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Originally Published in the Guardian. Trudeau cited international commitments to fight global warning as premiers say they would challenge the measure. Canada has imposed a landmark carbon tax on four provinces which had defied Ottawa’s push to combat climate change, prompting unhappy premiers to say they would challenge the measure. The prime minister, Justin Trudeau, citing international commitments to fight global warming, had made clear for two years he would slap the tax on any…

Originally published in CNBC If you want to see how the funds you’re invested in fare when it comes to environmental, social and governance factors, there’s a rating for that. The Morningstar Sustainability Rating measures how well an investment fund’s holdings stack up on ESG issues compared to its peers. The measurement is put together using the thousands of portfolios that Morningstar collects from mutual funds, ETFs and managed portfolios around the world. The firm…

Originally published in NPR Going green is often easier said than done, but a new business organization is hoping to change that. While focusing on large-scale energy buyers, the group plans to push for changes that could make renewable power more accessible for all Americans. Companies from a variety of industries — including Walmart, General Motors, Google and Johnson & Johnson — are forming a trade association to represent firms that purchase renewable energy and…

Originally Published in Green Prophet A comprehensive new report released today by the national advocacy group Food & Water Watch in the United States demonstrates the immense role improved building energy efficiency standards can and must play in any effective climate change policy. The report focuses on what is by far the largest source of energy demand in the country, 40 percent, related to powering buildings – including homes, offices and schools. The analysis finds that a $500 billion…

First Published in UN Global Impact Companies and investors joined representatives from Government and the UN today to discuss how the private sector can play a greater role in directing capital towards the Sustainable Development Goals. Launched at B3 Headquarters in São Paulo, the inaugural SDG Investment Forumfocused on the opportunities and challenges of investing aligned with the SDGs. Building on the work of voluntary national reviews (VNRs) and related country plans, the new SDG Investment Forum event…

Find out how doing the things most uncomfortable leads to success. Pioneering thought leader Scott Amyx shows anyone striving to succeed, regardless of who or where we are, what we do or have done for a living, or how young or old we are, that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but doing the things uncomfortable he calls “strive”. Drawing on his own powerful story of an impoverished immigrant frequently told that he…

Originally Published in Quartz Electric cars are expensive. The sticker price for electric vehicles (EVs) has historically exceeded that for comparable gasoline cars. But that’s less true every month. The arrival of cars like Kia’s $33,145 electric Soul, GM’s $36,620 Bolt, and Tesla’s $35,000 Model 3—not to mention the $23,800 Smart EQ—have pushed the price of top-reviewed EVs below the median price for cars in the US. And that’s before thousands of dollars in state and federal incentives. Yet the…

https://youtu.be/2wTKADJuaOg Munis D Faruqui, Chair of India Studies, Director, Institute for South Asia Studies, UC Berkeley; Preetha Reddy, Vice Chairperson, Apollo Hospitals; Eric Goosby, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on TB and Professor of Medicine at UCSF School of Medicine; Clifford Samuel, Sr. Vice President – Access Operations & Emerging Markets, Gilead Sciences discussing India’s Healthcare Sector and what US companies could do to participate in the sector’s growth.

How does the Improvement of Food Security in Africa Lead to a Solution in the Migration Crisis? Watch Dr. Agnes Kalibata’s talk on sustainable agriculture and improving food security in Africa. https://youtu.be/9XRzDYoodLE Dr. Kalibata, a refugee from Rwanda speaks about how her own background as a child of farmers shaped her insights to food security issues in Africa. “As a person who grew up in a small Hooda farm well being fed by what we…