Limiting global warming to 1.5ºC would require rapid and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society! (UN report October 8th 2018)

The report finds that limiting global warming to 1.5°C would require “rapid and far-reaching” transitions in land, energy, industry, buildings, transport, and cities. Global net human-caused emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) would need to fall by about 45 percent from 2010 levels by 2030, reaching ‘net zero’ around 2050. This means that any remaining emissions would need to be balanced by removing CO2 from the air.More

Companies committed to renewable electricity perform financially better than other companies (report from RE100, CapGemini – September 2018)

The RE100 report with Capgemini Invent, which draws on 2016-17 data from a sample of 3,500 companies, shows RE100 businesses (committed to 100% renewable electricity) consistently perform better than non-members on two key financial indicators: net profit margin and EBIT margin (Earnings Before Interests and Taxes).More

GreenBiz: Wells Fargo pledges $200 billion for low-carbon economy projects (April 2018)

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Wells Fargo will pay $1 billion in fines for violating federal rules and unfairly charging consumers inappropriate fees as part of its mortgage lending operation, according to a settlement the company reached with federal regulators.

Meanwhile, the San Francisco-based bank said Thursday that it plans to put $200 billion toward investment in, and finance of, companies and projects involved with clean technologies, renewable energy, green bonds and alternative transportation, by 2030.More

Why carbon pricing matters: A guide for implementation from World Business Council for Sustainable Development (April 2018)

On April 19, 2018 WBCSD released a new in-depth guide for policymakers on carbon pricing.

It aims to spur discussions between policymakers and business leaders on how best to implement a carbon price to encourage low-carbon innovation and investment, while creating a level playing field for meeting the 2°C objective.

WBCSD see carbon pricing as one of the most efficient means of driving the transition to a low-carbon world – learn more today.More

World Economic Forum: Environmental and cyber risks predominate (WEF, January 2018)

The Global Risks Report 2018 is published at a time of encouraging headline global growth.

Any breathing space this offers to leaders should not be squandered: the urgency of facing up to systemic challenges has intensified over the past year amid proliferating signs of uncertainty, instability and fragility.

This year’s report covers more risks than ever, but focuses in particular on four key areas: environmental degradation, cybersecurity breaches, economic strains and geopolitical tensions. And in a new series called “Future Shocks” the report cautions against complacency and highlights the need to prepare for sudden and dramatic disruptions.

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