Weekly Round Up: COP21, stemming the plastic waste problem and Uruguay’s renewable shift

With so much going on in the realm of sustainability, leadership, and innovation, and only a limited amount of bandwidth for professionals in this space, we have created this weekly post to highlight articles that we feel are (1) important, (2) relevant, and (3) interesting in the areas of business sustainability. If you have an article that you feel needs to be mentioned, please do so in the comments section.

Short Answers to Hard Questions About Climate Change

With the details of climate change often difficult to define and the science of the issue complex, Justin Gullis, summarises the key areas of global warming, the potential future impacts and the areas of uncertainty in light of the global talks in Paris.

Just In Time For COP21; The Breakthrough Energy Coalition

This week, as the world’s business leaders and heads of states gathered in Paris for the climate conference, long awaited cross-sector collaboration to reduce carbon emissions started to build momentum.  Two milestones were the multibillion-dollar “Breakthrough Energy Coalition” led by Bill Gates and billionaires like Jeff Bezos and Mark Zuckerberg, and the “Mission Innovation” joined by 20 countries – including China, India, US, Indonesia and Brazil – which commits them to double the funding for clean energy R&D.

Saving the ocean from plastic waste

Last week we addresses the challenges of the growing plastic stream. Plastic entering the oceans is fast becoming one of the worst environmental problems facing the planet, in this article proposals are set for how action from the top 5 polluters could help stem the future flow.

Uruguay makes dramatic shift to nearly 95% electricity from clean energy

Without the use of government subsidies Uruguay has successfully increased its electricity production to 95% renewable. Previous to this Uruguay used to bring in vast levels of oil and gas from neighbouring countries but these have now been replaced by wind turbines as the countries top energy import.


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