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Investors Assess Their Climate Risks


Investors are being put on notice that some mutual funds and exchange traded funds labeled “sustainable,” “ecology,” “green” or “integrity” may actually have very high carbon footprints.

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Six CSR Strategies for Startups


Startups now have a new strategic guide to help them build a record of social responsibility, courtesy of the philanthropic Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

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China & USA: Green Health Care Partners


A delegation from the Chinese health sector came to the Bay Area in September to identify strategies that can address the health effects of climate change and foster green, environmentally sustainable health care in both China and the United States.

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CITES CoP17: Elephants Win, Lions Lose


World governments have adopted landmark decisions on shutting down illegal trade while regulating legal, sustainable and traceable trade in wild animals and plants. The decisions affect a large number of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians, as well as an entire genus of trees.

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Paris Climate Pact ‘Unstoppable’


The Paris Agreement on climate change is set to enter into force on November 4, less than a year after it was adopted by world leaders. With the ratifications now deposited, enough countries have approved the landmark accord to trigger its implementation.

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CO2 Level Hits 15 Million-Year High

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Record high global levels of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide, CO2, were measured in September at over 400 parts per million for the first time in 15 million years, jolting leaders into awareness that Earth’s climate is changing quickly.

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WHO: Air Pollution Kills Millions


Three million deaths a year are linked to exposure to outdoor air pollution, and indoor air pollution can be just as deadly. Today, the World Health Organization issued an air quality model confirming that 92 percent of the world’s people live in places where air pollution levels exceed WHO limits.

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Quieting the Oceans


Years of campaigning and courtroom battles by U.S. conservationists to limit the underwater noise that turns the oceans into hell for whales and dolphins are beginning to pay off.

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Climate Change Takes Its Toll


Climate Change – Monetary losses caused by natural disasters in the first half of 2016 were “significantly higher” than the corresponding figures for the previous year, although fewer people died in these events, according to a report by the German insurance and re-insurance firm Munich Re.

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Citizen Science Earns Respect


The Austrian Pollen Monitoring service at the Medical University of Vienna’s Department of Ear, Nose and Throat Diseases is founded upon active citizen participation and relies on continuing citizen monitoring every day.

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Bionic Leaf Makes Liquid Fuel From Sunlight


Scientists at Harvard have developed a technology that mimics the way leaves produce energy from sunlight, water and air. A device about the size of a credit card, the “bionic leaf” includes a solar panel. When placed in water, it uses energy from sunlight to split the water into hydrogen and oxygen.

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