IPCC: causes and effects of climate change

New IPCC Leaders Could Improve Effectiveness of Climate Change Policy Making

The election of new leadership for the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change opens the door to the possibility of instituting reform that would greatly benefit global efforts to address climate change, a group of researchers from prominent climate change think tanks say.

Shell abandons Arctic because of market forces, not environmental epiphany

Why Shell Abandoned the Arctic: A Primer on Market Forces for Activists

While the laudable efforts of activists have been given credit for ending Arctic drilling, environmentalists could benefit from a better understanding of the dynamics at play. Attributing Shell’s decision to cease its drilling operations in the Arctic to environmental protest is an undeniably compelling narrative. If only a handful of passionate kayaktavists could stop Shell from drilling in the Arctic. The problem is that it is not true. It…

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The 17 newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals

The World We Want: A Conversation with Amina J. Mohammed on the Sustainable Development Goals

This post first appeared in TriplePundit This weekend world leaders met at the United Nations in New York City to define a sustainable development agenda through 2030, a process built on the successes, failures and lessons learned from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) launched in 2000 and expiring at the end of this year. The new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) serve…

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Climate refugees seek food, water and shelter

Climate Migrants Will Add to the Refugee Crisis

Hundreds of thousands of migrants are fleeing to Europe to escape conflicts fueled in part by climate change. While this is the worst refugee crisis the world has faced since World War ll, it is nothing compared to the number of climate refugees we can expect as the world continues to warm. In the absence of climate mitigation and adaptation…

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August 2015 follows a string of heat records as climate moves into uncharted territory

Broken Records: 2015 Hottest Summer, Hottest August, Hottest First Eight Months

Saying that it sounds like a broken record has itself become a broken record. The latest State of the Climate report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows August was the hottest on record, with the summer 2015 the hottest summer on record. The first eight months of 2015 surpassed all global heat records. Summer 2015 comes in…

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Carl Smith working to advance sustainability education in California

Advancing Green Schools and Clean Technologies in California: An Interview with Green Technology’s Carl Smith

Carl Smith is focused on the development of editorial and educational content relating to public sector sustainability goals in California. He is also focused on the strategies, best practices and technologies that contribute to the attainment of these goals. For the past decade, Carl has been the Editor in Chief of Green Technology, a non-profit initiative designed to inform government…

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solar irrigation india

Solar Home Kits, Machine Tools, Irrigation Pumps Improving Lives

Compact, efficient, durable and long-lasting, social enterprises and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are coming up with new ways that make off-grid solar lighting and power affordable for local residents in Africa and around the world. Solar home kits, machine tools and irrigation pumps are being installed across Africa, India and other nations, bringing reliable, affordable and emissions-free energy to residents, businesses and communities.