Enel, Google and other businesses power past coal

December 12, 2017 by  
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We Mean Business: Look to this new alliance to help steer the global energy system towards clean power.

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Gen Alpha: Change the water, not the fish

December 12, 2017 by  
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The ‘digital habitat’ for the generation fated to be ‘screenagers’ is crucial to any hopes for sustainability.

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Over 200 nations commit to ending ocean plastic waste

December 7, 2017 by  
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Over 200 countries signed a United Nations resolution in Nairobi, Kenya to eliminate plastic waste in the world’s oceans. The resolution is an important step forward to establishing a legally binding treaty that would deal with the global oceanic plastic pollution problem. According to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), there will be more plastic by weight in the world’s oceans than fish by 2050 if current trends continue. The resolution offers hope for the future. “There is very strong language in this resolution,” said Vidar Helgesen, Norway’s environment minister, in an interview with Reuters . “We now have an agreement to explore a legally binding instrument and other measures and that will be done at the international level over the next 18 months.” Although plastic pollution is a global problem, Norway was the country that initiated the UN resolution. “We found micro plastics inside mussels, which is something we like to eat,” said Helgesen. “In January this year, a fairly rare species of whale was stranded on a beach because of exhaustion and they simply had to kill it. In its tummy they found 30 plastic bags.” Even the most remote parts of the globe have not escaped the plastic menace. In the final episode of the acclaimed  Blue Planet II ,  plastic pollution is documented in isolated areas of Antarctica . Related: Scientists discover cheap method to identify “lost” 99% of ocean microplastics China is the world’s largest producer of plastic waste and biggest emitter of greenhouse gases. However, the world’s most populous country has taken the global lead in addressing these environmental crises. “If there is one nation changing at the moment more than anyone else, it’s China … the speed and determination of the government to change is enormous,” said Erik Solheim, head of UNEP, according to Reuters . Meanwhile, the resolution, which was originally intended to have legally binding targets and timetables, was weakened by the United States , after Trump Administration officials rejected the stronger language. Current American intransigence notwithstanding, Solheim envisions a future in which products and manufacturing systems are redesigned to use as little plastic as possible. “Let’s abolish products that we do not need … if you go to tourist places like Bali, a huge amount of the plastic picked from the oceans are actually straws,” said Solheim. Although there is much work to be done before a treaty is signed, several nations are already moving ahead to protect the environment. To mark the signing of the UN resolutions, 39 countries, including Chile, Oman, Sri Lanka and South Africa, adopted new commitments to reduce plastic pollution . Via Reuters Images via Depositphotos and  Trevor Leyenhorst/Flickr

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Uber’s competitors shift mobility to the fast lane

November 22, 2017 by  
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Mapping out the global expansion of urban mobility.

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The transformational power of corporate clean energy purchasing

September 18, 2017 by  
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From China to Mexico, from Apple to Walmart and beyond, WWF finds businesses embracing this global movement.

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Let’s not greenwash the SDGs

September 13, 2017 by  
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The United Nations’ Global Goals are about more than buzzwords.

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Breaking the ceiling for a new generation of young entrepreneurs

September 8, 2017 by  
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Supporting access to capital, market and talent is the path to providing a sustainable job market for the global influx of young workers.

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Exit Interview: Peter Seligmann, Conservation International

June 27, 2017 by  
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The co-founder of the global environmental nonprofit reflects on 30 years of growth and change as he prepares to step down.

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The fate of global corporations in an anti-globalist world

June 13, 2017 by  
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Is the post-war ascendance of multinational corporations irreversible?The world’s roughly 80,000 multinational corporations (MNCs), long dominated by U.S., European and Japanese firms, have been joined by a growing number based in China, India, Brazil and other emerging economies. MNCs are the engine of a quarter of total world production and their global supply chains represent about half of world trade. MNCs have played a major role in driving a tenfold increase since 1979, now totaling $16 trillion, roughly the size of entire U.S. GDP.

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What is a city? The SDGs depend on an answer

April 11, 2017 by  
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This month, policymakers are meeting to universally define a “city”, which will help the global sustainability community reach the U.N. global goals.

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