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Conserving Biodiversity Sounds Good, but What Does It Really Mean?

Most nations have not only failed to deliver on International commitments, but lack the basic capacity to realize agreed-upon goals, according to the new UN Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystems Services. Faced with a looming crisis, IPBES chairman Zakri Al Hamid, speaking at a meeting in Kuala Lumpur, called on 300 scientists spanning 72 countries “to get through to policy makers, politicians, captains of industry and the general public.”

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Obama Issues New Executive Order on Climate Change

The timing is significant. Just a few days after the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, when President Obama stood among the rubble and vowed to do something about climate change, he issued an Executive Order designed to encourage Americans to incorporate climate change awareness into their activities and plans.

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Social Sustainability in Sports: Tackling Gay Intolerance for Sochi 2014

The 2014 Sochi Olympics have presented a sustainability challenge for corporate sponsors. In addition to the greening of sports, the social impacts of sports are also important, and sports as a platform for greater inclusion is driving sports organizations to reexamine their responsibility to fight intolerance.

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Climate Change Inaction Costs Taxpayers Billions

There is a lingering perception that investing in technologies, initiatives and processeses aimed at countering climate change is just another drain on already troubled U.S. taxpayers. But what about the cost of inaction?

According to a new report by Ceres, extreme weather events cost the United States $100 billion in 2012, most of which went towards federal crop, flood, wildfire and disaster relief. While naysayers continue to claim weather events like Hurricane Sandy and climate change are unrelated, scientists agree that climate change exacerbates extreme weather events. The intensity and frequency of these events will only increase as the planet warms up.

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The Evolution of Sustainability Planning in Grand Rapids

By Haris Alibašić Through the careful development of a sustainability plan, the city of Grand Rapids, Michigan has become one of the most sustainability planning-oriented communities in the United States. In a presentation entitled Taking Sustainable Cities Seriously: How Cities Choose their Paths Towards Sustainability to the Community Sustainability Partnership Summit held in Grand Rapids … Continued

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The IPCC Summary Report on Climate Change: What It Means for Impact Investing

The long-awaited IPCC Summary Report on Climate Change emerged amid a flurry of media coverage and a volley of commentary, both pro and cont. Its main conclusions were clear, however: climate change is real, its effects are already measurable, and it is being caused by human activity. What does the report means for impact investing?

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Businesses Denounce Austerity, Urge Congress to Invest in Sustainable Economy

The Capitol Hill standoff between President Obama and House Republicans may be over (for now), but more than 165,000 businesses say the budget deal reached by Congress last week does not go far enough to address the underlying economic problems afflicting the nation. The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) has called for policymakers to stop imposing austerity and begin making strategic investments to foster a sustainable economy.