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Most recently, he teamed up with colleagues such as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to launch the Breakthrough Energy Coalition -- a massive effort to speed up radical innovation. Fortune 500 listed companies pledge to use 100% renewable electricity. Date 23 September 2015 NEW YORK: Goldman Sachs, Johnson & Johnson, NIKE, Inc., Procter & Gamble, Salesforce, Starbucks, Steelcase, Voya Financial, and Walmart have today joined RE100, pledging to source 100% of their electricity from renewable energy to reduce CO2 emissions and seize the business benefits.
RE100 is an ambitious global campaign led by The Climate Group in partnership with CDP, to engage, support and showcase influential businesses committed to 100% renewable electricity. The companies have chosen this year’s Climate Week NYC to unveil their leadership move before senior figures from global business and governments. With December’s COP21 UN climate talks fast approaching, this key milestone event sends a timely reminder to negotiators that leading businesses want strong climate action from governments, while increasing demand for renewables themselves. Climate change is killing us. We must use the law to fight it. How many deaths does climate change have to cause before someone takes responsibility?
Our current use of fossil fuels has “potentially catastrophic effects for human health and human survival”, according to a major new report released on Tuesday by medical journal the Lancet and University College London. And it’s not as if we still have time before climate change starts to bite. As long ago as 2009, Kofi Annan’s Global Humanitarian Forum estimated that there were already 300,000 deaths a year from additional heatwaves, floods, droughts and forest fires attributable to global warming – a total which would rise to 500,000 a year by 2030. Sustainability Initiatives Can Drive Corporate Revenue Growth And Innovation, New Research Shows. NEW YORK, July 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Sustainability innovation is powering business growth, according to a new research report published this week.
Between 2010 and 2013, revenues from company-defined portfolios of sustainable products and services grew by 91 percent among the companies examined in the report. For S&P Global 100 companies that break out revenue for sustainable products or services separately, that revenue stream grew at six times the rate of overall company results. The new study, Driving Revenue Growth Through Sustainable Products and Services, is authored by Thomas Singer, a principal researcher in corporate leadership at The Conference Board. Which States Care Most About the Environment? Across the nation, Americans are going green – and they’re heading online for more information.
Even their search results prove it, as they type in terms such as “how to save energy,” “eco-friendly,” and “electric cars.” We researched action phrases people may search for when looking into certain environmentally friendly activities; then we used Google Trends to rank the results by topic and state. Oil Spill May End Up Lifting GDP Slightly. Fossil fuels are way more expensive than you think. A new paper published in Climatic Change estimates that when we account for the pollution costs associated with our energy sources, gasoline costs an extra $3.80 per gallon, diesel an additional $4.80 per gallon, coal a further 24 cents per kilowatt-hour, and natural gas another 11 cents per kilowatt-hour that we don’t see in our fuel or energy bills.
The study was done by Drew Shindell, formerly of Nasa, now professor of climate sciences at Duke University, and Chair of the Scientific Advisory Panel to the Climate and Clean Air Coalition. Poor nations to need $400bn a year: study. U-turn fails to win over Senate.
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Health Benefits of Addressing Climate Change. Opinion. HKS Professor Joseph Aldy examines the true costs of fossil fuel subsidies. The United States is wasting more than $4 billion a year by giving oil and gas companies tax breaks that do not benefit consumers or the economy, says Joseph Aldy, assistant professor of public policy at the Kennedy School of Government and a former special assistant to the president for energy and environment.
This special treatment for the fossil-fuel industry, he points out, adds to the national debt and maintains the country’s dependence on a finite natural resource that produces greenhouse gases. Fossil fuel subsidies growing despite concerns. 29 April 2014Last updated at 18:56 ET By Richard Anderson Business reporter, BBC News. Renewables Get 25 Times The Subsidy That Fossil Fuels Do. Growth: the destructive God that can never be appeased. Social cost of carbon six times higher than thought - study. It is worth taking more expensive measures to curb emissions, say scientists, to avoid hit to economic growth A higher social cost of carbon could justify stricter emissions regulations(Pic: Flickr/Martin) Temperature impacts on economic growth warrant stringent mitigation policy : Nature Climate Change.
Affiliations. Social cost of climate change too low, scientists say. The economic damage caused by a ton of CO2 emissions-often referred to as the "social cost of carbon-could actually be six times higher than the value that the United States uses to guide current energy regulations, and possibly future mitigation policies, Stanford scientists say. A recent U.S. government study concluded, based on the results of three widely used economic impact models, that an additional ton of CO2 emitted in 2015 would cause US$37 worth of economic damages. These damages are expected to take various forms, including decreased agricultural yields and harm to human health related to climate change. But according to a new study, published online this week in the journal Nature Climate Change, the actual cost could be much higher. Based on the findings, countries may want to increase their efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions, said study coauthor Delavane Diaz, a PhD candidate in the Department of Management Science and Engineering.
Time to start valuing human capital as an asset on the balance sheet. Who should value nature? Interview with Pavan Sukhdev. Is valuing nature as natural capital the way to reduce environmental degradation or a dangerous distraction that will commodify the environment? Rockefellers, Heirs to an Oil Fortune, Will Divest Charity of Fossil Fuels. The Greater Depression by J. Bradford DeLong. Report: Unless we change direction, the world will warm 3-5 degrees Celsius. Global temperature is likely to rise 3.3-5.6 degrees Celsius by the end of this century, unless international climate negotiations in Paris next year are more effective than expected, according to a report released Monday by the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change.
The predicted temperature increase surpasses the threshold identified by the United Nations as necessary to avoid the most serious impacts of climate change, altering precipitation patterns and heightening the pressures of population and economic growth. Online commerce: cutting energy and resource use - but at what cost? Carbon Offsetting Benefits $664 Per Credit, Study Says · Environmental Management & Sustainability News · Environmental Leader. Offsetting 1 metric ton of carbon dioxide brings an additional $664 in benefits to the communities where carbon reduction projects are based, according to research by Imperial College London in partnership with the International Carbon Reduction and Offsetting Alliance. GDP: One of the Great Inventions of the 20th Century. From the January 2000 SURVEY OF CURRENT BUSINESS. GDP: a brief history. Rules prevent solar panels in many states with abundant sunlight - LA Times. At Patagonia, the Bottom Line Includes the Earth.
Attack of the Chicago climate change maggots. Why Australia's Carbon Tax Repeal Is An Economic Backstep. Bridging the Sustainability Gap. Indian officials order Coca-Cola plant to close for using too much water. The Business Case against Business Cases. New Study Adds Up the Benefits of Climate-Smart Development in Lives, Jobs, and GDP. Stopping harmful climate change is surprisingly cheap - environment - 04 July 2014. US climate report suggests $500bn of property below sea level by 2100. Climate change will ‘cost world far more than estimated’ - Climate Change - Environment. Tackling climate change would grow global economy, World Bank says. Smart Grids in India: Separating Hype from Hope. GDP: One of the Great Inventions of the 20th Century. The novel accounting of greenhouse gas regulations: We are the world.