As leaders from around the world are meeting over two weeks in Paris to advance collective action on climate change, it’s heartening to note that transportation continues to gain prominence as an accepted path to cleaning up pollution.
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.
The building and construction industry has the potential to avoid about 3.2 gigatons of CO2 equivalent by 2050 through mainstreaming already existing technologies, experts said during a media briefing on Thursday for the Lima-Paris Action Agenda’s Focus on Buildings.
If you haven’t already heard, the 21st Session of the Conference of Parties (COP21) kicked off this week in Paris — and the TriplePundit team is on the ground taking in all the action. Did you catch all the big news? Spend a few minutes this afternoon to make sure.
COP21 may produce an agreement on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+). But for REDD to work and save forests, we must help empower people and communities living in and around them to manage them sustainably. Community forestry could be the single greatest untapped resource for closing the “emissions gap” between the agreements made in Paris and what’s required to hold global warming to 2 degrees Celsius.
Let’s be real for a second. United Nations negotiations are complex. Transparency is key to an agreement that not only makes sense, but one to which we can hold governments — and companies — accountable.
“What makes this Paris set of discussions different than any before is that the financial leadership and corporate leadership are here in strength, saying we need to act on climate,” Ceres CEO Mindy Lubber said at COP21 on Thursday.
Texas makes a great case for a strong outcome at the COP21 Paris climate talks, despite the antipathy of U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) to climate action.
The Dutch NGO Fern has issued a report that advocates turning away from coal because of the impact the loss of land, as in forests, has on the world’s climate when they are transformed into coal mines.
The crowd expected the longtime climate activist to come prepared with a compelling narrative that made the case for strong action coming out of the conference — and Gore did not disappoint.
A slightly slimmed down draft was released at COP21 on Thursday morning. With progress comes ongoing contention over climate finance and loss and damage.
On Tuesday morning the World Bank, along with governments and business leaders, announced a new global initiative: the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition.