The electric transmission system is the backbone of the electrical grid. Expanding the transmission system is a critical componentof reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 and an 80% clean electricity sector by 2030, but this expansion will require significant reforms to currently uncoordinated grid planning processes.
Many believe over-regulation stifles innovation, but one regulation bucks this notion. New research suggests that companies subject to Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) get more green patents certified compared to their unregulated peers.
Urban residents might like to think that city funds marked for equity go towards its most vulnerable members. A closer look at Chicagoan neighborhoods reveals that public spending often goes towards business interests instead.
Andrew Ofstehage, postdoctoral associate at Cornell University, used his background in agronomy and anthropology to investigate the soy boom in Brazil. In his upcoming book “Welcome to Soylandia!”, Ofstehage shows how transnational North American farmers are managing both soils and investors while creating narratives around their presence in Brazil.
The current design of Bitcoin system requires more electricity than is needed to power Denmark. Given its expanding condition, the rise of Bitcoin mining may pose a threat to the environment. Recent research explores how to promote the environmentally sustainable applications of Blockchain while not hindering the industry’s growth and finds that international cooperation is the key to reducing the colossal energy use of the cryptocurrency.
Extreme weather events like hurricanes, flash floods and heatwaves are predicted to increase in intensity and frequency due to climate change. A group of researchers studied the barriers small and mediumsized businesses face in their attempt to bounce back after being hit by extreme weather, to find out which internal and external factors hamper businesses from getting back on their feet quickly.
As the current United States Federal government moves to dismantle environmental protections, many have turned to the business community to lead the way on environment. However, a new study has found that most businesses are only working on sustainability to generate profit. The study categorizes profit-minded sustainability work as “weak,” stating that more ambitious sustainability approaches have goals beyond growing a business.
In the quest to improve air quality, researchers and policymakers aim to determine the costs and benefits of air pollution reduction strategies. Recent research introduces a model to account for both the direct and indirect benefits of clean air, and applies this method to reveal that the benefits of curbing ground level ozone concentrations through a cap-and-trade program far exceed the implementation costs.