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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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Domestic Emission Trading Systems in Developing Countries

Since the adoption of the Kyoto Protocol in 1997, the establishment of a harmonised international carbon market has been seen as one of the main strategies in international climate policy. Designing a harmonised international carbon market is not only seen as a main strategy under the Kyoto Protocol, but also a key goal of the European Union.

In a recently published policy paper, Wolfgang Sterk and Florian Mersmannfrom Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, Wuppertal, Germany, analyzed six developing countries with possible domestic emissions trading systems and the possibilities of linking them to existing trading . . . → Read More: Domestic Emission Trading Systems in Developing Countries

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Ten Practical Policy Consequences of Acknowledging Climate Change as an Ethical Problem

Although many people have acknowledged that climate change must be understood as an ethical problem, the practical significance for climate policy formation that follows from this recognition appears not to be understood widely.

This article details ten of the practical consequences, among many others, for policy formation listed by Donald A. Brown, Associate Professor of Environmental Ethics, Science and Law at Pennsylvania State University, that flow from the acknowledgement that climate change is an ethical problem.

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Renewable Energy Markets: Making it Work in India

The success of international technology companies in India highly depends on their ability to adjust to local parameters. Especially in the dynamic field of renewable energy, the systemic design of business models promises long-term success. BRIDGE TO INDIA, a consulting company based in New Delhi, identified eight factors that help global businesses to develop a successful strategy for India. Isabelle-Jasmin Roth, Director and Head of Urban Planning at Bridge to India, discusses these key success factors.

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Post-Earthquake Climate Policy in Japan

This is a proposal on policy transformation and issuance of low carbon recovery bonds by Prof. Jusen Asuka, Director of Climate Policy Group at Institute of Global Environmental Strategy (IGES), Japan, and a Professor at the Center for Northeast Asian Studies, Tohoku University, Japan.

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CDM Carbon Sink Tree Plantations: Insights into Sustainability Issues

In an interview with ThinktoSustain.com, Dr. Blessing J. Karumbidza and Mr. Wally Menne – who recently conducted a study on a CDM tree plantation by a Norwegian company in Tanzania – discuss the sustainability and viability issues of such tree plantations being used as carbon emission offset projects under Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) of the Kyoto Protocol, and their impact on local communities and rural economies.

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Climate Migration Will Not Wait for Scientific Certainty on Global Warming

This is an editorial by UN Under-Secretary-General and UNEP Executive Director, Achim Steiner, dated May 11, 2011. This article first appeared in the ‘Guardian’.

Research says millions are displaced annually as a result of climate disasters. We must take the precautionary approach.

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Climate Bonds: Insights into Investment Opportunities for a Low Carbon World

Most of us would understand why there is a need to move towards a low carbon economy and why huge financial investments are required. The challenge before us is the short-time frame in which investments need to be mobilized in a systematic manner. We need investment tools that act as a catalyst in this transformation process.

ThinktoSustain.com interviews Sean Kidney, Chair, Climate Bonds Initiative, to understand the potential of climate bonds as an investment tool, and related issues and challenges.

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The Cancún Agreements: Good or Bad for Climate Change?

On 11 December 2010, in Cancún, Mexico, the Cancún Agreements on Climate Change were adopted by 193 nations during the sixteenth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 16) and the sixth session of the Conference of the Parties serving as meeting of the Meeting of the Parties (CMP 6) to the Kyoto Protocol.

With these new developments, many consider Cancún as an important milestone in the history of climate change talks under the UNFCCC. The authors took on the opportunity to revisit the lessons of Cancun to best understand and find ways for moving . . . → Read More: The Cancún Agreements: Good or Bad for Climate Change?

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