The last federal body charged with addressing community resilience to climate change received the ax from the Trump administration. In the last two years the panel had succeeded in attracting a private sponsor of scientists and doctors and was on its way to amassing data on ways to implement better resilience in local communities.
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More bad news for coal: the Republican-led tax “reform” bill could chop out a key provision that provides low cost funds for carbon capture projects.
The signing of the Paris Agreement in December 2015 was a “watershed moment,” for international unity and also for business, says Cynthia Cummins, Director of Private Sector Climate Mitigation for WRI, in a recent interview with TriplePundit.
Wisconsin’s renewable energy profile is a little behind the national average, but it is strong enough to shutter coal power plants and attract new jobs.
Fundación Grupo Puntacana claims it serves as a model of how the public and private sectors can allow tourism to thrive while mitigating any environmental and social impacts in local communities.
Thanks to cheaper and more efficient air travel, not to mention the growth of the middle class in emerging economies, more people are traveling abroad than ever before. Yet tourism operates in its own silo – that needs to change if this industry can grow at stratospheric rates while becoming more sustainable.
EPA Hides Clean Power Plan Hearing; Can’t Hide Truth About Business Case for Cutting Carbon, Clean Energy
The Trump Administration and new EPA chief Scott Pruitt claim that by putting limits on carbon pollution on existing power plants, the Clean Power Plan will hurt our economy and jobs. They say businesses don’t like the plan. That’s just not true.
If it were, the EPA might’ve been more forthcoming when planning this week’s hearing. Instead, it held the hearing yesterday, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, in the not-so-easy-to-get-to-city of Charleston, West Virginia, the epicenter of the nation’s coal industry back when coal was king.
Canada’s softwood lumber may not be its biggest export industry, but it has been an essential import for the U.S. for decades. But things may be changing between the two countries. U.S. tariffs and political differences about how to price a country’s lumber are driving a wedge at the NAFTA negotiation table. And Canadian companies may not be the ones that will suffer the most from those tariffs, says the National Association of Homebuilders.
The question many businesses are forced to ask themselves is how to enforce human rights compliance across an increasingly complex global network if the current system isn’t working. A great first step would be to stop enforcing, and start engaging. In other words, a little less stick and a little more carrot.
The Green Climate Fund, which was supposed to ensure that developing nations would receive the necessary help and funding to adapt to climate change, is facing steep criticism these days. The problem, critics say, is not just that there isn’t enough money to complete the staggering number of climate mitigation projects needed, but that there isn’t enough transparency as to how the money is being allocated.
By Michael Eberhart Forward-thinking business leaders are increasingly choosing to take the “high road” by offering their employees better wages, flexible schedules, and benefits like paid family leave and paid sick days. They understand that taking care of their employees is good for their business – increasing morale, productivity, and profits. But beyond that, … Continued
Later this November, government ministers, business figures and committed people from a range of environmental organizations will be meeting at the World Forum on Natural Capital in Edinburgh. The focus will be on how we value and better protect the precious and limited resources like oceans, soil, and woodlands. This is the natural capital that human enterprise depends on.
While it may seem that we have taken – and are taking – giant steps backwards, it is important to remember that evolution happens when the climate changes. And faced with this ‘climate change’ – people, governments and businesses are standing up and speaking up for what matters – environmentally, socially and economically. That will, ultimately be the thing that matters most from 2017. If we continue to act.
In Brazil, a proposed bill would drastically lower the country’s federal taxes on the country’s vast offshore oil reserves – undercutting much of the global competition in the oil sector while increasing climate change risks worldwide.
Nonprofit Tipping Point Community, which works to combat poverty and homelessness in the Bay Area, has realized that solutions to intractable problems like education reform, housing and support for reducing homelessness don’t just depend on public funding. They emerge from innovative research and collective dialogue with all stakeholders. We chat with Founder and CEO Daniel Lurie and Tipping Point’s T Lab Director, Stephanie Lewis about their innovative and effective approach.