The role of the c-suite in driving diversity and inclusion

February 15, 2018 by  
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CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ is the largest CEO-driven business commitment to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Hear from leaders driving this movement on the need for collaboration, progress so far, and vision for the future.

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Katrin Ley and Bill McDonough: Reimagining fashion

February 15, 2018 by  
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Hear from renowned designer and Cradle-to-Cradle co-founder William McDonough and Fashion for Good Executive Director Katrin Ley on the opportunities for reshaping the fashion industry into a force for positive change.

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Bill McDonough: creation of the perception of scarcity where nothing exists

February 15, 2018 by  
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William McDonough, recently returned from Davos, will present the latest findings on the size of current financial markets related to global GDP and the potential of The Circular Economy.

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Joel Makower, GreenBiz Group: The state of green business

February 15, 2018 by  
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The eleventh annual State of Green Business report examines the key trends affecting sustainable business, provides an assessment of the key metrics of company performance on natural capital and other resource issues, and offers a look into the state of the sustainability profession.

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How public-private partnerships fight climate change in the cocoa supply chain

January 31, 2018 by  
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Sponsored: Deforestation is a growing and serious problem, and for Mondel?z International, it makes up the largest part of our carbon footprint.

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Chile creates five new national parks from 10 million acres of land in historic act

January 30, 2018 by  
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In a landmark act of conservation, Chile has created five new national parks out of over 10 million acres of land in Patagonia . One million of these acres was donated to the Chilean government by American philanthropists Kristine McDivitt Tompkins, the former CEO of Patagonia Inc., and the late Doug Tompkins, who founded North Face and Esprit. Chilean president Michelle Bachelet signed the law creating these parks, forging a vast 17-park route through the beautiful, sparsely populated region. The one million acre donation from the Tompkins represents the culmination of decades of land conservation work in Chile, and what is being called be the largest donation of privately held land in history. A beloved place in life, Patagonia is where Doug Tompkins passed away in 2015 in a kayaking accident. The Tompkins are one of several foreign landowners of Patagonia, a role not without controversy or dissent from locals. Still, their land donation marks a major milestone in Chilean conservation . Related: Scientists discover 52-million-year-old tomatillo fossil in Patagonia “This is not just an unprecedented act of preservation,” Bachelet said in a speech in Patagonia, according to The Guardian . “It is an invitation to imagine other forms to use our land. To use natural resources in a way that does not destroy them. To have sustainable development – the only profitable economic development in the long term.” Bachelet’s environmental legacy is not limited to Patagonia. Now at the end of her term, Bachelet has also recently created one of the largest Marine Protected Areas near Easter Island, preserving 720,000 square kilometers in the Pacific Ocean . “President Bachelet is leaving behind a bold legacy of environmental protection,” Maximiliano Bello, an advisor to the Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy program, told The Guardian . “This is more impressive because Chile is still a developing country, with a long history of development and exploitation of resources – in most cases over-exploitation. If Chile can take these huge environmental steps, there are few reasons why developed nations can’t act as well.” Via The Guardian Images via Deposit Photos ,  Carolina Del Campo/Flickr and payayita/Flickr

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Salesforce dives headfirst into water recycling with new HQ

January 11, 2018 by  
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Meet the largest commercial “blackwater” system in the United States.

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40 earthquakes hit Mount St. Helens in 4 days

January 5, 2018 by  
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Mount St. Helens has been quaking, with 40 earthquakes – the most powerful of which was a 3.9 – in just four days. Since the largest earthquake , which struck Wednesday night around midnight local time, smaller earthquakes have shaken the area every half hour. Researchers believe they could be related to activity within the nearby volcano. Earthquakes are not unusual around Mount St. Helens; it has been seismically active since records began. And while the largest quake and most recent activity are likely due to volcanic activity, some of the rumblings from the first two days of the year are probably related to regional stress and not the volcano itself. Related: NASA considers puncturing Yellowstone supervolcano to save life on Earth Geologists can determine whether an earthquake is related to the volcano by looking at where the quakes originate. Rumbling on the Mount St. Helen’s axis is usually caused by the active volcanic system, whereas other earthquakes are aligned with regional faults. Although Mount St. Helens is an active volcano, scientists don’t expect this activity to result in an eruption anytime soon. It’s been 38 years since the last eruption in 1980 (with several smaller eruptions as recently as 10 years ago). Via Forbes Images via Deposit Photos ( 1 , 2 )

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St. Louis pursues 100 percent clean energy, shrugs off coal opposition

November 29, 2017 by  
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The Gateway City is crafting its plan despite being home to one of the largest U.S. coal mines.

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Global coal production falls 6.2% in the biggest decline in history

June 15, 2017 by  
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U.S. President Donald Trump may believe coal is the future , but newly-released statistics by BP Statistical Review of Energy state otherwise. According to the data, global coal production fell by an astonishing 6.2 percent last year — the largest annual decline on record. Additionally, consumption decreased for the second year in a row, dropping 1.7 percent. In wake of these findings, it should come as no surprise that once again, renewables were the fastest growing energy source, growing by a whopping 12 percent — a statistic which represents the largest annual incremental increase in output on record. The report , entitled “Energy markets in transition: BP Statistical Review shows long-term shifts underway,” concluded that the oil market is declining because fast-growing markets are shifting “towards lower carbon fuels as renewable energy continues to grow strongly and coal use falls.” The report also showed that the shift from coal is widespread. The UK, for instance, consumed 52.5 percent less in 2016, the U.S. experienced an 8.8 percent dip in consumption and China’s reliance dropped by 1.6 percent. Evidence to support these conclusions abound. For instance, the UK recently experienced its first coal-free day since the Industrial Revolution. India also intends to halt all coal plant production in the near future, as renewable technologies have become more affordable. Related: U.S. coal production dips to lowest point in 35 years due to rise of renewable energy sources Bob Dudley, BP Group Chief Executive, said, “Global energy markets are in transition. The longer-term trends we can see in this data are changing the patterns of demand and the mix of supply as the world works to meet the challenge of supplying the energy it needs while also reducing carbon emissions . At the same time markets are responding to shorter-run run factors, most notably the oversupply that has weighed on oil prices for the past three years.” As was previously mentioned, renewable energy was the fastest growing of all energy sources, increasing by 12 percent. Though solar, wind and other renewable energy sources provide only 4 percent of the world’s total energy, the increase represents almost one-third of the total growth in energy demand in 2016. Despite certain leaders’ opposition to renewable energy investments, it seems clear the future is green and that consumers will continue to invest in energy sources that are beneficial for the environment, wildlife, and future generations – and their bottom line. + BP Statistical Review of Energy Images via Pixabay

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