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Jeremy Clarkson joins Guardian drive for fossil fuel divestment

Former Top Gear presenter says being sacked by the BBC was a ‘wake-up call’ as he joins host of celebrities backing climate change campaign<p>The disgraced former Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson has become the latest celebrity to support the Guardian’s campaign for fossil fuel divestment.<p>Following …

Energy

Vote now for sustainable business leader and unsung hero of the year

It’s time to submit your vote for two awards, both of which will be announced at the Guardian Sustainable Business Awards 2015 on 29 April.<p><b>Sustainable business leader of the year 2015</b><p>This award will be given to a leader who has shown dedication and bravery in progressing the sustainable business …

Graphene’s lightbulb moment

PHYSICISTS Andre Geim and Kostya Novoselev have been rightly feted for their isolation, in 2003, of graphene—sheets of pure carbon a single atom …

Carbon Fiber

As Coal Jobs Go Up In Flames, New Energy Positions Will Emerge From Ashes

Coal-related jobs are going up in flames, but new ones will emerge from the ashes. That’s the conclusion of a new economic study that examines the Obama administration’s energy policy and its potential impact on the broader economy.<p>Appalachia’s coal counties are smoldering for a multitude of …

What to Do When Your Future Strategy Clashes with Your Present

From time to time, the basis of competition in an industry shifts so dramatically that shifting with it requires a new long-term vision that calls for the organization to do things it never would have done in the past. The hardest part is connecting long-term goals to near-term actions — especially …

Sustainable Cities Work for Climate Change

To survive on this planet at the numbers we have amassed, cities must more efficiently support their human habitants, especially with persistent constraints on water, land, and food. Organizing people into cities can be an important strategy for conserving land for farming, biodiversity, and more …

5 Industries the Internet of Things Is Going to Change Radically

"What do you know about the Internet of Things?" is the question we asked at the beginning of this week. To put it simply, the idea behind IoT is to be able to connect any kind of every day object, say a thermostat, a car, a coffee maker, or a watch to the internet. Not only is it great to be able …

Google Says the Internet of Things' Smarts Will Save Energy

As the Internet of Things expands, with everything from thermostats to cameras to cars plugging into the net, so does the need for machines that can …

Peak Water: United States Water Use Drops to Lowest Level in 40 Years

The most important trend in the use of water is the slowly unfolding story of peak water in the United States and elsewhere. Data on US water use are compiled every five years by the US Geological Survey, covering every state and every sector of the economy. The latest data -- for 2010 -- have just …

Water

Competent Leaders Need to Understand the Science of Sustainability

In speaking about climate policy last week, President Obama chided senators who are trying to dodge the climate issue by claiming they were not scientists. The president went on to claim that he was not a scientist either, but that "I've got this guy, John Holdren. He's a scientist." What President …

UN climate change chief praises new US pollution regulations

America's new power plant regulations, due for release on Monday, could unlock stalled negotiations for a global deal on climate change, the United Nations' top climate official said.<p>Christiana Figueres, the UN's top climate change official, said she expects the new power plant rules could spur …

It's simple. If we can't change our economic system, our number's up

Let us imagine that in 3030BC the total possessions of the people of Egypt filled one cubic metre. Let us propose that these possessions grew by 4.5% a year. How big would that stash have been by the Battle of Actium in 30BC? This is the calculation performed by the investment banker Jeremy …

The $4 Trillion Mistake: Climate Action Delayed Is Climate Action Denied

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has issued another major report warning that we are headed for a beyond-catastrophic 11°F warming (6°C). The …

Balancing people and profit at a global oil company

I had seen sketches of what the plant would look like: a modern complex of gleaming silver buildings, circled by trucks and cars filled with men in hardhats. I tried to visualize the images from those sketches on the scene below me, mentally replacing swathes of forest with steel and concrete. …

Climate Panel Stunner: Avoiding Climate Catastrophe Is Super Cheap — But Only If We Act Now

The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has just issued its third of four planned reports. This one is on “mitigation” — “human …

Businesses need better understanding of built environment says study

The world is changing, and changing in ways that will have profound implications for our cities. We have already passed the tipping point: in 2010, for the first time in history, more people lived in cities than in rural communities and the number is set to continue to grow with the world's urban …

Carbon divestment activists claim victory as Harvard adopts green code

Harvard has become the first American university to sign on to a United Nations-backed code of responsible investment – in a move to assuage a carbon divestment campaign.<p>Six months after explicitly rejecting calls to divest from fossil fuels, managers of Harvard's $33bn endowment will now be guided …

Exxon Mobil's response to climate change is consummate arrogance

Monday saw the release of the latest climate report from the planet’s scientists. Predictions of famine, flood, and so on – mostly what we already knew, in even more striking language.<p>But Monday also saw the release of another document somewhat less expected, and probably at least as important in …

Google, Facebook and Apple lead on green data centers

A Greenpeace report released Wednesday gives kudos to tech giants such as Facebook and Apple for using an increasing amount of renewable electricity to power their data centers.<p>The research shows that Google, which sells its data center services to businesses, has been the most ambitious by buying …

Want to change customer behaviour? Try changing your business model

<i>This is the third in a series of posts by SustainAbility about business-model innovations that accelerate social and environmental impact.</i><p>Imagine if you got rewarded every time you rode your bike instead of driving, or if you could received a tangible benefit whenever you made a greener choice. …

Live Out Your James Bond Fantasies With This Stylish Bulletproof Suit

If anyone was going to wear a bulletproof pinstripe suit, it would definitely be James Bond. Turns out there’s more people than you think that work …

IPCC Report Warns Climate Change is Happening Now and Nobody Will be Spared

The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a landmark report Monday on the impact of climate change at their …

5 Things to Know About How Climate Change Impacts the World

Today leading science experts released the latest United Nations report on the impacts of climate change around the world. As the Associated Press reported:<p>"The big risks and overall effects of global warming are far more immediate and local than scientists once thought. It's not just about melting …

Wind Reaches Its Highest Generation Level Ever In Texas, Heralding A Challenge To Natural Gas

Wind power set a new record in Texas last Friday, heralding wind’s growing competitiveness with natural gas.<p>As CleanTechnica reports, instantaneous …

Climate Risks and Opportunities

Do people really "wake up" to warnings as a result of other people telling them to? Does hearing about the threat of a catastrophic future inspire us to do something about it? For the most part, the answer appears to be no -- and that is why one of the most important things we can do about climate …

3 Graphics To Explain The Present And Future Of Climate Change

Yields of maize (corn) and wheat are dropping, and recent price spikes are linked to extreme weather events, finds a new report by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). [For more on the report, see Report Finds Changing Climate Is A Fact And Impacting The Food We Eat]<p>To help …

How The EPA Could Cut Carbon Emissions Even More Than We Thought By 2020

The Environmental Protection Agency’s upcoming carbon rules for existing power plants could cut even more emissions than previously thought, …