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A positive move for climate change

KIGALI, Rwanda — Negotiators from more than 170 countries on Saturday reached a legally binding accord to counter climate change by cutting the worldwide use of a powerful planet-warming chemical used in air-conditioners and refrigerators. The Kigali deal was seven years in the making, and is a compromise between rich...

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First Time Since the Dinosaurs - A New World!

There's good news, and there's challenging news. On the good side: Duke University's Fuqua School of Business has published a new white paper highlighting opportunities for the utility industry to transform itself through the convergence of changing circumstances: "Triple Convergence: Talent, Strategy, and Leadership Disruptions in a Changing Utility Industry"...

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Electric vehicles - auto makers plan to meet demand

Things are changing quickly now, and the businesses that are ready will prosper. That's common sense. The change that is coming is the rapid swing towards electrical vehicles. "This will go down as one of those years where it all started to change," according to Andrew Bergbaum, managing director at...

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A Growth-Friendly Climate Change Proposal

The politics of climate change is moving on. Now that it is clear that climate change is happening, the question is how best to modify our approach with a minimum of social and economic disruption. British Columbia, Canada led the way with a income-neutral carbon tax in 2008. Washington State...

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Acclimatising Accelerating!

Check out this article in The Economist. Companies with the lowest emissions in each sector are best for investors. A price on carbon like carbon fee and dividend could accelerate those trends.

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Giving Voice to the Voiceless

When we are silent as the water is taken from a peaceful people so that their children begin to die in the thousands, what does that portend our children? Even as our advanced research increasingly documents the innovation-sparking and life-supporting role of diversity - biologically and intellectually - our thoughtlessness...

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What role can ESRAG play to support both adaptation & migration?

Many countries already need help adapting to climate change, as noted in the linked New York Times editorial. We in Rotary know that, because our members are among those countries. What we also know is that when Rotarians come together to address global challenges, we change the world. The Atlantic...

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A Tiny Island Shows How to Protect the Oceans

The success of Palau could be a road map for essential maritime protection activities around the world. The archipelago nation has outlawed bottom trawling, the practice of scraping the ocean with a curtain-like net that destroys everything in its path. It created the world’s first shark sanctuary and requires all...

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The Ozone Hole is Shrinking! Hope for Climate Change

Scientists have confirmed that the hole in the ozone has been steadily shrinking following the historic United Nations treaty — the Montreal Protocol — to ban chlorofluorocarbons, or CFCs, in 1989. The fact that the ozone is healing at all is a powerful testament to what can be achieved if...

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A Record-Breaking Year for the Climate

It's summer-time in the Northern Hemisphere, and we're feeling the heat. The good news is that the extremes in weather are making the news. We can't change the weather today, but we stand on the shoulders of giants, and we can see the fork in the road ahead. Here are...

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