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3p Weekend: Every Sustainability Acronym, Explained

We often hear that sustainability is a hot mess of acronyms that are intimidating to newcomers. We agree. Here’s a comprehensive list of acronyms and abbreviations every sustainability professional should know.

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Developing Nations’ Renewable Investments to Exceed Those of Developed World

The combined clean energy investment of developing countries, including China, Brazil, India and South Africa, totaled $131 billion in 2014, only 6 percent less than the combined total for developed countries. The gap is narrowing and is expected to close soon. Then, we will be the ones doing the chasing.

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Asia’s Most Sustainable Cities Prove to Be the Future of Urbanization

This year’s Sustainable Cities Index reported the top 10 sustainable cities of 2015. Europe dominated the top 10 overall rankings, holding seven of the 10 places. No U.S. cities made the top 10 (Boston ranked highest at No. 15). In fact, three remaining top 10 spots belong to Asian cities that are on the forefront of sustainable development.

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New Report Offers Advice on Selling Sustainability, But Is it Right?

Why is selling sustainability so difficult? This question opens a new report from BSR and Futerra, aiming to provide an effective framework that marketers struggling with this challenge could use. However, for marketers losing sleep over how to sell sustainable products and services and wondering if this is the report they’ve been looking for – let me just say this, your troubles are (probably) not over yet.

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The Coming, Preventable Phosphorus Crisis

We’re running out of phosphorus, one of the most important elements in soil that is critical for agriculture. Time to expand ecological farming, a solution that could replenish soils and build sustainability.

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Why Climate Change is a Business and Human Rights Issue

This is a key year for climate action by both governments and companies. In the lead-up to the much-anticipated Paris climate talks, states are preparing their pledges, and business leaders are developing their approach at meetings such as the Business & Climate Summit this week. Despite devastating impacts of climate change on the rights to health, water, food, housing, livelihood and life, human rights have been on the sidelines of these discussions.

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SAP Develops Workforce of the Future

SAP has turned workforce management into a competitive advantage through some outside-the-box thinking. Programs that support employees with autism widen the hiring pool, and formal opportunities in “intrapreneurship” give high-energy employees the chance to give entrepreneurship a try.

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Obama Calls Climate Change ‘Immediate Threat’

Speaking to this year’s graduating class of the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, President Barack Obama called climate change “a serious threat to global security” and “an immediate risk to our national security.”

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Supply Chain Sustainability Takes Center Stage in Cannes

The Cannes red carpet is more about glitz than sustainable fashion. Kering, the official fashion partner of the annual international film festival, might change that. Parent to brands such as Volcom, Stella McCartney and Gucci, Kering is the first multinational company to publicly estimate the environmental costs of activities across its entire supply chain.

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Government Fossil Fuel Subsidies Total a ‘Shocking’ $5.3 Trillion

Dramatically higher than previously estimated, fossil fuel subsidies exceed what the world’s governments spend on health care, according to the International Monetary Fund. What’s more, they’re likely to remain this high — despite fossil fuels being the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions, the main culprit driving climate change.

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Chevron Called to Carpet for Trying to Buy Local Election

Ahead of Chevron’s shareholder meeting on May 27, community members from Richmond, California, delivered over 100,000 petition signatures in support of a shareholder resolution that calls on Chevron to end its spending to influence elections.

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These Social Impact Ads Will Make You Smile

Studies show that millennials want to buy from companies that are interested in more than profit. They want to support brands that care. Here’s a lineup of the newest and most beautiful social impact ads from companies, a band and a city that care.

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Why Sustainability Requires More Than Technological Advances

To fully understand the role of technology in achieving sustainability, we must first acknowledge the role that technology had in providing us the means to stray off the pathway to sustainability in the first place.

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CVS Wants to Help Cities Safely Dispose of Old Medications

Between 10 and 30 percent of all prescription and over-the-counter drugs sold are left unconsumed, and all those leftover medications pose significant risks to public health and the environment. But CVS Health has decided it wants to do its part to stem the tide of prescription and over-the-counter medications filling up our medicine cabinets and clogging our waterways.