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New USDA Dietary Guidelines Gather Both Criticism and Praise from Brands
New USDA Dietary Guidelines Gather Both Criticism and Praise from Brands

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - Every five years, the USDA releases updates to its dietary guidelines, aimed at helping improve American eating habits. The latest Iteration, the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA), has left some brands hungry for more, and others perfectly satiated.The guidelines stayed pretty much the same, continuing to recommend Americans limit their intake of saturated fats, trans fats, added sugars and sodium, and incorporate a variety of fruits, vegetables, grains, fat-free or low-fat dairy, oils and proteins into their diet. The most heated debates surround the language on added sugar intake, red and processed meat consumption, alcohol moderation, and sustainable food sourcing.

Union of Concerned Scientists Ad Presses Presidential Candidates on Climate Threat
Union of Concerned Scientists Ad Presses Presidential Candidates on Climate Threat

LEADERSHIP - Over the next month, the Manchester Boston Regional Airport in New Hampshire’s five video screens will regularly show an animated ad depicting the state’s four leading presidential candidates with tides rising to their waists from climate-induced sea level rise. The 10-second spot asks, “How will you deal with sea level rise in New Hampshire?” and is expected to be seen by the candidates, their teams, and the press as they arrive for the GOP presidential debate on February 6 and primary on February 9.

Obama’s Final State of the Union Address Highlights Clean Energy as a Success Story, Priority
Obama’s Final State of the Union Address Highlights Clean Energy as a Success Story, Priority

CLEANTECH - President Barack Obama highlighted the successes of cleantech investment – for both the economy and the environment – in his final State of the Union address on January 12.

Obama Administration Declares Moratorium on New Federal Coal Leases
Obama Administration Declares Moratorium on New Federal Coal Leases

LEADERSHIP - The Obama administration has announced a moratorium on new coal leases on federal lands, citing concerns regarding pricing and pollution. This followed on the heels of the president’s final State of the Union address, in which he said the United States must improve the way it manages its fossil fuel resources and move towards a clean energy economy.

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London, Berlin, Amsterdam: Capitals of the Next Economy?
London, Berlin, Amsterdam: Capitals of the Next Economy?

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Whether the European Commission’s Circular Economy Package is ambitious enough is still under debate, but at least it leaves some flexibility for potential partnerships, industry-led and local government-led initiatives to shape the next economy.

Trending: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back for Health of Oceans, Islands
Trending: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back for Health of Oceans, Islands

STAKEHOLDER TRENDS AND INSIGHTS - The oceans have seen better days. Until there are more automated floating trash collectors and The Ocean Cleanup’s giant conveyor belt is up and running, over 5 trillion pieces of plastic will continue to hang out in the sea.

Countries Ranked on Sustainable Competitiveness; US and UK Score Below China, Russia
Countries Ranked on Sustainable Competitiveness; US and UK Score Below China, Russia

NEW METRICS - Think tank and sustainable management consultancy SolAbility recently released its fourth Global Sustainable Competitiveness Index (GSCI), a ranking of 180 countries for “sustainable competitiveness,” defined as the ability to generate and sustain inclusive wealth and dignifying standard of life for all citizens in a globalised world of competing economies.Iceland topped the list for the second year running, followed by other Scandinavian nations. The only non-European countries in the top 20 are Japan (11), New Zealand (12), and Canada (16). The US ranked 41 and the UK ranked 48; China and Russia ranked above them at 25 and 33, respectively.

Study: Dairy Digesters Offer Better ‘Bang for Buck' Reducing Emissions
Study: Dairy Digesters Offer Better ‘Bang for Buck' Reducing Emissions

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Dairy methane digesters are among the most cost-effective investments California can make to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help achieve its climate change prevention goals, according to a new study by Ramboll Environ.The study examines how cap and trade auction proceeds are being invested by the California Air Resources Board.

How WRAP Continues to Help Make the #BusinessCase for a Circular Economy
How WRAP Continues to Help Make the #BusinessCase for a Circular Economy

THE NEXT ECONOMY - ‘If you can’t measure, you can’t manage’ - the first and golden rule of corporate improvement, and key to constructing a case for change. For the emerging practice of ‘circular economy,’ which represents a sea-change in the way we manage our physical resources, the quest for sound metrics is crucial – how do we know what good looks like?

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EU Adopts Circular Economy Package, But Is It Good Enough?
EU Adopts Circular Economy Package, But Is It Good Enough?

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Stakeholders are yet again criticizing the European Commission’s new Circular Economy Package. The original policy, released in December of last year, was denounced as insufficiently ambitious, resulting in its dismissal and a review process over the course of 2015. The Commission adopted the revised package on December 2nd, but some claim the new policy is even weaker than the original.

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.

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.

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.

Report: Clear Economic and Environmental Benefits to Phasing Out Fossil Fuel Subsidies
Report: Clear Economic and Environmental Benefits to Phasing Out Fossil Fuel Subsidies

THE NEXT ECONOMY - After a slow start 6 years ago when the G20 and APEC made commitments to phase out inefficient fossil fuel subsidies, about 30 countries have launched or accelerated fossil fuel subsidy reforms, according to a new paper by the New Climate Economy.The paper, Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform: From Rhetoric to Reality, identifies the lessons learned from past attempts to reform fossil fuel subsidies, explores why progress has been slow and outlines the principles for successful reform.

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Report: Majority of Business Leaders Call for Climate Agreement in Paris
Report: Majority of Business Leaders Call for Climate Agreement in Paris

COLLABORATION - A majority of business leaders say that a long term agreement at the UN climate summit (COP21) in Paris is critical to supporting private sector investment in low carbon solutions, according to a global study by the United Nations Global Compact and Accenture.The UN Global Compact-Accenture CEO Study report, Special Edition: A Call to Climate Action, also reveals that executives see action on climate change as an opportunity for growth and innovation that will be essential to securing competitive advantage in their industries.

The 5 Types of Millennials and How to Engage Them on Climate Action
The 5 Types of Millennials and How to Engage Them on Climate Action

STAKEHOLDER TRENDS AND INSIGHTS - In the lead-up to COP21, the UN conference on climate change, we asked our global community of Millennials at BetheChance.com how they feel about climate change. 250 Millennials (18- to 30-year-olds) from Canada, China, Denmark, India, Poland, United States, United Kingdom and beyond shared a remarkably similar voice: They are deeply concerned about the climate, disappointed in our collective past behavior and desperate for change.

Trending: Behavior Change Campaigns Aim to Boost Recycling Rates in the US, UK
Trending: Behavior Change Campaigns Aim to Boost Recycling Rates in the US, UK

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - Organizations in the United States and United Kingdom continue to concoct clever ways to convince their citizens that recycling is worthwhile. In England, a new behavior change campaign is trying to reinforce that every little bit helps: If every Londoner recycled one extra plastic bottle a week for a year, enough energy would be saved to power Wembley Stadium for two years – a venue that can hold 90,000 people. So Resource London is asking Londoners to recycle “just one thing,” in its new “Recycle for London” campaign.

Obama Rejects Keystone XL After 7 Years of Drama, Debate, Protest
Obama Rejects Keystone XL After 7 Years of Drama, Debate, Protest

LEADERSHIP - Today, President Obama rejected the Keystone XL pipeline that would have connected Canada’s tar sands to refineries in Texas. The project became a symbol of the fight against climate change, making its rejection a huge victory for the “unprecedented coalition” of groups that came together to oppose it.In his announcement, the President said that he agrees with the State Department’s decision that the Keystone XL pipeline would not serve the country’s national interests, nor would it make a meaningful long-term contribution to the economy.

Report: Serious Risks to UK Food System If We Don't Embrace 'Business Unusual' Approach to Food
Report: Serious Risks to UK Food System If We Don't Embrace 'Business Unusual' Approach to Food

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - What will our food system look like 10 years from now? According to a new report from the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP), a sustainable, secure UK food system will depend on industry and government action to reframe issues and innovate. The waste-reduction charity predicts there will be new business opportunities in protein supply, data-enabled technology, and food designed for nutritional requirements.

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Mars Catapults to #6 on List of Biggest Green Power Users
Mars Catapults to #6 on List of Biggest Green Power Users

PRESS RELEASE - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today revealed the 100 biggest green power users in the U.S., and Mars, Incorporated entered the list at number six. The EPA’s National Top 100 ranks companies based on their use of green power – zero-emissions electricity generated from renewable sources like wind and solar.  Mars is now an EPA Green Power Partner and a member of the agency’s Green Power Leadership Club – recognizing the company’s commitment to using cleaner energy. Green Power Partners are part of a voluntary movement that includes more than 1,300 partner organizations using billions of kilowatt-hours of green power annually.

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