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2015 picks up where the Millennium Development goals end. A watershed moment for sustainable development

Jeffrey Sachs: 2015 A Critical Year for Sustainable Development

Jeffrey Sachs, UN Advisor on the Millennium Development Goals and Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, explains why 2015 is a critical year for global sustainable development. 2015 marks the end of the Millennium Development Goals set in place in 2000, to be replaced with the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals in September. In July Heads of State, government…

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Renewable sources of energy contribute more than 75 percent of all new generating capacity for 1st quarter 2015

Renewable Sources Provide 75 Percent of New Generating Capacity in 1st Quarter

Wind energy leads the way in new generating capacity – The latest Energy Infrastructure Update report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Office of Energy Projects confirms the continuing trend for the dominance of renewable energy sources in new electrical generating capacity. The report shows energy sources from wind, solar, geothermal and hydropower combined a total of 75 percent of…

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Energy efficiency has disrupted the traditional business model for power generators

Is Energy Efficiency Disrupting the Electric Utilities’ Business Model?

We live in an age of disruption. The word denotes an undesired consequence, as in climate disruption, but it often is a powerful, if still painful, force for positive change, growth and transformation. Research by Shakeb Afsah and Kendyl Salcito with the CO2 Scorecard Group, and Nicola Limodio, a doctoral candidate at the Department of Economics at the London School of Economics, have analyzed 40 years…

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Shed a tear for the end of the fossil fuel age.

The Fossil Fuel Industry has Reason to be Nervous

“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” – Mahatma Gandhi Concerns about climate change, the demise of coal and the rise of renewable energy are making the fossil fuel industry nervous. While the fossil fuel industry initially dismissed the divestment movement, it’s size and scope give them reason to be fearful….

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The NOAA releases its latest Arctic Report Card

Baked Alaska: Climate Change in the Arctic

Arctic report card – If there’s been any “pause” in global warming, the Arctic  hasn’t seen it. The latest Arctic Report Card issued from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows a continued acceleration of climate change in the region. This latest report shows that Arctic air temperatures continue to rise at more than twice the rate of global temperatures,…

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A healthy environment leads to human well-being. Can we leverage the climate crisis for planetary health?

The Pearl in the Oyster – Leveraging the Climate Crisis for Human and Planetary Health

We may be able to leverage the threats posed by environmental degradation in a way the could contribute to human health and galvanize action on climate change. The deteriorating state of our environment has prompted research that shows how the preservation of the natural world augments our physical and mental wellbeing. Adverse health impacts from climate change combined with the…

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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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