Adding to the growing momentum at Climate Week, five global companies pledged to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. It’s a goal they call bold but necessary if we are to limit temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius.
Category: Climate & Environment
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.
It’s toast: Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton clarified her opposition to the Keystone XL Pipeline this week, and the White House backed her up.
The $250 trillion firepower of the world’s capital markets needs actionable information to decarbonize their portfolios. Regulators need to make this mandatory.
After the FAO Livestock’s Long Shadow report was released in 2006, the dairy industry found itself at ground-zero for criticism as a major sector contributor to climate change. Less than a decade later, thanks to the efforts of the Global Dairy Agenda for Action, the sector is poised to be a leader in sustainability. How did this happen, and where are the other livestock groups?
Underscoring the buy-in of the business community on climate action is a bold commitment from a group of top Fortune 500 companies: to meet 100 percent of their electricity needs using renewable sources.
The upcoming United Nations climate negotiations are shaping up to be the biggest, potentially most historic gathering of global climate and environment leaders in human history.
Yesterday’s announcement at Climate Week NYC by Divest-Invest blows the lid off last year’s goals to urge companies, organizations and private investors to divest from fossil fuels. Conservative estimates were aimed at tripling last year’s divestment numbers of $50 billion. This year’s divestment of $2.6 trillion is 50 times last year’s record.
Scientists are suggesting the Arctic should have renewed focus for another reason: climate change, accelerated by the melting of permafrost and resulting greenhouse gas emissions, could cost the global economy, in the long run, as much as $43 trillion.
Corporate influence over the climate change debate and policy process is often cited as a key reason for the relatively slow progress of both the U.N. COP process and national-level climate legislation, nonprofit NGO InfluenceMap noted. According to the group, nearly half of the world’s 100 largest companies engage in tactics to obstruct climate change action.
Cities use 78 percent of energy globally, according to a United Nations report, and produce over 60 percent of carbon emissions. So, they can play a big role in reducing emissions by adopting clean energy.
The announcement today that over 20 regional and local governments, which together comprise 10 percent of the world’s GDP, have committed to new reductions in greenhouse gas emissions is a remarkable step forward. By the time COP21 opens in Paris, 20 additional regional governments are expected to add their names to this agreement.
There was a time when figuring out what Mother Nature had in store for us could be accessed from a book — or at least that’s what farmers figured. Today, with mounting climate change issues, the WX Shift website is the go-to source that not only pinpoints what your seasonal weather has been doing, but also highlights how local trends are helping to exacerbate global climate change.