Sustainability is the investment opportunity of the year: Kurt Vogt, HSBC We sat down with Kurt Vogt, Managing Director of Sustainable Financing at HSBC, to learn about the landscape of sustainable finance, and where the opportunities lie. HSBC hosted the second annual Sustainable Finance Briefing during Climate Week NYC on September 19, which focused on the latest developments in global climate finance and saw the launch of the Bonds & Climate Change: State of the Market 2016 report by the Climate Bonds Initiative. What are the barriers to investment in the low carbon economy and how can the market be reformed to scale-up climate finance? There are a couple of big opportunities I see to develop climate finance. Firstly, green investment opportunities, such as investments in energy efficiency, are often small scale and can be very fragmented.
GEF-IUCN International Dialogue on the Global Commons and Science Day - 2016 International Dialogue on the Global Commons The Global Commons: tragedy or opportunity? The world is reaching the limits of what it can provide sustainably. Ecosystems and Biodiversity Photo: Flower Valley Conservation Trust/Slingshot Media. Sustainable harvesting of fynbos flowers in the Cape Floristic Region of South Africa supports local livelihoods and promotes biodiversity. UNDP is committed to building the capacities of developing countries and economies in transition to manage their biodiversity in line with their own priorities and needs. Through the provision of sound policy advice, and the development and implementation of programmes that help demonstrate sound biodiversity management practices on-the-ground and build capacity to sustain them, UNDP helps more than 140 countries to conserve and sustainably use biodiversity, and to secure ecosystem services that are vital to human welfare and their development efforts. Integrating Biodiversity into DevelopmentUnlocking the Potential of Protected AreasEcosystem-based Mitigation of & Adaptation to Climate Change Two key approaches underpin our work:
Welcome - Steve Schein Dr. Steve Schein is a corporate sustainability strategist and family business advisor at L4S Consulting. He is a certified public accountant (CPA) and former CEO with more than 35 years of leadership, business development, consulting, and senior management experience in a wide range of industries. His primary areas of consulting are leadership development and integration sustainability with strategy and culture. Pavan Sukhdev Of Markets and Failures| Jan, 2015 The need for a right energy strategy as we enter the new year. What we need in 2014: fewer leaders, more followers | The Guardian | Jan, 2014
Ecosystems & Biodiversity Ecosystems and Biodiversity While significant advances have been made in recent years, Antarctica’s biological and ecological domains remain, to a large extent, unexplored. Antarctic life scientists strive to understand the evolution and diversity of life in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean to determine how these processes have produced unique Antarctic ecosystems. One of the most important developments in life sciences in Antarctica in recent years is the increased knowledge of Antarctic marine and terrestrial biodiversity. There is a growing body of evidence that Antarctic organisms, ecosystems and biodiversity are responding to climate change.
Climate Change Proceedings: Proceedings published by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine chronicle the presentations and discussions at a workshop, symposium, or other event convened by the National Academies. The statements and opinions contained in proceedings are those of the participants and are not endorsed by other participants, the planning committee, or the National Academies. Consensus Study Reports: Consensus Study Reports published by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine document the evidence-based consensus on the study’s statement of task by an authoring committee of experts. Reports typically include findings, conclusions, and recommendations based on information gathered by the committee and the committee’s deliberations.
Global Environment Facility The GEF works to safeguard the planetary operating systems which make civilisation possible. All human civilisation owes its existence to a combination of natural circumstances entirely unique over the vast expanse of geological time. For the past 11,700 years the Earth's operating systems have been unprecedentedly, even freakishly, stable and benign, allowing our distant ancestors – fully modern humans who until then had been roaming the land for over a hundred millennia – to settle down and develop first agriculture, then towns and cities and, finally, the modern world. What is biodiversity? - Australian Museum Biodiversity is the variety of all living things. Biodiversity is the variety of all living things; the different plants, animals and micro organisms, the genetic information they contain and the ecosystems they form. Biodiversity is usually explored at three levels - genetic diversity, species diversity and ecosystem diversity. These three levels work together to create the complexity of life on Earth.