Richard Matthews

Citizen Journalism and Popular Media’s Climate Fail

Mainstream media's epic fail puts our future on earth at risk

The popular media has failed to communicate the science behind climate change. The public does not understand the science of anthropogenic global warming and the urgent need for climate action. We cannot expect people to support mitigation and adaptation efforts if they do not have access to accurate information. Shoddy climate reporting has been an issue for a number of years. As reported by Grist, a study by …

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Green Finance Comes of Age in 2016

Green finance becomes a mainstream in the global financial markets

After years of volatility, green finance is emerging as a central part of our efforts to address climate change and transform our energy infrastructure. Green finance is preoccupied with adapting to the impacts of climate change and/or reducing greenhouse gas emissions.  It is the means by which we can stream tremendous amounts of needed capital into emissions free sources of power. Although a precise definition of green finance (GF) is somewhat elusive, generally …

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The World’s Greenest Mobile Phones

The Fairphone: One of the greenest mobile phones in the world

Mobile phones are ubiquitous and they are a central part of modern life, but they come with varying degrees of eco-friendliness. Collectively, the billions of phones in the world today have a massive environmental footprint. Manufacturers are responding to growing consumer interest in eco-friendly phones. In the last two decades, smartphones have gone way beyond being simply mobile communication devices. For many of us, …

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Producing More EVs to Counter Auto Industry Lies

Car brands increasingly understand that the best way to respond to the Volkswagen scandal is to build more EVs. The Volkswagen scandal is fascinating not only for what VW did to deceive, but for what auto brands are doing in response. In the face of vulnerabilities about their own misrepresentations, auto makers like Mercedes are struggling to get ahead of the issue by producing …

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The Fossil Fuel Industry is Rotten to the Core

Exxon isn't the only bad apple. The entire fossil fuel industry is rotten to the core

Exxon is a corporate devil but it is not alone in its demonic subterfuge. Exxon is being investigated for criminal wrongdoings and some other fossil fuel companies are also coming under legal scrutiny. In November, a criminal investigation was launched into Exxon and a month later, many other fossil fuel industry CEO’s were formally asked to clarify what they knew about the relationship between …

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Exxon’s Crimes Against Humanity

Exxon Knew: climate deception and crimes against humanity

It is now public knowledge that Exxon has known for decades that their core business is directly responsible for climate change. Even more damning is the fact that they covered up this knowledge. To make matters even worse, they actively participated and funded a sophisticated campaign to fuel climate denial and delay climate action as long as they could. As reviewed by InsideClimate News, …

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