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CDP: Companies Blind to Climate Risks in Half of Their Supply Chains
CDP: Companies Blind to Climate Risks in Half of Their Supply Chains

SUPPLY CHAIN - The largest ever study of climate data from suppliers and their corporate customers, the CDP’s Global Supply Chain Report 2016, found that less than half of suppliers have set a target to reduce their emissions and only one third have lowered their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the past reporting year. What’s worse though, is that half of the suppliers that were asked for information failed to respond at all.

Trending: Biomimetic, Phase-Changing Materials Could Hold Keys to Climate-Resistant Surfaces
Trending: Biomimetic, Phase-Changing Materials Could Hold Keys to Climate-Resistant Surfaces

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Whether the presidential candidates pay attention to it or not, climate change is a looming threat. Failure of climate change mitigation and adaptation was considered to be the greatest global risk in the World Economic Forum’s newly-released 2016 Global Risks Report. Luckily, researchers are making progress on mitigation and adaptation solutions to combat the changing temperatures, thanks to beetles and adaptive building materials.

How the Insurance Industry Can Help Save Humanity
How the Insurance Industry Can Help Save Humanity

NEW METRICS - The industrial economy is geared towards maximization of wealth. This target has led towards substantial, even amazing, economic growth during the last two centuries. Yet, at the same time this growth has introduced new risks and has caused severe threats and actual damages to the environment and to the social framework.Some risks are environmental: Global climate change; loss of diversity that decreases resilience; damage to delicate food chains; and land, air and water pollution. Others are societal, such as employment security, growing inequality in income and wealth, pressures related to rapid urbanization, and demographic changes that threaten retirement system.

Should the Fossil Fuel Industry Be Taxed to Pay for Climate Damage?
Should the Fossil Fuel Industry Be Taxed to Pay for Climate Damage?

THE NEXT ECONOMY - More than 60 environmental leaders and organizations have signed The Carbon Levy Project declaration, calling for a tax on fossil fuel extraction that would help pay for damages caused by climate change. The declaration states that fossil fuel companies are accountable for around 70 percent of present day global warming and should be held accountable for the resulting costs to the countries most affected. Signatories include author Naomi Klein, 350.org’s Bill McKibben, and Greenpeace’s Kumi Naidoo.

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New Tool Compares Countries’ Low-Carbon Progress and Pledges
New Tool Compares Countries’ Low-Carbon Progress and Pledges

CLEANTECH - Earlier this month, 195 nations reached a landmark agreement at COP21 in Paris to fight climate change and unleash actions and investment towards a low-carbon, resilient and sustainable future.

What Now? How Businesses Are Rallying to Action After COP21
What Now? How Businesses Are Rallying to Action After COP21

COLLABORATION - As evidenced by the unprecedented private-sector engagement in COP21 earlier this month, businesses globally get that they need to innovate (and improve!) their products, services and business models to combat climate change, resource scarcity and unpredictable futures. Aside from the alignment of 195 nations on a climate-action agreement, what did all the talk at COP21 amount to from a business perspective? A lot of initiatives that push forward change and collaboration. But is it all smoke and mirrors, and toothless pledges, or is there real action brewing?

COP21: A View from Paris
COP21: A View from Paris

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - The Conference of the Parties … COP21 … the climate conference … or just “Paris,” as in “What’s going to happen in Paris?”

COP21: 114 Companies Commit to Set Science-Based Emissions-Reduction Targets, Surpassing Goal
COP21: 114 Companies Commit to Set Science-Based Emissions-Reduction Targets, Surpassing Goal

NEW METRICS - The Science-Based Targets initiative announced Tuesday that 114 companies have now committed to set emissions-reduction targets in line with what scientists say is necessary to keep global warming below the dangerous threshold of 2 degrees Celsius. The announcement was made at the LPAA Business focus event hosted by Caring for Climate at COP21 in Paris.

COP21: Challenges from UN, MIT Seek Climate-Resilience Solutions from Around the Globe
COP21: Challenges from UN, MIT Seek Climate-Resilience Solutions from Around the Globe

MARKETING AND COMMS - Today at the UN Climate Change conference (COP21), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Climate CoLab, in collaboration with the United Nations Secretary-General, announced the launch of a series of global, online contests to help strengthen the resilience of vulnerable countries to respond to climate-related hazards.

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Economists Say Climate Impacts Will Be Worse Than Previously Believed
Economists Say Climate Impacts Will Be Worse Than Previously Believed

NEW METRICS - Experts on the economics of climate change have revealed concerns that damages from climate change impacts will be larger and more immediate than previously estimated, according to a new survey from The Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University School of Law.The survey’s respondents were limited to those who have published an article about food production, climate adaptation, energy economics and other topics related to climate change in a highly ranked, peer-reviewed economics journal since 1994.

New Tool Measures Upstream Global Supply Chain GHGs
New Tool Measures Upstream Global Supply Chain GHGs

SUPPLY CHAIN - The international climate negotiations currently underway in Paris at COP21 are focused on commitments by national and subnational governments to gradually reduce emissions, primarily from direct downstream sources — things like power plants, energy-intensive manufacturing and vehicles. Meanwhile, upstream emissions typically are ignored.

Gates, Branson, Zuckerberg, Bezos, and Ma Launch Breakthrough Energy Coalition
Gates, Branson, Zuckerberg, Bezos, and Ma Launch Breakthrough Energy Coalition

CLEANTECH - “We need innovation that gives us energy that’s cheaper than today’s hydrocarbon energy, that has zero CO2 emissions, and that’s as reliable as today’s overall energy system. And when you put all those requirements together, we need an energy miracle,” Bill Gates recently told The Atlantic.

Report: Cities Can Help Close COP21 ‘Emissions Gap’
Report: Cities Can Help Close COP21 ‘Emissions Gap’

LEADERSHIP - If cities around the world take aggressive climate change action, they can help cut global emissions by 3.7 billion tons a year by 2030 — helping to close the “emissions gap” between what countries have promised to do before the COP21 climate talks, and what is needed to avoid a rise in temperature above 2 degrees Celsius, according to a new report by the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) on behalf of C40.The emissions gap amounts to around 15 billion tons of carbon dioxide a year.

Morgan Stanley, Wells Fargo Join Banks Cutting Out Coal
Morgan Stanley, Wells Fargo Join Banks Cutting Out Coal

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - Ahead of the UN 2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21), Morgan Stanley and Wells Fargo became the latest major banks to pledge to eliminate their support for the coal industry in favor of reducing carbon pollution associated with the industry.Morgan Stanley said that it “recognizes that climate change poses significant risks to the global economy and that reducing carbon emissions is critical to our success in addressing the challenges presented by a changing climate.”

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The Dairy Industry’s Next Competitive Advantage: Saving Money and Building Better Products with Climate-Friendly Cows
The Dairy Industry’s Next Competitive Advantage: Saving Money and Building Better Products with Climate-Friendly Cows

SUPPLY CHAIN - A penguin and a cow walk into a bar. The cow says, "We have a problem. Every year cows emit so much methane into the atmosphere - the equivalent of fifty-times more CO2 than the entire country of Switzerland! It's killing our image. We don't know what to do." The penguin pondered for a moment and replied, "Maybe it's something you ate."

Indonesian Forest Fires, Amazon Tipping Points, and the Business Case for Investing in Reforestation
Indonesian Forest Fires, Amazon Tipping Points, and the Business Case for Investing in Reforestation

LEADERSHIP - Businesses have a central role in addressing the forest issues that are in today’s headlines—including the Indonesian fires (which emitted more CO2 in three weeks than the entire German economy in a year), and the Amazon forests, which may be at a tipping point with serious

Study: Developing Countries Will Need $270B to Adapt to Climate Change
Study: Developing Countries Will Need $270B to Adapt to Climate Change

LEADERSHIP - Developing countries will need to pay an additional $270 billion more each year to adapt to the impacts of climate change if COP21 fails to elicit increased global pledges to cut greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new report by Oxfam.Game-changers in the Paris climate deal warns that developing countries’ economies face being crushed under the double burden of climate change adaptation costs of almost $800 billion and more than twice that in economic losses every year by 2050 if pledges to cut emissions are not improved.

Will Paris Signal a Sunnier Climate for Low-Carbon Economics?
Will Paris Signal a Sunnier Climate for Low-Carbon Economics?

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Next week marks the start of important climate negotiations in Paris – the aim of COP21 is to deliver a new international agreement that will put the world on track towards a low-carbon future. The feeling in the air is one of optimism – there are high hopes the agreement could go beyond its intended diplomacy and act as a historic catalyst to drive real leadership on the issue.

Here's What Stands In the Way of a COP21 Climate Treaty
Here's What Stands In the Way of a COP21 Climate Treaty

LEADERSHIP - Despite the recent horrific acts in Paris, next week world leaders will converge on the city for the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference — otherwise known as the Conference of the Parties (COP) 21 — to achieve what many hope will be the first legally binding and universal agreement on climate change.

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How to (and How Not to) Use Humour, 'Macho-Eco' Identities to Communicate Sustainability
How to (and How Not to) Use Humour, 'Macho-Eco' Identities to Communicate Sustainability

MARKETING AND COMMS - This Tuesday afternoon breakout session saw Thomas Kolster, founder and creative director at the Goodvertising Agency, and Kerry Eustice, Editorial Partnerships Editor at The Guardian Sustainable Business, share their perspectives on changing the conversation around sustainability values.Early on, Kolster asserted that sustainability advertising is not doing enough to drive change, as it tends to be less engaging than other advertising messages. He and Eustice discussed dos, don’ts and new approaches that could change the way the message of sustainability is communicated.

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