This category is climate change in relation to sustainability and CSR and how these segments effect one another. This includes how climate change has started to cause a wide range of physical effects with serious implications for investors and businesses, and how the business sector discloses climate risks and manage them.

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Why Don’t Conservatives Support Balancing Nature’s Budget?

Most conservatives love a balanced budget, with one notable exception: Our natural capital budget. If the Earth is a business, conservative extraction policies –- can you hear the chants of “Drill, baby drill?” –- are treating this business like a fire sale. Instead of living off nature’s interest, conservatives advocate drawing down irreplaceable natural capital. Mine the lands, drill the oceans, harvest like there’s no tomorrow. Burn, baby burn.

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Scalia’s Death and Senate Politics: What’s Next for Clean Power?

With the recent death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, things just got complicated for the Supreme Court — and for Senate majority members, who see the likelihood of a progressive Obama nomination heading their way. But in an ironic twist of fate, President Barack Obama’s signature Clean Power Plan, which was dealt a legal blow last week, may actually gain some traction from an evenly-split Supreme Court — even if Senate Republicans don’t confirm Obama’s nomination.

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COP21 — Two Months On: Time to Separate News from Trends

Is the energy transition stalling? Two months after COP21, it is time to separate news from trends. The oil price is down; the U.S. Supreme Court blocked the Obama administration’s carbon-emissions plan; and Germany is (understandably) focused on the Syrian refugee crisis, diverting attention away from its energy transition. Notwithstanding, the train has left the station. It would be a mistake to underestimate the power of technology and innovation to keep driving nonlinear change toward a low-carbon economy.

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Forest Protection Groups Ask EU to Exclude Biofuels

Last week, a group of 125 organizations from 45 countries signed a declaration asking that the European Union exclude large-scale biofuels from its next Renewable Energy Directive.

Students rally in favor of climate action at Tuft University in 2013.

The Missing Voice for SCOTUS on Climate: Students

In an extraordinary move, the Supreme Court granted a stay that puts a temporary halt to Clean Power Plan. But there was one key stakeholder from whom the court did not hear: the young people who will actually be around in 2050 to experience the impacts of our action, or inaction, today.

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U.S. Supreme Court Halts Clean Power Plan Amid Questions of Partisanship

In a surprising decision that environmentalists are calling “unprecedented,” the Supreme Court imposed a stay on the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan this week. The decision doesn’t bode well for the EPA-run program, but the Obama administration says it isn’t giving up.