23 terms you should know about COP23

November 16, 2017 by  
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It’s an alphabet soup out there at the United Nations climate talks. Here’s how to digest all the acronyms.

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COP22 kicks off in Morocco with controversial presence of fossil fuel industry representatives

November 7, 2016 by  
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Days after the historic Paris climate deal went into effect, world leaders have again convened to discuss tactics for fighting climate change , this time in Marrakech, Morocco. The COP22 climate talks will offer an opportunity for government leaders from nations around the globe to cooperate in devising goals to reduce the effects of climate change. As Morocco takes advantage of the summit’s timing to launch new nationwide food security programs, controversy ensues following the inclusion of coal and oil interests in the international discussions. Morocco—which relies heavily on local agriculture—has been uniquely impacted by climate change, experiencing highs and lows in the same year as a result of shifting weather patterns. While this year’s regular El Niño season drenched croplands, producing above-average yields, it was followed by an intense dry period during which there was no rain for more than two months. The uncertainty of agricultural yields prompted Moroccan leadership to develop programs to address food security issues, and the nation is launching its Adaptation of African Agriculture (AAA) initiative, timed with the kickoff of the COP22 conference. Related: UN warns of 3C global temperature increase without swift and aggressive global leadership Morocco’s AAA plan involves improving soil management, as well as water and irrigation management, combined with better weather forecasting and insurance for drought-impacted farmers. Each of these efforts is designed to help support continued agriculture while maximizing its output with efficient methods that can, hopefully, endure some of the unstable weather conditions the nation will see in years to come. Taking swift action to address food security seems like a bold and positive move, but it’s not quite so simple. In addition to world leaders, Morocco’s climate summit also involves representatives of corporate interests —namely coal and oil giants like ExxonMobil, Chevron, Peabody, BP, Shell and RioTinto. Critics claim their presence equates to a conflict of interest, while others interpret their involvement as a brave step forward in attempting to partner with fossil fuel industries for cooperative change. It remains to be seen what influence these companies will have on delegates working to construct international climate change plans, as they will have “observer status” to nearly every official conversation as part of the global summit. Via The Guardian Images via Richard Allaway/Flickr and Pixabay

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Cutting-edge Science Center in Lithuania is topped with solar panels

November 7, 2016 by  
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The design treats public spaces as singular open-space volumes. The main entrance hall is arched with a spherical planetarium suspended overhead, while the south hall is a double-height open space for large-scale exhibition . A long-span cantilevering volume is built using structural steel fabricated into box and beam sections that make it appear to float in mid-air. Related: “Eyesore” garage transformed into a stunning waterfall illusion in Lithuania Prefab modular steel elements that make up the structural backbone of the project are efficient and quick to construct and require less labor. The project, which aims for a LEED certification , uses advanced ventilation systems and the adjacent river to cool the building. Solar panels embedded into the facade provide clean energy . + Architects of Invention

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How businesses will help governments hit climate targets

April 22, 2016 by  
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It will take meaningful public-private cooperation, with an eye toward innovative solutions, to realize the goals that emerged from the Paris climate talks.

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State of Green Business: Extractives dig deeper into sustainability

February 29, 2016 by  
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The Paris climate talks are catalyzing long-discussed reforms to energy exploration.

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Beyond big goals: Where does business go from here on climate?

February 25, 2016 by  
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The Paris climate talks were a visible rallying point for corporate climate action. Executives from We Mean Business, Facebook and Microsoft weigh in on what’s next.

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Green Bank Network aims to unleash private clean energy capital

February 9, 2016 by  
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Private financing options to scale renewable energy were a hot topic at the Paris climate talks, but it will take better coordination to harness those funds.

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The 2-degree business plan: How investors can cut climate risk

January 28, 2016 by  
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With a meeting of the finance minds underway in New York, it’s time to talk about how investors can address systemic risks raised during the COP21 climate talks.

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COP21 is giving sustainability a sporting chance

December 9, 2015 by  
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Innovation in sports took a front row at the U.N. climate talks, as Olympic pros explored future wins alongside execs from BT and Dow.

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COP21 at the midpoint: What happened, and what’s next?

December 7, 2015 by  
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Here’s what happened in week one of the Paris climate talks, expectations for week two and what it all means for business.

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