Thomas Schueneman

Freelance Environmental Writer and Journalist

Writing on environmental, social, and economic issues.

Corporate communications and international reporting.

Publishing in TriplePundit, Medium, 3BL Media, Slate.

Founder of TDS Environmental Media and the PlanetWatch Group. Telling a Human Story from an Environmental Perspective

Member of the Society of Environmental Journalists.

Portfolio

The EPA Under Scott Pruitt - The Fox Guarding the Henhouse
Today, two days before Donald Trump ascends to the presidency, Scott Pruitt will face his Senate confirmation hearing to head the Environmental Protection Agency. Mr. Pruitt is...
GRI Global Standards Push Momentum for Sustainable Development
On Wednesday, the GRI announced the launch of the world's first Global Reporting Standards for sustainability reporting. These new standards give businesses large and small a...
NASA and the Evolution Climate Change Research
"Distance lends enchantment to the view." - Mark Twain Back when America was young and farmers outnumbered city folk, planning next year's crop typically included a quick look...
The New Plastics Economy: Thriving in a Plastic World
Plastic is the "key enabler for sectors as diverse as packaging, construction, transportation, healthcare and electronics," says the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. But the...
COP22 Outcome: The Spirit of Paris, the Elephant in the Room
Just as the COP22 climate talks opened in Marrakesh, Morocco, fresh on the heels of a historic year of progress and growing momentum, the surprising result of the interminable...
Solar Goes Mainstream in the Midwest
Indiana is going solar. That may seem an odd thing to declare say about a state that gets 85 percent of its electricity generation from coal. Indeed, coal may be king, but the...
DuPont Urges Industry to Adopt More Rigorous PV Solar Testing
Solar power is no longer a boutique industry. At least 900 million solar panels are deployed across the globe. Eighty-one percent of those came online within the last five...
Remember Teddy Roosevelt - An Environmental Republican
An environmentalist and a Republican walk into a bar... The punch line is that the Republican and environmentalist are the same guy. Though it needn't be a "punch line" at all....
Global Aviation: Innovation and the Modern Silk Road
Air travel connects people, creates economic opportunity and support sustainable urban development. But it isn't all pie-in-the-sky. Significant challenges remain if we are to...
U.S. Climate Policy: Unraveling the Consequences of a Trump Presidency
Dean Scott, the senior climate change reporter for Bloomberg, moderated a panel discussion this weekend at the 2016 conference of the Society of Environmental Journalists. The...
A Culture of Thought Leadership
What is a thought leader? If you're not careful, you'll find yourself going down a rabbit hole searching for the definitive answer . There is no shortage of opinion on what it...
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...
Delivering Safe Access to Water Through Partnerships
As we look at global mega-trends, we know that few challenges are as significant as the global water crisis.
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...

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