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Obama delays key power plant rule of signature climate change plan

Business Green - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 4:48am

A week before major UN talks on climate change, EPA extends comment period for rule to cut carbon pollution from plants


Categories: Climate Change News

Australia not prepared for effects of climate change

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 4:14am
Source: ABC Online - A Climate Council report on the effects of climate change on infrastructure calls coastal flooding the sleeping giant of risk to future prosperity.
Categories: Climate Change News

REDD progress is possible — just look at Indonesia

REDD Monitor - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 3:44am
By Julian Caldecott, SciDev.Net, 16 September 2014 | But Indonesia, one of the largest GHG emitters in the 2000s, is a partial exception. In 2010, it signed a letter of intent to accept up to one billion US dollars under the Indonesia-Norway REDD+ Partnership, most of it payable for reducing emissions in the forest and peatland sector. Norway also negotiated REDD+ agreements with Brazil and Guyana. All stand out for their ‘game-changing’ intent (the ‘game’, of course, being very different in each country) and the large amounts of money on the table. With presidential leadership and start-up funds from Norway and others, some of Indonesia’s best and brightest officials and administrators were tasked with making REDD+ happen. But the scale of the challenge soon became clear. At the root of deforestation was how decisions affecting the use of land and forests were being made throughout Indonesian society — driven and distorted by the plantation sector’s demands...
Categories: REDD and Rainforests

Social Movements representing more than 200 million people around the world denounce corporate take-over of Ban Ki-Moon Climate Summit

REDD Monitor - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 3:40am
Climate Space, 17 September 2014 | In a joint statement published on September 16, they call for systemic change rather than the voluntary pledges and market-based and destructive public-private partnership initiatives that currently feature on the Summit’s agenda, like REDD+ Climate-Smart Agriculture and the Sustainable Energy for All initiative. The statement calls for 10 concrete actions to be taken to prevent climate chaos including immediate binding commitments to keep the temperature rise to no more than 1.5degrees Centigrade. The social movements go on to warn against what they call the “false solutions” and harmful actions that the big corporations that have been invited by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to play the lead role at the upcoming Climate Summit in New York are pushing for.
Categories: REDD and Rainforests

Leonardo DiCaprio appointed UN climate change representative

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 2:14am
Source: BBC News - The Hollywood actor, Leonardo DiCaprio, has been appointed as a United Nations representative on climate change. The UN secretary general Ban ki Moon said the actor's global stardom was the perfect match for the global challenge posed by climate change.
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Texas proposes rewriting school text books to deny manmade climate change

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 2:14am
Source: The Guardian - Texas has proposed re-writing school text books to incorporate passages denying the existence of climate change and promoting the discredited views of an ultra-conservative think tank.
Categories: Climate Change News

Obama delays key power plant rule of signature climate change plan

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 2:14am
Source: The Guardian - Barack Obama applied the brakes to the most critical component of his climate change plan on Tuesday, slowing the process of setting new rules cutting carbon pollution from power plants, and casting a shadow over a landmark United Nations’ summit on global warming
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White House partners with industry to tackle greenhouse gas

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 2:14am
Source: Reuters - The White House on Tuesday announced steps to tackle a potent greenhouse gas used in refrigeration and air conditioning, of which the United States is the world's largest producer, a week ahead of a major UN summit focused on addressing climate change.
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Really wanted PM Narendra Modi to attend UN climate change summit: Ban Ki-Moon

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 2:14am
Source: The Economic Times - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon today said he "really wanted" Prime Minister Narendra Modi to participate in a crucial climate change summit in New York next week to mobilize political will for a universal and meaningful climate agreement.
Categories: Climate Change News

Wildfire Cost May Soar With Climate Change, Report Warns

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 2:14am
Source: The Huffington Post - Wildfires may cost the U.S. as much as $62.5 billion a year by 2050 as the effects of climate change worsen, argues an economic analysis released Tuesday.
Categories: Climate Change News

Seven things we learned from Lord Stern's New Climate Economy report

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 2:14am
Source: The Guardian - A major new report says the world can tackle climate change without harming economic growth. Here’s the digested read.
Categories: Climate Change News

Cities can lead on climate change to build a resilient future (opinion)

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 2:14am
Source: The Guardian - Around the world, cities are taking the lead on addressing the challenge of climate change. While senior governments stall, urban leaders are responding to the urgent need to make our cities more resilient as climate change impacts intensify.
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Duke Energy Commits $500 Million To Solar Power Expansion In North Carolina

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 2:14am
Source: CleanTechnica - The largest US utility owner by market value, Duke Energy, announced Monday a commitment to invest $500 million into expanding the solar market in North Carolina. Duke Energy is set to acquire and construct three solar facilities to go hand-in-hand with five new power-purchase agreements (PPA).
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Lawmakers to test EU's five billion euro carbon permit giveaway

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 2:14am
Source: Reuters - European lawmakers will vote next week on whether to force Brussels officials to rethink giving billions of euros worth of carbon allowances away for free to heavy industries, after a senior Green member lodged an objection.
Categories: Climate Change News

U.S. Chamber Foundation Names Corporate Citizenship Awards Finalists

CSRwire - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 11:15pm

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation today named 24 business finalists for its 15th Annual Corporate Citizenship Awards. The awards program honors businesses for their significant positive impacts in communities around the world.

“On a daily basis, businesses are working to help improve communities across the country and around the world,” said Marc DeCourcey, executive director of the U.S. Chamber Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center. “This year’s finalists show not only the multitude of ways businesses care about their communities, but also their significant positive impacts in them.”

Awards will be presented in eight categories:

  • Two Best Corporate Steward categories honor companies with overall values, operational practices, and stakeholder strategies that exemplify shared value. The Large Business category finalists are IBM Corporation, Pentair, and UnitedHealth Group, and the Small and Middle-Market Business category finalists are Blackbaud, Inc., CETRA Language Solutions, and Constant Contact.
  • Best Commitment to Education Program recognizes initiatives to improve educational outcomes for students. Finalists this year are Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft Corporation, and The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.
  • Best Community Improvement Program recognizes strategic work to improve local communities. This year’s finalists are Amway, Capital One Financial Corporation, and Toyota.
  • Best Disaster Response & Community Resilience Program recognizes companies for responding to disasters and creating more resilient communities. This year’s finalists are Citi Foundation, Cornerstone OnDemand, Inc., and Farmers Group.
  • Best Economic Empowerment Program recognizes work to empower individuals through financial inclusion and business empowerment initiatives. This year’s finalists are The Dow Chemical Company, Entergy Corporation, and Qualcomm Wireless Reach.
  • Best Environmental Stewardship Program recognizes accomplishments in addressing environmental issues. This year’s finalists are Apollo Education Group, Inc. (University of Phoenix), Siemens Foundation, and the UPS Foundation.
  • Best Health and Wellness Program recognizes efforts to improve the health and wellness of employees or communities. This year’s finalists are Novartis International AG, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., and WellPoint Inc.

Winners in each category will be selected by a panel of corporate citizenship experts, and will be named during a ceremony on November 20 in Washington, D.C.

More information about the awards and finalists is available on the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s website.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce dedicated to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness by addressing developments that affect our nation, our economy, and the global business environment.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.

EMR: Enough Talk Already

Business Green - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 7:09pm

Like Scotland, the UK energy market is gearing up for a massive shake-up - Nathan Goode hopes everyone is ready for it


Categories: Climate Change News

MSCI launches new low carbon indexes

Business Green - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 7:05pm

New investment tools to help firms track performance of "low carbon leaders"


Categories: Climate Change News

How Carbon War Room aims to win the battle with greenhouse gas emissions

Business Green - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 7:05pm

BusinessGreen's NGO of the year has shaken up shipping and has its sights firmly set on proving profits can be made while solving climate change


Categories: Climate Change News

Dunkin' Donuts pledges to dunk only in sustainable palm oil

Business Green - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 7:05pm

Fast-food giant pledges to phase out deforestation in US operations' supply chains by 2016


Categories: Climate Change News

Sustainable seafood scheme covers one tenth of world's wild fisheries

Business Green - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 7:05pm

New Marine Stewardship Council report reveals that nearly $5bn worth of its sustainably certified seafood was sold last year


Categories: Climate Change News
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