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Desalination is Helping San Diego Avert Drought. Is the Technology Useful Elsewhere?

San Diego County has long faced drought conditions. But a new desalination plant has changed all that, allowing the area to get 50 million gallons of fresh drinking water everyday, or enough to serve 400,000 people and 10 percent of the area’s population.

Sustainable Development Goals: Why Business Should Care

Sustainable Development Goals: Why Business Should Care

In September more than 190 world countries adopted the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that aim to tackle climate change, provide clean water and end poverty, among other ambitious targets, by 2030. On Jan. 1 the SDGs will replace the millennium development goals as the new global goals to … Read more »

e-waste

Less than 1/6 of Global E-Waste Recycled or Reused

Less than one-sixth of last year’s e-waste is thought to have been diverted to proper recycling and reuse, according to the United Nations University, the UN’s think tank, which says global e-waste topped 41.8 million metric tons of electrical and electronic products in 2014. According to the Global E-Waste Monitor 2014, … Read more »

Big Data Climate Challenge Winners Announced

Projects from the Global Forest Watch and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture have been named the winners of the Big Data Climate Challenge, hosted by the United Nations Global Pulse. In addition, seven submissions were named Projects to Watch. The announcement was part of the buildup to the UN … Read more »

University of California to Keep Fossil Fuel Investments

The University of California announced a set of climate change initiatives this week to make the system more sustainable, but stopped short of divesting fossil fuel investments from its $91 billion portfolio. The recommendation not to divest was one of the findings of the president’s Task Force on Sustainable Investing. … Read more »

forest

Ford Roundtable: Protecting Forests Benefit Climate, Bottom Line

The Ford Foundation, together with the Climate and Land Use Alliance, will host a meeting among major corporate, indigenous and government leaders for a conversation about what it will take to slow deforestation, reduce conflict over forests and stem global climate change. The meeting will take place on Sept. 22, … 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 »

Smart City Technology Revenue to Triple

Smart City Technology Revenue to Triple

Global smart city technology revenue will grow from $8.8 billion annually in 2014 to $27.5 billion in 2023, as cities around the world embrace smart city technology to meet sustainability goals, boost local economies and improve services, according to a report by Navigant Research. The report notes that developments in … Read more »

R!SE

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 »

Freshwater Supplies Under Threat

Biofuel and shale gas production use increasing amounts of fresh water, which is stressing supplies worldwide, according to a new report from the United Nations. The World Water Development Report said the demand is exacerbated by the effects of climate change. It urged the energy industry to find ways to … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Chemical Spills, Beijing Plant Ban, Enbridge

Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) and Barbara Boxer (D-CA), chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, have written the Chemical Safety and Drinking Water Protection Act, a bill aimed at ensuring industrial facilities are properly inspected by state officials. Inspired by the January 9 chemical spill in West … Read more »