Climate Change

The Pope’s Encyclical: Human Selfishness Blamed for Global Warming

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Leaders of the Catholic Church in America took their orders from the Pope’s encyclical (a letter laying out official Catholic doctrine) on Thursday, 18 June, to push Congress and the White House for action on climate change.

WWF Launches An Interactive Storybook: WWF Explore!

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Environmental change, economic development and the constant demand for energy are profoundly affecting our planet. Probably for many of us, these concerns and challenges seem far away and not actually impacting our lives. Yet, they are. There is undeniable evidence that animals, birds and plants are being affected by climate change and global warming in both their distribution and behaviour.

IEA Report: Global Carbon Emissions Have Flattened Out

(3BL Media/Justmeans) -Here is some very encouraging news coming from a preliminary report from the International Energy Agency (IEA). Global carbon dioxide emissions for the year 2014 were 32.3 billion metric tons, the same amount as the previous year. Emissions, which had been growing at an annual rate of 2.4%, have now flattened out even as the global economy grew by 3%.

"This is both a very welcome surprise and a significant one," said IEA Chief  Economist Fatih Birol, recently named to take over for Maria van der Hoeven as Executive Director. "It provides much-needed momentum to negotiators preparing to forge a global climate deal in Paris in December: for the first time, greenhouse gas emissions are decoupling from economic growth."

According to IEA, this is the first time in 40 years that emissions have fallen without a corresponding drop in economic activity.

This move could actually put the effort to head off “severe, widespread and irreversible impacts” of climate change ahead of the timetable set forth by the IPCC when they said that global emissions must peak by 2020. Of course, in order for a peak to occur, we must see a decline beginning this year and continuing into the future.

It’s clear that we now have the tools in the form of renewables and many forms of energy conservation to grow the economy without raising emissions. But any number of things could reverse the trend. That would include continuing growth in developing countries and an increasing number of extreme weather events, both of which are expected.

The IPCC also stated that we must cut emissions in half by 2050 and eliminate them entirely by 2100.

Investment Impacts of Climate Change

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - We’ve all heard a lot about what we can expect from a changing climate. There will be increased droughts and flooding, food prices will likely rise, as will the level of the ocean. Growing seasons will shift as will the migration patterns of animals. Some species will move into areas where they had not previously been found.

Cities on the Verge: How Data and Technology Will Accelerate Urban Sustainability

GreenBiz's VERGE Salon focused on next-gen buildings and cities

The High Cost of Climate Change: A Warning to Businesses, Investors, and Homeowners

"Risky Business," a new report led by Mike Bloomberg and Henry Paulson, aims to frame climate change in economic terms. Will it make Americans care more about the issue?

(Justmeans/3BL Media) -- So much of how climate change is reported on and understood is through numbers. Here are a few.

Obama Launches Host of New Actions and Commitments on Renewables & Efficiency

(3Bl Media/Justmeans) - There is a sea change gradually sweeping across this country, propelled, perhaps, by the idea of an actual sea change rather than the familiar metaphorical one. Seas are rising, become less salty, more acidic. Currents are changing direction, giving birth to new winds, some of them quite temperamental.

Honda Unveils Smart Home US for Zero Carbon Living and Mobility

Honda's ultra-efficient, carbon neutral smart home is capable of producing more energy on-site from renewable sources than it consumes annually—and it comes with a specially modified Honda Fit electric vehicle

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