Never before has there been so much alignment on action that needs to be taken to mitigate the risks of climate change. But never before has there been so much work still to do.
No doubt, the agreement reached in Paris to limit global warming, reduce carbon emissions, adopt clean technologies, and assist poor countries that have been impacted by climate change is historic. Never before has there been so much alignment on action that needs to be taken to mitigate the risks of climate change. Never before have we had such a framework for cooperation.
Prompted by, among other incidents, a massive explosion at the West Fertilizer Plant located north of Waco, Texas on April 17, 2013, President Obama has issued Executive Order 13650, Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security (EO 13650). The EO directs the government to conduct a number of tasks, including modernizing regulations and strengthening community planning and preparedness.
By Ron Cotterman, Vice President of Sustainability, Sealed Air
The news out of Paris last week at the conclusion of COP21 signaled a global commitment to combat the warming of the planet by reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. News headlines announced the end of fossil fuels and a shift to a renewable economy. While this is truly an historic moment, I asked myself “how can the average citizen contribute to these lofty goals?” The answer was right in front of me: reduce waste.
My only disappointment was that they didn’t smash a guitar.
Actually, looking back, I’m glad they didn’t. That would have been wasteful, and such destructive behavior really wasn’t as “cool” in their later years. The Who could still put on an incredible concert though.
by Hannah Scott, EMEA Sustainability Coordinator, at CBRE
This is it. We can see the finish line. How likely is it that the long-awaited legally binding, international deal on climate change will be delivered at COP21? Let us reflect on the past two weeks of the Paris climate talks.
A timeline of (key) conference headlines:
Day 1: Record breaking numbers in attendance, world leaders make motivational speeches, and Laurent Fabius is elected as president of COP21.
Global leaders are converged in Paris. Is climate action actually here?
The world has waited with bated breath to see what, if anything, would come out of the United Nation’s COP21 climate summit this week. Some have been overjoyed with the outcome, citing groundbreaking commitments and a final agreement that may reach beyond initial expectations.
You know what’s fun? Reminiscing about old, iconic commercials is fun. You’ve got your “Beef, It’s What’s for Dinner,” the California Raisins dancing across your screen, and some excessively persistent kid giving a limping and clearly frustrated “Mean Joe” Greene of the Pittsburgh Steelers a Coca-Cola in exchange for his sweaty, disgusting football jersey. Ahhhhhhhh, good times.