Christiana Figueres: Peak emissions by 2020 'crazy but achievable'
Former UN climate chief Christiana Figueres remains "stubbornly optimistic" that market trends are already in place to hit ambitious three-year targets as part of her Mission 2020 campaign, but only if the "climate conversation" is extended to a wider range of stakeholders and investors.
UK leads G7 on 'decoupling' emissions reduction from wealth creation
The UK has been more successful than any other G7 nation at decoupling emissions growth from that of the economy over the past 25 years, according to a new report.
Climate Turning Point: 2020 identified as 'game-changing' year for global action
A new report has highlighted 2020 as the year to "bend the curve" on global emissions that can set into a motion a series of transitions to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 and reach net zero carbon by 2050.
EU leads attacks on Trump's rollback of Obama climate policy
The European Union has led criticism of Donald Trump's effort to unravel Barack Obama's measures to combat climate change, suggesting that Europe will now take the lead in global efforts.
Circular wastewater systems 'underexploited', says United Nations
As companies link up with charities to raise awareness of World Water Day, a new report from the United Nations (UN) has suggested that the "vast potential" of using wastewater as a resource remains "underexploited".
Lack of collaboration hindering UK uptake of Sustainable Development Goals
The United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are increasing in prominence amongst UK businesses, although siloed working conditions are still impacting the ability for the private sector to deliver social and environmental change.
An unstoppable force: Seven things we learned from the COP22 climate talks
As political and business leaders board flights home from Marrakesh after two weeks of proactive discussions, edie looks back at some of the highlights of the UN's COP22 climate talks.
The Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Episode 15 - Fresh from Marrakesh
The Carbon Trust's chief executive Tom Delay and Asia Pulp & Paper's director of sustainability Aida Greenbury are the special guests on this week's podcast episode, which reviews the the UN's two-week COP22 climate talks in Marrakesh.
COP22: Water and climate justice share the spotlight with Trump
Wednesday was water day at COP22 in Marrakesh, and while the mood in Morocco was one of "sink or swim" in regards to an unprecedented US election, business took to the stage to call on governments to introduce a "speedy implementation" of the Paris Agreement.
Ignoring sustainability in favour of short-termism will cause financial ruin, warns major investor
EXCLUSIVE: Companies that fail to realise the long-term benefits of sustainable investment will see their financial returns collapse, one of Britain's biggest investment groups has said.
Paris Agreement officially enters force: what happens next?
In the early hours of this morning (4 November), vision turned into reality as the Paris Agreement officially came into force, ushering a new era of climate action. But what does this actually mean for the global green economy?
UN: Paris Agreement still not good enough to avoid serious climate change
Less than 24 hours before the Paris Agreement formally enters into force, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has warned that governments and the private sector must together scale-up climate ambition to reduce an additional 25% from predicted 2030 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Developed nations 'confident' of hitting $100bn climate action pledge
Developed countries are "confident" that $100bn will be financed annually to aid climate actions in developing countries by 2020, a new report compiled by the UK and Australia has revealed.
Paris climate agreement poised to come into force
The Paris climate agreement is on the brink of coming into force after 31 nations officially joined the landmark accord, with the United Nations secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, predicting it will be fully ratified by the end of the year.
UK to ratify the Paris Agreement this year, says Theresa May
UK Prime Minister Theresa May has vowed that the UK will have officially ratified the Paris Agreement by the end of 2016, although it is believed the ratification process could be finalised within a matter of weeks.
'Fruits of the fourth revolution' key for business to tackle struggling SDGs
Leveraging the power of connectivity and digitalisation will be key to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with the "fruits of the fourth industrial revolution" inspiring large-scale action, a new report has found.
From the US to the Marshall Islands: Global climate action is on the march
COP21's frantic, last-minute climate deal bookmarked a new era for global sustainability, and as Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) evolve into tangible action, edie looks at six recent instances where national action is speaking louder than words.
Businesses urged to 'think differently' and adopt Sustainable Development Goals
The Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN) has called on business, governments and local authorities to adopt new ways of thinking that align the "critical challenges of our time" with operational models and frameworks.
Christiana Figueres receives UN Secretary General nomination
United Nations (UN) climate change chief Christiana Figueres has today (July 7) received the nomination for the post of UN Secretary General.
UN calls for post-Brexit UK to link with EU on environment policy
The UN's new environment chief has called for a post-Brexit Britain to link up with the EU on environment policy, adopting key bloc climate laws and maintaining its nature directives.
Climate action provides 'thread of certainty' for post-Brexit Britain, says Christiana Figueres
The UN's soon-to-depart climate chief has quashed claims that the UK's impending departure from the European Union (EU) could derail the Paris Agreement, instead claiming that a concerted effort to tackle climate change could be the "thread of continuity" that the UK needs during this "uncertain and volatile" period.
Global standard launched to tackle swelling food waste issues
Companies and countries have been urged to ramp up efforts to prevent food waste, through a new global standard that outlines reporting requirements on food management for business and governments to adhere to.
QUIZ: How could climate change destroy World Heritage Sites?
Why is New York's Statue of Liberty under threat of destruction from global warming? How could extreme weather destabilise the masonry at Stonehenge? Find out which of the world's official Heritage Sites are most at-risk of being destroyed by the effects of climate change in our latest flip-card quiz.
Patricia Espinosa nominated to replace Christiana Figueres as UN climate chief
Mexican diplomat Patricia Espinosa looks set to replace Christiana Figueres as the new Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) after receiving the nomination in a selection process led by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.
Paris climate deal: countries with about half of global emissions to join this year
The White House has said countries accounting for about half of the world's greenhouse gas emissions would join the Paris climate agreement this year, bringing the agreement "within striking distance" of entering into force.
175 countries sign Paris climate agreement on Earth Day
Political leaders from more than 170 countries - including the China, the US and the UK - came together at the UN headquarters in New York to officially sign the Paris Agreement on Earth Day (22 April).
COP21 signing ceremony: 100 corporations call for clear policies and swift actions
IKEA, Starbucks and Unilever are among more than 100 global companies that have expressed support for the Paris climate change agreement to be enshrined into national law as a matter of urgency, on the eve of the official COP21 signing ceremony in New York.
US and China lead push to bring Paris climate deal into force early
The US and China are leading a push to bring the Paris climate accord into force much faster than even the most optimistic projections - aided by a typographical glitch in the text of the agreement.
UN and Google forge 'eye-in-the-sky' forest mapping partnership
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has turned to tech giant Google to implement a high-resolution satellite-based data mapping system which could usher in an "unprecedented level of environmental literacy" for the forestry sector.
Christiana Figueres expects Paris Agreement to take effect in 2018
The UN's soon-to-depart climate chief has said that the Paris climate change pact agreed last December could come into force two years earlier than the originally planned date of 2020.
UN Global Compact seeks 'change agents' to accelerate action on SDGs
The United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) has launched a 'pioneers programme' to accelerate grassroots leadership on the new global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
"Hard act to follow": Christiana Figueres to step down from UN climate post
Christiana Figueres has been hailed as "one of the great leaders of our time" as the Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change announced today (19 February) that she would be stepping down from her post.
Ban Ki-moon calls for doubling of clean energy investment
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for global investment into clean energy to be doubled by 2020 in order to keep global temperature increases below 2C as set out in Paris.
Global middle class can drive climate action, says UBS
The global middle class could hold the key to mobilising climate action, a new report from financial services firm UBS has claimed.
Global carbon emissions could fall in 2015
Global carbon emissions are projected to stall with a possibility that they might actually decline by more than 0.6% in 2015, according to new research from the University of East Anglia.
Paris climate change talks yield first draft amid air of optimism
Negotiators paving the way for a global climate change agreement in Paris have cleared a major hurdle, producing a draft accord in record time and raising hopes that a full week of minister-led talks can now clinch a deal despite many sticking points.
Paris climate deal must be legally binding, EU tells John Kerry
The EU has warned the Obama administration that a global climate deal at the Paris summit must be legally binding, after the US secretary of state John Kerry said that it "definitively" would not be a treaty.
BP: Solar and wind won't overtake gas without carbon price
The cost of wind and solar energy will continue to fall rapidly between now and 2050, but will remain more expensive than gas unless a global carbon price is imposed.
Report: Rich countries failing to accept 'fair share' of climate action
The climate pledges made by rich countries are less than their 'fair share', according to new report released today (19 October).
Cities reluctant to publish climate risk reports
Thousands of cities signing up to the new Covenant of Mayors today (15 October) will submit reports on their vulnerability to climate change to the European Commission every two years - but are under no obligation to make the information public.
'Vulnerable 20' countries will share economies to fight climate change
Finance ministers representing over 700 million people have announced a series of financial mechanisms to invest in climate resiliency and lower emissions for 20 of the world's most vulnerable countries.
Sustainable Development Goals: Businesses urged to take the lead
Sir Richard Branson, Unilever's Paul Polman and Professor Stephen Hawking are among those that have thrown their support behind the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), set to be authorised today (25 September).
Unilever's Paul Polman receives UN's highest environmental accolade
Unilever's chief executive has been named as one of the winners of the United Nations' Champion of the Earth Award for his work as a 'tireless advocate' for sustainable business models.
UNEP: 'Urgent response' needed to avert global waste crisis
The first ever worldwide waste report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) says immediate action is required to shift from 'take-make-use-waste' to a circular economy.
Climate-smart cities could save the world $22tn, say economists
Putting cities on a course of smart growth - with expanded public transit, energy-saving buildings, and better waste management - could save as much as $22tn and avoid the equivalent in carbon pollution of India's entire annual output of greenhouse gasses, according to leading economists.
UN: $200bn agricultural subsidies driving deforestation
International governments could be unwittingly driving deforestation through misguided agricultural subsidies, a new UN brief has found.
Shell and Gazprom among companies backing 2C limit
More than a third of the world's largest listed companies, including major fossil fuel producers, say they would support an international deal limiting global warming to 2 degrees, according to research by CDP.
EU project aims to crowdsource air pollution data
A campaign to get citizens to monitor air pollution using their smartphones was launched today in 10 cities across Europe, including Manchester and London.
Only one third of European e-waste 'properly recycled'
Just one third of all used-but-still-functioning electronics were properly recycled across the EU in 2012, according to a major new study by the UN and Interpol.
Muslim leaders call for global action on climate change
Leading representatives of Islam have called for action to tackle climate change across the world, at a symposium in Istanbul today (18 August).
FSC certification provides profit incentive for sustainable forestry
Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification can provide net cost-benefits to forest operators, according to a new report from the WWF released today (5 August).
GALLERY: Top 10 sustainability stories in July 2015
The story of July has been cuts and lots off them.
Majority of banks fail to encourage sustainable forestry, UN finds
The majority of financial institutions do not have policies requiring clients to comply with forestry regulations, according to a study by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) revealed today (29 July).
Why the time is NOW for sustainable business practice
James Deacon, head of corporate responsibility at technology company Ricoh UK, offers his advice for businesses looking to become more sustainable in 2015 and beyond
Insurance industry 'essential policy instrument' to help those at climate risk
The insurance industry must be utilized to protect citizens at risk from climate change, a new report from the University of Cambridge's Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) has claimed.
Adidas showcases shoe made from ocean plastics
Clothing manufacturer Adidas has celebrated its partnership with Parley for the Oceans by creating a prototype shoe made from recycled ocean waste and deep-sea gillnets.
Solar farm conversion for abandoned Japanese golf course
A Japanese solar company has begun construction of a 23 MW solar power plant on an abandoned golf course in Kyoto.
China confirms 2030 cap on emissions ahead of Paris conference
China has formally pledged to peak its carbon emissions by 2030, but says it could begin reductions ahead of time.
Report: Clean energy investment creates more jobs than fossil fuels
The global transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy and energy efficiency will be a net creator of jobs, a new UN report has claimed.
Vacuum cleaners sucked into throwaway culture
Vacuum cleaners are often thrown away too early because users fail to maintain them properly and mistakenly think they're broken beyond repair, a new study by Nottingham Trent University has claimed.
75% of global emissions covered by national targets
Three-quarters of the world's annual emissions of greenhouse gases are now limited by national targets, according to a new study published today (1 June).
VIDEO: Leonardo DiCaprio to build world's greenest island resort
Leonardo DiCaprio has announced plans to create "the world's most sustainable island resort" which will push the boundaries of green design, architecture and eco-tourism.
Unilever throws weight behind mass sustainability movements
Consumer goods giant Unilever has yet again reaffirmed its commitment to sustainability, this time going beyond its own business practice by partnering with two global sustainability campaigns.
Majority of 40 million tonne global e-waste binned, says UNU
The amount of discarded electrical and electronic equipment (e-waste) globally reached 41.8 million tonnes in 2014, with the vast majority neither re-used nor disposed of in an environmentally friendly way.
US set to pledge emissions cuts of up to 28% ahead of global climate treaty
The US will pledge to cut carbon pollution by up to 28%, doubling the pace of current emissions cuts, under a global agreement on climate change to be finalised in Paris at the end of the year.
Video: Take-off for round-the-world solar flight
A plane that is attempting to be the first to fly round the world without fuel successfully took off on the first leg of its journey from Abu Dhabi this morning.
Sustainable development goals must not be undermined, say MPs
With UN negotiators eventually reaching a watered-down deal in Peru over the weekend, the UK Parliament's green watchdog is now warning the Government to uphold its Sustainable Development Goals ahead of Paris 2015.
Lima climate change talks reach global warming agreement
International negotiators at the Lima climate change talks have agreed on a plan to fight global warming that would for the first time commit all countries to cutting their greenhouse gas emissions.
UNEP leads coalition to encourage emission reduction
A coalition coordinated by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has been launched in an effort to dramatically decrease greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions each year by measuring and reporting reductions.
Lord Stern: Climate change treaty should be dynamic, not binding
Economist and academic Lord Nicholas Stern has become the latest prominent figure to push for global Governments to be ambitious and collaborative in their negotiations over a new international agreement on climate change.
China and US strike deal on carbon cuts in push for global climate pact
The United States and China have unveiled a secretly negotiated deal to reduce their greenhouse gas output, with China agreeing to cap emissions for the first time and the US committing to deep reductions by 2025.
Could the 2C climate target be completely wrong?
The global warming goal that nearly 200 governments have agreed on should be ditched, say scientists writing in Nature.
UN launches global alliance for energy-efficient appliances
A switch to energy-efficient appliances and equipment would reduce global electricity consumption by more than 10%, cutting US$350bn (£214bn) off annual electricity bills and reducing global CO2 emissions by 1.25 billion tonnes.
Climate Summit: Five things you need to know
The UN Climate Summit in New York saw a host of impassioned speeches, revamped national commitments and new industry-led initiatives. But what does this all mean for your business? Edie's round-up should help...
Governments and business leaders unite to end deforestation
A public-private partnership of multinationals, governments, civil society and indigenous peoples have pledged to halve the rate of deforestation by 2020 and eradicate the issue completely by 2030.
Stopping climate meltdown needs the courage that saved the ozone layer
Governments dither on the solution to global warming - but the Montreal protocol is a reminder of a time when they took their hands out of their pockets.
Unilever's Climate Summit campaign goes viral
A digital awareness campaign which aims to encourage global leaders to adopt a more ambitious and urgent approach to addressing climate change has surpassed expectations ahead of the United Nations Climate Summit in New York.
Will shale gas ever find its place in today's broad energy mix?
Many decades ago, Albert Einstein said that 'Everything is Energy and Energy is everything". This claim is still very true as we look at the impact of energy as a source on our modern society today.
10 reasons to be hopeful that we will overcome climate change
From action in China and the US to falling solar costs and rising electric car sales, there is cause to be hopeful...
UNEP targets British universities to develop future stars of sustainability
Universities and colleges across the UK have signed an agreement with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to encourage sustainable innovation among future generations.
Businesses urged to consider plastic footprint as concerns grow over marine ecosystems
Businesses could significantly enhance their sustainability credentials by improving the way they measure, manage and report the amount of plastic they use in their operations and across the supply chain.
'It is our duty to act now': WWC and FAO unite to combat water and food security
The World Water Council (WWC) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) have agreed to increase their collaboration amidst growing concerns about global water and food security.
Coal's share of energy market at highest level since 1970
Use of coal for power generation and other purposes grew by 3% in 2013 - faster than any other fossil fuel.
Resource use 'must be separated from economic growth', says UNEP
The unsustainable use of natural resources will continue to have a 'crippling' impact on price volatility and the environment unless economic growth is decoupled from resource consumption, according to a new report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
EU reports lowest greenhouse gas emissions on record
The European Union's is within reach of its 20% reduction in greenhouse gasses by 2020, with emissions across its 28 member states falling by a further 1.3% in 2012.
Tesco reveals food waste figures as it targets hotspots for action
Tesco has revealed for the first time how much food it has wasted within its UK operations over the past year in a bid to be more transparent on the issue.
Corporate sector told to raise the bar on water stewardship
A leading authority on water has urged the global business community to 'lift its game' in delivering corporate water stewardship on the ground.
UN launches decade-long initiative to promote 'sustainable energy for all'
The United Nations (UN) has launched a 10-year plan, which aims to promote renewable energy and energy efficiency worldwide.
Costly cleantech scaring away investors but corporates picking up the slack, says investor
EXCLUSIVE There is a strong need for investment in the "enabling clean technologies" if we are to achieve a low carbon economy, says Generation Investment Management partner Colin Le Duc.
Global councils join forces to tackle growing water-energy nexus issue
The World Energy Council (WEC) and World Water Council (WWC) have joined forces to address the growing issue of the water-energy nexus.
UN leaders put water and energy demand top of global development agenda
United Nations (UN) leaders have highlighted the risks associated with the growing relationship between water and energy in the run up to World Water Day (Saturday 22 March).
UN report: Investment in forest conservation will accelerate sustainable growth
Sustainable economic growth can be accelerated by investing $30bn per year in tropical forest conservation, according to a new UN report.
GDP now 'woeful' measuring stick for planet's economic health
Most approaches to global economic health are ignoring the planet's capacity to provide the necessary resources to sustain it, researchers have warned.
UN urged to develop 'bold and courageous' sustainability vision
The United Nations (UN) has been urged to be "bold, courageous and provocative" when mapping out its vision for a sustainable future for humanity.
UN: Electronic waste to rise a third by 2017
The volume of end-of-life electronics is expected to increase by 33% to 65.4 million tonnes annually by 2017, according to a United Nations (UN) report.
Novo Nordisk wins Euro environmental reporting award for third time
Five European companies collected prizes in the third annual European Environmental Reporting Awards in London last week.