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Developing Cities Hold Big Key To Climate Action
Source: Climate Central, 1/15/15
Summary: Cities -- the best of which are bastions of transit networks, bike paths, compact apartments and chirpy baristas -- are growing faster than litters of sewer rats, exacerbating their already-high hungers for energy. The trend is so steep that a new analysis projects that urban centers will be burning through three times more energy in the year 2050 than was the case in 2005. But what sounds like a threat could also be viewed as an opportunity. The new study, by five European and American researchers and published Monday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, pinpoints staggering potential climate benefits of smart growth, gasoline taxes and other measures that can reduce energy demand in urban centers, which is where a growing majority of the world's population is becoming concentrated and where most of its energy is used.
Scope 2: Changing the Way Companies Think About Electricity Emissions
Source: World Resources Institute, 1/20/15
Summary: Approximately 40 percent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions come from energy generation, and about half of that energy is consumed by industrial or commercial users. If a fifth of the world's emissions come from the energy that keeps the world's businesses running, how does business report those emissions?
10 members of Congress who actually get sustainable business
Source: GreenBiz, 1/28/15
Summary: One key to connecting the dots between economic prosperity and sustainability: Recognition from Washington's top brass.
What do businesses think of their CSOs?
Source: GreenBiz, 1/27/15
Summary: Solid business sense is the top trait desired in sustainability professionals, according to a GlobeScan/BSR survey. Communication skills and ability to promote sustainability were also seen as key traits for CSR leaders.
Why businesses should support the EPA's pollution rules
Source: The Guardian, 1/27/15
Summary: As it celebrates its 25th anniversary, sustainability advocate Ceres sets its sights on getting corporations to support proposed US power plant rules.
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