Monday, July 6, 2020

Trump's Support is Collapsing Because He Is on the Wrong Side of History

Trump is swimming against the tide of history and he is hemorrhaging support. The polls indicate that Trump is on the wrong side of almost all of the key issues of the day. The combination of racism, mismanagement of the coronavirus pandemic, environmental rollbacks, tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans and overt corruption are causing this presidency to implode.

Trump has removed those with expertise from all levels of government. In their place he has given foxes the run of the hen house hiring fossil fuel industry advocates rather than qualified individuals. He has fought with allies like the leaders of Canada and New Zealand while praising the dictators in Russia, North Korea and Brazil. Why collapsing

Support for systemic racism

As reflected by the protests across the U.S. it would appear that the systemic racism in Trump's America is being challenged by a vast swath of Americans. This is a president who has told his supporters to beat up protesters and called neo-Nazis and white supremacists "good people". In his fourth of July speech Trump denounced protestors while supporting monuments to Confederates who fought to defend their right to own slaves. Trump is trying to brand himself as the "law and order" president. However, drawing on Richard Nixon's political tactic from 1970 may not be the most effective strategy in 2020. America is far less racist than it was in 1970, but Republicans are collectively making a mockery of the constitution. According to a June Washington Post-Schar School poll, 74 percent Of Americans support the protests, and a majority disapprove of Trump’s handling. Trump's anti-immigration position is also at odds with American voters. A recent Gallup poll found that for the first time, Americans want more immigration than less.

Abject failure to manage the pandemic

Trump has systematically opposed science and this contempt has been shown to undermine the national interest. Trump's disdain for truth has been challenged by COVID-19 which has spurred renewed interest in facts. Trump's failure to contain Covid-19 is adding to his political woes. He gutted the nation’s preparations to deal with pandemics like the coronavirus. Trump shut down the entire Global Health Security and Bio-defense agency and he fired Homeland Security Advisor Tom Bossart, whose job was to coordinate a response to global pandemics. As the virus hit Trump proposed a 19 percent cut to the budget of the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, a 10 percent cut to Public Health Services and a 7 percent cut to Global Health Services. Trump also directed the CDC to stop funding epidemic prevention activities in 39 out of 49 countries including China. He then ignored repeated warnings about COVID-19 and denied its existence calling it a hoax. When he could no longer deny the pandemic he slow-walked testing and encouraged opening the economy without the proper safeguards. Trump is trying to wish the coronavirus away repeatedly saying the situation is under control even though the American public knows the rates of infection are skyrocketing.

Environmental rollbacks

Trump's eradication of environmental protections have contributed to his abject failure to manage the coronavirus pandemic. Trump's gutting of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) is a reflection of an administration at war on wildlife. Trump and Republican's support for the fossil fuel industry further undermine the health of Americans and biodiversity. As reported by Outside Online, "Trump has led the most anti-nature presidency in U.S. history". That is the conclusion of an analysis published on May 21 by the Center for American Progress (CAP). The CAP analysis of the Trump presidency indicates that the total area of public lands that have already lost protections or which his administration is working to reduce protections for, amounts to almost 35 million acres. "President Trump is the only president in U.S. history to have removed more public lands than he protected," reads the analysis.

To add insult to injury, Trump is using the pandemic to help polluters. A recent executive order allows polluting projects like power plants and pipelines to forego proper environmental reviews under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Endangered Species Act and Clean Water Act. In April Trump formally began to repeal the Clean Water Rule, that same month the EPA began allowing polluters to use COVID-19 as an excuse to stop monitoring and reporting on their pollution. In May Trump rolled back fuel efficiency standards known as "clean car standards". In June, EPA finalized a rule that will gut critical elements of the Clean Water Act and make it much more difficult for Indigenous groups, states, and the public to fight back against polluting projects like pipelines. At the same time the U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue ordered the U.S. Forest Service to expedite environmental reviews which will increase logging and oil development on public lands. Also in June the Trump administration moved forward with its plans to remove wild bird protections thereby imperiling the lives of billions of birds. Finally, EPA chief Andrew Wheeler proposed weaker guidelines for industry under the Clean Air Act

While he dismantles environmental protections, Trump continues to hire people with agendas that are at odds with the mandates of the agencies and departments they are supposed to represent. Most recently Trump announced he will formally nominate William Perry Pendley to serve as director of the Bureau of Land Management. Pendley has extreme anti-environmental views and a long history of advocating the sale of federal lands.

Tax cuts, corruption, lies and immorality

Trumps only legislative accomplishment is a tax cut for the wealthiest Americans. In their book, The Triumph of Injustice, the University of California at Berkeley economists Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman indicate these tax cuts pushed down the rate of taxation for the wealthiest Americans below the lower 50 percent of US earners. This means that rich people now pay less tax than poorer Americans.

A nonpartisan congressional body found that 81.8 percent of benefits from the Republican tax provision in the coronavirus relief package go to the nation's millionaires and billionaires and cost taxpayers an estimated $90 billion this year alone.

The corruption of Trump and the GOP is a matter of public record. The Trump administration and their supporters have amassed a slew of criminal indictments and convictions. This includes 37 criminal indictments, 7 criminal convictions, and 6 prison sentences. Obama and his administration had none.

As a businessman Trump is a sham. This is a man who ran a fraudulent University, defrauded his own charity, made a business practice of stiffing his creditors. He is a con man, who has left a trail of bankruptcies in his wake. He has bragged about sexually abusing women and he mocks the disabled. He has called Latinos murderers and rapists and he handed out paper towels to people in dire need in Puerto-Rico after Hurricane Maria. This is a man who separated families fleeing violence and put children in cages.

Trump tried to stop books about him from being published, just as he his trying to conceal his taxes and his grades. The reason that Trump has lied more than 20,000 times since becoming president is because the truth is damning. The facts reveal his profound ineptitude and moral turpitude.

A growing number of Republicans feel it is safe to oppose Trump

The president is focused like a laser on his base hoping that they will turn out in droves to support him in November. However, there are signs that this support is slipping too. Republican voters and lawmakers have been increasingly disagreeing with Trump. At his most recent rally in Tulsa there was a very disappointing turnout. For years Trump has had the Republican party under his thumb. However, voters are growing tired of his incompetence and lawmakers see his weakness and fear for their political futures.

This waning support is apparent in several ways. Despite Trump's refusal to tell Americans to wear a mask, Republican lawmakers are calling on Americans to do so. This includes one of Trump's most stalwart supporters Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. During a press conference announcing a package of police reforms, every Republican senator wore a mask

Recently three candidates endorsed by Trump lost their bid to seek the Republican nomination for their states. Rep. Scott Tipton in Colorado was defeated by his far-right challenger, in North Carolina Lynda Bennett was defeated by a political newcomer and in Virginia Rep. Denver Riggleman also lost. This suggests that Trump is out of touch even with his own constituents.

Republican enthusiasm is down by five points since March according to polls from Fox News and Marist College. Republican senators and House members are likely to pass a popular bill that would rename military bases currently named for Confederate soldiers even though Trump has promised to veto the bill. The bill will likely pass with a veto-proof majority. A Fox poll further confounds the president's reelection hopes. Democratic voters fear Trump much more than Republican voters fear Biden. Trump will need every vote he can get to have a chance of winning in November and at this point the president's prospects for a second term are not looking very good. Trump still has the support of Republican voters but that support is slipping too. Last week, a Hill-Harris X poll found he had an 82 percent approval rating among Republicans, down from 91 percent in May.

The courts, former employees, the military and veterans are turning against Trump

Despite appointing a record number of conservative judges, the courts have turned against Trump. Those who have worked with him are among his most vocal critics. This list includes everybody from John Bolten, his former National Security Advisor to his secretaries of defense. Trump’s effort to use the military to respond to nationwide protests has caused his current and former secretaries of Defense to publicly denounce the now infamous action in Lafayette park. Current Defense Secretary Mark Esper said he opposed using active-duty troops against protesters seeking justice after the death of George Floyd at the hands of police. Former Defense Secretary James N. Mattis accused the president of ordering the military to "violate the constitutional rights of their fellow citizens."

Trump has also lost the support of some veterans. Most recently a veterans group called Trump a "traitor" over his failure to respond to Russian bounties on U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan. "Putin owns Donald Trump," the organization wrote on Twitter, along with the #TRE45SON hashtag. The group also released a new video in which they said, "If you’re going to act like a traitor, you don’t get to thank us for our service."

Collapsing support

Trump has lost the support of women, and his support from Latinos, and Blacks has declined even further. As reviewed in an Atlantic article, even white voters are abandoning this president. Trump promised national pride and now a bit more than three years into his presidency polls reveal that national pride is at an all time low. Only 20 percent of Americans said they are satisfied with the way things are going.

In an interview on MSNBC, Steve Schmidt, who ran John McCain's 2008 campaign for president, reviewed the Trump presidency saying:
"Donald Trump has been the worst president this country has ever had. And I don't say that hyperbolically. He is. But he is a consequential president. And he has brought this country in three short years to a place of weakness that is simply unimaginable....When you listen to the President, these are the musings of an imbecile. An idiot. And I don't use those words to name call. I use them because they are the precise words of the English language to describe his behavior. His comportment. His actions. We've never seen a level of incompetence, a level of ineptitude so staggering on a daily basis by anybody in the history of the country whose ever been charged with substantial responsibilities...[T]he man who said he would make the country great again [has] brought death, suffering, and economic collapse on truly an epic scale. And let's be clear. This isn't happening in every country around the world. This place. Our place. Our home. Our country. The United States. We are the epicenter. We are the place where you're the most likely to die from this disease. We're the ones with the most shattered economy. And we are because of the fool that sits in the Oval Office behind the Resolute Desk."
More recently Schmidt said Trump's failure to respond to Russia paying bounties for American troops in Afghanistan "is the greatest dereliction of duty in the history of the United States by anybody charged with responsibility".

Trump and the GOP depend on disinformation to control the narrative, however, there is reason to believe that their efforts to game the system are faltering. Renewed interest in facts and science do not bode well for this president's bid for a second term.Trump's support is waning as it is becoming more and more obvious that this is a president who puts his own political and financial well-being ahead of the national interest. This constellation of factors suggest that Trump's presidency will come to an end in November.

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Webinar - The Post-Covid Sustainability Agenda: Revolution, Retreat or Return to Normal?

The Economist presents a Sustainability Week Insight Hour webinar titled "The post-covid sustainability agenda: revolution, retreat or return to normal?" will take place on July 7th 2020, 6am PST | 2pm BST | 3pm CET | 9am EDT. This webinar features a conversation with Axel Weber, Chairman, UBS Group.

Friday, July 3, 2020

Rascism, Hate and Police Brutality are Alive and Well in Canada

Canadians often see the systemic racism of their southern neighbors as a uniquely American phenomenon. However, the evidence suggests that racism and is alive and well in Canada. There are hundreds of hate groups in Canada and Canadians are involved thousands online channels that espouse rascism, misogyny and other extreme right-wing views.. Canada is a bastions of the white supremacy movement. As reported by the Canadian Anti-Hate Network there are over 300 active right-wing extremist groups in Canada.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Canada's Climate Action in the Era of COVID-19

Canada's federal Liberal government has put forth the most progressive climate action plans the country has ever seen, but they also support fossil fuels. The federal government has bought the Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline which was designed to ferry tar sands bitumen some of the dirtiest, most carbon intensive energy in the world.  Tar sands oil is not only a major contributor to climate change it is also a threat to biodiversity. Such policy dualism can best be described as an oxymoron.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

The Courts have Stymied the Trump Administration's Agenda

Private organizations and state governments have successfully leveraged the courts to check the Trump administration's anti-environment, pro-fossil fuel agenda. Many environmental groups and state attorney Generals are suing the Trump administration over environmental rollbacks. The New York state attorney general has launched 17 lawsuits against the Trump administration's agenda, and Washington state’s attorney general has launched 19 similar lawsuits, California leads the pack having sued Trump more than 50 times.

Monday, June 29, 2020

More Record Breaking Heat (January - May 2020)

Month after month, year after year temperature records keep being broken. Last July was the hottest month ever recorded and 2019 was the second hottest year on record. The five last years have been the hottest on record, as was the decade from 2010-2019. The five warmest decades on record have all occurred in the last 50 years and each successive decade was warmer than any preceding decade. We have seen 425 consecutive months of above average surface temperature and 43 consecutive years with above average global land and ocean temperatures. Since the 1970s global temperatures have risen an average of 0.2 °C per decade due mostly to carbon dioxide (CO2) from the burning fossil fuels. Atmospheric concentrations of CO2 are now at their highest level in at least 800,000 years.

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Event - Sustainability Virtual Summits: Smart ICT

This free on-demand series is the first virtual conference an tradeshow to present a case for a future-oriented ICT industry, to respond quickly to the challenge of sustainability. This series summarizes the cutting-edge information and best practices that you need to support you in your sustainability journey.

Thursday, June 25, 2020

The End is Nigh for Trump and the GOP

With a bit more than four months until election day President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers appear to be on the wrong side of many of the major issues of the day. According to a recent New York Times and Siena College poll Democratic challenger Joe Biden leads the incumbent by 14 points. Only a bit more than a third of Americans say they will vote for Trump. Biden's commanding lead is not just in coastal cities, it extends to 6 key battleground states. The most concerning poll for GOP is the generic ballot which as of the end of June shows Democrats as being 9 points ahead of Republicans (49 percent favor a Democrat controlled Congress versus 40 percent who favor a Congress under Republican control).

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

The Power of Protest: A Summary of the Achievements of the BLM Movement

In recent weeks we have seen how mass protest produces results. In response to the murder of George Floyd at the hands of police we have seen wave after wave of protest.  This mostly peaceful assembly has prompted concrete actions aimed at arresting police violence and racial injustice. Floyd's murder by former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was the catalyst. His murder was the most recent in a seemingly endless succession of African Americans killed by police. Chauvin murdered Floyd by kneeling on his neck for more than eight minutes. "I can't breathe" said Floyd, crying out for his mother before he died. Floyd's experience is not unique, others face the same kinds of deadly abuse by police and not just in America. "Je ne peux pas respirer" ("I can't breathe") were also the last words of Adama Traoré, a 24-year-old black man who was killed four years ago by French police in Paris.

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Livestream - USMCA and the Environment / Clean Technologies for Resilient Communities

Their will be a live streaming of a virtual meeting between the environment ministers of Canada, Mexico and the United States on June 26, 2020. This live event will also include leading environmental experts to discuss the future of regional environmental collaboration and the important role of clean technology in making our communities more resilient. This event is organized by The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) and it is open to the public.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

COVID-19 Inspires Renewed Interest in Facts and Science

In the era of COVID-19 people want facts and this is driving a shift towards a renewed interest in science and away from partisan sources of information. For a time disinformation succeeded in hijacking the popular narrative. Led by organizations like Fox, some media outlets declared war on reality.The use of targeted disinformation on social media succeeded in gaming the system.

Monday, June 15, 2020

Celebrating the Achievements of Wind Power on Global Wind Day

June 15th is Global Wind Day, an opportunity to explore the power of wind energy to help reshape our energy systems, decarbonise our economies and boost jobs and growth. Wind is key to our energy mix because it reduces fossil fuel use which combats climate change and contributes to cleaner air.

There is now more than 591GW of wind power capacity installed globally in 91 countries, with continued growth predicted.

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Webinar: The Coronavirus and the Future of Air Travel

A webinar titled The Future of Air Travel will take place on June 23, 2020, from 5:00pm to 6:00pm. Panelists will discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the airline industry and if it is possible to view this as an opportunity for reinventing air travel.
Could the pandemic present an opportunity to think innovatively to address the immediate crisis facing the industry and accelerate the switch to newer and greener technology? Following the outbreak of the coronavirus, airlines have been forced to cut jobs in the face of a steep decline in passenger demand and companies have had to halt the production and delivery of orders.

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Electric Planes are the Future of Aviation

Six years ago a sun-powered emissions free aircraft called Solar Impulse, captivated our imagination by crossing the Pacific Ocean. That same year Airbus Group and its partners, unveiled the electric E-Fan training aircraft. However, it would take another five years for a test flight of an electric commercial carrier. In 2019, Canadian company Harbour Air and electric motor startup Magnix made history with their all electric converted 6 passenger de Havilland DHC-2 beaver seaplane. Recently MagniX conducted a successful test flight of a larger plane in Washington state.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Will We Learn from COVID-19 or Will We Go Back to Business-as-Usual?

It does appear as though we have learned a few things from this modern day plague. Although it is not yet known whether this deadly virus will be the catalyst that helps us to alter our perilous trajectory, there is reason to believe that we will see lasting change. This virus has killed more than 400,000 people, but it has also augured a range of positive environmental benefits.

Many are cautiously optimistic that at least some of the benefits will outlast the pandemic. As explained in a Yale360 article, those changes that are likely to stick are those that were already underway before the outbreak. This is the view of Amy Myers Jaffe, director of the Program on Energy Security and Climate Change at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Largest Ever Arctic Oil Spill and Climate Feedback Loops

The largest ever Arctic oil spill has drawn attention to warming related feedback loops. The recent Siberian oil spill was caused by thawing permafrost which caused ground subsidence under a storage tank.  This is a pervasive problem in Russia as 65 percent of the country is covered by permafrost. Fires and melting sea ice are two additional feedback loops that exacerbate Arctic warming.

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Webinar - Impact of COVID-19 on the Renewable Energy Sector (IRENA Youth Talk)

This webinar will take place on June 8, 2020 from 11.00 AM to 1:30 PM EST.  Following the first IRENA Youth Forum held on 10 January 2020 at the margins of the Agency’s tenth Assembly, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is launching IRENA Youth Talk — a series of webinars aimed at strengthening the Agency’s engagement with the youth, amplifying their voice and actions in supporting renewables, achieving climate stability, and advancing the sustainable development agenda. Through this webinar series, young people from around the world will have the opportunity to exchange ideas amongst themselves and other stakeholders.

Friday, June 5, 2020

World Environment Day Activities and Events

Happy World Environment Day! Today is the big day and there is a packed agenda spread across multiple time zones and languages. Today we will be celebrating with more than 150 virtual events including live concerts, speakers like Jane Goodall, film screenings, virtual journeys, expert panels. and so much more. Some additional highlights include the Global Landscape Forum (GLF) Bonn Digital Conference (see details below) and Unlocking Human Potential for Biodiversity Online Event.

The host country for this year's World Environment Day is Columbia Events featuring experts on biodiversity issues from across the globe. Here is a quick look at the agenda (all times local to Bogota¡ which is GMT-5) To convert to your local time click here. 09:00 AM - 4:00 PM Content focusing on conservation of the Amazon, sustainable use of biodiversity, green business and the COVID-19 pandemic, the close relation between cities and environment, climate change, the circular economy and more.

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Decarbonization Through Electrification Creates Jobs

There is a positive vision emerging of decarbonization through electrification. This would not only substantially reduce climate change causing greenhouse gas emissions, it would buoy the economy and provide jobs.

This pandemic can be a turning point. The coronavirus has already augured a 4-7 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions along with other environmental benefits. Although COVID-19 has decimated the energy sector it will disproportionately enfeeble the fossil fuel industry and embolden renewable energy. The pandemic has already changed the way we work and green stimulus spending could revolutionize our economies.

Monday, June 1, 2020

Systemic Racism and Environmental Injustice in Trump's America

People in cities across the U.S. are taking to the streets to decry systemic injustice. Racial inequality is one of the most pernicious and enduring forms of injustice in the United States and the callous insensitivity of the GOP and the ruling administration leads many to believe that protest is the only way to make their voices heard. The evidence indicates that overt racism has worsened under this president as have other less obvious forms of racial injustice.

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.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

The Forthcoming Economic Collapse Could Save Us From Ourselves

We are headed for a paradigm changing economic collapse.  COVID-19 is exacting a massive toll on human life and it will devastate our economies, but this tragic turn of events may also augur hope. It may very well prove to be the catalyst that helps us to avert even bigger crises.

Wildlife Conservation Society's Joe Walston explained it this way: "It actually, sadly, takes people to die on people's doorsteps, for people to die in people's families, for that wake-up call to happen, which is always inevitably later than it should be. But I believe that the world is realizing now that these are environmental problems, that they are going to happen again unless we take action."

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

COVID-19 is Driving Down Emissions and Buoying Hope for Climate Action

The coronavirus will result in one of the largest declines in greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) in history.  This is the biggest emission reduction in more than seventy years.  In a mere matter of weeks COVID-19 has done what we have been trying to do for decades. This modern day plague has also dealt a significant blow to the fossil fuel industry and thousands of extraction and production companies are expected to become insolvent due to the oil crash of 2020. Any decrement in fossil fuel infrastructure increases the likelihood that we can keep temperatures below critical thresholds.

Monday, April 27, 2020

The Oil Crash of 2020 Could Bankrupt Thousands of Fossil Fuel Companies

The oil crash of 2020 is driving down prices and contributing to the demise of the fossil fuel industry. This will drive hundreds and perhaps even thousands of companies into bankruptcy as part of a cascade of industry failures. In the face of oversupply and falling demand due to the cornavirus the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and Russia agreed to cut oil output by 10 percent but this did not stop the free-fall.

The fossil fuel industry was in trouble long before the start of the price war between Russia and OPEC. Market realities have been signalling the end of fossil fuels for many years. In 2016 it was becoming apparent that diminishing oil returns were threatening the future of the industry. In 2019 we saw a wave of fossil fuel bankruptcies.

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Online Event - Sustainatopia Virtual Conference Series 2020

Sustainatopia Virtual Conferences series 2020 will take place on May 20th, June 23rd, July 22nd and August 20th. This series is focused on accelerating business development and investment acquisition within social, financial and environmental sustainability. Founded in 2009, SUSTAINATOPIA remains one of the leading events in the world of its’ kind. Attendees have participated from more than 60 countries. Sustainatopia curates an expert global ecosystem of Investors/Fund Managers, Corporations, Foundations, Non-Profits, Social Entrepreneurs, Government, Think Tanks & Leading Intermediaries within a high engagement, heavy networking format- supplemented by outstanding, leading-edge content.

Online Event - Virtual Momentum Summit: Real Leaders & Resilience How to Lead Before, During, and After A Crisis

The Virtual Momentum Summit titled "Real Leaders & Resilience How to Lead Before, During, and After A Crisis" will take place on May 19, 2020 | 12 pm – 5 pm EDT.  At this summit more than 200 CEOs will gather virtually and explore how to build more resilient companies.  They will share their lessons, experience, and challenges as part of an effort to cope with an increasingly chaotic world in which companies will have to contend with outbreaks, climate disruption, and associated social unrest.

Saturday, April 25, 2020

COVID-19 Exposes Supply Chain Vulnerabilities that Cause Food Insecurity

The cornavirus pandemic has highlighted supply chain weaknesses that are causing food shortages. As explained in an FAO report, the global pandemic is threatening supply lines leading to concerns about food insecurity. "A protracted pandemic crisis could quickly put a strain on the food supply chains, a complex web of interactions involving farmers, agricultural inputs, processing plants, shipping, retailers and more," the report said. In a March paper the U.N. Committee on World Food Security (CFS) warned that Covid-19 will cause heightened instability in global food supply. The pandemic also prompted the Food and Land Use Coalition to issue a call to action for world leaders over what they describe as a humanitarian crisis requiring urgent coordinated action.

Friday, April 24, 2020

The Coronavirus is Killing Dirty Energy

The fossil fuel industry is dying and COVID-19 is expediting the demise of this climate destroying monster. This comes after years of volatility and poor returns which had already forced many investors to concede that the industry is approaching the end of its life cycle. We know that phasing out fossil fuels could go a long way towards arresting climate change and the current market realities are inviting us to do so. According to a study published in the journal Nature Communications we have a 64 percent chance of staying below 1.5 C above preindustrial levels if we stop building new fossil fuel infrastructure (power plants, factories, vehicles, ships and planes) and replace them with zero-carbon alternatives when they reach the end of their lives. The longer we wait the more it will cost and the less likely we are to get there. If we wait until 2030 our chances of staying within the upper threshold limits fall by half.