Sustainable development

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How global business could be the unexpected COP26 solution to climate change

Despite environmentalists accusing COP26 of “greenwashing,” broad disappointment with the final conference statement as too little too late and an ambivalent Global South, there is still hope for climate change solutions from an unlikely place — global business. The goal of the Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero (GFANZ), launched in April 2021, is to […]

December 1st

Investment in solar beats fossil fuels for job creation (And we’ll need 1 million more solar jobs over the next 15 years)

Back in May when most of the nation’s attention was focused on what appeared to be light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel, the Solar Foundation published its 11th annual census of jobs in the solar field during 2020. Because of the pandemic, the solar workforce fell by 6.7% to 231,474 workers last year. […]

October 28th

Climate-friendly investments like solar and wind can create more jobs per dollar than polluting alternatives

The coronavirus pandemic has been the biggest disruption to the global labor force in generations. It’s also exacerbated inequality. Global unemployment was equivalent to 127 million full-time jobs in the second quarter of 2021. The number of people who do have jobs but are living in poverty has increased – undoing five years of progress. While in some countries […]

October 22nd

As COP26 climate summit approaches, US actions are yet to match up with rhetoric (Thanks, Joe Manchin!)

While the search continues to uncover just how small a fraction of the Biden administration’s proposed climate funding Sen. Joe Manchin III is willing to vote to include in the Democratic reconciliation bill, there is much wondering around the planet about what exactly the United States will bring to the COP26 climate summit that begins in […]

October 21st

How the climate crisis is transforming the meaning of ‘sustainability’ in business

In his 2021 letter to CEOs, Larry Fink, the CEO and chairman of BlackRock, the world’s largest investment manager, wrote: “No issue ranks higher than climate change on our clients’ lists of priorities.” His comment reflected a growing unease with how the climate crisis is already disrupting businesses. By Raz Godelnik, The New School The […]

October 12th

Global Blueprint details why there is no climate justice without debt justice

The global climate and debt crises are connected and wealthy, high-polluting countries aren’t doing their part to address either or advance global justice, according to a policy blueprint published Friday by Progressive International. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams “Climate justice is essential to the future of the planet, and it is impossible without debt justice,” argue authors Tess […]

October 9th

Climate Week NYC 2021: Bill Gates, John Kerry and Alok Sharma discuss critical moments in the Climate Decade and how to get there

To keep climate change under 1.5 degrees, the world must act immediately to halve emissions by 2030 and work toward net zero emissions by 2050. That urgency led COP26 President Alok Sharma to call the run up to 2030 a “decisive decade” for humanity. Sharma joined other speakers, including Microsoft founder Bill Gates and US […]

September 26th

Why are supposedly green companies tanking our one chance at a climate bill?

Big Business is trying to block the passage of Democrats’ $3.5 trillion climate and social spending legislation and environmentalists are pissed, Politico reports. “Was it all bullshit?” Lori Lodes, executive director of Climate Power, rhetorically asked of previous statements by corporations that claim to support climate action but remain members of trade groups lobbying to […]

September 15th

Smarter farm subsidies can drive ecosystem restoration

Every year, governments give out $700 billion in agricultural subsidies globally. Though well-intentioned, these farm subsidies sometimes work against their core goal: boosting crop yields and farmer incomes while developing rural areas. By Helen Ding, Will Anderson and René Zamora Crystales World Resources Institute Farm subsidies can also inadvertently drive people to clear forests to produce commodities like soy and beef, which caused […]

September 5th

‘The Climate Crisis Is an Inequality Crisis,’ Says Ocasio-Cortez After Deadly Storm Hits Northeast

As many parts of the Northeastern United States reeled Thursday following deadly flooding, tornadoes, and other damage caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ida, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joined other progressive voices in linking the climate emergency to the nation’s growing inequality, and calling for urgent action to address both crises. One piece of data I’m seeing: […]

September 3rd

How much is enough? What we WANT vs what we NEED

Given the current climate emergency and the broader ecological breakdown that looms, there are few issues more pressing than that expressed by the single word: enough. Yet, it is possible to satisfy humanity’s universal needs fairly—and keep the world livable. By Stan Cox Yes! magazine What is enough? Put that question to any economist or politician, […]

August 29th

Clean energy jobs: Here’s how we can make a just transition to a zero-carbon world.

The global shift to a green economy could create 18 million jobs, with the potential to provide high-quality employment and livelihoods around the world. But what about the people and communities whose livelihoods, right now, depend on the fossil fuel or other high-carbon sectors? An estimated 6 million jobs in coal-powered electricity, petroleum extraction and other sectors could […]

August 29th

Why we urgently need a Civilian Climate Corps

When you think of the New Deal, what comes to mind? For many Americans, the era has an enduring physical legacy in our parks, tree lines, and trails. From 1933 to 1942, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) enlisted over 3 million men between 18 and 25, planted 3 billion trees, fortified over 700 parks, […]

August 29th

How laid-off coal miners are reclaiming their own economy

For generations, hundreds of thousands of West Virginia coal miners earned a good living. The money they made supported local economies in towns across Appalachia. And their labor down in deep mines brought light to the rest of the world. But this prosperity came at a high price. Mountains were blown to pieces, rivers ran […]

August 28th

Is Microsoft’s sustainability approach enough?

It’s hard to imagine a professional or educational scenario where Word, Powerpoint, or Excel would not be applicable. Beyond these indispensable software programs, it is difficult to envision the gaming industry without the Xbox. Whether in the office, at school, or in the home, Microsoft has an omnipresent hold on all our daily lives.  As […]

August 27th