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Why rich people use so much more energy

Here’s a simple and important fact for the fight against climate change: Wealthy people consume more energy and, consequently, are responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than less wealthy people. And as income and wealth inequality have risen across the world for the past 40 years, the wealthy have consumed more and more relative to their

How to reduce your food’s carbon footprint, in 2 charts

“Eat local.” It’s a recommendation you’ve probably heard before. Environmental advocates and even the United Nations have hyped a “locavore” diet as a way to reduce your carbon footprint and help the climate. The basic idea is that more transportation leads to more emissions, so you want to reduce the distance your food has to travel to

The Growing Call for New, More Sustainable Investing

In December, thousands of world leaders gathered in Madrid to address what is arguably the most pressing issue of our time: the climate emergency. We are, as the United Nations secretary general said, nearing “the point of no return.” Heads of state, business leaders, scientists, and activists at the COP25 conference urged drastic changes to

Sustainability and profitability can co-exist. Here’s how

The effects of climate change and global warming have created serious doubts over the continued existence of mankind. Why are we still debating the merits of marrying sustainability with business profitability? From muted conversations to war cry In the race to accelerate economic growth, many imbalances have been created in the ecosystem, so much so

The Global Fashion Industry Designs a Sustainable Future

Fighting climate change is a growing priority for fashion companies, with British luxury house Burberry the latest to announce a strategy to slash  emissions across its supply chain. But while the fashion industry wants to help the planet—the apparel business creates around 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions—companies are also responding to consumer demand for products with

Climate change and the 75% problem

Quick: Think of some inventions that help fight climate change. What came to mind first? I bet you thought of solar panels and wind turbines. In my experience, that’s what people point to when they think about reducing greenhouse gas emissions. They’re not wrong. Renewables are getting cheaper and many countries are committing to rely

The Investment Gap that Threatens the Planet

The growing threat of climate change is no longer a matter of contentious scientific debate. Climate scientists now agree that humanity’s “carbon budget”—the cumulative sum of greenhouse gases that humanity can emit while avoiding the worst effects of climate change—will be exhausted by roughly 2040 at current emission rates. While all levels of warming carry