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A climate change cost benefit analysis clearly show the unacceptable cost of inaction and the overwhelming benefit of action on climate change

Acting to Combat Climate Change: A Cost Benefit Analysis

We are getting a much clearer picture of the costs associated with climate change and the benefits of action to combat it.  While adding up the costs of a warmer world is no easy feat, economists are increasingly quantifying the risks associated with climate change. The price tag associated with global warming includes the costs associated with extreme weather, declining global food stocks, degraded ecosystems, the loss of biodiversity,…

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Small businesses are driving economic growth in part through adoption of green energy

Small Businesses Drive Economic Growth through Renewable Energy

Economic growth is often a result of small businesses pushing the adoption of technological advancement coupled with the drive for efficient operations. Small businesses in America are the powerhouses that drive the economy. In fact, according to the Small Business Administration, they make up over 99 percent of all employer firms and account for 64 percent of all new private…

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GCF proposes yet another climate finance program. Is this really what is needed?

GCF Board Meets to Launch Yet Another Climate Finance Vehicle

The 24-member board of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s (UNFCCC) Green Climate Fund (GCF) is meeting at its recently established headquarters in Songdo, South Korea this week to hammer out the details that will see the climate fund become fully operational. Over four years in the making and with a goal of raising $100 billion in capital…

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AWEA meet amid soaring growth in wind installation and continued uncertainty regarding leadership in Congress

U.S. Wind Industry Gathers Amid Record-Setting Construction, Market Uncertainty

More wind power capacity is under construction today than at any time in industry history, the AWEA highlights in its Q1 2014 market report, but the outlook is being dimmed by ongoing uncertainty over US energy policy. Upon completion, they’ll generate enough clean, renewable electricity to power the equivalent of approximately 4 million average U.S. homes.

Does the fate of the Keystone XL pipeline rest in the hands of a bought and sold government?

Campaign Finance and the Fate of Keystone XL

While a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline has been delayed yet again, the ultimate fate of the project is directly related to campaign finance. There is a war being waged through the medium of campaign finance that pits environmental concerns against the fossil fuel industry. The Keystone XL would transport more than 800,000 barrels of tar sands bitumen from…

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The future depends on leaders taking the journey of business sustainability

Get Inspired to Start your Business Sustainability Journey in 2014

Featured guest post by James Lewis -  Stay ahead of the curve in the new year by being environmentally conscious, building a greener business, and producing lasting benefits for your business and employees. The motivation to act is integral to getting started and comes in a variety of forms, broadly: environmental, cultural and business. To provide inspiration, we have listed three…

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The Port of Los Angeles receives a grant in the EPA's new program for sustainable ports

New Sustainable Ports Program To Reduce Carbon Emissions and Environmental Pollution

Ports are vital to world trade and the US economy. With the new Sustainable Ports initiative, the EPA and stakeholders aim to improve ports’ environmental performance. Hosting the first “Advancing Sustainable Ports Summit” in Washington D.C., the EPA awarded six U.S. ports $4.2 mm in Diesel Emissions Reduction Act grants.