March, 2024

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Amazon, Google and Microsoft signal growing interest in nuclear, geothermal power

GreenBiz

Rising demand from artificial intelligence is forcing big technology companies to look beyond wind and solar for clean energy.

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California extends 100 pct renewables streak to 17 out of last 18 days

Renew Economy

California extends its run of reaching a peak of more than 100 per cent renewables to 17 out of the last 18 days. The post California extends 100 pct renewables streak to 17 out of last 18 days appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Canada’s LNG industry says it will reduce Asian emissions. Prove it.

Corporate Knights

Every other day, it seems, an oil and gas industry supporter appears on my LinkedIn or X (formerly Twitter) feeds, arguing that Canada needs to ramp up the production and export of liquefied natural gas (LNG). While their interest is clearly economic, many proponents wrap their arguments in dubious claims about Canadian LNG contributing to the global fight to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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What is artificial general intelligence (AGI)?

McKinsey Sustainabilty

Artificial general intelligence (AGI) is a theoretical AI system with capabilities that rival those of a human. Many researchers believe we are still decades, if not centuries, away from achieving AGI.

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The Key to Sustainable Energy Optimization: A Data-Driven Approach for Manufacturing

Speaker: Kevin Kai Wong, President of Emergent Energy Solutions

In today's industrial landscape, the pursuit of sustainable energy optimization and decarbonization has become paramount. ♻️ Manufacturing corporations across the U.S. are facing the urgent need to align with decarbonization goals while enhancing efficiency and productivity. Unfortunately, the lack of comprehensive energy data poses a significant challenge for manufacturing managers striving to meet their targets. 📊 Join us for a practical webinar hosted by Kevin Kai Wong of Emergent Ene

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Persian plateau unveiled as crucial hub for early human migration out of Africa

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

A new study combining genetic, palaeoecological, and archaeological evidence has unveiled the Persian Plateau as a pivotal geographic location serving as a hub for Homo sapiens during the early stages of their migration out of Africa. It highlights the period between 70,000 to 45,000 years ago when human populations did not uniformly spread across Eurasia, leaving a gap in our understanding of their whereabouts during this time frame.

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EPA’s new partners plot a $27 billion path to a US green bank

Impact Alpha

The announcement of the winners of “green bank” funding under the Inflation Reduction Act is so close at hand that the Environmental Protection. The post EPA’s new partners plot a $27 billion path to a US green bank appeared first on ImpactAlpha.

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Gas plant owner hit with big fine for sitting idle in major blackout first blamed on renewables

Renew Economy

The owners of the largest gas plant in South Australia have been hit with a heavy fine for the role it played in a major blackout in early 2017, when it sat idle and failed to comply with market rules. The post Gas plant owner hit with big fine for sitting idle in major blackout first blamed on renewables appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Amsterdam is the latest city to throw its weight behind Plant Based Treaty

Corporate Knights

Known for its intricate canals, gabled houses and progressive social policies, Amsterdam has been sharpening its knives when it comes to its food. An increasingly assertive push to get its residents to shift to a plant-based diet has made the Dutch capital the latest big city – and first capital in the European Union – to back the citizen-led Plant Based Treaty.

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Generative AI: The next S-curve for the semiconductor industry?

McKinsey Sustainabilty

The surge of interest in and use of generative AI translates to higher demand for semiconductors, pushing the industry to innovate faster and produce more capable and efficient chips.

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SEC Approves Scaled-Back Climate Disclosure Rules

ESG Today

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced today the approval of its long-awaited requirements for climate-related disclosures for U.S. public companies, requiring companies for the first time to provide information in annual reports and registration statements on climate risks facing their businesses, plans to address those risks, the financial impact of severe weather events, and, in some cases, greenhouse gas emissions originating from their operations.

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Are Your Impact Comms Resonating With Stakeholders?

Whether your organization is at the start of its sustainability and impact journey or years into it, many brands share a common concern: the uncertainty of whether they are sending stakeholders mixed messages. Creating content that speaks to your audience's “love language” can be a tricky dance. But, worry not! 3BL has put together tips to ensure that your content not only finds its rhythm but also resonates with your target audiences.

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A self-cleaning wall paint

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

Beautiful white wall paint does not stay beautiful and white forever. Often, various substances from the air accumulate on its surface. This can be a desired effect because it makes the air cleaner for a while -- but over time, the color changes and needs to be renewed. Now, special titanium oxide nanoparticles have been developed that can be added to ordinary, commercially available wall paint to establish self-cleaning power: The nanoparticles are photocatalytically active, they can use sunlig

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Why businesses should stop planting trees and start protecting forests

GreenBiz

Investing in forest protection is the most effective approach to enhancing forest carbon sequestration and supporting biodiversity.

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Queensland unveils renewable zone roadmap to connect 22GW of wind, solar and transition from coal

Renew Economy

Queensland unveils roadmap to create 12 renewable energy zones to support 22 GW of new wind and solar and its 80 pct renewables target. The post Queensland unveils renewable zone roadmap to connect 22GW of wind, solar and transition from coal appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Canada’s Big Five banks keep moving further away from net-zero

Corporate Knights

A new report renders a damning portrait of Canada’s Big Five banks on their path to net-zero emissions by 2050. Instead of shifting toward net zero, the banks have moved backwards, raising their financing of the fossil fuel industry with only modest increases to low-carbon energy. “The Big Five banks have taken little voluntary action to align their business practices with their own net-zero commitments,” states the report by InfluenceMap , a global corporate research think tank based in Londo

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Mastering Supply Chain Sustainability: Where Does ESG Fit In?

Speaker: Hortense Grouvel

In this new webinar, you will learn firsthand how to set up a sustainable supply chain program that will help meet increasing ESG requirements stemming from regulators, customers, consumers, and investors alike. Hortense Grouvel, ESG expert at IntegrityNext, and Sean Whelan, Global Senior Manager at Halliburton, will look at how ensuring compliance will also help you increase sustainability performance, resilience, and innovation, allowing you to unlock the full potential of your supply chain op

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The human side of generative AI: Creating a path to productivity

McKinsey Sustainabilty

The number of employees who use generative AI is expected to soar, freeing many to focus on higher-level cognitive work. Can organizations use this moment to make jobs more people centric?

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Google Commits to $35 Million of Carbon Removal Credits over Next 12 Months

ESG Today

Google announced today a new commitment to contract for at least $35 million of carbon removal credits over the next 12 months, as part of an initiative by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) aimed at helping to scale the carbon removal sector by funding the sector’s innovations and technology. In a post announcing the new commitment, Randy Spock, Carbon Credits and Removals Lead at Google, said: “This model of mutually reinforcing public-private support is an important tool to commercialize car

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Drought, soil desiccation cracking, and carbon dioxide emissions: an overlooked feedback loop exacerbating climate change

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

Soil stores 80 percent of carbon on earth, yet with increasing cycles of drought, that crucial reservoir is cracking and breaking down, releasing even more greenhouse gases creating an amplified feedback loop that could accelerate climate change.

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Exploring the first international declaration on pathways to building decarbonization

GreenBiz

The Declaration de Chaillot marks a major achievement for countries trying to meet the targets of the Paris Agreement.

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What Regulations Will Impact Sustainability Comms in 2024?

Navigating the waters of sustainability reporting disclosures and regulations can be intimidating, to say the least. With various measures set in motion in 2023 to keep companies accountable, there is a lot in store for brands’ impact communication in the upcoming year. 3BL is kicking off this January with our Navigating ESG Comms Through the Cosmos - Capricorn Edition by highlighting the impact of: The U.S Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Climate disclosure rules The European Commission

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Nuclear ranks last on list of good investments by big institutions

Renew Economy

The vast majority of investors do not see nuclear power as a good investment, with less than one in 10 exploring this technology, new survey finds. The post Nuclear ranks last on list of good investments by big institutions appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Digital Public Infrastructure for the Developing World

Stanford Social Innovation

By Sreevas Sahasranamam & Jaideep Prabhu On a recent visit to rural Andhra Pradesh we stopped to buy a cup of tea from a chaiwallah, an informal entrepreneur selling tea by the roadside. After producing a hot cup of masala chai, she gave us a QR code to make our payment. This lady in a remote rural location not only had a digital bank account that allowed her to receive digital payments, but she had the proof of identity needed for such an account: a unique 12-digit number linked to her biom

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Economic conditions outlook, March 2024

McKinsey Sustainabilty

Survey responses show increased confidence in the economy—globally and at home. Geopolitical concerns persist, and respondents increasingly view political transitions and policy changes as pressing risks.

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Microsoft Signs 95,000 Ton Biochar Carbon Removal Deal with Climate Solutions Startup The Next 150

ESG Today

Microsoft and climate solutions provider The Next 150 announced that they have signed a 6-year offtake agreement, with Microsoft purchasing 95,000 tons of carbon removal credits generated by a new biochar production facility in Mexico. Biochar, or biological charcoal, is produced by heating biomass, such as forest residue, wood or crop waste, in the absence of oxygen, creating a stable form of carbon, which when buried in soil enables centuries-long carbon sequestration, in addition to leading t

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What Questions Are Brands Asking About Their ESG Initiatives Ahead of 2024?

Temperatures are rising (and not just metaphorically) as key stakeholders anxiously anticipate the outcomes of COP28. While companies reconsider their 2024 environmental sustainability strategies, there is another aspect of ESG that deserves exploring, the social sector. In the latest edition of "Navigating ESG Comms Through the Cosmos - Sagittarius Edition", 3BL hones in on this sign’s bold quality of asking questions others are burning to know the answers to.

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Say hello to biodegradable microplastics

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

Finding viable alternatives to traditional petroleum-based plastics and microplastics has never been more important. New research shows that their plant-based polymers biodegrade -- even at the microplastic level -- in under seven months.

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Microsoft, P&G, Unilever and Walmart among 239 companies to miss net-zero deadline

GreenBiz

A sweeping status update by the Science Based Targets initiative downgrades some big corporate names.

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Farmers double the value of back paddocks with renewable power deals

Renew Economy

Some farmers are getting almost double the value of back paddocks in land deals struck with renewable energy and storage developers. The post Farmers double the value of back paddocks with renewable power deals appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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UBS Banker’s Frustration Exposes Cracks in World of Climate Finance

Alaistair Marsh

The world’s biggest banks are quietly hanging on to carbon-intensive clients because of what they see as unrealistic demands from regulators and civil society — and the threat to their fees.

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The Silver Lining to Corporate DEI Challenges

In our latest edition of Navigating ESG Comms Through the Cosmos - Scorpio Edition, 3BL embraces the perspective of one of the zodiac's most misunderstood signs: Scorpio. While this sign often has a darker view of the world, they do not shy away from shining a light on controversial topics. This month we take a deep dive into corporate pullback of DEI and how companies can utilize astrological advice to reinvent its social impact communication.

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Latinos in Hollywood: Amplifying voices, expanding horizons

McKinsey Sustainabilty

Improving on- and off-screen representation of Latinos, their stories, and their culture could generate billions of dollars in new revenue for the industry, according to new McKinsey research.

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Forging the Future of Sustainability: Celebrating WWF Voices on International Women's Day

WWF Sustainability

From scientists to marketing experts, the women of WWF bring an array of perspectives and talents.

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Common household chemicals pose new threat to brain health, study finds

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

Researchers have provided fresh insight into the dangers some common household chemicals pose to brain health. They suggest that chemicals found in a wide range of items, from furniture to hair products, may be linked to neurological conditions.

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Why Bayer and the Gates Foundation are using CRISPR to reduce food's climate impact

GreenBiz

Gene editing technology can help create the next generation of climate-resistant crops.

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Supercharge Your ESG Content This Libra Season

Throughout Climate Week, a feeling of urgency on tackling the climate crisis was palpable. Yet, questions continue to linger about corporate progress. Are we truly moving the needle or are we stuck in a cycle of empty statements and a flood of reports and guidelines? In the latest edition of Navigating ESG Comms Through the Cosmos - Libra Edition , we use Climate Week outcomes to explore how brands can communicate progress credibly.