Climate & Environment
This category is climate change in relation to sustainability and CSR and how these segments effect one another. This includes how climate change has started to cause a wide range of physical effects with serious implications for investors and businesses, and how the business sector discloses climate risks and manage them.
A semi-remote Brazilian tribe has turned high-tech in an effort to protect its tropical forest, which is being devastated by poachers. It’s the latest effort to safeguard indigenous lands, which hold more than a fifth of the worlds trees. That’s according to a report that was released at COP21 last week, calling for global action to ensure that the forests that are vital to offsetting carbon emissions aren’t cut down for commercial profit.
Bill McKibben, co-founder of 350.org said, “This didn’t save the planet, but it may have saved the chance of saving the planet.” Climate crusader James Hansen, who was among the first to sound the alarm, was less pleased with the level of compromise, calling the outcome a “fraud.” So, how should we feel about the COP21 outcome? Is it enough?
Two climate researchers, Brent Sohngen and Robert H. Beach, found that with an average price of $27.25 per ton of carbon, “Deforestation can be potentially be virtually eliminated.”
Volvo announced last week that it is leaving the National Mining Association over the lobbying group’s opposition to President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan.
I’m over Greenland headed home to San Francisco and just got the news that a strong climate agreement has been reached back in Paris. Peeking out the window to see ice caps brought a tear to my eyes, when I realized they don’t actually have to melt.
We will share details on the agreement in the coming days. In the mean time here are some reactions from NGOs who were official observers at the talks:
This morning, Nick Nuttall, coordinator of communications and outreach for the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), told the press that COP21 negotiations will continue into Saturday “to reach the best possible deal.” While we’re waiting to see if the Paris talks will culminate in a long-awaited global agreement on climate change, let’s catch up on all the big news of the week.
While observers wait on pins and needles for the final outcome of this year’s COP21 climate talks, GRI’s Deputy Director takes a moment to reflect on the 15+ years of negotiations she’s witnessed and participated in.
For America to take the next step on climate will require a post-2020 return to bipartisan policymaking on climate. But that’s not a reason to be grim! Eban Goodstein explains why there is still reason for optimism about American politics.
A sustainable economy will depend on policies that will help advance change on a societal level. Here are three important policies that can do that.