Accurate, Focused Research on Law, Technology and Knowledge Discovery Since 2002

Category Archives: Energy

This website gorgeously illustrates whether your investments are ruining the planet

Fast Company – “All investment platforms will show you the financial value of your portfolio. But a new visual platform made by Dutch design firm Clever Franke for Swiss bank Globalance goes a step further: It maps your portfolio’s macro-level social and environmental effects. The interface, called Globalance World, makes it easier to figure out how your money can do good. Users can review the impact of everything from entire market indices like the S&P 500 to individual companies like Microsoft through a series of data visualizations. What’s more, each portfolio or asset can be looked at through four perspectives: climate, megatrends, footprint, and returns. Users with a Globalance portfolio can also get a personalized map that shows the impact of their personal investments…”

Google launches new tool to help cities stay cool

The Verge: “Google unveiled a tool today that could help cities keep their residents cool by mapping out where trees are needed most. Cities tend to be warmer than surrounding areas because buildings and asphalt trap heat. An easy way to cool metropolitan areas down is to plant more trees in neighborhoods where they’re sparse.… Continue Reading

The Climate Transparency Report 2020 – Climate Change Has Hit the U.S. Harder Than Any Other G20 Country

“The Climate Transparency Report (previously known as “Brown to Green Report”) is the world’s most comprehensive annual review of G20 countries’ climate action and their transition to a net-zero emissions economy. The review is based on 100 indicators for adaptation, mitigation and finance and aims to make good practices and gaps transparent. The summary report… Continue Reading

Mehlman Castagnetti – America Decided – America’s Divided

PowerPoint – America Decided – America’s Divided – MAIN TAKEAWAYS “Voters wanted more competent but also more moderate leadership:  Trump lost for failing to manage COVID competently & excessive chaos / division  • House Democrats lost where voters feared overly-aggressive Progressivism Our nation remains narrowly & deeply divided: • Senate & House nearly tied, key… Continue Reading

The impact of President Trump’s energy dominance agenda

The Wilderness Society Action Fund – Four years later: Our public lands and waters under Trump — in 7 maps – “As President Trump’s term comes to an end, his energy dominance agenda has already left deep scars on our wildest places and on the health and well-being of communities across the nation. We’re taking… Continue Reading

Policy making in a digital world – How data and new technologies can help government make better policy

Institute for Government – UK: Policy making in a digital world – How data and new technologies can help government make better policy 23 October 2020. “Policy makers across government lack the necessary skills and understanding to take advantage of digital technologies when tackling problems such as coronavirus and climate change. This report says already… Continue Reading

The Lloyd’s Register Foundation World Risk Poll

“The World Risk Poll is the first ever global study of worry and risk across the world.  The poll was conducted by Gallup as part of its World Poll, and is based on interviews with over 150,000 people, including those living in places where little or no official data exists, yet where reported risks are… Continue Reading

CRS Seminars on Disruptive Technologies: Videos

CRS via LC – CRS Seminars on Disruptive Technologies: Videos, Updated October 5, 2020. “New technologies, and those that represent an evolutionary improvement of an existing tool or process, that exhibit the potential to have large-scale effects on social and economic activity are often referred to as “disruptive” technologies. They can disrupt existing markets, practices,… Continue Reading

Trump official stalls polar bear study that could affect oil drilling in Alaska

Washington Post – “A top official at the Interior Department has delayed the release of a study that shows how oil and gas drilling in Alaska could encroach upon the territory of polar bears — which are already struggling for survival as a warming planet melts their habitat — according to documents obtained by The… Continue Reading

Fortune’s Change the World list

“Fortune’s Change the World list is built on the premise that the profit motive can inspire companies to tackle society’s unmet needs. Looking at average 1-year returns, The Change the World list has outperformed companies on the S&P and MCSI lists over the past 2 years, proving that companies can do well while doing good.… Continue Reading

2020 Cost of a Data Breach Report

Via Bluefin: “IBM and the Ponemon Institute’s long-awaited 2020 Cost of a Data Breach Report has finally arrived — and with it comes critical insight into the current landscape of cyber security. For the fifteenth consecutive year, IBM and the Ponemon Institute have partnered to analyze the latest breaches at over 500 organizations to uncover… Continue Reading

PowerOutage.us

“PowerOutage.us is an on going project created to track, record, and aggregate power outages across the United States. Find out more on our About page. Click on a state to see more information.  Data is updated site wide approximately every ten minutes. PowerOutage.US collects, records, and aggregates live power outage data from utilities all over the… Continue Reading