Tag Archives: Brazil

The Case for EU Leadership on Global Climate Change (By Eva Yu)

Following the unsuccessful UN negotiations at COP15 in 2009, Brazil, South Africa, India and China (BASIC) met with the US to draft an agreement to address climate change. These states signed a non-binding arrangement to keep global warming to two degrees but neglected to set targets for cuts in carbon emissions. The multilateral backroom deal […]

Q&A with Mashable’s Pete Cashmore at Rio+Social

“Increasingly we use social media as a filter, but the biggest thing we have is editorial judgment.” – Pete Cashmore, founder and CEO of Mashable, the online news source on technology, social media and digital culture.  Why is greater access to digital technology and information so important for today’s societies? It fundamentally changes things, to have […]

The Learning Curve: Can Brazil Compete in Renewable Research and Development? (By Eric Lonstein and Todd Wintner)

This is part three of a three-part series. For more, please refer to part one and part two. Besides building an industry through subsidization, another way to promote domestic growth in renewable energy is through R&D.  Up to this point, leading R&D has not been a part of the Brazilian growth story.  Even with domestic […]

Why Alternative Renewables: Is Solar a Pipedream? (By Eric Lonstein and Todd Wintner)

This is part two of a three-part series. To read part one, please click here. Perhaps a better question for understanding renewable energy development in Brazil — and particularly the future role of solar energy — is not the “how” but rather the “why” of this industrial policy.  Why did a country with vast untapped, […]

Wind and Solar Energy in Brazil: Understanding the How and Why (By Eric Lonstein and Todd Wintner)

This post is part of a 3-part blog series. For more, please see part two and part three. I: MAKING THE CLEANEST ENERGY ECONOMY CLEANER Brazil’s energy matrix is often touted as among the cleanest in the world: over 80% of Brazil’s power is produced from renewable resources.  The predominant share of this 80%, however, […]

Free Webinar on the Importance of Rio+20

“The International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) is hosting a free webinar on Thursday, May 24, that is part of ISSP’s continuing coverage of the run-up to Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, to be held next month in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Amy Fraenkel, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) director for North America, […]