Sunday, December 31, 2017

Event - GLOBE Forum 2018: Leadership Summit for Sustainable Business

This event will take place on March 14 - 16, 2018 in Vancouver, BC. The GLOBE Series is the largest and longest running leadership summit for sustainable business in the world.   GLOBE Forum and the associated Innovation Expo, showcasing cleantech and sustainable innovation, attract nearly 10,000 delegates from more than 50 countries, sparking inspiration, collaboration, innovation and enhanced corporate responsibility. There will be over 700 Presidents and CEOs in attendence as well as 250 exhibitors; and 300+ international media.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

One Planet Summit Highlights the EU's Climate Leadership

As evidenced by the recent One Planet Summit, the EU and its member states are leading climate action. In the EU, governments, businesses and investors are all engaged in hopeful efforts and initiatives designed to combat climate change.

On the anniversary of the signing of the Paris Climate agreement on December 12, French President Macron convened a summit to encourage private and public financing for the implementation of the Paris agreement. The One Planet Summit was attended by governments, corporations and other organizations. At this event the European Union announced that it would invest at least €9 billion (US$10 billion) on clean energy, sustainable cities and agriculture. Even Theresa May, the less than green-minded prime minister of the UK, acknowledged the need for wealthy nations to help the developing world. She pledged to contribute £140 million to help poorer countries manage climate change.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

France Shows Trump What Climate Leadership Looks Like

France is leading climate action. The host nation for the signing of the historic Paris Agreement has repeatedly refuted Trump's climate denial while adopting a raft of measures as part of an ambitious national climate plan.  It is fair to say that with its support of science, climate focused political agenda, and progressive climate plan France is one of the most sustainable countries in the world.  French efforts have been ongoing for years and include everything from mandatory sustainability reporting to the problem of food waste. In May France announced that it was moving forward with 17 GW of clean energy investments. These are just some of the reason France has emerged as a global climate leader.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Event - Sustainable Investment Forum Europe

The Sustainable Investment Forum Europe (SIFE), will take place on March 13, 2018, in Paris France. This event is subtitled "Financing Innovation for a Low Carbon Future". Leaders will convene to discuss concrete solutions to the current challenges of the European and global climate finance market. SIFE will host more than 200 organizations including governments,  investment agencies,  NGOs, corporations, and think tanks. Attendees will hail from from more than 30 countries and include leading members of the finance community.  At SIFE you can meet sustainable investment thought leaders including C-Level representatives, investment decision-makers, influencial policy-makers and regulators.

Event - High-Performance Building Conference 2018

Hosted by Maine CSI (Construction Specifications Institute), the High-Performance Building Conference 2018, will take place Thursday, March 15, 2018 from 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM (EDT) at the Holiday Inn Portland, in Portland, Maine. The conference is for all those who design, manage or build structures in New England. The event will gathers architects, contractors, designers, engineers, facility managers, building owners and other industry professionals with an interest in learning about high-performance enclosures in New England. The full-day event features a slate of nationally recognized speakers, who each offer expertise on aspects of high-performance buildings. In addition, more than 20 suppliers will be available to approach with questions on products and services related to high-performance building design and construction. The confereence features AIA accredited sessions by top industry leaders and exhibits by leading manufacturers.

Corporations Need to Get Over their Fear of Reporting Failure

Corporations, particularly those who purport to be interested in sustainability, need to bravely report where no reports have gone before. Many firms instinctively shield their failures from the public, however, forward looking corporations know that even here there is value to transparency.  

Although it is hard to avoid getting defensive about shortcomings, being forthcoming about weakness augurs transformative opportunities. Those who have the courage to honestly acknowledge the facts are in a position to change the paradigm. Problems are transformed into an exercise in problem-solving. Identifying weakness becomes an invitation to improve. 

Event - Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC) Impact 2018

This event will take place on April 24 - 26, 2018 in San Francisco, California. More than 350 attendees will get inspired, learn, make new connections and leave with actionable takeaways for their daily work through thought-provoking presentations, interactive sessions, engaging panels, interesting tours and fun business networking functions.

Friday, December 15, 2017

The Art of Effective Science Based Climate Communications

Science-based communications have failed to effectively counter the barrage of misinformation about climate change. This is partly due to the sheer volume of politically motivated subterfuge. This is especially true in the United States where climate change denial is being sold to the public by both the president and his party. This administration and most GOP legislators have made it clear that they are opposed to a fact-based understanding of climate change. Nonetheless, science is critical to the health of a society and if we are to reach larger numbers of people we need to be more effective.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Climate Communication Strategy to Bridge the Political Divide

Despite the urgency of the climate crisis, Americans have been reluctant to make climate action a top-tier voting priority. It is not that people are confused by the science it is that they are confounded by the politics.  The politics of climate denial practised by the GOP and the Trump administration are the foremost impediments to climate action in the US.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Event - World Future Energy Summit

World Future Energy Summit will take place on January 15-18, 2018 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE). The theme is "Driving the Global Energy Transformation". This event is dedicated to innovation, digitalisation and transformation in the global energy mix. The World Future Energy Summit is the leading event worldwide that connects hundreds of international suppliers, decision makers and thought leaders across the entire renewable energy industry. Network, do business and gain insights into the latest industry trends and advancements in dedicated energy sectors in one place over four fully packed business days. More than 30,000 attendees from 175 countries will converge on Abu Dhabi for this event. It will include 639 exhibiting companies and feature 110 speakers.

Event - Eighth Session of the IRENA Assembly

Eighth Session of the IRENA Assembly will take place on January 13 – 14, 2018 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE). The Assembly is the Agency’s supreme decision-making body and brings together Heads of State, Ministers, government officials, and representatives from the private sector, civil society and other international organisations to reaffirm the global renewable energy agenda and make concrete steps to accelerate the global energy transition. This Assembly will deliberate on IRENA’s progress on the Work Programme and Budget for 2016-2017 and decide upon the new strategic and programmatic direction in the context of the Work Programme and Budget for 2018-2019 and Medium-term Strategy 2018-2022.

Event - Ontario EcoSchools SuperConference: Building Environmental Leadership

Ontario EcoSchools SuperConference will take place on Feb 22, 2018, at Le Jardin event centre, 8440 Hwy 27, Woodbridge, Ontario. This day-long event offers interactive learning and networking that will focus on building environmental leadership in school communities. The critical importance of education makes this an event for everyone (including teachers, school staff, outdoor education centres, administration, EcoTeam leads, and the general public).

There will be a keynote address and workshop sessions. There will be presentations both of Canada's official languages (English and French). The 50 – 60 minute long presenations will align with the conference theme of Building Environmental Leadership. Presenations will be delivered by teachers, school board representatives, or community members. In addition to speakers and adult-only workshops, there will be a stream specially designed for students.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Emotion is the Key to Communicating Sustainability and Climate Messaging

Emotion is a critical part of effective communications. This is particularly true when marketing sustainability efforts and crafting effective climate message strategies. Research in the social sciences and particularly cognitive psychology help us to understand how our communications are perceived. Texas Tech climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe has said that the "greatest advances" in our understanding of climate change over the past decade have come not from the physical sciences, but from the social sciences.

Here is an informal summary of some of the lessons we have gleaned from the social sciences. Research in pyschology reveals that facts alone are not enough to get through to people.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Republican Tax Scam is a Crime Against People and the Planet

The Republican's tax plan impoverishes Americans while enriching the one percent. It is unconsciounable that those who control 90 percent of America's wealth are being given an even greater share of the pie.  The bill that passed in both the House and the Senate is a windfall for the few but it has devastating implications for everyone else. It is a nightmare for wealth inequality and no better for planetary health. The tax scam, as some are calling it, favors oil and gas development while weakening the cleantech sector.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Getting Ready to Report Educational Forum on Ontario's Energy and Water Regulation

This event will take place on Tuesday, December 5th, 2017 from 11:30AM-1:00PM at St. Jerome's University, 290 Westmount Rd. N Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G3.

By July 2020, most buildings over 50,000 square feet will be required to publicly report data about their energy and water usage. This is in accordance with Ontario Regulation 20/17 "Energy and Water Reporting and Benchmarking for Large Buildings." Michael Brophy from the Ministry of Energy will give an overview of the regulation and help organizations prepare for for mandatory public reporting of waste and water.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Why Trump Does Not Want a Science Advisor

The Trump administration has not filled dozens of key scientific posts. This includes senior positions at the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy and most notably, a science advisory job in the White House. Many are asking why Trump is not naming a science advisor when every president since Eisenhower has considered this to be an important positiion. The Science advisor is charged with giving the president scientific and technical advice in areas of national concern. If there was ever a president in need of a science advisor it is the current commander and chief.

While almost everything Trump does is a source of concern, his failure to hire a science advisor is especially worrisome. The vacancy effectively deprives the White House of a much needed voice of reason. Having an adult in the room is particularly important when you consider the erratic behavior and the irrational decisions of the man that occupies the Oval Office.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Are Under Armour's Sustainability Claims Green or Greenwashing?

Baltimore based Under Armour, Inc. is a sports apparel manufacturer that makes a number of bold claims about their commitment to sustainability. However, their environmental performance has been widely criticized.

Under Armour's website makes audacious claims starting with the well worn cliche that sustainability is woven into the company's DNA. They also state that sustainability is integral to their strategy and directly related to the company's core values.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Climate Awareness by Country (Percentage of the Population)

The most climate aware country in the world is Japan with 99 percent of the population indicating that they know about of the existence of climate change. The country with the lowest percentage of people claiming to be aware of climate change is Benin (21%). In general Northern Europe and North America are more aware of climate change than Africa and Asia. The average percentage of climate aware people in all of the 129 countries surveyed is 63. It is interesting to note that even though the current US president is a climate denier, almost all Americans (97%) acknowledge the existence of climate change.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Trump May be Irrelevant but he is Not Harmless

Trump's defective judgment, psychological dysfunction and amorality have made him irrelevant. On the campaign trail Trump promised his supporters that they would win so much they would get tired of winning. However, his backlog of failures have made him the most unpopular president in US history. Trump is irrelevant because no thinking person can believe what he says, or take what he means seriously. Trump is an entertainer and there is still interest in his antics from that point of view. However, this is the same kind of interest that one has in watching a train wreck. It is a voyeuristic spectacle, not of great achievement, but of catastrophic failure.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Event - Green Building Virtual Expo

Canada's premiere virtual green building event will take place on November 1, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.. Exhibits will remain accessible online for three months. The second annual Green Building Expo is free to attend. It is also an affordable way for exhibiting businesses to connect with potential clients and customers all across Canada – and beyond. The online show will celebrate Canada’s greenest and most successful building projects. Each exhibit will showcase sustainable construction solutions to a target audience in a timely and cost-efficient manner.

Green Building Expo will serve as an ideal platform to bring together technology, materials, products, service providers, developers, general contractors, architects, consultants, engineers, interior designers, builders, specifiers, project managers, green investors, bankers, building owners and facilities managers; not to mention municipalities, expert organizations and other key stakeholders of green building projects.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Corporations Offering Hope this Unhappy Thanksgiving

The Trump administration and the GOP give Americans no reason to be happy this Thanksgiving. Resistance from citizens and corporate leaders offer a shining ray of hope in an otherwise bleak picture. America's greatness is now being systematically dismantled. Its institutions, its democracy, and its moral center are under siege. What makes this enemy especially pernicious is the fact that unlike previous adversaries, this threat comes from within Congress and the Oval Office itself. While nobody was listening Trump's former chief strategy advisor Steve Bannon made it clear that the goal of this administration is the deconstruction of government. Even though Bannon has been pushed out his influence remains.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Amadeus Sustainability Gains are a Win for Investors

In addition to celebrating its 30th birthday, Amadeus is also celebrating its sustainability efforts in 2017. Amadeus IT Group (AMS) is a major Spanish IT Provider for the global travel and tourism industry. The company was founded in 1987 and their headquarters are located in Madrid. They currently operate in 190 markets, with a worldwide team of 15,000 people. They have invested over €4 billion in R&D since 2004. In 2016, they reported revenues of €4,473 million. As of November 22, 2017 their market cap was $27 Billion.

Monday, November 20, 2017

The Cost Saving Tesla Semi is Poised to Revolutionize Truck Transportation

The recently launched Tesla Semi is an emissions-free fully electric class 8 truck that is far less expensive to operate than comparable diesel-powered trucks. The Semi consumes less than 2 kilowatt-hours per mile and uses no fossil fuels resulting in significantly reduced operating costs. Tesla claims the savings could amount to more than $200,000 per vehicle in fuel costs for every million miles on the road.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Event - Shareholder Activism Unlocking Shareholder Value

This event will take place on January 25, 2018 at the Time Warner Center, 10 on the Park, 60 Columbus Circle, New York, NY.  The Shareholder Activism  Unlocking Shareholder Value conference brings together activists, board directors and corporate management to discuss the state of play in activist engagement and what to expect in the upcoming shareholder season. The event includes full day of interviews, panel discussions, presentations by practice experts, strategists, advisors, activists and investors makes this one-day program an invaluable gathering, needed to effectively manage through the ever-evolving landscape of proxy fights and settlements.

Friday, November 17, 2017

KXL Pipeline Leak Highlights Serious Dangers and Questionable Economic Value

A leak in the Keystone XL (KXL) pipeline occurred just days before Nebraska decides on the fate of a pipeline expansion. The tar sands oil that would be carried by the pipeline are currently being shipped by rail but not at the rate they would be if the $8 billion KXL expansion were built. If the KXL runs at full capacity it could ferry up to 830,000 barrels per day.

There are many reasons to oppose the KXL. The tar sands require more energy to transport by pipe and more energy to refine.  As revealed by oil spills in 2015 and 2016, oil pipelines leak. Tar sands pipelines are even more likely to leak than those that transport conventional oil and when they do, they are harder to clean up. This puts dozens of critical waterways at risk. Tar sands also emit at least 20 percent more greenhouse gases than conventional oil. That is why tar sands pipelines are often referred to as carbon bombs. We can ill afford a surge in greenhouse gases as we ebb ever closer to the upper threshold temperature limits.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Scientists Issue Dire Warnings about Climate Change

A new US report and a recent warning from 17,000 scientists adds to the chorus of those calling for climate action.  On November 3, 2017, US government released its most significant and conclusive climate change report yet. The U.S. Global Change Research Program's fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4) is a comprehensive review of leading climate science that was compiled with contributions from 13 federal agencies under the direction of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Further, it was reviewed by the independent National Academy of Sciences and approved by the National Economic Council.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Corporate Actions that Combat Trump's Climate Ignorance

Corporations are opposing the Trump administration and embracing both science and sustainability. Corporations are increasingly adopting science-based emissions reduction targets and increasing their renewable energy investments. Many of these companies also support President Obama's Clean Power Plan which the Trump administration is in the process of dismantling. As part of their efforts to dismantle regulations Trump and the GOP are at war with science.

The position of the current US government is in stark contrast to business leaders who acknowledge that climate change represents a serious material threat. This includes vulnerabilities to resource scarcity and supply chain disruptions. Corporations also have to contend with reputational threats from consumers who may punish laggards.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

The Economist Events Sustainability Summit 2018

The Sustainability Summit 2018 will take place on March 22nd 2018 in London. The event is subtitled, "from responsibility to leadership". If you are only able to attend one major event in 2018 this is one of the events you will want to consider.

Friday, November 10, 2017

HSBC Taking its Sustainability Commitments to New Heights

London-based sustainability leader HSBC, is one of the world’s largest banking and financial services companies. The banking giant is helping the world to transition to a low-carbon economy and promoting sustainable growth. The company's updated climate plan enhances and already strong commitment to meet their social, environmental and governance (ESG) responsibilities. The new plan includes $100B for sustainable financing by 2025.

Over the last ten years HSBC has financed some of the biggest climate-focused infrastructure projects in the world. They are also focusing on reducing their in-house footprint. In the past year alone HSBC has reduced carbon emissions by 9 percent, water usage by 9 percent and energy consumption by 13 percent. HSBC is consistently ranked in the top ten for the financial sector in both performance and disclosure according to CDP Global 500 Climate Leadership Index.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Election Defeats Intimate an End to Trump and the GOP

Voters from Florida to Washington state have rejected Trump's vision by embracing diversity over division. One year after a minority of voters elected Trump, Republicans have been handed a string of electoral defeats. In what is being called a blue wave, women, minority and LGBT candidates secured historic wins.

The elections that took place on November 7, 2017 were a referendum on the performance of both the commander and chief and the GOP.  Americans used the opportunity to reject Trump's vision for the country. In a stunning rebuke, Democrats won decisive victories on a range of social and cultural issues.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Climate Evidence Makes Trump Irrelevant at COP23

As the Bonn Climate Talks commence the world seems to be increasingly ignoring a US commander and chief who does not seem to have the faintest understanding of the most basic aspects of climate science.

At last year's Conference of the Parties (COP 22) delegates in Marrakesh were reeling in the wake of the election of Donald Trump. This is in stark contrast to the euphoria post COP 21 when delegates in Paris were celebrating the momentous achievement of a climate deal. As expected Trump announced that he was withdrawing from the Paris Agreement, however, rather than unravel the deal, nations, cities, corporations, and others steeled their resolve to abide by the accord.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Ceres Company Network Gains Two High Profile Members

Ceres is a sustainability non-profit that is host to a Company Network of responsible businesses. The members of this Network are committed to achieving sustainability goals and improving resiliency in their operations and supply chains.

These efforts offer a competitive advantage to companies that are serious about sustainability. Network members also benefit from unique access to investors and other stakeholders who are seeking opportunities in the low-carbon economy.

CERES has engaged in a number of efforts in recent years including calling out the fossil fuel industry, tracking investor resolutions and showing support for the Clean Power Plan. They have also produced a number of publications including a report on the cost of financing the low carbon economy and another that offers risk guidance.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Event - Sustainable Innovation Forum 2017 (SIF17)

The eighth Sustainable Innovation Forum 2017 (SIF17), will take place on November 13th and 14th, 2017 in Bonn, Germany – the home of the UNFCCC.  SIF17 is succinctly described as two days of green economy deal-making. This event gives business leaders and entrepreneurs the chance to meet  face to face with key stakeholders. This event has a proven track record of facilitating relationships between businesses, governments, the UN and NGOs.  The Forum fosters partnerships that accelerate climate change solutions and bring scale to low carbon innovation. Many of the deals forged at this event are helping to make our future more sustainable.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Puerto Rico's Renewable Energy Opportunity (Video)

The devastation to Puerto Rico's energy infrastructure caused by Hurricane Maria opens the door to a powerful opportunity.  The storm wiped out more than 2,400 miles of aging power transmission lines leaving people without power. Almost 80 percent of Puerto Ricans still have no electricity. This gives the people of Puerto Rico a blank slate to imagine the future of energy on the island.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Criticisms of Sustainability Offset by Tangible Results

The growth of sustainability has been nothing short of spectacular but some question the depth of the engagement. Some cynics dismiss it altogether saying sustainability amounts to little more than a public relations exercise. Sustainability is no longer a niche project it is now a mainstream phenomenon.

 Sustainability has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years. This is the finding in a survey by Fundação Dom Cabral . This study and many like it point to explosive growth.  We have come so far so quickly. Five years ago sustainability was virtually nonexistent, since then sustainability has grown exponentially.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Puerto Rico Relief Efforts: Companies Doing What Trump Won't

The Trump administration has done very little to help Puerto Ricans after Hurricane Maria so corporations are stepping in to help fill the void. In the face of widespread devastation, thirst, hunger and homelessness, Trump handed out paper towels and attacked San Juan's mayor. Despite the deluded,  narcissistic self-promotion that is Trump's MO, his efforts (or lack thereof) have been a disaster for the island territory.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Mars' Sustainability Leadership Through Science Based Climate Action

While some companies merely pay lip service to sustainability, corporations like Mars are walking the talk and showing others the way forward. Mars Inc. is a company that has shown corporate leadership on a number of fronts. In 2015 Mars was among the companies that endorsed President Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan saying it is "good for business". The same year, Mars was one of 10 global food companies who jointly published a letter in which they pledged to accelerate business action on climate change including reductions in greenhouse gases (GHGs). Mars supported supported a positive outcome at COP21 and they were among the signatories of a letter that urged Trump to respect the Paris Climate Agreement.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Tesla is Bringing Renewable Energy to Puerto Rico

In the wake of the federal government's inaction in Puerto Rico, Tesla CEO Elon Musk is trying to fill the void. Early in October Musk said he was prepared to do what Trump won't. Musk said he could restore Puerto Rico’s severely damaged energy grid with solar panels and batteries. The island territory is ideally suited for renewable energy systems. Musk is putting his money where is mouth is by supplying free batteries and donating $250,000 of his own money to support relief efforts. To reinforce the extent of his commitment Musk postponed Tesla's electric semi truck reveal event to focus on battery systems destined for Puerto Rico.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Event - National Summit of Conscious Leadership

This event will take place on November 1, 2017, at the Montreal Convention Centre in Quebec, Canada.

This unique and innovative event, organized by the International Centre for Conscious Leadership, will bring together 500 business leaders, thought leaders, political figures and other community organizations to embrace Conscious Leadership as a key pillar of Conscious Capitalism, in Canada and throughout the world.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Energy Justice for Puerto Rico: Abandon Fossil Fuels and Adopt Renewables

Hurricane Maria decimated Puerto Rico's fossil fuel powered energy grid making this an ideal time to redraw the territory's energy map using renewable energy. More than 90 percent of Puerto Rico's energy is derived from fossil fuels and around 70 percent of the territory's electricity is generated from imported oil.

Energy is at the heart of the island's economic woes. Electricity is so expensive that some of the territory's leaders have singled out dependence on foreign oil as the greatest barrier to economic development. Moving towards renewable energy is crucial to Puerto Rico's future.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Trump's Climate Denial Makes Storms and Wildfires Worse

Against the backdrop of an eerie post-apocalyptic sky Trump fiddles on Twitter as California burns. As one of the worst humanitarian crises in modern American history unfolds Trump hands out paper towels in Puerto Rico declaring, "let them eat cake". 

Trump and the GOP's climate denial stands out in stark relief against the backdrop of increasingly fierce wildfires and severe weather.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Event - DC Climathon at Gw: Hack Resilience

This event will take place on Friday, October 27, 2017, 3:00 PM – Saturday, October 28, 2017, 3:00 PM EDT. It will take place at Duquès Hall, George Washington University, 2201 G Street Northwest, Washington, DC. The 2017 Climathon: Hack Resilience is produced by GW Office of Sustainability in partnership with Resilient DC and 100 Resilient Cities.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Event - 2017 Cleantech Open - Midwest Innovation Showcase

The 2017 Cleantech Open - Midwest Innovation Showcase will take place on November 2 - 3, 2017 at 1000 Lasalle Ave, Minneapolis, MN, United States.Cleantech open finds funds and fosters the most promising cleantech startups on the planet. This event is the culmination of 2017 accelerator, celebrating innovators and promoting investments in clean technology startups. At the event, attendees will have the chance to find out about 24 clean technology startups from across the 13-state Midwest Region. There are also opportunities to learn about trends and opportunities for cleantech innovation from the panel of distinguished associates.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Evidence Linking Wildfires and Climate Change

A hotter world is also a drier world. Less precipitation in the form of rain and snow. Warmer temperatures also contribute to earlier snowmelt and more evaporation. Climate change also augurs infect infestations that kill trees and provide more fuel for wildfires. Increasingly severe storms also contribute to more lightening and this is yet another wildfire risk factor associated with climate change. Here is a brief primer reviewing some of the evidence linking wildfires to climate change.

Wildfires have always occurred in nature but human activities have caused the Earth to warm and this is increasing the number and intensity of fires. The world has warmed by an average of one degree Celsius since pre-industrial times, however, in some forests the temperature has increased by 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Trump's Climate Denial as Puerto Ricans Continue to Die in the Wake of Hurricane Maria

Hurricane Maria unleashed wind and rain not seen in Puerto Rico’s modern history. This storm is known to have killed at least 50 people. When all is said and done the actual toll is likely to be in the hundreds. Hurricane Maria the strongest storm to hit the island in a century and the fifth-strongest storm ever to hit the US. Maria ravaged Puerto Rico with strong winds and record-breaking rains. Before Maria hit, around 60,000 people on the island were still without power from Hurricane Irma. Parts of Puerto Rico saw more rain than Harvey dumped on Houston. The city of Caguas, in the mountains of eastern Puerto Rico, may have broken a world record for the most rain to have fallen in a single hour (14 inches). Over the course of the storm Caguas got more rain (nearly 40 inches) than Seattle does in an average year (37 inches).

Monday, October 16, 2017

Event - NAFTA's Environmental Side Agreement: Assessing the Past and Looking Towards the Future

 This open invitation event will take place on November 9, 2017 at the Courtyard Chicago Downtown/River, North Room, Michigan Avenue, 30 East Hubbard at State Street, Chicago, Illinois. People can also participate in this event online and in either English, French or Spanish.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Event - Net Impact Conference 2017

The 2017 version of the annual Net Impact Conference will take place on October 26 - 28, 2017 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta Georgia. The conference is subtitled, "the path to purpose". Many people want to make a difference, but turning good intentions into tangible impact can be hard. This conference can give you the skills, experiences, and connections so that you can have the greatest impact now and throughout your career.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

California Fires are Part of a Global Phenomenon

The devastating fires in California are but the most dramatic example of a phenomenon that has ravaged many parts of the world in 2017.  At least 30 people have been killed by the fires in northern California and thousands are missing. Tens of thousands of others have either lost their homes or been forced to flee. Propelled by strong winds fires have destroyed almost 200,000 acres of land in California including ranches and businesses. Sonoma County and Mendocino County have been hit particularly hard and Redwood Valley has been reduced to ashes.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Pruitt Lies to Justify Killing the Clean Power Plan

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief Scott Pruitt's obfuscation is designed to kill the Clean Power Plan. Pruitt's decision to kill the Plan jeopardizes American lives and compromises their health. Pruitt's subterfuge ignores the fact that the EPA was created in 1970 to focus specifically on the environment and human health.

Prior to becoming EPA administrator Pruitt had amassed a long track record as a climate denier and fossil fuel advocate. As revealed by his emails and his calendar Pruitt's agenda is diametrically opposed to the EPA's mandate. When he was the Attorney General for Oklahoma Pruitt sued the EPA 14 times and disbanded the state's Environmental Protection Unit. The fact that he has received more than a quarter of a million dollars from the fossil fuel industry to support his political career is a matter of public record.