Energy systems need to also be measured according to the potential risks associated with them in the advent of failure. And the actuarial costs of these risks need to be better understood and included into the market price for the energy that these systems produce. This post examines this catastrophic downside risk of nuclear and fossil energy focusing on the recent events in Japan and on the BP oil spill as two recent examples of hugely expensive catastrophes. It poses the question why should the taxpayers and the public bear the burden of these costs in this manner artificially lowering the price these energy sectors are thus able to charge for their products.
Overtopping wave energy systems are one of the pathways being investigated to capture this potential renewable energy source. An interesting an innovative approach has been adopted by the Norwegian company Wave Energy, which is now doing a technical feasibility study for building such a system in Oregon’s famous and famously stormy Tillamook Bay. Waves form a potentially large world-wide energy resource, estimated at more than 2 Terawatts, but formidable technical challenges have long stood in the way of realizing this potential.
Join us on March 23, when author and green career expert Carol McClelland comes to Green Economy Post to answer your green career questions. She will be available all day to answer your questions and to help you figure out how to advance your green career.
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) jobs appear to have been another casualty of the global economic recession. But, the good news is that, like other economic indicators, this one appears to be on the upswing.
Internship Spotlight: Green Economy Post Virtual Assistant Content Editor Internships for Career Changers and New Grads (4)
The Green Economy Post currently has four unpaid internship opening for Virtual Assistant Content Editors. The interns will work with The Green Economy Post’s Managing Producer to manage and create content for our website (www.greeneconomypost.com). The internship is designed to assist you with building your personal brand through blogging and enable you to network with green thought leaders, all while showcasing and increasing your expertise. A commitment of 10 hours per week is needed and all work can be done virtually. Internship days, hours and duration are flexible.
The U.S. Commerce Department announced on Monday that its U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will pilot a year-long program to accelerate the examination of certain “green” technology patent applications by as much as one year. The new initiative is designed to speed the development and deployment of green technology, create green jobs, and promote U.S. competitiveness. In particular, the program focuses on patents for renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies, plus other environmental technologies.
Sustainable Life Media,the people who bring you the Sustainable Brands conference each year, launched their first online Sustainable Brands Boot Camp on Friday. The 13-week series, taught by sustainable business/brand thought leaders, is for those interested in a training program designed to bring professionals up to speed with the latest in sustainable business practices, metrics, product design and market drivers.
Are you a recent graduate discovering how difficult the current market is, unemployed, worried you might soon lose your job or just feel that your career seems stuck in place? Are you thinking that now may be the best time to re-tool your career? Going for a green MBA, now, while the job market is stagnant may be a smart move; both for recent graduates, currently unemployed (or underemployed) professionals as well as for those who want to forge a path into a career in corporate sustainability. But what is a Green MBA, why is it important and what schools are offering them? These are the questions this post delves into.