Vermont Law School: The Ethical Dimensions of Energy Policy

The human use of energy has profound moral and ethical implications, raising issues that can only be answered by considering notions of justice. Earthzine science writer Osha Gray Davidson blogs about these crucial issues while on a fellowship at the Vermont Law School.

Osha Gray Davidson, posted on July 8th, 2014
Climate, Economy, Energy, Health, Politics, Quick Look

China at Crossroads: Balancing The Economy and Environment

Originally Published by Yale Environment - After three decades of unbridled economic growth and mounting ecological problems, China and its new leadership face a key challenge: cleaning up the dirty air, polluted water, and tainted food supplies that are fueling widespread discontent among the country’s burgeoning middle class.

Posted on November 14th, 2013

World is on brink of ‘carbon bubble’

Originally Published by The Guardian - Gore and partner David Blood call on companies to 'do their fiduciary duty' and identify carbon risks in their portfolios.

Posted on November 1st, 2013

One-Third of World’s Food Goes to Waste

Originally Published by Environment News Science -- One-third of all the world’s food is wasted every year at enormous economic and environmental cost, finds a United Nations report released Wednesday.

Posted on September 13th, 2013

China must manage the conflict between coal and water

Originally Published by The Guardian -- New coal-fired power plants in water-stressed regions could threaten water security for China's farms and communities.

Posted on September 10th, 2013

Investors in agriculture ignore environmental risks at their peril

Investors in agriculture ignore environmental risks at their peril Originally published by The Guardian - A new report on the environmental risks faced by agriculture spells out risk factors for investors and food companies.

Posted on August 13th, 2013
Climate, Economy

Australia’s ‘unpopular’ carbon price isn’t to blame for Labor’s poor polling

- Claims that Julia Gillard's unpopularity were linked to her introduction of carbon pricing in 2012 don't stack up.

Posted on May 17th, 2013
Economy, Energy

Tigers gobble up 49 percent of India’s wildlife conservation funds, more imperiled species get nothing

- The Bengal tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) is currently listed as Endangered by the IUCN Red List; however India is also home to 132 species currently considered Critically Endangered, the highest rating before extinction.

Posted on February 26th, 2013
Biodiversity, Economy

Energy-Efficient Mortgages now widely available in the US

- EEMs can offer significant savings over time with just a minimal increase in the purchase price of a home.

Posted on February 18th, 2013

Europe’s Plan for GPS Limps to Crossroads

Satellite-tracking dishes in Italy. Nadia Shira Cohen for The New York TimesOriginally Published by the NY Times - With lofty dreams of European unity increasingly grounded by economic woe and the weight of narrow national interests, an array of computer screens here in central Italy blinks with faint signs that Europe’s often quarreling nations can still sometimes find common cause.

Posted on February 8th, 2013
Earth Observation, Economy