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By Michael Green
Posted on: December 8, 2015
[Paris, France] New language currently being discussed at COP 21 would call for cooperation on transferable mitigation outcomes between negotiating states. The text supported by the European Union and Brazil would allow for trading of emissions reductions and leaves the door open to offsets in the market. According to the mechanism drafted, countries would put in place an overall emissions cap and continue to push towards stronger goals over time.Emission trading has long been a preferred model for the EU as well as Brazil. Countries in the European Union have been operating under their own... read more
By Richard Eidlin
Posted on: December 6, 2015
During a late Friday morning briefing for hundreds of observer organizations participating in the UN Climate Summit, Christina Figueres, executive secretary of COP21, summed up one of the key challenges facing delegates: “the importance of finding a path for the wholesale transformation of oil and gas companies.” This is a huge task, of course, and yet for the 30,000+ attendees (20,000 government representatives and 10,000 NGO observers) the overwhelming focus is on scaling up solutions. It is clear what the problems are; now it’s time for action.Moving Towards SolutionsAt the macro level,... read more
By Michael Green
Posted on: December 6, 2015
The COP21 climate talks are underway this week in Paris, France with Friday being focused on the challenges and needs of the private sector. While world leaders are discussing how to mitigate future climate change risks, agriculture remains a key industry in the negotiations. Farmers are the definition of a frontline community for business, meaning it is a group that is currently being most directly affected by climate change. Globally, small farmers make up one of the most important frontline communities who are already facing the challenges of a rapidly changing climate due to our... read more
By Michael Green
Posted on: December 4, 2015
Thursday, December 3rd marked an important day in the two week long agenda here at the global climate negotiations in Paris, France. Future Generations Day pays homage to those who will inherit the world which we have created. While we are already feeling the threats of climate change, from the floods in South Carolina to the droughts and fires of California, according to scientists, the most severe symptoms of our changing planet will not occur till mid to late century. By then, many of the leaders here in Paris will be gone and only their actions will speak for them.By mid-century, many of... read more
By Michael Green
Posted on: December 2, 2015
Paris, France (December 2, 2015)—On Tuesday morning, the President of the United States met with leaders from small island states at the UN Climate negotiations in Paris, France. During his opening speech Obama reconfirmed his international commitments saying, “...tomorrow, we’ll pledge new contributions to risk insurance initiatives that help vulnerable populations rebuild stronger after climate-related disasters.” The meeting further highlights the challenges for countries around the world who are being forced to adapt to rising sea levels. In the past two decades we have seen a sea level... read more
By Zach Bernstein
Posted on: December 2, 2015
The debate over whether climate change is real is essentially settled. Now the question is, what are we going to do about keeping temperatures from rising out of control?Here’s one idea: Support a carbon tax.This might seem odd, especially given the name, but carbon taxes are becoming more and more popular. Boulder, Colorado, was the first jurisdiction to pass one in 2006. States like Massachusetts and Washington are vying to be the first to enact plans. More and more businesses include internal carbon prices (PDF) as well.But action at the federal level has been slow. While business groups... read more
By Dale Read
Posted on: November 24, 2015
When examining the challenges of “green” claims, it is critical to understand the basis for those claims. The heading of environmental, health, wellness and safety spans many diverse claims: The composition and sourcing of materials; responsible social or labor practices; energy usage practices; the processing, handling and shipping of components or finished products; the chemical composition or treatments of these products; and the short-and long-term health and safety impacts of these products on people who come in contact with them.Various “green” claims often focus on one aspect or... read more
By David Brodwin
Posted on: November 24, 2015
As France struggles to recover from a massive, coordinated terrorist attack, 40,000 advocates and scientists are converging on Paris for the largest and most important climate conference in history. The U.N. conference will begin on Nov. 30, and representatives from 195 countries will meet to hammer out what they hope will be a binding international agreement to limit emissions of carbon dioxide, the most important climate-changing gas.It may seem like pure coincidence that Paris is ground zero, both for jihadi terrorism and for a climate treaty. But these two events are hardly unrelated.... read more
By Jan Erickson
Posted on: November 19, 2015
Consumers are waking up.They’re recognizing that the old adage—“you vote with your dollars”—is actually true. They’re looking at labels. They’re supporting products that represent causes they believe in, be it fair trade or various retail-related charities. They’re recognizing that dollars spent on American goods create bigger ripples in the national economy than dollars spent on foreign goods.That’s why the American Made Matters campaign is gaining so much traction. November 19 has been declared American Made Matters Day, and my company, Janska Clothing That Comforts, as a Colorado Springs-... read more
By Troy Van Beek
Posted on: November 11, 2015
Veteran’s Day, 2015 As a Veteran, I understand the importance of national security and see an extraordinary opportunity for Americans from all walks of life to come together to make our nation more energy independent. I also understand the threats of climate change and its potential to make our nation less stable and vulnerable. So, on Veterans Day, it’s time to not only celebrate the service of Vets like myself, but also to acknowledge the role that Vets are playing in building a more resilient economy here at home through their work as clean energy business leaders.Transforming a military... read more

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