National Carbon Commitments: Good, But Good Enough?

The UNFCCC’s deadline has passed, and a preliminary vote is in: We’ve slashed the projected global temp for the next century, but not far enough. Here’s the round up of what 146 nations did to move the mark away from global warming, and why meeting the 2°C maximum temp is going to be tough, but doable.


Volkswagen Is Not Alone in Emissions, Performance Problems

Critics are asking why it took the EPA and California Air Resources Board 18 months to tell consumers that they were aware of serious emissions problems with some VW diesel vehicles. And while fed and state regulators say they will be looking more closely at other brands, a European advocacy group has already determined that VW is not alone in its problems, and that there needs to be greater oversight in testing by government regulators.

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On Climate Change, Republicans Are Not a Monolithic Voting Group

According to a new poll conducted late last month, a majority of Republicans, even those described as conservative, are open to new forms of energy in order to reduce the country’s dependence on imported fossil fuels. Has the GOP turned a corner?


XPrize to Pay $20M for Successful Carbon Capture + Conversion

Always wanted to win $20 million? Well, now’s your chance. Figure out how, and what to convert the world’s carbon emissions to, and you’ll have the attention of scientists all over the world. Oh, and you may just solve one of the biggest challenges yet facing our battle against climate change.

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17 Goals to Rule Them All: How the SDGs Can Benefit Organizations

Ultimately, the SDGs will affect organizations and institutions of all shapes and sizes, from the European Union to municipalities and corporations, and engagement from a wide scale of actors will be crucial in shaping the future agenda. The playing field and the adoption of the SDGs marks a new era for both the public and private sector to deepen and broaden their sustainability efforts.

For the audacious sustainable development goals to be met, we need to harness the enthusiasm brought to the Occupy movement.

For the SDGs to Succeed, Combine Old and New Power

Many of us have heard about public-private partnerships and other multi-stakeholder initiatives. But what if we looked at a new type of partnership- between large organizations and a generation of grassroots change-makers looking to make a difference?


Companies, Communities Step Up to Inspire Nations to Help Syrian Refugees

If Nova Scotia’s Mi’kaq First Nations are successful in their petition to the Canadian government, the island of Cape Breton will be a new home for Syrian refugees. And if the Israeli company SodaStream gets its way, it will be able to provide jobs for 1,000 refugees – in Israel. A variety of companies and communities are stepping up to help the burgeoning flow of refugees – in some cases, to the consternation of their governments. Is this the new humanitarian movement, or just a gentle encouragement for governments to help? Either way, they are committed to making a difference in Syria’s humanitarian crisis.

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Behind the Scenes on the Sustainable Development Goals

The 193 members of the United Nations adopted the sustainable development goals. We spoke with UN special advisor Amina J Mohammed to better understand the thinking behind the new goals.