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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6 years 8 months ago

Clean energy innovation in the United States is moving to financially friendlier shores—like China

Looking at 2011 VC investment figures, it seems like the cleantech industry in the United States is doing just fine.

According to the Cleantech Group, a market intelligence advisory group based in San Francisco that has been tracking cleantech investments for the past decade, 2011 is the first year that saw more than $2 billion in cleantech venture investment in all four quarters. 4Q11 saw an impressive $2.21...


6 years 8 months ago

From wheat to cattle, sugar to hogs, food commodities have become big business. But should society be playing with its food for financial gain? 

Investing in the stock market has been likened to gambling. Of course, they are fundamentally different. Gambling is a zero-sum game; no actual value is created, the loser's money is simply given to the winner.

Buying stock, on the other hand, creates value. The purchaser becomes an owner of a share of the company, adding value to a corporation and, by extension, adding wealth to the economy at large.

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6 years 8 months ago

With lawsuits, moratoriums and bans on hydrofracking popping up across the United States, the promise of natural gas for a cleaner and more independent energy future is stuck between a rock and hard place

Hydraulic fracturing, also known as hydrofracking or fracking, has emerged as one of the main battlegrounds between the energy industry, which sees vast potential in a domestic source of fuel that is cheaper and potentially cleaner than oil and coal, and environmentalists, who are concerned that the process to extract natural gas by injecting...


6 years 8 months ago

Coming soon: The "definitive overview" of institutions with assets under management in Asia integrating ESG criteria

Most people live in Asia. With a population over 3.8 billion, it is home to more than four times the people who live in Africa, the world's second-most populous continent. Unsurprisingly, Asia contributes more greenhouse gas emissions than the other continents.

That bursting population puts a lot of stress on the environment. The Union for Concerned Scientists (UCS), a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based non-...


6 years 8 months ago

African greentech projects get a sustainable finance boost from the Scandinavian kingdom

Denmark has a long history with Africa. From the 17th to 19th centuries, the relationship was primarily that of colonizer and colonized, as the small European nation established several trading posts and forts along west Africa's Gold Coast.

But today, the Scandinavian kingdom is developing a very different kind of relationship with Africa. Last year, the Danish government committed DKK 300 million (USD 56 million) to establish the Sustainable Energy Fund for...


6 years 8 months ago

Second quarter grants will help over 500 community organizations across America, highlighting the power of social capital

In his 1974 book, A History of Public Health in New York City, 1866-1966, historian John Duffy posited that the infant milk stations established in New York City in 1901 marked the beginning of the community health center (CHC) in the United States. With the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) reporting the total number of medically disenfranchised people at around 60 million, such centers are more...


6 years 9 months ago

An innovative program by ING and Girls Inc. is challenging the Wall Street "boys club" paradigm by giving girls hands-on investment experience

There is a clear need to educate women in the realm of financial literacy. A recent white paper commissioned by the ING Retirement Research Institute found that women on average are significantly less prepared for retirement than men.

"At all ages, women have saved significantly less than men," according to the report. "Younger women have saved just two thirds of men at the same age, and women age...


6 years 9 months ago

From its humble beginnings in a garage in Palo Alto to becoming the world's largest technology company, HP has proven that collaboration drives innovation—and that means success

In the foreword to a recent United States National Science Board study of research and development funding in the sciences, NSB chairman Ray M. Bowen warned of "continuing and growing concern with the trends in private sector support for U.S. science and engineering research and innovation." Noting that "investments in R&D by the private sector...


6 years 9 months ago

A recycling competition between hundreds of North American colleges helps to stem landfill waste

In 2010, Americans generated around 250 million tons of waste. Over 85 million tons of it was recycled and composted—about a 34 percent recycling rate. On average, each individual American generates 4.5 pounds of trash per day and recycles or composts 1.5 pounds of it. Not bad, but it should be better.

Many Americans have no idea where their trash ends up. Many communities ship their garbage to landfills in other states. But rising fuel costs and increasing...


6 years 9 months ago

Climate Counts has a simple, yet powerful message: "Everyday consumers can be the most important activists in the fight against global warming." And now, with their new open API, developers can get in on the action

In a recent op-ed in The Washington Post, James Hansen, the director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies whose famous 1988 testimony before the U.S. Senate was heralded as one of the first warnings of global warming, writes, "My projections about...


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