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China’s Solar Industry: What a Trade Dispute Could Mean for Solar Installers

President Trump is determined to ensure that U.S. businesses aren’t overshadowed by foreign industries. But what happens when a U.S. industry that that has relied for years on international suppliers suddenly finds that its resources are being impacted by U.S. tariffs designed to “boost” a relatively small domestic group of manufacturers? Some say that’s the worrisome future of the U.S. solar industry.

Facebook Could Sure Benefit from Embedded Sustainability Strategy

Facebook can can no longer hide behind its claims the company is merely a “technology platform.” If corporate responsibility had been more central to the company’s strategy, it could have avoided this scandal of hate speech, Russian ads and racial profiling in which it is currently embroiled.

130 Organizations Demand a Fair and Just Recovery from Harvey

A coalition of 130 non-profit groups have urged political leaders to ensure that public funds for Hurricane Harvey aid go to the people that need it most – and not to companies that they argue have had leading roles in creating the environmental and economic mess that will take years to cleanup.

San Francisco and Oakland Sue Fossil Fuel Companies Over Sea Level Rise

San Francisco and Oakland are among the growing number of public entities that are looking ahead and realizing the mounting tab they will have to pay for climate change mitigation. This week they took action on that with two suits that name fossil fuel companies as the responsible parties for infrastructure damage caused by global warming and sea level rise.

Six Charts to Explain U.S. State Greenhouse Gas Emissions

As major global greenhouse gas emitters, U.S. states have the economic heft and legislative authority to move the United States toward much lower emissions and cleaner energy. While many have done so in the last decade, some remain stuck in the high-emitting past. The following six charts show how emissions from U.S. states compare, how they are changing and what could come next. These are based on the latest greenhouse gas emissions data World Resources Institute compiled for all 50 states.

Businesses and Local Governments Aggressively Leading on Climate Action

According to a report jointly issued by The Climate Group and the New Climate Institute, climate action is making encouraging progress across the U.S., with or without the federal government. States, cities and the private sector are driving these changes despite the White House’s decision to exit the Paris Agreement.

SPECIAL SERIES: Education in the 21st Century

How to Engage on the Education SDGs

Companies in alignment with the UN’s SDGs can revitalize their own sustainability efforts while demonstrating how they’re contributing to global and national development priorities. This challenge is especially critical when it comes to education. How do you move beyond the rhetoric, roll your sleeves up and engage with these goals – which clearly are important for our future?

Bill and Melinda Gates: The World is on Track to Miss 2030 Sustainability Goals

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has released a report documenting that the world is at risk of missing the 2030 sustainability goals. So they’ve organized a two-day event in New York starting tonight, to harness the world’s attention. It’s all part of a broader plan to ensure that government funding and public awareness support the effort all the way to the finish.

Canada’s NAFTA Upgrade Calls for Improved Worker Rights in U.S. and Mexico

The Trump administration may have high hopes for “modernizing” NAFTA, but so do Canada and Mexico. For Canada it starts with a lofty list of social improvements, including getting rid of US “right-to-work laws” and bringing Mexico’s labor rights in line with its northern neighbors.

Gulf Flood Waters — Breeding Grounds For Mosquitoes, Raising Zika Concerns

For decades governments have been using insecticide spray and other chemicals to reduce the spread of mosquito-borne diseases. But now scientists have come up with another method, thanks to help from Nature — oh, and about 50 years of plodding through tropical jungles. The answer all along, was in the soil …

Florida’s Leadership, Media Fall Short on Sea Level Rise

In the aftermath of Harvey and Irma, critics have pointed out that Florida’s leadership has done little to prepare the state for climate change risks – and the mainstream media has also fallen short when it comes to explaining the role climate change has had on these extreme weather events.