Uncharted Territory: Records continue to be broken as 2016 extreme climate trends continue in 2017

Posted by James Meacher on 23-Mar-2017 16:57:18

2017: Hottest Year on Record?

Earlier this year it was widely reported that 2016 had been the hottest year ever. This week the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) published its annual statement on the state of the global climate, confirming that 2016 was indeed the hottest year on record. The report states that 2016 was a full 1.1°C above the pre-industrial baseline, breaking the 2015 record by 0.06°C.

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Topics: Climate Change

Three areas of focus for business and sustainability during 2017

Posted by Rachel Hunter on 09-Jan-2017 15:35:10

I’ve not set resolutions this year. However, this year I have decided that I’d like to not take certain things with me into 2017. I’d like to leave the negative aspects of 2016 behind and focus on the now.

This particularly resonates for me when I think about climate change. So much was achieved in 2016 – ratification of the Paris Agreement and the ongoing march of renewable energy as an economically competitive energy source – but sometimes other events overshadowed the good news.

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Topics: Climate Change, sustainability

How do I futureproof my business for sustainable, long-term value?

Posted by Mark Chadwick on 11-Aug-2016 15:17:16

The climate is changing, and will continue to change, as a result of increasing greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Regardless of how quickly we reduce our emissions, a certain amount of change is now inevitable, and there will be implications for society and the businesses that serve it. Clearly, the faster we can cut emissions the lower the impact will be, but we’re now in an era of balancing action to mitigate our emissions with our plans to adapt to changes that are around the corner. 

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Topics: Carbon management, carbon, businesses, Climate Change

Climate change is key for one of the world’s largest economies

Posted by Rachel Hunter on 29-Feb-2016 15:35:37

President Obama’s eighth and final State of the Union address firmly focused on climate change. The president has been committed to action on climate change throughout his second term. By including climate change in his speech, he cements his legacy as that of a leader committed to mitigating as much as possible the risks from rising global temperatures. Furthermore, Obama called upon the nation to not “pass up the chance for American businesses to produce and sell the energy of the future”, citing investments in renewable energy such as wind and solar reducing energy costs, and stimulating the green economy.

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Topics: Climate Change, cop21