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Cities in front line of battle to cut emissions from buildings in U.S.

Sarah LaBrecque, (Sep 12, 2021)

With President Biden’s American Jobs Plan failing to deliver as promised, Sarah LaBrecque reports on how cities like Cincinnati are taking the lead on mitigating and adapting to climate change

Can corporates’ net-zero drive help put tropical countries on rapid road to ending deforestation?

Terry Slavin, (Jun 2, 2021)

Terry Slavin looks at the LEAF coalition, an initiative backed by the U.S., Britain and Norway that aims to channel carbon-offsetting finance into saving tropical forests

Indonesian rush to biodiesel raises fears about spike in deforestation risk

Terry Slavin, (Mar 17, 2021)

Environmentalists fear more tropical forest could be cleared to expand palm oil plantations as state oil company announces roll out of green diesel for road and aviation fuels. Terry Slavin reports

How brands are joining the communications battle for more sustainable consumption

Nadine Hawa, (Dec 9, 2020)

Companies that want to credibly lead on tackling climate change have to take their customers – and governments – with them. Nadine Hawa reports

New drive to police ‘wild west’ of net-zero targets ahead of COP26

Mike Scott, (Dec 9, 2020)

With corporate climate neutrality claims derided by some as the ‘new world peace’, Mike Scott reports on efforts to call out greenwash and promote scientifically credible action

Scorched earth strategies: How Cargill, Unilever and Diageo are cutting their water footprints

Mark Hillsdon, (Nov 8, 2020)

Agriculture accounts for 70% of water use, yet despite increasing reporting of water risk to CDP, water withdrawals by companies in the food and drink and agriculture sectors continue to rise. Mark Hillsdon reports on three companies that are taking a restorative approach

Calls for green Covid-19 recovery packages from companies and 220 regional governments

Terry Slavin, (May 18, 2020)

Policymakers must use the trillions of dollars they are preparing to inject into their economies to support efforts to tackle climate change, urges a coalition of 155 companies that have set science-based targets. Terry Slavin reports

Last stand for forests in Ethical Corporation magazine

Terry Slavin, (Feb 11, 2020)

In the first of a two-part investigation into how brands are performing on their 2020 commitments to ending deforestation in their supply chains, this month we look at palm oil and timber products

Move to set science-based targets for timber sector as threat to northern forests grows

Angeli Mehta, (Feb 2, 2020)

Environmentalists warn that clear-cut logging permitted by the FSC and poor forestry management practices are undermining the ability slow-growing boreal forests to store carbon. Angeli Mehta reports

EU’s green deal one of few glimmers of hope amid disappointing COP25

Oliver Balch, (Dec 18, 2019)

In his monthly CSR Cheat Sheet column, Oliver Balch picks out some signs of progress amid the gloom of this month’s climate conference, including new corporate commitments and significant steps in the transport sector

How Shell's offsetting move could help unlock flood of finance for forests

Terry Slavin, (Sep 2, 2019)

With the launch later this month of a new platform to trade REDD+ forestry credits, there are hopes the oil major’s $300m investment will kickstart demand for nature-based solutions to climate change. Terry Slavin reports

CSR Cheat Sheet part 2: Cooperation on protecting freshwater basins ‘urgently needed’

Oliver Balch, (Aug 28, 2019)

In part 2 of his monthly review of sustainability news, Oliver Balch looks at calls for governments to work together to tackle growing water stress, efforts by Levi Strauss and Primark to reduce water use in their supply chains, and heightened public awareness of climate change

CSR Cheat Sheet part 1: Growing hunger shows food industry off-track to meet SDGs

Oliver Balch, (Aug 5, 2019)

In the first part of his monthly round-up of sustainability news Oliver Balch looks at a pair of reports from the Food and Agriculture Organisation that are a curtain-raiser to this week’s report on the impact of climate change and land use from the IPCC

‘Poor sister’ of adaptation in spotlight at London Climate Action week

Terry Slavin, (Jul 9, 2019)

Terry Slavin reports on how the Global Commission on Adaptation is seeking to propel finance for resilience up the agenda for policymakers and investors

Getting to the bottom of the green buildings conundrum

Mike Scott, (Apr 2, 2019)

Companies setting science based targets in the building sector face formidable challenges due to the long value chain. Mike Scott reports on a WBCSD initiative to come up with a systems-level approach to cutting whole-of-life CO2 emissions

Why satellite surveillance isn’t enough to turn the tide on deforestation

Giles Crosse, (Oct 30, 2018)

Giles Crosse looks at UN efforts to remove the barriers that have prevented the plethora of remote sensing tools now available to bring about change on the ground

Growing concerns: the companies innovating to cool the planet

Angeli Mehta, (Oct 29, 2018)

Angeli Mehta profiles Land Life, TerViva, and Komaza, three startups that are finding growth opportunities in planting the trees scientists say are urgently needed to combat climate change

Fightback against deforestation in Africa focuses on small farmers

Eric Marx, (Oct 29, 2018)

Eric Marx looks at how initiatives such as AFR100 and the Cocoa & Forests Initiative in Ghana and Côte D’Ivoire are tackling land tenure issues, food insecurity and poverty to try to stop rampant deforestation

Will self-driving cars be saviours or bane of cities?

Mark Hillsdon, (Aug 22, 2018)

AVs have been hailed by groups like the WBCSD as the answer to sustainable mobility, but unless they are part of new shared public-private transport models they could just lead to more cars on the roads. Mark Hillsdon reports

Greenpeace is right to hold our feet to the fire on deforestation, says Unilever chief

Terry Slavin, (May 1, 2018)

Paul Polman talks to Terry Slavin about the food giant's commitment to sustainable palm oil sourcing and his work to bring transformational change on a global level