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Watch: Climate Change -- Faith and Fact (opinion)

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 8:14pm
Source: Huffington Post - In the face of those who use religion to deny the worldwide crisis of climate change, climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe, an evangelical Christian, believes that her faith is compatible with science.
Categories: Climate Change News

Pioneering a New Financial Instrument to Help Combat Climate Change

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 8:14pm
Source: The World Bank - To help keep finance flowing to projects that combat climate change, the World Bank and partners are developing an innovative pilot program that allows project developers and financiers to compete in an online auction to deliver the largest number of emissions reductions at the lowest cost.
Categories: Climate Change News

Brace for the climate change mega-storm

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 8:14pm
Source: Washington Times - The former vice president is not about to let go of his climate change zeal, and he takes to the Internet at high noon Tuesday for a lengthy demonstration. Mr. Gore’s “24 Hours of Reality” online broadcast is the kickoff for a series of events leading up to the UN climate change summit in New York City next week.
Categories: Climate Change News

The time for tough decisions on climate change is now (opinion)

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 8:14pm
Source: The Guardian - The global economy is undergoing a remarkable transformation which is altering our ability to deal with climate change. The growth of emerging economies, rapid urbanisation and new technological advances are making possible a new path of low-carbon growth in ways that were not apparent even five years ago.
Categories: Climate Change News

Musk Solar Strategy Used as Model for Record Investments

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 8:14pm
Source: Bloomberg - Private equity and venture capital firms are pouring record investments into rooftop solar, following a model popularized by billionaire Elon Musk’s SolarCity Corp. (SCTY) -- sell power, not panels.
Categories: Climate Change News

MSCI Launches Innovative Family of Low Carbon Indexes

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 8:14pm
Source: Yahoo Finance - MSCI Inc. (MSCI), a leading provider of investment decision support tools worldwide, announced today the launch of the MSCI Global Low Carbon Leaders Indexes, consisting of companies with significantly lower carbon exposure than the broad market.
Categories: Climate Change News

The 97% v the 3% – just how much global warming are humans causing?

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 8:14pm
Source: The Guardian - A pair of climate scientists recently had a dispute regarding how much global warming humans are responsible for. Gavin Schmidt from Nasa represented the consensus of 96–97% of climate experts in arguing that humans have been the dominant cause of global warming since 1950, while Judith Curry from Georgia Tech represented the opinions of 2–4% of climate experts that we could be responsible for less than half of that warming.
Categories: Climate Change News

Farmers given recipe for solar-powered roast lamb

Business Green - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 7:25pm

New guidance from National Solar Centre outlines how solar systems can be combined with agriculture

Categories: Climate Change News

UK Environmental Scorecard - At a glance

Business Green - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 7:10pm

A summary of the Environmental Audit Committee's damning verdict on the state of the UK's environmental health

Categories: Climate Change News

Labour accuses government of delaying flash-flood protection measures

Business Green - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 7:06pm

Environment Secretary Liz Truss launches sustainable drainage consultation, but Labour's Barry Gardiner says plans are already four years behind schedule

Categories: Climate Change News

UK appeal to clean energy investors hits lowest point for five years

Business Green - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 7:05pm

EY report says 'mixed signals, dwindling budgets and political apathy' behind UK's drop to seventh in ranking of 40 leading nations

Categories: Climate Change News

UK environment policies get the red card from MPs

Business Green - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 7:05pm

New environmental scorecard finds unsatisfactory progress in all 10 areas examined, with concerns over flooding, air quality, and biodiversity

Categories: Climate Change News

[Brazil] Drought bites as Amazon’s ‘flying rivers’ dry up

REDD Monitor - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 3:25pm
By Jan Rocha, Climate News Network, 14 September 2014 | The unprecedented drought now affecting São Paulo, South America’s giant metropolis, is believed to be caused by the absence of the “flying rivers” − the vapour clouds from the Amazon that normally bring rain to the centre and south of Brazil. Some Brazilian scientists say the absence of rain that has dried up rivers and reservoirs in central and southeast Brazil is not just a quirk of nature, but a change brought about by a combination of the continuing deforestation of the Amazon and global warming. This combination, they say, is reducing the role of the Amazon rainforest as a giant “water pump”, releasing billions of litres of humidity from the trees into the air in the form of vapour.
Categories: REDD and Rainforests

Famed Pelli Architects to Headline New York Event on ‘Next-Gen Buildings and Cities’

CSRwire - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 3:15pm

World-renowned architects César and Rafael Pelli will bring their vision to VERGE Salon: Next-Gen Buildings and Cities in New York City on September 16, a one-day event focusing on how technology and data are transforming the future of our buildings and cities. The father-son architecture team will participate during a day of presentations and workshops by corporate sustainability and technology leaders.

Awarded with the American Institute of Architects' prestigious Gold Medal, César Pelli is acclaimed for designing some of the world's tallest buildings and major urban landmarks, including the Petronas Towers in Kaula Lumpur, the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles and the World Financial Center and Winter Garden in New York City.

Rafael Pelli's design achievements include his work on Bloomberg Tower, the Simons Center for Systems Biology at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ, and high-rise residential buildings in Battery Park City. A leader in sustainable design, Rafael Pelli designed the Verdesian, the first LEED Platinum high-rise residential rental building in the United States and New York City's first LEED Platinum building.

VERGE Salons, part of GreenBiz Group's global VERGE event series, are high-energy events focusing on the technologies and systems that accelerate sustainability solutions across sectors in a climate-constrained world. Among the topics at VERGE Salon are how green infrastructure, technologies and grid solutions create value for buildings and cities; leveraging data to accelerate greenhouse gas reductions and water efficiency; and the impacts of benchmarking mandates on building efficiency upgrades.

“César and Raphael Pelli represent the convergence of world-class design and an understanding of how the next generation of buildings can play a central role in urban sustainability,” said GreenBiz Group Chairman and Executive Editor Joel Makower. “Their work embodies a central theme of VERGE, that technology and design can be a positive force for environmental and social change.”

One current Pelli project is the San Francisco Transbay Terminal, which includes the world’s largest rooftop park in the center of one of the world’s most sustainability-minded cities. The design features measures to increase biodiversity, water purification, air filtration and quality public space.

"We are honored to host a rare multi-generational conversation between two of architecture’s great practitioners and urban visionaries, Pritzker Prize winning César Pelli and his acclaimed son Rafael Pelli, who will candidly discuss some of the groundbreaking projects that they have created and are currently working on around the world," said Jack S. Nyman, executive director of the Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute. "These concepts will better empower individuals and lead to improved global knowledge that will contribute to reversing the unsustainable patterns of consumption that we have charted since WWII."   

Other VERGE Salon featured speakers include, Bina Venkataraman of the White House, Vishaan Chakrabarti of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Seth Schultz of C40, Dana Schneider of Jones Lang LaSalle, Nils Kok of GRESB, Molly Zinzi or Google NYC, Brad Swing of the City of Boston, Jackie Henke of TD Bank, Richard Anderson of the New York Building Congress, Jon Orcutt of the NYC Department of Transportation, John Gilbert of Rudin Management Company and Michael Berkowitz of Rockefeller Foundation's 100 Resilient Cities Challenge.

VERGE Salon is produced in partnership with The Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute, of the Zicklin School of Business, at Baruch College, City University of New York, which provides applied research, professional and continuing education and conferences to the real estate industry, as well as organizations focused on public policy.

The event will take place at the William and Anita Newman Conference Center at Baruch College in New York City. For more information, visit http://grn.bz/VSALONNY.

GreenBiz Group’s mission is to define and accelerate the business of sustainability. It does this through a wide range of products and services, including its acclaimed website GreenBiz.com and e-newsletters, GreenBuzz and VERGE; webcasts on topics of importance to sustainability and energy executives; research reports, including the annual State of Green Business; the GreenBiz Executive Network, a membership-based, peer-to-peer learning forum for sustainability executives; and conferences: GreenBiz Forum and VERGE.

Samsung Launches its Fifth Annual $2 Million Solve for Tomorrow Contest for U.S. Public Schools

CSRwire - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 3:15pm

Samsung today announced that entries are open for the fifth annual Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest – a nationwide competition to raise enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by challenging students and teachers to tackle critical issues across the country. Through the competition’s community-based learning approach, youth take topics out of traditional classroom settings and explore, in a hands-on way, how these subjects address core problems that impact their lives and their regions.  

“At Samsung, we know that interest in science, technology, engineering and math is critical for the jobs of today, the future of tomorrow and our long-term business success,” said David Steel, executive vice president of Samsung Electronics North America. “By launching the Solve for Tomorrow Contest for a fifth year, our goal is to excite students about these subjects and provide schools with the resources to continue fostering the innovators of tomorrow. We saw very strong community impact and engagement last year, and we’re looking forward to building on that momentum.”

The first 5,000 teachers to enter from all 50 states and the District of Columbia will receive a professional development course from PBS TeacherLine; entries close on October 31, 2014. In November, 255 state finalists will be selected and from that pool, 51 state winners (representing all 50 states and Washington, D.C.) will be announced in December. Of the state winners, 15 will be selected as national finalists and will present their projects to a live panel of judges in March. Five national grand prize winners will then be selected by a panel of judges, Samsung employees and public online voters.

Additionally three special awards will be given by DIRECTV, the National Environmental Education Foundation and Digital Promise to contestants in the 51 state winner pool who will be recognized for their pioneering use of math, environmental innovation and civic engagement, respectively. Throughout the competition, approximately $2 million* of prizes will be presented by Samsung, Adobe, Fortune, PBS TeacherLine, DIRECTV, the National Environmental Education Foundation and Digital Promise.  

“Science, technology, engineering, and math are vital for success in most 21st century careers. If you are looking for a fun and challenging way to engage your students in STEM, look no further than the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest,” said Kimberly Bloch, a teacher from Sunburst Middle School in Montana who led her eighth grade class to win the 2013-2014 Solve for Tomorrow competition. “I strongly encourage all teachers to enter the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest by answering the three simple questions and engaging your students in the exciting world of STEM. You never know where this challenge could lead. It could lead right to the White House, like it led us!”

Last year, more than 2,300 schools from every state and the District of Columbia entered the challenge; five teams were named national grand prize winners, and one of the winning teams attended the White House Science Fair as honored guests for their work in the competition.

The Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest was created in 2010 to encourage innovation while addressing the technology gap in classrooms across the country. The competition is a Samsung Solve for Tomorrow initiative which aims to engage students nationwide in active, hands-on STEM learning. Since 2004, Samsung has provided more than $15 million in technology to more than 750 public schools in the United States.

To enter or to learn more about the competition and past winners, please visit: http://www.samsung.com/solve

To download b-roll of the Solve for Tomorrow Contest, please visit: https://qlnk.io/ql/540a1e91e4b0357303ce59a7

*Estimated Retail Value

About Samsung Electronics North America
Samsung Electronics North America (NAHQ), based in Ridgefield Park, NJ, is an arm of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. The company markets a broad range of award-winning consumer electronics, information systems, and home appliance products, as well as oversees all of Samsung’s North American brand management including Samsung Electronics America, Inc., Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC and Samsung Electronics Canada, Inc. As a result of its commitment to innovation and unique design, Samsung is one of the most decorated brands in the electronics industry. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com. You can also Fan Samsung on www.facebook.com/SamsungUSA or follow Samsung via Twitter @SamsungTweets.

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in technology, opening new possibilities for people everywhere. Through relentless innovation and discovery, we are transforming the worlds of televisions, smartphones, tablets, personal computers, cameras, home appliances, printers, LTE systems, medical devices, semiconductors and LED solutions. We employ 286,000 people across 80 countries with annual sales of US$216.7 billion. To discover more, please visit www.samsung.com.

Today’s Corporate Philanthropy Demands Focus, Impact Global Impact Releases New Study

CSRwire - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 3:15pm

Today, Global Impact released a white paper titled “The Corporate Signature Program: A Custom Approach to Philanthropy.” This paper examines a growing best practice in corporate investments known as signature programs, a major investment by a company in a particular cause, issue or theme.

Global Impact President & CEO Scott Jackson explained, “The information presented in this white paper will be valuable for corporations looking to find a way to boost their corporate citizenship without hurting their bottom line. The case studies presented in this piece show that these programs are not only charitable, but a smart business investment.”

Signature programs have become a best practice in the corporate investment world because they offer a means to focus corporate citizenship for maximum impact. These programs:

  • Respond to growing demand to build impactful and efficient programs
  • Mobilize corporate resources around an issue or geography
  • Have long term relevancy to the company
  • Require measurement and evaluation to continue to make a business case for the investment
  • Engage employees and other stakeholders

A continuation of the original research performed by Global Impact and Indiana University in “Giving Beyond Borders: A Study of Global Giving by U.S. Corporations,” the corporate signature program white paper provides guidance on how to build and manage signature programs and gives examples of how some U.S. corporations built their own successful signature programs. In particular, this white paper looks at why corporations invest in such programs, what companies seek to achieve through their giving, what steps to take to create a signature program, and what types of models can be used for program management.

Also this week, Scott Jackson will be moderating a breakout session on the topic of the white paper at the Corporate Citizenship Center (CCC) annual corporate citizenship conference. Furthermore, Mr. Jackson will moderate a plenary session at the CCC event about where philanthropy meets social impact and host another breakout session about mobilizing corporate citizenship around a particular cause.


About Global Impact

Global Impact is a leader in growing global philanthropy. The organization builds partnerships and raises resources that help the world’s most vulnerable people by providing integrated, partner-specific advisory and secretariat services; campaign design, marketing and implementation for workplace and signature fundraising campaigns; and fiscal agency, technology services and integrated giving platforms. Global Impact works with approximately 450 public and private sector workplace giving campaigns to generate funding for an alliance of more than 120 international charities. Through strategic council and implementation support, Global Impact equips private sector and nonprofit organizations to achieve their philanthropic goals. The organization serves as administrator for one of the world’s largest workplace giving campaigns, the Combined Federal Campaign-Overseas. Since 1956, Global Impact has generated more than $1.6 billion to help the world’s most vulnerable people.

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[Indonesia] C. Kalimantan launches 10 green schools to support REDD+

REDD Monitor - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 3:06pm
ANTARA News, 13 September 2014 | The Managing Agency of the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation Plus (REDD+) has launched 10 green schools in Central Kalimantan Province. "We hope every stakeholder provides support to the establishment of green schools by REDD+, particularly the first 10 schools to be launched," Yusurum Jagau, representative of the agency in Central Kalimantan said here on Saturday. The campaign for green schools has been running since 2011 in some 185 schools and has involved more than one thousand participants in Central Kalimantan, he added. In addition to green schools, the agency has also developed green villages, particularly in the location of the former geothermal power plant in Kapuas, South Barito, Pisau Isle, and Palangkaraya.
Categories: REDD and Rainforests

[USA] CIOMA Requests Attorney General Investigation of Legality of Fuels Under the Cap

REDD Monitor - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 3:04pm
CIOMA press release, 12 September 2014 | The California Independent Oil Marketers Association (CIOMA) today requested that the California Attorney General immediately open an investigation into “competition destruction” of the independent oil and fuels industry by the California Air Resources Board as a result of the design of the wholesale fuel market under “Fuels Under the Cap” regulations. In a letter dated September 8, 2014 addressed to California AG Kamala Harris, CIOMA described the impact of AB 32 cap-and-trade regulations on its members, stating that Fuels Under the Cap will create an anti-competitive, high-risk market for independent fuel distributors, which could cause many of its members’ businesses in California to fail. “The typical independent fuel supplier cannot pass along the cost of cap-and-trade to its wholesale fuel customers without absorbing significant financial risk,” said Jay McKeeman, Vice President of Government Affairs and Communication for CIOMA.
Categories: REDD and Rainforests

[Nepal] Clouds of Uncertainty

REDD Monitor - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 3:01pm
By Benupraj Bhattarai, myrepublica.com, 13 September 2014 | While the locals, especially the indigenous nationalities, feel threatened, environmentalists in the district, however, try to allay their fear. The Ilam district president for the Federation for Community Forest Users Groups (FECOFUN), Dhurba Shrestha says there is no need to panic. "We are working toward preventing the impact of climate change from affecting the forestlands. There is no particular reason why the people should fear about their livelihood when are so actively involved in protection of the forests," says he. In the same breath he adds that the right of consumers to use forest products should not be breached at any cost. "Things will get better if we start conserving trees and increase the process of carbon sequestration in the forest areas," explains Shrestha. "And we have taking steps to that effect, too."
Categories: REDD and Rainforests

[UK] Preston men admit to playing part in £6m global credit scam

REDD Monitor - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 2:58pm
Lancashire Evening Post, 13 September 2014 | Three Preston men were involved in a multi-million pound carbon credit theft that shut down the European carbon trading market for a week, costing millions to the economy, a court heard. Father-of-three Hanif Patel, 53, of Elgin Street, Deepdale, who was the director of a PPI firm, appeared at Preston Crown Court with Mohammed Hanif Patel, 53, of St Thomas’s Road and a third Preston man. A probe was launched by the National Crime Agency into the theft of 475,000 EU carbon dioxide emissions allowances (EUAs) worth £6m from the Czech Republic’s carbon registry OTE, on January 18, 2011 – following a hoax bomb scare at their base. It formed part of a wider theft of a total of 1.25 million carbon credits - a form of permit allowing organisations to emit a tonne of carbon dioxide, which can be traded between firms. The theft was discovered on January 19, 2011, but thieves had already sold the credits on.
Categories: REDD and Rainforests
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