Legal liability could catalyze action on climate change

May 15, 2019 by  
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Like anti-tobacco litigation and legislation, could climate action be forced by the courts?

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Cleaning up the carbon footprint of that Amazon Prime purchase

May 15, 2019 by  
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Inside the complex world of decarbonizing e-commerce shipping.

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Who will save Africa’s rural farmers when investment and climate change roll in?

May 15, 2019 by  
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With the continent in transformation, there are three key areas to focus on for climate action.

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The mixed promise of renewable natural gas to decarbonize fleets

May 15, 2019 by  
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Advocates of RNG are bullish, but are apples-to-oranges comparisons driving the optimism?

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Court in Germany paves the way for the immediate ban of older diesel vehicles

May 22, 2018 by  
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The top administrative court in Germany has issued a ruling that empowers municipalities to ban older diesel vehicles, effective immediately, in pursuit of cleaner air. This decision comes only one day after the European Commission filed a complaint with the European Court of Justice, the highest court in the European Union (EU), that cited Germany for its cities’ continued failure to meet EU standards on nitrogen dioxide (NO?) levels. “Such restrictions, in their intensity, do not go beyond other passage and stopping bans as justified by road law requirements, which motorists always have to reckon with and which they principally have to accept,” the court said in a 30-page statement. The recent ruling and how cities respond will have significant consequences for European automakers such as Volkswagen , which have invested heavily in diesel vehicles. Diesel is known to create less greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change while emitting greater amounts of other pollutants that can cause respiratory disease. In Germany, a more dramatic diesel ban may undermine the government of Chancellor Angela Merkel, which has been criticized for its closeness to the industry. “This ruling is a disaster for the government which one-sidedly stands in for the greed for profit by the carmakers while leaving 10 million owners of manipulated diesel cars alone,” Juergen Resch, managing director of Germany’s DUH environmental lobby, told Eco News . Related: Rome is banning all oil-burning cars by 2024 Once imposed, diesel bans could remove millions of vehicles from the road almost immediately. Only 2.7 million of the 15 million active diesel vehicles in Germany meet the EU emissions standards. The court recommended gradual implementation of bans, starting with the removal of the most polluting vehicles. The court’s decision is the most recent policy change following the 2015 Volkswagen diesel emissions cheating scandal . Via Eco News Images via Depositphotos (1, 2)

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What business needs to know about the Clean Power Plan

February 10, 2016 by  
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The Clean Power Plan put forth by the EPA would enable states to decide how they want to comply and involve businesses in the planning — if it could only get out of the courts.

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How Starbucks yields the benefits of materiality

February 10, 2016 by  
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Focusing on a single issue and integrating sustainability into core business strategy can pay off in more than one way.

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Can manufacturing save the world? Inspiration from Tesla, Owens Corning

February 10, 2016 by  
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What if industrial production were no longer the villain? Here’s the radical vision of the Living Product Challenge.

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James Hansen Retires from NASA to Focus on Fighting Greenhouse Emissions in the Courts

April 5, 2013 by  
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Climate scientist James E. Hansen has championed global warming awareness for the length of his career – and he just announced that he plans to retire from NASA to focus on fighting greenhouse emissions in the courts. Hansen spent 46 years at the Goddard Institute for Space Studies , and although his retirement will take a key scientist out of the research lab, he’s looking forward to challenging federal and state governments on emissions and climate legislation. Read the rest of James Hansen Retires from NASA to Focus on Fighting Greenhouse Emissions in the Courts Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University , eco design , goddard institute for space studies , green design , greenhouse gas , James E. Hansen , nasa , sustainable design        

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Höweler + Yoon Architecture’s Sky Courts is a Sustainable Development in China Made of Bricks and Cor-Ten Steel

November 8, 2012 by  
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