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Nestlé chairman warns against playing God over climate change

Peter Brabeck courts controversy by claiming climate change is largely down to natural cycles and society should focus on adaptation. Nestlé chairman Peter Brabeck has a history of courting controversy and is likely to further inflame his critics with his belief that man-made emissions are not the primary reason behind our changing climate. While scientists […]

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Fukushima to use 100 per cent renewable energy by 2040

The Japanese province of Fukushima has pledged to switch to 100 per cent renewable energy by 2040, turning its 2011 nuclear disaster into an opportunity to tackle climate change. The mayor of the region, which has a population of about two million people, hopes that community energy schemes will wean the region off fossil fuels […]

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Caribbean Climate Innovation Center to promote green business, reduce climate risks

The World Bank says business hub inaugurated on Monday will support the growing number of clean energy and climate technology ventures in the Caribbean. It said the Caribbean Climate Innovation Center (CCIC), the first of its kind in the region, would help reduce the significant threats posed by climate change through the creation of new […]

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7 Environment and Development Stories to Watch in 2014

Earlier this month, the World Resources Institute (WRI) launched its “Stories to Watch in 2014.” All years are important, but decisions made in 2014 will have a striking impact for decades to come. Here are seven potential game-changers. 1. The Year of Cities: How Will They Grow? We’re currently in the midst of the most […]

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US fracking revolution dilutes EU climate & energy plan

On the face of it, this week’s EU climate and energy package, with its targets for cutbacks in emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) and the uptake of renewable energy up to the year 2030, looks impressive. The central element in the package is a binding EU-wide 40% reduction in GHG emissions over 1990 levels by […]

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World Economic Forum session set for Lake Louise

Alberta will co-host a World Economic Forum regional meeting on energy, climate change and innovation in Lake Louise from April 24 to 25, but opposition critics are skeptical about how useful it will be. Premier Alison Redford said Tuesday the event will bring together more than 100 global leaders to draft an action plan on […]

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Buy Green. Sell Stranded.

One of the hard truths about climate change solutions—whether they’re solar panels, protective sea walls, or carbon-sucking golf balls—is that somebody has to pay for them. This week the United Nations’ climate chief, Christiana Figueres, told Climate Desk that global investment in clean-energy technologies needs to reach $1 trillion per year by 2030 (a little […]

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Here’s what ‘sustainability’ really means

In 1987, the United Nations introduced the concept of sustainable development as “development that meets the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” In the ’90s, based on mounting scientific evidence that overpopulation, industrial growth, consumerism, environmental change, among other factors, were threatening the world’s […]

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Nike blends sustainability and business intelligence

The importance of sustainable product sourcing among corporations is quickly becoming a subject past debate. The effects of climate change continue to be felt, consumers are growing more in tune with environmental issues and government regulations prohibiting practices that have negative impacts on the ecosystem have become increasingly stringent. The question, then, is not whether […]

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Climate Change Puts 40 Percent More People at Risk of Absolute Water Scarcity: Study

Water scarcity impacts people’s lives in many countries already today. Future population growth will increase the demand for freshwater even further. Yet in addition to this, on the supply side, water resources will be affected by projected changes in rainfall and evaporation. Climate change due to unabated greenhouse-gas emissions within our century is likely to […]

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