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Europe’s ‘Clean Energy Revolution’

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To keep the EU competitive as renewables displace fossil fuels – shaking up global energy markets – the European Commission has proposed a new package of measures to “equip all European citizens and businesses with the means to make the most of the clean energy transition.”

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Investors Assess Their Climate Risks

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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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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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Carbon Budgets Ignore Trees on Farms

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Globally, 1.2 billion people depend on agroforestry farming systems, especially in developing countries, the World Bank calculates. Yet, trees on farms are not even considered in the greenhouse gas accounting framework of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

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Sustainability Takes Flight

Sustainability Takes Flight

Every day around the world, more than 100,000 civil aviation flights take off and land – safely for the most part. Now, the global agency responsible for overseeing civil aviation is working to improve the industry’s sustainability.

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Turning CO2 Into an Asset

TURNING CO2 INTO AN ASSET

As the climate heats up, scientists and engineers are finding new ways to lessen the impact of fossil fuel combustion on the climate – both by sequestering the carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted and by producing electricity with this most prevalent greenhouse gas.

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Ranking the Top 10 Global Green Cities

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Mirror, mirror on the wall, whose city is the greenest of them all? The mirror held up by the corporate strategy consulting firm Solidiance reflects the answer in a new report that compares the performance of 10 global cities and their green buildings.

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Rio Summer Olympics ‘Embrace’ Sustainability

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A new set of sustainability measures to support the greening of the Rio Summer Olympic Games were agreed by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics Organizing Committee as far back as 2013. The “Embrace” Rio 2016 plan is based on three pillars: Planet, People and Prosperity.

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Jury Still Out on Carbon Capture & Storage

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Since the Paris Climate Agreement was reached in December, preventing the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) from entering the atmosphere has become a top priority for many governments, utilities and private individuals who believe climate change to be the major problem of this generation.

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UK, China Collaborate on Low Carbon Cities

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Four newly funded research projects aim to develop an understanding of current buildings, mobility and energy services to help urban planners lower climate-changing carbon dioxide emissions while keeping residents comfortable and moving efficiently.

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