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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.

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.

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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.

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.

Report: Climate Impacts Causing Billions in Economic Damage; El Niño Making It Worse
Report: Climate Impacts Causing Billions in Economic Damage; El Niño Making It Worse

NEW METRICS - As El Niño continues to intensify in the coming months, it is expected that global drought losses will surpass the current forecast $8 billion in economic damage, according to a new report by Aon Benfield, the global reinsurance intermediary and capital advisor of risk management firm Aon.

To Develop Long-Term Sustainability Plans, Look to Oil Companies
To Develop Long-Term Sustainability Plans, Look to Oil Companies

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - Sustainability conversations are changing. Just look at the National Association for Environmental Management’s (NAEM’s) thorough “Planning for a Sustainable Future” report released this week: EHS and sustainability leaders are quickly solving operational questions of compliance, measurement & metrics, and target-setting. Now, they’re being called to convene organizational leaders in the face of changing climate, consumers, supply chains, and competitors — three forces that challenge the traditional near-term planning processes endemic to businesses. They’re even grappling with reframing corporate business models for people and environmental stewardship.

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Climate Week NYC 2015 to COP21: Commit to a Low-Carbon Economy
Climate Week NYC 2015 to COP21: Commit to a Low-Carbon Economy

THE NEXT ECONOMY - There is a building sense of urgency among leading businesses, public figures, and concerned citizens as the United Nations’ Conference of the Parties (COP21) approaches.In December, over 190 government representatives will gather in Paris to discuss a new agreement on climate change. The message to them is clear: We need bold action.

Citibank: Tackling Climate Change Would Create Positive ROI for the Global Economy
Citibank: Tackling Climate Change Would Create Positive ROI for the Global Economy

NEW METRICS - Taking action to mitigate climate change by investing in a low-carbon energy mix will save more money in the long run than inaction, even before accounting for savings from avoided climate damage costs, according to a new report by Citi Global Perspectives & Solutions (GPS), a division within Citibank.

Rio de Janeiro First 'Fully Committed City' in Fight Against Climate Change
Rio de Janeiro First 'Fully Committed City' in Fight Against Climate Change

LEADERSHIP - Rio de Janeiro has become the first city in the world to reach full compliance with the Compact of Mayors, a global coalition of city leaders dedicated to reducing their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, making urban communities more resilient to climate change and regularly reporting their progress publicly.Rio now has established a local GHG emission inventory using the Global Protocol for Community-scale GHG Emissions Inventory (GPC), the international “gold” standard for GHG emission reporting, according to a recent announcement. It also is the first Brazilian city to complete a study on climate vulnerabilities.

Report: UN Carbon Credits Program May Have Increased CO2 Emissions
Report: UN Carbon Credits Program May Have Increased CO2 Emissions

LEADERSHIP - Around three-quarters of the carbon credits issued under Joint Implementation (JI) may actually have increased emissions by about 600 million metric tons, according to a new study by the Stockholm Environmental Institute (SEI).JI allows countries with emission reduction commitments under the Kyoto Protocol to generate Emission Reduction Units (ERUs) from carbon reduction projects and transfer them to other countries.

The Nebulous Nexus: Collaboration Is Key to Ensuring Success of COP21
The Nebulous Nexus: Collaboration Is Key to Ensuring Success of COP21

COLLABORATION - The threats climate change poses to the private sector are significant and the need for international agreements on climate change to keep global warming below 2°C is ever more pressing. The challenge that we all face now is in finding consensus and a common vision that is applicable not only to all countries but to all corporate sectors too. So, as we reach #100daysToParis, how can the ambitions of COP21 be met and what is the role of collaboration in achieving this?

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Study: Contrarian Climate Studies Contain Notable Scientific Errors
Study: Contrarian Climate Studies Contain Notable Scientific Errors

CLEANTECH - A new study published in the journal Theoretical and Applied Climatology examines contrarian climate science — the 3 percent of studies questioning the existence and human causes of climate change — and finds they include critical mistakes in selection and interpretation of data.The authors tried to replicate the results of 38 examples of contrarian climate research, selected for their high visibility and their arrival at different conclusions than consensus climate studies.

Tutu, McKibben, Chomsky Calling for 'Mass Mobilization' to Spur Bold Climate Action at COP21
Tutu, McKibben, Chomsky Calling for 'Mass Mobilization' to Spur Bold Climate Action at COP21

MARKETING AND COMMS - With just less than 100 days until the UN’s Conference of the Parties (COP21) in Paris, where leaders from more than 190 countries will gather to discuss a potential new agreement on climate change, another group has emerged, hoping to ensure a firm and actionable strategy is achieved.

Islamic Leaders Join Call for World Governments to Phase Out Fossil Fuels
Islamic Leaders Join Call for World Governments to Phase Out Fossil Fuels

LEADERSHIP - After the Pope recently added a religious voice to the chorus of hundreds of business leaders, youth, subnational governments (and one boyband) calling on world leaders to take bold action on climate change, Islamic l

ClimateCare Named One of the UK’s First Certified B Corporations
ClimateCare Named One of the UK’s First Certified B Corporations

LEADERSHIP - ClimateCare, which delivers corporate and government programs to protect the environment and improve people’s lives, today announced that it has received certification as one of the UK’s first Certified B Corporations.With an 18-year track record, ClimateCare claims it is living proof that commercial businesses can deliver positive impacts at scale. In the last seven years alone, the business has deployed $100 million to deliver measurable social and environmental outcomes for corporate and government clients.B Lab, the nonprofit that administers Certified B Corporation status, awarded ClimateCare a score of 141.4 points — well above the average of 97 points.

12 Projects That Could Save The World: ‘Innovation Camp’ Takes COP21 from Vision to Action
12 Projects That Could Save The World: ‘Innovation Camp’ Takes COP21 from Vision to Action

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Ahead of the COP21 meeting in December, diverse groups are taking action in support of action on global climate change. From business coalitions and CEO pledges to ambitious city-wide emissions reduction goals, pressure is mounting on national governments to deliver a substantive agreement.

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Apple, Google, Walmart Among 13 U.S. Companies Pledging $140B for Climate Action
Apple, Google, Walmart Among 13 U.S. Companies Pledging $140B for Climate Action

COLLABORATION - Yesterday marked the launch of the American Business Act on Climate Pledge, uniting 13 of the largest U.S. companies in pledging a collective $140 billion of low-carbon investments in the global economy and over 1,600 MW of new renewable energy. The high-profile pledge is the latest indicator that the White House is succeeding in its effort to garner private-sector support for a substantive climate agreement at COP21.

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