The time is now for business to mobilize differently on water

January 26, 2018 by  
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The case for investing in private sector leadership on water is growing stronger by the minute.

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UNEP chief: Polluters should pay for environmental destruction, not taxpayers

September 21, 2017 by  
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Companies often profit from environmental destruction , leaving taxpayers to pick up the cleanup bill. That shouldn’t be the case, according to Erik Solheim, executive director for the United Nations Environment Program . At a conference at Columbia University earlier this week, he said, “The profit of destroying nature or polluting the planet is nearly always privatized, while the costs of polluting the planet or the cost of destroying ecosystems is nearly always socialized. This cannot continue.” Solheim said we can turn around Earth’s environmental fortunes if businesses, citizens, and politicians work for a shared goal – with the biggest polluters paying for damage. He said, “Anyone who pollutes, anyone who destroys nature must pay for the cost of that destruction or that pollution.” Related: The oil industry knew about dangerous climate change in the 1960s Two scientists made a similar point in a recent opinion piece for The Guardian, saying big oil companies should pay for climate change . The Union of Concerned Scientists’ Director of Science and Policy Peter Frumhoff and University of Oxford professor of geosystem science Myles Allen pointed to July lawsuits against ExxonMobil, BP, and Chevron, saying they should pay for damages coastal communities face from rising sea levels . They, together with other researchers, published a peer-reviewed study quantifying sea level rise and rising temperatures coming from emissions from fossil fuel companies. Solheim also said businesses must play a role by creating new technologies to address needs. He pointed to China as an example, highlighting the work of bike-sharing firm Mobike, which boasts over a million shareable bicycles in the Beijing area. Meanwhile, China is also working on transportation with a high-speed rail network and urban metro systems. He also pointed to India , where addressing environmental issues has been good for the country. Solar power has created jobs, simultaneous boosting the economy and helping the planet. Solheim said, “Change is happening. Economic-wise, we are on the right track, but we need to speed up because the challenge is so big.” Via Thomson Reuters Foundation and EcoWatch Images via Sgt. 1st Class Malcolm McClendon/Army National Guard and Steve Snodgrass on Flickr

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A postcard from Hawaii to the nation’s capital

June 30, 2017 by  
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The mood at the second annual VERGE conference in Honolulu last week was upbeat about the future of clean energy, despite pushback on the U.S. mainland. Apparently, those committed to a clean energy agenda, including the private sector, are more motivated than ever to push forward with aggressive programs to bring renewables resources online.

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Good COP/Bad COP? How business fared in the Paris Agreement

December 14, 2015 by  
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The private sector shined in Paris, but did anything really happen to disrupt business as usual?

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Why post-2015 climate action must bridge business, government

November 13, 2015 by  
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The road through Paris needs to include a combination of public and private sector contributions to combat climate change.

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Public-private partnerships make city data actionable

November 4, 2015 by  
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Partnering with the private sector can help cities translate Big Data into actionable data and bolster resilience.

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UN calls on private sector to protect vulnerable communities

December 2, 2013 by  
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The distressing new state of normalcy for climate change illustrates the need for innovation and partnerships.

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European demand for voluntary offsets surges in private sector

June 6, 2013 by  
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Demand in region rises over 30 percent in past year, according to annual report.

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VERGE Boston: How private sector innovation will ease urban congestion

May 14, 2013 by  
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Data analytics, mobile apps will be central to success car-sharing networks and other sustainable transportation alternatives.

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