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Lisa Jackson: How Apple aims to lead on environment and equity 27.10.2020 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
Lisa Jackson: How Apple aims to lead on environment and equity Elsa Wenzel Tue, 10/27/2020 - 02:00 Apple's Lisa Jackson is moving social justice to the top of the list for protecting the environment. Coming from one of Fortune's "most powerful women in business " at one of the world's largest companies, she has views that could have a long-term global impact. Apple's big-ticket sustainability goals released this year for 2030 include becoming carbon-neutral and achieving a net-zero impact in all operations. The company also recently embraced an outward-facing leadership role on its social impacts, with a $100 million investment to create a Racial and Equity Justice Initiative (REJI), which CEO Tim Cook asked Jackson to lead in June. How can we grow some Black and brown-owned businesses that are working on the issue of climate change? It's not new for Apple's vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives to see racism and climate change as intertwined. She capped off her two-decade career ...
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Biden's aggressive climate policy runs into backlash in debate aftermath 24.10.2020 LA Times: Environment

Biden's debate remark about a transition away from oil generates glee from Republicans. The argument illustrates why climate politics is politically hard.

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Support for Climate Policy is Alive and Well in Corporate America 21.10.2020 WRI Stories
Many top executives in the United States are keeping climate change and climate policy top of mind. Photo by Aditya Vyas/Unsplash A version of this blog first appeared on Morning Consult . This year ushered in more devastation, loss and heartbreak than anyone could have ever imagined. As a nation, we are facing unprecedented economic, social justice and public health challenges. Yet even in this bleak current moment, when hope may seem sparse and many eyes are narrowly focused on November 3, we cannot lose sight of another urgent and looming challenge: climate change. This is especially true as the pandemic underscores just how  interconnected our health and our environment  really are. Some may still ask: Why push for a price on carbon now, in this complicated environment? To which we respond: If not now, then when? Climate change doesn’t recognize global economic downturns, as evidenced by the current wildfires raging across California, or the recent devastation caused by Hurricane Laura. These impacts ...
Europe’s wood pellet market is worsening environmental racism in the American South 21.10.2020 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
Europe’s wood pellet market is worsening environmental racism in the American South Danielle Purifoy Wed, 10/21/2020 - 00:45 This story was originally published by Southerly , in partnership with Scalawag and Environmental Health News for its Powerlines series, which looks at climate change, justice, and infrastructure in the American South. The series is supported by the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture at Columbia University, and is part of their  POWER project .  In 2013, when Enviva Biomass opened a new plant near Belinda Joyner’s community in Northampton County, North Carolina, she already knew what to expect. As the Northeast Organizer for  Clean Water for North Carolina , she’d met with residents of a small, majority Black town called Ahoskie, 40 miles from her home. Enviva had built its  first North Carolina plant  there two years before.  The corporation, which manufactures wood pellets as a purportedly renewable alternative to coal, did what most industries do in ...
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Despite Shared Membership, US Chamber of Commerce and Business Roundtable at Odds Over Climate Policy 19.10.2020 WRI Stories
Print U.S. Chamber of Commerce building in Washington, D.C. Photo by APK/Wikimedia Commons CEOs recently issued a strong message to policymakers around the country that addressing climate change is a business imperative. The Business Roundtable (BRT), representing more than 200 of the country’s largest employers and most influential chief executives, made headlines last month when it launched a set of policy principles that go further in addressing climate change than any other major trade association to date. The new statement clearly supports the goals of the Paris Agreement and, even more notably, calls for a price on carbon to be the central pillar of a portfolio of policies to achieve greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets aligned with science. We might have added one or two other things, but overall, the new principles are a welcome and positive contribution — especially since they build on the work of companies setting Science Based Targets and participating in forums like the CEO Climate ...
RELEASE: New analysis finds subnational action critical to global approaches to climate change 16.10.2020 WRI Stories
RELEASE: New analysis finds subnational action critical to global approaches to climate change HTML Editor - Full Version A new paper released today in the open-access, peer-reviewed journal Nature Communications demonstrates how combining existing sub-national climate action with expanded national strategies in the United States will be critical to reach scientifically informed climate goals—and finds that such a comprehensive approach could reduce emissions up to 49% by 2030, relative to 2005 levels. The paper, entitled " Fusing subnational with national climate action is central to decarbonization: The case of the United States ," also illuminates how the significant scale of action driven by subnational actors can form a critical part of national strategies—not only in the U.S. but also in other countries—as nations around the world increase their ambition to address climate change under the Paris Agreement. In reaching these conclusions, the paper illustrates that the coalitions of subnational ...
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176 Groups Urge State to Maintain Environmental Funding to Create Jobs and Restart the Economy 16.10.2020 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
176 Groups Urge State to Maintain Environmental Funding to Create Jobs and Restart the Economy
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A vote for clean energy 16.10.2020 GreenBiz.com
A vote for clean energy Sarah Golden Fri, 10/16/2020 - 01:45 I recently joined the most impressive group of clean energy leaders I’ve known, and it happens to have come together in support of Joe Biden for president. The network: Clean Energy for Biden (CE4B).  It includes more than 9,500 clean energy professionals in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. There are entrepreneurs, engineers, policymakers, technicians and investors. There are thought leaders I’ve long admired and business leaders that have made clean energy more accessible to all people. Clean energy professionals as a voting bloc CE4B is evidence that the clean energy sector is, perhaps for the first time, a significant voting bloc in the United States.  Before the start of the COVID crisis, the clean energy sector employed nearly 3.4 million Americans in all 50 states. In 42 states, more people are included in clean energy than in the fossil fuel industry. If mobilized, these millions of Americans could have a major impact in this ...
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New Mexico’s opportunity to deliver on its bold climate goals 14.10.2020 Climate 411 - Environmental Defense Fund
In southeastern New Mexico, farmers saw temperatures that averaged seven degrees above normal in July. In Santa Fe, a wildfire charred five square miles on the outskirts of town and darkened skies for weeks. And currently, nearly three-fourths of the state is experiencing severe drought, as state officials grapple with plans to ensure critical water […]
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The Chamber of Commerce’s latest amicus brief obstructs climate progress 13.10.2020 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
The Chamber of Commerce’s latest amicus brief obstructs climate progress
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Are lawyers and accountants doing enough on climate change? 13.10.2020 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
Are lawyers and accountants doing enough on climate change? Joel Makower Tue, 10/13/2020 - 01:40 When it comes to the climate crisis, it’s not just what you make and sell, it’s what you do, and for whom you do it. That’s the message from several recent reports focusing on the role of service-sector companies in addressing — positively or negatively — climate change. The mere existence of these documents, and the campaigns behind some of them, represent another broadening of the conversation, a clarion call for nontraditional business players to lead, or at least not hinder, efforts to address the climate crisis. But, hopefully, lead. Exhibit A: law firms. According to a new report from Law Students for Climate Accountability, most of the top 100 law firms in the United States "provide far more support to clients driving the climate crisis than clients addressing it." Its research focuses on the work of Vault Law 100 firms, "the most prestigious law firms based on the assessments of lawyers at peer ...
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3 Keys to make JP Morgan’s climate commitment a success 12.10.2020 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
3 Keys to make JP Morgan’s climate commitment a success
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Colorado U.S. Senate candidate Q&A 7.10.2020 Denver Post: News: Local
The Colorado U.S. Senate race features Republican Cory Gardner, Democrat John Hickenlooper, Libertarian Raymon Anthony Doane, Approval Voting Party's Daniel Doyle and Unity Party's Stephan "Seku" Evans
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Meeting the Climate Challenge Through a New Climate Federalism 6.10.2020 WRI Stories
Print What would federal reengagement on climate change in the United States mean for state and local government? Photo by Jorge Alcala/Unsplash In recent years, U.S. state and local governments continued stepping up to demonstrate strong leadership in addressing the climate challenge, even when facing headwinds from the federal level. They continue to make progress , all while leading responses to the COVID-19 pandemic and combatting extreme weather events . Still, the possibility of eventual federal reengagement on climate solutions puts in question the future roles of state and local governments in carrying out such policies. To take a closer look at which strengths these levels of government can leverage, WRI convened a group of thought leaders 1  among current and former U.S. federal, state and local government officials for a recurring dialogue. Selected participants have experience at various governmental levels in conducting energy, environmental or transportation policy. Together, they laid out ...
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New Climate Federalism: Defining Federal, State, and Local Roles in a U.S. Policy Framework to Achieve Decarbonization 6.10.2020 WRI Stories
New Climate Federalism: Defining Federal, State, and Local Roles in a U.S. Policy Framework to Achieve Decarbonization
Indigenous Peoples face challenges to effective participation in international climate policy forums 5.10.2020 Climate 411 - Environmental Defense Fund
This post was coauthored by Bärbel Henneberger. Versión en español. The negative impacts of COVID-19 span beyond direct health effects, particularly among Indigenous Peoples—who have been among the most drastically impacted by the pandemic. Human rights violations have skyrocketed and environmental conflicts have intensified, forcing Indigenous communities to grapple with these circumstances and what they […]
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Gov. J.B. Pritzker vows to fight climate change with clean energy. Only three other states mined more climate-changing coal than Illinois last year. 2.10.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
Gov. J.B. Pritzker vows to fight climate change with clean energy. Only three other states mined more climate-changing coal than Illinois last year.
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EDF launches new tool to highlight corporate action on climate policy 1.10.2020 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
EDF launches new tool to highlight corporate action on climate policy
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Will a Biden administration be able to reverse Trump’s climate damage? 30.9.2020 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
Will a Biden administration be able to reverse Trump’s climate damage? Hannah Murphy Wed, 09/30/2020 - 01:00 This story originally appeared in Rolling Stone  and is republished here as part of Covering Climate Now, a global journalistic collaboration to strengthen coverage of the climate story. When he talks about the Trump administration, David Doniger likes to say: "Imagine where we’d be if they knew what they were doing." The climate lawyer and senior adviser to the NRDC Action Fund spends his days defending the environment from the U.S. government, and for the past 3.5 years, that’s meant a front-row seat to the Trump administration’s relentless attacks on any regulation that’s meant to slow the  climate crisis .  But it’s also been a window into the hasty, sloppy and legally dubious ways that it's gone about it. "One of the hallmarks of this administration is how incompetently they’re doing this," says Doniger. "It shows up in how slowly they’ve been able to work, and how flimsy their legal ...
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RBG left these 4 lessons for the climate fight 29.9.2020 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
RBG left these 4 lessons for the climate fight Rushad Nanavatty Tue, 09/29/2020 - 01:30 Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a hero. The obituaries have focused on her legacy as a feminist icon, her singular determination, her deep humanity, and her profound common sense. These traits were exemplified by her famous dissents — equal parts restrained and biting — against a series of regressive Supreme Court majority decisions. We don’t immediately think of RBG as an environmental activist or climate champion ( Greta Thunberg fandom  notwithstanding). However, her life and career offer plenty of inspiration for our work at RMI — and for anyone concerned with preserving a livable planet. When I think about RBG, these are the lessons I take for the climate fight. 1. Climate action honors RBG’s legacy on equality RBG did more to advance the cause of equality than any justice since Thurgood Marshall. Her life and career were defined by it. As a schoolgirl in Brooklyn, she objected to the fact that the boys went to woodshop ...
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