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Germany Sets Three National Solar Records in Two Weeks

New records for solar power production are coming and going at a fast pace in sunny Germany, where the latent effects of a democratic feed-in tariff continue to fuel adoption. All that solar energy capacity is driving innovation and the need for energy storage solutions.

Former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson Weighs In on the Need for a Climate Tax

Speaking specifically about climate change, Henry Paulson, who served as Treasury Secretary during the George W. Bush administration, says: “This is a crisis we can’t afford to ignore. I feel as if I’m watching as we fly in slow motion on a collision course toward a giant mountain. We can see the crash coming, and yet we’re sitting on our hands rather than altering course.”

Startup Crowdsources Lobbying to Influence Politics

It is no secret that money plays an important role in American politics. In the 2012 presidential and congressional elections alone, Americans spent more than $2 billion in support of candidates. However, U.S. citizens spend nearly nothing to ensure those politicians vote accordingly after elected, according to OpenSecrets.org. This allows corporations to leverage their financial power and spend collectively over $3 billion dollars every year to influence these same politicians once in office.

U.N. Global Compact Addresses Sustainable Development in Africa

The event was part of “Africa: Advancing Partnerships and Responsible Business Leadership,” a week-long conference co-sponsored by the U.N. Global Compact. Held in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, it aims to promote corporate social responsibility (CSR) in Africa and explore partnerships between the U.N. and the public and private sectors to advance sustainable development in the region.

Oakland City Council Moves on Coal Transport Ban

Cities do not have the power to prohibit fossil fuel shipments because only the federal government can regulate railroads, so it’s an easy stance to take — it’s a resolution not a law. However fierce local opposition to fossil fuel exports carried on trains through West Coast port areas is putting a severe crimp in industry plans.

Former Shell Chairman Criticizes Industry Inaction on Climate

“Climate change is a problem that absolutely must be tackled, and it is a very urgent problem and the longer we leave it the more and more urgent it becomes,” said James Smith, former chair of Shell U.K. and current chair of the consultancy Carbon Trust.

EDF: Green Trucks Good for the Planet and Business

Heavy trucks haul about 70 percent of U.S. freight, gobbling nearly 2.5 million barrels of oil per day while producing nearly half-a-billion tons of carbon pollution a year, according to the report. By 2040 pollution from this sector is projected to increase by another 40 percent.

Horrors! Seattle is Moving to a $15/hour Minimum Wage

On June 2 the Seattle City Council unanimously approved the adoption of a $15 per hour minimum wage, making Seattle the first major city in America to take this type of action to address income inequality.

Healthy Forests Promoted Under California Cap-and-Trade

April marked a milestone for forest carbon projects when the California Air Resources Board issued the first forest carbon offsets to a project developed under their forestry protocol. The sustainable forest project is notable as a pioneer in this sector; demonstrating the complex and varied demands we place on forests. The project also exemplifies the important role carbon finance can play to diversify revenue and to tip the balance toward sustainable management with both local and global benefits.

Finland Aims for 80 Percent Emissions Cuts with New Climate Act

Finland contributes little in the way of global carbon emissions, but is disproportionately feeling the effects of climate change. Passage of the national climate change act reinforces and builds momentum as Finland moves to build a healthy, vital low-carbon economy and society.

Investor Ready Cities: From London to Rio de Janeiro

Yesterday, we went over a few success stories told in timely and valuable report from Siemens, PwC and Berwin Leighton Paisner. Here are three more inspiring snapshots that tell the story of cities moving towards a more sustainable future.

Farmers Insurance Drops Climate Change Lawsuits Against Chicago-Area Cities

Who should pay for the impacts of climate change? This conundrum was at the center of nine class action lawsuits filed by Farmers Insurance in April against dozens of cities in the Chicago area for failing to prepare for the floods that hit Illinois last spring. The insurance company had argued that local governments should have known that rising global temperatures would result in heavier rains and did not do enough to secure sewers and storm drains. But, in a surprising turn of events, Farmers withdrew the suits last week, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Add Some Spice to GDP with Sex and Drugs

Why not include sex and drugs in the GDP mix, as Italy and the United Kingdom have done? After all, those are economic activities, right?