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2014 will be the hottest year on record

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This article titled “2014 will be the hottest year on record” was written by John Abraham, for theguardian.com on Wednesday 17th December 2014 14.00 UTC

For those of us fixated on whether 2014 will be the hottest year on record, the results are in. At least, we know enough that we can make the call. According the global data from NOAA, 2014 will be the hottest year ever recorded.

I can make this pronouncement even before the end of the year because each month, I collect daily global average temperatures. So far, December . . . → Read More: 2014 will be the hottest year on record

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Responsible businesses need to shout louder about their societal value

Businesses must use all channels to shout about their good deeds.

Business leaders have a larger role to play in highlighting positive contributions of their companies. This requires a deeper connect with employees to disseminate core sustainability values – transparency, openness and commitment. . . . → Read More: Responsible businesses need to shout louder about their societal value

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50 years of gentrification: will all our cities turn into ‘deathly’ Canberra?

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There is little doubt that what makes a city livable would vary across societies. The point of concern is that while we try to define the ‘conditions for livability’, we should not loose sight of the larger picture. . . . → Read More: 50 years of gentrification: will all our cities turn into ‘deathly’ Canberra?

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Australian scientists plan to relocate wildlife threatened by climate change

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Endangered species vulnerable to rising temperatures to be shifted in contentious move considered ‘last resort’ by scientists . . . → Read More: Australian scientists plan to relocate wildlife threatened by climate change

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IPCC climate change report by numbers

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From 0.85 to 2,000,000,000,000 – a look at some of the numbers from the latest UN climate change report . . . → Read More: IPCC climate change report by numbers

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The Pacific Ocean fills in another piece of the global warming puzzle

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Evidence continues to mount that the slowed warming of global surface temperatures is mainly due to changes in the oceans . . . → Read More: The Pacific Ocean fills in another piece of the global warming puzzle

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Canada Pulls Out of Kyoto Protocol, Threatens to Derail Climate Action

The failure of the global community to bring the US under a legal regime is rubbing hard on the richer nations committed to Kyoto Protocol.

The announcement made by Peter Kent, the Canadian Environment Minister, to formally withdraw from the Kyoto Protocol comes as a major jolt to the global climate action movement. The timing of the announcement – barely a day after more than 190 nations signed off a deal at Durban – is also puzzling.

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On Thin Ice

Cambridge, Massachusetts – The Arctic – a mosaic of oceans, glaciers and the northern-most projections of several countries – is a place most of us will never see. We can imagine it, though, and our mental picture is dominated by one feature: ice. Yet the Arctic sea ice is changing dramatically, and its presence shouldn’t be taken for granted, even over the course of our lifetimes.

According to new research from MIT, the most recent global climate report fails to capture trends in Arctic sea-ice thinning and drift, and in some cases, substantially underestimates these trends.

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Embedding Sustainability through Technology

The focus on incorporating sustainable business practices is gaining importance. While many companies desire to become ‘sustainable’, the underlying issues related to data collection, management, analysis and reporting are critical areas where IT can play a significant role.

SAP offers solutions to strengthen sustainability initiatives of companies. In an interview with ThinktoSustain.com, Scott Bolick, VP-Sustainability Solutions at SAP, explains how SAP’s sustainability solutions are enabling companies to leverage the power of IT to measure, report and monitor their sustainability performance.

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Corporate Culture: Driving the Sustainability Agenda

As leading organizations successfully incorporate sustainability into their business strategies, the message across industry circles is becoming quite clear and stronger – ‘Sustainability’ is going to play a major role for businesses to thrive.

But is it so easy for companies to embed sustainability? What makes it easy or difficult for companies to make this shift? ‘Corporate Culture’ may perhaps be the vital link that can explain why many companies desirous of implementing sustainability strategies are struggling or failing.

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