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Shelter from the storm. The World Bank reports progress from the Clean Investment Funds in protecting the world's most vulnerable nations from climate change

World Bank Touts Achievements of Clean Investment Funds

Those least responsible for the greenhouse gas emissions that continue to accumulate in the atmosphere are and will continue to be hit hardest by a warming global climate. They’re also the least capable of coping with it. A recently released video from the World Bank (see below) highlights the progress being made as a result of the activities of UN Climate…

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Two visions of philanthropic capitalism will lead to two visions of a sustainable fuiture

Two Visions of Capitalist Philanthropy from Two Renewable Energy Investors

Bill Gates and Warren Buffet are philanthropists who are both invested in renewable energy. While their actions may appear similar, their diverging investment philosophies reflect two different visions of capitalism. Renewable energy is a critically important part of sustainability oriented business practices and responsible investment strategies that are driving environmental and social change. Renewables are a low carbon energy source…

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Politics of a Warming Arctic

The front line of climate change and the politics of a warming Arctic – It was just a little over 100 years ago that Robert Peary’s expedition first reached the north pole – or at least very close. In 1991 eight “arctic nations” signed the Arctic Environmental Protection Strategy (AEPS), including Canada, the United States, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and…

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Drought, Climate Change Exacts Heavy Toll In Central America

From Panama on up, the greenhouse effect and the onset of El Niño is leading to more in the way of drought and extreme variability in weather patterns. Drought across El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua displaced some 2 million rural residents, mostly smallholder farmers and their families this year. In Panama, rainfall this spring has set a new record low and residents have been coping with a heat wave.

Our Common Future Under Climate Change

Our Common Future Under Climate Change: The Challenge and Opportunity

Living in a post-carbon world – The largest international scientific meeting on climate change concluded this week in Paris, reinforcing the idea that 2015 is a crossroads for action on global warming. The international conference Our Common Future Under Climate Change (CFCC15) included 2000 scientists from nearly 100 countries discussing a large breadth of interests and disciplines. A total of 165 session over…

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Wind turbines in South Africa. Sustainable economic growth means investing in sustainability

Fiscal Sustainability: Stimulus or Austerity

Cost cutting and economic consolidation makes good fiscal sense particularly during difficult economic times.  Conversely, stimulating your economy with investments that contribute to sustainable growth and create jobs also makes sense. As the wave of recession was breaking around the world, the IMF’s managing director said,  “if there has ever been a time in modern economic history when fiscal policy and…

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Global Commission Puts Forth 10 Actions to Spur Economies and Reduce Emissions

Releasing a broad-based and far-ranging new research report entitled, “Seizing the Global Opportunity: Partnerships for Better Growth and a Better Climate,” the Global Commission for the Economy and the Climate identifies ten economic growth opportunities that “could close up to 96 percent of the gap between business-as-usual emissions and the level needed to limit dangerous climate change.”