Everyone agrees that distributed energy is changing the electric grid, but whether microgrids and distributed energy fundamentally reshape the energy system is still up for grabs.
Air quality around the world is plummeting, according to the latest version of an annual report, issued at the Davos Summit over the weekend. Produced by researchers at Yale and Columbia universities, the Environmental Performance Index (EPI) ranks performance in key environmental areas on a per-country basis. It breaks down these issues into two broad policy areas: detection of human health from environmental harm and protection of ecosystems. It then ranks each nation based on their overall performance.
Iran ranks as first country in the world for wasting water resources, head of Environmental Protection Organization Massoumeh Ebtekar said, Mehr news agency reported on Jan. 9.
Forestry subsidises a parasitic green bureaucracy whose aims are to strangle productivity and maximise hectares in mismanaged reserves. Sixteen percent of Australia’s forests are in nature reserves but we rank only 123rd in the world on Yale University’s Environmental Performance Index.
The head of Iran's Department of the Environment says Iran has fallen 63 spots in the Environmental Performance Index in recent years.
A recent paper for Psychological Science makes the case that older countries are more concerned about environmental sustainability, arguing that "citizens may use perceptions of their country’s age to predict its future continuation, with longer pasts predicting longer futures.” In other words, if your country has been around for a long time, you probably think it will continue to be around for a lot longer, and therefore care more about protecting its environment.
Looking back on a nation's past can prompt action that leads to a greener future, according to new research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.
Iran has established a national fund on environmental issues, Mehr news agency reported on Nov. 12. Establishing the National Environmental Fund, which is planned to finance environmental activities and green industries, was among the priorities of President Hassan Rouhani`s administration.
Spending four months in India as an American scholar concerned about global environmental issues, it was enlightening to see what Indian companies are doing to put themselves on apath toward sustainable growth. Based in Pune, conversations with people in large and small companies yielded surprising results. To be honest, India's global image on environmental issues is not a great one
It's almost never an advantage to be at the bottom. When the UN issues its Human Development Index, Niger doesn't issue a press release to promote its status as #186 (tied with the Democratic Republic of Congo). Nor does Russia champion its achievement of the lowest ranking in the Environmental Performance Index.