Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Identifying Key Drivers of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Biomass Feedstocks for Energy Production | RAND

Identifying Key Drivers of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Biomass Feedstocks for Energy Production | RAND

Cuatro formas de reciclar los neumáticos usados - BBC Mundo - Noticias

Cuatro formas de reciclar los neumáticos usados - BBC Mundo - Noticias

Saturday, September 13, 2014

China Clarifies its Plans on Setting a CO2 Emissions Peak - NYTimes.com

China Clarifies its Plans on Setting a CO2 Emissions Peak - NYTimes.com

World’s Last Remaining #Forest Wilderness at Risk


The world’s last remaining forest wilderness is rapidly being lost – and much of this is taking place in Canada, not in Brazil or Indonesia where deforestation has so far made the headlines.

A new satellite study reveals that since 2000 more than 104 million hectares of forests – an area three times the size of Germany – have been destroyed or degraded.

“Every four seconds, an area of the size of a football (soccer) field is lost,” said Christoph Thies of Greenpeace International.

The extent of this forest loss, which is clearly visible in satellite images taken in 2000 and 2013, is “absolutely appalling” and has a global impact, Thies told IPS, because forests play a crucial in regulating the climate.

See full Article: http://www.ipsnews.net/2014/09/worlds-last-remaining-forest-wilderness-at-risk/

Concept of loss and damage of climate change – a new challenge for climate decision-making? A climate science perspective | Grantham Research Institute publication

Concept of loss and damage of climate change – a new challenge for climate decision-making? A climate science perspective | Grantham Research Institute publication

White House Partners with Corporations on Climate Change Resilience | Skoll World Forum

White House Partners with Corporations on Climate Change Resilience | Skoll World Forum

Reflection on the current debate on how to link flood insurance and disaster risk reduction in the European Union | Grantham Research Institute publication

Reflection on the current debate on how to link flood insurance and disaster risk reduction in the European Union | Grantham Research Institute publication

Friday, September 12, 2014

New Report Links Community Forest Rights with Healthier Forests, Lower CO2 Emissions | Skoll World Forum

New Report Links Community Forest Rights with Healthier Forests, Lower CO2 Emissions | Skoll World Forum

Sustainability education at Anglia Ruskin

World Social Protection Report 2014/15: Share of population above pensionable age who receive a pension, by country

World Social Protection Report 2014/15: Share of population above pensionable age who receive a pension, by country

Amazon rainforest destruction in Brazil rises again


The rate of destruction of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil has increased for a second year running.

Brazilian government figures show deforestation was up by 29% in the 12 months up to the end of July 2013.

Satellite data showed that almost 6,000 sq km (2,315 sq miles) of forest were cleared during that period.

See full Article: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-29151977

How Ignoring Climate Change Could Sink the U.S. Economy | Skoll World Forum

How Ignoring Climate Change Could Sink the U.S. Economy | Skoll World Forum

Thursday, September 11, 2014

World Social Protection Report 2014-15

World Social Protection Report 2014-15

Social protection is key to reducing inequality and poverty - YouTube

Social protection is key to reducing inequality and poverty - YouTube

World Social Protection Report 2014-15: Building economic recovery, inclusive development and social justice

World Social Protection Report 2014-15: Building economic recovery, inclusive development and social justice

Environmental Sustainability? - Short Film

Huge Corporation Tackling Climate Change Because It's a Threat to the Bottom Line | Skoll World Forum

Huge Corporation Tackling Climate Change Because It's a Threat to the Bottom Line | Skoll World Forum

Global Commission on Drugs - Report

Each year, hundreds of thousands of people die globally from preventable drug-related disease and violence. Millions of users are arrested and thrown in jail. Communities all over the world are blighted by drug-related crime. Citizens see huge amounts of their taxes spent on harsh policies which are not working.

But despite this clear evidence of failure, there remains a damaging reluctance across the world to consider a fresh approach. The Global Commission on Drug Policy is determined to help break this century-old taboo. Building on the work of the Latin American Commission on Drugs and Democracy, our first report – The War on Drugs – demonstrated how repressive approaches to containing drugs have failed.

We called on governments to adopt more humane and effective ways of controlling and regulating drugs. We recommended that the criminalization of drug use should be replaced by a public health approach. We also appealed for countries to test carefully models of legal regulation as a means to undermine the power of organized crime, which thrives on illicit drug trafficking.

Access Report page: Global Commission on Drugs - Report

Top PR Companies Won't Work with Climate Deniers | Skoll World Forum

Top PR Companies Won't Work with Climate Deniers | Skoll World Forum

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Reducing Carbon by Curbing Population - NYTimes.com

Reducing Carbon by Curbing Population - NYTimes.com

State of Compliance 2014: What it means to be a Chief Compliance Officer

BBC - Future - Anthropology: The sad truth about uncontacted tribes

BBC - Future - Anthropology: The sad truth about uncontacted tribes

IMF Pledges Continued Commitment to Partner with Small Island Developing States in their Pursuit of Sustainable Economic Development


Mr. Min Zhu, Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), pledged the institution’s continued support to small island developing states for their pursuit of sustainable economic development at the third United Nations International Conference on Small Island Developing States in Apia, Samoa on September 1-4.

Speaking at the High Level Partnership Dialogue on Sustainable Economic Development on the opening day of the conference, Mr. Zhu underscored the particular challenges faced by small states, including low growth, increased vulnerability to external shocks, and increasing debt burdens. He called for continued commitment from all stakeholders in helping the small states achieve sustainable economic development.

See full Press Release: http://www.imf.org/external/np/sec/pr/2014/pr14412.htm

BBC News - Coral munching bumphead fish give insight into conservation

BBC News - Coral munching bumphead fish give insight into conservation

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

BBC News - Deep sea mining licences issued

BBC News - Deep sea mining licences issued

Looking at Corporate Governance from the Investor’s Perspective


Commissioner Luis A. Aguilar
Emory University School of Law, Corporate Governance Lecture Series, Atlanta, Georgia


April 21, 2014

Thank you for inviting me to speak in connection with the launch of Emory Law School’s newest journal: The Emory Corporate Governance and Accountability Review. Before I begin my remarks, let me issue the standard disclaimer that the views I express today are my own, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC” or “Commission”), my fellow Commissioners, or members of the Commission’s staff.

Corporate governance has always been an important topic. It is even more so today, as many Americans recognize the need to develop a more robust corporate governance regime in the aftermath of the deepest financial crisis since the Great Depression.

See full Press Release: http://www.sec.gov/News/Speech/Detail/Speech/1370541547078#.VAmnDfmSx8E

Iceland must balance growth in power and tourism industries with nature conservation, OECD says

Iceland has one of the world’s most pristine natural environments and its glaciers, volcanoes and hot underground springs bring major economic benefits via renewable energy and tourism. Continued growth in power generation for aluminium smelting and in tourist numbers must be managed carefully to preserve these natural assets, an OECD report says.

The OECD’s third Environmental Performance Review of Iceland notes that the country’s electricity output has more than doubled since 2000 to nearly five times the amount needed by the population of 320,000, mainly to fuel three foreign-owned aluminium smelters. The number of tourists drawn by Iceland’s rugged landscapes has also more than doubled in the same period to around 700,000 visitors a year. Both trends put pressure on the environment.

“The combination of renewable energy and spectacular natural tourist attractions create opportunities for Iceland to play a pioneering role in the world’s transition to green growth,” said OECD Environment Director Simon Upton, presenting the report in Reykjavik. “Yet these assets must be well-managed and the conflicts fully addressed between these competing uses of land.”

See full Press Release: Environment - OECD

Being a Small State Isn’t Easy, But It Doesn’t Have to be Hard

Monday, September 08, 2014

Boards of Directors, Corporate Governance and Cyber-Risks: Sharpening the Focus


Commissioner Luis A. Aguilar
"Cyber Risks and the Boardroom" Conference
New York Stock Exchange
New York, NY


June 10, 2014

Good afternoon. Thank you for that kind introduction. I am glad to be back at the New York Stock Exchange. In anticipating today’s conference, I thought back to an earlier trip to the NYSE where in April 2009, I had the opportunity to ring the closing bell. Before I begin my remarks, let me issue the standard disclaimer that the views I express today are my own, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC” or “Commission”), my fellow Commissioners, or members of the staff.

I am pleased to be here and to have the opportunity to speak about cyber-risks and the boardroom, a topic that is both timely and extremely important. Over just a relatively short period of time, cybersecurity has become a top concern of American companies, financial institutions, law enforcement, and many regulators.[1] I suspect that not too long ago, we would have been hard-pressed to find many individuals who had even heard of cybersecurity, let alone known what it meant. Yet, in the past few years, there can be no doubt that the focus on this issue has dramatically increased.[2]

See full Press Release: http://www.sec.gov/News/Speech/Detail/Speech/1370542057946#.VAmnBPmSx8E

WEF: Progress toward stronger environmental regulations

Global Competitiveness Report 2014-2015 - Reports - World Economic Forum

Keystone XL carbon emissions 'would be four times higher than US thought' | Environment | theguardian.com

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/aug/11/keystone-xl-carbon-emissions-would-be-four-times-higher-than-us-thought

Fiscal Policy to Address Energy’s Environmental Impacts


Countries should reflect health, environmental costs of fuel use in energy prices
Setting appropriate charges on energy use could allow other taxes to be cut
Reforms can be initiated by finance ministers, need not await global action


Fiscal policies should be center stage in getting energy prices to reflect the harmful and environmental side effects associated with energy use, according to a new report released by the IMF.
Energy prices in many countries are wrong because they are set at levels that do not reflect environmental damage, notably climate change, air pollution, and various side effects of motor vehicle use, such as traffic accidents and congestion. Whether on energy or any other product, prices should provide consumers with an accurate assessment of the actual costs associated with the product.

See full Press Release: http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/survey/so/2014/POL073114A.htm

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Europe's forests 'particularly vulnerable' to rapid climate change | Environment | theguardian.com

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/aug/05/europes-forests-particularly-vulnerable-to-rapid-climate-change

SEC Announces $300,000 Whistleblower Award to Audit and Compliance Professional Who Reported Company’s Wrongdoing


Whistleblower Came to SEC After Reporting Internally and Company Failed to Take Action

Washington D.C., Aug. 29, 2014 — The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced a whistleblower award of more than $300,000 to a company employee who performed audit and compliance functions and reported wrongdoing to the SEC after the company failed to take action when the employee reported it internally.
It’s the first award for a whistleblower with an audit or compliance function at a company.

“Individuals who perform internal audit, compliance, and legal functions for companies are on the front lines in the battle against fraud and corruption. They often are privy to the very kinds of specific, timely, and credible information that can prevent an imminent fraud or stop an ongoing one,” said Sean McKessy, Chief of the SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower. “These individuals may be eligible for an SEC whistleblower award if their companies fail to take appropriate, timely action on information they first reported internally.”

See full Press Release: http://www.sec.gov/News/PressRelease/Detail/PressRelease/1370542799812#.VAmkFPmSx8F

Carbon pollution Q&A: why Obama's proposal could make climate history | Environment | theguardian.com

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/may/29/carbon-pollution-qa-obama-carbon-proposal

Eight ways climate change is making the world more dangerous | Environment | theguardian.com

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/blog/2014/jul/14/8-charts-climate-change-world-more-dangerous

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Gender Equality Gains Traction with Pacific Island Leaders | Inter Press Service


A pledge by political leaders two years ago to accelerate efforts toward closing the gender gap in the Pacific Islands has been boosted with the announcement that three women will take the helm of the regional intergovernmental organisation, the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, headquartered in Suva, Fiji.

At this year’s Pacific Islands Forum leaders’ summit in Palau, former Papua New Guinean diplomat and World Bank official, Dame Meg Taylor, was named the new secretary-general, taking over this year from the outgoing Tuiloma Neroni Slade. Taylor, who will hold the post for three years, joins two female deputy secretaries-generals, Cristelle Pratt and Andie Fong Toy.

The appointment is a significant breakthrough for women in the upper echelons of governance. According to Pratt, the Pacific Leaders Gender Equality Declaration made at the 2012 leaders’ summit in the Cook Islands has galvanised leadership action on the issue.

See full Article: Gender Equality Gains Traction with Pacific Island Leaders | Inter Press Service

Epic Animal Migrations Could Change with Global Warming - Scientific American

Epic Animal Migrations Could Change with Global Warming - Scientific American

What Makes Ice Melt Fastest? - Scientific American


Introduction
Do you sometimes dump ice cubes into a drink to help keep cool on a hot summer day? Have you ever watched the ice cubes melt and wondered how you could make them melt more slowly—or even faster? In this science activity you will get to try some different, common household substances to try and answer this question: What will help a solid ice cube turn into a liquid puddle the fastest?

Background
Temperature isn't the only thing that affects how a liquid freezes—and melts. If you've ever made homemade ice cream the old-fashioned way using a hand-crank machine, you probably know that you need ice and salt to freeze the cream mixture. Similarly, if you live in a cold climate, you've probably seen the trucks that salt and sand the streets after a snowfall to prevent ice from building up on the roads. In both of these instances salt is lowering the freezing point of water, which means that the water needs to be colder to turn from liquid into ice. For the ice cream maker, the temperature of the ice–salt mixture can get much lower than if just using normal ice, and this makes it possible to freeze the ice cream mixture. For the salt spread on streets, lowering the freezing point means that ice can melt even when the outdoor temperature is below water’s freezing point. Both of these events demonstrate “freezing point depression.”

See full Article: What Makes Ice Melt Fastest? - Scientific American

Friday, September 05, 2014

Native Ecosystems Blitzed by Drought - Scientific American

Native Ecosystems Blitzed by Drought - Scientific American

250-Year-Old Eyewitness Accounts of Icier Arctic Attest to Loss of Sea Ice - Scientific American

Scientists have theorized that the loss of Arctic sea ice over the last three decades is part of a recent, dramatic change in global climate. Now they have proof from an unorthodox collection of sources.

Researchers with ARCdoc, a project based at the University of Sunderland in England, found that annual sea ice between Canada and Greenland blanketed much more territory up to 250 years ago—the result of a colder, wetter, stormier climate. The evidence came from nearly 150 handwritten logbooks of Royal Navy expeditions and Hudson’s Bay Company transports in the North Atlantic between 1750 and 1850. Another 60 volumes from Arctic whalers, who hunted their prey among permanent ice floes, offered rare eyewitness accounts of the far north. While the naval and Hudson’s Bay records had been examined before, “These whaling logbooks had never been used for scientific studies,” says Dennis Wheeler, ARCdoc’s director.

See full Article: 250-Year-Old Eyewitness Accounts of Icier Arctic Attest to Loss of Sea Ice - Scientific American

A Natural Wonder in Peril

http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2014/aug/14/great-barrier-reef-natural-wonder-peril/?insrc=hpss

Climate: Will We Lose the Endgame?

http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2014/jul/10/climate-will-we-lose-endgame/?insrc=whc

Thursday, September 04, 2014

CBO - The Renewable Fuel Standard: Issues for 2014 and Beyond

http://www.cbo.gov/publication/45477

‘Web of corrupt activity’ costs poorest countries a trillion dollars a year | Global development | theguardian.com

http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2014/sep/03/one-g20-cracking-down-corruption

On thin ice? - Mapping Arctic sea-ice thickness

Satellite mapping reveals the thickness of Arctic sea-ice

THE first map of Arctic sea-ice thickness has been produced using data from CryoSat-2 (pictured), a satellite launched by the European Space Agency (ESA) in April last year. The map, unveiled yesterday at the Paris Air and Space Show, shows both the extent, and thickness in metres, of sea ice in the Arctic region.

Images showing the extent of sea ice have been available for decades. The National Snow and Ice Data Centre tracks the Arctic ice-shelf using tools developed by NASA, and has produced monthly satellite maps going back to 1979. But this is the first map to address the thickness of the ice as well as its extent.

See full Article.

Three steps to get more women into tech - Forum:Blog Forum:Blog | The World Economic Forum

Three steps to get more women into tech - Forum:Blog Forum:Blog | The World Economic Forum