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Dec 14, 2009
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What can ordinary people do to slow climate change?

(Updates with comments from Knut Alfsen of the Center for International Climate and Environmental Research, Oslo (CICERO))

Today’s expert panel discusses the question, “What can ordinary people do to slow climate change?”

Dec 12, 2009
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What about China?

(Updates with comments from Raymond Pierrehumbert, Knut Alfsen and Kim Carstensen)

The world’s top emitter of greenhouse gases by geographical boundaries is China. A close second is the United States. Between the two great powers, they account for 40 percent of all carbon emissions from burning fossil fuels.

Dec 10, 2009
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The answer could be blowing in the wind

Well into the first week of the U.N. Conference on Climate Change, the haves and have nots of the world are still divided over who should pay for the cleanup of the planet. Poor countries want rich countries to cough up more ambitious goals for emissions cuts and developing technologies.

From emerging wind and solar industries to geothermal advances, the technologies being tested for adaptability in the fight against climate change are still quite new and in some cases revolutionary.

Dec 9, 2009
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Day Three: And what of Obama?

President Barack Obama’s decision to attend the climate talks in Copenhagen next week, at the end of the process rather than at the beginning, is said to show the White House is serious about pursuing a deal to curb global warming.

On the first day of talks in Copenhagen this week, the Environmental Protection Agency cleared the way for regulation of greenhouse gases without new laws passed by Congress, a move said to enforce Obama’s commitment to act.

Dec 8, 2009
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Day Two: Reaction to the EPA

(Updated with comments from Dr. Gidon Eshel, geophysics scientist and academic at Bard College at Simon’s Rock)

On the first day of the United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Copenhagen, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency cleared the way for regulation of greenhouse gases without new laws passed by Congress, reflecting President Barack Obama’s commitment to act on climate change.

Dec 4, 2009
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Climate experts on Copenhagen

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If we can predict one thing about the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen it’s that no one will have all the answers.

But there will be plenty of questions.

To help cut through the tide, Reuters has gathered a panel of some of the world’s leading thinkers on climate change.

Nov 11, 2009
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Blue business washes in

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Adam Werbach poses at the University Club of Toronto, November 11, 2009. REUTERS/Jillian KitchenerGreen is good and blue is better.Keeping a business sustainable – or blue – goes beyond philanthropic nods to the environment. It needs to be a core business goal, says Adam Werbach, creator of Wal-Mart’s sustainability program and chief executive of Saatchi & Saatchi S, the sustainability wing of the marketing and consultancy company.Blue innovation embraces the social, cultural, and economic aspects of business along with green issues like protecting our last wild places and reducing carbon emissions.“Sustainability is about long-term profitability. It doesn’t mean just the environment,” Werbach told a room of 100 business professionals in Toronto on Wednesday, pointing to the four-part breakdown of sustainability built on social, economic, cultural and environmental trends in addition to an integral value of transparency.“The idea is to think a little bit broader. Of course we need to protect the environment, but there are so many other things to connect to it,” Werbach said, exploring a theme in his new book Strategy for Sustainability: A Business Manifesto.”This is an extraordinary business opportunity that’s been left to the environmentalists and we need to steal it back and make it the business opportunity to grow companies that are going to be the companies of the future.”Victoria Kamsler, chief ethics officer and research director at Greenfiniti Consulting and Investment in Toronto and former professor of environmental ethics at Princeton University, said Werbach was on to something with his ideas about internal changes in business culture having to do with transparency and engagement, and motivating employees to engage in purposes that align with their own values and ideals larger than themselves.“All across the board major corporations are implementing “North Star” goals and changing the course of business and we find that this goes straight to the bottom line. Not only will they keep their employees happier but they get better work and it’s actually a really effective way to help their bottom line.”Part of Werbach’s strategy with Wal-Mart was to invite personal sustainability projects (PSPs) from staff members. One of the outcomes of that program now saves the company $1 million in expenses yearly by replacing soda pop machine backlights with LEDs.But the real challenge is to motivate people to consume less, says Robert Logan, chief scientist of the Strategic Innovation lab at the Ontario College of Art & Design.“The soda pop machines with LEDS is nonsense. We should get rid of the whole damn machine and just have a water dispenser.”It’s a movement that needs to involve all levels of a corporation, Werbach told the audience at the Corporate Catalyst event.What do you think? Is it a company’s responsibility to respond to demand for more sustainable renewable practices and products? Should we do away with soda refrigerators altogether in the office?