Tag Archives: Harvard University

Cities of the Past, Cities of the Future (By Michael Belinsky)

Why do cities exist? One theory holds that cities are more productive than less dense and smaller concentrations of people. The source of this productivity may result because urban concentration reduces transportation costs for goods and people. Or because proximity increases the flow of ideas. More people, more diversity, and a higher concentration means that […]

Evergreen Jobs: Sustainable Employment in Sustainable Sectors (By Michael Belinsky)

The creation of “green jobs” is a way to kill several birds with one stone – employment, energy, and the environment. Rio+20 certainly has the potential to further the dialogue around the creation of green jobs. For one, government regulation is a significant driver of green job creation. I saw this directly when working in […]

A “Brief” Focus on Disaster Management (By Michael Belinsky)

In a little over two weeks, the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, nicknamed Rio+20 for its location and timing, will kick off in Brazil. The Conference will cover a green economy in the context of sustainable development poverty eradication, and the institutional framework for sustainable development. These two themes will contain sub-themes of “jobs, energy, […]

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, […]

Will Rio+20 Set Us on a Path to Sustainable Development?: Interview with Harvard Professor William Clark (By Rahul Daswani)

20 years after the original Rio summit began, how far along are we on a path towards sustainable development? While there has been some movement to back up rhetoric, much more still needs to be done – especially in the areas of concrete agreements, implementation and defining further knowledge required going forward. Is Rio+20 the […]