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 1 month ago

If the G-20 invested 2% of GDP in a green economy, 48 million jobs would be created. But inaction by both the public and private sectors threatens the potential of achieving a sustainable future

Speaking to world leaders in Toronto, the UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon called on the G20 to invest more in a green economy in order to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

"The risks—and costs—of inaction on climate change grow each year," said Ban, who urged governments not to rely solely on consumer consumption to get a sluggish economy...


7 years 1 month ago

"Our struggle for global sustainability will be won or lost in cities." -- Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General

The Nobel laureate poet Derek Walcott once said, "A culture, we all know, is made by its cities." While that may be true, what's becoming clear, and perhaps even more important, is that a sustainable future will be made by cities as well.

On April 23, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon made this point when he addressed a delegation of mayors and regional authorities at the United Nations, saying that the future well...


7 years 2 months ago

What can investors learn from businesses in the world's biggest democracy?

In a recent opinion piece in the Financial Times, investment manager David Gait describes a meeting in the office of the chief executive of one of India's biggest banks. He concludes, "Indian companies have much to teach the rest of the world about sustainable finance." And it's not just the good companies, but also the bad companies, from which investors can stand to learn...


7 years 2 months ago

"Our humanity rests upon a series of learned behaviors, woven together into patterns that are infinitely fragile and never directly inherited." -- Margaret Mead (1901-1978), American anthropolgist

When will the global stock markets decline next? That's a question investors would love to be able to answer. And now, a new index might be able to help.

By identifying periods in which financial shocks could be more likely to stretch across multiple domestic markets, researchers at Oregon State University have found a way to measure the...


7 years 2 months ago

Just hours before trading was to begin, BrightSource Energy cancelled its I.P.O. Is the light of the sun dimming on the solar industry?

On Wednesday night, the Oakland-based solar power-plant developer BrightSource Energy suddenly killed its initial public offering, just hours before trading started. The firm, which received $1.6 billion in federal money for its first major project, said it intends to withdraw its registration statement on Form S-1 that it had filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

"While we received...


7 years 2 months ago

The world's governments have failed to stop biodiversity loss. Can market-based initiatives fare better?

At the Rio Earth Summit in 1992, governments agreed to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), a legally binding international treaty that put forth three primary goals: 1) conservation of biological diversity (or biodiversity); 2) sustainable use of its components; and 3) fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from genetic resources.

A key document in the drive toward global sustainable development,...


7 years 2 months ago

The first-ever sustainable and responsible investment global trends report will be released in December

Nothing exists in a vacuum (except space). Unlike neighbors who can build walls or fences between them, we can't fence off the heavily polluting European Union (14 percent of the global total CO2 emissions, 3rd place) or the United States (18 percent of the total; 2nd place) or China (23 percent of the total, 1st place), from the rest of world. To be sure, many national environmental policies and habits affect other nations, to varying...


7 years 2 months ago

Calculating the dollar value of a healthy environment is necessary for rational policy-making

In his 1949 book A Sand County Almanac: And Sketches Here and There, American ecologist Aldo Leopold asserted, "We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us."

But perhaps he was wrong. It could very well be that we abuse land precisely because we don't regard it is as a commodity. That's the premise behind the valuation of "ecosystem services," an idea that has been gaining traction.

In a paper...


7 years 2 months ago

GDP and GNP only tell part of the story. A nation's progress should also be measured by its GNH (Gross National Happiness)

Perhaps there's something in the ema datshi, a recipe of chili peppers and cheese that is Bhutan's national dish. Because unlike other nations that measure progress in terms of gross national product (GNP, the global output of a country's enterprises), or gross domestic product (GDP, the output within a country's borders), Bhutan measures its...


7 years 2 months ago

"Nanotechnologies have the potential to advance as 'instruments of sustainability' only if we encourage and witness broad expansion of green nano practices and technologies." -- David Rejeski, Director, Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies

Structures built from DNA? Self-repairing micro-bots that recondition damaged brain tissue? Golf balls that fly straighter? Welcome to the tiny yet vast world of nanotechnology, a rapidly growing branch of science that deals with the manipulation of matter on molecular...


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