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January 10, 2013 Big business and sustainability: the missing links

The Guardian - A Ceres Sustainalytics evaluation of 600 large, US companies earlier this year found that only one third had set time-bound greenhouse gas reduction targets. Water fared even worse. Among four water-intensive...

December 12, 2012 Study says global warming not hurting plant growth

Source: AG

A new study by the Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change—The State of Earth’s Terrestrial Biosphere: How is it Responding to Rising Atmospheric CO2 and Warmer Temperatures?—refutes claims by the United Nations’...

December 3, 2012 Latest figures show global CO2 emissions are rising


Global carbon dioxide emissions are set to rise again in 2012 to new record highs, largely as a result of the growth of China, scientists have warned United Nations climate change summit in Qatar enters final week. [more]

November 20, 2012 World Bank warns of ‘4-degree’ threshold of global temperature increase

Source: Washington Post

The World Bank is urging stepped-up efforts to meet world carbon-reduction goals after looking at what it says would be the catastrophic consequences if average world temperatures rise more than 4 degrees Celsius (7.2 degrees...

November 20, 2012 Carbon reductions generate positive return on investment

Source: Carbon Disclosure Project

Around two thirds of the emissions reduction projects reported by Global 500 companies to CDP this year exceeded a 30% return on investment and 88% of projects exceed firm level return on invested capital. These and other...

November 13, 2012 Study finds many coal plants could be closed [Star Tribune (Minneapolis)]

Source: - The study being released Tuesday by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) says that up to 18 percent of the nation's coal-based generation is ripe for retirement because adding up-to-date environmental controls...

October 2, 2012 Report: Can U.S. Carbon Emissions Keep Falling?

Source: Climate Cemtral

A Climate Central analysis of the American energy economy shows that the nearly 9 percent reduction in annual carbon emissions in the U.S. since 2005 is unlikely to continue in the years ahead without major departures from the...

September 17, 2012 Chance of saving most coral reefs is dwindling -study

Source: Chicago Tribune

LONDON, Sept 16 (Reuters) - The chance to save the world's coral reefs from damage caused by climate change is dwindling as man-made greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, scientists said in a study released on Sunday.

September 7, 2012 Black carbon's role in climate change may be overstated

Source: Boston Globe

Black carbon - the main ingredient of airborne soot - has long believed to be a key contributor to climate change with its warming impact second only to carbon dioxide. In fact, some scientists and policy makers have suggested...

September 4, 2012 Could a carbon tax help the U.S. avert the fiscal cliff?

Source: Washington Post Blog

With the United States facing the expiration of a slew of tax cuts in 2013—the dread “fiscal cliff”—there has been plenty of interest in offbeat tax-reform proposals. And one idea that a few economists keep knocking around is a...

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