DUBLIN — Over the last three years, with its economy in tatters, Ireland embraced a novel strategy to help reduce its staggering deficit: charging households and businesses for the environmental damage they cause.
The government imposed taxes on most of the fossil fuels used by homes, offices, vehicles and farms, based on each fuel’s carbon dioxide emissions, a move that immediately drove up prices for oil, natural gas and kerosene. Household trash is weighed at the curb, and residents are billed for anything that is not being recycled. ... Read more about Carbon Taxes Make Ireland Even Greener
By the middle of the century, the scores of billions it cost to compensate the greater New York City area for being unprepared for superstorm Sandy may seem like a bargain. Without major adaptation measures to increase the level of storm protection beyond a 1-in-100-year event, the value of the city’s buildings, transportation, and utilities utility infrastructures currently at risk from storm surges and flooding — an estimated $320 billion — will be worth $2 trillion by 2070, according to continuing studies by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). ... Read more about Too Big to Flood? Megacities Face Future of Major Storm Risk
Masada co-founded SanDiego350 and serves on SD350's Steering Committee and Public Policy Team. She has over 20 years of experience in activism and campaign management. She also served as co-chair of Sierra Club San Diego's Climate Change Committee in 2011-2014, and was Sierra Club Volunteer of the Year in 2012. ... Read more about Masada Disenhouse
Neil is with Green Century Capital Management, a mutual fund company founded over 20 years ago by a partnership of environmental advocacy organizations, which is still owned by their nonprofit founders. Their funds seek competitive returns for investors while putting their money to work for clean air, clean water, and a healthy planet. ... Read more about Neil Stallings