Richard Matthews

Climate Migrants Will Add to the Refugee Crisis

Climate refugees seek food, water and shelter

Hundreds of thousands of migrants are fleeing to Europe to escape conflicts fueled in part by climate change. While this is the worst refugee crisis the world has faced since World War ll, it is nothing compared to the number of climate refugees we can expect as the world continues to warm. In the absence of climate mitigation and adaptation efforts, we can expect …

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Advancing Green Schools and Clean Technologies in California: An Interview with Green Technology’s Carl Smith

Carl Smith working to advance sustainability education in California

Carl Smith is focused on the development of editorial and educational content relating to public sector sustainability goals in California. He is also focused on the strategies, best practices and technologies that contribute to the attainment of these goals. For the past decade, Carl has been the Editor in Chief of Green Technology, a non-profit initiative designed to inform government sustainability efforts. Green Technology …

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Feeling the Heat from Global Temperature Records

Global Temperatures keep rising into record territories. How much more before we take decisive action?

A large and growing body of evidence reveals that the Earth is getting warmer. Month after month, year after year, we are seeing above average global temperature records. Heat waves are smashing records all around the world. July 2015 was no exception even by the standards of a warming world. July is traditionally the hottest month of the calendar year, but all the hottest …

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The Clean Power Plan Protects Human Health

The Clean Power Plan will protect human health

The Clean Power Plan is not only about reducing the impacts of one of the worst threats ever faced by humanity, it is also about addressing one of the foremost health issues of our times. The Clean Power Plan will protect human health by significantly reducing climate change causing greenhouse gases and air pollution. Climate change and human health There is a large and …

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Two Visions of Capitalist Philanthropy from Two Renewable Energy Investors

Two visions of philanthropic capitalism will lead to two visions of a sustainable fuiture

Bill Gates and Warren Buffet are philanthropists who are both invested in renewable energy. While their actions may appear similar, their diverging investment philosophies reflect two different visions of capitalism. Renewable energy is a critically important part of sustainability oriented business practices and responsible investment strategies that are driving environmental and social change. Renewables are a low carbon energy source that can reduce our …

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Fiscal Sustainability: Stimulus or Austerity

Wind turbines in South Africa. Sustainable economic growth means investing in sustainability

Cost cutting and economic consolidation makes good fiscal sense particularly during difficult economic times.  Conversely, stimulating your economy with investments that contribute to sustainable growth and create jobs also makes sense. As the wave of recession was breaking around the world, the IMF’s managing director said,  “if there has ever been a time in modern economic history when fiscal policy and a fiscal stimulus should …

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Papal Encyclical Deprives the GOP of its Last Vestige of Legitimacy

Stalwart GOP climate deniers such as James Inhofe have lost all vestige of credibility

Climate denying Republicans can no longer take refuge in religion. Those who eschew the virtues of science have been morally defrocked by the Pope’s recent rejection. In the process of calling for bold environmental action, the Pope has admonished conservative critics in the U.S. and elsewhere. The Pope squarely addressed Republican climate deniers when he said, “It must be said that some committed and …

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