Environment

Ethical Corporation's top 10 stories of 2017

Terry Slavin, (Dec 15, 2017)

Tesla boss Elon Musk was a major player in two of our 10 biggest stories of the year: the dizzying rise of electric vehicles and spectacular growth of microgrids

Top stories of 2017: #9 US super-storms spur growth of resilience movement

April Streeter, (Dec 14, 2017)

The hurricanes that battered North America this year have boosted awareness of climate change and increased cities' resolve to act

Top stories of 2017: #3 Energy storage and microgrids take centre stage

Mike Scott, (Dec 13, 2017)

With energy storage forecast to experience the same explosive growth trajectory as solar, the barriers to a distributed energy future are tumbling down, writes Mike Scott

Opinion: ‘We need sustainability leaders to champion circular economy in IT’

Mark Jolly, (Dec 13, 2017)

Companies replace IT equipment every four to five years, a waste of critical raw materials with huge environmental and social costs, argues Cranfield University professor Mark Jolley. With refurbished computers now nearly as high-performing as new, there needs to be an end to the make-use-dispose culture

Top stories of 2017: #1 The future of mobility turns electric

Angeli Mehta, (Dec 13, 2017)

Angeli Mehta asks whether this year marked the beginning of the end of our love affair with the combustion engine

Top stories of 2017: #8 Britain seems to back away from hard Brexit

Martin Wright, (Dec 12, 2017)

Some sort of exit from the EU now looks certain, says Martin Wright. But Michael Gove’s moves to safeguard bees and tackle plastics gave comfort to environmentalists this year

Schneider Electric, EDF make major climate pledges ahead of One Planet summit

Terry Slavin, (Dec 11, 2017)

89 French companies sign up to climate action ahead of Macron’s green finance summit to mark two years since the Paris Agreement

Green finance: Deforestation brings risk of $1trn in stranded assets, warns CDP

Terry Slavin, (Nov 23, 2017)

More than a third of companies with links to commodities such as timber, soy, palm oil and beef fail to address deforestation at the board level. In the US two-thirds of boards are failing to tackle this increasing risk

Green finance: Funds for forests ‘dwarfed by investment in activities that destroy them’

Terry Slavin, (Nov 23, 2017)

New research on progress towards ending deforestation by 2030 shows funding is woefully short, while indigenous groups say their role as protectors of the forest is under increasing threat

Green finance: Turning risk into climate rewards for developing countries

Mark Hillsdon, (Nov 23, 2017)

The Climate Finance Accelerator and Green Climate Fund are among those trying to de-risk private sector investment in clean energy projects in poor countries

The disruptors: Paul Simpson, the atypical activist who woke C-suites to climate risk

Oliver Balch, (Nov 23, 2017)

The founder of CDP tells Oliver Balch how the organisation he started 17 years ago has helped transform corporate and investor attitudes to climate change

Climate briefing: Leading firms take ground-up approach to cutting aviation emissions

Angeli Mehta, (Nov 23, 2017)

Besides innovating on biofuels and electric planes, easyJet and others are demonstrating that much can be done to cut emissions before aircraft leave the ground

Climate briefing: Is aviation industry poised for lift-off on climate action?

Angeli Mehta, (Nov 23, 2017)

ICAO is finally moving on carbon offsetting rules, while leading airports and airlines like easyJet and BA are innovating in biofuels and electric aircraft to cut emissions

Climate briefing: The UK developers minding the energy gap in commercial buildings

Mike Scott, (Nov 23, 2017)

Landsec and Hammerson are innovating to increase energy efficiency and renewables use in a sector resistant to change

Climate Briefing: US firms feel the power of renewable energy targets

Diane Rojas, (Nov 23, 2017)

Growing numbers of American companies are joining RE100 at the same time as the Trump administration is pulling away from the Paris Agreement, reports Diana Rojas

Green finance: 'There is a positive relation between social impact and financial returns'

Mark Hillsdon, (Nov 23, 2017)

How ClearlySo, the Social Stock Exchange, the SyndicateRoom and the Low Carbon Innovation Fund are innovating to make an impact

Green finance: There’s an app for that: how fintech is financing the SDGs

Mark Hillsdon, (Nov 23, 2017)

The Green Digital Finance Alliance is harnessing people power through technologies such as mobile money to speed up the low-carbon transition

Green finance: Can we bank on a clean energy future?

Mark Hillsdon, (Nov 23, 2017)

The green bond market is worth $100bn, but with $1trn needed to fund the low-energy transition by 2020, we assess what it will take to move the global financial system onto a more sustainable footing

‘By ending deforestation in West Africa we can turn cocoa farmers into climate heroes’

Terry Slavin, (Nov 17, 2017)

World Cocoa Foundation chairman Barry Parkin says the unprecedented deal signed by 21 cocoa companies with Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire at COP23 this week will introduce climate-smart farming practices and lift hundreds of thousands from poverty

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