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Global 500 Firms’ GHG Emissions Rise

Global 500 Firms’ GHG Emissions Rise

Greenhouse gas emissions from the world’s 500 largest businesses rose 3.1 percent from 2010 to 2013, according to a Thomson Reuters report written in collaboration with BSD Consulting. During this time the UN says major companies should have seen a 4.2 percent reduction to keep global temperatures within a 2 … Read more »

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Johnson Controls, WRI Partnership to Target Energy Efficiency in Cities

Johnson Controls has partnered with World Resources Council to accelerate energy efficiency action in cities. The Building Efficiency Initiative will combine Johnson Controls’ expertise in building efficiency solutions with WRI’s analytical know-how and policy experience. The goal is to encourage cities to save on energy use in buildings. Cities will account … 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 »

Major GHG Cuts Needed, IPCC Draft Warns

Major cuts in greenhouse gas emissions, of 40 to 70 percent by 2050 compared to 2010 levels, would be needed to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius, according to a draft UN report obtained by Reuters. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) draft, which sums up the three … Read more »

Clean Transport, Energy Efficiency ‘Could Grow GDP by $2.6 Trillion’

Government policies that improve energy efficiency and public transport could increase global economic output by as much as $2.6 trillion per year, and also save lives, reduce crop losses and tackle climate change, according to analysis from the World Bank and the ClimateWorks Foundation. The Adding up the Benefits report, … Read more »

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How Businesses Can Stop Climate-Related Economic Loss

The UN has launched an initiative to mainstream disaster risk management into corporate planning and investment decision-making: a digital globe that shows current and possible future effects of climate change. The R!SE initiative aims to help quell economic loss from geographic events and is a response to 10 years of record-breaking … Read more »

Climate Change ‘Biggest Issue in 2014 Proxy Season’

Climate Change ‘Biggest Issue in 2014 Proxy Season’

Companies are more aware of the concerns of socially responsible investors in emerging and frontier markets, and are taking measures to address activists’ concerns, according a survey by Monitor Global Outlook. MGO, a new research service of The Christian Science Monitor, surveyed 11 experts on socially responsible investing about their environmental, social … Read more »

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Chemical Engineers Push for Climate Change Policy

The Institution of Chemical Engineers has signed the Trillion Tonne Communiqué, a global call to arms from businesses and organizations that demand a proactive policy response to climate change. IChemE’s support for the Communiqué comes on the heels of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s report published earlier this month. The … Read more »

Global E-Waste to Jump One-Third by 2017

Global E-Waste to Jump One-Third by 2017

End-of-life electronics worldwide are expected to increase 33 percent in just five years, reaching 65.5 million metric tons annually by 2017, according to data from Solving the E-Waste Problem (StEP) Initiative, a UN-backed alliance. StEP illustrates the e-waste volume in an interactive E-Waste World Map, which the initiative says is … Read more »

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Climate Treaty Deal Closer After UN Talks

After two weeks of talks, delegates hammered out a deal Friday that lays the groundwork for a universal legally binding treaty to be adopted by 2015 that will cut greenhouse gas emissions globally. Delegates representing more than 195 parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the parent treaty … Read more »

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Global Aviation GHG Plan Set for Vote

The UN aviation body will today vote on a plan to curb the industry’s greenhouse gas emissions by adopting a global market-based measure by 2020. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) executive committee reached a deal late Thursday to “decide to develop a global MBM (market-based mechanism) scheme for international … Read more »

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What the Carbon Budget Means for Business

The world’s carbon budget will be overdrawn in 30 years, says World Resources Institute’s Kelly Levin in a blog post. The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report published Friday found that to stay below the internationally agreed-upon goal of limiting warming to 2 degrees Celsius (compared to pre-industrial levels), … Read more »