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Paris

COP21 Roundup: Schneider Electric, Acciona, BMW, Coca-Cola, Unilever, Elon Musk

As the COP21 climate change conference in Paris enters its second and final week, businesses and government leaders are increasing their calls for a climate deal and initiating new programs to limit global warming. Here are some of the recent announcements: The Compact of States and Regions, a reporting mechanism … Read more »

Why Doing Nothing to Curb GHGs Is ‘Risky Business’

Why Doing Nothing to Curb GHGs Is ‘Risky Business’

Businesses can still avoid the most severe risks from climate change through early investments in resilience and immediate action to reduce the pollution that causes global warming, according to a report by the Risky Business Project. The report, Risky Business: The Economic Risks of Climate Change in the United States, … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: EPA Compliance Results, Coal Ash, Microgird Research

The EPA released its annual enforcement and compliance results demonstrating a focus on violations that have the most impact on public health. Highlights for fiscal year 2013 include $4.5 billion in combined fines, restitution and court-ordered environmental projects, more than $1.1 billion in civil penalties. North Carolina’s environmental agency says it … Read more »

Cities Pledge Carbon Emissions Cuts from Buildings

Cities Pledge Carbon Emissions Cuts from Buildings

Mayors from 10 major US cities pledged to boost the energy efficiency in their buildings as part of an initiative to cut a combined 5 to 7 million tons of carbon emissions annually. The total annual emissions reduction goal is equivalent to the amount of electricity used by 700,000 to nearly … Read more »

New York City

NYC Cuts GHG Emissions 19%

New York City has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions 19 percent since 2005, Reuters reports. The emissions cuts put the city about two-thirds of the way to meeting the goal former mayor Michael Bloomberg set five years ago. Bloomberg left the mayor’s post yesterday after 12 years in office. In … Read more »

food waste

NYC Restaurants Divert 2,500 Tons of Food Waste

New York City restaurants have diverted more than 2,500 tons of food waste from landfills in the past six months, the Associated Press reports. The food from 100 restaurants participating in the city’s voluntary Food Waste Challenge has been used as compost or donated to food banks. Mayor Michael Bloomberg … Read more »

Typhoon Haiyan

Climate Change Losses Cost $200 Billion over Last Decade

Economic losses from extreme weather events have risen from an annual global average of about $50 billion in the 1980s to close to $200 billion over the last decade, according to the report released today by the World Bank. Building Resilience: Integrating Climate and Disaster Risk into Development, cites the … Read more »

Hurricane Sandy in Brooklyn, NY

How Much Does Climate Change Cost Companies?

A study to calculate the economic risk US industries face from climate change is being funded by New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, billionaire Tom Steyer and George W. Bush-era Treasury secretary Henry Paulson, Bloomberg Markets Magazine reports. The three men will also co-chair the study, which will look at … Read more »

Policy & Standards Briefing: EPA Fraudster, FERC Shutdown, Mattress Law

Former EPA official John Beale pleaded guilty in federal court Friday to cheating the US government out of almost $900,000 in pay and benefits for work he didn’t perform, while excusing his absences by falsely claiming he was on missions for the CIA. Beale has already repaid the money, but … Read more »

NYC Mulls Food Waste Ban

Composting, turning food waste into energy or otherwise recycling it may soon be mandatory for large-scale producers of food waste in New York City, reports Crain’s New York Business. New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration is pushing a bill that would ban food waste from hotels, hospitals, universities and other large-scale … Read more »

NY Building Codes Could Raise Costs

New construction and major renovation projects in New York City could get more expensive under major changes to the city’s building codes, spurred by Hurricane Sandy. Hospitals and other key facilities would have to improve measures to protect windows from high winds, possibly costing hundreds of thousands of dollars per … Read more »

Harvard gold and crimson dome

Harvard, MIT Recruit Firms to Sign Sustainability Compact

Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, cloud platform company Akamai Technologies and the city of Cambridge, Mass., have agreed to work collaboratively to address climate change issues at the local level. The groups say they hope to attract additional signatories from the corporate and nonprofit sectors. The Community Compact … Read more »