Green Finance is Key to Resolving Climate Change

Climate change is not just an environmental challenge — it is a fundamental threat to development in our lifetime. Without immediate action targeted at emissions reductions by the international community, climate change could result in an additional 100m people living in extreme poverty by 2030 and reverse many of the development gains …

How is Climate Change Impacting the Water Cycle?

Climate change increases our risk of both heavy rains and extreme droughts. But why – and how – is that? Aren’t the two contradictory? Science has shown that climate change touches every corner of our planet’s ecosystem, and the water cycle is no exception. Because the processes involved are highly …

Climate Change: Cities are Key to Cutting Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The heat that saw forest fires sweep through Uttarakhand and damage the already fragile ecosystem of the Himalayas… the heat spikes that caused deaths in Rajasthan and Bihar… the drought that put severe stress on underground water supplies. All this, no doubt, caused some people to seriously think about climate …

UN Secretary-General Invites All Member States to Event on 21 September

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited leaders from all countries to attend a special event on 21 September to deposit their instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession to the Paris Agreement on climate change. The event will also provide an opportunity to other countries to publicly commit to …

The Paris Agreement Asks Businesses to Be Bold

Ahead of the historic climate negotiations in December at COP21, BSR and our partners at We Mean Business recognized that the Paris Agreement could be more than a diplomatic settlement among nations—that it had the potential to catalyze climate action by business and other sectors. We developed eight specific policy …

Maldives Urges Rich Countries to Rapidly Ratify Paris Climate Agreement

Rich countries must ratify the climate change agreement reached in Paris last December, one of the world’s most at-risk nations has warned. Thoriq Ibrahim, environment and energy minister of the Maldives, told the Guardian that there was “no time to waste”, in ratifying the agreement that was reached more than …