Reynard Loki

Reynard Loki
Reynard Loki covers sustainability, sustainable finance and social innovation. He has written consumer-oriented features, exclusive interviews with CEOs, scholars and social entrepreneurs, and editorials across a wide array of environment- and sustainability-related topics. He is also a co-founder of MomenTech, an experimental production studio based in New York and Prague, whose projects have been presented around the world, including the United States, Canada, Germany, Greece, Italy, South Africa, China and the Philippines. Reynard is also the Environment Editor at AlterNet.org and a contributing author to "Biomes and Ecosystems: An Encyclopedia" (Salem Press, 2013), a reference encyclopedia that illustrates the biology, geography, history and ecological importance of the world’s various biomes and ecosystems. He is a member of Farm Sanctuary, Sea Shepherd, Global Ethics Network and New York Pigeon Rescue Central.
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7 years 8 months ago

"It is deeply worrisome that inadvertently, the millions of people fighting with deadly diseases are in danger of paying the price for the global financial crisis." -- Michel Kazatchkine, executive director, The Global Fund

In 2010, 1.8 million people died from AIDS, 1.4 million from tuberculosis and 655,000 from malaria. The malaria deaths are mostly of African children, although there is a current debate about the total number, which could be actually 1.2 million according to a study in the Lancet that says the smaller figure, an estimate of the...


7 years 8 months ago

You have a bushel of corn. You can either produce 2.7 gallons of ethanol or feed 50 people. Which would you choose?

On December 31, 2011, America's three-decade-old federal tax credit for ethanol expired, ending a government subsidy that poured more than USD 20 billion into an industry that the New York Times called one of Congress's "most resilient boondogles." Oil companies received a 45-cent-per-gallon tax credit to blend ethanol into gasoline, costing American taxpayers between USD 5-6 billion a year.

THE...


7 years 8 months ago

In terms of economic justice, we haven't come very far since Dr. King's famous marches from Selma to Montgomery. Hypocrisy and deception, on the other hand, are as strong as ever.

Just a few days before Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the financial services giant JPMorgan Chase launched a webpage to promote the bank's involvement with the King Center in creating a website preserving King's legacy through "a comprehensive collection of documents, photographs, and audiovisual materials." The initiative is part of JPMorgan...


7 years 8 months ago

"I wish we had found the courage to speak out earlier against nuclear power. -- Masahito Hirose, an 81-year-old survivor of the bombing of Nagasaki, speaking after the Fukushima nuclear disaster{1}

After the Fukushima nuclear disaster in March 2011, the nuclear energy industry took a big hit. By June, the stock price of plant operator TEPCO plunged 91 percent, losing 3.2 trillion yen (USD 40 billion) in market value. Germany...


7 years 8 months ago

"If sustainable development is to become a reality, we need to unleash a wave of public-private partnership on a much bigger scale." -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The United Nations has been sounding the clarion call for private sector investment to combat climate change. The 2011 UN Environment Programme (UNEP) report "REDDy, SET, GROW, Part 2" called for private funding to finance international efforts to prevent a global surface temperature rise of 2 degrees Celsius, the agreed-upon target of the majority of the world’s nations. One of...


7 years 8 months ago

"It is urgent that Congress extend the Production Tax Credit now, before the end of the first quarter, or risk losing a new manufacturing sector to foreign countries." -- Denise Bode, CEO, American Wind Energy Association

The American wind industry totals almost 47 GW through the end of 2011, according to the Q4 FY2011 market report released by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). The figure is approaching the 52 GW capacity of China, which overtook the United States for the number one spot in 2010.

Last year, Texas, Iowa and...


7 years 8 months ago

President Obama's "all-in" energy strategy might hasten America's continuing decline in the race to lead the world's clean energy market

During his State of the Union Address last week, President Obama urged Congress to stimulate the renewable energy sector and pass clean energy tax credits, saying, "I will not cede the wind or solar or battery industry to China or Germany because we refuse to make the same commitment here."

The president was referring to the decline in clean energy investments that the United...


7 years 8 months ago

"The biggest enemy of health in the developing world is poverty." -- Kofi Annan

A fifth of all childhood deaths worldwide occur in India, where out-of-pocket healthcare spending is 80 percent among a population of which 76 percent—about 800 million people—live below the poverty line. Healthcare is a luxury for many Indians, even as they live in one of the world's fastest growing economies. Indeed, India suffers from a deplorably inequitable distribution of wealth and has a disproportionate number of adults at the bottom of the global...


7 years 9 months ago

Understanding the relationship between money, politics and food can cause a loss of appetite

There was a time when very few people questioned the source of the food on their plates: how it got there, how the animal that provided that meat was killed and how it was treated until its demise, as well as the effects of pesticides, antibiotics and carbon emissions created by food production. But even though consumer awareness about where our food comes from may be stronger than...


7 years 9 months ago

Ending subsidies for dirty fuel would make gas more expensive. Maybe that's not a bad thing

Eliminating fossil fuel subsidies could save as much as Germany's annual greenhouse gas emissions every year by 2015 -- half of the carbon emission savings required to prevent dangerous levels of climate change -- according to Fatih Birol, chief economist of the International Energy Agency (IEA). An estimated 2.6 billion tonnes of CO2 would be saved by 2035, more than India and Germany’s emissions combined.

In 2009, the G-20 countries agreed to...


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