climate change

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Carbon Neutrality and the Next Phase of Business Sustainability

Can businesses take the lead on transforming our society into a more sustainable environment?

Solutions to climate change require new types of aggressive thinking. While global treaties to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are important, they are not enough. Eventually society has to go carbon neutral, and then it has to go carbon negative. Consider Kevin Butt, regional environmental sustainability director for Toyota Motor North America, and his charge to […]

Does Your Supply Chain Strategy Hold Water?

How conserving water can slow supply chain disruption and garner future rewards.

Companies have come a long way in their ability to manage supply chain risk, but they urgently need to step up their efforts in one key area: water scarcity. The Carbon Disclosure Project’s (CDP) 2016 Annual Report of Corporate Water Disclosure, published in November 2016, provides a wake-up call. A total of 607 of the […]

Making Sustainability Go

Welcome to Sustainability Week on Longitudes.

Yes, the climate is changing. Greenhouse gas emissions are on the rise. And cities are becoming more crowded every day, among a litany of other urgent global issues. But this is also a moment of tremendous opportunity. Consumers, businesses and governments are putting their minds together to change how we power our increasingly connected world. […]

Clean Fuel Just Got Easier

Climate and sustainability data for fleet owners, all in one place.

On the few days a year when I get to drive through the American West or across the Great Plains, I envy our commercial drivers. They’re making tens of thousands of trips through emerald forests, over snow-capped mountains and past golden prairies on daily drives that fuel the U.S. economy. And while they’re under pressure […]

The Fate of the Earth

The lives of billions of people will be at stake when world leaders meet in Paris at the end of the month.

The lives of billions of people, for centuries to come, will be at stake when world leaders and government negotiators meet at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris at the end of the month. The fate of an unknown number of endangered species of plants and animals also hangs in the balance. At […]

Will Some Countries Be Completely Renewable By 2030?

We have ample scientific evidence that we are hitting the ceiling of our planet’s capacity to support world development.

This is part of a series on the Global Goals for Sustainable Development, in collaboration with the Stockholm Resilience Centre. Size now matters: In a single human lifetime, we have become a big world on a small planet. This simple fact is as profound as Copernicus’s conclusion that the Earth revolves around the sun or Darwin’s […]

The Changing Climate on Climate Change

A growing realization that rising global temperatures are not simply an environmental concern provides reason to hope that world leaders are finally ready to address the problem in an effective way.

In the early 1990s, when I was Prime Minister of Norway, I once found myself debating sustainable development with an opposition leader who insisted that I tell him the government’s single most important priority in that field. Frustrated, I replied that what he was asking was impossible to answer. I concluded our exchange by explaining […]

Fighting Climate Change Region by Region

Three regions on opposite sides of the globe outline their plans to address climate change.

A new global agreement to address climate change is taking shape, with the United States joining the European Union in formally submitting its plan to cut greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The US has sent a strong signal by being one of the first to offer this […]

Steering Toward Sustainability

How commercial trucking can improve fuel sustainability

Earlier this year, scientists reported that 2014 was the hottest year in recorded history, underscoring the urgency of action to reduce emissions that contribute to climate change. To do its part, transport sector, which contributes about a quarter of global energy-related emissions, would need to expand low-carbon fuels from 3 percent of the share today […]

Financing Climate Safety

Creating a global financial system that contributes to a sustainable future.

The purpose of the global financial system is to allocate the world’s savings to their most productive uses. When the system works properly, these savings are channeled into investments that raise living standards; when it malfunctions, as in recent years, savings are channeled into real-estate bubbles and environmentally harmful projects, including those that exacerbate human-induced […]

The New Climate Economy

There's no time like the present for climate change mitigation.

Action to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions and mitigate climate change has long been viewed as fundamentally opposed to economic growth. Indeed, the fragility of the global economic recovery is often cited as a justification to delay such action. But a recent report, “The New Climate Economy: Better Growth, Better Climate” released by the Global Commission on […]

Business: The Secret Agents to Fight Climate Change?

Can the business sector lead the battle against climate change?

[A few weeks ago], CEOs and world leaders met at the UN to talk climate. In the run-up to these high-level talks, many companies and some relatively new voices from the business community have been sounding both the alarm and the rallying cry for action. At the same time, the cost of renewable energy has […]

Three Keys to a Greener Supply Chain

Once “nice to have,” sustainable supply chains are now a capability companies “need to have.”

More than two-thirds of supply chain executives said sustainability will play an increasing role in the supply chains of the future. Alan Amling of UPS believes there are three key steps that companies should follow to reduce the environmental impact of their supply chain.

Adapting Farming to an Era of Climate Change

Can sustainable agriculture achieve food security?

According to UN projections, the world’s population could reach 9.15 billion by 2050, creating a 60% increase in demand for food. At the same time, the IPCC predicts that global warming will reduce agricultural yield by 2% per decade, which would no doubt lead to farmland expansion. This would have a knock-on effect on already saturated supplies […]

Climate Change at Ground Zero

Creating sustainable communities through sustainable agriculture.

Burkina Faso is located in the heart of the Sahel, which means that it is one of the world’s most vulnerable countries when it comes to climate change. Its farmers may know little of the physical causes of global warming, but they know about its effects – not least the huge variability in rainfall patterns, […]

Why CEOs Care About Climate Change

Business leaders are finding opportunities despite climate change's challenging conditions.

I’ve been hearing from business leaders over the past few months about the impact climate change could have on their industries and the goods and services we all rely on. They might not talk much about it publicly, but they are very aware of the risks a warming planet poses for their supply chains, factories […]

The Limits of Climate Negotiations

The world needs a concerted push to adopt energy efficiency.

If the world is to solve the climate-change crisis, we will need a new approach. Currently, the major powers view climate change as a negotiation over who will reduce their CO2 emissions (mainly from the use of coal, oil, and gas). Each agrees to small “contributions” of emission reduction, trying to nudge the other countries […]

How CEOs can save the world from global warming

The business world is waking up to the challenge of climate change.

Apple CEO Tim Cook recently lashed out at a shareholder who pressed the company to stop investing in carbon reduction and renewable energy. In the most recent World Economic Forum Global Risk survey of CEOs and world leaders, three of the top six issues of “highest concern” were failure to tackle climate change, extreme weather, […]