Thomas Schueneman

Freelance Environmental Writer and Journalist

Telling a Human Story from an Environmental Perspective

Writing on environmental, social, and economic issues.

Publishing in TriplePundit, Slate, CleanTechnica.

Founder of TDS Environmental Media and the PlanetWatch Group

Corporate communications for the PepsiCo Foundation and Weber-Shandwick.

International reporting at World Water Week, Stockholm; COP15, Copenhagen; COP21, Paris; German Foreign Ministry, Berlin.

Member of the Society of Environmental Journalists

Portfolio

Delivering Access to Safe Water through Partnerships
The Human Right to Clean Water
Enel Energy and the SDG Compass
Adopted last September, the Sustainable Development Goals reflect the best aspirations for a world in transition. Building on the Millennium Development Goals of 2000, the SDGs...
My Inconvenient Truth : The Ten Year Anniversary of Gore's Movie
In May of 2006, Al Gore's now-classic climate change documentary " An Inconvenient Truth"was released. The moviewon an Oscar in the Featured Documentary category, and Gore was...
Satellites in the High Country: Wild in the Anthropocene
What's so great about wilderness anyway? Does it even exist anymore? What does being "wild" even mean? Is nature just about ecosystem services, or is there an intrinsic value to...
World Wildlife Day: Building the Ark for the Future of Our Wild Heritage
The future of wildlife is in our hands - The UN named March 3 as World Wildlife Day at its 68th General Assembly on December 20, 2013. The designation aimed to coincide with...
World Environment Day: Reconsidering Our Relationship With Nature
Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care - Today is World Environment Day, or WED. Every June 5th WED serves as a platform for the United Nations Environmental...
Fossil Fuel Deception: Academics on the Take
Greenpeace revealed today the results of an undercover investigation showing how fossil fuel companies secretly pay academics from leading U.S. universities "to write research...
Climate Action: Steps Toward a Great Transition
Arguably one of the most important things to come out of the COP21 climate talks in Paris last December, aside from the Paris Agreement itself, is the signal sent solidifying...
Helping the Monarch Butterfly Recover
The life-cycle of the Monarch butterfly is epic. When cooler temperatures signal the coming North American winter, the vivid orange and black insect makes a grand 3,000 mile,...
Center for Carbon Removal: Beyond Mitigation in a 2C World
Later this year ministers, scientists, diplomats and heads of state from more than 190 countries will convene in Paris for COP 21 with the ambitious goal of adopting a binding...
COP21, the Paris Agreement and the Art of the Possible
"Recognizing that climate change represents an urgent and potentially irreversible threat to human societies and the planet and thus requires the widest possible cooperation by...
Amina Mohammed on the Sustainable Development Goals
This weekend world leaders met at the United Nations in New York City to define a sustainable development agenda through 2030, a process built on the successes, failures and...
Climate and Prosperity: Two Roads Converge in Paris
Next week delegates. ministers, heads-of-state and civil socity meet in Paris at COP21 in hopes of striking an international commitment limiting global warming to 2 degrees...
Depression: It's No Walk In The Park
Life would be a sad place without the Blues. That feeling of occasional melancholy, the ups and downs in life, bring with it some of our most sublime moments of expression. It...
Electronics Recycling: Breaking Down Barriers to Employment
It doesn't seem that long ago that I brought home my first computer, a Mac Classic "plus" souped up with four megs of RAM (that's "megs" with an "M") sporting a 40-meg hard...
GRI and the SDG Compass: Sustainability Beyond the Report
If you're a CEO and want to report on your triple bottom line, where are you gonna go? GRI . Sustainability reporting is nothing new for readers of TriplePundit. Since the late...
The Road to Paris: Halting But Hopeful Progress at Bonn Climate Talks
Ten days of meetings wrapped up in Bonn this week as negotiators worked on the draft text of global climate treaty that, if all goes according to plan, will be finalized at the...
Greenwashing Tar Sands - Ethical Oil is a Fallacy
by Thomas Schueneman You wouldn't think that greenwasshing would ever be a real problem when it comes to the Alberta Tar Sands. It is more or less assumed, or at least should...
Global Development and Engaging Faith-Based Communities
Nigeria is a land of contrasts and conflict. Too often potential allies are mistaken as enemies and, for the nation's more than 184 million people, one key path to survival is...
Reconciling the Future: Planetary Boundaries, Sustainable Development and Participatory Democracy
An end to poverty - In this second decade of the 21st century, humanity faces perhaps the greatest challenge of our long history. As noted economist and director of the Columbia...
Greenwashing Pushback: Dangers of a False Green Message
by Thomas Schueneman The meaning of "green" and "sustainable" may be in danger of losing their meaning and impact. These terms are diluted as they become buzzwords for marketers...
New England Fishing Communities: Life After Cod
When Americans today think of the first Thanksgiving feast, we often lean on our childhood history lesson version of events; the brave settlers celebrating with their new...
Perennial Crops, Sustainable Agriculture: A 21st Century Green Revolution
March 9th, 2011 by Tom Schueneman This post has been entered in the Tck Tck Tck Rio+20 Blogger Prize.
How Better Nutrition Can Help Break the Cycle of Poverty - presented by DMI and SlateCustom
Millions of children in America endure a cycle of poverty and food insecurity, often with seemingly few resources to ever break free. But a number of outstanding educational and...
Matthew McConaughey Lincoln Ad Isn't About Hugging Trees
by Thomas Schueneman I can't tell if a recent Matthew McConaughey Lincoln ad is really meant to be taken seriously (or just seriously sell cars). It seems like a Saturday Night...
Prosperity Without Growth: A New Path for a Sustainable Future
February 11th, 2011 by Tom Schueneman As the world's economies continue to dig themselves out of the "Great Recession of '08", some are now looking to a rising stock market, a...
Will Our Cities Save Us? Municipalities at the Nexus of Change
Editor's note: The following post is adapted from several previous posts published in GWIR over the past year about how cities are often the best examples of furthering...
What's Most Essential to Children at Risk - presented by DMI and SlateCustom
"Drink your milk...and eat your vegetables!" This is the unyielding cry heard across generations of families in America, a childhood memory for many. But what happens when the...
The Future of Mariculture and the Role of Startups, Lawmakers and NGOs
Editor's note: This is the second post in a three-part series on sustainable fish farming startups. In case you missed it, you can read the first post here. In the first post of...
Sustainable Fish Farming Startups: From Open Seas to the inner City
Editor's note: This is the first post in a three-part series on sustainable fish farming startups. Stay tuned for the next installment tomorrow! Powered by their rapidly...

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