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User: flenvcenter Topic: Sustainability-National
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Why investor Green Century has taken an active interest in fighting deforestation 2.12.2020 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
Why investor Green Century has taken an active interest in fighting deforestation Julie Nash Wed, 12/02/2020 - 00:15 Jessye Waxman is a shareholder advocate at Green Century Capital Management, where she uses the environmentally responsible investment firm’s leverage as a shareholder to protect forests. Ceres talked with Waxman about Green Century’s focus on deforestation and its growing importance as a driver of climate change. It comes as deforestation  — and associated greenhouse gas emissions and climate impacts — are mounting in many regions of the world. What follows is a lightly edited interview. The discussion is part of Investors Talk Deforestation, a series of interviews with influential investors and partner organizations who supported the development of the Ceres Investor Guide to Deforestation and Climate Change . The guide aims to engage investors on deforestation emissions and other related risks across their portfolios and drive more corporate action on the issue. Julie Nash: Green ...
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5 Pillars of a New Ocean Agenda 2.12.2020 WRI Stories
5 Pillars of a New Ocean Agenda Comments|Add Comment|PrintOcean-based renewable energy like offshore wind turbines can provide clean energy while generating jobs, boosting economies and providing a pathway to decarbonization. Photo by iStock.com 2020 was supposed to be a super year for the ocean. A packed calendar of international events should have presented opportunities to assess progress towards Sustainable Development Goal 14 to conserve and sustainably use ocean resources; renew... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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14 World Leaders Commit to 100% Sustainable Ocean Management to Solve Global Challenges; Call for More Countries to Join 2.12.2020 WRI Stories
14 World Leaders Commit to 100% Sustainable Ocean Management to Solve Global Challenges; Call for More Countries to Join Leaders of Australia, Canada, Chile, Fiji, Ghana, Indonesia, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Namibia, Norway, Palau and Portugal commit to sustainably manage nearly 30 million sq km of their national waters by 2025 Leaders put a healthy ocean at the top of the global policy agenda to accelerate economic recovery LONDON (December 2, 2020) —The High Level Panel for a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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RELEASE: 14 World Leaders Commit to 100% Sustainable Ocean Management to Solve Global Challenges; Call for More Countries to Join 2.12.2020 WRI Stories
RELEASE: 14 World Leaders Commit to 100% Sustainable Ocean Management to Solve Global Challenges; Call for More Countries to Join Leaders of Australia, Canada, Chile, Fiji, Ghana, Indonesia, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Namibia, Norway, Palau and Portugal commit to sustainably manage nearly 30 million sq km of their national waters by 2025 Leaders put a healthy ocean at the top of the global policy agenda to accelerate economic recovery LONDON (December 2, 2020)—The High Level Panel for... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Driving System Shifts for Climate Resilience: Case Studies of Transformative Adaptation in Bhutan, Ethiopia, and Costa Rica 30.11.2020 WRI Stories
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He's a Republican, a Wall Street financier, and a supporter of 'Medicare for all' 30.11.2020 LA Times: Business

Scott Minerd, Guggenheim Partners' chief investment officer, is a conservative who thinks progressive policies, modified by tax incentives, could aid a COVID-battered underclass.

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Blueprint for change or another blow to North Lawndale? A call to close 3 schools and open another has split a Chicago community in need of rebuilding. 30.11.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
“We shouldn’t have to close schools to invest in the Black neighborhoods," said one opponent.
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Pressure on creatives: PR, advertising firms targeted by fossil fuel divestment movement 30.11.2020 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
Pressure on creatives: PR, advertising firms targeted by fossil fuel divestment movement Michael Holder Mon, 11/30/2020 - 01:00 As fossil fuel companies' social license to operate becomes increasingly frayed, more industries in their orbit are getting entangled in the reputational quagmire that is now part and parcel of any activity that exacerbates the climate crisis. Airlines have faced "flygskam" — or flight shame — which has seen some travelers shun air travel, heightening pressure for the sector to demonstrate that it can develop a flight path to net-zero emissions. Similarly, carmakers around the world are racing to develop fully electric models in response to escalating consumer and regulatory pressure. And energy providers the world over are rushing to slash their reliance on fossil fuels as the clean energy transition gathers pace.  Now advertising and public relations companies, it seems, are also feeling the pressure from the societal drive for a rapid net-zero transition — and it is posing ...
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Introducing … GreenFin 21 30.11.2020 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
Introducing … GreenFin 21 Joel Makower Mon, 11/30/2020 - 02:11 The world of environmental, social and governance (ESG) reporting and investing has ramped up significantly over the past couple years, even more so during 2020, when social risks and reporting became front and center for many companies and investors. Combine that with the growth of related finance products and services — sustainability-linked loans and bonds — and you can find sustainability sitting squarely on Wall Street. We call it GreenFin, our portmanteau for "green finance." It may well be the most dynamic and impactful aspect of sustainable business today. Which is why GreenBiz Group is pleased to announce GreenFin 21 , the launch of a new annual event, virtual for now, taking place April 13-14. GreenFin will join our other annual event brands — GreenBiz , Circularity and VERGE — on the sustainability conference calendar. For all the sustainability reporting that companies serve up each year, it doesn’t always represent the kinds of ...
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Booming secondhand clothing sales could help curb the sustainability crisis in fashion 27.11.2020 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
Booming secondhand clothing sales could help curb the sustainability crisis in fashion Hyejune Park Fri, 11/27/2020 - 01:00 A massive force is reshaping the fashion industry: secondhand clothing. According to a new report, the U.S. secondhand clothing market is projected to more than triple in value in the next 10 years  — from $28 billion in 2019 to $80 billion in 2029 — in a U.S. market currently worth $379 billion . In 2019, secondhand clothing expanded 21 times faster than conventional apparel retail did. Even more transformative is secondhand clothing’s potential to dramatically alter the prominence of fast fashion — a business model characterized by cheap and disposable clothing that emerged in the early 2000s, epitomized by brands such as H&M and Zara. Fast fashion grew exponentially over the next two decades, significantly altering the fashion landscape by producing more clothing, distributing it faster and encouraging consumers to buy in excess with low prices. While fast fashion is expected to ...
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Companies can be more transparent about clean, sustainable products this holiday season 25.11.2020 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Companies can be more transparent about clean, sustainable products this holiday season
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Daywatch: How contact tracing is helping Pritzker, Lightfoot’s ‘pandemic budget’ passes and what to know about Green Wednesday 25.11.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
Good morning, Chicago. Here are some of the top stories you need to know to start your day.
Green Wednesday 25.11.2020 Chicago Tribune: Business
Green Wednesday, which takes place the day before Thanksgiving, is making its debut in Illinois this season during the state’s first year allowing recreational marijuana sales.
What do you get the stoner who has everything? Green Wednesday offers discounts on legal weed 25.11.2020 Chicago Tribune: Business
Green Wednesday, which offers discounts on weed products the day before Thanksgiving, is making its debut in Illinois this season during the state’s first year allowing recreational marijuana sales.
Digital tools can make Mexican fisheries more sustainable — and profitable 24.11.2020 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Digital tools can make Mexican fisheries more sustainable — and profitable
Taking stock of Chase, HSBC, and Morgan Stanley's recent climate commitments 24.11.2020 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
Taking stock of Chase, HSBC, and Morgan Stanley's recent climate commitments Whitney Mann Tue, 11/24/2020 - 00:40 Recent months have seen major moves on climate action by some of the world’s largest private banks, including JPMorgan Chase, HSBC and Morgan Stanley. What sets this latest wave of climate pledges by financial institutions apart from past announcements? Building on previous commitments that increase green investments or restrict financing to certain high-emitting activities, recent pledges add to growing evidence that banks are taking a more holistic approach to the climate emergency. Looking across their investments in different sectors and regions, more banks are considering how to reduce the carbon intensity of entire portfolios over time. After all, through their product offerings, lending activities and client engagement, financial institutions can play a key role in influencing the transformation necessary for a net-zero emissions economy. What we have given the market is an ambition ...
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You say old coal plant, I say new green hydrogen facility 24.11.2020 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
You say old coal plant, I say new green hydrogen facility Lincoln Bleveans Tue, 11/24/2020 - 01:30 Relics. Environmental hotspots. Or maybe reminders of a simpler time. Good or bad, no one views America’s old coal-fired power plants with indifference.  In their day, they were reliable, cost-effective backbones of America’s economy, driving some of the most spectacular growth the world has seen. Powering industry, commerce and society, they generated not just electricity but economic ecosystems that stretched far beyond the plants themselves and often served as the mainstay for thriving middle-class communities.  But then the environmental realities came into sharper focus: air, soil, and water pollution and greenhouse gases at the smokestack. At the same time, advances in natural gas production such as fracking (controversial in their own right) have made natural gas-fired power a better economic choice than coal-generated power. Recognition of those externalities, especially GHG emssions, further erodes ...
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Lessons Learned on Green Stimulus: Case Studies from the Global Financial Crisis 24.11.2020 WRI Stories
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Lessons from the Great Recession for COVID-19 Green Recovery 24.11.2020 WRI Stories
Lessons from the Great Recession for COVID-19 Green Recovery Comments|Add Comment|PrintGreen stimulus, such as investing in EV charging infrastructure (shown here in Oregon, United States), can help economies rebound and create jobs. Photo by Visitor7/Wikimedia Commons Governments are in uncharted territory as they respond to the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic — but that doesn’t mean they can’t learn from the past. The most recent comparison is the global financial crisis that... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Generation climate: Filling the void 23.11.2020 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Generation climate: Filling the void
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