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The Billionaire Inspired “Climate Karma Tax”: Part II

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Has the carbon tax been effective at lowering global GHG emissions? In a word no, but maybe it’s not the tax itself that’s flawed but rather that it’s never been properly targeted at the people who are holding back progress.

Ecocentricity Blog: Rational Hope

By: John A. Lanier
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Dr. Katharine Hayhoe understands how important it is to walk the line between knowing the science of climate change and articulating a positive vision for the future, and she does that well. As she said in her TED Talk, “What we need to fix this thing is rational hope.”

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Dr. Katharine Hayhoe understands how important it is to walk the line between knowing the science of climate change and articulating a positive vision for the future, and she does that well. As she said in her TED Talk, “What we need to fix this thing is rational hope.”

Can VR Make Climate Change “Real”?

The latest virtual reality technology is allowing audiences to see and feel the effects of our changing environment.
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The first thing you notice is the smell: the earthy humus of the forest floor. No, it’s the tree roots that you see first, covered in green moss, tangled and rising to a massive trunk of a giant sequoia tree. Wait, it’s the wind soughing through the leaves — or is that the sound of your own breath?

Partners in Purpose: Symantec Employees Build a Sustainable Business

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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change advises that failing to take urgent action to keep temperature rise below 2°C will result in untold negative impacts.

In response, Symantec has set science-based targets, and have engaged their employees to help reduce the company's GHG emissions by at least 2.8% each year through 2033.

See more from Symantec here.
Video produced by Kate Finegan

Banking on a More Sustainable Tomorrow

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In 2015, 170 countries agreed to work towards limiting the global average temperature to well below 2°C, a critical threshold identified during the Paris Climate Conference.1 While progress is being made, in the three years since the agreement, the United Nations has said that to meet this target countries must triple their current efforts.2 

Over 60 per cent of North Americans feel that climate change is an urgent issue that needs action. At the same time, most also believe that environmental action and economic factors must be balanced.3 

Smithfield Foods Announces Zero-Waste-To-Landfill Initiative, Strengthens Commitment to Environmental Sustainability with Release of 2018 Sustainability Report

Company to Eliminate Solid Waste Sent to Landfills at Vast Majority of U.S. Facilities
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Meet some of the Smithfield Foods team members focused on the company’s zero-waste-to-landfill initiative. Smithfield set an ambitious goal to reduce the waste sent to landfills 75% and certify three-quarters of its U.S. facilities as zero-waste-to-landfill by 2025. The company will accomplish this by reusing and recycling materials in its facilities and partnering with companies.

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Meet some of the Smithfield Foods team members focused on the company’s zero-waste-to-landfill initiative. Smithfield set an ambitious goal to reduce the waste sent to landfills 75% and certify three-quarters of its U.S. facilities as zero-waste-to-landfill by 2025. The company will accomplish this by reusing and recycling materials in its facilities and partnering with companies.

A Ray of Hope. Mid-Course Correction Revisited

Beth Bond of Southeast Green Interviews John Lanier of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation
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John Lanier recently joined Beth Bond of Southeast Green for a podcast interview about his new book, Mid-Course Correction Revisited.  This interview includes an historical review of Ray's original vision, and how that impacted the first book, and then how that vision played out through the years for the industrialist turned environmentalist.

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John Lanier recently joined Beth Bond of Southeast Green for a podcast interview about his new book, Mid-Course Correction Revisited.  This interview includes an historical review of Ray's original vision, and how that impacted the first book, and then how that vision played out through the years for the industrialist turned environmentalist.

Hallmark Unveils Latest Social Responsibility Results with its 2018 Caring in Action Report

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KANSAS CITY, Mo., May 23, 2019 /3BL Media/ – Hallmark has released its third annual Caring in Action Social Responsibility Report featuring work during 2018 made by the global company’s diverse portfolio of businesses in the areas of community, diversity and inclusion and sustainability.

VMware Unveils Carbon Avoidance Meter to Optimize Data Center Energy Usage

Latest Product Feature Aims to Inspire Industry Standards and Best Practices for Datacenter Power Management and Sustainable Computing
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SAN FRANCISCO, May 23, 2019 /3BL Media/-- VMware, Inc. (NYSE:VMW), a leading innovator in enterprise software, has announced the Carbon Avoidance Meter (CAM), to provide data center operators with near-real time “carbon scores” – determined from the level of one’s carbon footprint1 and energy usage – and recommendations for reducing this footprint. The CAM bases carbon scores on telemetry data sent to VMware through VMware Skyline, a proactive support technology, in order to encourage energy reduction and inspire sustainable best practices for the industry.

What Science-Based Targets Mean for the Sports and Entertainment Sector

by Tina Casey
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This article series is sponsored by AEG and produced by the TriplePundit editorial team.

Professional sports venues were early adopters of sustainability. Solar panels, miniature wind turbines, more responsible food choices, rainwater collection systems, and recycling stations began to pop up at arenas and stadiums across the U.S. several years ago. From baseball and football to basketball, hockey, golf and auto racing, stakeholders began to realize they were in a perfect position to spread messages about key environmental issues—and fans responded enthusiastically.

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