Economy & Business

"The People v. the Coal Baron"

"Don Blankenship always knew exactly what he wanted during the years he ran Massey Energy, once the sixth-largest coal company in the United States. He had specific and emphatic ideas about how to operate mines, how to treat employees and how to deal with regulators. When he issued instructions, he wanted them followed to the letter, and this wasn’t just true about his business."

06/22/2015
November 9, 2015 to November 11, 2015

Sustainable Ocean Summit

"Sustainable Development and Growing the Blue Economy - the Next 50 Years"

The Sustainable Ocean Summit (SOS) is the World Ocean Council (WOC) global ocean business community annual conference on responsible ocean industry operations. With Singapore celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2015 and continuing to advance its significant role in the global maritime economy, SOS 2015 will bring together the diverse ocean business community to plan for the next 50 years of Blue Growth, a sustainable ocean economy and responsible ocean business opportunities.

New Congressional Research Service Reports for Environmental Journos

Congress, you may remember, has exempted itself from the requirements for open government — and that included a ban on publishing taxpayer-funded explainers by the Congressional Research Service (CRS). Thanks to the Federation of American Scientists, you can read them anyway.

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"Monsanto, Angling For Global Pesticide Dominance, Woos Syngenta"

"Selling seeds and pesticides used to be a sleepy, slow-moving business. That was, until about 20 years ago, when the chemical company Monsanto introduced genetically modified crops and started buying up seed companies. Ever since, companies in this industry have been maneuvering like hungry fish in a pond, occasionally dining on pieces of each other, hoping to survive through size and speed."

06/12/2015

"Nearly 60 Percent of Kentucky’s Coal Plants May Be Gone by 2040"

"In 25 years, Kentucky’s energy landscape will look dramatically different than it does now. As Energy and Environment Secretary Len Peters told a legislative committee last week, Kentucky is already facing the loss of the majority of its coal fleet over the next 25 years, and that’s without the EPA’s upcoming greenhouse gas regulations."

06/09/2015

"Carbon Shock"

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"Carbon Shock: A Tale of Risk and Calculus on the Front Lines of the Disrupted Global Economy – How Carbon Is Changing the Cost of Everything"

By Mark Shapiro
Chelsea Green Publishing, $26

Reviewed by TOM HENRY

Meaningful progress on addressing climate change isn’t just being impeded by those who deny the science behind it.

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