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Our Iceberg Is Still Melting. America 2021: Renewing the nation’s commitment to climate action. The new federal administration has arrived in Washington with ambitious plans to address the climate crisis—and in so doing, revitalize the US economy and reclaim a leadership position on the international stage.

America 2021: Renewing the nation’s commitment to climate action

During their campaign, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris highlighted “the opportunity to build a more resilient, sustainable economy—one that will put the United States on an irreversible path to achieve net-zero emissions, economy-wide by no later than 2050 […] and, in the process, create millions of good-paying jobs.” Their vision recognizes that the global transition to a low-carbon economy is well under way. The cost of many clean-energy technologies fell significantly during the past decade—as much as 90 percent for some renewable-energy projects. The capital markets are funding the use of these technologies at historically low costs of capital, thereby accelerating scale-up investments. A climate-friendly policy tilt is taking hold in many places.

Video. Climate change: 'It’s like waking up in the middle of the night, seeing your house on fire, then deciding to wait 10, 20 or 30 years before you call the fire department.' - Greta Thunberg. The Story of Pollution - Getting past the pandemic. The 1.5-degree challenge. Lead for the Planet: Five Practices for Confronting Climate Change (1 September 2020) by Rae Andre. Becoming the Change: Leadership Behavior Strategies for Continuous Improvement in Healthcare (1 September 2020) by John Toussaint and Kim Barnas. A New Approach to the Intractable Problem of Climate Change. As companies move up the learning curve, climate-friendly production becomes cost-competitive, and sustainable offerings become the norm.

A New Approach to the Intractable Problem of Climate Change

Global Warming: What We Got Wrong. How business leaders should confront climate risk. After more than 10,000 years of relative stability—the full span of human civilization—the Earth’s climate is changing.

How business leaders should confront climate risk

Since the 1880s, the average global temperature has risen by about 1.1 degrees Celsius, driving substantial physical impact in regions around the world. As average temperatures rise, acute hazards such as heat waves and floods grow in frequency and severity, and chronic hazards such as drought and rising sea levels intensify. These physical risks from climate change will translate into increased socioeconomic risk, presenting policy makers and business leaders with a range of questions that may challenge existing assumptions about supply-chain resilience, risk models, and more. To help inform decision makers around the world so that they can better assess, adapt to, and mitigate the physical risks of climate change, the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) recently released a report, Climate risk and response: Physical hazards and socioeconomic impact. Increasing. Addressing climate change post-coronavirus. A ferocious pandemic is sweeping the globe, threatening lives and livelihoods at an alarming rate.

Addressing climate change post-coronavirus

As infection and death rates continue to rise, resident movement is restricted, economic activity is curtailed, governments resort to extraordinary measures, and individuals and corporations scramble to adjust. In the blink of an eye, the coronavirus has upended the world’s operating assumptions. Now, all attention is focused on countering this new and extreme threat, and on blunting the force of the major recession that is likely to follow. Amid this dislocation, it is easy to forget that just a few short months ago, the debate about climate change, the socioeconomic impacts it gives rise to, and the collective response it calls for were gaining momentum. Sustainability, indeed, was rising on the agenda of many public- and private-sector leaders—before the unsustainable, suddenly, became impossible to avoid.

Greta Thunberg's message on #EarthDay. How to Change Course on Climate. About Boston Consulting Group Boston Consulting Group partners with leaders in business and society to tackle their most important challenges and capture their greatest opportunities.

How to Change Course on Climate

BCG was the pioneer in business strategy when it was founded in 1963. Today, we help clients with total transformation—inspiring complex change, enabling organizations to grow, building competitive advantage, and driving bottom-line impact. To succeed, organizations must blend digital and human capabilities. Our diverse, global teams bring deep industry and functional expertise and a range of perspectives to spark change. These 8 maps show the massive drop in smog caused by the coronavirus. Addressing climate change post-coronavirus. 4 ways to reboot the economy that fix the climate at the same time. Greenwashing: is it always a bad thing? We often see businesses accused of greenwashing in the media.

Greenwashing: is it always a bad thing?

McDonald’s was questioned about its decision to get rid of plastic straws, while having a business model reliant on animal agriculture, a huge contributor to greenhouse gases. Elsewhere, H&M has been pushing its Conscious Collection, while remaining a fast-fashion business and therefore naturally unsustainable. But is this really greenwashing? And, if so, is it always a bad thing? How the climate fight could mimic the coronavirus fight. Flying planes at different altitudes can help reduce warming. Climate Change Is Transforming the Economy. How Will Your Company Adapt?

Edete's pollinating machine replaces bees. Water is a vital resource: we have to stop taking it for granted. If you had to put a real price on a jug of clean tap water, what would it be?

Water is a vital resource: we have to stop taking it for granted

Nothing or little, because access to it is a human right? But if the tap runs dry, then does it become a priceless commodity? There’s no doubt that if mankind was forced to put a true price on water – its real environmental, economic and societal value – we would respect this life-giving compound a great deal more. People don't believe their coastal homes will end up underwater. By 2025, Ørsted plans to be the first carbon neutral utility. This factory in the Ivory Coast is turning plastic waste into classrooms Thomson Reuters Foundation. The factory will be the first of its kind in Africa and aims to produce enough plastic bricks to build 500 classrooms by 2021 (Amends UNICEF Ivory Coast communication head title in paragraph 6) By Inna Lazareva YAOUNDE, July 29 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Too much plastic and not enough schools are scourges of modern life many countries face.

This factory in the Ivory Coast is turning plastic waste into classrooms Thomson Reuters Foundation

Burning Planet: Climate Fires and Political Flame Wars Rage - Press release. Nature Risk Rising: Why the Crisis Engulfing Nature Matters for Business and the Economy. Look out: Nature Risks on the Rise Nature loss is a planetary emergency.

Nature Risk Rising: Why the Crisis Engulfing Nature Matters for Business and the Economy

Humanity has already wiped out 83% of wild mammals and half of all plants and severely altered three-quarters of ice-free land and two-thirds of marine environments. One million species are at risk of extinction in the coming decades – a rate tens to hundreds of times higher than the average over the past 10 million years.

Climate risk and response. After more than 10,000 years of relative stability—the full span of human civilization—the Earth’s climate is changing.

Climate risk and response

As average temperatures rise, climate science finds that acute hazards such as heat waves and floods grow in frequency and severity, and chronic hazards, such as drought and rising sea levels, intensify (Exhibit 1). In this report, we focus on understanding the nature and extent of physical risk from a changing climate over the next one to three decades, exploring physical risk as it is the basis of both transition and liability risks.

We strive to provide individuals with disabilities equal access to our website. New report catalogs growing climate risks. UN Envoy: ocean changes like science fiction. As bushfire and holiday seasons converge, it may be time to say goodbye to the typical Australian summer holiday. Analysis Updated about 7 hours agoMon 6 Jan 2020, 4:44am For 40 years I have studied bushfires in Australia. A radical plan to end plastic waste. The future of oil and gas is now: How companies can decarbonize. If the world is to come anywhere near to meeting its climate-change goals, the oil and gas (O&G) industry will have to play a big part (Exhibit 1). The industry’s operations account for 9 percent of all human-made greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions.

In addition, it produces the fuels that create another 33 percent of global emissions (Exhibit 2). We strive to provide individuals with disabilities equal access to our website. If you would like information about this content we will be happy to work with you. Please email us at: McKinsey_Website_Accessibility@mckinsey.com. 3M invents a new way to ship products.

Johan Rockström: 5 transformational policies for a prosperous and sustainable world. Our Planet: Our Business, and our conversations. The film Our Planet: Our Business is available to stream at www.ourplanet.com/business. The original eight-part documentary Our Planet is available on Netflix. Midway through the new film Our Planet: Our Business — which is available today for streaming around the world — aquaculture pioneer Bren Smith recalls seeing the codfish industry in his native Newfoundland collapse from overfishing in the early 1990s. He has a message for people worried that climate change–related policies will lead to unemployment. “There are no jobs,” he says, “on a dead planet.” Our Planet: Our Business is a call to action for private enterprise to play a leading role in the innovation, recovery, and restoration needed to avoid environmental collapse.