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How to finally take science-based goals from rhetoric to reality

by Dave Knight Sustainability is mainstreaming, right? You can’t walk through a city, listen to the news or buy a product without hearing something is sustainable, green, eco-friendly — and the list of claims goes on. So, how much of this is rhetoric, and how much of this actually can be …

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An ‘Irish goodbye’ to fossil fuels

This St. Patrick’s Day, the Emerald Isle is going green. by Mike Hower Aside from serving as the inspiration for Americans celebrating St. Patrick’s Day each year, Ireland is known as the “Emerald Isle” for its verdant, rolling hills — and the country is making moves to keep it that way. …

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Why you should answer the new CDP climate questions

The questions may not be easy, but that’s what makes them valuable. by Cora Lee Mooney and Sarah Corrigan The 2015 CDP Climate Change questionnaire contains two new unscored questions, and many companies are in the process of determining whether to answer them. For practitioners who recognize that the value of sustainability reporting …

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Why climate breeds conflict: Syria, drought and civil war

Shutterstock Christiaan Triebert by RP Siegel A new report links climate change, volatile weather and extreme social unrest in Syria — an ominous picture of how the risks associated with climate volatility can play out. There has been speculation and concern among many factions, including the U.S. security community, that the onset …

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3 questions to help companies set science-based sustainability goals

Companies are increasingly looking to climate science for more targeted approaches to setting sustainability goals. Shutterstock by Corinna Kester As companies increasingly recognize the need to act on climate change, many have set targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. According to a CDP study, more than 75 percent of large company respondents …

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5 public-private partnerships pushing the sustainability envelope

Shutterstock T photography by Mike Hower The Central Park Conservancy, in partnership with the city of New York, has helped keep Central Park clean and green since 1980. The world’s social and environmental problems are too grand for the public or private sectors to tackle alone. Energy, water and air quality concerns, …

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A $16 billion case for climate resilience from Southeast Asia

Flickr William Cho by John Talberth About 60 million people in Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam rely on the Lower Mekong River Basin. The Lower Mekong River Basin (LMB) spans Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam, and supports 60 million people. The region also is widely recognized as highly vulnerable to the impacts …

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Silicon Savannah startups innovate for community resiliency

Mathare Valley in Nairobi, Kenya by Mike Hower Children chewing on e-waste, garbage heaps two stories tall, rivers of human refuse — these are everyday sights in Mathare Valley, one of the worst slums in Nairobi, Kenya. More than 600,000 people — about the population of Boston — live in an …

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Inside Citi’s plan to deploy $100 billion for cities, renewables, climate

Citi’s new five-year strategy includes combating climate change, championing sustainable cities and promoting social progress. by Joel Makower Today, Citi, the global banking giant, is announcing its next-gen sustainability strategy that includes an eye-popping number: $100 billion over 10 years for “lending, investing and facilitating” activities focused on mitigating climate and other …

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State of Green Business: How stranded assets change energy math

Financial returns on fossil fuels could be wrecked by evolving climate regulations and market shifts toward renewable energy. by Lauren Hepler his article is part of a series of excerpts from the 2015 State of Green Business report. The concept of “stranded assets” isn’t particularly novel in financial circles. But the idea …