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Climate Change: Time for businesses to bring innovation to meet environmental sustainability norms
Republished from blogs.economictimes.indiatimes.com  
By R R Rashmi

Everyone was surprised, at the beginning of the year, by the unabashed love expressed by the new US administration for a growth strategy based on coal, oil and gas. This stumped many who were hoping that the Paris Agreement had closed such routes f...
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Wal-Mart Wants Suppliers to Eliminate a Gigaton of Greenhouse Gases by 2030
Republished from Bloomberg.com  
By Matthew Boyle

Wal-Mart Stores Inc., long known for squeezing its suppliers on prices, is now pressuring companies including Unilever and Colgate-Palmolive Co. to help the world’s biggest retailer remove a billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions from its supply chain by 2030.   The re...
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Is It O.K. to Tinker With the Environment to Fight Climate Change?
Republished from NYTIMES.com  
By Jon Gertner

Scientists are investigating whether releasing tons of particulates into the atmosphere might be good for the planet. Not everyone thinks this is a good idea.   For the past few years, the Harvard professor David Keith has been sketching this vision: Ten Gulfstream jets, outfitted with special en...
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Newly Merged DanoneWave Now the Largest U.S. Public Benefit Corp.
Republished from triplepundit.com  
By Leon Kaye

Plant-based foods and beverages, as well as organic dairy products, are surging in popularity due to their perceived nutrition, environmental benefits or a combination of both.   Last summer, French multinational food company Danone acquired WhiteWave Foods, which owns brands such as Silk,...
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White House Leaning Toward Exiting Paris Agreement By Next Week, Sources Say
Republished from huffingtonpost.com  
By Alexander C. Kaufman and Kate Sheppard

President Donald Trump may pull the United States out of the Paris Agreement on climate change as early as next week, sources with knowledge of the plans told HuffPost on Tuesday.   The historic agreement between 195 countries to cut greenhouse ...
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Six megatrends that could alter the course of sustainable development
Republished from theguardian.com  
By Esuna Dugarova and Nergis Gülasan

We are approaching two years into implementing the ambitious 2030 Agenda – a historic agreement to end poverty, combat inequalities, promote peaceful and inclusive societies, and protect the environment. The new global framework, with 17 sustainable development ...
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Our Climate Future Is Actually Our Climate Present
Republished from nytimes.com  
By John Mooallem

A few years ago, a locally famous blogger in San Francisco, known as Burrito Justice, created an exquisitely disorienting map, with help from a cartographer named Brian Stokle, and started selling copies of it online. The map imagined the city in the year 2072, after 60 years of rapid sea-level rise totaling 200 ...
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How a Warming Planet Drives Human Migration
Republished from nytimes.com  
By Jessica Benko

Climate change is not equally felt across the globe, and neither are its longer term consequences. This map overlays human turmoil — represented here by United Nations data on nearly 64 million “persons of concern,” whose numbers have tripled since 2005 — with climate turmoil, represented by data f...
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Republicans Break Ranks With Pledge to Fight Climate Change
Republished from finance.yahoo.com  
By Eric Roston

Seventeen conservative Republican members of Congress—10 of them in their first or second terms—are bucking long-time party positions and the new occupant of the White House. They announced on Wednesday that they’re supporting a clear statement about the risks associated with climate ...
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Don’t look now, but reality is winning the climate debate
Republished from thewashingtonpost.com  
By Philip Bump

Many of the estimates of the long-term effects of climate change focus on outcomes that will be obvious by the year 2100. Climate change isn’t weather change, and the slow warming of the Earth is best measured by changes over decades, not days. That’s been inconvenient for those hoping ...
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Paris Accord Could Make the World $19 Trillion Richer
Republished from bloomberg.com  
By Jess Shankleman

Efforts to slow climate change won’t just keep the planet habitable. They will also boost the world economy by $19 trillion.   Investments in renewable power and energy efficiency will add about 0.8 percent to global gross domestic product by 2050, the International Renewable Energy Agency, o...
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The enormous risk of being silent on climate change
Republished from linkedin.com  
By Janet Napolitano

The science is indisputable: Our climate is changing, the planet is warming and sea levels are rising. Weather patterns are shifting, at times exacting a punishing toll on communities. More and more, taxpayers are footing the bill for the havoc wreaked by powerful floods, wildfires and storms made worse by cli...
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Businesses ‘vulnerable’ if they fail to confront climate risk
Republished from boardagenda.com  
By Gavin Hinks

Academics insist business leaders need to take the Paris climate change agreement seriously or increase the risks to their business models.   Businesses that fail to understand that policy makers were serious about cuts to carbon usage at the Paris COP 21 meeting in December risk making themse...
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Task Force releases climate risk recommendations
Republished from boardagenda.com  
By Gavin Hinks

Recommendations from the FSB Task Force calls on companies to disclose the effect of climate change on business strategy as well as describing boards’ oversight of climate risk.   The task force charged with defining new corporate disclosures related to climate change has released its recommendation...
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Feel the heat: climate change reporting
Republished from boardagenda.com  
By David Cooke

Campaign group ClientEarth has made formal complaints against two energy companies, claiming they failed to properly address climate risk in their annual reports. David Cooke, a lawyer with ClientEarth, explains why.   Pressure is building on carbon-intensive companies to disclose their climate-related risks to investo...
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Confronting climate change risk
Republished from boardagenda.com  
By Gavin Hinks

Investors are beginning to analyse their portfolios for climate change risk and carbon content as the issues rise up the investment agenda. What are their strategies for confronting the problem?   In September last year Bank of England governor Mark Carney caused a stir with a speech in which he warned of serious risk to inves...
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Chilean Wildfires Offer A Glimpse Of Climate Risks In California And Elsewhere
Republished from Huffingtonpost.com  
By Jeremy Deaton  

Last week, wildfires swept through Chile, fueled by hot, windy weather. The blazes claimed 11 lives, razed 1,500 homes and burned down an area of forest roughly the size of Maui. Flames filled the sky with soot and ash and rendered once-vibrant towns as burnt and...
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A Conservative Climate Solution’: Republican Group Calls for Carbon Tax
Republished from NYTimes.com  
By John Schwartz

A group of Republican elder statesmen is calling for a tax on carbon emissions to fight climate change.   The group, led by former Secretary of State James A. Baker III, with former Secretary of State George P. Shultz and Henry M. Paulson Jr., a former secretary of the Treasury...
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Bill Gates warns against denying climate change
Republished from USAToday.com  
By Anne-Marcelle Ngabirano

Bill Gates warned against denying climate change and pushed for more innovation in clean energy, during an event Friday at Columbia University in New York.   The billionaire philanthropist and Microsoft co-founder joined friend and fellow billionaire Warren Buffett for a q...
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As Climate Change Accelerates, Floating Cities Look Like Less of a Pipe Dream
Republished from NYTIMES.com  
By Mike Ives

HONG KONG — You might call it a Noah’s Ark for an era of melting polar ice sheets. An audacious plan to respond to climate change by building a city of floating islands in the South Pacific is moving forward, with the government of French Polynesia agreeing to consider...
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Trump, in Interview, Moderates Views but Defies Conventions
Republished from NYTIMES.com  
By Michael D. Shear, Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Maggie Haberman

President-elect Donald J. Trump on Tuesday tempered some of his most extreme campaign promises, dropping his vow to jail Hillary Clinton, expressing doubt about the value of torturing terrorism suspects and pledging to have an open mind about climate change. &...
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Hundreds Of U.S. Businesses Urge Trump To Uphold Paris Climate Deal
Republished from NPR.com  
By Merrit Kennedy

Hundreds of businesses such as Starbucks, General Mills and Hewlett Packard are asking President-elect Donald Trump to follow through on U.S. commitments to combat climate change. They argue it's good for business.   More than 360 companies and investors made their plea in an open letter to ...
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The Fortune 500 Can’t Go Along with a Rollback on Climate Policy
Republished from Harvard Business Review  
By Rebecca M. Henderson

The Paris climate agreement – under which governments from around the world agreed to keep the global temperature rise to two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels — came into force last week, and this week delegates from almost 200 countries are meeting in ...
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We Don’t Need a ‘War’ on Climate Change, We Need a Revolution
Republished from NYTimes.com  
By Eric S. Godoy and Aaron Jaffe

This year is on track to become the hottest ever recorded, and a growing number of environmentalists are using a particular type of language in response. Some are calling for a huge “mobilization” to “combat” climate change. In an article in the New Republic ...
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Polar vortex shifting due to climate change, extending winter, study finds
Republished from thewashingtonpost.com  
By Jason Samenow

Global warming could be making winters in eastern North America even longer, according to a new study.   The study finds that, because of sea ice loss in the Arctic, the polar vortex is shifting and temperatures are turning colder during March.   The polar vortex is ...
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Global wine production falls by 5% due to 'climatic events'
Republished from theguardian.com  
By Stephanie Kirschgaessner

Global wine production has fallen by 5% because of “climatic events” causing steep drops in production in most of the southern hemisphere, particularly Chile and Argentina.   While the amount of wine produced this year should meet estimated consumer demand, the figures from ...
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Scientists Accidentally Discover Efficient Process to Turn CO2 Into Ethanol
Republished From Popularmechanics.com  
By Avery Thompson

Scientists at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee have discovered a chemical reaction to turn CO2 into ethanol, potentially creating a new technology to help avert climate change. Their findings were published in the journal ChemistrySelect.   The researchers were ...
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Western forest fires doubled by climate change in last 30 years
Republished From Treehugger.com   By Melissa Breyer

A new study says that since 1984, heightened temperatures and aridity have caused fires to spread across twice as much area as they would have otherwise.   Growing up in the foothills of Los Angeles’ San Gabriel Mountains, fires were just part of life. Some days we would wake ...
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L.A.’s Quest to Cut Fossil Fuels
Republished From NYTimes.com   By The Editorial Board

Los Angeles has suffered the worst ozone pollution of any American city for three years running.   Coastal areas of the city could be swallowed by the Pacific by the end of the century as a warming climate causes sea levels to rise. A natural gas leak in northwestern Los Angeles, finally plugged in February, was the most...
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Coffee And Climate Change: In Brazil, A Disaster Is Brewing
Republished From NPR   By Lulu Garcia-Navarro

Coffee lovers, alert! A new report says that the world's coffee supply may be in danger owing to climate change. In the world's biggest coffee-producing nation, Brazil, the effects of warming temperatures are already being felt in some communities.   You can see the effects in places like Naygney Assu's ...
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Trump denies saying climate change was Chinese hoax — and is contradicted by his own Twitter account
Republished From Marketwatch   By Robert Schroeder

Hillary Clinton called out Donald Trump at their first debate on Monday night for labeling climate change a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese.    Trump denied saying that. But his own Twitter feed contradicts him, with the real-estate magnate tweeting ba...
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TECH INTERNET OF THINGS The World Just Hit This Disturbing Climate Change Metric
Republished From Fortune   By Katie Fehrenbacher

It’s a quiet turning point against the backdrop of U.S. politics.    Earth has seemingly passed a worrisome threshold for the changing climate this week, according to scientists.   The last week in September is often the time of the year when the planet’...
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A New Debate Over Pricing the Risks of Climate Change
Republished From The NY Times   By HIROKO TABUCHI and CLIFFORD KRAUSS

Some companies, including Exxon Mobil, say the economics of climate change are too hard to predict for them to give investors hard numbers about the business impact of global warming.   Federal regulators may disagree and are considering requiring Exxon to do just that for the value...
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Military experts say climate change poses 'significant risk' to security
Republished From The Guardian
By Oliver Milman

A coalition of 25 prominent members of US national security community warn that higher temperatures and rising seas will inundate bases and fuel conflict    The Pentagon ordered its officials in January to start incorporateing climate change into every major consideration, f...
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France Just Banned Plastic Cups and Cutlery
Republished From munchies.vice.com

Half the fun of an al fresco lunch is the challenge of steadying a slice of quiche, three sausage rolls, and a squashed crisp sandwich on a precariously balanced plastic plate, all while inexpertly stabbing at a rogue cherry tomato with a disposable spork.

But plastic cutlery and Solo cups of warm Chardonnay co...
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Sweeping plan to use Mojave for solar, wind development wins OK
Republished From SFGATE
By Carolyn Lochhead

At the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in California's Mojave Desert, some of the plant's 347,000 garage-door-sized mirrors used to generate power can be seen. California is looking for a reliable way to store green energy for when customers need it. (Mark Boster/Los Angeles Times/TNS) Photo: Mar...
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Rural America’s New Cash Crop: Renewable Energy
Republished from Takepart.com By John R. Platt

A federal program is bringing solar energy and other green technology to farms and small communities.  A winery with a solar array in rural Oregon. A greenhouse in Montana tapping geothermal energy. A farm in Kansas that deployed an energy-efficient irrigation system. These are just a few of the more than 15,000 small bu...
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Holy Grail of energy policy in sight as battery technology smashes the old order
Republished From The Telegraph

The world's next energy revolution is probably no more than five or ten years away. Cutting-edge research into cheap and clean forms of electricity storage is moving so fast that we may never again need to build 20th Century power plants in this country, let alone a nuclear wh...
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Global Warming Will Make It Nearly Impossible to Hold the Summer Olympics
Republished From Gizmodo
By George Dvorsky

Olympic organizers have made climate change a central theme at the current games—and for good reason. A sobering new study shows that by the 2084 Olympics, rising temperatures will make it practically impossible for most cities to host the summer games.   In a new commentary publis...
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Nielsen: Sustainability and company growth 'are not mutually exclusive'
Republished From Waste Dive By Kristin Musulin   "Consumers are doing their homework on companies before they choose to do business with them," said Nielsen Project Development Director Erica Parker at the recent Global Sustainability Summit in New Orleans. Parker and colleague, Elizabeth Kiniorski, presented on the importance of sustainable goods in...
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Flooding of Coast, Caused by Global Warming, Has Already Begun
Republished From The New York Times
By JUSTIN GILLIS   NORFOLK, Va. — Huge vertical rulers are sprouting beside low spots in the streets here, so people can judge if the tidal floods that increasingly inundate their roads are too deep to drive through. Five hundred miles down the Atlantic Coast, the only road to Tybee Island, Ga., is disappearing beneath t...
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Clean Energy Jobs Are Exploding in America. Why Don’t Mainstream Reporters Know?
Republished From The Guardian
By Jigar Shah

Some journalists are still pushing a false narrative about wind and solar jobs, argues Jigar Shah.   Like many Americans, I am an avid listener to American Public Media’s program Marketplace. The show bills itself as "the most widely heard program on business and the economy...
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Obama on Climate Change: The Trends Are ‘Terrifying’
Republished From The New York Times

MIDWAY ATOLL — Seventy-four years ago, a naval battle off this remote spit of land in the middle of the Pacific Ocean changed the course of World War II. Last week, President Obama flew here to swim with Hawaiian monk seals and draw attenti...
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Humans have destroyed a tenth of Earth's wilderness in 25 years – study
Republished From The Guardian By Adam Vaughan

Experts warn there may be no unspoilt places left within a century as report shows an area twice the size of Alaska has been lost since 1993  Humans have destroyed a tenth of Earth’s remaining wilderness in the last 25 years and there may be none left within a century if trends...
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This is New York in the not-so-distant future
Republished From New York Magazine
By Andrew Rice

Even locals who believe climate change is real have a hard time grasping that their city will almost certainly be flooded beyond recognition.   Klaus Jacob, a German professor affiliated with Columbia’s University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, is a geophysicist by pro...
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California Just Took a Huge Step in the Fight Against Climate Change
Republished From Mother Jones

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill calling for a massive reduction in carbon pollution. California governor Jerry Brown signed historic legislation Thursday, establishing one of the most ambitious carbon reduction goals in the world. The bill, SB 32, has enormous implications for the state's...
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Why We Need a Carbon Tax, and Why it Won’t Be Enough
Republished From Yale Environment 360
By Bill McKibben

It feels as if we may be getting close, or at least closer, as a nation to putting some kind of price on global warming pollution.

Bernie Sanders campaigned all year on a straight-up carbon tax, and though Hillary Clinton hasn’t signed on to that, her team on the Democratic Party platform commit...
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New York City is Sinking, and No One Knows What to Do
Republished From TriplePundit
By Leon Kaye

New York City was proactive on tackling climate change risks long before Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc across the boroughs in autumn 2012. Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his successor, Bill De Blasio, have shown leadership on climate change resilience that inspired other cities to launch similar lon...
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