US and Australian government policies on global warming released

Both Australia and the US are releasing policies on global warming today. In the case of Australia, the proposal of the Prime Minister’s task force is for the implementation of an emissions trading system by 2012. However, no policy on targets is recommended, which makes the implementation of a ‘cap-and-trade’ system problematic, since the key […]

Canadian Inuits as stakeholders in UK airport expansion

The complex interactions between business and the physical and social environment are nowhere shown more dramatically than in the challenge of global warming. Here is a report on the planned expansion of an airport in the UK, Stansted Airport in Essex. The expansion planned will lead to a substantial rise in flights and passengers, the […]

Valuing organisational culture

It’s been clear for some decades that intangible assets are more important in driving business success than tangible assets. To take a dramatic example, the Microsoft balance sheet has only a few billion dollars of tangible assets on it, yet a market capitalisation of hundreds of billions–the gap is the knowledge capital, human capital, and […]

US coal-to-liquid debate

There is a push from the US coal industry and its Congressional representatives for massive government subsidisation to develop coal-to-liquid technology. It is known that liquefied coal can be used much as diesel is, in transport and industry. It is argued that, with carbon capture and sequestration, this technology could be cleaner than conventional petrol. […]

Energy efficiencies as the basis for controlling emissions

Renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power are receiving much legitimate attention from governments, companies and investors. However, it is widely agreed that a rapid way to reduce carbon emissions in the short term is to increase energy efficiencies. This requires an appropriate engineering of economic incentives, so that it becomes more attractive […]