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Florida Senator holds Miami Beach hearing on rising sea level

MIAMI BEACH (Reuters) - Climate change is already impacting south Florida coastal communities, which could see a three-foot rise in sea level by the end of the century, a panel of officials and scientists testified at a Senate hearing on Miami Beach on Tuesday.

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G7 countries aim to cut energy ties to Russia

BusinessGreen: The G7 will consider ways to reduce reliance on Russian oil and gas to prevent the country wielding its vast energy supplies for political ends. UK Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey told The Times that a package of measures to boost energy security will be considered at a meeting in Rome on May 5 and 6. This could see the UK expedite electricity interconnectors to Belgium, France and Norway, accelerate UK exploration of shale gas as well and alternative gas supplies, and boost energy...
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Britain’s nuclear waste site almost certain to leak

Blue and Green: The Environment Agency has admitted that it was a mistake to build the UK’s nuclear waste dump on its current location on the West Cumbrian coast, warning it is almost certain to leak contaminated waste within "a few hundred to a few thousand years". According to an internal document published in January and recently obtained by the Guardian, erosion from storms and rising sea levels caused by climate change will almost certainly cause the Low Level Waste Repository (LLWR) to leak and contaminate...
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Climate change will have profound impacts on humankind: Obama

First Post: Observing that climate change is altering the planet in ways that will have profound impacts on humankind, US President Barack Obama has urged Americans to protect environment for a healthy and sustainable future. "Today, we face a problem that threatens us all. The overwhelming judgement of science tells us that climate change is altering our planet in ways that will have profound impacts on all of humankind," Obama said in a proclamation issued on Monday. "Farmers must cope with increased...
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Climate Change Is the Tragedy of the Global Commons

Nation: I'm not watching Years of Living Dangerously, Showtime's nine-part series on climate change. I'm not going to read Elizabeth Kolbert's The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, despite its great reviews. When I see a long article in The New York Times about melting glaciers or flooded coastal plains or disappearing species or deforestation or desertification, I skip it. Why? Because I already know what's happening and about to happen. Reading the fine print is just going to make me feel sadder...
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Study Shows Ethanol Produces Worse 'Global Warming' Pollution Than Gasoline

Townhall: Well, this is going to be a heartbreaker for the hysterical global warming crowd. According to a new study, emissions from burning corn are worse for the environment and produce more CO2 or 'global warming' gases than the burning of traditional gasoline. Biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term, a study shows, challenging the Obama administration's conclusions that they are a much cleaner oil alternative and will help...
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Nobel Prize Winner Robert Lefkowitz: Science Cannot Make Headway Because Faith 'Untestable'

IBT: A Nobel Prize-winning biochemist has said the scientific community cannot make any headway among the religious community because "facts can't argue against faith". Robert Lefkowitz, who won a Nobel Prize for chemistry in 2012, said that the reason many people still do not believe in popular science, including evolution, the Big Bang and climate change, is because you cannot challenge faith in the same way you can science. "When you are putting up facts against faith, facts can't argue against...
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Corn waste biofuel higher in greenhouse gas emissions than gasoline, study finds

Associated Press: Biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term, a study shows, challenging the Obama administration's conclusions that they are a much cleaner oil alternative and will help combat climate change. A $500,000 study paid for by the federal government and released Sunday in the peer-reviewed journal Nature Climate Change concludes that biofuels made with corn residue release 7 percent more greenhouse gases in the early years compared...
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Striking the Balance

Global growth has not come without costs: Pollution, natural resource depletion, climate change, and the disruption of ecosystem services are now felt around the world.

This report aims at helping investors in developing countries develop effective social and environmental safeguard policies that also support country ownership.


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Research casts doubt on global warming benefits of biofuels made cornfield waste

Associated Press: Biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term, a study shows, challenging the Obama administration's conclusions that they are a much cleaner oil alternative and will help combat climate change. A $500,000 study paid for by the federal government and released Sunday in the peer-reviewed journal Nature Climate Change concludes that biofuels made with corn residue release 7 per cent more greenhouse gases in the early years...
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It's Final -- Corn Ethanol Is Of No Use

Forbes: OK, can we please stop pretending biofuel made from corn is helping the planet and the environment? With huge subsidies for ethanol in gasoline, with all States now selling gasoline having some ethanol blend, and a general misconception that these biofuels are green, corn ethanol has taken on a $30 billion/yr life of its own. The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released two of its Working Group reports at the end of last month (WGI and WGIII), and their short discussion...
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Setbacks Aside, Climate Change Is Finding Its Way Into the World's Classrooms

New York Times: From Mauritius to Manitoba, climate change is slowly moving from the headlines to the classroom. Schools around the world are beginning to tackle the difficult issue of global warming, teaching students how the planet is changing and encouraging them to think about what they can do to help slow that process. Strapped school budgets, concerns about overburdening teachers and political opposition to what in some places is a contentious subject have complicated the spread of lessons on climate change....
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Federal Study: Biofuels worse than gasoline

Associated Press: Could ethanol be worse for the environment than gasoline? A new study says yes. The study, paid for by the federal government says biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term. The research challenges the Obama administration's conclusions that biofuels are a much cleaner oil alternative and will help fight climate change. The study is being criticized by the biofuels industry and the president's administration as...
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Philippines: UN warns govts on coal use

Manila Standard Today: The Aquino administration should heed the United Nations and stop the construction of 17 coal plants and shift to renewable energy in light of last Monday’s report of the UN scientific panel on climate change, according to a civil society group. The latest publication of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change shows that the world can still keep global warming below dangerous levels only through immediate and drastic cuts in greenhouse gas emissions, as well as by almost quadrupling the...
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Warm water, cold reality, new frontier for exploiting resources

Sacramento Bee: Big-screen “Noah,” the box office hit, presents the Biblical story of near apocalypse and indifference to God’s warnings. Small-screen NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, regularly warns of impending man-made environmental doom on its climate.gov website. Whether one is more susceptible to religious parables or scientific findings, the very real effects of contemporary climate change are happening at a stunning pace. If melting ice caps and shifting weather patterns are not...
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US Greenhouse Gas Emissions Slightly Decreased in 2012

Environmental News Network: Climate change is making the news for a number of reasons, including Showtime's new series called "Years of Living Dangerously." The rise in greenhouse gas emissions is responsible for climate change, and the majority of scientists agree that most of the increase is caused by human activity. That said, there is a bit of good news when it comes to U.S. GHG emissions. The Los Angeles Times reports that greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. decreased by 3.4 percent from 2011 to 2012. The report is based...
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With Climate Change, Wildfires Getting Worse in the West

LiveScience: Across the western United States, wildfires grew bigger and more frequent in the past 30 years, according to a new study that blames climate change and drought for the worsening flames. "It's not just something that is localized to forest or grasslands or deserts," said lead study author Phil Dennison, a geographer at the University of Utah. "Every region in the West is experiencing an increase in fire. These fire trends are very consistent with everything we know about how climate change should...
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Study casts doubt on climate benefit of biofuels from corn residue

PhysOrg: Using corn crop residue to make ethanol and other biofuels reduces soil carbon and can generate more greenhouse gases than gasoline, according to a study published today in the journal Nature Climate Change. The findings by a University of Nebraska-Lincoln team of researchers cast doubt on whether corn residue can be used to meet federal mandates to ramp up ethanol production and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Corn stover-the stalks, leaves and cobs in cornfields after harvest-has been considered...
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Pipeline delay gives boost to Obama's political base

Reuters: The latest delay to a final decision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline will reinforce a White House strategy to energize President Barack Obama's liberal-leaning base before fall elections in which Democrats risk losing control of the U.S. Senate. Environmentalists, worried about the project's effect on climate change, have put enormous pressure on the president to reject the pipeline from Canada's oil sands, staging demonstrations outside the White House and protests in states where he travels....
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Climate will push 2.9 million Mexicans into poverty

El Universal: Climate change will push 2.9 million Mexicans into poverty over the next 15 years, said the World Bank. Climate change in Mexico is expected to push 2.9 million Mexicans into poverty over the next 15 years, said the World Bank. According to the study "The Poverty Impact of Climate Change in Mexico", annual temperatures are expected to rise between 0.29 and 2.46 degrees Celsius in 2030-2039 compared to the historic average from 1950 to 2000. It added that "the largest increases in temperature...
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Plants that regulate sprouting tackle climate change well

Indo-Asian News Service: lants with the ability to regulate the timing of germination in response to environmental cues are more likely to spin off new species and are better at dealing with weather threats from climate change. Plants whose seeds put off sprouting until conditions are more certain give rise to more species, a study said. Plants whose seeds have since lost the ability may be prone to extinction under future climate change, especially if the timing of sprouting is no longer in tune with their environment,...
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Climate One: Overselling the Fracking Boom

Energy Collective: In the Climate One video clip Trevor Houser, a partner in the Rhodium Group and climate negotiator at the 2009 COP15 climate conference in Copenhagen discusses a “middle road” for natural gas. Despite the good news that at the end of 2012 US carbon emissions were down 12 percent relative to 2005, there remains a long road to sustainable and sufficient emissions reductions to meet the goals scientists increasingly warn is required to avoid the worst consequences of climate change. The main reason...
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Al Gore On Climate Change Crisis

CleanTechnica: Former Vice President Al Gore delivered a powerful address to a packed house at the Stan Sheriff Center at the University of Hawaii at Manoa this week. Environmentally, Gore is most famous, perhaps, for his 2006 speaking tour and subsequent documentary called An Inconvenient Truth, but as opening speaker Senator Brian Schatz pointed out, Mr. Gore has been a climate change and environmental champion throughout his long career. Schatz, the current U.S. Senator from Hawaii, said he was inspired by Earth...
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Specimen Collection Threatens Endangered Species

Nature World: Current specimen collection methods are threatening endangered species, a team of researchers from Arizona State University (ASU) says. In a time when habitat loss and global climate change are already causing concern, biologists are growing increasingly sensitive to their means of identifying species. "We are drawing attention to this issue as an important question bearing on the ethical responsibilities of field biologists," ASU School of Life Sciences conservation expert Ben Minteer said...
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Global Warming, A Disaster In The Making

Examiner: The die is cast and if the world doesn't start to eliminate the enormous amount of pollution in our oceans and drastically reduce green house gases the already noticeable harmful effects of global warming will spiral out of control sooner than we think. The Obama White House has already outlined a plan of action to utilize the technology developed to cut and eventually eliminate all together the sources of green house emissions. The United Nations confers that the cost of inaction would be catastrophic...
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Climate change increasing massive wildfires in West

USA Today: Massive wildfires are on the increase in the Western USA due to rising temperatures and worsening drought from climate change, and the trend could continue in the decades to come, new research suggests. Overall, the number of large wildfires increased by a rate of seven fires a year from 1984 to 2011, while the total area damaged by fire increased at a rate of nearly 90,000 acres per year, according to the study, published this week in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical...
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Research shows fishing affects coral reef recovery

Pacific Sunday News: Climate change continues to warm the waters around the islands in the Pacific Ocean, causing various types of damage to the surrounding reefs. One ecologist from the University of Guam believes "localized stressors" have a large impact on the recovery time of coral reef communities. But if looked at from a stakeholder approach, he's confident island communities can clearly define the future of coral reef communities. Peter Houk, coral reef ecologist from UOG's Marine Laboratory, presented...
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Harbingers of global warming a cause for concern

Daily Record: Chickadees aren’t signs of spring, since these cheery little birds are year-round Jersey residents. But they could signal a warming climate. An interesting new study focuses on “hybrid” chickadees — the offspring of northern black-capped chickadees and their southern relatives, Carolina chickadees — in places where the two ranges overlap. Because the hybrid birds are infertile and can’t reproduce, they’re found only in a long, narrow strip of territory stretching from Kansas to New Jersey. The...
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As politicians dither, we must act to save planet

Herald: The latest United Nations report on the impacts of climate change is playing out like a Greek tragedy. In the Greek myth, Cassandra was given the gift of prophecy by Apollo. When she failed to return his love, Apollo issued a curse so that her prophecies would not be believed. Climate scientists, who for over two decades have been sending us warnings about global warming, must feel like Cassandra -- cursed by Apollo. The 772 scientists who wrote and edited the UN report warn that world leaders...
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Want to help combat the rising price of food? Grow your own vegetables

Blue and Green: Last month, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published a report that said all aspects of food security were at risk of being affected by global warming. Other studies have concluded that people can help matters simply by eating more vegetables and less cheese and meat. Growing your own vegetables might therefore help the environment, but can it save you money? We know that 250g of tomatoes can cost around £1.50 in the supermarket, while a small packet of seeds can be purchased...
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Climate change impact can be averted; nations need to act fast: IPCC

Economic Times: Unseasonal rains, freak snowstorms and droughts because of global warming may be becoming the new normal but now the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in its recent report has offered a glimmer of hope. The severe impacts of climate change can be avoided or minimised provided countries act collectively and quickly. Besides, it will not cost the earth to save the earth. Efforts to reduce carbon emissions would have minimal impact on growth—0.06 per cent of GDP. However, there is a caveat,...
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Frigid Eastern winters and warm Western ones nothing new – blame the jet stream

ClimateWire: A new study has found that the wavy jet stream pattern that tends to bring warm winter weather to the U.S. West and cold weather to the East was set in place 4,000 years ago. The research, published in the journal Nature Communications, also suggests that climate change may help keep the wavy pattern in place. "It's possible the kinds of changes we are seeing with increased jet stream sinuosity might continue into the future as a result of anthropogenic CO2 emissions, although it's not a perfect...
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Global Warming: Do We Have to Sit and Take It?

Huffington Post: Do you know the difference between the terms "climate change" and "global warming? Which of these is more ominous? They are often used interchangeably, with "climate change" somehow seeming more politically correct. Perhaps it's because "climate change" is a more natural, slow moving, and benign process (it's happened to the Earth before with ice ages); not something we have to act on immediately. The distinction is now clear, thanks to author Sneed B. Collard III and his book Global Warming: A Personal...
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Where Paul Krugman Goes Wrong On Solar Power And Climate Change

Forbes: Paul Krugman turns his attention to the impact of declining solar power prices on the prospects for climate change today and while his central fact is entirely correct there’s two errors in his argument. His central fact is that the price of solar power has fallen considerably in recent years, to the point that it’s becoming generally grid comparable in price. However, he then goes on to say that no one really predicted this and then also that we need to make some great effort now to use solar power...
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Options for limiting climate change are narrowing

Economist: THE Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a gathering of scientists who advise governments, describes itself as “policy-relevant and yet policy-neutral”. Its latest report, the third in six months, ignores that fine distinction. Pressure from governments forced it to strip out of its deliberations a table showing the link between greenhouse gases and national income, presumably because this made clear that middle-income countries such as China are the biggest contributors to new emissions....
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Why This Is a Dark Time For the Field of Climate Science

Huffington Post: These are dark times for science -- in particular, climate science and related fields of study. Hate mail, harassment campaigns, accusations of scientific fraud and threats of lawsuits have become the new normal for climate scientists and researchers who study climate change denial. These problematic conditions have a chilling effect on scientific research. So what happens when a scientific journal becomes part of the problem? Last month, the journal Frontiers in Psychology retracted a paper,...
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High Tech Tackles Global Warming

Dissident Voice: Human-caused climate change may already be out of control, as suggested in recent reports by the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), confirming that a “tipping point” may already have arrived (1) with warming of the Arctic and (2) with excessive levels of CO2 causing acidification in the ocean, thereby threatening the existence of both human and marine life. Likewise, it is common knowledge that fossil fuel emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) cause these problems. This, therefore,...
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On climate, business as usual isn't good enough

Washington Post: The world's predicament on climate change reminds me of an old saying: "The hurrier I go, the behinder I get.' Despite mounting evidence that global warming is an urgent crisis, emissions of heat-trapping greenhouse gases grew faster between 2000 and 2010 than over the previous three decades, according to an authoritative new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Some governments have instituted policies to try to hold down emissions of carbon dioxide -- by far the biggest...
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The high cost of climate change denial

Express: Prolonged droughts. Melting ice caps. Heat waves and deep freezes. Rising oceans. Increased flooding. Endangered species going extinct. Expect more of this and then some -- a threatened global food supply, for example -- if climate change is left unchecked. That is the grim message in a series of reports from the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which periodically summarizes climate science. It has issued three recent reports in recent months demonstrating a 95 percent...
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Greenland: Chasing Ice movie reveals largest iceberg break-up ever filmed

Guardian: It's like watching 'Manhattan breaking apart in front of your eyes', says one of the researchers for filmmaker James Balog. He's describing the largest iceberg calving ever filmed, as featured in his movie, Chasing Ice. After weeks of waiting, the filmakers witnessed 7.4 cubic km of ice crashing off the Ilulissat glacier in Greenland. Chasing Ice, released in the UK on Friday, follows Balog's mission to document Arctic ice being melted by climate change. Watch our second clip from the documentary...
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Future droughts worse than expected

PhysOrg: A new study is helping astrobiologists understand how climate change may shape the future of life on Earth. As we approach the end of the next century, many scientists believe that we could be facing increasingly severe droughts due to changes in rainfall. The new study shows that things could be worse than originally thought. Previous theories have predicted that changes in rainfall due to global warming could cause the Earth's land area to experience increased drying. It turns out, however,...
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Corporate Lobbying on Climate Change: Silence is not Neutrality

Questions are rising about how companies should lobby on environmental issues, and the ways in which their lobbying is reported. In the US, for example, companies must disclose the subject of their lobbying, but do not have to disclose the position that they are lobbying for. This incomplete reporting opens them to concerns from consumers and investors.

In an age of increasing transparency, business leaders can expect more scrutiny, especially as concerns about the climate grow. While the politics and policies of climate change may be complicated, the message to a CEO is simple: there should be no question about where your company stands on climate policy.

Ikea Group has gotten the message, and is moving toward a transparent climate change policy. The company recently articulated its positions in this infographic. Thanks to internal leadership and partnerships with NGOs like WWF and the Climate Group, IKEA can now explain why climate change is relevant to its business interests and which policy actions it supports. Most importantly, it is taking these messages directly to policymakers throughout Europe, lobbying for ambitious, legally-binding 2030 targets for carbon dioxide emissions, renewable power and energy efficiency.

A Silent Majority

While some companies are stepping forward on climate change policy, many others have remained quiet. There are a variety of reasons for this silence. Some are wary of staking out a position on a politically-charged topic that might alienate customers. Others offer tepid public support, while privately lobbying against climate change policy. Many are simply struggling internally to understand business risks and opportunities, ensure consistent messaging, and find the capacity to engage in climate policy debates. However, regardless of the reason for their silence, some critics have argued that it prevents essential political breakthroughs on climate change.

So why (and how) are companies like Ikea stepping up to inform and advance climate policy? More importantly, what can other companies do to articulate their positions and demonstrate their leadership? My colleagues and I at the World Resources Institute worked with the United Nations and several esteemed partners on a Caring for Climate report to answer these questions and create a common standard for engaging responsibly in climate policy debates. This guide, which is informed by business leaders, policymakers, investors, and NGOs from nearly two dozen countries, represents a baseline for action and transparent reporting.

Continued silence or perceived inconsistencies put companies at risk. As Ford's recent link to Keystone XL shows, a lack of clarity fuels suspicion, speculation and distrust.

Shareholders and other stakeholders want to understand if and how companies support strong policy action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to a changing climate. And, as Anne Kelly of Ceres has noted, silence does not equal neutrality: industry associations and other powerful interest groups can claim to be speaking for those companies who do not speak for themselves.

Increasing Attention and Interest

Investors are asking more questions. CDP, which is backed by more than 750 institutional investors representing more than $90tn in assets, is gathering information about corporate lobbying for the second year in a row. In 2014, it plans to extend its scope, scoring the quality of the disclosures that it receives. The group is currently exploring how to factor these responses into overall performance scores over time.

Meanwhile, outside groups are looking closer at what companies are saying and doing on climate policy. the Union of Concerned Scientists has been reviewing companies' and industry groups' actions and influences, and calling out inconsistencies between their public positions and those of their lobbyists.

Other organizations are exploring the possibility of updating past studies, like SustainAbility's Influencing Power. Another option that some are exploring is benchmarking companies to establish leaders and laggards.

Actions Speak Loudest

The bottom line for companies is that it pays to be proactive. Businesses that clarify their positions and are transparent about their influences can avoid any questions from investors, customers and NGOs. Further, supporting policies to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions now, instead of delaying for a few more years, would avoid some $5tn in additional costs, according to the International Energy Agency.

Being proactive means identifying where climate change creates long-term risks and opportunities. It means ensuring that a company's lobbyists, and its industry groups' lobbyists, are pulling in the same direction as the company's long-term interests. These actions help ensure consistent, transparent engagement. A company can:

  1. Clarify its position: Companies like Microsoft have issued public statements to clarify that their membership in climate-change denying industry groups like Alec "is not an endorsement" of their views on climate or energy policies. At the very least, these statements ensure that obstructive industry groups cannot claim to speak for all members on climate change.

  2. Join with others to make climate policy asks: Groups like Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy (Bicep) in the US or the Prince of Wales's Corporate Leaders Group in Europe help members develop positions, sign letters and meet directly with legislators. Broader partnership groups, like the UN's Caring for Climate initiative, also help companies connect with high-level officials and ministers to discuss climate policy priorities. These are opportunities to influence climate policy debates with a strong, collective, constructive corporate voice.

  3. Recruit others in its industry to shape policies that accelerate markets for low-carbon goods and services: WRI's policy engagement guide, published with the UN and others, highlights how the lighting industry and the information and communications technology industry are advocating strong policies that promote energy efficiency and climate change adaptation.

  4. Level the playing field: Companies can push for rules that ensure that all businesses are held to a standard of transparency when it comes to policy engagement.

In the months ahead, climate change will be on the agenda at all political levels—local, national and international. Scientists have outlined current impacts and future implications of climate change, as well as the ambition required to minimize the risk of the worst disruptions to communities around the world.

Individual companies can choose to let others delay actions and decisions for a global response. Alternately, they can take a leadership role, identifying and aligning their political influences, and helping to explain to customers, shareholders and stakeholders why and how they are helping advance ambitious, specific policies to address climate change.

Editor's Note: This article was originally published by The Guardian.


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UN Panel Looks to Renewables As the Key to Stabilizing Climate

Yale Environment 360: Those wind turbines endlessly turning on the hill near your home tell of a changing world. So do the fields of solar panels sprouting from the deserts of California to the plains of Germany. But the world is not changing fast enough, says the latest report from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The 2,000-page study of how to head off climate change, released in Berlin on Sunday, calls for a tripling of the share of global energy generated by low-carbon energy sources. Electricity...
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Climate change gets star treatment

New Scientist: To engage the public, Years of Living Dangerously and Sand Wars take different approaches, one is a Hollywood behemoth, the other is shrewd and assailing In the first episode of Years of Living Dangerously, a lavish nine-part US documentary series about the role humans play in climate change, actor Don Cheadle heads for drought-stricken Texas. He is on a mission to find out why the Bible Belt rejects the idea that we are failing as stewards of the planet. How could an argument so simple, so...
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More Renewable Energy Needed To Avoid Catastrophic Climate Change

CleanTechnica: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) reinforced the call to action from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to limit global temperature increase and avert catastrophic climate change in a statement issued [this week]. The transition to a sustainable global energy mix must be accelerated, the Agency said, in order to reduce global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 40-70 percent compared with 2010 by 2050. Renewable energy, IRENA highlights, is the economically viable...
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Limiting global warming to 2C not enough to avoid dramatic changes in Europe

Blue and Green: Limiting global warming to 2C from pre-industrial times – the threshold widely agreed by scientists as the target for climate change mitigation efforts – will not be enough to prevent widespread and substantial changes across Europe, according to a new study. Scientists consider the 2C limit as an appropriate and – if drastic measures are taken – achievable target, saying that curbing climate change to such an extent would prevent some of its most devastating impacts. Published on Sunday, the...
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Revision of climate change policy scheme nears completion

Jamaica Gleaner: JAMAICA'S CLIMATE Change Framework Policy and Action Plan could receive parliamentary approval early this new financial year, following a series of public consultations to inform amendments to the document. "We have gone through the consultation stage. It is now at the Green Paper stage. The feedback received is now being included in the draft policy document with a view to having approval from Cabinet and Parliament early in this financial year. We are moving towards it becoming a White Paper,"...
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Australia: Global warming 'will kill'

Sky: Australia is going to cook and people will die through global warming, West Australian Greens senator Scott Ludlam says. Senator Ludlam said Australia needed to stop giving climate sceptics air time and just get on with the job of responding to climate change. He said the weather had become a political actor. 'We are swinging back into an El Nino cycle, this country is going to cook and people are going to die. It will be, I think, much harder to sustain the argument that nothing unusual is going...
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Showtime’s documentary will educate country on climate changes

Daily Orange: The critically acclaimed network Showtime has brought up action-packed and drama-filled series such as “The Tudors,” “Homeland” and “Dexter.” The network is now adding a new documentary series to its impressive line-up, “Years of Living Dangerously.” “Years of Living Dangerously” focuses on climate change reporting with a new twist, which students and faculty should watch. Showtime should be applauded for its move to pick up this series, and other networks should follow in its footsteps. The...
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State attorneys general take up fossil fuels boom as IPCC and feds lean green

Denver Post: Days after the U.N.-backed climate change panel of scientists urged a radical shift toward wind and solar energy to slow accelerating greenhouse-gas pollution, U.S. state attorneys general on Wednesday focused on ramped-up production of fossil fuels. The intensifying oil and gas boom in Colorado and neighboring states is out-pacing health and environment rules that the state attorneys have to defend. And as elected officials they're trying to help capitalize on huge economic opportunities -- especially...
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