Announcements on the right path to stay within the Paris Agreement

World Resources Institute, May 2018 National announcements on the right path to stay within the Paris Agreement: Bolder Plans to Reach Net-Zero Emissions New Zealand’s new prime minister committed to net zero by 2050 – a target that looks on track to be enshrined in a new national climate law. And in a submission to the UN, the United Kingdom indicated it would …

A window into substantive, material economic weakness and risk

By Gil Friend in GreenBiz, May 2018 “If you extrapolate from these documents and case law and the COP21 agreement, then some 90 percent of the world’s business models must be transformed to net-zero GHG business models by 2050.”  First in a two-part series on business risk and strategic duty. My sustainability work over the past several decades has focused …

Case argues Facebook operated a “malicious and fraudulent scheme” to exploit vast amounts of private data to earn Facebook billions and force rivals out of business.

Mark Zuckerberg faces allegations that he developed a “malicious and fraudulent scheme” to exploit vast amounts of private data to earn Facebook billions and force rivals out of business. A company suing Facebook in a California court claims the social network’s chief executive “weaponised” the ability to access data from any user’s network of friends – the feature at the heart …

Largest virtual solar power plant in the world involves installing a 5-kilowatt solar system and a Powerwall 2 battery on roughly 50,000 low-income and social housing units across Australian state

The virtual power plant involves installing a 5-kilowatt solar system and a Powerwall 2 battery on roughly 50,000 low-income and social housing units across the state over the next four years. The setup would be installed at no charge to the households and financed through the sale of electricity. Participants would save an estimated 30 percent on their power bills. …

The major groups of insects responsible for pollination are particularly sensitive to warming, and insects, vital to ecosystems, will lose almost half their habitat under current climate projections

Damian Carrington Environment editor, The Guardian, Thu 17 May 2018, Climate change on track to cause major insect wipeout, scientists warn  The famous migration of the North American monarch butterfly is one of the most well-documented examples of an insect species affected by climate change. Photograph: Joel Sartore/NG/Getty Images Global warming is on track to cause a major wipeout of insects, compounding already …

Seattle wins $275 per person tax on companies making over $200 million, to address homelessness

Friday, May 25, 2018, by Sonali Kolhatkar on Truthdig, Amazon Battles Seattle—and Loses: In the game of chicken between democracy and corporatism, Seattle demonstrated that people power can prevail . A “Pay Your Fair Share” projection created by the Neighborhood Action Coalition & Transit Riders Union to support the Seattle head tax appears in this May 10 photo. (Photo: Flickr / Jennifer Durham, Backbone Campaign, CC …

Democracy, public schools and charter schools

Charter schools are at heart a less democratic system than public schools. By Steven Singer on Common Dreams.org, May 2018 Charter schools have turned our children into the products of businesspeople. Enough. (Photo: AgainstAusterity.org) There are good charter schools. I admit that. There are bad public schools. I admit that, too. But if one had to choose between the worst public school and the …

Feeding and Healing the World Through Regenerative Agriculture

By Eva Perroni Transitioning to more sustainable forms of agriculture remains critical, as many current agriculture practices have serious consequences including deforestation and soil degradation. But despite agriculture’s enormous potential to hurt the environment, it also has enormous potential to heal it. Realizing this, many organizations are promoting regenerative agriculture as a way to not just grow food but to progressively improve ecosystems. Drawing …