The Digital Fair Repair Act: Promoting self-sufficiency, small businesses, and waste avoidance in post-pandemic economy

It is safe to say that nearly everyone has some type of digital device that helps them connect to the world through the internet. It is similarly safe to say that nearly everyone has bought a new digital device because their previous device broke down. Some of you may have tried to have the broken device repaired […]

Why Doughnut Economics could be a better model for local economies

Doughnut Economics is a model to measure progress in an economy by monitoring impacts on the social and planetary boundaries. The Doughnut Economics model is visualized using two concentric circles – the inner circle represents how successfully the economy has fulfilled basic life essentials like water, food, and health, while the outer circle represents how the local economy stays within planetary boundaries and reduces stresses placed on Earth’s ecological systems like the ozone layer, soils, and climate. The space between these circles is considered the ideal place for an economy to be in.   Doughnut economics takes a different approach than the traditional growth model, suggesting that regenerative […]

Canadian Climate Adaptation Fund

Canada has created a large-scale disaster and mitigation fund in order to reduce the financial impacts to local communities from damage caused by climate change. The Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund (DMAF) focuses on funding large infrastructure resilience projects that meet DMAF goals. The $2 billion fund also concentrates on alleviating the adverse negative effects of climate disasters on communities of lower socioeconomic status. Additionally, this policy allows for multiple smaller projects […]

Risk Pools for Climate-Influenced Disasters

Nineteen African nations have joined together in an effort to prepare for the current and future effects of climate change. They enacted a risk pooling strategy that unlocks funding when climate influenced disasters strike. The member states of this group are able to draw down pooled funds for responding to specific climate events or disasters. This risk pooling allows them to reduce their costs in the short term while still […]

Electric School Bus Funding: New York Giveth and (Tries to) Taketh

Funding for electric school buses in New York is on two tracks going in opposite directions. On one hand, the State just announced an additional $2.5 million in grants through the existing New York Truck Voucher Incentive Program (NYTVIP) program administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). On the other […]

Sponge Cities: China’s solution to water stress in the face of climate change

China has started implementing new strategies to combat water stress in urban areas due to climate change. These strategies include green rooftops, urban wetland parks, permeable pavement, and a broad assortment of novel engineering strategies, all of which are implemented to retain rainwater within the city, add ground water as a backup for times of drought, and prevent excessive stormwater flooding. These shifts toward green infrastructure are needed […]

Win-Win: When Environmental Regulation Leads to Technological Innovation

What is the best way to solve our most pressing environmental problems, such as carbon emissions causing global climate disruptions? Under the right conditions, technological innovation induced by government regulation can play a significant role. In many cases, innovation leads to lowered costs to industry and consumers in addition to the direct environmental benefits that […]