Thursday, February 28, 2019

The Fossil Fuel Industry has Known they are the Leading Cause of Climate Change for Decades

While some in the fossil fuel industry now appear to support climate science, the truth is they have been acting to obscure the facts for decades. ExxonMobil and the whole fossil fuel industry has known that they are the leading cause of global warming for more than half a century.

A letter by Benjamin Franta titled "Early oil industry knowledge of CO2 and global warming" confirms that the fossil fuel industry knew about its impact. The letter published by Nature reads as follows, "archival documents show that even before Keeling published his measurements [in the 1960s], oil industry leaders were aware that their products were causing CO2 pollution to accumulate in the planet’s atmosphere, in a potentially dangerous fashion."

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Fossil Fuel Industry Buys Politicians and Political Outcomes

The fossil fuel industry has used their immense power and wealth to subvert the facts and manipulate the public. Republicans are complicit in this sophisticated anti-science campaign of disinformation. The Price of Oil calls the fossil fuel industry, one of the "most powerful lobbies in the United States, if not the world. And they are peddling their influence both through lobbying on the Hill and by lining the campaign coffers of our representatives."

In March 2015 President Obama called out Republicans for their resistance to climate action and their support for fossil fuels. Calling them "shills for the oil companies or the fossil fuel industry," Obama explained their conduct by saying, "there’s a lot of money involved".

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Economic Assessments Overwhelmingly Support Climate Action

Conservatives commonly argue that acting on climate change is too costly, however, this is contradicted by a slew of economic assessments. When we look at the data it becomes clear that conservatives use economic insecurity to obscure the facts and control the narrative.

There are a number of studies that show global warming undermines economic growth, but the most compelling data comes from cost benefit assessments.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Ending Fossil Fuels Really is the Answer

Climate change is a complex multi-dimensional problem, however, there is a solution.  If we understand what causes the problem the solution becomes obvious. Fossil fuels are responsible for deadly air pollution and climate change. As the leading source of greenhouse gas emissions fossil fuels are at the core of the crisis. We know that we must radically reduce the amount of carbon we emit into the atmosphere but such reductions are impossible as long as we continue to burn fossil fuels.

Fossil Fuel Industry Hypocrisy Knows No Bounds

The fossil fuel industry is run by duplicitous hypocrites who prioritize their financial interests at the expense of both people and the planet.  Although they have known about the adverse impacts of burning hydrocarbons for decades, they have used their immense wealth and power to manipulate public opinion through clever disinformation campaigns. They buy politicians who help them to sew doubt by questioning good science simply to cast aspersions on its veracity.

Program - Blockchain Technologies and Applications for Business

Blockchain Technologies and Applications for Business. Innovation and collaboration can solve the world’s most pressing problems. The two month long program starts on March 28, 2019. It is an online course that requires between 4 and 6 hours per week. The velocity of technological change is staggering, the digital revolution is marching through industry at a fast clip and blockchain is part of the spectacle. The business value-add of blockchain will grow to slightly more than $176 billion by 2025, and it will exceed $3.1 trillion by 2030. Almost 85 percent of executives say their organizations have at least some involvement with blockchain technology.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Event - Asian Conference on Sustainability, Energy & the Environment 2019 (ACSEE2019)

The 9th Asian Conference on Sustainability, Energy & the Environment 2019 (ACSEE2019) is an international sustainability conference that take place May 20, 2019 - May 22, 2019, at the Toshi Center Hotel, Tokyo, Japan. The conference theme for ACSEE2019 is Independence & Interdependence.

Event - American Climate Leadership Summit 2019 (ACLS19)

The 8th Annual American Climate Leadership Summit (ACLS19), will take place on May 1-2, 2019 in Washington, D.C. The event is subtitled Breakthrough: Solutions and Leadership. Consistent with the Breakthrough theme this event will explore strategies and ideas to help transform climate action into a true national priority.

ACLS is the nation’s largest and most diverse gathering of leaders dedicated to broadening and catalyzing action and advocacy for effective climate solutions to redirect America toward climate action.  As the organizers explain on their website, if there was ever a time to bring leadership together to share learning, build collaboration, and publicly support climate solutions, this is that time. Now more than ever we need climate mitigation and advocacy, so that we can boldly move the needle on solutions.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Oil CEO Supports Science and Decries Climate Denying Politicians

There are some in the fossil fuel industry who publicly acknowledge the veracity of climate science there are even a few who criticize climate denying politicians.  As reported by the CBC, Suncor president and CEO Steve Williams wonders how the science on the right and the left can be different. "It is a matter of profound disappointment to me that science and economics have taken on some strange political ownership. Why the science of the left-wing is different than the science of the right-wing," Williams said adding conservatives should just cop to the reality that climate change is real. "Hey, it's just a fact. Let's get some facts out on the table," Williams said.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Forget the Border Wall Climate Change is the Real Emergency

American president Donald Trump is ignoring the real crises while exploiting the emergency powers of the executive branch to create fake ones. Trump is flouting the Constitution by seeking to finance a border barrier without the approval of congress. The effort is a political stunt to appease his base. There is no threat from illegal immigration and any weaknesses that do exist will not be solved by building a border wall.

As explored in a GMO post at the beginning of this year, climate change is the real emergency border walls are a ruse that threaten both flora and fauna. While the fear being generated around the caravans of migrants is fabricated, the evidence supporting the existence of the climate crisis is clear and irrefutable.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

API's Long History of Climate Denial and Disinformation

The American Petroleum Institute (API) exists to serve the interests of the fossil fuel industry. They have been discrediting the facts and spinning the truth for decades. API is behind a raft of disinformation efforts designed to undermine science and manipulate public perceptions. Through front groups and politicians they fund climate denial and the denigration of science.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

The Fossil Fuel Industry is Dying

All around us there are clear signs that the fossil fuel industry is dying. For some divestment from fossil fuels is a proactive strategy that mitigates against the risks of stranded assets while others see it as a basic moral imperative. Whatever the reason the trend away from fossil fuels is unmistakable. Much of this momentum is being created by local community movements. However, there are also a number of trends at the international and national levels that foreshadow the end of dirty energy.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

A Brief Chronological Summary of Climate Science

The science of climate change has been the subject of study for almost two centuries. Global warming was first addressed by French mathematician Joseph Fourier who described the greenhouse effect in 1824. The relationship between atmospheric CO2 and temperature increases was explored by Swedish scientist Svante August Arrhenius in 1903 and climate feedback effects were documented by Russian climatologist Mikhail Budyko in the 1950s. In 1954 the California Institute of Technology outlined the link between fossil fuels and increased levels of atmospheric CO2. Subsequently a researcher at Humble Oil Co. found that the carbon isotopes in tree rings corroborate the unpublished Caltech findings.

Monday, February 18, 2019

President's Day Special Report: How Trump's Contempt for Climate Science Harms the National Interest

President's Day celebrates the honor and leadership of George Washington, the first president of the United States (1789–1797).  America's founding father urged tolerance for all religions and the most enduring quality assigned to Washington is his truthfulness, a quality that is altogether lacking in Donald Trump. According to the cherry tree myth, when Washington was six years old he damaged his father’s cherry tree with a hatchet. When confronted by his father young George said, "I cannot tell a lie…I did cut it with my hatchet."

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Event - China Utility Week (CUW) 2019

China Utility Week (CUW) will take place on April 15-16, 2019 in Shanghai, China. In addition to learning opportunities this two day conference offers a syndicate of more than 100 exhibitors.  This is the preferred platform for energy industry professionals to expand their business, share innovative technologies and solutions and communication.

This event offers end-to-end industry solutions as well as specific zones dedicated to Innovation & start-ups, Intelligent Buildings & Energy Revolution.

At this event you can discuss and test your innovative solutions to drive the digital energy transition in China. China offers great opportunities for international exporters, particularly suppliers and service providers in the areas of high voltage transmission, synchro phasor technology and modernization of transmission operations, Renewable and Energy efficiency and partnerships in Smart City and smart grid projects.

Friday, February 15, 2019

US Polls Reveal Increased Acceptance of Climate Change Alongside Entrenched Republican Ignorance

Although surveys indicate that Americans are increasingly concerned about climate change they also reveal Republicans are increasingly estranged from the facts.

In 2015 the polls suggested that support for climate denial was waning. In 2016 a survey showed that Republican voters were slowly coming around to a more fact based understanding of climate change.

More recent studies suggest we are seeing rapidly changing attitudes on the subject of climate change. According to a December 2018 study by Yale University and George Mason University, 72 percent of Americans say that global warming is "personally important" to them. This is an increase of 9 percentage points from March of 2018. Over the same time frames 8 percent more Americans have become "very worried" about climate change.  Anthony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication and one of the survey’s co-investigators told Verge, "We’ve never seen a shift like that before."

Thursday, February 14, 2019

A Valentines Day Love Letter: Gratitude for the Planet that Sustains Us

Valentines day is an opportunity to express love to people we care about. There may be no better expression of love than to strive to protect the conditions necessary for life on this planet.

While we need to come to terms with the obstacles we face we must also muster hope that we can do better.  The crisis we face today is a crisis of love. Love for each other and love for the Earth upon which we all depend.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Webinar - Building an Impact Economy: The Role of Philanthropy

This live webinar will take place on Thursday, February 14, 2019 from 12:00 PM to 1:15 PM (EST). This live webinar will include a question and answer period. This is part of Impact Entrepreneur's Building an Impact Economy Webinar Series. It features presentations, conversations and panel discussions with the leading individuals and organizations in impact investing and entrepreneurship.

Monday, February 11, 2019

B Lab is Reforming Capitalism with Benefit Corporation Governance

B Lab is a non-profit that sees business as a force for good. They oversee both Benefit Corps and B Corps. They have a vision of an inclusive and sustainable economy that creates shared value for all. They seek to replace the maximization of profit and shareholder primacy with the maximization of benefit for all people and the planet. This is a business model designed to serve the public good through legal structures, performance standards and transparency. This humanity focused approach considers the impact of their decisions on all stakeholders  including shareholders, workers, customers, suppliers, communities and the environment.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Event - Impact Capitalism Summit (ICS 2019)

Big Path Capital's 15th Impact Capitalism Summit (ICS) will take place on April 23 & 24, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. ICS is one of the longest-running series of convenings for investors focused on maximizing impact and maximizing return. Impact Capitalism Summits offer a curated, thought-provoking, and actionable agenda designed to facilitate peer-to-peer learning and encourage collaboration in a unique environment that captures the imagination and inspires participation.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Video - Reforming Capitalism with Social Businesses (Mohammed Yunus)

Nobel Peace Prize winner and the father of microfinance Mohammed Yunus says capitalism is broken. He says wealth inequality is a ticking time bomb and he points to staggering wealth inequality including the fact that 8 people in the world have more wealth than the bottom 50 percent. This concentration of wealth is described by Yunus as a disease and it is making capitalism sick.

Friday, February 8, 2019

The House of Representatives Welcomes the Return of Science

The blue wave that flipped the House of Representatives gives us reason to hope that science may once again be used to help legislators perform their constitutional duties. While the House was under Republican control science did not inform legislation nor was it part of government oversight. This all changed with the new slate of Democrats who were sworn into the 116th Congress.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

IKEA's Journey from Laggard to Environmental Leader

Few companies chew up resources and generate more waste than the IKEA Group. However, the world's largest furniture retailer has made tremendous strides that have enabled the global brand to emerge as a leading sustainability-focused company.

Apple may have an enormous customer base, but it is dwarfed by the IKEA. With approximately one billion people served the Dutch company of Swedish origin has almost almost twice as many customers as the tech giant.

IKEA recently pledged to make all of the 12,000 products they sell from renewable and recyclable materials by 2030. They have also adopted science-based emission reduction targets pledging to derive all of their energy from renewable sources within a year.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Top Three Climate Protest Countries and Government Climate Policies

There is a growing climate protest movement taking shape in the many parts of the world but there are three countries where activism is especially intense. Not surprisingly these countries are all ruled by Conservative political parties.

The UK is third on our list of the top three climate protest countries in the world. However, they have the most progressive climate policy of the three nations listed here. Nonetheless, the Extinction Rebellion (aka XR) is a new protest movement that has revitalized climate activism in the UK. XR wants the British parliament to declare a "Climate Emergency" and communicate the scope of the crisis with the public. They are also demanding the government adopt policies capable of reaching zero emissions by 2025.

Monday, February 4, 2019

How Apple Transitioned from Corporate Luddite to Environmental Leader

Companies are showing that change is both possible and profitable. As we stare down the barrel of a dark future companies are acknowledging the emergence of a new reality that forces them to change the way they do business. Embracing sustainability makes sense even for those who were slow off the mark. Apple proves that it is possible to transition from a climate Luddite to a climate leader.

Leading corporations are helping to show the way forward and no company has come further in recent years than Apple. The tech leader has not always been an environmental leader. That changed when Tim Cook was named CEO in 2011. He then had the good sense to hire former EPA administrator Lisa Jackson to be the VP of Environment, Policy, and Social Initiatives. Since then the company has significantly improved their sustainability performance while ameliorating working conditions and transparency.

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Event - Sustainability in the City and Beyond Conference

Sustainability in the City and Beyond Conference will take place March 19 - 21, 2019 at Concordia University, 7141 Sherbrooke W. Room 110 & 120, (Loyola Jesuit Hall and Conference Centre, Loyola Campus), Montreal.

The annual Sustainability Across Disciplines conference is a presentation of Loyola College for Diversity and Sustainability and the Loyola Sustainability Research Centre.

Live Webinar: The 3 Keys to Making a Huge Eco-Impact in Your Community, Fast!

This free and highly accessible live webinar will take place on February 7, 2019, at either 10 am MST or 7 pm MST. It will explore three ways you can make an eco-impact in your community. If we are to make the necessary changes grassroots action in all our communities is absolutely essential and this free webinar is a great start for everybody regardless of your level of experience.

Friday, February 1, 2019

Sustainability Pioneers that have Earned a Place in History

Sustainability leaders have earned respectability over the years. Now that sustainability is becoming a mainstream phenomenon, they are gradually being recognized for their contributions. Many of the sustainability pioneers will be venerated by future generations. The word is derived from peonier, an Old French word for foot soldier. These pioneering men and women have broken ground, laid the foundation and cut a path that others can follow. A few names stand out for their audacity and the scope of their visions.

The search firm Weinreb Group polled 100 sustainability experts to create a list of six leading sustainability pioneers. These people are named in a report called Pioneers of Sustainability. They are evenly divided between thought leaders (first three) and chief executive officers (second three).

Climate Leader Greta Thunberg GMO's Person of the Year

Greta Thunberg stands out for her climate leadership. She is not a captain of industry or a sustainability pioneer, nor is she a politician or the head of an NGO.  Nonetheless, she has emerged as a giant in climate activism.

This 16 year old Swedish teenager is a descendant of Svante Arrhenius, the Nobel-prize-winning scientist who first calculated the greenhouse effect 122 years ago.

Greta's story is a heartbreaking yet hopeful tale of hardship and overcoming adversity. After learning about the climate crisis she fell into a depression, she stopped talking and she went on a hunger strike. Then she decided that she needed to do more to try to augur change. But what could a 15 year old girl do?  She decided to stage weekly sit-ins outside the Swedish Parliament.  At first she did so alone and now hundreds of thousands of kids have joined her in school strikes that are taking place all around the world.  "It proves you are never too small to make a difference," Greta told Mother Jones.