Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Fred Krupp: Emissions Trading Limits Carbon Pollution & Harnesses the Power of the Marketplace | Development in a Changing Climate

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Going Concern: FASB issues new standard on reporting adverse conditions and events



The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) has released a new accounting standard that provides much-needed guidance on management’s responsibility in evaluating and disclosing adverse conditions or events that raise substantial doubt about a company’s ability to continue as a “going concern.” The guidance, published in Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2014-15, Presentation of Financial Statements — Going Concern (Subtopic 205-40): Disclosure of Uncertainties about an Entity’s Ability to Continue as a Going Concern, applies to all companies that prepare their financial statements in accordance with US Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).

The changes in ASU 2014-15 are effective for the annual financial statement period ending after December 15, 2016, and for annual periods and interim periods thereafter. Early application is permitted.

See full Article: http://www.bakertilly.com/insights/going-concern-fasb-issues-new-standard-on-reporting-adverse-conditions

Climate Heroes, Stories of Change

Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity (UN Women)

Monday, September 29, 2014

Advertising Week 2014 - New York The Wall Street Journal & Ad Council Leadership Breakfast: Your CSR Priorities and the Issues of Today

Advertising Week 2014 - New York [ Sep 29 - Oct 3 ] / Calendar

Clean bill of health for electric cars - European Commission


An Italian-led European consortium is piloting an assembly line for a small electric car developed in an EU-funded project. The vehicle sets new standards for quality, efficiency and safety in the booming market for ‘micro’ electric vehicles.

The environmental benefits of electric-powered cars are well known, but today’s models tend to be large, heavy and expensive compared to their conventional cousins.

EU-funded researchers working in the WIDE-MOB project have developed a small and highly efficient electric car for use in towns and cities. The work has swept aside many of the technical obstacles hindering full commercialisation and set the standard for a new class of safe, efficient and clean vehicles.

See full Press Release: Electric cars in the driving seat - European Commission

Emma Watson UN speech - A good, strong message!

Take On Extreme Poverty

"Cleaner, Greener, and Richer"


ILO Director-General and UNFCCC Executive-Director argue that world leaders meeting at the UN Climate Summit in New York can deliver a safer, healthier, and more prosperous world that provides millions of decent work opportunities.

In the past, action to combat climate change was viewed largely as running counter to economic growth, with “going green” implying a sacrifice of prosperity for the sake of the environment. Today, we know better. By taking action to mitigate climate change, companies are promoting sustainable growth and creating high-quality employment.

The United States, for example, has added 1.2 million “clean” jobs to the economy since January, according to a new study by the Ecotech Institute. Since last year, employment has risen by more than 115% in the solar industry, and jobs related to energy efficiency have increased by over 50%.

In China, the International Renewable Energy Agency reports that more than 1.7 million people are already employed in the renewable-energy sector. Estimates by the Global Climate Network are that seven million additional jobs could be created if government targets for wind, solar, and hydropower are met. Worldwide, an estimated 5.7 million people were employed directly or indirectly in the global renewable-energy industry in 2012 – a figure that could triple by 2030.

See full Press Release: http://www.ilo.org/global/about-the-ilo/newsroom/comment-analysis/WCMS_308616/lang--en/index.htm

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Lagarde Calls for Reforms to Unleash Economic Power of Women


Pro-female policies can encourage greater labor participation of women
Middle East, N Africa, S Asia ripe to benefit from high female workforce
Increasing role of Japanese women could raise income per capita by 4 percent


The global economy could be greatly boosted by unleashing the economic power of women, who remain the world’s largest excluded group, the head of the IMF told a high level gathering in Japan.
“Excluding women simply makes no economic sense—and including them can be a tremendous boon to the 21st century global economy,” the IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said in a keynote speech at the “World Assembly for Women” in Tokyo.

She identified three main ways to unleash the economic power and potential of women: change economic policies, change laws and institutions, and change attitudes and culture.

See full Press Release: http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/survey/so/2014/car091514b.htm

World Bank Clean Technology in developing countries

BBC News - Climate change summit: Global rallies demand action

BBC News - Climate change summit: Global rallies demand action

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Why shifting to renewables is not mission impossible - The World Economic Forum

Why shifting to renewables is not mission impossible - Forum:Blog Forum:Blog | The World Economic Forum

Can technology save the environment? - The World Economic Forum

Can technology save the environment? - Forum:Blog Forum:Blog | The World Economic Forum

The Scientific Case for Urgent Action to Limit Climate Change

The future of electromobility in Europe


Ladies and gentlemen

It’s interesting that people have been saying more or less the same things about electric cars for more than 100 years.

I’m sure many of you will be familiar with a quote from the New York Times in 1911: “an electric car has long been recognized as ideal because it was cleaner, quieter and much more economical than gasoline-powered cars”.

I certainly don’t need to convince anyone here today of their merits and benefits.

What held true back in 1911 still holds true today.

See full Transcript: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_SPEECH-14-606_en.htm

The Economic Power of Women’s Empowerment


Keynote Speech By Christine Lagarde
Managing Director, International Monetary Fund
Tokyo, September 12, 2014


Good afternoon to all of you—mina-san, konnichiwa. Let me begin by thanking Prime Minister Abe for inviting me to this important conference, and for his inspiring words of introduction. Let me also thank our generous hosts today—the government of Japan, Keidanren, Nikkei, and the Japan Institute for International Affairs.
The great Japanese writer and feminist, Raicho Hiratsuka, once famously wrote: “In the beginning, woman was truly the sun. An authentic person”.
Today more than ever, the global economy needs precisely this kind of radiant sun—to provide light and nourishment. To provide healing. To dry out the swamps of poverty and unrest.

See full Transcript: http://www.imf.org/external/np/speeches/2014/091214.htm

Friday, September 26, 2014

California Leading on Emissions as Brown Signs New Laws - Bloomberg

California Leading on Emissions as Brown Signs New Laws - Bloomberg

Don’t be surprised if China puts a cap on carbon - The World Economic Forum

Don’t be surprised if China puts a cap on carbon - Forum:Blog Forum:Blog | The World Economic Forum

Electric cars in the driving seat - EU


An Italian-led European consortium is piloting an assembly line for a small electric car developed in an EU-funded project. The vehicle sets new standards for quality, efficiency and safety in the booming market for ‘micro’ electric vehicles.

The environmental benefits of electric-powered cars are well known, but today’s models tend to be large, heavy and expensive compared to their conventional cousins.

EU-funded researchers working in the WIDE-MOB project have developed a small and highly efficient electric car for use in towns and cities. The work has swept aside many of the technical obstacles hindering full commercialisation and set the standard for a new class of safe, efficient and clean vehicles.

See full Press Release: Electric cars in the driving seat - European Commission

How Much Carbon Pricing is in Countries’ Own Interests? The Critical Role of Co-Benefits


Summary: This paper calculates, for the top twenty emitting countries, how much pricing of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions is in their own national interests due to domestic co-benefits (leaving aside the global climate benefits). On average, nationally efficient prices are substantial, $57.5 per ton of CO2 (for year 2010), reflecting primarily health co-benefits from reduced air pollution at coal plants and, in some cases, reductions in automobile externalities (net of fuel taxes/subsidies). Pricing co-benefits reduces CO2 emissions from the top twenty emitters by 13.5 percent (a 10.8 percent reduction in global emissions). However, co-benefits vary dramatically across countries (e.g., with population exposure to pollution) and differentiated pricing of CO2 emissions therefore yields higher net benefits (by 23 percent) than uniform pricing. Importantly, the efficiency case for pricing carbon’s co-benefits hinges critically on (i) weak prospects for internalizing other externalities through other pricing instruments and (ii) productive use of carbon pricing revenues.

See Report page: http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/cat/longres.aspx?sk=41924.0

Fighting climate change, from Chennai to Zurich - The World Economic Forum

Fighting climate change, from Chennai to Zurich - Forum:Blog Forum:Blog | The World Economic Forum

Thursday, September 25, 2014

BBC News - Scientists debate polar sea-ice opposites

BBC News - Scientists debate polar sea-ice opposites

Google Quits ALEC, Says Link With Climate Skeptics Wrong - Bloomberg

Google Quits ALEC, Says Link With Climate Skeptics Wrong - Bloomberg

How we can all build a healthier future - The World Economic Forum

How we can all build a healthier future - Forum:Blog Forum:Blog | The World Economic Forum

WBCSD - Measuring sustainability performance - Corporate approaches and contributions

WBCSD - World Business Council for Sustainable Development

BBC News - Liberia signs 'transformational' deal to stem deforestation

BBC News - Liberia signs 'transformational' deal to stem deforestation

Climate Change Is a People’s Shock


What if, instead of accepting a future of climate catastrophe and private profits, we decide to change everything?

About a year ago, I was having dinner with some newfound friends in Athens. I had an interview scheduled for the next morning with Alexis Tsipras, the leader of Greece’s official opposition party and one of the few sources of hope in a Europe ravaged by austerity. I asked the group for ideas about what questions I should put to the young politician. Someone suggested: “History knocked on your door—did you answer?”

At the time, Tsipras’s party, Syriza, was putting up a fine fight against austerity. Yet it was struggling to articulate a positive economic vision of its own. I was particularly struck that the party did not oppose the governing coalition’s embrace of new oil and gas exploration, a threat to Greece’s beautiful seas as well as to the climate as a whole. Instead, it argued that any funds raised by the effort should be spent on pensions, not used to pay back creditors. In other words, the party was not providing an alternative to extractivism; it simply had more equitable plans for distributing the spoils—something that can be said of most left-governed countries in Latin America.

See full Article: http://www.thenation.com/article/181621/climate-change-peoples-shock#

Three ways to make green bond financing better - The World Economic Forum

Three ways to make green bond financing better - Forum:Blog Forum:Blog | The World Economic Forum

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Santander Tops Green Bank List as Europe’s Lenders Surge - Bloomberg

Santander Tops Green Bank List as Europe’s Lenders Surge - Bloomberg

BBC News - Climate summit advances towards Paris deal

BBC News - Climate summit advances towards Paris deal

Seven ways to make innovation pay - The World Economic Forum

Seven ways to make innovation pay - Forum:Blog Forum:Blog | The World Economic Forum

The New Climate Context

Have corporate boards made progress toward board diversity and inclusion? PwC


Diversity in the boardroom is frequently a topic of discussion, as diversity of thought is critical to compete today. Pressure from stakeholders and quotas outside the US are making the call for gender diversity louder.

What are the impediments to increasing gender diversity on boards? Directors blame a lack of awareness of qualified diverse candidates, board leadership that’s not invested in recruiting diverse candidates, and disinterest in changing the current board composition.

And yet, nearly one in four new S&P 500 directors named in the last two years have been women,1, indicating a slow but steady shift towards a different picture down the road.

See Page: Have corporate boards made progress toward board diversity and inclusion? PwC

BBC News - UN climate summit: China pledges emissions action

BBC News - UN climate summit: China pledges emissions action

How governments can drive the green revolution - The World Economic Forum

How governments can drive the green revolution - Forum:Blog Forum:Blog | The World Economic Forum

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

BBC News - Africa's farmers face 'failed seasons' risks

BBC News - Africa's farmers face 'failed seasons' risks

Obama Joins Climate Summit That Doesn’t Force Remedies - Bloomberg

Obama Joins Climate Summit That Doesn’t Force Remedies - Bloomberg

BBC News - Warning over vulnerability of soil carbon to warming

BBC News - Warning over vulnerability of soil carbon to warming

BBC News - Time is right for global focus on forest land rights

Recognising the land rights of local people could provide cost-effective protection for many of the world's tropical forests, a report says.

But existing initiatives to tackle deforestation were poorly suited to deal with the issue, it added.

However, there was an "unprecedented opportunity" to act as more nations were willing to acknowledge indigenous peoples' right to own and control land.

See full Article: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-29254051

BBC News - Warning over vulnerability of soil carbon to warming

BBC News - Warning over vulnerability of soil carbon to warming

Monday, September 22, 2014

WBCSD - Climate Change: Implications for Buildings

Key Findings from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fifth Assessment Report

The Fifth Assessment Report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is one of a series of documents synthesizing the most pertinent findings of AR5 for specific economic and business sectors. The world’s buildings account for just under a third of global final energy use and about a fifth of all GHG emissions, although energy use varies widely from region to region. Under business as usual projections, use of energy in buildings could globally double or even triple by 2050. Wide spread implementation of best practices could see energy use in buildings stabilize or even fall by 2050. Buildings offer near-term, highly cost-effective opportunities to curb energy demand growth rates. Exploiting this potential more widely requires sustained policies and actions that address all aspects of the design, construction and operation of buildings and their equipment, as well as changing user behaviour and attitudes.

See full Press Release: WBCSD - World Business Council for Sustainable Development

Ways Companies Can Stay Ahead of Compliance and Regulatory Changes

What's Happening in the Environment?

Cargill to Cut Off Suppliers Who Don't Provide Deforestation-free Palm Oil | Skoll World Forum

Cargill to Cut Off Suppliers Who Don't Provide Deforestation-free Palm Oil | Skoll World Forum

Solar Power Industry Yields China's Newest Billionaire

Solar Power Industry Yields China's Newest Billionaire

Friday, September 19, 2014

Global Forum releases new compliance ratings on tax transparency for 10 jurisdictions

Global Forum releases new compliance ratings on tax transparency for 10 jurisdictions

Post-Sustainability: New Directions in Ecological Urban Design

BBC News - China fines GlaxoSmithKline and jails executives for bribery

BBC News - China fines GlaxoSmithKline and jails executives for bribery

The Unbelievably Cheap $10 Billion Plan to Stop Climate Change With Airplanes

http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2014/09/07/the-unbelievably-cheap-10-billion-plan-to-stop-cli.aspx

The Next-Generation Greenhouse by Esther Dyson - Project Syndicate

The Next-Generation Greenhouse by Esther Dyson - Project Syndicate

BBC News - First ban on shark and manta ray trade comes into force

BBC News - First ban on shark and manta ray trade comes into force

BBC News - Time is right for global focus on forest land rights

BBC News - Time is right for global focus on forest land rights

Activists promise biggest climate march in history

http://gu.com/p/4xbb2

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The All-of-the-Above Energy Strategy as a Path to Sustainable Economic Growth

Can the secret to sustainability be found in corn?

5 scary facts from the UN’s climate report - Holy Kaw!

http://holykaw.alltop.com/5-scary-facts-from-the-uns-climate-report

Todd Moss and Benjamin Leo | Obama's Africa Legacy Will Be Electricity | Foreign Affairs | Foreign Affairs

Todd Moss and Benjamin Leo | Obama's Africa Legacy Will Be Electricity | Foreign Affairs | Foreign Affairs

Ban Ki-moon to join climate change march | Environment | theguardian.com

Ban Ki-moon to join climate change march | Environment | theguardian.com

The Cost of Delaying Action to Stem Climate Change