UNEP Finance Initiative Investor Briefing: Carbon in Investment Portfolios

Jul 29, 2013 No Comments by

On July 19, 2013, the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) released a new Investor Briefing [PDF]  that explains why and how investment institutions should begin to track, disclose, and decrease the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with their investment portfolios. The Investor Briefing–produced by UNEP FI in cooperation with Allianz, Aviva, Hermes, HSBC, Eurizon [...]

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UNEP Global Environmental Alert: Satellite Imagery to Identify Environmental Hotspots and “Hopespots”

Jul 25, 2013 No Comments by

The United Nations Environment Programme’s Global Environmental Alert Service (GEAS) has published a bulletin for July 2013 titled “From Hotspots to Hopespots: Connecting local changes to global audiences.” The bulletin details the use of satellite imagery to measure and communicate environmental changes. The bulletin describes the importance of environmental “hotspots”–areas that are susceptible to environmental [...]

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Climate Action Releases Second Edition of Sustainable Cities

Jun 24, 2013 No Comments by

On June 10, 2013, Climate Action released the second edition of Sustainable Cities, a publication detailing innovations and developments in sustainable urban development. The book–produced in partnership with the UNEP Sustainable Buildings and Climate Initiative, World Green Building Council, Local Governments for Sustainability, C40 Cities, and the International Association of Public Transport–aims to further the [...]

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IEA Report Proposes Energy Measures and Warns of Runaway Climate Change

Jun 20, 2013 No Comments by

On Monday, June 10, the International Energy Agency (IEA) released a report, Redrawing the Energy-Climate Map, that detailed inadequacies in current energy policy and proposed four measures for the energy sector to preserve the possibility of containing emissions within 2 degrees Celsius.  The IEA report noted that a global climate accord at COP 21 in [...]

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Center Fellow Professor Kamaljit Bawa and Associate Uttam Shrestha to Publish Research on Himalayan Fungus

Feb 01, 2013 No Comments by

Center Faculty Fellow and UMass Boston Professor Kamaljit Bawa and Research Associate Uttam Shrestha are set to publish groundbreaking research on declining populations of the Nepalese fungus “Yarsagumba” in the journal Biological Conservation. Overharvesting of the fungus, they have found, has led to a major decline in populations and may seriously threaten biodiversity and the Himalayan [...]

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The Contested Legacy of Rio+20

Sep 26, 2012 1 Comment by

Prof. Maria Ivanova, Co-Director of the Center for Governance and Sustainability at UMass Boston and Director of the Global Environmental Governance Project published an article for the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) about the results of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development Rio+20. The article explains how the high expectations established for this global [...]

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