joshua Rinaldi, a first year doctoral student in the McCormack School of Public Policy and Global Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Massive monolithic figures that cut across horizons, skyscrapers have been...

Posted October 9, 2010    

Climate Wars in the New Social Media

This is a guest contribution by Professor Maxwell Boykoff, Center for Science and Technology Policy Research at the University of Colorado, Boulder. This post is in response to my previous post about the cultural politics of climate change and...

Posted October 7, 2010    

It’s The Real Thing: The Power of Koch

We are at a critical juncture, as a backlash appears to be derailing action on climate change. If progressive groups want to address this threat, we need to understand the interests, strategies, and cultural politics at play. Brian Flannery, chief...

Posted September 8, 2010    

Environmentalism explained (part 2)

Here is part 2, continued from the last post. This part focuses on corporate, or reform environmentalism. Apologies for the academic style, but it’s all part of the job! Reform environmentalism, a third paradigm, is a more pragmatic approach that...

Posted September 5, 2010    

Is Deepwater Oil Too Risky?

Following up on my previous post about the Gulf oil spill, Normal Accidents?, here is a guest contribution by Charles Perrow, Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Yale University, and author of the classic book Normal Accidents. This post is adapted...

Posted July 19, 2010