Using the system-wide approach to understanding climate change and concrete impacts on the local community, West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC) in partnership with the City of Grand Rapids, developed the first of its kind, Climate Resiliency Report.
Category: Policy & Government
The COP 19 climate conference in Warsaw, Poland might not have been very effective, but it sure was interesting. For many, it was defined by the presence of Poland’s fossil fuel industry. Here is a look at how Poland is doubling down on coal use and possible shale gas development, plus the country’s carbon emissions and what a few regular Polish citizens think of all this.
The Canadian province of Ontario is pushing legislation that would outlaw the use of coal for power generation. As part of that plan, last week it announced the end of two of its coal-burning plants – with more closures to come.
While the sustainable business world keeps focusing on ways to increase sustainable consumption as a path to a more sustainable future, when we look at reality we see a clear pattern – systemic changes that make or will make a difference are derived by sustainable citizenship, not sustainable consumption.
Nearly 3,000 miners and workers from across the coal industry descended on Capitol Hill late last month to protest President Obama’s alleged “War on Coal” — more specifically the carbon emission rules the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released for new power plants, and will release for existing plants in 2014.
The rules, pursuant of the Clean Air Act, cap carbon emissions at future coal-fired power plants at 1,100 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt hour and 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt hour for new natural gas power plants. With the average coal-fired power plant emitting around 1,800 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt hour, naturally the Coal Lobby was displeased.
Paul Simpson, CEO of CDP, talks about COP19 in Warsaw and what needs to be done in order for COP21 in Paris in 2015 to result in a new climate deal.
Launched by Bolsa Mexicana de Valores and wholesale financial markets broker SIF ICAP, the MEXICO2 platform seeks to promote and foster private and public sector investment and collaboration in climate change mitigation initiatives that reduce carbon and greenhouse gas emissions, including renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable forestry and agricultural projects.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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