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Paris

COP21: All 195 Nations Sign Climate Deal, Commit to Emissions Cuts

A climate change deal was reached at COP21 on Saturday, committing all 195 nations to keep a global temperature rise this century to below 2 degrees Celsius. The agreement also drives efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, which scientists say is a safer … Read more »

Climate Action Can Spur Economic Growth, Commission Says

Climate Action Can Spur Economic Growth, Commission Says

Businesses and governments can tackle climate change and improve economic performance, according to a report by the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, a group of business and policy leaders from 19 countires. Better Growth, Better Climate: The New Climate Economy Report was presented to governments and business and … Read more »

UN Assembly Links Environment, Global Economy

Delegates at this week’s first-ever UN Environmental Assembly in Kenya will discuss ways to advance the “green economy,” including alternative energies, smart grids and new transportation options, the Associated Press reports. Achim Steiner, the head of the UN Environmental Program, tells the news agency that the climate change, pollution, land … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Keystone XL Pipeline, Climate Envoy, European Emissions Market

The State Department released a report concluding that the Keystone XL pipeline would not substantially worsen carbon pollution, leaving an opening for President Obama to approve the politically divisive project, the New York Times reports. The department’s long-awaited environmental impact statement appears to indicate that the project could pass the criteria … Read more »

Christoph Wilfert

Environmental Executive Moves: CH2M Hill, PE International, Yardney, BioteQ

Here’s the latest news on hirings, promotions and departures among environmental leaders. CH2M Hill: The consulting and design-build company says CEO and chairman Lee McIntire will step down as CEO effective Jan. 1, 2014 but will continue to serve as chairman of the board. Jacqueline Hinman will serve as CEO. … Read more »

Netafim

Netafim’s Water-Saving Technology Wins Award

Drip- and micro-irrigation company Netafim’s technology that halves water use compared to other irrigation solutions while increasing crop yields has won the firm the 2013 Stockholm Industry Water Award. The Israel-based company provides equipment and services in more than 110 countries and says more than 10 million hectares of farmland … Read more »

Natural Disaster-Related Economic Losses ‘Out of Control’

Natural Disaster-Related Economic Losses ‘Out of Control’

The United Nations warned economic losses linked to natural disasters are out of control, soaring past $100 billion annually for three consecutive years, and will continue to escalate unless risk management becomes a central piece of business investment strategies. The warning came as the UN released the third edition of … Read more »