Sunday, May 31, 2020

Online Event - Unlocking Human Potential for Biodiversity Virtual Conference

This virtual event will take place on June 5, 2020 from 9 a.m. to noon as part of World Environment Day (WED). Montréal is the North American host city for WED. This event is being organized by Space for Life and the Secretariat of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity.  It imagines the future of our planet, our cities, and our spaces as well as the cohabitation between species on Earth, humans included.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

The Deadly Implications of Trump's Cuts to Environmental Protections

President Donald Trump's cuts to environmental protections are even more deadly in the era of COVID-19. The United States has reached the grim milestone of 100,000 coronavirus deaths, that is more than 33 times the number of people that died in 9/11 and more than the number of US troops killed in the Korean and Vietnam wars combined.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Online Event - Electrifying the Economy: Reducing Carbon While Creating Jobs

This online event will take place on Thursday May 28, 2020, 1 PM – 2 PM. The climate change debate is often dominated by doom and gloom headlines. The idea of electrifying our economy offers a positive vision of the future. Widespread electrification of energy, industry and transportation could create huge numbers of new jobs and dramatically reduce climate changing emissions.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

The Coronavirus has Improved the Way We Work

The coronavirus is a turning point that has changed the way we work. Remote working was already trending before the pandemic hit. However, the number of people working from home increased from 3.6 percent to 66 percent during the pandemic. The work from home trend has been facilitated by the proliferation of technologies related to telecommuting and videoconferencing.

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Virtual Conference - Advances in Electric Drives, Process Control and Automation (VCADPCA2020)

This virtual global scientific forum will take place online on June 9, 2020. VCADPCA2020 is a platform for researchers, academicians as well as professionals from all over the world to present, discuss and promote advances in knowledge, research and practice in the field of electric drives, process control, automation and energy engineering (for a full summary of the areas of interest see the list below). This conference is focused on delivering and analyzing industrial and academic advancements.

Friday, May 22, 2020

COVID-19 can be a Paradigm Changing Social Tipping Point for Climate Action

The coronavirus may facilitate fundamental changes that help us to combat climate change. This pandemic has captured global attention and there is reason to believe that it may augur an unprecedented shift in our attitudes and behaviors.  At the very least it sets the stage for a reorganization of our lives and our behaviors.  If these changes are sufficiently widespread they would give us a good chance of keeping temperatures from surpassing upper threshold limits that represent an existential threat to life on Earth.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Republicans Controlled by the Fossil Fuel Industry are Killing Climate Action

Despite a plethora of scientific warnings and the overwhelming economic logic of climate action, the alliance between Republicans and the fossil fuel industry is keeping climate denial and dirty energy alive. Republicans have systematically undermined democracy through protracted campaigns of disinformation that distort the facts and muddies public confidence in science so that they can manipulate the American public, hold on to power and line their pockets.

Monday, May 18, 2020

Energy Job Losses in the US Due to COVID-19

COVID-19 has caused massive energy job losses. Some sectors have been hit harder than others and while many energy jobs will return others may not. Our economies will be decimated by the coronavirus and millions of jobs have disappeared forever, however, there is an upside to this deadly pandemic that bodes well for employment opportunities in some sectors over the long term.

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Webinar - A Vision for NSF Earth Sciences 2020-2030: Earth in Time

A free report release webinar titled "Vision for NSF Earth Sciences 2020-2030: Earth in Time," will take place on Tuesday, May 19th from 2-3pm EDT.  It will explore the contents of the NSF Earth Sciences report which identifies priority research questions as well as the initiatives and partnerships required to answer them. It will also provide recommendations to plan and support research over the next decade.

Friday, May 15, 2020

Trump Guts ESA as Part of his Ongoing War with Nature

The Trump administration is behind a steady barrage of environmental insults but the assaults on the Endangered Species Act (ESA) are among the most heinous.  While this administration has amassed a track record of harming wildlife, the weakening of the ESA is the crowning achievement of their war on nature. This move is all the more egregious in light of a recent UN Biodiversity report which indicates that one million species are on the brink of extinction around the world.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

How Supply Chain Resilience Mitigates Against Risks from Pandemics and Climate Change

Whether as a defense against global pandemics or as part of a wider climate strategy companies are exploring ways of improving their supply chain resilience. Now more than ever companies need to increase their efforts to build more resilience into their supply chains so that they can quickly respond to changing demands and disruptions. The COVID-19 pandemic has drawn attention to supply chain vulnerabilities and this article reviews many of the lessons that have been learned as well as their implications for climate mitigation and adaptation efforts. 

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

How the Coronavirus Helps Renewable Energy and Hurts Fossil Fuels

Covid-19 is helping to drive a seismic shift in energy that will accelerate the rise of renewable energy and expedite the demise of dirty energy.  Replacing fossil fuels with clean energy is an absolutely essential part of keeping temperatures within acceptable limits. A report commissioned by the Guardian found that replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy could curb the rise in global temperatures and reduce CO2 emissions as much as 70 percent by 2050. Although it may be hard to see from where we are today, there is a hopeful upside to this deadly virus. There is little doubt that things will get far worse before they get better, however, the forthcoming economic collapse may prove to be the catalyst that forces us to alter our perilous trajectory.

Monday, May 11, 2020

Online Event - Collective Resilience Summit

The Collective Resilience Summit will take place May 12 - 17, 2020. This free, online and highly interactive summit will explore how to develop and sustain the individual and collective resilience we need to meet our increasingly complex global challenges with wisdom, skill and compassion. This entails a deep exploration of what it means to be human and how we can heal and repair our relationship with the earth, our fellow species and each other so that we can learn to thrive together as one human community in the face of adversity. Learn from more than 40 experts including leading neuroscientists.

Online Event - USA Virtual Impact Capitalism Summit: American Resilience and Recovery

Big Path Capital presents the USA Virtual Impact Capitalism Summit which will take place on June 2, 2020 from 10:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT.  This free virtual summit will shine the spotlight on American resilience and recovery. At the Summit, US leaders in impact will discuss and chart impact investing’s new role in the age of COVID-19. Participants will gain insight from a variety of perspectives including the impact ecosystem, LPs, institutional investors and the family office. They will see what impact in action looks like and learn about how foundations and endowments are responding to COVID-19. They will also take a look at the U.S. government's financial response to the pandemic.

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Online Event - Global Summit of Conscious Leadership

The Global Summit of Conscious Leadership will take place on June 5th Live online. This live conference will be a catalyst for transformation that moves us toward a paradigm shift. It is time to do things differently by elevating the level of consciousness of our leadership and our organizations to capture the hearts and minds of our people and our clients.

Saturday, May 9, 2020

World Environment Day and Covid-19: Making Time for Nature

World Environment Day (WED) takes place on June 5, 2020 and the theme this year is "Time for Nature". The biodiversity focus of this year's WED calls us reimagine our relationship with nature. This includes all the ways we rely on nature for our very survival (ie the foods we eat, the air we breathe, and the water we drink). Although public health protocols mean that this year's WED activities will take place online, we can still remain socially connected despite the physical distance. The coronavirus pandemic is an urgent call to appreciate all the ways that we are dependent on nature and to combat species loss and environmental degradation. We are called to remember that we are polluting the planet and destroying habitats upon which we all depend.

Friday, May 8, 2020

Canadian Provincial Governments Use Covid-19 to Give Polluters a Pass

At least two Canadian provinces have suspended environmental regulations in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak. Both Alberta and Ontario are at war with climate action. These provinces oppose a national carbon tax, despite strong evidence that demonstrates the utility of carbon pricing. Now it would appear that these two provincial governments are taking advantage of the coronavirus pandemic to further erode environmental protections.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Cities, Academia and Investors Divesting from Fossil Fuels

The fossil fuel divestment movement has come a long way and this increasingly includes mainstream institutions. Banks, insurance companies and investors are all making the case that fossil fuels are dying.  Now we are seeing another wave of divestment from municipal governments and academic institution that make it even harder to ignore the impending demise of fossil fuels. The city of New York is divesting roughly $5 billion in city workers’ pension funds from fossil fuel companies. Recently lawmakers that city introduced a resolution that formally demands that the banks, asset managers and insurance giants with which the city government does business divest from oil, gas and coal. This move comes at a time when the oil crash of 2020 is provoking a record number of bankruptcies in the fossil fuel sectors and Banks like JPMorgan Chase, are preparing to seize their assets.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Support for a Green Deal Increasing in the Wake of Covid-19

Global support for climate action has increased in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak. In a global poll almost three quarters of respondents indicated that they think climate change is as serious as the coronavirus.  In response to the economic collapse we are also seeing increasing interest in a targeted stimulus package that would promote a green recovery. The global poll suggests that almost two thirds of respondents support a green economic recovery.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Online Event - The Recovery Series, The Missing Link: Pollution, Health & COVID-19

The Recovery Series, The Missing Link: Pollution, Health & COVID-19 will take place on Thursday, May 7th, 2020, from 12:00 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. (EDT). In the Recovery Series tries to make sense of the COVID-19 crisis from an environmental perspective. Each week, they dig into the most pressing questions on current environmental issues.

Online Event - Reevaluating Philanthropy and Impact Investing

Reevaluating Philanthropy and Impact Investing is an online event that will take place on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 from 12:00 PM to 1:15 PM (EDT). This Live Webinar and Q&A is accessible from any web-enabled computer or mobile device. Like most aspects of society, impact investing and philanthropy have been profoundly unsettled by the coronavirus pandemic, requiring urgent responses and reevaluations of missions and priorities.

Monday, May 4, 2020

Polling Trends: A Growing Number of Americans Support Climate Action

According to recent U.S. polling there is a trend towards increased concern about climate change and evidence to suggest growing public support for environmental protections. Here is a summary of the results of 15 polls conducted in the last five years that survey American attitudes on climate change and the environment.  A 2018 poll by ecoAmerica and Lake Research Partners’ indicates that 88 percent of Americans believe we have a moral responsibility to create a safe and healthy climate for ourselves and our children.

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Online Event - Virtual Impact Capitalism Summit: Smarter Money: Endowments, Foundations & Faith-Based Organizations

Virtual Impact Capitalism Summit Smarter Money Focusing on Endowments, Foundations, and Faith-Based Organizations will take place on June 9th, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT Impact Capitalism Smarter Money. At the Summit, world leaders in impact will discuss and chart impact investing’s new role in the age of COVID-19. We hope you are able to join the conversation. ICS is the longest-running series of convenings for investors focused on maximizing impact and maximizing return. All summits produced by Big Path Capital are curated and attendees must apply to attend. Big Path Capital works with more impact companies and funds exclusively than any other investment bank.

Webinar - Certified Impact Analyst Training

On May 4 and 5, 2020 there will be three free webinars that offer impact analyst training.  These certification webinars have been designed by industry experts. Learn about the current impact measurement space and takeaway key frameworks.  Participants will learn how to understand and correctly assess businesses impact on the planet & society. The tangible skills acquired can be used in most fields of work.

Flexible deadlines can conform to any busy schedule. Registrants will have access to a replay of the full webinar and they will also get a copy of the slides shared during the webinar. The only requirement is being passionate about sustainability.

Saturday, May 2, 2020

The Revolutionary Upside of Covid-19

The coronavirus is a murderous plague that augurs economic ruin, yet this tragedy has also given birth to a host of long sought after environmental benefits. Public health restrictions have turned the tide in a number of critical ways. After decades of troubling data, some key environmental indices are showing signs of improvement. Covid-19 has reduced pollution, saved lives and changed our worldviews.

Less carbon emissions

The shutdown associated with Covid-19 is reducing demand for oil and gas. Fossil fuels are the primary source of climate change causing greenhouse gas emissions and airborne particulate matter so any reduction in the burning of hydrocarbons benefits the planet. Restrictions on industry, air travel and vehicular traffic have pushed nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions to a 70 year low. Compared to the same period in 2019 we have seen a 25 percent decline in CO2. In China, Europe and the US carbon emissions are expected to decline by at least 5 percent this year. That is five times the rate of decline we saw in the great recession of 2009.