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U.S. Renewable Energy Rises to Historic Levels While Coal Use Sags
U.S. Renewable Energy Rises to Historic Levels While Coal Use Sags

CLEANTECH - U.S. reliance on wind, solar and other renewable sources of energy has reached historic levels and is poised to make even greater gains in the near future, according to new report by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).A Tectonic Shift in America's Energy Landscape finds that the energy sector in the United States emitted less dangerous carbon pollution last year than in 1996, with a full 10 percent reduction over the past decade. Meanwhile, coal and electricity consumption are down nationwide, while oil use today is lower than in the early 1970s, the report shows.

#NewMetrics ’15: Aiming for Net Positive? We’re Talking ‘Gross Net Positive’
#NewMetrics ’15: Aiming for Net Positive? We’re Talking ‘Gross Net Positive’

NEW METRICS - Clearly, with an exploding population, rapidly accelerating fossil fuel-based consumption and climate catastrophe all looming, the current “net negative” state – whereby we extract more than we return – needs to change. The radically opposite concept – giving more than taking – is ideal.

First Draft of COP21 Climate Agreement Released, with Glaring Omissions
First Draft of COP21 Climate Agreement Released, with Glaring Omissions

COLLABORATION - This week, the first draft of the new climate change agreement set for COP21, the United Nations (UN) international conference on climate change, was presented to governments. The document will act as a concise basis for negotiations for the next negotiating session, which is happening from October 19-23 in Bonn, Germany.

Food Companies to Congress: Step Up with Bold, Enforceable Climate Agreement at COP21
Food Companies to Congress: Step Up with Bold, Enforceable Climate Agreement at COP21

COLLABORATION - The CEOs of 10 global food companies pledged to accelerate business action on climate change and urged U.S. and world leaders to form a robust international agreement at COP21 in December in a joint letter coordinated by Ceres and released yesterday.

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Report: 91% of Top Firms View Climate Shocks as Business Risk
Report: 91% of Top Firms View Climate Shocks as Business Risk

CLEANTECH - Ninety-one percent of companies in the S&P Global 100 Index see extreme weather and climate change impacts as current or future risks to their business, but many struggle to translate long-term, global climate data into short-term and local risks, according to a new report by the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES).Despite growing access to climate-related data and tools, companies say they need “actionable science” that helps them to understand locally-specific risks or risk scenarios.

10 More Cities Commit to Climate Action, Pressure National Governments Ahead of COP21
10 More Cities Commit to Climate Action, Pressure National Governments Ahead of COP21

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Last week, 10 cities presented ambitious climate action plans in accordance with the planning and reporting requirements of the Compact of Mayors.

Report: Investors Should Manage Climate Risks As ‘Forceful Stewards’
Report: Investors Should Manage Climate Risks As ‘Forceful Stewards’

LEADERSHIP - Climate risks currently aren’t top-of-mind for most mainstream investors, but the potential value at risk for investment portfolios is significant, according to a new report by Preventable Surprises, a business risk think tank.

NIKE Commits to 100% Renewables, Partners With MIT Climate CoLab on Materials Innovation
NIKE Commits to 100% Renewables, Partners With MIT Climate CoLab on Materials Innovation

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - As part of NIKE, Inc.’s goal to reduce its environmental footprint and enable business growth, the company announced two efforts today aimed at furthering that commitment: a collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Climate CoLab to bring innovation in materials to the forefront of the climate conversation, and a commitment to reach 100 percent renewable energy in company-owned-and-operated facilities by 2025.

CDP, We Mean Business Launch Toolkit to Aid Large-Scale Decarbonization
CDP, We Mean Business Launch Toolkit to Aid Large-Scale Decarbonization

CLEANTECH - CDP and We Mean Business, a business and investor coalition focused on transitioning to a low-carbon economy, have launched a new set of tools aimed at changing the conversation about effective carbon pricing policies globally, according to an announcement made on Thursday at Climate Week NYC.The Carbon Pricing Pathways Toolkit presents analysis on ways that carbon pricing levels could be ramped up over time to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions, drive innovation in new technologies and transform countries’ energy use.

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Climate Week: State and Regional Governments Pledge a Cut to GHG Greater Than US Annual Emissions
Climate Week: State and Regional Governments Pledge a Cut to GHG Greater Than US Annual Emissions

COLLABORATION - The leaders of state and regional governments, spanning North and South America, Europe and Australia, on Tuesday announced collective climate targets that would save 7.9 gigatons of equivalent carbon dioxide (GtCO2e) by 2030 — greater than the U.S.’s carbon emissions in 2012.Announced at Climate Week NYC, the pledges come from the Compact of States and Regions, a UN supported initiative that aims to drive major emissions reductions after the COP climate summit in December, where the expected deal will come into force in 2020.Altogether, the sub-national governments making up the Compact represent 10 percent of global GDP and 220 million people.

Climate Week: Climate Neutral Now, RE100 Initiatives Recruit Fortune 500 Companies
Climate Week: Climate Neutral Now, RE100 Initiatives Recruit Fortune 500 Companies

CLEANTECH - Two initiatives for reducing businesses’ impacts on the environment have attracted globally recognized brands this week at Climate Week NYC.On Tuesday, the United Nations (UN) announced a new initiative to help businesses and individuals reduce their carbon footprints, Climate Neutral Now. An online platform will facilitate the measurement, reduction, and offset of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Climate Week: B Team Reminding Business, World Leaders of Undeniable #BusinessCase for Net Zero
Climate Week: B Team Reminding Business, World Leaders of Undeniable #BusinessCase for Net Zero

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Today The B Team, comprised of leaders of some of the world’s largest companies, is calling on governments and businesses alike to aim for net-zero greenhouse-gas emissions by 2050 or before, building upon their February 2015 call to world leaders.A ‘Net-Zero by 2050’ aspiration being adopted by leading companies demonstrates the importance of bold long-term targets, and reinforces what the Leaders of The B Team are asking for from world leaders in the political process at COP21 in Paris.

The Strategic Importance of Recognized Leadership
The Strategic Importance of Recognized Leadership

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - The need for reputable corporate leadership has never been more acute. We are grappling with large-scale global challenges - climate change, social dislocation, economic inequality, financial uncertainty - that require a new type of leadership from global entities.

Trending: More Fossil-Free Finance Tools from S&P Dow Jones, As You Sow
Trending: More Fossil-Free Finance Tools from S&P Dow Jones, As You Sow

CLEANTECH - Investors are becoming warier of the valuation risk in their portfolios as a result of climate change. This week, there are three new indices and a new free web tool to help them navigate their way to fossil fuel-free investments.

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Three-Quarters of CEOs Now Convinced of #BusinessCase for Climate Action
Three-Quarters of CEOs Now Convinced of #BusinessCase for Climate Action

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - CEOs see more opportunities for growth today than they did three years ago — especially when it comes to new products and services in response to climate change.

As Groups Continue to Push Obama for Strong Climate Action, Deniers Pose 'Fossil Fuel Free Challenge'
As Groups Continue to Push Obama for Strong Climate Action, Deniers Pose 'Fossil Fuel Free Challenge'

THE NEXT ECONOMY - In the less than 100 days remaining before the much-anticipated COP21 climate negotiations in Paris, more and more stakeholder groups are adding their voices to the throng urging world leaders to come to a decisive, actionable consensus on how to address the global climate crisis.

Oil Lobby Compels California to Drop 50% Oil Cut
Oil Lobby Compels California to Drop 50% Oil Cut

LEADERSHIP - California, Gov. Jerry Brown and Senate Democrats abandoned a 50 percent cut in petroleum use by 2030 that was a focal point of the state’s climate change policy, following an intense campaign against the mandate by the oil industry, The New York Times reports.The petroleum cut was meant to help reduce carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2050, using 1990 emission levels as a baseline.

Klein Asks: What If Confronting the Climate Crisis Is Our Only Chance to Build a Better World?
Klein Asks: What If Confronting the Climate Crisis Is Our Only Chance to Build a Better World?

MARKETING AND COMMS - A documentary based on Naomi Klein’s 2014 book, This Changes Everything, a scathing indictment of capitalism as the driver of our current climate crisis, premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 13.

Could Sugar-Embedded Products Help Us Survive in a World Ravaged by Drought?
Could Sugar-Embedded Products Help Us Survive in a World Ravaged by Drought?

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Climate impacts already cost billions in economic damage each year. Global drought losses are expected to surpass $8 billion in 2015 alone. A 2010 study by the National Centre for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) predicted that extreme drought will threaten large parts of the U.S., Central and South America, and Southern Europe by the 2030s.

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Sustainability Mythbusters: Are Bio-Based Products Always Preferable to Oil-Based?
Sustainability Mythbusters: Are Bio-Based Products Always Preferable to Oil-Based?

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - The common viewIn times where concerns over depletion of non-renewable resources and climate change are drastically increasing, it seems easy to accept that bio-based products are without a doubt better than fuel-based products.

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