GLOBE-Net Articles

  • What is the Clean Economy? A GLOBE-Net Editorial

    The 'clean economy' has become something of a catch all phrase being used in a variety of contexts to describe the desired end state of a transition to a lower carbon future. Like the often overused phrase 'green economy' it carries many meanings, not all of which are grounded in reality. The GLOBE Group has been engaged in some groundbreaking research on the clean economy and it would seem ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Sustainability - Why it matters - A GLOBE-Net Editorial

    Why is it important for businesses to balance the three pillars of sustainability in their practices? The longevity of a business is dependent on economic, social, and environmental initiatives. But that is only part of the answer. Sustainability is more than preserving business longevity. It is fundamental to the survival of our economies, our way of life, and some would argue, to our continued ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Time for a Reality Check - A GLOBE-Net Editorial

    Two highly topical energy-related issues have engaged Canadian environmental interests of late and are shaping governmental policies at both the national and provincial level. These are the role of natural gas as a transition fuel to a lower-carbon future, and building the infrastructure needed to move Alberta heavy oil to the West Coast for export to Asian markets. Passions run high on both ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Oil and Water Don’t Mix – But Can They Co-Exist? - A GLOBE-Net Editorial

    Real progress is being made to reduce the environmental impacts of oil sands activities. But that message is being lost in the flood of bad press about contamination of adjacent waterways and the concerns about those ugly tailings ponds. Oil and water do not mix. But can they co-exist? GLOBE-Net, September 1, 2010 - August has not been a good month for the Alberta oil sands industry. The tidal ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • A 2006 GLOBE award winner

    The GLOBE Corporate Award for Technology Innovation and Application is presented is to a company that has demonstrated outstanding technical ingenuity in the development and/or application of an innovative technology or process with a significant environmental application. This year’s winner, Ivey International Inc., has developed a surfactant remediation technology (Ivey-sol®) solution that has ...


    By Ivey International Inc.

  • Net Zero Waste – So What?

    Leading world organizations warn us that economic growth and social development cannot be sustained with our current consumption, production and disposal patterns. Yet in spite of increasing sustainability initiatives and better product and recovery technologies, global waste continues to grow at an alarming rate. According to ISWA (International Solid Waste Association) global communities ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Building demonstrates benefits of net-zero water reuse

    A unique research project to demonstrate the effectiveness of net-zero water use buildings is underway at the University of Pittsburgh and the Center for Sustainable Landscapes at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh. The decentralized water system at CSL treats all nonpotable water on-site. The university is documenting the benefits and costs of the novel water-reuse system, ...


    By Fluence Corporation

  • Weaving the net: Climate change, complex crises and household resilience

    Complex crises produce impacts that cascade across space and time in unpredictable ways, and create severe hardship among vulnerable groups in developing countries. This paper uses the food crisis of 2008 as a basis for exploring the impacts on households and their efforts to build adaptive capacity. A main finding is that household-level impacts tend to manifest in similar ways, regardless of ...

  • Reframing the Water Security Dialogue

    Water security attracts considerable attention because it is linked to the growing body of evidence predicting the emergence of a global water crisis (now or soon in the future),1and urging us all to mobilise more effectively our human, environmental and economic resources as we 'hurtle to a ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Is your Brand Future Proof?

    Does your brand have what is needed to survive the future? That was the key question posed in a recent GLOBE-Net Webinar led by Marc Stoiber, media branding guru and GLOBE-net contributor. Drawing upon his many years in media and advertising, Marc noted the hard reality that many brands that are part of our everyday lives today won't be around in 10 years time. Why? Partly, says Marc, ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Cleantech Trends that will Change Our Future

    The terms ‘ground-breaking’ or ‘game-changing’ are frequently used to describe a new technology, or to market an innovation that supposedly will change our world forever. The truth is, we seldom really know how a new technology will unfold and how, over time, it will become part of our daily lives. The personal computer, digital imaging, genetic engineering, and the ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Industrial Symbiosis – New Driver of Green Growth

    UK-based International Synergies Limited is widely acknowledged as the world’s leading expert in industrial symbiosis, having developed a model that has been applied across five continents. In this article, the company’s Chief Executive, Peter Laybourn, discusses how the approach helps policy makers and business to move towards a circular economy. Industrial symbiosis is recognized ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • 3 Steps to Decarbonizing Development for a Zero-Carbon Future

    A new World Bank Group report lays out three steps countries can follow to reduce net emissions of greenhouse gases to zero and stabilize climate change: Plan for the end goal, not just the short-term; get prices right as part of a broad policy package that triggers changes in investment and behavior; and smooth the transition for those most affected. The actions ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • 2010 Olympics can be carbon neutral

    The 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games could achieve carbon neutrality through a comprehensive greenhouse gas management plan that includes the use of carbon offsets, notes the David Suzuki Foundation in a report released on January 24. The report, Meeting the Challenge: A Carbon Neutral 2010 Winter Games Discussion Paper, was commissioned by the Vancouver Organizing Committee (VANOC), ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • The UN Climate Summit –Turning point or another false start?

    GLOBE-Net, September 24, 2014 - The question posed in a recent GLOBE-Net article was whether the Climate Summit convened by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was the beginning of the end or the end of the beginning for real progress in climate change ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • New research may solve the problem of plastic wastes

    GLOBE-Net, May 8, 2013* - Plastic - it is an indispensable part of our everyday lives and an almost indestructible part of the garbage that daily ends up in our landfills, incinerators, junk yards, in our rivers or oceans, or in the bellies of fish or animals that form part of our food chain.  Every year, over 260 million tonnes of plastic are produced globally. That is ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Global economies must lower carbon emissions five times faster than today

    A new analysis of economic growth rates and greenhouse gas emissions data for G20 economies suggests that global economies need to cut their energy related carbon emissions faster – much faster. In order to limit global warming to 2°C, the limit scientists agree is needed to avoid serious risks of runaway climate change impacts, global economies must cut carbon emissions more than five ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Global Shale Gas Market is Expected to Grow at a CAGR of 8.3% from 2014 to 2020 : Grand View Research, Inc

    The global market for shale gas is expected to reach USD 67.02 billion by 2020, according to a new study by Grand View Research, Inc. Depleting conventional energy reserves across the globe has prompted the industry to shift focus towards developing alternative energy sources which is expected to remain a key driving factor for shale gas demand over the next six years. In addition, regulatory ...


  • Do green policies create green jobs? Case not proven yet – Report

    Governments cannot yet evaluate whether ‘green’ policies are creating or destroying jobs due to a lack of data and poor methods, according to a new report published by the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at London School of Economics and Political Science. The authors of the report, Dr Alex Bowen and Dr Karlygash Kuralbayeva, recommend a number of ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • How to Avert the Most Serious Impacts of Climate Change

    The transition to a sustainable energy future will require, on average, $550 billion investment in renewable energy per year until 2030, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) said at the Renewable Energy Finance Forum (REFF Wall Street) in New York this week. The investment, coupled with increased emphasis on energy efficiency, would scale-up renewable energy to 36 percent or more of ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

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