Behind Saudi Arabia’s $2 trillion bet on a sustainable future

March 23, 2017 by  
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If the crown prince’s radical experiment succeeds, this huge oil-producing nation could become the world’s biggest impact investor.

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Philippines president Duterte signs Paris agreement

March 1, 2017 by  
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It’s been almost a year since leaders from 170 countries met in New York City to formally sign the Paris climate change agreement , and almost four months since the agreement officially went into force . But president of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte is only now jumping on the climate change -fighting bandwagon, finally signing the historic accord. Duterte initially resisted signing the agreement; he claimed it favored rich countries like the United States, and threatened to boycott the agreement because it would hurt industrialization in the Philippines. But his protests subsided last November, when he said a cabinet decision swayed him to support the Paris agreement. Now that he’s signed the deal, it will need to go through the country’s Senate. Related: Hard-won Paris climate agreement officially goes into force Senator Loren Legarda said, “We are a step away from full ratification and it is my commitment to actively shepherd the Senate’s immediate concurrence.”It’s expected the Senate will back ratification as Duterte’s allies populate the governing body. Should the agreement finally go through, the Philippines would receive access to the Green Climate Fund , a global initiative slated to send billions of dollars to developing nations to help them combat climate change. Manila , the country’s capital, has set a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 70 percent by 2030. The ambitious target will require financial and technical support. Duterte has been labeled a strongman and a firebrand. Vox described him as the Donald Trump of Manila, although the former Davao City mayor has been in politics for decades. Trump and Duterte have become fast friends – Trump reportedly praised Duterte’s war on drugs, which is so violent it sparked a January report from Amnesty International . Via Reuters Images via Wikimedia Commons ( 1 , 2 )

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Why ExxonMobil’s new CEO, like the old one, backs a carbon tax

February 27, 2017 by  
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Darren Woods, who took the helm in early 2017, doubles down on oil giant’s commitment to drive down emissions.

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Why climate change is material for the cotton industry

February 27, 2017 by  
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The cotton industry is turning to innovation to help it weather challenging growing conditions ahead.

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Can Re-greening the Planet Make Commercial Sense?

February 23, 2017 by  
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Natural systems – forests, grasslands, and wetlands – can deliver over a third of the mitigation needed to meet the Paris Agreement’s 2 °C target, a critical biological bridge in the next two decades. Growth in demand for natural resources will put unprecedented pressure on our planet, but it also brings opportunity for economic growth and value creation.

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Sustainability in the Age of Trump

February 23, 2017 by  
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Weaving Together Community and Corporate, One Thread at a Time

February 23, 2017 by  
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Hear from Thread CEO Ian Rosenberger on how the company transforms trash from the poorest communities into the most responsible fabric on the planet, and how corporate partnerships are taking this impact to scale.

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France to shut down all coal power plants by 2023

November 18, 2016 by  
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In an announcement at the COP22 UN climate change conference this week, French president Francois Hollande stated that all of the country’s coal-fired power plants will be shuttered by 2023 . The move is part of an effort to achieve carbon neutrality in France by 2050. This shouldn’t be too hard to achieve, considering that the country already derives 75 percent of its power from nuclear energy . (Whether or not that’s an improvement is, of course, a hot topic of debate within the environmental community.) The new goal puts France ahead of the UK, which has promised to stop using fossil fuels to generate power by 2025. By comparison, Germany is dragging its feet with its national goal to cut greenhouse gassed by 95% by 2050. It turns out France isn’t looking too favorably on the President-elect Donald Trump, either. In response to reports that Trump will seek to withdraw from last year’s Paris agreement, Mr. Hollande emphasized that signing onto the treaty was “irreversible.” Ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy went even further, suggesting that France should apply a “carbon import tax” on all US goods should Trump renege on the treaty. Related: French ban will outlaw all plastic utensils, cups and dishes by 2020 This isn’t the first time France has set ambitious environmental goals. The country recently banned plastic bags nationwide, announced an upcoming ban on plastic utensils, cups, and dishes by 2020, and began construction on a 28-mile bicycle superhighway to help commuters pedal easily across Paris. Via The Independent Images via UniversityBlogSpot and Andrew Hart

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John Kerry says Obama administration will work to stop Trump from leaving Paris agreement

November 16, 2016 by  
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As Donald Trump ‘s advisers seek a way out of the historic Paris climate change agreement , it appears the current administration doesn’t intend to let them succeed without a fight. United States Secretary of State John Kerry said the Obama administration will attempt to prevent Trump from leaving the Paris agreement. Before his address at COP22 in Marrakech, Kerry said, “This is bigger than one person, one president. We have to figure out how we’re going to stop this.” Kerry’s address at COP22 never mentioned Trump by name. But the Secretary of State delivered a call for action that seemed to be aimed at the president-elect. He asked for leaders in positions of power around the world to research the reality of climate change as they make decisions, and to listen to the voices of faith leaders, Fortune 500 businessmen, economists, farmers, and military leaders who take the threat of climate change seriously. Related: Trump advisers seek loopholes to allow ASAP withdrawal from Paris climate deal “Do your own due diligence before making irrevocable choices…And above all, consult with the scientists who have dedicated their entire lives to expanding our understanding of this challenge, and whose work will be in vain unless we sound the alarm loud enough for everyone to hear. No one has a right to make decisions that affect billions of people based on solely ideology or without proper input,” Kerry said in his speech . In his comments before the speech, Kerry didn’t provide many specifics on how the Obama administration might stop Trump. But he did leave the world with a warning at his last UN climate conference address: “We don’t get a second chance. The consequences of failure would in most cases be irreversible…So we have to get this right, and we have to get it right now.” At COP22, the United States released one of the first long-term climate strategies along with Mexico, according to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change . Under the strategy, America aims to reduce emissions by 80 percent under 2005 levels by 2050. Via The Guardian Images via screenshot and W ikimedia Commons

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Climate math makes carbon removal a must

November 9, 2016 by  
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To avert the climate-energy scenarios spelled out in Paris last year, let’s embrace and invest in negative emissions technology.

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