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Nagoya 2010: Hardwiring Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services into Finance

Nagoya – From banks to insurance companies, some key financial institutions are beginning to recognize rising risks to investments from biodiversity and ecosystems loss. Over the past 12 months, the likelihood that declines in biodiversity will have a ‘severe’, US $ 10 billion to US $ 50 billion impact on business has also climbed sharply. According to one new survey, this risk is now higher than that from international terrorism and almost on a par with extreme weather events.

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Nagoya 2010: Bridging Biodiversity and Business

Nagoya, Japan – What is a ‘Key Biodiversity Area’? Why is it important, how was it established and what is its relevance to business? The answers to these and other key questions can be now found on the “A-Z Areas of Biodiversity Importance” website, which was launched today at the 10th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) taking place in Nagoya, Japan.

Spotlighting some 35 important areas worldwide – such as Ramsar, World Heritage sites and Protected Areas – this electronic guide also explains the species and habitats they seek to . . . → Read More: Nagoya 2010: Bridging Biodiversity and Business

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Sustainable Development of Energy Sector in Delhi: Explores WEC-IMC Study

ThinktoSustain.com presents an interview with Mr. Pradeep Chaturvedi regarding the various aspects of WEC-IMC Study “Sustainable Development of Energy Sector in Delhi Beyond 2010” released recently.

WEC-IMC, the Indian Member Committee of the World Energy Council, recently undertook a study titled “Sustainable Development of Energy Sector in Delhi Beyond 2010” to showcase the efforts of City of Delhi to meet the energy needs for economic growth, social development and transportation. The Study was released on August 20, on the occasion of Akshaya Urja Diwas 2010, by Mr. Rakesh Mehta, Chief Secretary, Government of Delhi. Mr. Pradeep . . . → Read More: Sustainable Development of Energy Sector in Delhi: Explores WEC-IMC Study

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Sustainable Development of Energy Sector in Delhi Beyond 2010

Delhi has touched 17 million in population and is expected to touch 23 million by 2021. The migratory influx from adjoining areas makes planned development of Delhi an uphill task.

Realizing the intricacies and complexities of planning and providing energy supplies to the people in Delhi as well as the whole National Capital Region (NCR), and encouraged by the launch of the Global Study on ‘Energy for Mega Cities’ by the World Energy Council (WEC), the Indian Member Committee of the council – WEC-IMC – took a conscious decision to undertake the study on “Sustainable Development . . . → Read More: Sustainable Development of Energy Sector in Delhi Beyond 2010

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Australia Lags its Trading Partners on Pollution Price Tags

Pioneering global research commissioned by The Climate Institute reveals that Australia’s major trading partners have higher direct and indirect carbon pricing in their electricity sectors in order to drive cleaner energy investments.

“More and more competitors are putting a price tag on pollution to boost clean energy competitiveness,” said The Climate Institute’s Deputy CEO Erwin Jackson. “There is no risk of Australia leading the world in making businesses responsible for the pollution they cause – we have already been overtaken by competitors including the UK, China and the USA.”

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Biodiversity: The Lifeline of Sustainable Agriculture– by Dr. Vanaja Ramprasad, Green Foundation

For centuries, farmers and their allies everywhere have maintained the diversity in the fields where the crops and plant breeds continue to co-evolve with their pests, and the environment and the knowledge of how to craft agricultural landscapes has sustained food production across the globe. Tragically, the diversity loss is driven by economic interests where constant effort is being made to distribute what are called the “improved seeds and livestock”, which on closer observation have turned out to be inferior to the local-types, except in ideal conditions.

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Climate Change Leaders: 350 Best U.S. Companies– by Michael Bittner, EHS Journal

General Electric has been ranked as Top U.S. Climate Change Leader by Maplecroft’s Climate Innovation Indexes, which rate the top 350 U.S. companies based on their climate innovation and carbon management programs.

On 4 October 2010, Maplecroft launched rebalanced rankings for the Climate Innovation Indexes (CIIs), which rate the top 350 U.S. companies based on their climate innovation and carbon management programs. The CIIs identify climate change leaders that are positioning themselves to seize opportunities and deliver sustained growth in a carbon-constrained future business environment.

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Global Warming: Travelling by Car Increases Global Temperatures More Than Travelling by Plane

Laxenburg, Austria – The study, published in the journal ‘Environmental Science & Technology’ by a team of researchers from Austria and Norway, compares the impacts on global warming of different means of transport. The researchers use, for the first time, a suite of climate chemistry models to consider the climate effects of all long- and short-lived gases, aerosols and cloud effects, not just carbon dioxide, resulting from transport worldwide. In the long run, the global temperature increase from a car trip will on average be higher than from a plane journey of the same distance. However, in the first . . . → Read More: Global Warming: Travelling by Car Increases Global Temperatures More Than Travelling by Plane

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Autodesk and Granta Partner to Co-develop Sustainable Product Design

San Rafael, California – Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK 32.77, -0.39, -1.18%) and materials information technology innovators, Granta Design Ltd., have announced a new strategic partnership, combining Autodesk’s Digital Prototyping vision with Granta’s materials information and eco design technology to help enable sustainable product design. Granta and Autodesk are co-developing software that will add new sustainable design capabilities to the Autodesk solution.

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Toyota Green Initiative Launches at Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Torrance, California – The Toyota Green Initiative is an environmental stewardship platform designed to empower Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) students and alumni on the benefits of adopting a sustainable lifestyle. The Toyota Green Initiative will provide multiple touch points to mobilize the collegiate audience to go green including a content-rich website (www.ToyotaGreen.com) and an HBCU campus tour.

At the hub of the Toyota Green Initiative is the interactive website ToyotaGreen.com, which will provide easy cost-saving tips on going green, eco-conscious articles, videos, campus events and volunteer programs.

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