On social license to operate: Blackrock $6 tn investment manager says “Society is demanding that companies, both public and private, serve a social purpose. To prosper over time, every company must not only deliver financial performance, but also show how it makes a positive contribution to society. Companies must benefit all of their stakeholders, including shareholders, employees, customers, and the communities in which they operate.”

By Steve Hanley on Clean Technica, Jan 2018 Laurence D. Fink may not be a household name, but he is a very influential person. When Mr. Fink speaks, others listen. Why? Because as the founder and CEO of BlackRock, he controls more than $6 trillion in assets. That’s the kind of clout that gets a person noticed. On January 16, …

UK Study Claims Shale Gas One Of Least Desirable Options For Generating Electricity

January 18th, 2018 by Steve Hanley  on Clean Technica  America loves fracking, but other parts of the world are not so crazy about the idea of filling the Earth full of carcinogenic chemicals in order to extract natural gas from shale deposits. The process is banned outright in Scotland. France has announced it will not permit any new fracking operations. In the UK, fracking is …

Global airfreight climbing almost 9% per year with rise of 2-day shipping. And shipping by air has 10x the carbon footprint of shipping by truck, and 66x the footprint of container ships

By Lloyd Alter, 12 Jan 2018 TreeHugger has previously looked at Why you should avoid free two-day shipping,where Katherine noted that “when people want their goods fast, it forces companies to send out delivery trucks that are not filled to capacity.” But there is a much more serious issue with a bigger carbon footprint: a dramatic increase in the amount of …

Rates of global sea level rise have tripled since the 90s, extra loss from Antarctica and Greenland, Coast Guard announces doubling of icebergs in North Atlantic, since 2016

Research breakthroughs astound scientists, by Chelsea Harvey on December 29, 2017 in Scientific American  Credit: Getty Images As the potential effects of climate change are seen around the world – from starving polar bears to record-breaking storms – interest in climate science is soaring. Scientists are digging into the “how,” “why” and “what’s next” of global temperatures, melting ice, emission sources and sinks, changing …

Hurricane Harvey studies: Yesterday’s 100-year storm is today’s 30-year storm

SCOTT K. JOHNSON – 12/17/2017, Ars Technica Enlarge Texas Military Department 104 The story explaining the incredible flooding in Houston during Hurricane Harvey has many chapters, ranging from meteorology to the history of groundwater use and development zoning. The chapter on climate change has already had a few pages filled in, thanks to a study quickly published by MIT hurricane scientist Kerry Emanuel. This week, …

How China has reduced the carbon footprint of developed countries

Dr Glen Peters, Robbie Andrew, and Dr Jan Ivar Korsbakkenare senior researchers at the CICERO Center for International Climate Research in Norway. in Carbon Brief, Pan, C. et al. (2017) Emissions embodied in global trade have plateaued due to structural changes in China, Earth’s Future, doi:10.1002/2017EF000625  We tend to remember the way things were, not the way things are. In the 2000s, production-based CO2 emissions in developed …

Hidden Costs of Climate Change Running Hundreds of Billions a Year, but solutions can provide better value

By Stephen Leahy, National Geographic, 27 Sep 2017 Extreme weather, made worse by climate change, along with the health impacts of burning fossil fuels, has cost the U.S. economy at least $240 billion a year over the past ten years, a new report has found. And yet this does not include this past month’s three major hurricanes or 76 wildfires in nine Western states. Those …

Coastal property at risk with current climate policies

DOWNTOWN HOUSTON FLOODING FROM SUPERSTORM HARVEY, AUGUST 28, 2017. CREDIT: AP/JASON DEAREN   The massive climate report released by the Trump administration on Friday makes clear that the President’s climate policies will destroy every last bit of U.S. (and global) coastal property in the decades to come. That means more than $1 trillion in U.S. coastal property will eventually be …

Steps to combat climate change can lead to immediate public health benefits say doctors

The Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change has published a report titled, ‘The Lancet Countdown on health and climate change: from 25 years of inaction to a global transformation for public health. The Lancet Countdown 2017 report tracks progress on the relationship between human health and climate change, and associated implications for governments’ commitments under the Paris Agreement.  The …

Historical GHG emissions, responsibility

Figures from the World Resources Institute show the top 10 nations as measured by their cumulative emissions between 1850 and 2007. The US tops the list by a wide margin – though Chinese emissions have risen significantly since these data were assembled. 1. US: 339,174 MT or 28.8% 2. China: 105,915 MT or 9.0% 3. Russia: 94,679 MT or 8.0% 4. Germany: …